Educating your clients

Clients

Dealing with clients can suck!!!  The biggest complaint that I hear from photographers is that they get tired of fighting clients for every nickel and dime, even after being paid.  A customer will book a wedding, family, grad, etc and after paying a deposit or even paying for the entire package they will start to try and get extras, change things or try and get money back as they “don’t need this or want that”.  So to help with this issue I came up with a program a few years ago that I used when I did weddings.

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Yoho National Park

A quick trip to Yoho.

A visit on Father’s Day to one of my favorite waterfalls. #Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park. Was planning on a whole weekend trip but the weather tossed a wrench into those plans but Sunday was amazing in Yoho.  Sometimes even a shorter trip is worth the time to get out to those places that are important to us. It was not the warmest day but being in the mountains when it is cooler fits the mountain feel. Dressing a little warmer, standing in the rays of the sun when you exit a forest trail all are part of the mounting experience.

While the drive to Takakkaw falls is hair raising for some it is a drive that prepares you for the magnificent views.  The only problem was that since the last time that I was there I totally forgot the hike to the falls. I remember there was a trail but it seems that the trail got longer.  Add to that carrying the camera gear that I take and the altitude and I took my time. But in the end everything was worth it!

Takakkaw Fall, Yoho National Park
Takakkaw Fall, Yoho National Park

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Photography Locations Lethbridge

Photography Locations Lethbridge

Often I am asked about photography locations in Lethbridge.  Over the years I found many public or semi private locations that you can use without booking or paying. Then lately I started to noticed that a lot are starting to charge.  As one person said to me.  “We did let photographers use our space but they became to demanding so now we will regulate it and charge”. 

In the following list I have contacted each one to check on any requirements.  I am not including private locations as this changes so fast, will keep it to ones that most clients ask about. 

If you find a location that is not on the list please let me know.

When using any location please be a professional.  The actions of a few bad apples effects all of us. If we keep getting banned soon we will be without some of the great spots we have come to love.

I have had a couple mentions about nudity and questionable shoots.  The general response to this is that all these locations are public places and photographers need to respect that.   No nudity is acceptable if the location is open.  A couple places suggested that if you require nudity that you should book the entire place off hours.  Of course the cost is substantially higher.

Will update as I get more information……. (Updated February 20, 2019)

Locations

Galt Museum

  • $50 per hour or part thereof
  • NO prebooking
  • Must provide a business card with payment
  • An assortment of rules that apply about furniture and use of the area – inquire at the Galt

Casa

  • $35 per hour
  • Requires prebooking – If space available
  • MUST provide a copy of insurance
  • Must fill out booking form
  • NO studio lighting in the Atrium, on camera flash only

Sandman (formally the Lodge)

  • $30 per hour
  • Book in advance preferred
  • NO shooting on the pool deck

Helen Schuler Nature Center – Roof top Garden

  • $10 for 15 minutes or $35 per hour
  • Prefer 2 weeks notice but will do with less
  • No studio lights
  • Maximum of 50 people

Research Station

  • Free for pictures
  • Opens for booking on January 2 for each year.
  • To guarantee a spot you must book in advance
  • When booking a contract must be signed
  • Have been told that they do not allow photos when the station is open. Will check into that.

Japanese Garden

  • Wedding up to 15 people $150 for 2 hours
  • Family $75 for up to 10 people
  • Couple $50
  • Prebooking is required before your event and you must follow the rules of the garden. If unsure of the rules check when booking.

Lethbridge Parks

  • Be respectful
  • Parks are first come first served
  • Do not damage plants or property

University of Lethbridge

They do rent out banquet, ballroom and meeting space but the use of the grounds seems to be in question for just pictures. If you can get a contact I can talk to with the info I would love to but it seems to fall between the different groups and not regulated. Booking without a contact seems impossible.

Lethbridge College

They do rent out banquet, ballroom and meeting space but the use of the grounds seems to be in question for just pictures. If you can get a contact I can talk to with the info I would love to but it seems to fall between the different groups and not regulated. Booking without a contact seems impossible.

A marketing pet peeve

Marketing

If you are going to take the time to do any marketing of yourself or your business “Do it right”!!! What do I mean? Simple if you are running a site on social media or even your own website give people the information that they need easily!

Pet Peeve

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Getting great pictures!

Meadowlark Spring 2018
Meadowlark Spring 2018

Great picture

Getting a great picture is as much good fortune as anything.  I know many great photographers that understand their camera inside and out but they do not get any really great images.  I know other photographers that struggle to understand ISO and shutter speed but they get lots of great images. So why the difference???

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