Nicole Brown Photography | Why Invest in Custom Portraiture?


I believe photography is one of the best things you can invest your money in. Many of us spend $5 a day on our favorite coffeehouse drink; we buy the latest music of our favorite artist; those designer handbags or shoes may be on the top of your priority list. But... what do you have to show for it in a months time? What about in a year? Or 10 years from now? Investing in custom portraiture for your family will last. Forever. You'll be able to give your children archival quality printed portraits, canvases, or albums. They will be able to show their grandchildren what their family looked like many, many years ago... and I think that's more important than coffee or shoes any day of the week.

I've also had people question why I don't give a "CD of digitals" with my sessions. There are several reasons, which are too complex to get into here, but one of the main reasons: what are your great grandchildren going to do with a disc of images? It will become useless junk because . They will throw it away. But a print can be handed down and cherished for generations.  Just imagine if all of your grandmother's photos were on a floppy disk. Wouldn't that be sad?

Custom portraiture is not for everyone. It is a luxury, and many people sometimes get a shock when hiring a professional photographer for the first time. Yes, the investment is more than it would be if you were going to a high-output one-hour-photo or a friend with a fancy camera. When hiring a professional photographer, you are not simply paying for a piece of photo paper or an image on a disc. You are paying for the artist’s time and talent, training, thousands of dollars worth of equipment, insurance, taxes, supplies, travel, archival quality products, customization and consultation… That is just the beginning. Nicole spends, on average, 15-40 hours per client. All of these variables, combined with the one on one attention, make up the cost of a custom portrait session. 

Nicole Brown Photography
Lubbock, Texas Portrait - Senior - Family - Children - Newborn - Maternity Photographer

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