Photography Pricing Plans and 2017 Rates


Individuals, models and actors, corporate and executive headshot, and family (child) portrait plans are available, as is a commercial architecture plan. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view a grid displaying the pricing plans and 2017 photography rates.


There are three basic categories of Portrait and Headshot Photography Plans – the Mini Session, the Consolidated Portrait Pricing Plan (CPPP), and a Fine Art plan. Mini sessions are for corporations and businesses. There is a group plan for more than 12 people and an individual plan for select new hires at the in-house Lombard, IL studio. Corporate group headshots and portrait plans start at $100 with the Mini Session. Mini Sessions do not include retouching. They do include one digital file that can be supplemented with retouching off the a la carte menu.

Individual Portrait Pricing Plans and Rates | 3 Categories of Plans for Janice D Nelson Photography in Lombard IL

Individual Portrait Pricing Plans and Rates | 3 Categories of Plans for Janice D Nelson Photography in Lombard IL

Benefits of the Consolidated Portrait Pricing Plan (CPPP)

The Consolidated Portrait Pricing Plan is for individual clients – models, actors, executives, linkedin users, social media users needing blog images, job seekers, seniors, children, graduates, teens and tweens, etc. The CPPP includes up to 2 hours of retouching and up to 2 hours of session time. This CPP plan works really well if you are not sure you want more than one image  and would like the flexibility of capturing different looks on different backgrounds … perhaps formal look and a casual look. Even different lighting is available. Be sure to discuss options and backgrounds you would like during your consultation call. Each session is custom and setup for the individual per our discussions ahead of time.


A set of digitals (2017 photography rates) is $45. Pricing for the first CPPP image (CPPP-1) is $194 and includes a set of digitals. Additional images ordered during the CPPP session are currently discounted (2017). Discounted images do not automatically include a set of digitals. That is, the first image is $194 ($149 + $45). The second, third, fourth image, etc. are offered at half price retouched for $75 each, excluding digitals.

Simplified Photography Pricing Rates for 2017

The grid below after the retouching example shows your total price based on the number of images ordered from a CPPP plan. The pricing below includes retouching and a set of digitals for each image ordered. If you want additional items (perhaps a print), these are available off the a la carte menu. Note: If you purchase a tangible item (e.g., images delivered via USB), be sure to add taxes based on the total amount of your session. Additional add-ons and photography options are listed at a la carte menu. Most clients today opt for the set of optimized digitals for $45. (This discount is only available for images ordered during the session.) The grid below lists the total cost of a CPPP session based on the number of images ordered – CPPP-1, CPPP-2, etc.

Retouching Example

Retouching Example, Before and After | Janice D Nelson Photography Lombard IL

Retouching Example, Before and After | Janice D Nelson Photography Lombard IL

Do I need Retouching?

Are you a corporation considering the mini plan? Not sure you need retouching? In the retouching GIF above, a great deal of retouching is used to illustrate the potential difference between an out of the camera image shot in RAW and one retouched. Not all images need to be retouched to this degree. Check out the images in the portrait gallery to see real world examples of final products. You can also visit the mini plan page to see examples of final products.

CPP Quick Reference Photography Pricing Rate Chart

The Consolidated Portrait Pricing (CPP) plan allows clients to purchase additional images at half price ($75 instead of $149) not including deliverables when ordered during the session. Most clients choose a set of digitals for $45 with licensing for print, web, and social media. (See the a la carte menu for details and specs.)

Photography DiscountS – RATES on Additional Images Ordered during a CPPP

2017 Photography Pricing / Rates | Janice D Nelson Photography Lombard Illinois

2017 Photography Pricing / Rates | Janice D Nelson Photography Lombard Illinois

The quick reference chart shows the total cost (not including taxes) for 1, 2, 3, or 4 images with digitals and usage licensing for print, web, and social media delivered electronically. When ordered during your CPPP session, 4 images retouched with usage licensing (non-commercial) are available for $554. (If you want to order 5 or more images, just add an additional $75 and $45 to the total cost shown in CPP 4, per additional image.) Otherwise 4 images retouched are $776. That is a $222 SAVINGS when you order additional images during your session. The CPPP1 session is a GREAT value because it gives you much flexibility to capture many images… different looks …, yet you can order only one or opt to order more at the lowest cost possible.

Scheduling Tips

Typically sessions must be booked at least a few days in advance (3+). Scheduling requirements (phone consultation, full contact information, plan choice, backdrop and lighting choice, booking fee, setup requirements, etc.) must be completed and processed at least 48 hours prior to a photoshoot.

Rescheduling / Cancellations

Booking fees apply to the total amount due with one exception – you must provide a minimum of 48 hours (business days) notice of any rescheduling needs or cancellation, in order to receive a refund of your booking fee / to reapply your booking fee to your new photo shoot date.

Scheduling on Short Notice / Fast Image Delivery

For those occasions when you must have an image on short notice (i.e. less than 48 hours prior to a scheduled date), this can typically be accommodated. However, please note there is an additional $100 fee applied to the total amount due.

Holiday Photo Shoots

If images must be processed over a holiday weekend, there is a $100 holiday processing fee added to the total amount due.

Tips on Finding the Right Portrait or Headshot Photographer for You

If you plan on hiring a portrait or headshot photographer in the near future, be sure to check out these helpful blog posts:
Find the Best Portrait Photographer Near You (Tips on evaluating portfolios)
The Value of Great Photography (Important read if you have a wedding coming up)
When Not All Portrait Photography Is Alike (Especially relevant for those considering group portrait photography)

Photography Plans and Rates – All (Grid Below)

Modeling Comps - Web - Janice D Nelson Photography

Model and Actor Head Shots

Are you a model or actor in need of head shots? Do you also need comp cards? Are you thinking of working with an agency and in need of a specific look, style, or type? Email the type and number of looks needed, agency, and number of comp cards needed to info@janicednelson and request an estimate. In general, headshot pricing ranges from $399 – $600.

Web Marketing Photography, Janice D Nelson Photography

Marketing Images (Web/Print)

Are you thinking of updating your website? Looking for strong new imagery to bolster your new vision? Janice can create environmental portraits, architectural views, interiors, exteriors, sunrise/sunset captures, and even portraits, group photography, and head shots of personnel. Marketing captures begin at $250 per finished image. Session fees begin at $350. Email for details. Be sure to ask about bundled options.

Model Headshots, Janice D Nelson Photography

Mini Photo Sessions

Are you a corporation with little time or money for multiple images? Mini-photo sessions might be just what you are looking for.

Product Photography Sample, LasVegas Coin

Portrait Price List A la Carte

Use this a la carte price list to choose a deliverable for your individual portrait session (in lieu of or in addition to selecting a portrait print package)…

Fine Art Portraits, Janice D Nelson Photography

Fine Art Portraits

(NEW!) Looking to create a unique fine art, heirloom image? The Fine Art Portrait Plan is for you.

This plan focuses on creating one stunning image, retouched to perfection. Perhaps you want to create a beautiful bridal portrait or a special portrait of a young child at his or her most innocent. Maybe you are looking for an executive portrait to join others on a corporate wall.

This plan creates a unique image shot on a custom, hand painted textured canvas backdrop masterfully created by Hera Backdrops