Nostalgic Memories Photography     
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Senior Photos,  Weddings, Engagements,
Special Occasions, Organizations, Concerts,

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Your Personalized Photographer.    For Custom Wedding Pricing Please contact me at  nostalgia@centurytel.net   or   nostalgicmemoriesbylea@gmail.com

253-857-4756    253-255-0681 cell

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Basic Sitting fee
includes 1 8x10

Sitting Fee Includes:
 

* Telephone consultation
* Time & talent , equipment of photographer
   (usually 1-2 hours)
* Minor editing preparation of files for printing. Special effects, Montages charged per request.
* Private online proofing gallery available.  *CD of watermarked proofs only

* CD Proof Available

 

Photo Packages (Plus Sitting Fee, extra)

 

Silver - $50

 

 

 

Gold - $75

 

 

 

Platinum - $130

   

1 8x10
2 5x7
16 wallets same photo

2 8x10
4 5x7
16  wallets same photo

1 11x14
2 8x10
4 5x7
24 wallets same photo

 
  Sitting Fee $75 up to 2 people (you and a friend)
$10 for addition members
or $100 special Occasion Fee
(costs are paid in addition to photo hire for out of town bookings)
 
 
  A $75 non-refundable retainer fee is
due at the time of booking.
Outdoor photo shoots may be rescheduled due to weather.
 
  Additional $45 travel charges apply for sessions
greater than 20 miles from studio/business office in Gig Harbor. Longer than 50 miles distance costs extra
(paid prior to shoot at time of contract booking)
 


NEW FROM OUR STUDIO
Full Studio Portraits with choice of stationary background or Chromakey Software & Backdrop options (Green Screen with choice of background portraiture) is now available for Bridal sittings/Professional Studio Portraits or Senior Photography.
SEE OUR DISPLAY OF STUDIO LIGHT GEAR
    A La Carte Pricing (Plus Sitting Fee extra) Digital images not provided unless special request is made with photographer

3x5 .......... $5
4x6 .......... $10
5x7 .......... $15
8x10 .........$25

 

11x14 .......... $30
16x20 .......... $40
8 wallets ..... . $15

Add $5-$10 for matting

CD with all images at least 70 (non edited, non-high resolution) plus sitting/special occasion fee.................$125  per order

CD Edited with High Resolution  Images at least 70............. $200 plus  sitting fee $75 per order

DVD ~ slideshow ................ $200 plus sitting fee per order

We do not provide CD and DVD only unless specially approved request is agreed upon, sitting fee added in all cases, this must be added to original order. Unless otherwise agreed upon

  • Basic Weddings $600.00 (special occasion/function sessions)  (as of 2010)

    For Weddings   Pre-planning consists of... We will sit and talk about what you are desiring, and the plan of the day.  Research of the church may be necessary, this can be done before/after rehearsal.
         I am ready to photograph one hour before the ceremony starts, where I'm able to capture the bride and groom ready room, and I'll stay until the bride & groom leave the reception. This shoot includes the basic, bride and groom shots, rings/exchanging of the rings/candle lighting, arch of swords/steel,  family members/friends groupings, cake cutting, leaving for honeymoon.  I am usually there for about 6 to 7 hours and shoot several hundred shots. With this package, you will get my time, my expertise, editing of finished images, 
    1.   A beautiful Wedding Album with (20) 5x7 or (10) 8x10s,
    2.  (1) proof album filled with 20 4x6 prints of  the proofs I take at your wedding prints of your choice,
    3.  and also 20 B&W 4x6.  Additional proof books make wonderful memory souvenirs for mothers of the bride and groom at **extra charge.
         Photo Special effects or montages are priced separately.  Full Studio Portraits with choice of stationary background or Chromakey Software & Backdrop options (Green Screen with choice of background portraiture) is now available for bridal sittings/professional studio portraits.
    A CD with copyright retained by me, of all your proofs is available for additional price.
    Blow up of individual images prices as above stated. Add $5 to $10 depending on size, for matting.
    A fully edited DVD slideshow with music of entire wedding is also available, ask for prices.
         Special Occasion coverage is personally agreed to individually, as for final prints and costs, negotiable depending on need of organization, but based on the wedding information above.

    A $75 non-refundable retainer fee is due at the time of booking to hold date. The first half of your total payment is due one month before your wedding/event, and the second half is due when you pick up your pictures. Finished Images will not be turned over to customer until payment is paid in full.
         A Contract  and deposit must be signed to book/hold your date of event.
    Please contact me for more information.
    Nostalgic Memories by Lea Photography
    Referral Program:

    If you refer a customer to me,  they book and turn in their initial order, and shoot their photo session then you will receive a $10.00 photo credit. If you refer more than one, you'll get a $10.00 photo credit per person.  This is good opportunity for Anniversary or Birthday sessions..

