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I am just back from Focus in Imaging which is held yearly at Birmingham NEC and I’m whacked!
I walked for miles and still got lost every time I tried to find the exit even on day 3.
So what’s new for this year I hear you say? Well……I will be supplying new and funky fabulous wall art. There will be new albums offered for my weddings which I know your gonna love and I’m just so excited I wanted to share it with you all. I also joined the MPA (Master Photographers Association) basically the MPA is the premier professional organisation for Wedding, Portrait and Commercial Master Photographers. It’s going to be hard work I’m sure but well worth it in the end.
Oooooh and watch out for a competition coming soon to celebrate the launch of my new kids website 😉
Meet Sonny…… how cuuuuute is he?
Ha ha, I must be jinxed with this little guy as this is my second attempt at uploading my blog post and the second time I had to shoot him. The first time he arrived he was having none of it!!! We just could not get him settled at all which apparently wasn’t like him. He wasn’t a happy little bunny at all so I asked them to come back and I’m so glad I did because not long after the first session poor Sonny was sick. I always tell my clients not to stress if their child becomes ill or is not cooperating as some times kids have bad days just like us grown ups!
Anyway just to let you all know that the mini sessions are booking up fast with some times still available so please get in touch if you would like to book a slot.
Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a fab time , I certainly did and this year will hopefully be just as exciting as last if not better.
So what’s the gossip? Welllllll my studio is all but finished. All that is left is minor tweaking such as painting cupboard doors, replacing a studio bulb (that my son broke) and filling it with pictures which shouldn’t be so difficult since I’m a photographer right?
So what am I up to? – At the moment I’ve not long finished rebranding and in the middle of updating blogs, websites, designing, buying props – you name it I’m doing it. One of the things I’m excited to tell you about is frame designs for your home, making your life that little bit simpler when it comes to choosing your images and deciding what you would like to buy. Many clients are overwhelmed by the choice they are faced with when it comes to deciding what they want so I want to make life that little bit easier for everyone.
One thing that I will be doing this year is supplying each client with a 72dpi watermarked print of each image purchased Why? Well many of you have digital photo frames, laptops, Facebook, relatives that live abroad and you want to share those precious images of your loved ones. I’ve seen time and time again people and blog posts where people scan or even photograph a print they had taken from a professional photographer and use as screenshots, profile pics or even reprints. Can you imagine how frustrating this is for the photographer seeing their work reproduced at a terrible quality?
Here is an interesting article I read that I think you may find interesting http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=90370908731
I agree wholeheartedly with Shannon Holdens blog post
You may ask, “But if I pay the photographer to create portraits of my own child or family, don’t I own those images?” Quite simply, no. When a photographer creates an image of your child during your session, she owns the copyright to each and every image. By purchasing prints or other artwork created with the images, you have permission to enjoy the images in your home or office, or share them with family. You do not have permission to copy those images. This includes home scanners and printers, or photo stations at drug stores and supermarts.
“But what is one little scan going to hurt? I invested a lot of money in my session.” I am always thankful for each and every one of my clients, and I appreciate the value of the investment you have entrusted to me. Photography is not only my passion, it is how I support my family. I have chosen this career because I am passionate about it, but I also work to pay the bills. My income is a necessary part of our family’s cash flow. Just one or two people scanning may not impact my business, but imagine if it were more than a few? What if several clients purchased just one 5×7 of their favorite image, scanned it, and printed 8×10s at Supermart to give to all their relatives. That would start to cut into my income, which would in turn influence my prices as I would have to make up for that loss in income.
Scanned images also devalue my work, as the scans will often result in poor quality reproductions of the image. This impacts my reputation as a photographer, which also impacts the health of my business.
“What is the difference in a print release and relinquishing your copyright?” If you purchase a digital negative from me, you are not purchasing the copyrights to the image. I am not giving up any of my rights as an artist. Instead, you are purchasing a license which allows you to reprint the image for your own personal use (or for business use, if and only if that is part of the license agreement we both sign). You may print enlargements, holiday cards, post it on your personal blog, etc. because my license gives you permission to do so. I still own the creative rights to the work, which means you may not make any profit off that image commercially, present it as your own work, or make artistic alterations to it.
