5 Tips to make family portrait sessions affordable

5 Tips to make family portrait sessions affordable

When wanting to capture that perfect family portrait, we all struggle with finding the right photographer. If you are a parent of young children, chances are you’ve heard stories from friends or family about their experience and/or poor quality photos.

Don’t let this scare you away from having beautiful photos taken of your little ones!

Here is my list of 5 Tips on how to find an affordable family photographer near you who’ll take care of your needs while delivering gorgeous results:

Book off season

Fall is the busiest time of the year for photographers, as everyone is getting ready for holiday cards and seeking beautiful family portraits. They are usually booked far in advance, so a last-minute request might be difficult.

Off-season discounts vary according to professionals, but if you want the best value, schedule your portrait sessions in the early part of the year.

Good idea: Make a shortlist of the top 3-4 photographers you’d like to work with, then email them in late October or early November to ask if they’ll be running any specials during Black Friday.

Better idea: Is using that same shortlist, email the top contenders in June, July or August to find out what discounts they might offer if you booked a portrait session with them sometime between January through March.

Best idea: Grab your family photographer shortlist again, and contact them in January, select your favorite one then book and plan for your session in advance like you would a vacation…with a payment plan!

Pay in installments

Yes, payment plan sessions exist! And not necessarily in layaway form.

Some photographers, for example, only require a small deposit upon booking, leaving you plenty of time to save up. Others allow parents to spread the cost over a few payments.

It might not be as cost-effective as saving money, but it might make finding the best professional for your budget a better possibility.

Book early

With the changing of the seasons, the start of school, and the approaching holiday season, there’s a general sense of excitement in the air.

If you’re dead set on booking fall family photos, then you want to get on a professional’s calendar EARLY. Across the states, your best window of time to schedule portrait sessions is during July and August but no later than early September.

Customize packages to your budget

Planning is the most important part of a having professional pictures taken of your family. Its fun too, because you’re deciding what you get to do, where you’ll go… what you’ll wear! The important stuff.

The average price for a family portrait can vary based on a photographer’s costs of operations, frequency of bookings, distance traveled, and more. Many offer packages (combining several services into one upfront price), while others charge à la carte.

Deciding what you want and knowing the price range ahead of time will save you money in the long run thus making your family portrait session affordable.

Gift cards

If you value family portraits, then a great idea is to ask friends and family members to skip the gift card aisle at the grocery store and help you invest in getting those long overdue updated family photos.

If you search for someone during the winter months, you’ll be able to can contact those professionals ahead of time and ask what denominations do their gift certificates or gift cards come in.

This way, not only are you planning ahead, someone has helped you get a jump start on an often put off task.

So there you have it, my tips and suggestions to making family portrait sessions affordable.

What do you think? Did I miss anything? What might you add to the list?

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