January 9, 2011

THRIFTY PHOTO SESSION!

When Mur-Man turned eight weeks old…I was CONVINCED that I needed a professional photographer to take quality photos.  I am one of those moms that wasn’t interested in going to department or retail store for our photos, but instead wanted a more photo-journalism style of shoot.  (Ethne has told me horror stories of her first photo session in a department store—it was packed, they rush you in, then they pressure sales you on the spot to pick out your photos while your child is gradually getting fussier and fussier, you spend too much and leave disappointed and miserable). 

I spoke to other moms, I researched, and I found the perfect spot.  I LOVED THE PHOTOS—DON’T GET ME WRONG THEY WERE FAB-U-LOUS!  But photo session cost later, photo order later, and I had thrown down roughly $500.00!  YIKES!
That’s when I devised a plan.  Mission:  MY HUSBAND WOULD TAKE OUR PHOTOS AND WE WOULD SAVE MONEY!
My husband worked in higher education as well and also works in journalism.  He is talented and really can take a good photo.  I am sure that we all have these people in our lives or know a friend of a friend that you could hire. 
Steve plus my Mur-Man!

SO SERIOUS--MY FAVORITE!
So I planned, I recruited my good friend Reagen to assist, and I determined the wardrobe, and we LUCKED OUT!  The photo session was literally scheduled for the LAST nice weekend in North Dakota before the snow flew!  And the photos turned out FAB-U-LOUS!   Guess what—the photo session cost me nothing!!!!

LOOK AT ME SMILE!
Guess what else—I ordered prints from Walmart and spend just under $35.00 for all the needed 5X 7 photos and wallets.  Guess what else—I ordered canvases from an online company that had a great sale—FREE 8 x 10 CANVAS ALL YOU PAY FOR IS SHIPPING!  TOTAL COST—UNDER $35.00 FOR TWO CANVAS PHOTOS!
THRIFTY PHOTO SHOOT FINAL COST:  UNDER $80.00
PROFESSIONAL PHOTO SHOOT WITH PHOTO ORDER:  ROUGHLY $500.00! (keep in mind--not all professionals charge this much!)
THRIFTY TIP:  Consider taking your own photos!  You WILL SAVE A LOT!
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

~Lori

5 comments:

WOM-MOMS said...

I love Mur-Man ~ Aunt Ethne

Kirsti said...

Great work Lori! Love the photos, and the thriftiness!

Stacey said...

Where did you get your canvas prints?

WOM-MOMS said...

Stacey:

the canvases were printed through canvaspeople.com.

they always have deals and the quality was excellent. I would recommend them.

Lori

Waltzing Matilda said...

Well done Lori! :o)

Julie Neidlinger