Our special Occasion Photography Sessions and Private Event Photography are based on the same pricing as our wedding fees.  If session is out of regional area, prices are charged for travel and expenses.  A Contract must be signed to book your date/time and earnest money of $75. (non refundable) is required to book the photographer and hold the date of the event.  Some special non-profit organizations will receive a special reduction for costs depending on our personal arrangements and booking agreements in writing.
We reserve rights to all photography taken and don't release full rights to our images. All photos must be given photo credit  for public use, and are signed on image as  Nostalgic Memories by Lea   unless other arrangements are mutually agreed upon. Signature is not to be removed for any purpose or if image is printed privately.

 

Mechanical Failure:  ** I use at least two (2) separate cameras when doing photo shoots/sittings. There will always be images captured.

Photography is an art form which incorporates the use of mechanical devices, such as cameras, flash cards for saving images,  flash/light units, lenses, and other devices which periodically may malfunction.  In the remote possibility that a mechanical failure happens and photos are not captured, the photographer is dissolved of any intentional wrong doing and cannot be held liable for the failure or final result.

Compensation for the photos affected will be rectified by refund or mutual agreement, if re-shoot is not possible. 

**This statement is printed on all contracts.

Why does it seem that Professional Photographers are so expensive?
In this digital age where everyone has digital cameras, scanners and home "photo printers", when people upload their photos to a local drug store website and pick them up a few hours later, we hear this all the time - How in the world do Professional Photographers charge $55 for an 8x10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drug store?

Here's why.

Simply put, you're not just paying for the actual photograph, you're paying for time, quality of high end equipment and the photographer's expertise and experience behind the lens. First, let's look at the actual time involved.

For a two hour portrait session: Take into consideration

- one hour of travel to and from the session
- two hours of shooting
- 30 minutes of setup, preparation, talking to the client etc.
- 30 minutes to load the photos onto a computer (2 - 4 Gb of data)
- 30 minutes to back up the files on an external drive
- 3 - 4 plus hours of Photoshop time including cropping, touchup, contrast, color, sharpening, saving a copy for print and a copy for the internet and backing up the edited photographs
- 2 - 3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive their order and payment, selecting/order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment and drop package off at clients or shipping.
- For local customers, we also print a set of all of their photos, and meet them at our studio to review the photos and place their order. Meeting and travel time averages 2 hours.

You can see how one two hour session easily turns into more than ten hours of work from start to finish. So when you see a Photographer charging a $200 session fee for a two hour photo shoot, you are not paying them $100 / hour.

For an eight hour wedding:

- An eight hour wedding typically amounts to at least two to three full 40 hour work weeks worth of time. Again, if they are charging you $4,000 for an eight hour wedding, you are not paying them $500 / hour.

Now for the expertise.

Shooting professional photography is a skill, acquired through years of experience. Even though a decent quality camera can now cost under $2,000 taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera. For instance a single lens for low light shooting cost me $1,600. but the quality is supurb!

Most Professional Photographers take years to go from buying their first decent camera to making money with their photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera itself as well as all the accessories, there is a mountain of other equipment involved, lenses, flash and studio lights, as well as numerous software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website etc. Every shot is wear and tear to gear.

And let's not forget that you actually have to have people skills, be able to communicate, make people comfortable in front of the camera - and posing people to make them look their best in a photograph is a skill all by itself.

Think of it this way - the next time you pay $X to get your hair done, a pair of scissors only costs $1.50. But you gladly pay a lot more to hire a Professional for professional results and their expertise.

What about the cheap studios at the mall?

Please don't compare us to the chain store studios. But if you must, consider all of the time and work that we put into our photographs, compared to what they do. Good luck getting a two hour photo shoot at a chain store. Not to mention they won't come to the beach, or to your event! And of course, look at our work compared to theirs = You get what you pay for.

The truth is, most of the mall and chain store studios lose money. In fact, in 2007 Wal-Mart closed 500 of their portrait studios because of the financial drain they were putting on the company. What the chain stores bet on is that you'll come in for some quick and cheap photos, and while you're there, you'll also spend $200 on other things. They don't have to make money, they are just there to get you in the door.

Conclusion

 We hope that those who have taken the time to read this will have a better understanding of why professional photographs cost so much more than the ones that you get from your local drug store.

 

 

~Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I look forward to working with you, and in giving you the cherished images of your special captured memories, those that you desire to keep in your memory and heart for times sake .

Those that you expect and you will love now, and will reflect on in the future. A cherished heirloom that will last forever.

Capture your special moments and treasure the memories. 

Nostalgic Memories for you and for your family and friends

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