Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cheap vs Affordable

Last week someone saw my sign on the side of my van and asked me, "Are you cheap?" My response was, "Could you define cheap?" She looked at me half crazy. I told her that if she was asking if I did professional work and produced a professional product at an affordable price, the answer is yes, but if she was asking if I did "cheap" work the answer is no.  She wanted to know what the difference was. (I knew this was a lost cause at this point, but I explained anyway.) I told her that I knew one person calling themselves a "photographer" who was shooting pictures with a cell phone and selling a CD for $5 and I knew several who were shooting with $100 cameras and selling cd's or prints from Walmart for $40.  Then I explained that I have more than $10,000 invested in my camera and lenses, and other equipment and that when I sold prints they were printed in a professional color lab and that every photo was lab checked for color accuracy and that the product was printed on professional grade photography paper that would look like new 10 years from now when the Walmart photo is faded and curled. I do this at a fraction of the cost of many photographers, but that I refused to put my name on anything that was done "cheap." Bottom line, there is a difference and as the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for."  I hate to sound arrogant, but I look at some of the stuff some of these people who call themselves photographers are putting out, and frankly, I'd be embarrassed to tell someone I shot that stuff. There is a difference, and if you appreciate quality, then you are willing to pay for it. If you want a cheap photograph, then knock yourself out, but you won't get that from my studio. But to each there own. Some people have fast food taste while others appreciate a good meal. Same goes here. If all you want is a cheap shot, and that's what floats your boat, then do that and I sincerely hope you are happy with that. But if you want some professional shots, then give me a call.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I'm Back!

I decided that I need to revive the use of this blog as a part of my photography adventures, so I will be adding new posts and photos in the coming days. Just wanted to give a shout out that I'm alive and well.

Monday, November 12, 2012

It Pays to Go Pro!

Almost a year and a half ago I wrote a blog article entitled, "Don't Be Fooled." (See it below) in which I talked about all the fly by night photography companies that were springing up all over Galesburg, and charging very low prices. I gave some warnings... such as the fact that these people were simply out to make a quick buck, that they were charging for "professional" services, yet having their prints made at Walmart, Walgreens and HyVee, and that was how they were charging the lower prices. I also warned that these people would not be in business down the road, should you have a need to order more pictures. Well... here we are 15 months later... and guess what? Most of those "photographers" are no longer around. Check out their websites, and they are abandoned or no longer work, due to the fact that they have closed up and moved on. In fact, when I wrote that blog in June of 2011, I had checked and there were more than 10 new photographers that had sprung up in Galesburg between 2010 and 2011 and more than 20 total, just in Galesburg. I did a quick Google search this morning, and I found that there are now only 8 that remain, and 2 of those have been open only a few months.   It pays to check out just who is doing your pictures, do they use professional print labs and do they plan on being around in 6 months?

I recently ran into a woman who told me that she wished she had listened to me. She said she went to someone else, trying to save a few bucks, and that she'd gotten burned. She said that the quality of work was not as good, and that the product itself was no where near the quality of that which her daughter's friend had purchased from me. She said that now, 2 years after her daughter is out of school, she looks at those photos and the picture is discoloring and she realized she made a mistake. She said that on the back of the picture, it says, "Printed at Walmart" just like I had warned her. (Hello? I have no reason to lie!)  But she told me that the icing on the cake was that she wanted to get one of those pictures reprinted because one had been damaged when knocked off the wall, and she went to call the company and found out that it no longer exists. Hmmm... I think I said that would happen too! I hate this for this family. They deserve better. But, like I said in another blog entry, "You get what you pay for!"

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