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Archive for May, 2009

PDN 2009 Wedding Business Survey

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Wedding photographers, are you holding the line on your prices, or are you cutting them in response to the recession?  Photo District News, PDN, recently published an article with the results of their 2009 Wedding Business Survey.  In general terms, it seems studios are operating on a “glass half-full” or “glass half-empty” perception of how much they can charge for their photography and packages. That is –those that expected their income to rise this year, increased their prices.  The survey also took a look at how studios are reducing expenses, restructuring their packages, and allocating marketing budgets.  See the article at PDN Online, and let us know what you think. If you are a wedding photographer and would like to contribute to the Pounds Community as a guest blogger on this topic, contact us at community@poundslabs.com.

Behind the Scenes with Kelly Moore Clark

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Meet Kelly Moore Clark.  Kelly is one of the featured photographers in our “Signature Portrait” series.  She stepped in front of the camera to have a portrait made in a location and style that she uses for her customers.  The Community team combined the image with a short profile and her comments on why she is a Pounds customer.  She also gave us a Behind the Scenes account of what happened during the shoo t.  We’d like to thank Kelly for participating in this project.  And now, we are pleased to present this unique portrayal of Pounds Community member, Kelly Moore Clark:

See Kelly’s Profile

Who was your Signature portrait taken by?
Brandi Howard.  She’s my best friend and my assistant.

How did you decide on that location ?
It’s my back yard ;)

What is distinctive about your style of photography, and what makes this your Signature Portrait?
I would say my “signature style” is daring, fearless, edgy and fun.  I like the fun colors in this photo.  We found the chair at a junk sale.  Purple is my signature color, so we couldn’ t pass it up!

Did anything funny or interesting happen during this shoot ?
My shoes were covered in red mud!

How did you feel in front of the camera, and did you learn anything that will help you when you are photographing other people ?
I’m usually pretty confidant in front of the camera, but I still have the nerves that everyone gets.  My goal is to photograph every one of my clients the way that I like to be photographed.  I work really hard to find people’s best angles, and make them look as great as they do in real life (and sometimes better!!)

Press Books vs. Facebook

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

We all hear doomsday talk about digital devices ruining the professional photography market, especially for teens, the customers of tomorrow.  With image displays on lap tops, cell phones, and i-pods, why would they ever want to buy prints?  Certainly not for sharing – the ubiquitous exposure of online sites is better, right? In a face-off between Pounds Press Books and Facebook – who do you think would win ?

If you’re worried about the future demand for studio products, you’ll be interested in this story from one of our customers. (more…)