Debra-Lynn Hook Photography | Packages and Pricing

Packages and Pricing
































During a typical  7-to-8-hour wedding day -- from hair and makeup, to bridal shots, through the ceremony, formal group shots and reception -- I will use one of the best pro SLRs in the business -- the Nikon D750 -- to shoot 1,500 to 1,800 photos, and more, which I will edit down to the best 300-600. I will also bring along a Nikon D700 and the D80 for backup; several lenses, including the 2.8 70-200, the 2.8 24-70 and a macro lens for creative closeups. I include in my photography tool bag several flashes with tripods, umbrellas and remote control access; and a Macbook Pro laptop for editing. Depending on the particulars of your wedding day, I may or may not include an assistant in your package. Depending on location, I will attend the rehearsal before the wedding to preview ceremonial details and photography policies with your officiant and to learn who's who in your wedding party. Within 24 hours of your wedding, I will produce a Facebook album for your timeline. Within 2-4 weeks, during which time I will spend upwards of 60 hours editing your photos for contrast, light and composition, I present you with a flash drive. The bride and groom will have unlimited print rights, unlimited viewing, uploading and downloading use. In using the flash drive, I require that you do not alter the photos; that you always credit Debra-Lynn Hook Photography when using the photos online; and that you use a quality print shop such as Campus Camera in Kent or Dodd's in Akron for printing. I will ask you to direct family members and friends to my web site where your gallery will be accessible for easy viewing and purchase by friends and family. The first $100 order for either side's parents will receive a %20 percent-off coupon. (A 5X7, for example, is typically $10 and would be $8 with the coupon.)

Beyond technique,  artistry and equipment, what I bring to every wedding I shoot is a love for people and what I do. I've shot hundreds of thousands of photos; I've had several one-woman exhibits; and my photographs have been used in collections of art, both in books and galleries. I love making art with photography. But as important as my love of and experience with the craft is my love of people and the human connection. A wedding photographer can have the best equipment but if she’s not engaged behind the camera, she will have trouble engaging people in front of it. Choosing a wedding photographer is a big decision, maybe the biggest one the couple will make around this moment. Regardless of whether you choose me or another wedding photography business, I wish you the best on this very special day.

Here's a great article about prioritizing wedding photography.

Here's another about why the photographer's attitude and personality are so important.






PROPOSAL SHOOT I love hiding and then stepping out of the shadows at the right moment.



Between the "Yes, I'll marry you!" and the big day is another photo opt to the extreme.  Such a sweet time, an opportunity for candid moments and beautiful, posed shots. Lots of happy smiles and pensive moments.


PACKAGE A: Fee for 7 to 8 hours starts at $1,750 and is based on a number of variables, including travel; whether an assistant or second shooter is needed; and whether your wedding is on a holiday weekend. Additional hours are billed at $175 per hour.I give the bride and groom an online album, a flash drive of high-resolution photos and a slideshow set to music and full photo rights. All photos will go onto my website in perpetuity. I do not take them down after a certain amount of time. ENGAGEMENT PACKAGE WITH PACKAGE A is $200 for 60 minutes pre-wedding. 

PACKAGE B: Four hours of your choice. The number of photos will be smaller than the main package offering, but all other amenities apply. (See above.) Fee is $1,025. ENGAGEMENT PACKAGE WITH PACKAGE B: $225 for 60 minutes pre-wedding.

PACKAGE C: Three hours of your choice. The number of photos will be smaller than the main package offering, but all other amenities apply. (See above.)  $795. ENGAGEMENT PACKAGE WITH PACKAGE C: $250 for 60 minutes pre-wedding.

ELOPEMENT AND COURTHOUSE WEDDINGS: Two hours, including before and after shots and ceremony at $525. Same add-ons are included.


  • Wedding albums are available upon request.
  • Travel is billed at $50 per hour outside Kent.
  • A holiday fee may be added if your events falls on a holiday weekend.


PROPOSAL SHOOT Fee varies depending on whether you want after-shots or simply the proposal itself. Typically $225 for a 45-minute shoot that includes after-shots.


ENGAGEMENT PHOTO Can be built into wedding packages. (See prices above under each wedding package.) Stand-alone engagement shoots are $275 for one hour and include a flash drive of high-res photos for you to use online and for announcements. Prints are extra, available on my web site at below industry-standard rates.

