equitable sliding scale pricing

Everyone does not walk around with the same privilege .

That's why I believe it is very important to acknowledge that and create opportunities for anyone to have access to professional photography. Contrary to what many in this industry say, photography does not have to be reserved as a luxury only certain people get to experience. Regardless of background, systemic oppression, or hardships, everyone who wishes to have their love documented will be given the opportunity when it is possible for me to do so.

Inspired by the words of Alexis J. Cunningfolk

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The highest dollar cost reflects the true cost of the service.

It is the cost that the photographer would charge all in the absence of a sliding scale. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for "wants" and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community, then this price is for you

The middle cost

Reflects the photographer's acknowledgement that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to afford services, but who do not honestly find themselves reflected in either descriptions for the highest cost or the lowest. If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here. If you, however, can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and limit opportunities for others.

The bottom cost

Represents an honest acknowledgment by the photographer and client that there are folks whose economic circumstances would prevent them from accessing professional photography if there was not be a deliberate opportunity made for them to access services at a cost that is reflective of their economic realities. If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you belong probably belong here and you deserve a community that honors your price as equal an economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier. Even when the lower tier is still prohibitive, I will work with folks to offer extended payment plans and other solutions.

the honour system

Typically, there are a limited amount slots available at middle and lower end of the scale. Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. It also respects the work of creators, like myself, who have families to support and rent to pay. Additionally, when I am paid fairly, I am able to invest more time and resources to free and lower cost offerings. I will do my best to accommodate requests, especially if they fall on a weekend, but this may not always be possible. If the date is not doable for me, there is a possibility to come up with a plan for an alternative date that will work. Please note as someone working for myself who also needs to pay rent and feed my animals, I am only able to provide sliding scale when I have the capacity to do so. I can only offer sliding scale pricing on WEEKDAYS at this time.

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