Hey! Welcome to my blog. I am Jenny Ballantyne, a portrait photographer based in Saint George, Utah. (Also serving Moab, Cedar City, Salt Lake, and Las Vegas.) Hope you enjoy browsing some of my current work. I love taking pictures and helping people remember all the little things that make life so great. If you stop by, please MAKE A COMMENT!


Copyright Information {Saint George, Utah Photographer}

All images captured by Jenny Lynn Photography are copyrighted.
Please don't steal from me! I'm a nice girl.

I love helping you create artistic memories to display in your home from start to finish. This includes printing! Once I went into a clients home and saw one of "my images" printed on plain copy paper from their home computer. I almost cried. Not only because it looked HORRIBLE, but because that person was telling EVERYONE who saw the photo that is was MY WORK. YIKES!! I keep my prices affordable while still giving you QUALITY heirlooms that will last. Consider this: I've spent a small fortune on cameras, lenses, lighting, backgrounds, and know-how. I take the photos, optimize them on my computer system using a fully color managed workflow with a calibrated and profiled monitor. I spend a lot of time color correcting and retouching your images. If I then supply the images on disc for you to view them on a monitor that is probably NOT calibrated and profiled, then you print the pictures, probably without sharpening appropriately for the output size, on cheap paper from a cheap printer with cheap compatible inks. Those "prints" from Walmart or your home printer then get passed around as examples of "my" work. PLUS more importantly, you have a sub-par picture that could have been GREAT! Sorry to keep rambling. I just feel really strongly about providing each of my clients with a SUPERIOR experience from start to finish. (Of course, I will sell you the files if you REALLY want me to. I would rather provide you with a beautiful finished product!)
Please don't scan prints from me. I am happy to order additional copies of images for you! If you use my images on Facebook or other online sites, please be kind and leave my small logo on them to help me out just a little bit!

THANKS for respecting the time, talent, and expense that goes
into every single image I proudly call my work!!

That being said, I will release the copyright if you REALLY must have the digital negatives. Just promise you will treat them nicely. ha ha ha. Pricing is as follows:

Digital Negative Pricing
(Please click on Copyright Info above for more info.)
1 image $50
10 Images $350
All images on disc are included with print orders over $400

A low resolution CD of all images from your session with Jenny Lynn Photography's logo is available for $50, or free with a minimum print order of $200. You MAY NOT crop the logo out or print from the CD, but you are welcome to post online, email, etc.

Marianne Drenthe from Professional Child Photographer Consumer Guide explains why prices for custom photography are higher than your neighborhood Department stores. I love what she says! If you are questioning whether or not you should use a custom photographer, or just go to a chain studio, you should take this into consideration:

The digital revolution has brought amazing flexibility and ability to control various factors during the image taking and making process. Photographers, the hobbyist, the professional, the amateur all benefit from this ability to manipulate pixels. However, with flexibility comes a price. Digital camera equipment is still considerably more expensive when you factor in its’ lifespan, the need for additional resources for processing those images, the time it takes to get a usable image and the effort that goes into creating a work of photographic art.
We all know that you can go to the local Walgreen’s and pay a $1.99 for a print – as a client you may wonder why you may pay upwards of $50, $70, $90 for a custom photography print. Photographers hear this statement every once in awhile:
“How in the world can you charge $60 for an 8×10 if it costs me less than $2 to print at x store?”
The truth of the matter is the answer to this question is multifaceted. Much of the cost of a photographic print produced by a professional photographer has a lot to do with the time, equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer not to mention expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business.
The cost of TIME
Approaching it from a time standpoint, let’s imagine that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love. This photographer is traveling an hour to your destination to photograph your session. Here is an example of a time break down:

Time to email, talk on the phone, and market to potential clients.
Session prep time (30 min. - 1 hr.) Includes equipment and back up equipment checks, vehicle prep and loading.
Travel time to the session.
15-30 minutes prep time at the location or clients home.
90 min. - 3 hrs. photographing subject.
Travel home from the session.
30-45 minutes spent uploading digital cards to computer.
30-45 minutes backing up original images.
2-5 hours (AT LEAST!!) editing images to present you with a gallery of images.
1 hour to prep images for printing.
2-3 hours with the client for ordering images.
1 hour sorting through and checking the order after it arrives.
30 minutes to package the products.
30 min. - 1 hr. to go ship the package.
Any additional time on the phone for add-ons, questions, and other issues.

In this example, the time spent per client can range from just under 13 hours to 19 hours – dependent on the photographer’s level of service. This is time dedicated only to ONE session. When the photographer charges $150-$300 for the photo shoot (aka SESSION FEE) you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12-19 hours complete time for your session.
The COSTS of Maintaining a Custom Photography Business:
Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from $10,000-$30,000 costs dependent on the photographer. Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about $2100 there are still other costs related to photography. A good lens for portrait photography can run from $900 to $2500. A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run $2500 to $8000 dependent on the photographer.
Then come lab costs for specialty products. A good photographer knows the lab is integral to their success. Photography labs dedicated to the professional photographer often cost more and offer a range of products that allows the custom photographer to continually offer new, innovative products for you, the discerning client.
Discussion other costs of running a photography business could take awhile so we’ll skip many of the intricate details. There is of course much more: including costs of running the business, taxes, studio rental/mortgage if the photographer has ownership of a dedicated studio, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces that the photographer will likely bring to your session, etc.
Often times clients will mention to their photographer that X studio in the mall/department store only charges $19.99 for an 8×10 “sheet” or they may mention other things related to discount photography chains. The fact is those discount chains make their money on volume, not on customized 1:1 service. In February 2007 leased photography retail space by a rather well known discount department store that started in Arkansas closed down 500 of their portrait studios across the nation? The reason is simple, you cannot make money on 99¢ “professional” prints if you do not sell enough of them. Interestingly enough – those same studios that offer the loss leader packages often charge much much more for their a la carte pricing (as high as $40-50 for an 8×10). The whole reason the big department stores began offering portrait services in the first place was to get you, the savvy consumer, in through their door so that you could spend more money with them in other departments. Your “PORTRAITS” are considered the “loss leader”.
Going to a chain studio, as a consumer, you don’t have the benefit of 1:1 attention for 2 hours at your home where your child is allowed to explore, play and be comfortable in their home environment, nor do you get the experience that many custom photographers are known for or the lovely captures of natural expressions. You simply get a bare bones, “SAY CHEESE” experience. Keep this in mind when selecting a photographer.
Being in demand, being well known for quality work, having a good reputation often costs time on the photographer’s part. Their expertise comes at a cost, their time learning their craft and learning the intricacies of lighting and the commitment put forth on their end to create a persona about their business that oozes professionalism. A great number of photographers go a very long time from the time that they purchase their first good camera to making money at the business of photography. Many photographers, when first starting out, rush in thinking that the business will be easily profitable in no time, how expensive could it be to get a camera and use it to create their dream? They often neglect to factor in the cost of business, the cost of equipment, software, back ups, etc..
Being of sound reputation, a better professional photographer knows that they must always reinvest in their business to create the reputation of being top notch. To create good work good equipment, reliable equipment, back up equipment is a necessity. The photographer who desires to be known as better/best/unparalelled reputation-wise knows that the most important thing they can do for their business is reliability and dependability. This is how reputations get built. Good work often is a wonderful side product of building that good reputation.
I hope this (lengthy) article helps shed some light on WHY a custom photographer is a better choice for your family’s memories. The photographs that are produced as a result of the professionalism and dedication that your photographer has will be cherished for a lifetime (or more) and great thought and consideration should be placed into hiring who is right for your family’s most precious investment.

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