September 7th, 2009
Just finished a quick audio slideshow which outlines my approach to children’s portrait photography.
It’s called ‘No Posing, No Costumes’, and it will eventually live in an expanded part of the Services section of the site, but I wanted to post it now, while it was still hot from the Soundslides Export.
I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to share/link and all that.
September 5th, 2009
So off we went to Salman Ranch south of Mora for some raspberry picking (see below). Many raspberries were both picked at eaten.
And thence to Victory Ranch a little further north – home to over 200 alpacas and llamas. Including this little dude and his mother – he was born prematurely a couple of days again, and he’s being bottle fed as he’s not strong enough to suckle yet. (more…)
September 1st, 2009
I like this idea. Photographers donate their time, expertise and prints around the holiday season, to give portraits to people who wouldn’t otherwise get them.
It looks like a grassroots kind of thing, with a loose central structure and real local organization. And amateurs and pros of all stripes are invited to take part.
I could certainly see how shooting and printing some children’s or babies’ portraits would be a really nice holiday gift for some folks.
I’ve just subscribed to the mailing list, so I’ll let you know if we get stuff going in Santa Fe. There are a lot of pro and serious amateur photographers around, so let’s see what we can do, shall we?
August 29th, 2009
I’ve just signed up for mpixpro.com, having been a very satisfied customer of their prosumer mpix.com printing service.
I’m impressed so far. They offer a ood range of products (including prints on fine art paper, and some funky looking acrylic prints).
Their site seems to be set up so that you can direct clients there to see all the product and print options, but without showing the prices. That way, if you’re adding markup (which you should be as a pro shooter), your clients won’t see that, but they can make informed choices about what they’d like.
Mpixpro also provide white-label PDFs which describe the different product types. If you put them on your own site, it would give clients lots of useful information without getting the in way of your own branding and service. Nice.
The calibration prints are on the way, but if they’re as spot-on as my previous mpix jobs have been, I think I might have found my new printing home, after much shopping around. Turns out it’s the big brother of the place I already loved.
August 20th, 2009
Even though I shoot children’s portraits professionally, and take countless shots of my own daughter Fionnuala, it had been a while since I’d done a more formal shoot with her.
With Finn’s mother and grandparents pointing out that it was long overdue, we were out early into the Santa Fe morning in our neighbour’s garden (thanks, Loretta), to come up with the goods.
Fionnuala was telling me stories the whole time, so I just kept asking her questions and waited until she cracked herself up.