photography prices

The info in this FAQ is for non-commercial, in-studio portraits only

For commercial work & on-location shoots, please see this page.
For wedding packages, please see this page.

First thing's first... Here's a general description of how things go.

First, check the FAQ below. This should answer most of your questions about rates, packages, proofs, prints, and everything else. Also, feel free to check my modeling tips to prepare for your shoot. After that you can email or call me to set up an appointment or ask any unanswered questions. When we've set your day & time, I'll email you a Paypal or Square bill for all of, or a portion of, the amount of the package you've chosen. After your shoot, I'll email you a *.zip file of all your proofs. If you'd like any retouching or prints, you can call or email me with your order. After your order is placed and paid for, I'll get to work and email you each photo as they're completed.

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Studio Packages for Non-commercial Portrait Photography

photography prices

* The Headshot package does not use a full-body background.

  • Add additional retouches to your packages for $30 apiece.
  • All packages are available in shooting durations of 1, 2, or 3 hours.
    They are arranged in order from least to most number of retouches.
  • These prices are for images containing one person only. If an image ordered for retouching includes multiple people such as a group shot or family photo, there is a $10 charge per image for each additional person.
  • These prices are for emailed, digital copies only. For info on prints, click here.

"What's the difference between untouched and retouched?"

UNTOUCHED - Traditional Portraiture

Often referred to as "proofs." Fast, easy, and affordable.

  • White balance correction
  • Exposure/brightness/contrast correction
  • Color/hue/saturation correction
  • Black & white or monochrome is available upon request

RETOUCHED - Standard Glamour

Modern glamour retouching. This is by far the most popular of the 3 options.

Almost any photo you see in a magazine or a print ad has been retouched in this manner. Essentially, it is a must for high-end, polished, professional looking portraits.

  • Skin/blemish/cellulite retouching
  • Removal of stray hairs
  • Teeth whitening
  • Figure contouring (slimming, curving, shrinking, & enlarging)
  • Clothing touch-ups (lint, hairs, wrinkles, scuffs, & scratches)
  • Digital manicure/pedicure!
  • Removal of tattoos/piercings
  • Background coloring & touch-ups
To see some surprising before/after examples, please email me.

"Do I get copies of the proofs too?"

Yes! Every package includes digital copies of every shot we take. How soon will you get to see them? Click here.

"Can I get prints?"

Yes! Prints of all sizes are available. See this link for a list of print items & their prices.

*IMPORTANT* - In compliance with copyright law, anytime professional photos are taken, all prints *MUST* be ordered through the photographer.

"Can I get a group discount if I bring more people?"

Yes! Any of the packages above can be purchased as a group. Basically you'll be splitting the cost of the shoot amongst your friends. This is definitely the best way to do it. Cheapest and most fun. And you can shoot together or individually. Your choice.

"Do you have any ongoing specials or discounts?"

Yes! See this page for year-round discounts.

When we are going through the process of scheduling your shoot, I may email you a Paypal or Square bill for a non-refundable deposit in order to reserve your day & time.

You do NOT need a Paypal or Square account to make this payment.

I also accept all major credit cards on-site or over the phone.

"What forms of payment do you accept?"

Check is the preferred method of payment. But I also accept cash and all major credit cards on-site or over the phone.

"Do I need to sign up for a Paypal or Square account?"

No. If I email you a Paypal or Square bill, there will be a link to a page that looks like this. If you don't have an account, just click the link in the red circle and on the following page fill out your credit/debit card info.
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I also accept all major credit cards on-site or over the phone.

"When are you available?"

I shoot Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm.

Here is my current availability...

Please email or call to set up an appointment.

"Where are you located?"

1041 Pleasant St
Oak Park, IL

Oak Park is about 9 miles directly west of the Loop in Chicago, easily accessible from 290, the Metra, or the El.

Search Google Maps for directions or see the map below.

"How long will it take to receive my photos?"

Approximate turnaround times are as follows...

Emailed proofs: same day
Retouching: 1-2 weeks
Prints: 1 week

"Do you provide outfits and makeup?"

I typically do not use a makeup artist. If you choose retouching for your shots, during that process makeup is always touched up or changed slightly in order to best suit the photo.

So for the majority of the photos of mine that you've seen, the model did his or her own makeup (or it was done for them beforehand) and I modified it, if need be. However, if you are interested in hiring a makeup artist or hair stylist for your shoot, I know several to whom I can refer you.

The same goes for outfits. You must provide your own clothing and I can usually adjust the colors to suit the rest of the photo if it's required.

"Who owns the copyright to my photos after the shoot?"

The info on this page is for personal/non-commercial shoots. In these cases, the copyright stays with the photographer unless a copyright release is filled out. Now this does not mean you can't post them on your websites and portfolios! You have a Public Display Right which means you have every right to display the photos on the web or display the prints wherever you want as long as it's not for commercial use. (For more info on Public Display Right, see section 6 of this page.)

In accordance with copyright law, when prints are ordered they must be ordered through the photographer unless a copyright release form is signed, transferring the copyright from photographer to client. This is typically not done and is an unnecessary expense unless you would like to use the photos commercially.

If you're interested in obtaining the copyright to your photos (ie: for commercial use), please see this page, and feel free to email or call me with any questions.

I prefer to do as much via email as possible so that I have a record of any dates, ideas or requests that you have, but feel free to call if you'd rather.

Ryan O'Connor
Oak Park, IL 60302