I wanted to have some maternity photos taken before the baby decided to make an appearance. Thinking it wouldn’t cost more than a couple hundred dollars for a decent photographer, I started to research my area for recommendations.
Apparently I’m WAY out of the loop on the actual cost of a photographer.
Starting price? $600. Top of the range? Prices not listed because if you have to ask… you can’t afford it.
Yes, we have money saved in our baby fund but when it comes down to spending an extra week or two with the baby OR having maternity photos, I choose baby time.
Of course, this made me break down into a giant puddle of tears. There’s nothing worse than a woman who can’t have what she wants… unless it’s a PREGNANT woman who can’t have what she wants.
So. I called for reinforcements.
SNIFFFFFFFFLE. *ring* “Liz? Ican’taffordmaternityphotosbecausewe’rebrokeandI’msosad.Pleasehelpme” I sobbed in a single breath into the phone to my sister.
“Huh?” she said.
I probably should have had my level headed husband call so she could understand at least a few words.
She eventually figured out what I was crying about (…this time…) and offered to take photos for us.
I researched poses and locations while she studied how to adjust the F-stop and ISO on a camera. We spent a couple nights at the beach and the park chasing sunlight and snapping photos. Sure, she isn’t a pro and I’m not a good subject, but you learn to accept you can’t have everything you want while paying off mistakes *cough* I mean, while paying off debt.
I’ll admit. I didn’t expect much. BUT…
I’m so happy with the way the photos turned out. Who knew my sister was a closet photographer?
It’s easy to give up, but don’t. Constantly look for ways to think outside the box. You may be pleasantly surprised.