Sure, you have a phone that takes great pictures. Yet, there’s something missing in the family photos. That something is a keen eye for detail only professional photographers possess.
A family photo is as classic as it gets.
Your parents had family photos. Their parents had photos. And so on and so forth. It’s something we don’t see often these days since we’re always snapping pics.
You’ve likely put off a family portrait because you didn’t have time. You probably think it’s too expensive (hiring a pro and all), too. Not so! Here’s how you can get those classic photos at a great price.
Inexpensive Family Photos: 5 Best Ways to Save on Family Portraits
Pro portraits are a business so you can’t knock them for charging their prices. That said, you can save a bunch of money given you’re flexible with your photography sessions. And, are willing to work with the portrait studios.
1. Get Everything (and Everyone) Prepared
Plan ahead by marking off items like:
- Who’s in the photo
- What you’re all wearing
- Where it’s taken
Planning ahead has everyone looking their best on the day of the shoot. You’re also not wasting time and money swapping outfits or locations.
2. Go to a Studio
Limiting the location is your best bet at lowering the portrait costs. Why? Because you’re not having everyone spend time going to and setting up at the location. Instead of all that, go to the photographer’s location.
What benefits do you get at the studio? Consider:
- Various backdrops
- Controlled environment
Check if the studio is running a campaign featuring a discount. Or, reach out and ask if they have a promotion. They may book short sessions and squeeze you into the schedule at a discounted price.
You can save more money by booking a session in the off-season. Any time outside of the usual wedding and graduation season is best.
3. Let the Pros Do Their Thing
Your inner dialog will scream criticisms during the photoshoot. Relax, let the photographer control the session. You’re paying for their expertise, after all.
Look at examples like Mike Sansone Photography. You’ll see there is a process involving not only the photos but direction and retouching. These included services ensure you’re getting the best photos for your money.
You’ll save money by not fighting the direction throughout the session. Your lack of nit-picking means a faster turn-around and less wasted efforts. You’ll likely get more to choose from, too, since your photographer has a routine.
4. Do Your Own Retouching and Printing
Skip the extra costs of retouching and printing. You can likely do these at home using photo retouching apps. And, printing using your home’s printer.
Even if you skip these, you could take the digital files to a drug store offering prints. Or, a photo center at Walmart. You could even score discounts with these retailers for even cheaper prints!
5. Look for Up-and-Coming Professionals
There is plenty of talent that can’t afford a professional studio. Dig around online through Craiglist or the Facebook Marketplace for photo services. You could check your local community college, too, if they have photo classes.
Don’t lowball them because they’re not well-known. But, do haggle for a great price considering they’re still building a portfolio.
Create a Piece of Legacy for Your Family
They may not appreciate it now but your kids will love great family photos.
Try the money saving tips in this post if you’ve yet to get one done by a pro. And, if you enjoyed these tips, you’ll love some of the others in our money saving category.