“Aren’t you flattered that someone would want to use your photograph on a commercial site?” Sure, I am! I’m flattered every time I hear from a new client interested in my work. But because I am a professional photographer, because this is my career and my source of income, I simply cannot give away my work. (Ok, when I win the lottery, I’ll start giving away photographs for free. Until then, my checkbook and my accountant won’t let me.) I must guard the value and my ownership of my work and choose carefully where and how it is used, especially in commercial endeavors.
Another artists work I really enjoy is a girl called Lara Jade. I loved her self portraits and reading her blog and I remember reading a while back about a company that had stolen one of her images to use on a Pornographic CD, she was just 14 at the time! Shocking I know, but this is what some people do, steal images.
Read the article here http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2010/09/17/breaking-news-lara-jade-coton-awarded-130000-in-damages/, I hope this is a warning to many who consider using images without permission.
I would love to hear your feedback on this, whether you’re an amateur or pro photographer, client or potential client .
Thought I should update on my blog about any delays on orders or correspondence. I unfortunately landed in hospital for a couple of days this week and just got out late this afternoon (Wed 22nd Sept). I’ll try and email everyone and keep you all posted and will do my very best to double speed everything through. Once agin sorry for any incovenience.
On Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing the lovely Katrina and Michael on the stunning grounds of Aswanley Estate
I would highly recommend this place to any couple who are looking to decorate things to their taste. It has beautiful stables with a lake and lots of old buildings round about it.
Little Katie looked gorgeous in her red dress and is so photogenic I could have kidnapped her
The happy couple
Well I had wanted to keep my new blog a little more up to date than usual since it was new but you know me, – lack of time as usual.
This week I have had lots of fun. I had a smash the cake shoot with the cutest little boy ever. He had such a quiet nature and was super super cute to photograph.
Then on Tuesday I had a Boudoir shoot with a lovely girl, names have to remain annonynamous for obvious reasons. Thanks to Jonathan and Michael at http://www.kepplestonemanor.com/ for letting me use their gorgeous Penthouse Apartment and to a lovely lady called Kirsty who let me in ;-). We had lots of fun with various props and glad to say that the lovely lady in question enjoyed it too.
On Wednesday I managed to kidnap a lovely little baby boy for a few hours. When photographing a newborn it takes lots of time and patience and unfortunately we ran out of time. I just about had him ready in pose no 2 but he decided he wanted to stay wakened for that one ha ha. Hopefully I will get the chance to photograph him next week as Amara plays with his big sister.
Yay, I have finally got a new blog which is hopefully a little easier to navigate and follow. There are links to keep up with me on my twitter and Facebook if you so wish. I spent most of the day yesterday trying to figure out how to upload those little icons – finally succeeded then found a cuter Facebook badge which I uploaded but now doesn’t work ;-( so gonna have to figure that one out.
I’m hoping to share videos, inspiration, and other peoples work I like. If you can think of anything that you would like to see on my blog I’m open to suggestions.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Yesterday I had a mini shoot session at Hoodles Playbarn, photographing the gorgeous cupcakes that they sell and I have to say they taste as good as they look and are made by a lovely lady called Marion who takes great pride in making these ;-). This coming Monday she will have a giant cupcake made for me for a shoot that I have with a little boy who will no doubt take great delight in destroying it. In the meantime, I’m hoping to catch some fab expressions.
For now I will leave you with some pics and strongly advise you treat yourself to one of these gorgeous cupcakes.
Can’t believe what arrived in the post today!! My very own copy of a CD featuring my images from a Band called Dunno from Spain. Roger contacted me early last year and I finally received my copy today. Thought I would share it on here.
You can check out there stuff here http://www.rogergascon.com/
I have my creative head on at the moment and came up with this design today for a New Baby Template. Feel free to download and use as you like.
They are sized 5″x7″ with a front and back but use as you wish.
Click here for download http://www.mediafire.com/myfiles.php