My wife and I are interested in getting some recent photos made of ourselves to share with children and grandchildren, We want good quality photos so we contacted various studios near us. I was dumbfounded at the prices quoted. We realize that photographers have quite an investment in their equipment but, I have to be honest, seems exorbitant. Let me give an example.
Most want an up front cost of $200 to $300. This is like a retainer for a lawyer. However the up front cost includes anywhere from 6 to 8 images (poses) of your choosing. Then they will be digitized and the link will be sent to your computer. Now if you want good photos made you then are required to upload to a photo lab, where you have an additional cost per photo. Their costs vary by size and quantity. Anywhere from $10 and up and they mail to your home.
If you have the photographer do all this, their price was quoted as $30 to $40 per 8x10 and $10 to $15 for 5x7. I guess I must have pulled a "Rip Van Winkle" and lost touch with reality. It's just hard for me to wrap my head around these costs.
Before anyone suggests smartphones, let me just say our phones suit their purpose, and see no need for such devices. Besides there seems to be a lot of difference in quality from phone to phone.
Most portrait studios and such are few and far between, Olan Mills, etc.
We are looking for alternatives