I am aware that many many photographers charge very high rates for the physical prints that they order.
I am different.
I can't see charging you $280.00 for a print that will cost me $20.00 to produce.
$20.00 really -- NO ! $20.00 may be what the lab actually charges me for you 16x 20 print... but my time, equipment, insurance, space, commute, processing... all costs much much more. That is why my session fees typically include several final proofed digital images and my session fees range from $150.00 for a mini session ( perhaps a quick pet shot or head shot)... then the extreme wedding extravaganza with albums and events photography that can easily be 10-12 hours of on-site work in the $16,000.00 range. (these scenarios depend on the number of photographers... destination... products requested and labor involved in intensive editing and proofing).
SO what will I charge you? Ask. Just ask-- explain your ideal captures... tell me about your dreams, thoughts and needs.. and let's not make it about cookie cutters and pre existing packages... let's make this event about YOU.
So why pay me to take your photographs?? You don't need to. You may however, pay me to capture your memories.
Til next time .... /c