I had such an amazing time on this shoot with Andrea and her little dog, Cooper.  Downtown Atlanta was the perfect backdrop for all of this “fabulousness”.  Hey, we were even stopped a couple of times with people inquiring “Is she famous?” … “Why of course, daaaarling”. So much fun and lots of laughs.

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I mean what can I say about Victoria except that the camera LOVES her.  She totally killed her mini session.  Here are just a few photos from her shoot.  Enjoy and Congrats Victoria!

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I had an absolute incredible time photographing my friend Kim, but I must say it did add a whole new level of nerves being that she too is a professional photographer.  There was that extra pressure to really nail it, and if I must say so myself her photos came out incredibly well.  She really did make my job easy – I mean look at that smile.  It would be very difficult to take a bad photo of this beauty.

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I’m so excited about all the new things I have planned for Bailey5 Photography in 2014.  There is an amazing new product line up, which includes mounted prints, story boards, canvases, photo boxes, DVDs, personal apps and much more.  When you book your session with B5P, you will get a boutique, customized, and personal service, product and over all experience. You won’t be satisfied with simply posting your photos on social media but will be more likely to want to display your portraits and products as pieces of art throughout your home.  Just check out Kennedi’s products – you are sure to simply swoon over all this gorgeousness!Productb5ppost1 0 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 001 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 002 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 003 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 004 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 005 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 006 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 007 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 008 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 009 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 010 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 011 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 012 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 013 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 014 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 015 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 PhotographyProductb5ppost1 016 1024x662 Kennedis Products | Atlanta Teen and Senior Portraits | Bailey5 Photography

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I had the most amazing after noon with Kennedi and her “bad girl” crew.  Kennedi wanted to celebrate her sweet 16 with a themed photo shoot and it turned out great.  It was soooo cold but these young ladies handled it like a real trooper.  To me they look like a girl band – total ROCK STAR status.  Happy Birthday Kennedi!

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I’m often asked by potential clients – why is custom photography so expensive?  There are so many variables that come into play not the least of which is VALUE.  Not the value of the piece of paper on which the photo is printed, but the value of documenting a moment in time that will be treasured by you and your family for generations.  More likely than not, 10 or 15 years from now that beautiful hand bag, killer pumps or handy tablet that you purchased will have run its course and will no longer evoke the same emotion it did when initially purchased.  Chances are you will of lost interest in, trashed, traded, or given away many of the expensive items that mean so much to you today.  That is not likely to be the case with the photographs of you, your friends, and your family. These are the items that you may store away but be compelled to pull out time and time again, year after year.  The emotion you feel when viewing these images will rarely diminish but will get even stronger as the years pass.

I will let this article spell out all the underlying details but ultimately the value is in preserving the memory.
This article was written by Marianne Drenthe of Marmalade Photography http://www.marmaladephotography.com and can be found at the Professional Child Photography site at http://www.professionalchildphotographer.com Here is her explanation of why custom photography is an investment  for both the client and the photographer.

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DIGITAL Technology is Awesome:

The digital revolution has brought amazing flexibility and amazing amounts of control for the photographer, the hobbyist, the professional, the amateur.  With flexibility comes a price though.  Camera equipment is still considerably more expensive when you factor in its’ lifespan, the need for additional resources for processing those images, the time it takes to get a usable image and the effort that goes into all of this.

Even though you pay $1.99 for a print at your local drugstore and paying for film is pretty much a thing of the past (although you still pay for memory)  you may be wondering why you may pay upwards of $40, 50, 70, 90 for a custom photography print. Some photographers hear this statement every once in awhile:

“How in the world can you charge $60 for an 8×10 if it costs me less than $2 to print at the local drug store?”

 The answer is multifaceted and has a lot to do with the time, aforementioned equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer, expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business.

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TIME of the CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHER:

Approaching it from a time standpoint, for instance let’s imagine if you will that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love and that is travelling an hour to your on location session.  Time break down:

  • session prep time (30 mins – 1 hour, includes equipment and back up equipment checks + vehicle checks)
  • one hour travel time TO session
  • 15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home
  • 90 minutes-2 hours with client photographing subject
  • one hour travel time FROM session
  • 30-45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
  • 30-45 minutes time spent backing up the original images
  • 2-5 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images
  • 1 hour prep time getting ready for ordering
  • 2-3 hours time with client for ordering images
  • 1 hour sorting through and checking order
  • 30 minutes-1 hour prep time for delivery
  • 30 minutes-1 hour getting order shipped
  • any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues

As you can see, average client time for a session ranges from just under 13 hours to 19 hours dependent on the photographer’s level of service.  This is time dedicated only to your session.  When the photographer charges $150-$300 for the photo shoot you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12-19 hours complete time for your session.

