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10. Danielle Penn Photography
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  • 9 years in business
  • 228 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Hermosa Beach, CA

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"Danielle Penn is an award winning and a published expert in Wedding Photography and Portrait Photography. She has been voted as not only the top female photographer in SoCal, also as one of the Top 10 Photographers in Riverside and surrounding counties. Danielle Penn specializes in capturing life's most precious moments. She brings creativity and experience to deliver photos that are striking and emotionally touching. Book her today and get photos that you will treasure for a lifetime! "I have studied the craft of photography since 2004. My studies first began in Florida, furthered through college attending at UWF, and continuing from passion into a full business. I absolutely love what I do. Capturing special-priceless moments, and love stories is what I live for. Not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera, and I completely understand and recognize this right away. After several mins, you won't even remember the camera is pointing at you. I take so much time in assuring you are comfortable, and this is why images I take shine with light, laughter, love, and full of life. Everyone is unique. Everyone has a story to capture. I can't wait to capture yours! Look forward in working together soon! " Price Breakdown: 1 hour-$400 2 hours-$600 3 hours-$900 4 hours-$1200 5 hours-$1500 6 hours-$1800 7 hours-$2100 8 hours-$2400 9 hours-$2700 10 hours-$3000 ALL PRICES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE "My breakdown of Photographing your Wedding" Why Are Wedding Photographers So Expensive??…. Or Are We?? It is a very common misconception about wedding photographers being overpriced. Wedding photos are the most tangible keepsake from your wedding day (other than your spouse….) ;) and many people believe that this is the main reason behind the high price of wedding photography. Despite their obvious sentimental value, there are so many other costs that go into producing wedding photos. Many couples wonder why full time professional wedding photographers often charge $2,500-8,000 per wedding. In order to support oneself as a full time photographer, this is a must. Most couples immediately think that if they spend $2,500 on a photographer that should account for the number of hours the photographer works photographing the wedding day, so $2500/6 hours = $416.66. Right!? Wrong..... To break it down I am going to use my number of $2500 which is a little below an average experienced wedding photographer in the state of California. Time spent working on a wedding from start to finish: -4+ hours in emails, communications, maybe meetings, agreements, etc -6 hours wedding day preparation- preparing gear, communicating with other vendors/coordinator/DJ, researching, going over a timeline, possible planning with second shooter or videographer -2-4-6-8 hours average travel time to and from wedding- driving, arriving at venue early in case of emergency, parking, etc -6 hours wedding day photography -2 hours backing up wedding photos -25 hours culling, sorting, editing, exporting, and uploading wedding photos -3-5 hours sneak peek wedding highlight after wedding -1-2 hours posting to client gallery -1 hour creating client package of finished product Total average hours involved in a wedding: 54 Expenses (budgeted average costs for a $2500 price): -Sales tax @ 8.75% in LA/OC/San Diego = $218.75 -Self Employment tax, 13% = $325 -Income tax, apx 15% = $375 -Liability + Equipment insurance (total divided by 20 weddings per year), $25 -Health Insurance, (total divided by 20 weddings per year), $90 -CC processing fee: $105.00 -Gas/travel: $50.00 aprx. -USB+ Packaging + shipping , $50.00 -Other expenses not calculated into this total: Gear, computers, transportation, software, website fees, studio space overhead, banking fees, worker’s comp insurance, accounting fees, membership fees, advertising, permits, city business taxes and fees, etc. Total: $1,298.75 in expenses per wedding Total wedding profit: $2,500 – $1,298.75 = $1,201.25 YES, Weddings are expensive and wedding photography is expensive. However, when you take into account all of the time and work I put in for a single wedding, the expenses, the quality of my work, and the value of the product you are receiving, it makes a lot more sense why wedding photographers are priced the way that they are. I am extremely passionate about what I do! Any who aren't cant survive in this industry. The long hours put in, the emotions, the 20-50 lbs of gear. You have to love what you do to be a wedding photographer, and I wouldn't trade with any other career choice. I love what I do, however I will admit, it is not a walk in the park. My experience has challenged me and kept me true to my craft. If you are planning your wedding, as you are determining your budget, keep in mind not only what all goes in to your wedding photography, but what you will take away from it. Book someone who has enough experience, gear, insurance, and knowledge. Book someone you connect with personally, and feel comfortable around. Book someone you can trust with your memories, and trust in their advice and expertise. Wedding photography may appear expensive, but all things considered it will be worth your investment in a professional."


