Have you ever thought to yourself “what’s up with this session fee?” or “what comes with the session fee that I paid?!”
If you answered yes to either question, you are not alone. In any business, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the customer doesn’t see/know about/understand. We feel that this is one of those topics so we would like to shed some light on the matter.
When you call to book your session we collect a session fee. We do this so that we 1) know you are serious about booking the session and 2) so that we can count on you to keep your commitment to that day/time so we don’t hold it for you and potentially lose the opportunity to serve another client if the session were to be cancelled.
In addition to those reasons we also have a few more very important ones. We like to think that you are also paying for your photographer’s “time and talent” when you pay a session fee. Your money is paying for that photographer’s valuable time, her years of talent, her very fancy and expensive equipment, the costs/utilities that she pays to run her business, her assistant (and additional staff, if applicable), her time to download, select and edit the images, the time it takes to create your slideshow and contact you to schedule the ordering session, the cost and time involved in driving to/from the session, and etc. There is so much time, love and cost that goes in to your sessions that having a session fee is crucial for the business to be successful.
We love what we do and are always thrilled to spend time with each and every one of our client families. Thank you to everyone who loves and supports us in this business!