"Looking for a photographer who doesn't cost an arm and a leg."
Look, I love a good deal. I do. But when you're belittling someone who has invested so much in their craft, it's such a jab to hear those 12 words. I know what I'm about to say will go in one ear and out the other, but hear me out. See these 4 images above? How much do you think it's costs your photographer to take those? Not what YOU paid for that session but what your photographer had to pay out of their pocket to give this image to you. You know, so you can cherish it for the rest of your life and your childs?
While you're thinking about that, here's a little run down for you...
Backdrop stand $100+
Light stand $50+
Umblella for light $45+
Editing program $10+
Now, did you even come close to that number? Not even close?
This total right here still doesn't include costs of websites, insurance, taxes, utilities, rent, advertisement, education (yes your photographer should still be taking proper training), etc.
Like I said before I love a good deal but when you are hiring a professional of ANY sort you really need to think about all that goes in to what they are doing for you. And know this, your photographer is constanlty adding in newer gear, equipment,props, etc. to make sure you have even more choices for your session that will last a lifetime.