Payment Options for Photography in Fort Collins, CO - Darah Soria

portraiture pricing

I offer a payment model to clients where they pay per image rather than for the session or "time/talent" as many photographers like to say.

After listening to horror stories from my clients and surveying them, I heard a couple of common themes, well $500 is a lot of money for pictures when I have a cellphone with a camera! and well what if I pay you $500 and I hate the pictures?

So I came up with a better option. Instead of having my clients pay for the session itself, I have them pay a deposit to reserve space on my calendar. The deposit then goes towards two images from their session. They then have the option of ordering more, and they have the freedom to choose which images are worth their money.

why it's a unique model

This method differs from other local photographers in that I do not charge a sitting fee, or "for my time" and "talent" on the set. I do not charge for my time and talent, because most of my efforts are spent behind the scenes. I take my time editing pictures and making my clients look fantastic so that they are confident with the end result. Time spent at sessions typically ranges anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours. 

the deposit... *DUN DUN DUNNN.*

I know what you're thinking: but if you charge a deposit then it isn't free! It actually is, however. That deposit goes towards your first picture that I take for you, and you have the option to buy more.

Believe me, I wouldn't charge a deposit if there were a better way to guarantee that people would show up to their sessions. I do this in order to set aside time on my calendar and ensure that I do not end up with last second cancellations, or worse: no-shows.

how it works

  • Make a deposit of $50
  • Schedule your appointment
  • Go over outfit/location planning with me
  • Attend your photoshoot
  • Wait for your pictures to be edited (approximately 2 weeks)
  • View your online gallery & choose 2 images from your session
  • Optional: Choose more images to buy right from my website! ($40 each)

cost comparisons

Cost comparisons for the following only cover photographers in the Northern Colorado region and photographers of similar quality/talent.

Previously, the cost for my portraiture services started at $275 for headshots and senior portraits, $450 for families and that was for short sessions. This pricing is not uncommon in Northern Colorado, and that's a lot of money for most people! Therefore, I find it far more reasonable to allow my clients to simply get their pictures taken, have fun and call the shots when it comes to ordering pictures off of my website.


event photography

Event photography is charged for differently than portraits, as they are different types of work. Event photography covers lifestyle photography, PR events, nightlife, weddings and anything else which involves a large group of people.

3 HOURS

$825

5 HOURS

$1250

8 HOURS

$1800

12+ HOURS

$200 per hour

Different types of events require different amounts of time. Weddings, for example would likely take much longer than a ribbon cutting for a chamber of commerce or grand opening of a store. If you aren't sure which event package is right for you, then be sure to check out more details on how pricing works!

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