So a friend of my wife was trying to get pregnant for the longest time. After about a year and thousands of dollars, she was pregnant w/ a set of twins. Well, turns out at 24 weeks one of the twins decided he wanted out and fell into the birth canal. They went to the hospital and had emergency c-section to get both out. one of the twins (the ones that stayed in) died a few days after birth. The second has been in NICU coming on 6 weeks, and has been barely clinging on to life. At times, the doctors have called the parents and told them to come up to the hospital because they didn't know if the baby was going to survive through the night. I feel bad for them, and I know its a terrible feeling. I had another friend go through the same issues (NICU and a premature baby) last year and I wouldn't wish that upon anyone. Well, a few weeks back they decided to do a photoshoot of the little one in NICU w/ them so they could have some pictures. The dad has a SLR and I've talked camera w/ him before, but he's no pro by any means. I mean, come on... he has a Canon XTi j/k ANYWAY.... The photographer they hired specializes in kids, newborns, etc. She has a $130 sitting fee, and a $200 travel/location fee. That's not the part that bothers me. The Photog charged them $700 (!) on top of all that for rights to their pictures. Thats just a little absurd IMO. The only reason it bothers me is that I know she charged that, and all they got is their pictures on a CD... for $700!!! No book, no album, no nothing. Of course, they loooooooove the pictures because they're professionally done, and thats fine. My beef is w/ the photog. It makes me wonder about the 'awkward photoshoot' I had a few weeks back w/ my clients dying mom he wanted pictures of. I felt for her, so I wasn't trying to clean house on them since my mom went through a similar ordeal back in April (brain tumor and surgery/rehab). I just told them pay me what they thought it was worth. If I was the photographer taking these baby pictures, knowing the pain they're going through, I wouldn't charge anything 1) because I know them, and 2) because I know the emotional stress they're going through. If they wanted to pay me, wonderful. I would probably make an album and sell it to them at what I paid for it or maybe a little more profit, and would give them a slideshow DVD of their pictures at my cost or a bit higher. Not $700!!! thats a bit ridiculous. Whats OTAPs thoughts on this? sorry... had to vent.