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Custom photography is a personal service.  Custom photography is a very special and requires an investment of trust in the person that will be working with your baby.
This is not just paying for the actual photograph, you’re paying for time, experience and investment that photographer has put into their business. I have taken years to perfect my skills, I belong (and pay for) some professional organizations, groups to ensure I provide you with the best. I also pay rent, insurance and taxes. I use only the best equipment to provide you with the best images you can get.

It’s not a newborn photo session that you’re paying for. It’s the hours spent before, prepping and designing a session tailored just to you.
– Setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
– 2 – 4 hours shooting the photos
– clear up, and wash all blankets/props
– load images onto a computer
– back up the files on an external drive
– 3 – 5 hours of Adobe Photoshop time, including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, and backing up edited photographs.
– 1 – 2 hours answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule deliveries, and post.

I believe that photography is a personal and important investment. Hopefully this will help you  understand  why Custom Photography is more expensive. All photographers have different styles of photography, so not everyone will choose the same Photographer, but just make sure you chose your Photographer because you love their work, and not because they may be cheaper.  Remember they are creating your memories which you will keep forever.