Some photographers offer 50+ images on a disc for a similar cost. It would not be feasible from a time perspective to edit 50+ images (approx. 10-15 hours of editing) for the same package price and generally with those all-inclusive packages the images have not had any editing done, or only very basic editing. Many of the photos may be repetitive or not of the best standard.
If you would like an all-inclusive package, I can offer it so feel free to ask and I will see what I can offer depending on your needs. However, generally my preference is quality over quantity. I would prefer to provide you with 10 high quality fully edited images, than provide you with 50+ unedited images.
Below is an example of a photo both pre and post editing to give you an idea of the difference. Both have been compressed for the blog, so both are much sharper in high resolution, but this gives you an idea. The one on the left has had no editing and is the JPEG straight from the camera, the one on the right has been edited from Raw. I have edited the colours, sharpness, noise, shadows, contrast, removed snots, hairs off the face, lollipop stains on her cheeks and brightened it up a bit,
Other factors that add to the cost of a reputable professional photographer besides the time spent editing, include cost of professional photographic equipment, props, insurance, marketing costs (such as website, flyers etc), time spent taking phone calls, replying to emails and time spent marketing. Most people have a point and shoot camera and can take some nice family pictures, so when you go to a professional photographer, you want your pictures to have that professional quality about them. Questions you might consider asking a prospective photographer include;
- Are you shooting in JPEG or Raw? Raw is the professional standard, but needs more post editing.
- Is your camera full frame or crop? Full frame is the professional standard and can make a vast difference to the quality of the images. Full frame cameras are also considerably more expensive.
- Do you shoot in manual or auto mode? Full manual mode gives the photographer a great deal more flexibility and creative control.
- How much time do you spend editing the images and what is edited?
- Are the images provided to me on DVD high resolution without a watermark?