We know in these tough times a budget is important.
Bring in whatever prices you have ~ we may be able to meet or beat that price! Why wouldn't you want the best for less?
We have affordable prices to fit every budget and we want to hear what each client needs and tailor an affordable package to their needs and budget.
We have an amazing selection of backgrounds and props to enhance your portraits!
NOTE: We probably have more props we haven't even thought of. Don't hesitate to ask. We have one of the finest collections of props in the area that has taken decades to gather. Please don't hesitate to ask for these, just give us a day or two notice since we have some of these props in storage.
(Engagement portraits are part of our wedding portfolio, and high school senior portraits have separate pricing and packages).
A portrait session with Steve Rouch is "the ultimate portrait experience!" Why? Steve is a master at making people look their absolute best! (More about this below) Additional services are available - black and white, sepia, hand coloring and professional retouching and finishes ... please ask for details.
"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after
the sweetness of low price is forgotten" ~ John Ruskin
PROPS & BACKDROPS
NOTICE: Please don't hesitate to ask for these, just give us a day or two notice since we have some of these props in storage. We probably have more props we haven't even thought of. Don't hesitate to ask. We have one of the finest collections of props in the area that has taken decades to gather.
for children we have:
an antique little car
a miniature Harley
a Victorian chair
a Victorian fainting couch
a Victorian upholstered chair
a 1901 tricycle
a 1901 baby buggy
a flower covered trellis
a rope swing
a white fence
a vine fence
a claw foot bath tub
a white tricycle
a white wagon
a white bench
a white step ladder
a pencil bench
a sea shell
a white piano
a wheel barrow
cute 30's hats
an old full size steamer trunk
a baby poser for very little ones
a wooden rocking horse
a wooden park bench
a wicker lounge
an old fashioned sled
a vanity mirror
lots of fabric
30 unique backdrops, including:
a an abstract American flag
a Christmas living room set
a full moon at Malibu set
an alpine scene at sunset
a water fall scene
a city lights at night scene
many abstract colored backgrounds
outdoor sets for all portrait clients:
a leaf covered trellis
barn wood backdrops
a Swiss cottage in the Alps set
a country road
2 different garden scenes
the Mpls skyline
a forest scene
brick wall scene
Obviously some of these are seasonal.
Additional props include:
a top hat
a cowboy hat
25 replica guns and rifles
Tiffany lamps tall and short
25 different real army helmets from all over the world
antique jailer keys
stained glass window
rock star wigs
all kinds of sports props
40's women's hats
various walking canes
a full sized vanity mirror
a full sized column from an antebellum mansion
a full sized arched doorway
ABOUT OUR DIGITAL IMAGES: Our portraits are taken digitally and are viewed on a TV screen so that you can see how your pictures look right away. We can also show you some options at that time if desired, such as black and white and sepia coloring.
The least expensive investment you will ever make is photography!
There are ways anyone can afford top quality portraiture ...
Use images you invest in as gifts instead of going to a typical store to buy someone a necktie…..if you want to have that long awaited portrait session done, wait for birthdays, anniversaries, mother's day, father's day, valentines day and Christmas to give them as gifts….that way you don’t have to go into a store to purchase something that is not as desired or cherished as a life long lasting portrait.
“The Ultimate Portrait Experience”
Master Photographer Steve Rouch has traveled across the United States for the last 35 years studying the lost art of “classical fine art portraiture” with internationally renowned artists.
With the understanding of this art form, Steve is able to analyze each human face to find the most flattering angles. Steve has learned to literally “paint with light” with up to 7 lights in his camera room with precise directional capabilities. These lights put a twinkle in the eye, paint each strand of hair, play with highlight and shadow and sculpt images into breathtaking beauty.
Virtually all of Steve’s clients share the human concern of “not being photogenic” or “liking past pictures.” All individuals share this feeling ... including Steve himself! He has been trained to help people look younger, slimmer and tanner than they ever dreamed. With the use of a sizeable monitor, Steve works with each client to find the perfect outfit, background, soft flattering lighting, body language and expression to create a “work of art.”
Part of the magic of this experience is that when Steve was little he decided Peter Pan was right… It is NOT fun to grow up!!!…..so you will find him to be a playful and fun person to work with. He is the biggest 5 year old in town and he will invite the 5 year old in you “out to play” during the session.
(Okay ... not literally, but he loves to have this experience be charged with laughter and happiness….don’t we all look out best when we feel this way?)
Of course, you can bring loved ones to either be in the session with you or observe from another room thru a closed circuit TV. You will be amazed to see how Steve builds sets and backgrounds that perfectly blend with each clothing change so that each image created ends up looking like an Old Masters Painting! Steve loves to go outside as well to rustic settings that feature ivy covered walls, fences and trees….all just behind his studio.
Fine art portraiture is not expensive….it's priceless and ironically, it is the LEAST expensive investment you will ever make! Divide how long you will have the portrait into what your investment $ is and it works out to pennies a day! (We honestly are known for our affordability….we do that by design because we love what we do and always want to be serving clients.)
This is just a brief description of the “portrait experience” with Steve Rouch. Steve is a Master photographer, he has won the Minnesota State wedding album competition and had his work selected for display at Epcot Center in Disneyworld. He has won numerous Kodak Gallery awards and is a Certified Professional Photographer. These credentials are your assurance of the highest possible quality.
For an appointment and clothing consultation please call us at 651-644-2184. We would love to serve you!
Why trust a “once in a lifetime portrait” to a once in a while photographer?
Photography as an Investment
Here are more ways to think about photography….
Photography appears to be one of the more expensive items on earth and in fact it is the least expensive, when you consider the following . . .
Any economist at a University defines cost as dollar value divided by usage.
For instance a wedding dress costs $1000 and you use it one day. Therefore it is a $1000 unit of cost…since you one get one days use out of it. That same $1000 invested in portraits is only 6 cents a day assuming you only view and enjoy the images for 50 years. I am not saying you would be investing $1,000 in portraits but what I am saying is that the cost can be as low as 10 dollars at our studio…that is up to you….. (However I am still viewing and enjoying a portrait of my great great grandfather that was taken in 1857 (just 18 years after photography was invented). So his photography even in today's money cost him a fraction of a penny today for each day I enjoy it.)
We all have an almost obligation to show our descendants who we were and who we loved. Question….do you still have the money you made in the first paycheck you ever got? I don’t and most people don’t. We all spent it. Do you remember what you spent your first paycheck on? I don’t! I don’t even remember what I spent my paycheck on last month. What do I have to show for it? Most people spend their money on things that wear out, rust out or get thrown away. Ask you parents what they spent on their wedding album. Two typical answers…"I can’t remember" or "$150 bucks." Was $150 a lot of money then? YES! Is it now? NO! But they still have their album. And memories are all we really have left in the end…..
We work with people from all walks of life and have found that virtually everyone can afford our average prices…..we are not cheap like chain stores but then again, a teenager with two weeks experience won’t be taking your pictures…….