There is a majorly saturated market for photographers today. This can be good and bad for both consumer and producer.
A market so saturated can make for several problems, a consumer is faced with so many prices, packages, options and choices that one can feel overwhelmed and even a bit put off by all the information flying at them. A business owner is faced with making ends meet or competing with the lower priced competition and sacrificing their quality or not cover their costs.
For a consumer, making a choice wading through website after website, fb pages, and personal recommendations can be daunting. Who to choose the super inexpensive option with lots of images? Or the pricier package with fewer images? Why does one cost more than the other? Why should I pay more for "less".
Here's why, a photographer who shoots 100 frames, throws them on a disk and hands it over with out doing any editing has only done half the work. You now have to attempt to edit, crop, and manipulate your images to your liking.
A photographer who offers a studio session with a custom set, and in and out doors, offers you prints or digital files that have been edited to maximize their potential, professionally sized for maximum print options, and takes the time to communicate with you before during and after your shoot to ensure your satisfaction has exceeded customer service expectations. This professionals price reflects all the hours spent planning your shoot, prepping for it, shooting it, editing it, presenting it, and communicating with you before and after your shoot.
There is a difference in value and a difference in end product and ultimately a difference in your pictures, those precious memories you have trusted some one to capture and preserve.
So next time your faced with the choice of a good deal or a good value please consider these things and choose wisely.
I spent a little over the prescribed "nine" months pregnant with each of my babies, and anyone who knows me knows I was anything but patient. I wanted those babies out I was done, finito, over it, and finished with the while shebang. However, they didn't want to come out each if my little ones was several days past due.
Ironically here I find myself done with bearing children and still waiting on babies. Thankfully now it's not waiting white painful hips, shortness of breath, and majorly swollen feet, but I'm still waiting. I'm waiting to witness the miracle of life, to capture brief moments in time that are so easily forgotten by an exhausted mother, and a worried, and excited father. I'm waiting to pose little newborns into ridiculously adorable postures, sweet little outfits, and snap those precious pictures that will decorate baby books and grandparents mantles. I find myself even waiting with the mommas, meeting them hearing their worries, and joys, and mostly hearing them say how they cannot wait to meet their little ones.
Waiting is something I am not good at, just as my family, but with this new path I think I will find myself waiting a lot. That's Ok! I am learning that I don't mind the wait as much. It gives me time to stop and look around and enjoy life a little. I've kept my schedule lite the last few days in anticipation of a birth, and today instead of working I did puzzles with my baby and taught her a new word, "zebra". She's been practicing all afternoon. I find myself getting caught up in the waiting sometimes constantly checking my email, Facebook, phone and I realize I am loosing time in the here and now waiting for tomorrow. Im sure this theme has been explored by many writers more qualified than myself so I will close with this, I know when this little one does decide to grace us with her presence it will be well worth the wait. But in the meantime I am going to have a tea party, and play superheroes, and color laugh and dance and enjoy my today.
Photographic style, your brand, what makes you, you. Some of my favorite images are overloaded with amazing and wonderful props. Babies balanced in baskets, on scales, with adorable costumes, hair bows, and blankets. These are adorable works of art.
Then I go to the other extreme black and white, simple stark and stunning. No props no gadgets no anything, just subject and light.
Where do I fall on the spectrum if props versus simplicity? I honestly can't say. I have a small hoard of props slowly filling up a coat closet and bookshelf, but I don't use them for every session.
I like to think I fall somewhere in the middle, maybe not a prop in every shot but when they are appropriate and the subject is willing to interact with it.
As I develop my style, my brand I hope to see a clear picture of my body of work, recognize my stamp on my pictures.
What do you think props, or not?