How much do baby portrait photos cost?

Average cost in 20149: $160 See National


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The average cost for a portrait photographer is $160. You are likely to spend between $100 and $250 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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Professional newborn photographers provide parents with images of their baby to be cherished forever. A variety of factors affect the cost of newborn photography, including the number of photos provided, the length of the session, the location and more. Newborn photography can be expensive, but costs typically include the photographer’s time for a pre-shoot consultation, for the session itself and for editing, as well as the cost of equipment, supplies and travel expenses. Be sure to view samples and consult with the photographer beforehand about any details, styling, colors, poses or vignettes you’d like to see portrayed; consultation is usually free.

Number of photos

Some newborn photographers charge by the number of photos provided. For example, RDT - Studio of Los Gatos, California, charges $299 for 20 high-resolution edited photos, $399 for 35 and $499 for all images from a given session.

Flat rate

Some photographers, such as Stoney’s Photography of Milpitas, California, charge a flat rate for each session and deliver all the photographs to the customer. Stoney’s designs the flat rate based on the needs and budget of the customer.


Some photographers have elaborate studio setups with props and professional lighting. For example, Bonnie Raley Photography of West Chester, Pennsylvania, offers two- or three-hour sessions at her studio, with pricing at $600 for 20 photos and $700 for 50 photos. A $425 one-hour session includes seven photos, with additional images at $25 each.

Multiple locations

Photographing baby in multiple locations costs more than a single-location session. For example, RDT - Studio charges a fee of $70 for each additional location. In addition, some photographers charge a travel fee to go to the customer’s location or simply charge a higher rate for sessions not in their own studio. For example, Song’s View Photography of Fort Worth, Texas, charges $175 for an in-studio session but $250 for an on-location session.


Photos retouching usually costs extra. For example, RDT - Studio charges $10 per retouched image.


Some photographers require a deposit. For example, J. Shipley Photography of Laurel, Maryland, charges a $50 deposit upfront and then requires full payment at the time of the session.


Some photographers can also produce prints for an additional charge. If they don’t offer this service or their price is too high, customers can send the digital files to a print service provider.

Cost-saving strategies

If you’re confident in the photographer’s abilities and vision, you can limit the number of photos and pay less. Twenty great photos can be just as good as 40.

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