With that being said, I will confess that Maternity Portraits are not the most profitable sessions that I capture. I truly understand the need of them and the desire of the parents/families to capture this time in their lives. I wished I had done this with my pregnancies (or at least my 2nd one that I gained only 18 lbs.) and I did, in spite of the situation, make sure to have a session with Brittany and Cameron when she was pregnant. I still believe that no matter what the situation is that pregnancy/birth is still one of the greatest miracles from God. So quickly after Maturnity Session is captured, the next big moment in the family's life is the birth of their child that leads to their Newborn Portrait Session. So sales from Maturnity Portraits are usually low because parents usually want to spend more on the images from the Newborn Session. So I confess that I haven't spent much effort in promoting Maternity Portraits the last few years. I do not want to NOT OFFER these sessions. So I have created a package that I think will suit the parents-to-be!
MATERNITY SESSION PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Portrait Session for one-two hours
- 24-30 (4x6) image preview images (photographer's choice)*
- 1 (one) 8x10 Heirloom Portrait (client's choice)
- Images to view online with option to purchase additional portraits for appoximately 2 weeks.
- TOTAL PACKAGE $295.00 + tax
- Should be photographed between 32-36 weeks (approximately 4-8 wks before due date)
- $100 deposit must be paid to reserve the date for the session
- The balance including tax should be paid 2 weeks before the session date.
Okay, I may add addtional info, but for now that's what I have.
*Very soon the 24-30 preview images will be converted to a digital preview album of all the images that are posted online.
Monday, May 11, 2009
MATERNITY PORTRAIT INFO AND IMAGES
So there's a variety of images of different Maternity Sessions that I have photographed over the years. I have done many others, but these were easy to access at the moment. I have wanted to do a post about maternity portraits and newborn portraits for a while now. I have delayed doing it because of many other things going on at the same time, but also because I wanted to make some changes in the present packages. Maternity and Newborn Session usually require a little more time than other sessions..okay a lot more for newborns.
Some of you may know, I have considered giving up my passion...maybe because I haven't been as compassionate about it for many different reasons, but the main reasons end up turning to the almighty dollar. I really hate that, but we do what we love and if we happen to make some kind of "real" job out of it, sometimes after all you deal with all the complications that come with things like this...some of the love and passion begins to fade. In my efforts to not completely quite, because there is so much about photography that I DO STILL LOVE, I started this partial sabbatical last summer with intentions of it going until the next school year (this fall) and possibly the next school year. As it looks now, it probably will be next school year too. As the end of the next year approaches, I hope to have found my "groove" again...actually I hope to drop work that I don't enjoy any more and/or work that isn't as profitable. Let's face it, after a while, no matter how much fun something is once it has become a source of income it it isn't profitable the fun begins to fade away.