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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Changes for the new year

December the 4th will be my last day for photo shoots in time for Christmas. I will only have a limited availability during month of December.

This has been my first year in business in Mccomb. It has been fun but challenging nonetheless. I have been provided awesome opportunities to market my business but alas it takes time for people to learn about you especially if you are a newby to a small town.

I have also been reflecting (ha ha pun intended) on my business philosophy and what I want to achieve.

First, I am so thrilled that I have been given the opportunity to capture precious memories for families. It makes me beyond ecstatic to hear a mother say I brought tears to her eyes. I know how fleeting these precious years are.

Second, I want to price my portraits affordable so families such as myself can have the opportunity to receive wonderful memories. That being said it takes much more time and effort into a photo shoot than just taking the picture- you have editing, mailing, orders processed, etc etc. Currently I am probably working at below minimum wage!

Finally, when you turn a passion into work... well... it becomes work! And when you have to process orders for the public... well... it becomes retail. I want to enjoy my work and I think I can only attain that by eliminating the print ordering. I have always wanted to go to straight digital files but I have had many apprehensions. I know that I will be, at this moment, the ONLY photographer offering this service in my area so hopefully this can bring about some differentiation between myself and the others. And I will be able to keep my prices at an affordable rate. Consider me the "Lowe's" of photography if you will. I will supply the materials and you create the products!

So here is how it will work....
New Session Prices January 2010

**Custom uploaded files to a Pro-lab for you to print as many as your little heart desires at cost. The prices are LESS than Walmart and professional quality! Directions and help from me but I will not place it for you. Insider tips on other websites to get you cool products with YOUR PICTURES. Sometimes FREE!

Full Session

1hr - 2 wardrobe changes

20+images on dvd with copyright release
Senior Session
2 hr session- 4 wardrobe changes
30+ images on dvd with copyright release- 8X11 Collage for yearbook

Baby Plan

Newborn, 3mo, 6mo, 1 year

dvd from each session - Collage at end of 1st year


Mini-Sessions will be held 3 times a year- Spring, Summer, Fall...dates to be announced...perfect for young children to show their changes throughout the year.

I will still be designing invites/announcements at listed price but will be also offering the digital file for you to print as you wish. Examples and prices can be seen by clicking on the tab above.

I am excited about the next year and what it will hold for me as I grow my business. I think this change will be best for myself and family and your family. Please spread the word to your family and friends so I can continue to keep my prices affordable!


Candise said...

Amanda I think that is great! Great marketer you...looking at what clients desire rather than what is necessarily customary business practice. I LIKE IT! You go girl!

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