Saturday, August 29, 2009

OK I cant sleep tonight so I thought I would show everyone what my week was like.....Wed. Varsity Soccer....Thur. 6 month old for 14 hours...Thur. Freshman and JV Football ....Fri. Varsity Football
Mike has had practice also this week and I told a freind I would babysit for her on Thurs so I had a 6 month old at practice and the games.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

OK I finally got to play with an action in photoshop from Jodi. Her site is GREAT. These are pictures I took of Amanda over in Frankenmuth (MI) to show some people that have not been here and are thinking about coming on Oct 17th for a photoshoot.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?

Why are Professional Photographers so expensive? (This article has been very well received by the photography community, and is now referred to by countless Photography websites, blogs and forums (such as LDPT, ILP and DWF)around the world).
In this digital age where everyone has digital cameras, scanners and home "photo printers", when people upload their photos to a local drug store website and pick them up a few hours later, we hear this all the time - How in the world do Professional Photographers charge $55 for an 8x10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drug store?
Here's why.
Simply put, you're not just paying for the actual photograph, you're paying for time and expertise. First, let's look at the actual time involved. If you don't read this entire page, at least read this first part.
For a two hour portrait session:
- one hour of travel to and from the session- two hours of shooting- 30 minutes of setup, preparation, talking to the client etc.- 30 minutes to load the photos onto a computer (2 - 4 Gb of data)- 30 minutes to back up the files on an external drive- 3 - 4 hours of Photoshop time including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, saving a copy for print and a copy for the internet and backing up the edited photographs - 2 - 3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive their order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment and drop package off at Fed Ex.- For local customers, we also print a set of all of their photos, and meet them at our studio to review the photos and place their order. Meeting and travel time averages 2 hours.
You can see how one two hour session easily turns into more than ten hours of work from start to finish. So when you see a Photographer charging a $200 session fee for a two hour photo shoot, you are not paying them $100 / hour.
For an eight hour wedding:
- I won't bore you with the details, but an eight hour wedding typically amounts to at least two to three full 40 hour work weeks worth of time. Again, if they are charging you $4,000 for an eight hour wedding, you are not paying them $500 / hour.
Now for the expertise.
Shooting professional photography is a skill, acquired through years of experience. Even though a quality camera now costs under $2,000 taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.
Most Professional Photographers take years to go from buying their first decent camera to making money with their photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera itself, there is a mountain of other equipment involved, as well as numerous software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website etc.
And let's not forget that you actually have to have people skills, be able to communicate, make people comfortable in front of the camera - and posing people to make them look their best in a photograph is a skill all by itself.
Think of it this way - the next time you pay $X to get your hair done, a pair of scissors only costs $1.50. But you gladly pay a lot more to hire a Professional.
What about the cheap studios at the mall?
Please don't compare us to the chain store studios. But if you must, consider all of the time and work that we put into our photographs, compared to what they do. Good luck getting a two hour photo shoot at a chain store. Not to mention they won't come to the beach! And of course, look at our work compared to theirs. You get what you pay for.
The truth is, most of the mall and chain store studios lose money. In fact, in 2007 Wal-Mart closed 500 of their portrait studios because of the financial drain they were putting on the company. What the chain stores bet on is that you'll come in for some quick and cheap photos, and while you're there, you'll also spend $200 on other things. They don't have to make money, they are just there to get you in the door.
We hope that those who have taken the time to read this page will have a better understanding of why professional photographs cost so much more than the ones that you get from your local drug store.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Shawn, Pamela & Gavin RichterCaught on Film Photography
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Frankenmuth MI

OK Amanda and I went and played today over in Frankemuth. She was a trooper posing and trying to smile. This one so far is my fav.
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Baby Bumps Birch Run Michigan Photographer

Dorthy only has a little bit of time before her baby bump is gone. So her and Luke came today and got some pictures taken. I had alot of fun taking them as I am still learning. Dorthy is the 1st Maternity Photos. I am trying new things since I had a little bit of free time before football starts again at the end of this month. Here is my fav one so far but I have many more to edit.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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OK nothing going on as far are business so I wanted to try some new settings that I had not tried before. The kids didn't want to have anything to do with the camera so that left good ol' me....UUGGHHH its not that I dont like my picture taken but its nice to have other people with me. Anyway no one would so here is ALL OF ME.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Wow summer is almost over. We have not had much of one here its been so cold. I have not went swimming once. This is my month I get to do nothing unless I want too. No sports til the end of Aug. I love shooting sports but it is very demanding. Then as soon as football is over it goes right into basketball and on and on. Amanda and Michael will be 13 on Aug. 10th. UUGGHHH when did my babies grow up? I really havent been doing alot with pictures so Im not sure what I can really show but Im sure I will find something from the last week or so. I have been playing FarmTown on facebook (thanks Mike for getting mom on there) It does pass time...way too fast. :) OK I think thats about all I have to say today. Might come back later this weekend and post more.