Price should be the LAST thing you consider when you select your portrait artist. I know...I hear that collective groan:
“Really? What if I come up with a list of artists I can’t afford?”
First, you have to define “afford.” No doubt custom art is an investment, but it is also a luxury expenditure. Everyone has different levels of either saved or disposable income that can be allocated to a session. When defining your budget, determine if you’re more likely to save versus splurge, or if you’ll be flexible and make that decision once you see your images. Then, think about what your product goals are: a heritage piece of wall art, a few select prints, a keepsake album. Understanding what you really need, as well as what you want, will help you determine what you can spend with a particular artist.
You may have a budget that will allow you to purchase ALL images from a local photographer of mediocre quality or SOME images from another photographer... OR exactly what you need, from an exceptional artist. Try to not get locked into the idea of “all” before you know what “all” looks like.
It’s with hesitation and a sigh that we say that with most budget photographers, “you get what you pay for.” But more often than not, if you aren’t investing in someone who has experience and offers quality, expertise, style, and vision, you will receive images that reflect just that. That said, there are talented artists of all types in every market segment, catering to a range of budgets, and with research and patience and maybe a referral, you can find one that checks all your boxes.
Portraiture is an investment, make the most of it.
If you would like to learn more about having a portrait session with me or if you have any other questions, I’d be happy to jump on a quick phone call with you.
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!