October 11, 2013 |
Alot of people don't realize the immense amount of time and energy
that goes into the business end of photography. There are many things
to consider and marketing and administration really are daily requirements,
as with any business. Following are a few of my personal business
tenets I want to put out there for clients.
Things I Will and WILL
1. I will continue
to strive to create LASTING MEMORIES through BEAUTIFUL and INSPIRED
IMAGES of your beloved companions.
2. I will continue to provide AFFORDABLE services
and products. Photos of our pet companions should not be elusive to
those whose income is less, when their love and appreciation for their
pets is just as strong as those who may be more established. I absolutely
disagree with some who believe custom photography should not be accessible
3. I will stay true to capturing images that speak
to me and hold special meaning for my clients. (I don't mind retouching,
but your images should look like you, so please don't expect to be
magically transformed into an overly-Photoshopped being. I'm not that
4. I will continue to work with groups and people
who share a passion for rescue and advocacy and by whose efforts so
very many pets find loving homes.
5. I will have a slight session increase in 2014
– but each session will then include a lagniappe to the pet’s
family such as a print credit or a complimentary gift print.
WILL NOT raise my rates to match local competitors
who charge considerably more.
2. I WILL NOT join expensive
associations, nor will I pay for advertising as these costs must then
be passed along to my clients and I believe their funds will be better
spent on images they can cherish, and not on administrative costs.
3. I WILL NOT ever think
I know all I need to know or that I cannot learn from my peers or
those whose work inspires me.
September 27, 2013
| It may seem early to even consider, but the holidays are right around
the corner. I have always been a proponent of photos as gifts because
you will never capture the same exact moment twice, so photos as gifts
are like a freezing in time. To try to meet scheduling demands for
the beautiful fall colors, we have mini-sessions available on October
20 and November 16 in two Northern VA locations.
If you were thinking of a fall session, this is a great offer. (And
surprising someone with photos makes an awesome gift!) Click
August 9, 2013 |
After some recent unfortunate treatment received by a local group
with whom I have had a longsanding relationship, I have had alot of
people ask me why I still bother to do anything for them at all. It's
pretty simple - I never started volunteering for people and the people
were never the reason I continued. It was always about the animals
and will continue to be so, no matter what group it is. There is no
level of disrespect or disregard that can be shown by a human that
will outweigh my love for these animals. Ever.
July 10, 2013
| Ninety minutes yesterday to photo about 20 adoptable cats and kittens;
another two hours to edit the photos down to 73 final proofs; another
1.75 hours to further edit/refine to a final 24 images and prepare
for posting and online sharing. That’s 5.25 hours divided by
about 20 cats so approximately 16 minutes of investment per cat. Now
imagine if someone falls in love and adopts a cat or kitten from one
of these photos. I can’t think of a better use of 16 minutes
of my time.
Click to enlarge
of adoptable cats (final 24 images) can be viewed here on Facebook.
July 1, 2013
| At client sessions, I always encourage people to be photo'd with
their pets. I think no matter what you are wearing that day, or how
crazy you think your hair looks, you will NEVER regret having a photo
with your beloved pet -- but you may regret NOT having them. I am
a victim of this regret myself, having had two extremely senior dogs
depart without having any real body of photos WITH them, although
I have thousands OF them throughout their lives. Not again, though.
Although I am definitely more comfortable behind the lens, today I
put that aside and asked my friend at Dirty Paw Photography to photo
Bandit and me. (In return, I will be photo'ing her with her dog soon.)
The style she is known for is generally different than mine, but I
have seen her other work and loved it. And it really is true that
having photos done with someone you connect with and enjoy makes all
the difference! I certainly hope my human clients enjoy the same positive
experience with me as I did with her.
May 18, 2013 |
Have met some awesome new people lately through Rebecca Corry's Stand
Up for Pits event and a BlogPaws meet-n-greet -- I am so happy to
continue to grow my relationships in this inspiring community!
April 30, 2013 |
Looking for a unique gift idea? In addition to session
and print/product gift certificates, check this out and think about
Mother’s and Father’s Day, wedding season, graduations,
etc. This is also a beautiful way to honor a departed loved one (human
or pet). Below is a photo of my 3D laser engraved crystal. I had no
idea what to really expect but was SPEECHLESS when it arrived. This
is a personal service artisan – the care he takes to ensure
the product is perfect is inspiring. I was so impressed and wanted
to offer this product to my clients, so we now have an exclusive discount
agreement in place. This is the PERFECT gift for someone who
may have everything! I am happy to coordinate your order
for you – if you wish to use a photo I have taken for you, I
will not charge for use of the digital image (since I am managing
it) so already there is a $25 savings
to you plus the 10% partner discount. And if you choose
to use your own image, that’s fine too – I am still happy
to coordinate this for you to ensure you receive a discount. This
is such a wonderful piece of art to have, I can’t imaging NOT
having one now.
April 24, 2013
| It's a wonderful thing to be paid in canine kisses! This is how
I feel every time I take photos of adoptables for a rescue. If you
have time to volunteer in any capacity, give it a try - you'll see
what I mean.
March 22, 2013 |
It has been a wonderful year so far with multiple exciting publishings,
start-up for the studio space and a refreshed web presence. I am working
to add new local rescues to the foster sessions and growing vendor
relationships so products can be offered at exclusive discounts to
clients. I am also working on options for spring and summer specials
now -- please check back for details, expected to post by end of March.
March 8, 2013 |
And NOW I can announce the other very cool publishing. So proud to
participate in the 2013 Paws for Charity project to benefit a Nova
Scotia shelter. And exceptionally
pleased to have my photo selected for the cover of this book!
(Now #1 on the Publisher's Best Seller list!)
February 12, 2013 |
Notice of two publishings came today -- one is The
American Dog Magazine ... and there is another very exciting
one that I can't yet announce -- Doh!!! Soon though, very soon!
January 6, 2013 |
The new year is bringing many changes, all, I believe, headed in the
right direction for continued growth and efficiency.
1. Studio design is under way
and anticipated to be ready by January 31. I am VERY excited about
2. Pricing is being revisited
to allow more options, especially with digital collections, as well
as packages and special offers for combined indoor/outdoor sessions.
3. This web
site will be re-designed and re-launched in the 1st quarter of 2013.
4. Addition of videos from session
collections as a product offering. DONE!
5. My work will continue with
rescue organizations BUT ... I have determined that without a watermark
to identify photos, there may be some confusion and, sadly, there
are some images on rescue web sites that I would be worried viewers
may think are mine, when they are not. A watermark is a small measure
I can take to ensure proper identification. I am hopeful most of the
groups I work with will be agreeable to this small request in exchange
for donated services.
6. I will be spotlighting a rescue
pet each week (on Mondays) via Facebook and sharing the pet through
contacts. If you work with a group or know of a pet that has a special
circumstance and could benefit from additional promotion, please contact
me to discuss this as an option.
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