All the time, especially with the power of social media, I see people constantly asking for recommendations for Newborn, Baby and Child Photographers. Within the responses and when I am dealing with enquiries, the topic of pricing is nearly always mentioned and the phrases "too expensive" can often be mentioned. I thought it may be useful to explain what actually goes in to portraits of this nature and therefore why, it can be perceived as 'expensive".
What are you actually paying for when you book with me;
You can easily see that when you pay for a photographer to do all of the above, you are not just paying for someone to take a few nice images on a nice camera. One session can easily add up to a 10-12 hour day. When you see a photographer charging £50 for all images, it may be worth considering which of the above they are missing. There are different styles and budgets for everyone, however make sure you fall in love with the images first. Paying 'cheap' prices could leave you regretting your decision and paying more in the future.
I will leave you with this thought.....you wouldn't pay someone 'cheap' to cut your hair, just because they had nice scissors. Also consider that when you go to work, you are paid for every hour you do.