As the saying goes, “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” –Norman Vincent Peale Making sure you have the budget for corporate headshots prices is one of the first concerns I assuage when people enquire about my services.
Luckily, office headshot fees are very budget-friendly and I offer a variety of options at different prices that I think make it affordable for most small business owners. To help people considering hiring a professional photographer for their branding photography, I’ve got a breakdown of what to expect and how you can budget for the expenses. Every session is different and keeps in mind that everyone has different goals, which is why I aim to be as pragmatic and flexible as possible.
After all, the cost of your business headshot can vary greatly depending on where you will use the images, how many pictures you want, and how long the session will last. To help everyone get a sense of what to expect, I have highlighted each stage of the transaction along with tips for what might suit budget-conscious business owners looking to keep their headshot price affordable.
You might hear the terms: session fee, portrait sitting, booking fee, deposit, retainer, and photoshoot. You can expect to pay for the photoshoot i.e. the time it takes for the photographer to take your photograph. And this will be the price quoted in an email, price list, price sheet, or sales page on a website.
Very often photographers require a deposit or retainer that is non-refundable. This will be a percentage of the booking fee. It’s responsible to check what their cancellation policy is as photographers will not return your money if the session is canceled. The booking fee covers: planning the session, your session guides as eBooks, your shoot, and a proofing gallery where you can preview the photographs.
Some photographers have a booking fee + photographs included. Whilst others set a booking + you purchase photographs or prints separately. Bear in mind, the range in headshot prices is wide, and this reflects the level of expertise and experience of the photographer.
There are lots of talented photographers on the Isle of Wight, so you will be able to find someone that falls within your budget. To help get a lower price on your business headshot, be sure to look at my headshot specials. Designed for the budget-conscious, these taster sessions are for 3 days only each month and include 3 digital photographs for your corporate headshots.
Buying your photographs
The cost of purchasing photographs or prints will be a significant part of your budget. Some people spend £50 whilst others can exceed £300 for their official photographs. The choice of how much you spend is completely up to you. You can choose just one photograph for LinkedIn and your ‘about page’ or order 30 photographs to use on your social media accounts for the month. You can choose between express headshot days catering to people who just need to update their photographs to bespoke sessions that can last a couple of hours.
When choosing your Isle of Wight photographer, you have the choice of booking directly via their website or picking up the phone and chatting through your options before you commit.
Here’s an example of a photographer’s contact page. In terms of headshot prices, be sure to pay the booking fee ahead of your session and then expect to pay for your chosen photographs before they are processed in Photoshop and delivered via Dropbox. A photographer won’t work on your files until they have been paid.
No one wants to feel taken advantage of and I answer a lot of questions about, ‘what’s the total cost’. Photographers are experts at running their businesses in a transparent and supportive manner, your photographer will be upfront about their prices and services. Ask to see their price list, talk about what you want, request a breakdown of the costs, and take time to decide if you want the expense.
Hiring a photographer is a luxury. It will help if you calculate how many photographs you want and then add on one or two more. Most people book me for ‘just one photo’ and are so surprised at how well they photograph that they purchase additional photographs for their loved ones.
Session fee + 5 photographs = £PRICE And if you need to bring down the cost, just order one photograph. There’s no obligation to buy any more.
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Print your photographs
Printing your photographs is another route that will increase how much you spend on your business headshots. If you are worried about finding the right printing company, framing your artwork, or creating albums it’s best to work with a photographer who specializes in fine art prints. I’m a digital-only photographer which means I do not offer prints or albums.
When I deliver your photographs, I also include ‘Recommended Printers’ and ‘How to take care of your images’ as part of my service. This will guide you in printing your photographs to the highest possible quality. If you are a budding entrepreneur and are still concerned about headshot prices, they don’t need to cost a fortune. Fear not. There is a tremendous amount of value in investing in your first professional photographs.
A great-looking headshot will help you connect with your clients, establish your credibility and give you an edge over your competitors. And the sessions are lots of fun.
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If you have any questions about my home studio or booking your first corporate headshot, call Amanda Herbert Photography on +44 (0)7719316609 or use the contact form below