- Price List
- 1. Do I really need a professional photographer?
Some people wonder if it's worth going to a professional photographer rather than a photo booth in a retail store or using an amateur. The answer depends on what you want. Consider the following:
• For a portrait session, a professional photographer will typically spend 2 hours or more with you. Your session will include multiple locations and have hundreds of images from which to choose.
• A professional photographer knows the best locations and how to help you pose.
• A professional photographer may use reflectors, studio lights, and other equipment to take advantage of different lighting conditions.
• A professional photographer has the expertise to perform extensive Photoshop manipulations to remove braces, add people, or even make you lose 20 pounds!
• For every 1 hour spent shooting, a professional photographer will spend an additional 2 or 3 hours cropping, color balancing, tweaking the exposure and retouching each image by hand to remove blemishes and background distractions.
• The equipment used by professional photographers produces high resolution images with the subject being tack sharp yet the background can be soft and blurred to reduce distractions when appropriate.
The time and experience required to provide this level of service is significantly beyond what a typical retail store or amateur shooter can offer. You will see the difference in the final images.
We try our best to offer high quality professional services at affordable prices. We can work with nearly any budget.
- 2. Senior Pictures and Family Portraits
Senior Portraits ($295*) or Single Family Sessions ($395*)
For a simple fixed fee, we offer a complete individual portrait or single family session typically consisting of up to a 2 hour photo shoot and up to 4 hours of basic post production work. All images are retouched by hand to remove blemishes and minor background distractions. You may choose an indoor session at the Bradley studio or an outdoor session in our gardens and nearby lake.
For a small additional fee, you can have both an indoor and outdoor session the same day! We're also happy to come to your home, a local park, the Plaza, or other locations in the Kansas City area. We can even find an "urban grunge" location with rusty doors, exposed brick, and graffiti if that's your preference. If necessary we can bring studio lights and backdrops to your home.
We can also create unique "memory photos" by merging and manipulating images to create unique one-of-a-kind photos.
In about 5-7 days, your retouched images will be placed on a web gallery for your review. You will also get a "Reproduction Release" and a thumb drive with high resolution images so you can have your pictures printed anywhere you want plus you'll have the original images for creating books, cards, videos, posting to Facebook, etc.
*Additional charges may apply for some locations, larger family groups (over 5 people), extended families, and other services. Contact us to discuss your specific needs and receive a Professional Service Quotation.
- 3. Playtime Photography
Playtime Photography (Special Pricing - Limited Time Offer) $150*
No studio lights, reflectors, backdrops, props, or formal posing. No fussing about stray hairs or wardrobe changes. Just your child doing what they love . . . playing! We spend an hour at a park, or a petting zoo, or your own back yard capturing your little one in their natural setting. You’ll treasure the innocence reflected in these images. For this affordable fixed fee you get all the digital images for creating your own books, posting to social media, and printing for family and friends. Images are placed on a web gallery for you to review and download at your leisure.
* Additional fees may apply for multiple children or locations
- 4. Special Events
Special Events: Starting at $350
Ideal for parties, family reunions, corporate events, etc. You can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that a professional photographer will capture all the images. The base rate includes up to 2 hours of shooting plus up to 4 hours of basic post-production work. A web gallery will be created for your guests to review the images.
The final price will vary depending on location, number of subjects, purpose of images, type of event, locations, remote studio requirements, and several other factors. Contact us to discuss your special needs.
- 5. Wedding Photography
Full Day Wedding Coverage: $1800 *
(Includes 2 photographers, approximately 60 hours of labor, and high resolution images on a thumb drive)
Our approach to wedding photography is a combination of creativity and attention to detail balanced with organization and planning. Prior to the event we will tour the venue, discuss your preferences, identify the shooting locations, and get a clear understanding of your needs and expectations. We have the flexibility to shoot a small intimate ceremony or bring in studio lights to illuminate a large sanctuary.
Example of a Typical Wedding Package:
• One planning meeting at the venue prior to the wedding
• One photographer for the day of the event (6 - 8 hrs.)
• One assistant / photographer for the event (6 - 8 hrs.)
• Approximately 1500 - 2000 images will be shot at the event.
