RickJ Photography | Price List

Price List

Your cheer photography session starts well before the photographer and his entourage arrive on site and doesn't end until long after the photographer goes home for the day and begins the task of editing your images so that they look their best. After all, your athlete needs to look as great as they perform! 

Below are some examples of rates for a few scenarios. Evey client and situation are unique. If you're not finding exactly what you were looking for, contact me! I'd be happy to customize a session or package that works for you and your budget!

Portrait Sessions

I'm available most weekends to take portraits of your athlete at your home, gym (with owner permission), or an outdoor location of your choosing. I often bring portable lighting equipment with me, where permitted, so that we can shoot indoors, run a session a bit past sunset or shoot at night for some dramatic images! I'm known for providing a generous amount of images with every session!

Starting January 1, 2018, individual portrait sessions start at the following prices:

30-minute mini session: $75 and up

  • One (1) person only
  • Includes no less than five (5) lightly-edited full-resolution digital images
  • No wardrobe changes
  • One location

1-hour portrait session: $150 and up

  • Up to two (2) people - additional people may be added to the group at an additional charge (see add-ons)
  • Includes no less than ten (10) lightly-edited full-resolution digital images
  • Time for one (1) wardrobe and/or hairstyle change
  • One location

2-hour mega session: $250 and up

  • Up to two (2) people - additional people may be added to the group at an additional charge (see add-ons)
  • Includes no less than fifteen (15) lightly-edited full-resolution digital images and one (1) advanced edit image
  • Time for up to two (2) wardrobe and/or hairstyle changes
  • Up to two nearby locations (second location within 5-10 minutes travel of the first)

All sessions include the following:

  • Round-trip travel up to 30 miles from Surprise, AZ or the photographer's hotel (see "Add-ons" for additional travel). 
  • Ample time to capture several poses at several spots at a given location
  • Print release for personal use only. This is usually required to obtain prints from most commercial printers.
  • Lightly-edited full-resolution images delivered digitally. My editing style strives to preserve my subject's natural appearance without appearing "over-processed". Advanced editing is available at an additional fee per-image.
  • Password-protected hosting of your images in a shareable online gallery for 1 year at rickjphoto.com.
  • Option to purchase prints and other photo products at competitive prices via your online gallery.

Unless otherwise specified, outdoor portrait appointments will start about 1½-2 hours before sunset, or no later than 1 hour after sunrise. The client is responsible for the cost of permits, venue admission, and other associated costs associated with the shooting location that would be incurred by the photographer, should they exist.


Add-ons to your portrait sessions are available as follows. If you don't see something you're looking for, feel free to contact me!

  • A wide variety of print products, albums, fine art mounts, photo apparel, and more, are priced separately at competitive rates and can be ordered through your online gallery. Prints start at just $1.95 + tax and shipping!
  • Driven travel beyond 30 miles from Surprise, AZ: $1.25 per round-trip mile (measured 1-way to location).
    • If applicable and where exclusive long-distance travel is required, all travel costs will be the responsibility of the client.
  • For sessions including more than 2 people, add $25 per person to the session cost to cover additional editing time.
  • For sessions expected to last beyond 1 hour (for additional wardrobe changes, hair, multiple poses or changing locations), add $25 per each additional 15 minutes to cover additional onsite and editing time.
  • Specialized editing is available for an additional fee, and cost varies by the complexity of the request. See the chart in the next section to see what may constitute advanced editing. Prices start at $10/image.
  • Commercial for-profit usage rights are available with an appropriate model and/or property release at an additional charge. 

Defining light vs. advanced editing:

Editing photos can often take as long or longer than the portrait session itself. In order to continue the generosity of providing ample amounts of images that I'm known for, I must restrict the types of edits I provide with the photos included in your session fee. The following chart helps to define what is "light editing" (included) vs "advanced editing" (additional fee):

Light (included) Advanced (additional)
Exposure adjustment Significant flyaway hair reduction
Color correction Wrinkle removal
Gentle teeth whitening Severe acne correction
Occasional skin blemish removal Changing of backgrounds
Occasional hair removal Removing significant background distractions
Crop and straighten Fixing exposed tan-lines
Monochrome conversion Blending or superimposing multiple images

Special Events: 

From time to time, RickJ Photography may offer special group or mini sessions at prices that differ from what is listed above. 

Cheer or other Sporting Events

Without a doubt, every athlete loves action shots capturing what they do best! I shoot most events that my own cheerleaders attend and will shoot other teams upon request. What sets my images apart from the onsite photographers' is that I shoot my images in the highest quality RAW file format, discard the bad shots, and lightly edit the best images so that the color and exposure always look their best! Some events don't offer an onsite photographer at all while others may use services that provide instant access to expensive lower-resolution images that are often unedited, too dark and sometimes blurry. 

Most cheer events are shot within the rules of the venue, and where possible, images are placed for viewing and sale (where permitted) in online galleries at very competitive prices. Most images are uploaded within a few days to one week after the event. Please note that some venues may place restrictions on, or prohibit, professional (or any) photography, and thus, not all events will be able to be photographed. 

Many cheer events can result in hundreds of photos per routine!

Depending on the sport and event, watermarked lightly-edited photos will be hosted in a public or password-protected gallery, and made available for up to three months after the end of the current season. Images and photo products purchased through the gallery will always be free of watermarks. Quantity discount packages are available at a discount, too!

Average prices for post-paid event photography, per image:

  • Medium-resolution social media-friendly image (2.5-4 Megapixels, online use only): $5.00
  • Full-resolution unlimited personal use image (up to 24 Megapixels, print or online use): $25.00
  • 4x6 print: $1-$2.00
  • 8x12 print $6-$8.00
  • Magazine Cover: $5-$6.00
  • Commercial licensing: Please contact me for a quote and licensing terms.


For sessions, cash and all major credit cards are accepted via Square at the time of the session. I will pay your sales tax on cash transactions.

Checks made out to "Richard Johnson" are accepted from established clients, but funds must clear before final products are delivered. Insufficient funds are subject to a $35 returned check fee in addition to the original balance due. 

Online images may be purchased via rickjphoto.com. 

The Fine Print

To cover time and expenses involved with preparing for your event, scheduled bookings with new clients may require a non-refundable retainer of 33% of the total package price at the time of booking, with the balance due at the start of the event. However, in the unlikely event that the photographer must cancel and a suitable alternative cannot be arranged, all retainers will be refunded.

Please note that sessions begin on time at the scheduled start time. Additional time can be purchased in 15-minute increments.

Please be aware that all quoted session fees and product prices are exclusive of Surprise, AZ sales tax (8.5% as of 2017).

Additional products may be purchased at the time of booking or at any time after the event through your online gallery.

The photographer reserves and retains all rights to all images shot at a given session or event.