I sit here with so many things I want to say. Some of which I will not. Here it goes…..Photography is an investment. I believe it is both a wanted and needed investment but whether it may be having a session or putting food on the table, I am hoping you are choosing the latter of the two. I believe documenting once in a lifetime moments is important. However, because this is an investment, some may save up by cutting out daily Starbucks or frequent mall trips. Both of these add up quickly (I know because I am a daily Starbucks visitor) and these things last a few minutes to a couple of months. You do it because you know the images you will be saving up for is a lifetime investment, YOUR legacy. This treasured investment means more than anything you may have to go without. I want my photos to make you wish you could jump back in that photograph and be in that exact very moment. Custom Photography has so many benefits. The big one? 1:1 attention at your home or outdoor location where your child is allowed to be comfortable in their environment. As an artist I customize ideas, colors and props that are going to create a unique memory. Photography requires constant reinvestment. Whether it be reliable equipment, back-up equipment, props (setups easily begin at $250 and upward), staying up to date with software, website maintenance, vehicle repairs/gas, computers, advertising/marketing, workshops and most importantly camera maintenance. A common misunderstanding is to think that only the time during the session is involved. Here is a small glimpse of what goes into a session: planning and preparation, perhaps this may be the making a custom prop, packing up for the session and unloading, time spent editing, emailing, ordering and packaging, driving to the post office, time scouting locations, managing expenses and taxes. Easily 18-20 hours are spent for each session. So my main point of this is to ask you this: Why has it become acceptable to expect a professional photographer to work for less than minimum wage? Would you want your spouse to go to work and not bring home a paycheck? I am not sure when photography became a business of giving away free work but I have a family I provide for. My children are growing so fast. My time with them and being present for every moment of their childhood is my absolute number one, second is my business. Photography has been my passion for as long as I can remember, but I am not about to spend that time away from my children while working myself in a hole. With all this being said, I will be introducing new packages and pricing. Although my prices are changing, I hope my clients will continue to value my work, my time and understand where I am coming from as a mommy.