Why does custom photography cost so much? Is it worth the investment?

Many people have no idea what exactly goes in to a session. The beginning of the process starts with an email or a call. But it does not end when the session ends. It is just beginning for the photographer. For this reason I was able to find some amazing facts by two photographers that can shed light on that question. Found on the Professional Child Photographer  and  Jenika's Lens.

How did you become a photographer?

I’ve always loved photography, but it wasn’t until after several disappointing sessions with other photographers and investing a small fortune that I decided to pursue my love of photography. Having a child with special needs he was not easy to work with and I found that the discount store photographers were not patient or kind with him. They just wanted to be done with us as soon as we would begin our studio session.  So I started taking sessions for free until I felt confident enough in my ability to turn what I loved, into an income.

How long have you been a professional photographer?

This is my nineth year in business — crazy! I start to get antsy if I go to long without having my camera in my hands. I absolutely LOVE my job!

What camera do you use?

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 6D. My lenses are the 35mm f/1.4,  50mm f/1.4 lens, and the 85mm f/1.4 lens. These lenses are sharp, fast, and have amazing bokah. 

Do you have a studio?

Yes.  My studio is located at 9715 Westbury Way Highlands Ranch, CO 80129. It is within my home located right off the front door. I opened my studio so that I was able to photograph infants and children’s milestones. I also can photograph small family groupings. We are open by request and appointment only.  

What should I wear for my portraits?

I have compiled a Pinterest board for a guide of what to wear before your scheduled session. You will find color pallets and different styled clothing, including different textures and what to wear on your feet for the big day. Planning at least three weeks before your session of what to wear before you session date will eliminate stress from your experience. That way if you need to order or buy anything -it will give you plenty of time to put your pallet together. Please avoid anything that is a ‘one-color pallet note’ as it is difficult to add dimension and vibrancy to your photos without a break-up of color. Past experience has taught me that these sessions never turn out as favorites of the client or the photographer.



Can I bring another family member, friend or a four legged friend?

YES! I love it when my clients bring along a “laugh buddy.” You’re also welcome to bring pets, as long as you have somewhere to keep them when they’re not being photographed. If it’s too hot to leave them in the car for a while, then please bring someone else to hold their leash.

How is location selected and does price include travel?

Typically sessions take place either outdoors or in my studio. For outdoor sessions, I’m happy to provide location suggestions within Denver. Travel is included with every session within the Denver Metro area location.

Do you offer mini sessions?

I believe that photography should not be a rushed experience– I want you to truly enjoy our time together and leave with some amazing memories. The difference in expressions between the beginning of the end and end of the session is truly remarkable. I find that when people have time to settle into the session and get used to the camera and me, we’re able to create more authentic portraits. For these reasons, I don’t offer mini sessions but twice a year for families only. Because families would like family portraits done quickly ....I do offer them for one sceduled day only. Location is picked by the photographer and there are only a limited number of spots.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Painted Chair Photography accepts all major credit cards, cash, or check. Because credit card companies take a percentage of every sale for processing, the best way to support small businesses is by paying with cash or check. PCP is a registered, tax-paying business and will produce proof of insurance and a sales tax certificate for Denver upon request.

Will you keep the images from my session private?

All clients sign an optional model release before the session. If you would prefer to keep your images private, you may indicate your request at that time. For clients who choose to decline the model release, I absolutely respect your decision and will keep your images under lock and key.

How many images do you take at the session?

It varys at each session the amount of images I take. Many factors effect how much time I have to photograph.  That said, attitudes, weather, and clothing changes can effect the amout of time I have to photograph. For this reason, you want to be well fed and rested, have your props/clothing ready to go, and have a great attitude. Rushing through a session is not on my agenda - however if any of these above items are lacking - I typically will end the session once I have enough to compile an adequate gallery. 

 I LOVE finding pockets of light and working with the elements. Even though you may have purchased a session with a 'certain amount of time limit' I never look at the time. I go-with-the-flow and shoot as long as I need and as long as you are willing to spend with me. The longer I spend with you the more relaxed and candid images I can capture.

How long will it take me to receive my images after the session?

Your proofing gallery will be posted two to three weeks after your session, and your retouched digital images will be in your hands a week after you have placed your order. As I hand edit each digital image and DO NOT batch process - the process takes longer. But I LOVE to have control over editing each image so they are all custom finished. Total turnaround time is 2-3 weeks for portrait sessions, longer for Lifestyle and Senior Sessions.