PROPOSAL AND ENGAGEMENT PACKAGE These can be packaged together for $400, a $100 discount.


I shoot **outdoors for the most dynamic backdrops. Possible outdoor locations include along the river in downtown Kent; KSU front campus near Cartwright Hall; and Beckwith's Orchards. I charge a travel dispensation of $50 per hour beyond Stow-Kent-Ravenna. Multiple locations are extra.  BTW: The summer before the start of the senior year starts is a great time to beat the rush. See my senior-photo FB page for more on senior photos.

**I will also shoot indoors at a location of your choice.


My fee is $265, which includes a photo shoot of 45-90 minutes, at the outdoor location of your choice, with as many poses and outfits as the student likes. Within two weeks after the shoot (usually sooner), I provide a flash drive of 40-75 photos (and sometimes more, edited for contrast, light and composition. Photos are resolution-ready and can be downloaded for use online, on Facebook, to make graduation invitations, etc. Once you choose your yearbook photo, I provide you with 20 free inscribed wallets of the yearbook pose to share with family and friends. Additional prints are extra and available through my web site at lower-than-industry rates. I also post the final, edited shots on my web site, where they will stay in perpetuity for family and friends to view and purchase. I am happy to send the chosen yearbook photo to the appropriate school yearbook adviser upon request.


As a mother of three, I love getting to photograph mammas-in-waiting with their partners and current children, and then after, when the baby is born. These are uncommon moments in a family's life that will never come again just this way. Your shoot will include posed shots and candids that will tell the story of a special time long after it's over.


My fee is $265 for 60 minutes. Within a few days of the shoot, I provide you with a flash drive  from which you can download photos to make announcement and post on social media for friends and family. I also post all photos on my web site in a private gallery, where they will stay in perpetuity for viewing and purchase at below-industry standard rates. 

BIRTH PHOTOS I loved giving birth and writing about birth and birthing trends as a journalist and family-life columnist. I am an advocate of individualizing the birth experience, including photographs. I can be as present or as removed as you'd like, rendering your photos as private or as open as you and your partner desire. Coming as I do from a family of nurses, I am respectful of the hospital setting. I look to make this a seamless enterprise that will leave you with beautiful photos you can spend a lifetime sharing with family and friends, and eventually, your new baby!  Negotiable...I am willing to negotiate my usual hourly fee for the opportunity to photograph your birth experience.

I love doing family portraits, either outdoors or in the comfort of your own hacienda. I will help you choose clothing and setting. I also throw individual shots of various family members during your 45-to- 60-minute shoot.  Check out this web site on wardrobe choices for family-portrait shoots.

Photos will be posted in perpetuity in a gallery on this web site. Price, starting at $265, is one hour for up to four family members and includes 1 8X10 of your choice. Additional family members and pets are incrementally extra. Within a few days of your shoot, I give you a flash drive with all photos in high-res for download purposes and to make Christmas cards and other online novelties. Prints are extra and must be purchased through me or my web site for family and friends to view and purchase. Sample price: 5X7 is $10.


Coming from a journalism background as I do, I love shooting events as they happen. RE SPORTS: Parents often ask me to shoot individual photos of their athlete, or sometimes several parents will go in together to ask for a shoot of a game, during which I will get multiple photos of each child in question. One of my specialties is the composite, a collection of photos of the athlete, with his or her name and jersey number, the name of the team, the team logo and several photos of the child centered around the one best photo. For an example, please go to my sports page under the culture tab on my home page. AS FOR REUNIONS, this is one of my other favorite kinds of photo shoots:: So much here, whether the high-school reunion, the anniversary party or a reunion party, I love getting good a variety of candids and posed shots. 

Sports: Negotiable.

Other events: Typically $275 first hour, $175 each subsequent hour.

HEADSHOTS Whether you need a new head shot for your business or your Facebook page, I'm happy to help make this happen, either outdoors or at the indoor location of your choice.  I pride myself on finding a way to help people smile and relax, bringing out the best for the face you show the world. $175 for 45 minutes, one outfit. $250 for one hour and unlimited wardrobe changes. Extra time is billed at $50 per 15 minutes.