5 Questions to Rachael Jorgenson Photography – Grand Forks Herald


The Grand Forks Herald sat down with Rachael Jorgenson Photography for 5 questions this week.

Q: How did you come to photography?

A: I actually started shooting with my dad’s old ’80s Fujifilm when I was about five or six years old, and it went from there. My grandfather was also into photography and did slideshows when he went backpacking on the old school slides, and he had it on a projector. So that’s really what got me into it.

Q: Why and when did you decide to do it professionally?

A: I have four kids at home, and I took pictures of them, and I wanted to find a business opportunity that would be a combination of something that I love and also have a flexible schedule for my family, because we are super busy. It kind of fell into place, so I decided to start going to school for it and kind of took it from there.

Q: What types of photography services do you offer?

A: For clients, I do portraits, which are lifestyle portraits, so not awkward poses, but more candid photos. I also do newborns. I haven’t made the seniors yet, but I will. And for me and to sell prints, I do landscapes. It’s actually like where my heart is – landscape photos.

Q: What are the price ranges for the different services?

A: I think I’m going down pretty low. I like to try to make sure families can actually afford to take pictures. So typically a two hour session with me for a full family is around $250-$300, depending on the number of people, and a newborn session they last a bit longer. They last about three and a half hours and I make between $400 and $450 depending on how many photos the client wants.

Q: What should people know before requesting a session if they have never done professional photography?

A: Just try to be as relaxed as possible. It can be really daunting on your first family photo shoot or something. Parents especially tend to get really nervous if their kids are going to act out and things like that, but like I said, I have four kids and I love working with kids. These are the types of clients I prefer to work with because they are fun. So let go and be yourself, because I’m not one of those people who will boss you around and try to make you look like something you’re not.

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