Welcome to my blog. Tune in here to find out the latest news on this site. I'm not exactly sure what other direction(s) it will take; that sort of thing has a way of morphing and taking on a life of its own. But I promise to keep it informative and/or entertaining.
Shot the marriage vow renewal ceremony at Satellite Beach United Methodist Church this morning. It was open to couples married for multiples of 5 years or anyone married more than 50 years. They had a total of 302 years of marriage between them. It was a little tough to shoot as the morning light streaming in through the east facing windows was backlighting my subjects. Overcame the backlight with the flash and still managed to capture the flames of the candles in the shots.
One question that photographers often face is “Why do you charge so much?” In reality, most photographers don’t command an hourly rate much higher than that of a plumber, electrician, or HVAC contractor. And the plumber, electrician, and HVAC contractor has the luxury of coming back if they don’t get it right the first time. That is often not an option for photographers, especially in the case of weddings or group portraits taken at family reunions. That “hourly rate” can often be misleading as for every hour you see your photographer peering through the lens of his or her camera, he or she will spend more than twice that much time in preparation and post processing. Let’s look at a typical scenario for a simple portrait shoot.
By the time it’s all said and done, the photographer has put in a considerable amount of time that comes out of the fee for the 2 hour shoot.
Consider the experience factor. Professional photographers generally have years, if not decades, of experience under their belts, and an eye that can immediately discern and remedy problems that might result in a bad photograph.
Also consider the cost of the equipment involved. Cameras, lighting, reflectors, filters are all quite expensive and have a finite life span, especially when used commercially. Now days, we also have to factor in the price of computers and software as well. Picasa may be fine for your snapshots, but professional photographers use programs such as Adobe Photoshop that cost hundreds of dollars. It should also be noted that programs like Photoshop don’t run very well on lower end computers. Plus there is the cost of redundant storage of images. Remember, when a professional photographer takes your photo, he or she will archive that image forever.
Then of course, there is the cost of doing business, which seems to go up every year. Licensing, insurance, transportation, bookkeeping… it all adds up.
All in all, a professional photographer is a bargain, especially when you think about the fact that what you receive will last a lifetime: photographs of cherished memories.
Making progress with the updates/makeover, but it is turning out to be a much bigger job than I expected. I hope I don't get sidetracked with work before I get it done, as it will be so much easier if I can just stay at it until its done.
The Featured Galleries and Collections will be used as my actual portfolio, and so far I have 5 categories up and running: Portraits, Sports, Pets, Bands, and Theatrical. Still to come are Weddings, Commercial/Product/Advertising, and Food.
I'll be using groups, which unfortunately cannot be featured, for Travel and Places, Wildlife, Flora, and Scenic. At some point I'll be adding images with an artistic flair, but at this point I have no idea where they will fit into the grand scheme of things.
Setting up a website can be a huge task. It's complicated further when you have to keep looking up instructions on how to make it look the way you want. Its further complicated by the fact that you have actual WORK to do; you know, the kind that pays the bills. So as is very often the case with websites, it gets to the point where you say: "That's good enough for now, I'll do all the fine tuning later." Well, that's how this website went. But now with Christmas behind us, I have a little, and I hope enough, time to really get the site up the way I want it. Lots more photos coming with new categories, including one of my favorites: Historical Re-enactments. I'm also looking ar adding some of my more artistic work in its own category. The makeover is just beginning, so there is no telling what new features I'll be adding, so stay tuned.
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