Session Fees


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Couples Shoot:                                                 £100

This package involves a two hour shoot with you and your partner in a location that suits you both. I will spend the first part of the shoot talking to you and your partner to gain a better idea of your personality as a couple, so that I can incorporate it into your shoot. After the photos have been taken and your cheeks are tight from smiling so much, you will receive 40-50 digital images on a free USB drive. As well as, physical prints posted to your house, which can be chosen from the photo packages I offer.

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Family Shoot:                                                    £150

This package involves a two hour shoot with you and your family in a location that suits you. I will spend the first part of the shoot talking to you to gain a better idea of your personality as a family and also understand the more important images you wish me to capture so I can incorporate it into your shoot. After the photos have been taken and your children are tuckered out, you will receive 50-60 images on a free USB drive. As well as, physical prints posted to your house, which can be chosen from the photo packages I offer.

(An additional £10 per person if your family exceeds more than 4 members. Discounted price for family of three) 

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Wedding Package One:                                 £300

This package will include a free pre-wedding consultation along with a wedding shoot from the bridal preparations up until the wedding breakfast. I will sneak in the background to get those fantastic shots of tyour big day. I will also give you 200-300 digital images on a free USB drive, all edited personally with some lovely filters to make the bride glow even more than she will already be. As well as, the option to buy physical prints and a photo album posted to your house, which can be chosen from the photo packages I offer.

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Wedding Package Two:                                  £450

This package will include a free pre-wedding consultation along with a wedding shoot from the bridal preparations up until the bride and groom retire for the evening. I will be in the background to get those fantastic shots of your big day, whilst also including a bride and groom shoot. I will also give you 300-400 digital images on a free USB drive, all edited with some filters to make the bride glow even more. As well as, the option to buy physical prints and a photo album posted to your house, which can be chosen from the photo packages I offer

Interior Photography:

This package offer is by demand only and is created specifically for the clients needs.


My Business:


Holly Thomas Photography is not yet a registered business. It is a means of income to support myself whilst studying for a photography degree at the University of Portsmouth. This business currently is only Part-Time due to University however, once I graduate this will become Full-Time.

All shoots are carried out professionally and the safety of my Clients are top Priority.

Exceptions are made for weddings and other circumstances.

Why are Photographers so Expensive?


“A camera doesn’t take a great picture anymore than a typewriter wrote a great novel.” ~ Peter Adams

Why are Photographers so expensive?

This article has been very well received by the photography community, and is published Professional Photographer Magazine and is a very informative read so I thought I would share with you:

In this digital age where everyone has cameras, scanners, and home “photo printers,” we hear this all the time: How do professional photographers charge £20 for an 8×10 when they cost just much less online? Simply put, the customer is not just paying for the actual photograph; they’re paying for time, expertise and investment that photographer has put into their business to create a successful business.

The average one-hour portrait session. First, let’s look at the actual work involved:

- Travel to the session
- Setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
- Shoot the photos
- Travel from the session
- Load images onto a computer
- Back up the files on an external drive
- 2 – 4 hours of Adobe® Photoshop® time, including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, and backing up edited photographs. Proof photos are also ordered.
- 2 – 3 hours to talk to the client to create session plans, answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule deliveries, and post.
- Possibly meet clients at the studio to review photos and place order. Meeting and travel time average 2 hours.
- You can see how a one-hour session easily turns into an eight-hour day or more from start to finish. So when you see a personal photographer charging a £150 session fee for a one-hour photo shoot, the client is not paying them £150 per hour.

Offering a professional photography service is a skill acquired through years of experience. Even though a DSLR now costs under £500, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.

Most professional on-location photographers take years to go from buying their first camera to making money with photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera, there is a mountain of other equipment and software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website, etc. And don’t forget backdrops, props, training / personal development, rent, utilities, insurance, etc.

In addition to the financial investment, photographers actually have to have people skills to make subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Posing people to look their best is a skill by itself. You could argue that posing is a more important skill than actually knowing how to use the camera. A poorly exposed photo can be saved, but a badly posed photo cannot.

Chain stores do have their place. For a very cheap price you can run in, shoot some quick photos, and be done with it. But you get what you pay for.

Consider the time and effort that a professional on-location photographer puts into photographs, compared to a chain store. Store sessions last just a few minutes, while a personal photographer takes the time to get to know the people, makes them comfortable, makes them laugh. If a baby is crying at a chain store, they often don’t have the time (or the patience) to wait because everyone is in a hurry.

Professional Photographers are just that— professional. A personal photographer often becomes a friend, someone who documents a family for generations with professional, personal photographs of cherished memories.

Maybe we need to help clients look at it this way: A pair of scissors costs £1.50 at the supermarket. Still, most people will gladly pay a lot more to hire a professional hair dresser to cut their hair. The added attention and quality that a personal photographer gives is worth every penny.