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Portrait Session Fees May 10, 2012

Filed under: Simple Blogs — Lesley Knox Photography @ 5:30 pm

Have you ever met a person who makes you completely inadequate when it comes making decisions about your business?

Recently I have had to stand my footing on what I believe in my business.  Explain the reasoning for why I charge my session fee as a flat rate instead of a per person rate. In doing some research, the 15 different photographer sites I visited (two were from the Omaha/Bellevue area), only one charged a per person rate of $50 (Minnesota Photographer). Others had a standard rate from $95 to $300 per session, no matter the number of people in the group.

An hour session for a photographer today, is not just the amount of time photographing. It is the time behind the computer, commute and professional equipment and software.  So when looking at a family of 6 (the size of my family), if I charged the $50 per person then it would be $300 for the session and say the children in this group is older and it ended that the amount of pictures was more than the family with say, one child. But I choose to have a set fee per session…… my business right? Seems fair when I look at it this way. An hour session generally ends in the same amount of pictures, no matter the number of people in the group.

So to answer the question why do I charge a mom of one child the same session cost as a mom of six children? The mom of six children gets about the same amount of pictures as the mom of one child. However, the mom of one gets way more portrait options than the mom of six. One child gets more pictures of them-self and the six are more grouped and a few individual.  The same amount of my time and sometimes more work to be done with the one child than the six together.

So why? Because it comes down to no mater the number of people I photograph,  it is my talent and my gift that you are purchasing.  With the cost of business, insurance, marketing, software, equipment and much more….. what I charge is not nearly what I should be charging.

But because I love what I do and being a christian, cannot bear to charge more than I do!

Thank you to all my clients and friends who help keep my business and love of photography alive!!!!

God Bless You All!!!!


I have one!!! January 25, 2012

Filed under: Learn as I Learn — Lesley Knox Photography @ 12:16 am

So the newest rave is to have one of those funk looking pixelated square things that others can scan with special high tech phones (not like mine!)…. I believe I have figured out how to generate this thing….. How long will this new trend last?


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let me try this again…..




How Does Your Job Rank As The Most Stressful? January 5, 2012

Filed under: January 2012 — Lesley Knox Photography @ 8:20 pm

A recent list of most stressful jobs was posted.  I was shocked to see that mine was on there, at least one of the hats I wear. And NO Parenting/Mother was not on the list. But Photojournalism was! Catching that moment with out posing or creating is tough. Waiting and being patient for the right moment to push the shutter button, is a tough duty. For those in Magazine, they have to get the shot right the first time to beat the competition. But basically one has to have the eye and creative insight to capture random moments. This is what the rest of the list from CNBS read:

Here are the 10 most-stressful jobs in America in 2012:

1. Enlisted military soldier
2. Firefighter
3. Airline pilot
4. Military general
5. Police officer
6. Event coordinator
7. Public relations executive
8. Corporate executive (CEO)
9. Photojournalist
10. Taxi driver

9th!!! WOW!!! But the competition for being a Photographer is great now today than say 9 years ago. I have seen a great decline in business in the past 3 years to say, it is tough for a Professional Photographer to stay above water in today’s easy availability of a “good” camera. There are many who do not own even a Professional Series Camera, but a “good” camera and going the work I am doing. Technology has made it easy!

I would add to the final of this blog, if  you are going to hire a photographer make sure she/he is a registered business paying taxes and has business insurance!

I hope your New Year is off to a great and wonderful start! Hope to see you soon~~~


A Paper Written About Me From A Student April 28, 2011

Filed under: Referals! — Lesley Knox Photography @ 11:38 am

Anne Marr

Intro to Entrepreneurship

April 17, 2011

Entrepreneur Interview

I had the opportunity to interview Lesley Knox. Lesley is a professional photographer in Omaha. I greatly admire Lesley and her work. I hope to emulate her when I have my professional photography skills obtained. Lesley loves photography. My sense is that she loves what she sees from behind her camera and she loves capturing “the moments.”  It’s more than snapping pictures of someone or an event. It’s capturing the emotion of those moments and truly using the photographs to tell the story.

Lesley’s target market is brides. She loves shooting weddings. She finds that bridal fairs and word of mouth are the best ways to attract customers. When she decided she was ready to start out on her own, after mentoring with another professional photographer for two years, Lesley used word  of mouth marketing and did twelve weddings her first year. Lesley does not have a formal business plan and has used boot strap financing the whole way through. When looking at what to charge her clients, Lesley did her market research and placed her prices somewhere in the middle of what others are charging.

