your benefit, we have tried to cover the most often asked questions
regarding our products, processes and procedures. Please contact
us with any questions that you have that we haven't addressed here.
Q. What is the cost to the church?
A. Church Pictorial provides our basic pictorial directory at no
cost to the church.
Q. Why does the program not include a free 8x10 and
A. We are a business and have to make some sort of profit to
stay in business. Since the downturn in the economy, every other
free program has either gone out of business or sold themselves to
Lifetouch. We are the only regional company still operating as an
independent. In the past, directory programs have relied on
high pressure sales to cover the cost of giving away free
directories and 8x10 portraits. We looked at all of the
associated costs for doing this worked and think that what we have
come up with is a reasonable price for us to produce the same
quality product as Lifetouch without the high pressure sales piece.
Q. How many sittings are required?
A. Church Pictorial has experience with large and small
congregations and parishes. Our only requirement is a minimum of
four shooting days (15 sittings per day). Congregations smaller may
be interested in contacting us about a pre-pay program.
Q. How much time should a family allow for a sitting?
A. We are very schedule conscious. This means that, unlike our
competitors, we stay on time. We schedule knowing that larger families
are going to require a little more time. A family of 5 should allow
approximately 45 minutes. Families smaller than 5 should allow
around 20-30 minutes.
Q. Are families obligated to purchase portraits?
A. They are not obligated to make a purchase to be in the
Q. What about sales pressure?
A. There are no sales. They can be listed in the directory for
free, purchase a copy of the directory, purchase a print package or CD of images.
Q. What are the selling prices of portraits?
A. A copy of the directory is $20.00 for the first copy and $15.00
each additional copy. There are two options for packages. The first
is a 5 sheet package for $49.00. The sheets can be mixed and
matched. The second option is a family can purchase a CD from which
they can make their own prints for $49.00
Q. How long does it take to receive the printed directories?
A. Church Pictorial provides 20-day turnaround time for directory
printing. One of the keys to getting your directories back quickly
is to start the layout process at the same time you announce your
program. We work with your directory committee from the start of
the process to ensure their are no delays.
Q. Why should I choose Church Pictorial?
A. The main reason for choosing Church Pictorial is that you are
looking for a customizable experience, with a local company, that
provides a better value for your members. If your last directory
had high-pressure sales, expensive packages and long waits for
appointments, then it's time to try a different solution. Church
Pictorial offers that solution.