Category Archives: pricing

A Friend of a Friend = a Discount?

Dear Stefanie Shutters,

I gave a discounted maternity and newborn session package set to a good friend’s friend. They loved their maternity session, and I had 39 images to show in their gallery. The maternity session package comes with 15-20 images.  The client chose 23 images and when I told her it was $25 for each additional image above the 20 she freaked out at me and said that they would cancel the newborn session with me unless I send her the extra three for free too.  Her logic was that “it’s not too expensive to just send them the extras” and they shouldn’t have to pay because they’re not printed.

My husband says to just give them what they want. It’s a tiny thing on our end to make them happy and willing to come back for the newborn session. We need the money. What do I do?

~ Floored

Haircut Philosophy and Photography

I had my hair cut and dyed this past week at a salon in the local mall. It cost me $200, after tip. And I feel great, both in how I look and about what I paid. I have zero regrets about what I spent.

To understand why this is blog worthy or photography relevant, you need to know a few things about me first.

What’s Micahel Kor’s Perfume Have to Do With Photography?

I posted to a Photography Facebook group last night the following comment along with the graphic shown above and woke up to over 300 likes on the story and a bunch of comments saying how much the photographer needed to hear that story right in that moment. So I’m now showing it here, because it really belongs here too 🙂

The Reasonable Price Conundrum

I’m going to take a moment to post about a pet peeve of mine….

“Hi, I’m looking to get my family photos done at a reasonable price….”  Is the way the contact form/email/Facebook message begins.

And in that moment I have to stop and ask, just what, exactly is a “reasonable price”?

Zero Clients and Ready to Quit

Image courtesy of bplanet at

Sometimes it seems you can’t turn around without tripping over another photographer… and when you’re building a new business and you’re realizing how surrounded you are by competition, it can get overwhelming and make you second guess the wisdom of competing not only with the established pros, but all with everyone else just starting out too.   So what should you do?