I'm interested in booking a session, how can I get more information?
How much is this going to cost?
First you pay the session fee (based on the type, it can range from $125 to $295+)…after we shoot the session, you purchase the prints/products that you’d like during an in person ordering session. Some families spend around $800 total, others invest upwards of $2000, it all depends on your budget and desires. Many clients like to have custom wall collections for their walls, or maybe all of the high-res digital files…we have a lot of options to make everyone happy! Email me for complete pricing information! firstname.lastname@example.org
Where are your wedding prices?
We want to have a huge family session done for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary...there will be 23 adults and 9 million kids...how much will that cost?
Are you a full time photographer?
I am! During the school year my hours are typically Mon-Fri 9-5pm & some weekends. During the summer, my time is much more valuable, as my 3 kiddos (ages 9, 11 & 14) are home and life is crazy! During the summer I do not work weekends, and most of my sessions are photographed on Mon/Tues/Wed during the day. My studio is attached to my house, which is such a blessing when you are raising a family. However, I have been caught unawares by clients dropping by while I am wearing pajama pants 😉 #awkward
My last photographer charged us $50 for the session and included 100 images on a CD, do you offer anything similar?
Unfortunately, no. I am a boutique photography studio. This means I take a limited amount of sessions every week (my happy place is 3 to 4 sessions per week), and I spend a lot of time working with each client before and after the session to ensure that they have the best experience possible. I always feel snarky using the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’…but it’s true for most facets in life…including photography. Plus, mama’s got billz, yo!
Do you own all of the cute props and hats I've seen on your blog?
I just had a baby, do you do newborn pictures?
The answer to that is…sometimes?! I used to take newborn sessions quite a bit, but over the past few years my business has become heavily focused on high school seniors…which means for about half the year I don’t have time in my calendar to fit in a newborn session (as those generally take a lot of time/effort). Please email me for more info…if I know I can’t fit you in, I have some excellent referrals to help you out! Email: email@example.com
Can you fix my ___(fill in the blank: yellow teeth, acne, double chin, etc.)?
What is the ordering process, can I just do it on the computer?
I used to do it that way…but I wasn’t doing anyone any favors by just throwing them in an online shopping cart. It was overwhelming and confusing. I hired Sarah & Kari to do in-person ordering appointments at the studio about 7 years ago, and it has been so beneficial to my clients! They absolutely LOVE getting to see their images for the first time on the ‘big screen’ in a beautiful slideshow set to music! Then Sarah or Kari go through each image with them and help them pick and choose their favorites…clients love looking through the product line in person. Maybe there are a few images that would look perfect as a storyboard…perhaps there are so many favorites that a custom white album would be a perfect choice. These in person ordering appointments generally take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Often with seniors and their parents it will take closer to 1 1/2 hours.
Orders generally are completed within 2 to 4 weeks depending on the amount of design work involved.
*FAQ For Photographers*
What kind of camera & lenses & computer programs do you use?
I shoot with a Nikon D810, and I use my 50mm 1.4 and 24-70 2.8 & 85 1.4mm. I use lightroom to cull images, adjust exposure, and convert to jpeg. I use photoshop for the rest. No specific actions (I mix and match purchased actions that I’ve tweaked over the years)! I’ve been working on keeping my editing style clean and simple.
Are you shooting with natural light or artificial lights in your studio?
Both! I love soft natural light for children (therefore, I must shoot in-between 10am-4pm)…but for seniors and families, I prefer to use studio lighting! I have a large octo-box and a few strip lights (Paul C Buff).
I am just starting out, do you have any advice?
Absolutely…I took the worlds longest road to owning my own photography business, so I’m definitely not an expert…but I can offer some tips!
*PRACTICE. And not just on your own kids…use lots of different models/guinea pigs/friends/family/neighbors to get yourself VERY comfortable with your gear and your style.
*EDUCATION: There are so many online resources as well as in-person workshops and courses. Take as many as you can…there are a million ways to ‘skin a cat’, and getting advice and information from multiple sources can only help you in the long run. I would spend money on a workshop from someone I admired (who has a solid business) before I would drop a ton of money on the ‘next great’ piece of gear.
*PRICING: I understand that it is very difficult to charge money for your ‘art’…we are only human, and we have a hard time putting a high price tag on something so personal. Plus, we don’t want to offend anyone or make them think we are being ‘snobby’ by charging more than $100 for the session+disc. I urge you to do research before just slapping $10 on an 8×10 print, or $20 for a digital file. There are a ton of good resources for pricing appropriately…Here is a good place to start: http://www.joyvertz.com
I agree that in every market there must be different pricing levels, to appease every type of client. Just remember that if you start out charging super low, and realize a year down the road that you aren’t turning a profit, it is rather difficult to completely reverse what you’ve already put into play.
*BUSINESS SAVVY: Make sure you have all your ducks in a row before hanging your shingle. Insurance, taxes, legal name, accounting, contracts, etc. are all part of the game…it sucks…but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Do you offer any mentoring or workshops?
I do! If you are over 100 miles from my studio zip: 55313, I would be happy to talk with you about setting up a one on one day mentorship!
Here are some past interviews I’ve done:
SENIOR STYLE GUIDE: http://seniorstyleguide.com/?s=kelly+klatt
I HEART FACES: http://www.iheartfaces.com/2012/10/photography-studio-tour-kelly-klatt/
CONFESSIONS OF A PROP JUNKIE: http://confessionsofapropjunkie.com/?p=8927