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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Where is the best place to take baby pictures?

Baby pictures are among the most popular types of portrait photography, and most newborn photographers are well versed in the best places to take baby pictures in their local areas. Some newborn photographers will come to the hospital to shoot the baby within a day or two of birth, while others have set up their studios to accommodate the needs of infants. Some parents prefer to have the newborn photographer come to their home or travel to a favorite park or other outdoor location. Like any portrait photography, the best place to take baby pictures is the place you like best and that will yield the types of photos you want of your baby, whether that’s posed and carefully lit studio portraits or spontaneous, casual photos at home. Work with a local newborn photographer to find a safe, calm location with great lighting and some privacy for your family.

What should you wear for a family photo?

A family photographer captures your family in a series of professionally edited portraits. You can be goofy, you can be formal, you can be exactly how you want to be. To that end, you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident — feeling good translates to looking good in photos. However, top family photographers do have some style suggestions that will make your family photos more visually cohesive:

  • Ask the photographer for color suggestions if you’re doing an outdoor photo shoot. Location and time of day can affect which shades will fade in the sunlight and what will stand out in a good way.
  • Stay away from a mix of stripes or plaids on multiple people — the effect is too busy.
  • Steer clear of tiny patterns, which blend together too much.
  • Avoid wearing matching outfits.
  • Do wear outfits that are complementary in color.
  • Choose color over black-and-white outfits.
  • Do choose a theme, such as pastels, fall colors or summer colors.
  • Opt for tonally similar colors.  
  • Go easy on makeup for outdoor photo shoots.

When should you take newborn photos?

Few styles of portrait photography are as tricky as newborn photos — the unpredictable infant is always in charge! The best way to ensure a successful photo shoot is to work with a local newborn photographer within the first two weeks of the baby’s life. Some photographers even work with hospitals to offer newborn sessions within a day of the baby’s birth. But newborn photographers usually recommend scheduling a shoot during the baby’s first two weeks of life, while the baby is still sleepy and relatively cooperative, especially for posed or studio shots. During this time, babies are easier to swaddle in blankets and dress in hats or headbands, and, because they often nap or nurse, can be staged with various props or be cuddled by their parents. For casual photos, most newborn photographers recommend shooting within the first six weeks of a baby’s life. Lifestyle portrait photography is more flexible and doesn’t require the baby to cooperate with multiple poses or props.

How much do photographers charge for family portraits?

Family portraits are a great way to mark the passage of time, create lifelong keepsakes and have gorgeous-looking photos for your annual holiday card. The national average cost for hiring family photographers ranges from $150 to $200. Pricing can range higher depending on where you live, length of the photo shoot, the number of edited photos you request, and the background and reputation of your family photographer. Before hiring, make sure you understand their fees up front. Ask how many finished images are included in the quoted price and whether you will receive all the photos taken (not just edited photos). Ask whether you’ll be able to download digital photos or if you’ll have to print them or purchase digital copies through the photographer. Here are some average examples of family photographer pricing:

  • $175 for a one-hour studio session in Kansas.
  • $200 for a one-hour studio or outdoor session in Georgia. Includes two outfit changes, access to an online gallery, and about 200 high-resolution, edited digital photo files on a DVD, with permission to print.
  • $400 for a one-hour outdoor session in Southern California. Includes 25-30 fully edited photos accessible online or via CD/DVD.
  • $425 or more for a one-hour outdoor or in-home session in Illinois. Includes more than 50 professionally edited images, online access and print release.

How much does baby photography cost?

Portrait photography provides parents with lasting images of the first whirlwind months of a newborn’s life. The cost varies based on several factors, including the length and location of the session, the number of photos provided, and the amount of editing and retouching the photographer does. The national average cost for baby photos is $150-$200. Some baby photographers charge by the number of photos provided, typically ranging from an average of $299 for 20 high-resolution edited photos, to an average of $399 for 35 photos, to $499 for all of the images taken in a single session. Props and location affect the cost, too; an elaborate studio shoot with props and professional lighting may increase the cost to $600-$700 for 20-50 photos. Adding a second location or asking the photographer to travel can add $70-$250 to the cost of the session. Photographers may also charge extra fees for providing additional photos and DVDs, scheduling weekend sessions, and shooting siblings. Expect to pay at least a $50 deposit when you book a portrait photography session.

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