I learned that the challenges I expect to face are the same challenges Lesley faces today. Aside from getting her name out there, the two biggest challenges Lesley faces today are the fact that everyone out there has a digital camera, not professional grade, but still enough to make people think they can shoot special events with the cameras they have. Some do this to save money; ask a friend or relative to take the wedding or senior pictures. Another aspect of “everyone has one,” is that people try to pass themselves off as professionals, and it makes it harder for lesser known photographers to establish credibility in the marketplace. Lesley said it helps to be a member of the Better Business Bureau, be registered with the state as a business, and carry business insurance. Word of mouth is powerful. Doing what you say, when you say you will do it is essential. Honesty and integrity and passion make an impression that lasts.

Lesley gives the kind of service I hope to achieve. She goes beyond the role of photographer to lend a helping hand to brides, to change a diaper for parents attending to other children, to help with pets and special props. Lesley listens to what her clients are saying both with words and body language. Some families may want very formal, posed studio portraits, others something more fun and relaxed. I had the pleasure of having Lesley take family portraits for me last spring. I was a newly single mother of three children. I had been married seventeen years my home was plastered with photos. Every family photo I had, had my ex-husband in them. I treasure those photos from happy times, but I needed to take them down. I needed something happy with just the four of us, and our dog. Lesley hit the ball out of the park. We did outside shots. Fun shots. Happy shots. Hopeful shots. Lesley heard what I needed and went above and beyond to deliver. The photo session in and of itself is a good memory. I want to give that to others. I want to capture the essence of a moment for others to keep and cherish as much as I cherish what Lesley did for my family. Lesley said that during the Great Depression, families went without shoes or new clothes, but they got their family portraits done each year. I want to be a part of helping families preserve memories and moments.

What I took away from all the information Lesley shared with me, is that I can actually do this. If I keep doing what I am doing, and keep learning what I am learning, I will be able to get where I want to go. I am happy to be in this class, and I will most likely enroll in a few more entrepreneurial classes so I feel more prepared for the business side of pursuing my passion. I do intend to have a business plan. I don’t know if I will choose to pursue an SBA loan or if I will stick with boot strap financing. I don’t know how new or innovative another photographer will be, but I do know that the honesty, integrity, and passion Lesley talked about never go out of style.


Selling Stock Photos March 21, 2011

Filed under: Creativity — Lesley Knox Photography @ 5:28 pm

First, I have come to realize that “I” am not the best about blogging. Most in the profession say that you should find time to blog at least once a day or a few times a week. UM……that is tough for me to fill. But I am trying harder.

Second, this week I took on an adventure. Selected some pictures I have taken on the side, as “Stock” portraits. There are many different online sources in which to sell your stock on. So….why not give it a try since business is a bit slow and the extra $$$$ could be well used.

The response was not want I had expected and certainly had me doubting my photography abilities…..but are not all artists their own worst critic???

The first company was just a try, but was not the one I really wanted to go with to begin. It was the easiest to post too, once I figured out Firezilla. They crashed down 8 of the 10 images submitted. You had to have 7 of 10 approved in order to become their “client.”

Then I tried iStockphoto……looking at some of the pictures they had available for stock purchase, that I would not have a problem…..they also only required 3 pictures for submission.

The response was this…. “At this time we regret to inform you that we did not feel the overall composition of your photography or subject matter is at the minimum level of standard for iStockphoto. The photographs provided in your application should be diverse in subject matter, technical ability and should be your best work. Think conceptual, creative and most important think Stock photography. Try to avoid the average eye level push the button perspective of a common subject. Try and impress us, we want to see how you stand out from the crowd. ”

These are the pictures I have submitted for stock………please feel free to tell me your thoughts!


Alex – 2011 Senior Portraits

Filed under: High School Seniors,Videos — Lesley Knox Photography @ 5:12 pm

This is Alex, a senior!! He was amazingly fun to photograph and basically was up for what ever I asked him to do, but not too wild.

Check out Alex’s Senior Video……….  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o-jtsGFbhY


Call today to schedule your Senior Portrait Consultation!





Jaesha March 9, 2011

Filed under: Videos — Lesley Knox Photography @ 8:23 pm




Jaesha was a happy little one on the day of her 6 month portraits.

Visit http://www.LesleyKnoxPhotography.com for information about baby portraits and more.