Okay you guys…I am first going to pre apologize for run on sentences, skipping around and straight out bad writing! I am a photographer, not an English professor and English just so happened to be my worst subject (I like math…yep, that’s right!). I just wanted to share some thoughts about my photography, so don’t judge HA HA HA!!! So here we go…
When I first start photography, I wanted to do it because I wanted to capture my kids. I began reading, practicing, messing up, doing bad, reading some more, practicing some more and finally I was able to take a shot with out motion blur, bad exposure, horrible composition, etc. I admit that I was one of those moms with a camera who wanted to jump right into photography, but I soon realized it didn’t work like that. Photography is a LOT, and I mean A LOT, of work. Some people just have it and although some say I had it, I wasn’t quit sure. From as far back as I can remember, I never really believed in myself. So you can hear over and over that you are great, but until you BELIEVE it, you aren’t going to get it, if you know what I mean?! So I did what any other photographer starting out does…I didn’t charge much and I did a LOT of free sessions. This was good for one reason only…I needed to learn! So, some time goes by and I decided after too many people telling me that I MUST raise my prices, that I would do just it, but then I had no sessions coming in. In my mind, no sessions = I must suck. That little voice in my head told me I’m not good enough, but I’m now ignoring that little voice because I AM good enough!
So here we are going into 2010…I started in the summer of 2006 taking clients and I have met SO MANY nice people along the way! I have had my ups and have had downs. Have had past clients move on to other photographers and I have had clients who come back! I have days when I say “why am I doing this” and days I say “I LOVE doing this”!! I’ve been blessed to have a talent in photography and I think that is truly awesome!
So let me talk about what is new for 2010!
There will be a price increase. I struggled with this decision, but after many weeks of thought, I know I am worth it. There will always be a photographer cheaper than me willing to work for nothing. I realize that by raising my prices, I risk losing some clients and that makes me sad because I have met so many AWESOME people!! I put a lot of time into my photography from the start to finish trying to make my client’s sessions as enjoyable as they can possibly be. When you are paying for custom photography, you aren’t just paying for a piece of paper, you are paying for an image of your baby/child/family for you to have for the rest of your lives. I proof each image from your session individually to make sure you will get the best possible product. I print at a professional photo lab that sprays to protect and ensure the best quality print. I choose images that I, as a mom, would want on my walls and I make sure those images are shown to my clients. There is nothing better than getting to see images you LOVE every single day displayed in your home! In fact, I have a big (24×30) collage on my little living room wall and I can’t tell you how many hours I have just spent looking at it and remembering my kids when they were younger! I love it…just love it! Time will go on and our memories will fade, but having images all along the way is just such a great blessing! So with that said, remember that custom photography is a lot more than a quick photo session and a piece of paper. From the time you set up your session to the time you get your images (and even after) you are getting one on one attention!
And now to the fun stuff!
1. I have some fun new client rewards punch cards for 2010! These are like any other punch card, the more you come the more you get! Each session you have with Melissa Davis Photography you will get a free 8×10, then a mini storyboard, an 11×14 print, a 10×20 storyboard and then finally a free session. If you are interested in one of these cards, please let me know and I can mail one (or a few) out to you! email@example.com
2. Each new client will receive a referral card to go in their file. For every 5 referrals (who book and have a session), they will get a free session and a 10 x 10 collage. If you aren’t a client, but would like to earn the same, just let me know! Anyone is welcome to play along! firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Melissa Davis Photography will be offering three new products! Canvas, session albums and photo boxes!
CANVAS: Gorgeous fine art gallery wrapped canvases are a gorgeous way to display your images in your home. Starting at 16×20, they will make your friends and family say “wow” as a focal point in your room.
SESSION ALBUMS: 8×8 book album designed with your choice of layout to showcase your session images. Inside pages are printed on art watercolor paper and adhered to heavy black card stock. Carry it in your purse as a brag book, take it to work, or display in your home as fun and gorgeous way to show off the pictures from your session. These also make GREAT gifts for grandma and grandpa.
PHOTO BOXES: 5×7 image boxes provide a personal and upscale way to store and display all of the images from your session. Customize the cover with your favorite image, set it out for everyone to see and then show off your prints to family and friends when they come over.
so there you have it! Did you make it through?!! If so, thank you for reading! Melissa Davis Photography will be down until the new year (just a tad after actually) and all changes will be made and ready to go!
OH OH, I can’t believe I forgot something (well two things!). Also new for 2010, personal slide shows and a new shopping cart for orders. All proofs will be displayed in your own private slide show with music to match! No more gallery with boring thumb nails…You’ll get to show off and view your personal slide show to friends and family! Then your ordering process will be a lot easier with a shopping cart check out!
Wow, I can’t believe I forgot those two things! I’m so excited about the changes and additions for 2010! And I can’t wait to see who I meet this year!