• Of those, approximately 300-500 will be selected as "keepers" for final delivery.
• Each of the final images will be retouched by hand to improve the color balance, lighting, remove blemishes and minimize background distractions.
• We will create a website gallery of images for family and friends to view
• We will provide a "Reproduction Release" form and high resolution images for the bride & groom's use.
• Onsite Services: 12 - 16 hrs
• Post-Production: 40 - 50 hrs
Many additional options are available and packages can be customized to your needs. This price is simply an example of a typical wedding.
Contact us to talk about your special day and receive a detailed Professional Services Quotation. We can work with nearly any budget.
- 6. Pet Photography
Pet Photography (Special Pricing - Limited Time Offer) $150*
Many of us know our pets are family and we want portraits that capture their unique personality.
* Additional fees may apply for multiple pets or locations
- 7. Onsite Business Photography
Onsite Business Photography: Starting at $350
(Includes the photographer, up to 2 hours of shooting & up to 4 hrs post production)
Remote Studio Setup (Optional): Starting at $175
(Includes 4 lights, 1 backdrop, and laptop. Requires 15' x 20' of open floor space)
Ideal for onsite professional headshots of your business associates, product photography, process documentation, marketing, real estate, etc. All images are touched by hand. The final price will depend on the location, the time requirements, the purpose of the images, the equipment requirements, the amount of post production manipulation, etc. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.
- 8. Professional Headshots
Professional Headshots: Starting at $100 ea.
Shot at the Bradley studio, your headshots will take about 30 minutes. We will then retouch the images to remove minor blemishes and stray hairs. Your retouched digital images will be delivered to you the next business day.
As an alternative, we can also come to your office to shoot the entire team for a consistent appearance for your website and business cards.
The final price will depend on the time requirements, the purpose of the images, etc. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.
- 9. Professional Reprints vs Consumer Reprints
These days many customers want to have digital images of their entire session. We try to honor their request but warn that this practice has both advantages and disadvantages.
Advantage: It gives you complete control over your costs and you can use the images for a variety of purposes (reprints, social media, books, videos, etc.). For many, this works out very well.
Disadvantage: Some customers get their photos printed based on a low cost or convenient location rather than evaluating where to get the best product. Some will also try to do their own retouching or color balancing. As a result, many photographers refuse to allow non-professional reprints because it negatively impacts the quality of their work and harms their reputation. For a photographer, quality is critical to their ongoing business.
I try to reach some middle ground by providing images for customers to use but encouraging them towards professional prints for display on for your wall or desk. Here are a few things to consider:
1. Better color / Better Paper
Professional print labs use higher quality ink, better equipment, and better paper that gives them more control to accurately reproduce your photos. Better ink + Better equipment + Better paper = Better prints.
The print services offered by drug stores and retail stores don’t even come close. Their prints are typically not as sharp, they’re frequently dark, they may have erratic cropping, and they frequently have red or green color shifts. Many retailers also print on thin lightweight paper.
2. Sizes and Options
Professional labs offer many more sizes and printing options. As one example, all of my large professional prints are mounted on a foam core or mat board. This produces a rigid backing for easy framing and long term display without wrinkles. Large prints from drug stores and retail stores are typically rolled up like a cheap poster and secured with a rubber band!
3. Consistency and Quality
People who work at professional labs are true print specialists. They strive to produce the best looking results since that is their only business. At a professional lab, each image is reviewed and the printer is calibrated by an actual human being. They are trained to produce high quality prints every time. With drug store and retail store prints, the quality can largely depend on who’s working that day. Many know little more than how to turn the machine on.
Does it really make a difference?
Absolutely. Professional prints are sharper, the colors are more vibrant and accurate, and you can feel the difference in the paper. Because of the higher quality, professional prints will stand the test of time.
What’s the bottom line?
As most things in life, I believe you need a balance. Most customers do a combination of professional and consumer grade reprints. If you’re just storing pictures in an envelope or scrap book for occasional review, or handing out large quantities of small pictures to acquaintances, then going the less expensive route is perfectly fine. It can save you some money. But if you need long term display of a treasured image, especially large framed photos for your desk or wall, professional prints are the only way to go. They are well worth the additional cost because you will notice the difference.