Why should I choose Photos by Tabi?
*Hi! I'm Tabi, the owner of the business! I work with a few assistants as well as my husband, and together we make it all happen. :) I am the lead photographer and although I get help with some of the brunt work and behind the scenes stuff, I still handle all of the actual photography and final editing (with the exception of weddings where I work with a second shooter.) I've been practicing fine art, photography and design for about 10 years now.*
I'll be the first to admit, we are not a good match for everyone. And that's perfectly ok! Here are just a few reasons that our current clients choose to do business with us.
1.) One of kind service:
The type of service we provide is not like a big box store portrait studio. It differs because we provide a very personalized service that is an art and not just a general photography session. We start the process by getting to know YOU and exactly what you want to gain from the experience. We will discuss wardrobe planning in detail: We have plenty of options in the studio for babies and children and several fun things for teen-adult women. If there is something that we don't have and you cannot get, I will often go out and buy it just for your session! In fact I prefer working with themes and styling sessions. After your initial appointment I will work for hours editing and perfecting your portraits in post processing. My number one goal for our business is to create priceless artwork featuring you and/or your loved ones. I want to capture the essence of who you are, or who your child is in photographs, and create a final, unique and artistic set of images that you can be proud of.
2.) Personal and unique Experience:
We do not take more than 12 sessions a month except during our mini session specials, unlike big box stores who can take 50+ a day. For this reason alone, we have much more time and energy to devote ONLY to you during the pre-session planning process, your actual sitting, your sales consultation and delivery of your products. Before you leave our studio with your new wall art we hope that you have become not only a new client, but also a new friend!
If you are looking for this one of kind experience, then you have met your match. :)
Why are professional photographers so expensive?
Well, there is a simple and short answer to this one, however I will go into detail for you here. The short answer is that most actually aren't "so expensive" when you look at the entire situation. While many may not expect to spend more than $100 or so on family portraits, the truth of the matter is that independant small business owners cannot stay in business by NOT charging appropriately for their services. If you are going to a reputable photographer, they will have taxes to pay, equipment to upgrade, business fees, materials and many other overhead costs just like every other business does. Most of these costs are personal ones for photographers. Big box store studios like Target, Walmart and JC Penny's can charge $10 for a sheet of prints because they make their money by doing business in bulk. Small business owners cannot and will not mass produce like Walmart can.
Oh, AND- We also offer an entirely different product and an entirely different result, even though the process starts with a camera. ;)
In conclusion, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going to the big box stores for a quick photo, but if you want personal service, unique artwork, and an interior design consultation, then give us a ring. We are looking for clients who value memories, experience, and Art. :)
How far in advance should I schedule?
Sometimes our weekends book up more than 2 months in advance. Weekday sessions are more available but we prefer to schedule at LEAST 2-3 weeks in advance so we have plenty of time to plan. Weddings start to book up more than a year ahead, so be sure to contact us ASAP to ensure your date will be available.
How long does it take to get my images?
It takes 1-3 weeks for your session to be edited and completed, depending on the time of year, length/type of session and how busy we are at the studio. Our current turnaround time is about a week. We will schedule you to come in and view/order your images when you come for your original appoitment. After your images are ordered, please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery of prints and 3-4 weeks for delivery of gifts and special products. Although we often get them out much faster than this, during busy times it may take a little longer.
For weddings, our turnaround time for your digital file downloads are currently 4-6 weeks.
Do you travel?
Yes! We travel for weddings as well as portrait sessions. If you have any questions about travel fees please contact us. We will do sessions within 30 minutes of Greensburg PA for no additional fee.