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PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | STILL CO

Name: Roxanne & Trent

Business Name: Still Co.

Website: www.still-co.com

Where are you based out of? A small town in South Carolina near Aiken, SC

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Full-time

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and elopements

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Nikon d750

How would you define your style? A good mixture of “moody” and “classic” + candid

 


What motivated you to become a photographer?

I’ve had a passion for photography since I was around 10 years old when I would film my family’s Christmas gatherings. So my mom bought me my own video recorder and a film camera. I’ve been hooked ever since.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
We try to capture the natural emotions from the wedding day so that our client’s love for one another is preserved through our work.

How do you accomplish that?
Less posing + more of them hanging out together and enjoying alone time on their wedding day.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
A mix of many people. I follow a lot of great photographers on Instagram and I love keeping up with the Photobug Community Facebook page.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Just being able to continually book new clients is a great accomplishment. We are so honored to work with so many exciting couples!

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Don’t get caught up in other people’s work. Push yourself to try new things. Surround yourself with great photog friends who help and encourage you.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Engraved wooden USB drives and the wooden boxes. We just tried out the Chiffon Gauze Ribbon and it’s awesome! Such beautiful products that our clients always love. Also, shipping is so fast!

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The presentation of our product delivery has been taken to a new level as well as helping define our brand!

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT | NOIR SLIM BOOK CLOTH 4×6 PRINT + USB BOX

One of our most popular products has a new fabric option available in our store now! We are pleased to introduce, Noir. You can select our newest option by selecting “Noir” under the ‘Color’ drop-down menu in our Slim Book Cloth 4×6 Print + USB Box listing.

Our Slim Book Cloth 4×6 Print + USB Box are a perfect solution for the photographer looking for a box that holds prints for packages that include 25 to 75 prints. The Slim Box holds approximately 75 4×6 prints or 5 of our 4×6 Fabric Matboards.Complete your presentation with one of our Wood or Mirror USB Drives, available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 128GB.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | JAC PHOTOGRAPHY

Name: Jody Crane
Business Name: JAC Photography
Website: www.jacphotography.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jodyanncranephotography
Instagram: @jac_photography 

Where are you based out of? Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Are you currently full or part time? Fulltime
What is your specialty? Newborn and Family
What camera? Canon 5d mark 3
How would you define your style? Clean & vibrant with a touch of whimsy!

What motivated you to become a photographer?
Both my parents dabbled in photography which inspired me, my dad passed down his film cameras to me; but I was also obsessed with fashion magazines as a teen!! I had my room plastered with my fave photos, I’d go to chapters and scour the photography books. I had my first photography & darkroom course in high school and shortly after we moved to a farm with horses and land. I practiced photographing my younger siblings & horses and I just kept falling more in love with the process and conceptualizing what I wanted to see.

 

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Life, love, beauty! Those tiny, innocent and fleeting details of a newborn babe. The wrinkly skin, teeny lashes, curly fingers. The love, bond and unique dynamic that each family has for each other.
How do you accomplish that?
I get to know each of my families by having them fill out a questionnaire when they book that asks them all about their family likes, hobbies, talents. Where they see their session taking place and the feel they hope to convey. We then go over outfit ideas and final details. At their sessions, I do my best to make them feel at ease and natural but chatting and even sharing about my own family. People are so much more at ease with friends and so that’s what I try to be!
What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
some things I have been known to do:
-bring treats and prizes for the kiddos
-tease the dad’s about how this is their fave activity and get them chuckling!
-chat with siblings on their own, at their level.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I don’t know that I can pick just one, but being trusted by hundreds of families to capture their most precious little beings is up there!! 
What is one thing you have learned during your career?
ONE?!!?!? Hmm, one thing that has had the biggest payoff for me to have a fulfilling career…. stick to your policies. 
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Grey 5×7 image box with USB insert
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The quality and craftsmanship and simple, clean designs have set my business apart as a standout as well as given my clients a timeless keepsake and treasure to share with friends and family. They have shown my clients that even the final product is carefully planned, crafted and cared for. 
How has packaging elevated your brand?
By separating my brand from the masses. I feel it shows my style, my love for what I do, that I want to give my clients artwork that will last a lifetime. It’s usually the final piece that the client does not expect to have such an impact and I get so many compliments on how it has completed the whole experience for them.

MAKING THE INTANGIBLE TANGIBLE – HOW TO SELL DIGITALS

Increasing your portrait sales (without sounding like a salesman!) marks the sign of a very self-aware photographer. What if we had a simple way to include a product our clients would enjoy with something they were already wanting to or planning to purchase? Like many photographers, my most popular product, year after year, are my digital files.

Specializing in high school senior portraits, my clients can’t wait to get their hands on digital files so they can begin the bragging process across the gamut of their social media lives. With digital files generally sold at a premium price, it can be challenging (and sometimes impossible!) for existing and potential clients to understand the actual value of such an intangible product. I mean, “right-click, copy, paste”, right? “That’s not $100 worth of work.”

One solution that works wonders for me to increase the perceived value of digital files involves pairing them with tangible products. You know, the stuff we all hope and dream our clients turn their digital images into eventually. This satisfies both my seniors and their ever-so-loving parents. The seniors get the digital files and the folks covering the bill get a tremendous keepsake product! It’s a win-win-win (for me, also).

So what products can you begin offering to your clients to pair with those digital files? I currently offer two different ways to sell my digital files. The first product I offer is a complete set of digital files when a client purchases a 5×7 Print + USB Box from me. With that in mind, there are various ways you can implement a full-gallery technique:

-Print all the photos from your session and place them in a box (glass, wood or linen). PSCo has numerous options for both 4×6 and 5×7 print sizes (with 8×10 options on the way).

-Provide a full set of printed images in a pouch or slipcover.

What if you only want to offer a select few images from your session instead of the full set? The second solution I use for my clients is to offer them their favorites from the session, and include the digitals for the selections they make.

I’ve found the easiest way to achieve this includes selling a Slip-In Album with a select number of sides paired with the digital files of the images included in the album. My Slip-In Album comes with 5 sides and allows for 10 images within the album, which are selected by the client during our in-person sales appointment. I then provide a digital download of the digitals (they can also select to have them delivered on a USB for an additional cost) and sell each digital file, beyond the 10 selected, a la carte.

Another method I utilize regularly involves mounting select favorite 5×7 images on styrene and placing them in a print box with a USB that includes all of the digital images. Do you have to offer all the digital files when presenting the box? The choice is up to you on how many images will be on the USB drive!

These two methods for presenting digital files allow me to offer digital files at different price points depending on the budget of my clients. They are able to get their favorite digital images from the session and receive a beautiful keepsake product that they can continue to use for the future. This product acts as a tangible reminder of the great experience they had with my brand, versus just a selection of digital photos buried on the hard drive of their computer. Let your creative juices flow and start exploring different products that you can use to sell alongside your digital files!

 

Jared Hernandez is the owner of Jared Rey Photography based in Dallas, TX. He runs a successful High School Senior portrait business named JRey Seniors. He enjoys getting to know his clients and figuring out the best way to tell the story of who they are at this moment in time. Follow him on instagram @jaredrey.

 

 

 

 

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT | NEW CAMERA STRAPS

Looking to spice up your camera bag? Let us introduce you to our newest line of camera straps hitting the PSCo Store TODAY!

We are introducing 5 new camera straps: Fuzz Life, The Cruella, The Woodsman, Wham! Glam! Thank You, Ma’am!, andThe British Gentleman. Our straps are carefully crafted with cotton fabric or our new glitter and fuzz fabric. All of our straps come with a comfort liner backing, durable nylon adjustable endings, and leather endings with the PSCo logo. Customers will have an option to select between two leather endings: Caramel and Dark.

Product Details:
Fabric Strap Length: 29″
Fabric Strap Width: 1.5″
Adjustable Sides: Up to 10″ on either side

Which camera strap are you looking forward to adding to your camera bag? Let us know on our Facebook page or Instagram account! Mention @photographersupplyco on social media to share your new camera strap. We would love to feature you on our page.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | ROYAL HART STUDIO

Preferred Name:    Matt & Anna (Soon to be the Byes!)

Business Name:   Royal Hart Studio

Website:   https://royalhartstudio.myportfolio.com/

Where are you based out of?   Minneapolis

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?    Part-Time

What is your predominant photographic specialization?    Weddings!

 

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?   Canon and Nikon. No, we actually don’t fight all the time!

How would you define your style?    Timeless, artistic, and authentic

What motivated you to become a photographer?
Matt: I’m an observer and creative at heart. I love the art of presenting the world how I see it while still showcasing what’s already there.
Anna: I’m a storyteller! I love using images to craft a visual framework for beautiful narratives.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
We strive to see the beauty in who our clients are and authentically represent them and their story.

How do you accomplish that?
Making friends! It’s so much fun getting to know our clients and such a huge honor to be a big part of big moments in life. We try to stay thankful in every moment. And it’s such a joy to be with people in love!

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
We both teared up a little on our very first date to the Minneapolis Institute of Art where they have both an Ansel Adams and a Dorothea Lange print.
M: Ansel was the master of darkroom masters. He’s a big reason I love landscape work and the main reason I lived in Yosemite Nat’l Park!
A: What can I say, she captured emotion and told a story with one frame better than an entire text.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
A: Honestly, we’re still at the point in our careers where it’s just a straight-up honor to work with each of our couples and clients. Getting to know and serving them is why we’re in it. Matt gets so excited with good photographs that he starts making funny noises and dancing around a little bit.
M: Yeah, well… I like photography! I just know that if I love it, they’ll love it! Seeing peoples’ faces light up when we sneak them a peek on-camera is so fun!

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Stay humble. We’re there for you, not for us.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
We LOVE the natural wood USB drives!

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Having the ability to customize the [gorgeous] wood USBs with our clients’ names is a HUGE selling point for them. The USBs work very well with our delivery methods and add that personal touch that we strive for that a CD or plain USB lacks.