The Jolly Fat Man is preparing to make his rounds and shimmy down the chimneys; but first he is stopping by for a photo shoot.
Since I have started out doing this photography thing, I have been trying to find something that works. My goals are simple:
- Have Fun – after all if you don’t love what you do, your customers will notice. It has been fun photographing families, seniors, pets and nature
- Be Affordable / Be Profitable – While charging $400 a session and including all the edited images and a print release sounds excessive, shooting for a $40 session fee an hoping for people to purchase prints is not providing a profit; which is necessary.
- Expand my education – I am going to be taking more education opportunities to increase my knowledge and style for my photography
I am going to be changing my pricing to start including more options rather than the AlaCarte pricing structure that I have been doing.
So on June 18, we did our first studio shoot!
The studio is amazing, it is awesome!!! There is no way I would ever be able to afford to setup my own place to shoot, especially seeing as I would have to be booked every waking hour to be able to make any money doing it.
Check out these videos that I shot while we were there.
This is a quick walk around of Studio A that we shot in, there are 3 studios and each are different in their own way too.
These are some of the finished photos:
I have been doing some reflecting and thinking about what I would like to do.
As many of you know, I have had a mobile DJ business since 2001 and I think the DJ thing is still viable, as is the photobooth and event photography.
I have been focusing mainly on landscape and nature photography, as they don’t complain and really you don’t have to tell a barn or waterfall to turn one way or the other.
I have been apprehensive about doing portrait work and am still not anywhere comfortable for once in a lifetime photos like Weddings, but I do think I am going to start doing portraits. Starting with family and seniors. Just want to keep it small and simple. I have a good camera, and gear and know how to use it too.
I have toured a studio that rents out in the Upper Arlington / Grandview area in Columbus and this place is AWESOME!! It is affordable to rent, which makes me able to offer affordable sessions. It is also well set up with lighting and scenery as well as props too.
My first sessions are on June 18, and are $20 for 20 minutes and an 8×10 unit. If you would like to book with me Click here to book (opens in new tab)
It happens, you have your trusty and sometimes rusty memory card in your camera, it has ALL your photos on it too, you think life is rosy and nothing could ever go wrong, Right? RIGHT!! WRONG!! Then it happens….. Continue reading “OH $#@&!! I just lost all my photos on my memory card – what now”
I remember getting post cards from my Grandma and Grandpa Garling when they would go to Texas, I always liked getting a post card from the road.
When we travel, it seems that every place you stop at sells postcards, while these cards are nice and have spectacular photos, they are not personal. Here’s how to make them personal…. Continue reading “Post Cards – making it personal”
Went to John Bryan to see if I could find some waterfalls or streams to try to get that foggy white water look. This is done by using a neutral density filter, and long exposure. The results are kind of varying and it did take some time to get a result that was somewhat acceptable.
Want to see how those photos came out…. Continue reading “John Bryan State Park – June 21, 2015”