kara hendricks

Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, Phoenix, & Scottsdale, AZ


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Where Can I Find An Afforable Photographer?

November 16, 2023

High School Seniors


“Can any recommend a __________________ who’s reasonably priced?

“I need a ________________ that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.”

“I need a ____________________that won’t break the bank!”

As a small business owner, these idioms fascinate me, because these are subjective for every person. Why don’t people say the amount or range of price that they want to spend? What does “reasonable” mean? According to the dictionary, this word means, “having sound judgment; fair and sensible”.

People asking those questions must have a price in mind that they decide is “reasonable” so I’m curious how they came to that conclusion.

Consider this: What’s reasonable to one person might be pocket change to another. It’s like trying to agree on the perfect temperature in a room—you’re either sweating or freezing. The point is, when it comes to photography pricing, reasonable is in the eye of the beholder.

Like any service-oriented business, you will get different types of services with different price points. Let’s compare a fast food restaurant with a fancy steak house for dinner. What are the differences? At the fast food restaurant,    don’t expect the person taking your order or the person cooking the food to have gone to a Culinary or Chef School or you don’t expect them to come to your table take your order, deliver your food, cooked to perfection and give you great service. But when we go to a fancy steak house, we know we will be paying a higher price for a fillet mignon cooked to the desired doneness that we requested, we will have a waiter that has experience to make your dining pleasant and personal.

In my small High School Senior Photography business, I have different price points for different budgets and I am also willing to work with people’s budgets. But what that means is, if your budget is less than my rate, you will get less in exchange.

So what is the cost for an arm or a leg? According to an article in, the average maximum compensation for an arm in the United States is $169,878. So even the cost for an arm is relative. It would benefit consumers to do some research on what service you’re interested to be aware of the range of pricing and then ask for that service in that price range.

When is comes to High School Pictures the differences lay within the experience. You’re not just paying for someone to click a button; you’re investing in an experience. Picture this: You’ve hired a photographer who doesn’t just take photos but tells a story with each frame – they’re crafting a visual narrative of your high school journey—one that resonates with you, your style, and your story. They make you feel like the star of your own movie. Suddenly, that extra zero on the invoice seems like a small price to pay for a lifetime of memories. Imagine a photographer who not only captures your best angles but also understands the significance of this chapter in your life. Suddenly, the investment isn’t just about the photos; it’s about curating an experience that reflects your personality, your achievements, and your unique journey through high school.

What are the differences in photographers? There are those who have a “hobby business” and charge a minimal charge, not investing time into your experience because it’s their side hustle or side job. Then there are the professionals who have a full time photography business  – they have taken classes, hired coaches, do continuing learning, invested in the best equipment and help you through the senior year to get the most stress-free experience that your senior will love with an outcome of the highest quality images that show your high school senior’s personality!

There are different types of high school senior photographers and you can choose which one fits into your budget with the package that fits your needs.

As you embark on your search for the perfect high school senior photographer, ask yourself what you want from this experience. Are you looking for a quick and budget-friendly session, or are you ready to invest in a high school senior photographer who can transform your senior pictures into a visual masterpiece?

When you search for a High School Senior Photographer, what questions should you ask? I’ve got a FREE list of the most important questions to ask as you search for the perfect fit for you! Just click the button below:

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