Wednesday, May 26, 2010

So you want a Haugen's portrait... how much is it going to cost?

I just got a Facebook message asking about family portraits from a friend who has never been to our studio before. "WooHoo! That is so cool," I am thinking, but once again I need to explain the different options. Then it occurred to me that there are probably other people out there that are curious about how it all works but are afraid to ask.

"How much is it going to cost?" is naturally one of the first questions. The real answer is that everyone is different, makes different choices about what they want, and therefore invests widely varying amounts of money. That answer is not very helpful, however, so here is some info that will tell you what is involved and help you make some decisions.

There are two directions you can go.

The first and most popular option is called our Signature series which includes a portrait planning consultation, custom portrait session with lots of choices, and beautifully finished, fully retouched prints. The session itself can be in the studio, outside, in your home or even at the beach. In a typical Signature portrait session, we create a large number of images for you to choose from (usually 40 or more) to make sure that you have images that you love! Most people will choose a number of images: a print for the wall, some smaller prints for gift giving, and then a grouping of some of their favorite images from the session. There are no packages with the Signature series but if you have it in your budget to spend $500 you will be able to get one larger print and several smaller prints.

We added the Galleri Series as an affordable option for our clients who wanted to have portraits done more often but didn't always need a full Signature session. It includes a 15 minute session in the studio where we take 8-10 images to choose from and you sit down to make selections right after the session. There are a number of packages to choose from starting at just $29.95 for 1-4x5. The most popular package is $149.95 and includes 1-8x10, 2-5x7's, 4-4x5'5 and 16 wallets all of one pose. Retouching is an extra charge with the Galleri series.

There it is in a nutshell. Keep in mind that we have fun specials from time to time (like Portraits with Santa)and the prices can get ridiculously low. If you have more questions (and I know you do) shoot me an email: