Searching for New Gallery Spaces!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28th, 2008 by Amy

Business owners-

Are you looking to redecorate your office?  Have you been wanting to update your family’s last portrait?  Have you been looking for a special way to thank your employees and favorite clients/patients?  If yes, then we have the partnership you’re looking for.

 We at Shutter-Happy are constantly looking for new ways and new places in which to display our images.  And we would love to work with local businesses.

Our benefit:
We get to display our images and pamphlets- that’s one more gallery space, one more way to advertise, through you.

Your benefits:
1- A free portrait session for you and your family
2- Gift certificates for free portrait sessions for you to give as gifts to your employees/clients/patients
3- Beautiful art pieces (including your family’s) from these sessions donated back to your business, to hang on your walls

Find that you don’t have the time to wait for these sessions and prints?  We can also print from current clients’ sessions and have beautiful canvases on your walls within a couple of weeks!

If you find you would like to partner with us or have some questions you’d like answered, please call the office at 830-249-7591 any time.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Why are Professional Photographers so Expensive?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26th, 2008 by Amy

I’ve heard what we do compared to mall photography chain stores or doing it yourself: fine dining versus fast food.

To explain further, I’m changing the wording of this published article to meet the needs of our studio:

In this digital age where everyone has digital cameras, scanners, and home photo printers, when people can upload their photos to a local drug store website and pick them up a few hours later, people tend to judge photography studios by the price of their session fee, the price of their 8×10’s, and how quickly they can have their prints delivered.  Why do we charge a $60 session fee?  Why are our 8×10’s $37?  Why does it take weeks to get the prints?  Simply put, you’re not just paying for our face-to-face time and the actual photograph.  You’re also paying for the many hours behind the scenes and our expertise.

The $60 session fee includes:
*30 minutes of Alice’s time during the session consultation to help you plan and design your personalized session
*30 minutes of Amy’s time to travel to location or set up in studio
*1 hour of Amy’s time during the session 
*30 minutes of Amy’s time to travel from location or clean-up in studio
*30 minutes of Amy’s time to download digital files to computer and then back them up on external hard drive
*1-2 hours of Amy’s time to proof session, upload proofs to the website, and create the slideshow
*2 hours of Amy’s time during the print consultation to present the slideshow and help design a print order

Your print order charges include:
*2-3 hours of Amy’s time to collect ordered digital files, all fine art editing, and the cropping and ordering process through the photo lab’s website
*30 minutes of Amy’s time to unpack order, review prints, and package them for delivery

With it broken down like this, you can see how that $60 session fee and your print order charges easily translates to about 10 hours of work from start to finish!

And don’t forget you’re also paying for the wonderful experience, the pampering, and Amy’s expertise.  The memories are priceless.

Bellies n Babies Seminar

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18th, 2008 by Amy

Alice and I attended a seminar last week in San Antonio.  The tour entitled “Bellies ‘n Babies”, given by Master Photographer Sandy Puc, focused on maternity and newborn portrait work. From making the initial marketing piece, to planning these precious sessions, all the way to printing, the speaker covered all aspects of focusing on this very special time in a client’s life.

To find out about our baby plan or how we can help you preserve your pregnancy or your little one’s childhood, please give the office a call.