Q. Why is art photography so expensive?
A. Art photography is expensive, or relatively expensive, because of the equipment required to replicate colors as properly as possible, and provide adequate file sizing for print reproduction. This requires a high resolution camera, quality lens, proper lighting equipment, computers for large file processing, color management software and hardware systems such as color spectrometer and adequate color gamut monitors. Add up all these parts and pieces, and one gets to spending a fair amount of cash to adequately produce quality captures. Additionally, best results will come from studio work, where conditions can be controlled. Add that into the ever present fact we all got bills to pay, and it means prices have to reflect the costs.
Q. is there anything I should do to prep my artwork, and prepare for the photo session?
A. Yes. The big thing is to clean it. I see lots of art with stains, foreign matter, and a variety of other unintentional "additions" to peoples work. Some of this can be addressed in post production, but, it's way easier to just start out shooting clean work. If your work is framed, consider removing it from the frame. Frames can cast shadows that are hard to eliminate, and an extra layer of glass does not help glare or fine detail capture.