Covid-19 June Update

So for June 2020:

Printing

Printing is full steam ahead!!! New curbside payment with tap is available. Most work being done same day. Supply orders are coming in and I am 99.9% fully stocked!!! NEW laminator is installed and running as well.

Restorations

Restorations are being done as they arrive. 100% caught up!!!! System is items can be dropped off in the box out front, work will be done and you will be contacted for pick-up in the box.

Teaching & Camera Troubleshooting

On-line teaching & troubleshooting is running. Got most of the bugs worked out. Kind of fun to do. I am doing one on one and groups (families or even companies) all on-line.

Photo Sessions

June I will do location photo sessions only. I may change this during the month but at this time only location sessions. NOTE: You MUST follow all AHS guidelines.

Framing

All framing is still running. Got in another order and am placing another order to fully stock up.

Father’s Day Historical Lethbridge Prints

Prints are available for pick-up or delivery. Same day turn around at this time. Click here to order

Covid-19 What’s Open

Corvid-19 Update – April 18/20

Because of Covid-19 and as per my doctor and the government the building is closed to the public. I am looking at reopening specific services in the next week or two. See below for a list and approximate dates.

Covid-19 opening

Photo Sessions

The studio is not open nor do I have any idea on a date that I will be open. Close work during the Covid-19 shut down is prohibited. As I have no idea when this will be over I am not booking any photo sessions at this time. All sessions till the end of May are now cancelled. I would be happy to take your information. When we get an all clear I will call you to book.

Photography Courses

All in person photography courses are cancelled till the end of May. I am setting up to do all my courses on-line. I will start posting what programs you can use and other information soon.

Printing & Restorations

Supplies are in stock and some more are coming in to top everything up. A couple frame suppliers are closed but I have good stock on most sizes and types. As I am planning now I will be opening towards the end of April at least two days a week. Files can be sent online (I can help you with a couple different programs to easily do this). Once the order is done then I will send an invoice that you can pay by Etransfer or Paypal. When you come to pick-up your work. Call me when you are at the studio and I will put your order outside on the table. (You cannot come into the building). Delivery also available for an extra charge.

I am known for my customer service and this will continue. I will be offering two options for my clients to continue this. First you can send in your files and I will adjust and print for you. All images will be corrected to professional image standards. You will get the best possible image from the file that you send in. Second, if you like I can do the editing for you while you watch on-line. This way you can see the changes and the cropping that I will be doing. The program is free to do this but you must have Internet or data to take part in this.

Lethbridge Historical Business Prints

Lethbridge Historical Business Prints. If you grew up in Lethbridge you will remember a lot of the long time businesses. Below is an artist rendition of some of the more memorable business signs.

You can order prints of these logos on either 12×12 prints or 24×36 prints.

This link will take you to the order page. A great gift for a long time Lethbridge resident for the house, man cave or cabin.

Photography Business – The Print

The print is the secret!

People have been asking me how to improve their photography business, simple it comes down to the print! The past couple of weeks I have had a chance to sit down with a number of photographers.  I have been hearing a lot of the same things from these people and I thought that it would be worth sharing with others. The main issue is how do you impress your customers, set your business apart from others and improve your sales?

Several points keep coming to the forefront

The print
Set yourself apart with the print!

1) For those that do shoot & burn weddings (shoot the wedding and burn the digital files to disk or USB for the client) I have been hearing a number of photographers mention that their customers are complaining about bad prints.  Their clients are taking the images to a discount lab to get prints made. When they get the prints back they are coming back horrible.  Most times the photographer does not know how their client feels as they don’t hear about the bad prints. The clients think it is the photographer ~ because the lab says it is not them.  If the photographer hears it is through a third party and the bad printing has damaged the photographers reputation.

2) Many photographers have seen a drop in the number of assignments they get.  A couple photographers actually inquired of past customers and received some feedback.  One of the biggest points is that clients were not happy with the final prints. Many clients mentioned that it was a pain to go and get the prints done themselves. All had mentioned they were having prints done at a discount lab.

The common statement went something like this…….

“…. the photographers service was great”. “We were not happy with the way the final prints looked”.  “The prints looked like the ones that you get from a one hour lab ~ not professional prints”.  “It took me a week to get a couple pictures done properly. It was a HUGE waste of my time”. One photographer actually brought me a couple of files to print. Their customers had them done someplace else. They wanted to see what their client thought. The response from their client was “These are amazing, we never thought that the printing would do that!!!!”

3) Many of the photographers also mentioned that they needed something to add a WOW factor to the services that they were offering.  They have been giving clients 4×6 & 5×7 prints. The small prints were not impressing their clients.


The consensus

In just about all the comments one thing was clear. The photographer’s clients want/demand something more than a cheap 4×6 or 5×7 one hour print.  I have been saying for years that if photographers want to survive that they need to set themselves apart. Something more than what uncle Bob is doing ~ usually for free because he is a relative and wants to be helpful.  Uncle Bob can have the nice camera. Many times he is handing the wedding couple a disk and that is it.  Or he is printing some prints at the one hour place and handing them to the couple.  The problem is if that is what the “professional” photographer is doing we are not setting ourselves apart and WOW’ing our clients.

So what should professional photographers be doing?

First, every client should be getting a WOW picture.  Something that stands out like a 16×20 or 20×24 portrait fully finished!! Second you should be providing your clients with some professionally printed images that they can show friend’s and family so they can see what a great picture looks like.  Prints that they cannot get at the local one hour!

Finally if you are handing over the disk to the client make sure they know the difference in the printing that they will get.

Remember we need to set ourselves apart for the positive. One of the best ways to do this is with professional printing!

To help with giving some wow to your photography we are offering a coupon for a discount in printing that you can give to your client to get professional printing.  That way they will get the best image possible from your files.  Drop us an E-mail and we will run off some discount coupons for you!

You know you miss your kayak when…

I never had a chance to make it out a lot this past year on the kayak but with the warmer weather and the river breaking up it is SOOOOO tempting. I wonder if you can get a kayak with onboard heat?

So far I cannot complain about the winter as it has not been that cold, but the wind is keeping me in a lot more than I like. Today I went to the Lethbridge river bottom to see what birds and animals were around and not a lot of anything. When I saw how much of the river was open I was tempted to toss a kayak in and see how far I could get. I know I have to be patient but it looked so nice!

A nice little run for the kayak
A nice little run for the kayak

Watching this piece of ice make the run down the chute had me daydreaming of when the warmer weather hits and I can get out. I am not one for huge rapids but I do like some movement. One of my favorite half day trips is from the water treatment plant in Lethbridge to Pavan Park. Not a lot of excitement but it is a nice length that I can sneak away for it and not have to rush. There is also a fair amount of birds and wildlife that is in the river bottom so taking a camera allows me to get a few images at the same time.

Oldman river Lethbridge.  Not a kayak but I can hope!
Well it is not a kayak but at least a piece of ice made the run!

More exploring…..

Harvest Shoot

With the nice weather I was more than happy to finally be able to do a harvest shoot.  The lower levels of the sun in the sky, little wind and the rich colors was great to work with.

Add to this the fact that I do not have to get up so early in the morning to catch the sunrise and I am REALLY a happy photographer.

These pictures are from last week when I was walking my do.  Most days I forget to grab a camera but this day I knew that a camera had to come with me.  The dog is not very happy when I am stopping to take pictures but she still got her walk and possibly a little extra as I was going back and forth waiting till the sun was at the perfect angle.

Harvest Photo Shoot waiting for the sun
Waiting for the sun a perfect day for a harvest shoot

Canon 5DMarkIV

Canon 24-70 & 70-200

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