April 19, 2017

Newborn photos…why do they cost so much? | Red Deer Photographers

Posted in: For Photographers, Newborn

So, you’re having a baby! Why does everything cost so darn much?! As if you didn’t have a ton of things to think about already, right? Now you have to think about photos of your little newborn bundle! To get them taken, to not get them taken. To choose someone just starting out, to choose someone more established. To pay a lot, or not pay a lot. I see these posts in Facebook groups all the time that say “Looking for a photographer, reasonably priced.” That’s a loaded statement right there in my opinion! Reasonably priced to you might be $50 while reasonably priced to the person down the street might be $750. In case you’re wondering, my newborn session run under $400, which is in my opinion, completely reasonable.

There are so many factors that go into pricing for photography….I won’t get into the specifics today, but I wanted to use myself as an example. Just to kind of show how I’ve progressed as a newborn photographer…and to maybe give you a good laugh or snort!

Wait, you charged money for these newborn photos?

You guys, I did charge money for these. Not a lot, but I did. 3 years ago I booked my first newborn client. Luckily, that client was my beautiful niece and her parents weren’t expecting much, they were just trying to support me! I showed up with my starter camera, a portable space heater and for an hour or so floundered about doing my best to get great photos for the new family of three. Guys. They are NOT great. They’re actually like those #pinterestfails you sometimes see.

This was obviously before I had mastered editing programs like Photoshop or Lightroom. Really before I’d mastered anything, but I was so excited and so thankful to my family for giving me a chance!

Why newborn photos cost so much | Red Deer Photographers | Raelene Schulmeister Photography

Why newborn photos cost so much | Red Deer Photographers | Raelene Schulmeister Photography

I had a few more sessions for newborn photos that year. I’d watched some free youtube videos and tried to copy what I saw on the internet or on Facebook…still getting those #pinterestfails.

Why newborn photos cost so much | Red Deer Photographers | Raelene Schulmeister Photography

I’ll give you a minute to calm your laughter. I know these aren’t technically the best photos. The parents were all so wonderful to deal with and they all have photos of their tiny babies! It was their grace and encouragement though that pushed me to search for education. I learned very quickly that everything I’d been doing had been…well, I’ll just say not right.

I invested money into taking workshop and online classes specifically for newborn photography. Focusing on newborn safety. And posing. And wrapping. And editing.

I hired a contractor to build me a studio in my home, I invested in studio lights and beautiful props for my clients to use.

Now, I’ve refined my newborn photography skills!

Some before and after comparisons for you!

Why newborn photos cost so much | Red Deer Photographers | Raelene Schulmeister Photography| before and after newborn mentoring

Why newborn photos cost so much | Red Deer Photographers | Raelene Schulmeister Photography| before and after newborn mentoring

Why newborn photos cost so much | Red Deer Photographers | Raelene Schulmeister Photography| before and after newborn mentoring

Why newborn photos cost so much

When you factor in how much education a photographer has invested in, their skill level…all those things I mentioned above, the time it takes to consult with your clients via email or phone. Setting up specifically for your baby’s session, shooting the session that could last anywhere from 2-4 hours (depending on your baby of course!), the time it takes to HAND edit those precious photos of your little one, not just throw a filter on them PLUS delivering those photos to you in a way that they’ll be backed up online until that tiny baby gets to be 10 years old…That has to be worth something…right?




If you’re expecting a baby and would like to talk to me about scheduling a newborn session, or if you just have questions, shoot me an email!




Photographers! Can you relate? I can totally help! If you’re looking to up your newborn photography game we need to hang out! If there’s something I love almost as much as taking photos of adorable piles of baby squish. it’s helping other photographers serve their clients better! Contact me about newborn photography mentoring!

  1. Travis Mills

    April 19th, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Thank you for sharing your early work. Its so wonderful to look back and see how far we have come as creative entrepreneurs! Your images are amazing (and those babies are soooo ridiculously cute!)

  2. Raelene Schulmeister

    April 19th, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks Travis!! It is seriously amazing! Sometimes when I get the Creative Flu (where you think everything you touch is just garbage) I’ll look at something from the beginning and it really puts where I am right NOW into perspective!

  3. Tracy Irwin

    April 19th, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I love seeing where creative’s started…and how far they’ve come. I admire you so much for always educating yourself, taking in as much as you can. You are constantly learning and reading and attending workshops which completely sets you apart. You are not only deliver incredibly gorgeous photos for your families, but you do it the right way. You’re very inspiring ????

  4. Raelene Schulmeister

    April 19th, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Tracy!! Thank you friend!! I don’t know about doing it the ‘right way’ but it’s what’s working for me!!

  5. Kimberly

    April 19th, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Great information! Newborns are a lot more work than people think. ????

  6. Raelene Schulmeister

    April 19th, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    They totally are Kimberly! We laugh at my house and say that all my patience are saved up for dealing with my squishy newborns!

  7. Kayla

    April 19th, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Great post! Love the before and after photos. All your hard work has definitely paid off because your newborn photos are so adorable!

  8. Raelene Schulmeister

    April 19th, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks Kayla!! I love a drastic before and after comparison!

  9. Joy

    April 19th, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Wow Raelene! You are so talented! I really admiring you too for showing your older work. You can see how much you love what you do and that you pour your heart into it. The parents of these sweet babes were so lucky to have you as their photographer!

  10. Raelene Schulmeister

    April 19th, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Oh Joy!! You’re too sweet!! I really feel like people need to know how we’ve changed and progressed to appreciate where we are now!

  11. lindsay

    April 19th, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Great post and so true! Newborns are a whole different type of photography! You’ve grown so much and your shots are wonderful 🙂

  12. Raelene Schulmeister

    April 19th, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks so much Lindsay! I appreciate that!!

  13. Nikki Holt

    April 24th, 2017 at 11:51 am

    This is such an important article, thanks for writing it Raelene! I love how you approach it with a sense of humour and vulnerability!! Your work has progressed amazingly and you are so crazy talented, these examples are everything! 🙂

  14. Raelene Schulmeister

    April 28th, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks so much Nikki!! And seriously, if we can’t poke fun about ourselves….. ????

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