Recently, I saw an image kind of like the one below (except there was an actual baby in it). Set cost was around $500. I thought, "Surely not!". Well, I grabbed one of my least expensive sets and decided to do the whole "How much does a set really cost". Turns out it's quite a bit. I got my pricing from ebay to etsy which were the lowest prices I could find. (Try to buy new or for a girl and see how much it costs!)
Considering a newborn photographer normally has at least 3 sets (we have 5 stationary sets and close to 20 "switch-outs") you're talking an investment of around $750-$1000 just in startup set costs. Wow! This is JUST for newborns!
NOW, that's not counting camera bodies, lenses, lighting, overhead, safety training, workshops, computers, software, additional props and backdrops for families, kids, seniors, and I could go on and on and on and on. But I won't because I'm sure you get the picture ;) Well, that and because that was the longest run-on sentence ever.
You'll have a lifetime of wide-eyed wonder and goofy grins but you only get ONE chance for newborn pictures!
Make it count.
I sure wish I could find the other photographer's image! I would link to her. (Her name is Kimberly ? - if anyone wants to share her info with me, I'll be glad to post a link).
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