Photographic imaging is not a commodity. Simply comparing prices isn't really the way to go, unless you truly don't care about how good your images are. Cost is a consideration, and so is image quality, but there's more to it:
My rates are estimated on a per-shoot basis, so I custom quote for each project. The estimate will be based on my estimates of the requirements for preshoot preparation, the shoot, post processing and any special associated costs (e.g. effects, travel, etc.)
Assuming the shoot is as we agree and plan, the rate I quote is the rate you pay. If I underestimate and quote too low, that's on me. If you add shots or change the conditions of the shoot, or things aren't the way you represented so that we take longer or I have additional post processing not considered in the original quote, the fee goes up accordingly.
When you book a project, I require 30% down, non refundable under most circumstances if you cancel with less than 24 hours notice (multiday travel projects have different policies on this that vary due to related deposits and nonrefundability that I'm subject to). For small projects, the balance is due when I'm ready to deliver final images.
Typically, after shooting and very basic adjustment, I post preview (not finished) images to a secure folder (password protected) on this website. From those, you choose the images you want, based on what we agreed. Unless previously agreed ahead of time, I don't release unretouched/unadjusted images. It is not usually a problem if you want more of the images than the original quote is based on; I can quote for the added retouching time.
The time from order to the delivery of final images depends upon the quantity and the degree of retouching required and agreed upon. I will give you my best estimate up front and a revised timeline after the shoot. I can usually provide the images you select as I finish them, so you don't have to wait for all of them to get the first ones.
Please do not ask me to give you images "as they are." This is considered unprofessional, and also reflects poorly on the subjects in the image. The exception -- agreed ahead of time -- is individuals and institutions who process or arrange for processing themselves. These cases include written agreements that the images will not be made public in unprocessed form.
Unless agreed otherwise, you have full right to do anything you want with the finished images I deliver. There are no further charges for subsequent uses, and you can print, post or redistribute them to your heart's content. We can formally transfer copyright to you, or I can retain copyright and give you an unlimited license to use them (the latter may allow some cost reduction if I can also use the images). Note: The industry norm is for, "all rights" to increase the price; I don't do that. When you tell me your planned use, I accept that on good faith that is what you plan and my rate does not include a significant "all rights" expense. I do this because it makes my offer more competitive and most imagery is "perishable."
In a creative profession, I believe it is important to be flexible and innovative so you can deliver excellence within the resources available. People are sometimes surprised at what I can deliver on a modest budget, yet still earn what I need to earn on the project.
Let's get started: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, tell me what you've got in mind and we'll go from there. I look forward to hearing from you.