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COSTS of the CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHER:

Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from $10,000-$30,000 costs dependent on the photographer.  Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about $2100 there are still other costs related to photography.  A good lens for portrait photography can run up $900 to $2500.  A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run $2500 to $8000 dependent on the photographer.

Then come lab costs for specialty products.  A good photographer knows the lab is integral to their success.  Photography labs dedicated to the professional photographer  often cost more and offer a range of products that allows the custom photographer to continually offer new, innovative products for you, the discerning client.

Discussion other costs of running a photography business could take awhile so we’ll skip the intricate details.  There is of course much more: including costs of running the business, taxes, studio rental/mortgage if the photographer has ownership of a dedicated studio, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces that the photographer will likely bring to your session, etc.

 

APPLES to ORANGES:

Often times clients will mention to their photographer that X studio in the mall/department store only charges $25 for an 8×10 or they may mention other things related to discount photography chains.  The fact is those discount chains make their money on volume, not on customized 1:1 service.  According to several articles at the time, did you know that in February 2007 a rather well known discount department store that started in Arkansas closed down 500 of their portrait studios across the nation?  The reason is simple, you cannot make money on 99¢ “professional” prints if you do not sell enough of them.  Interestingly enough – those same studios that offer the loss leader packages often charge much much more for their a la carte pricing (as high as $40-50 for an 8×10).  The whole reason the big department stores began offering portrait studios in the first place was to get you, the savvy consumer, in through their door so that you could spend more money with them in other departments.  Your “PORTRAITS” are considered the true “loss leader”.

Going to a chain studio, as a consumer, you don’t have the benefit of 1:1 attention for 2 hours at your home where your child is allowed to explore, play and be comfortable in their home environment, nor do you get the experience that many custom photographers are known for or the lovely captures of natural expressions.  You simply get a bare bones, “SAY CHEESE” experience.  Keep this in mind when selecting a photographer.

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REPUTATION/EXPERTISE of the PHOTOGRAPHER:

Being in demand, being well known for quality work, having a good reputation often costs time on the photographer’s part.  Their expertise comes at a cost, their time learning their craft and learning the intricacies of lighting and the commitment put forth on their end to create a persona about their business that oozes professionalism.  A great number of photographers go a very long time from the time that they purchase their first good camera to making money at the business of photography.  Many photographers, when first starting out, rush in thinking that the business will be easily profitable in no time, how expensive could it be to get a camera and use it to create their dream?  They often neglect to factor in the cost of business, the cost of equipment, software, back ups, etc..

Being of sound reputation, a better professional photographer knows that they must always reinvest in their business to create the reputation of being top notch.  To create good work good equipment, reliable equipment, back up equipment is a necessity.  The photographer who desires to be known as better/best/unparalleled reputation-wise knows that the most important thing they can do for their business is reliability and dependability.  This is how reputations get built.  Good work often is a wonderful side product of building that good reputation.

I hope this (lengthy) article helps shed some light on WHY a custom photographer is a better choice for your family’s memories.  The photographs that are produced as a result of the professionalism and dedication that your photographer has will be cherished for a lifetime (or more) and great thought and consideration should be placed into hiring who is right for your family’s most precious investment

 

 

 

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I am so late posting these photos of Leslie.  Leslie was so awesome during her shoot.  The camera absolutely adores her, and boy does she know how to work it.  The end of my class of 2014 season is fast approaching, and I must say I have enjoyed all the guys and dolls that I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph.  I wish Leslie and the rest of class of 2014 happy holidays and congratulations on having only a few short months to go! xoxo

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I had a fantastic time shooting this beauty.  I loved loved  loved every one of her portraits.  Anna is such a sweet heart, outrageously gorgeous, and is a Class of 2014 senior this year.  Get a load of her fabulous RED hair – uhm it is truly to die for!  Congratulations to Anna and all of the other sweet hearts in the Class of 2014!  xoxo

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I had such an awesome time working with this gorgeous young lady.  The camera simply LOVED her…Gaahhhh!  Ladies and Gentlemen – I would like to introduce you to Hunter.  She is SHINE (strong, happy, independent, naturally beautiful, elegant).

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I am so excited by all the class of 2014 seniors that I have had the opportunity to work with these last couple of months.  They have been a great bunch so far, and I can’t wait to shoot MORE!  I had such a good time with Lexus.  She is a real fashionista, and if the sun would not have set we could have kept going and going.  The location was beautiful and the subject was even more so.  Congratulations Lexus on making it to your senior year.  Be sure to enjoy each and every day (turn down – for what?) xoxo

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