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BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005

5 Photo shoots in 2 weeks

Wow, I have just had 5 bookings for photo shoots in the next 2 weeks! That is unreal. All are around the 5week old mark, so that is just going to be so cute... Oh and one pregnant lady.

Looking forward to it, even more so now I have my digital camera!!!!

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6/6/2005 6:18:16 PM

Rob Zuidema
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2005
  Congratulations Natalie! Judging from your gallery, I'm sure your clients will be extremely satisfied with the end result.
By the way I really like your Berry Antiques photo.

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6/6/2005 6:50:59 PM

Pat Wimpee   Natalie- I'm just curious. Do you get many no-shows on your bookings? I'm just starting out and I've had a few. I'm not sure if thats normal or if having a studio in your home is that big of drawback. Any observations would be appreciated. Thanks

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6/6/2005 9:16:09 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005

No I have never had a no show, I have had one person who cancelled due to personal circumstances, and a few people who haven't showed up to view my work, but never any no shows for the actual photo shoots. But I confirm each shoot the day before, and if the weather is a bit funny, also stay in contact with them on the day of the shoot if it is outdoors.

I took my photo of the "4 little dolls" in my garage, no lighting other than a speedlite, my black cloth was taped to my garage door - home studio, I don't think I could call it that, but my clients are overwhelmed with the photos and understand they aren't getting all the bells and whistles that come with a studio, but at the same time they aren't paying crazy prices either.

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6/6/2005 9:32:20 PM

Stacy Wasmuth
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/3/2005
  Congratulations! I'm so impressed with what you've done in your garage studio! What are the "4 little dolls" sitting on - the floor or a platform? It looks like you're down at their eye level, so maybe you just got down low. What is your backdrop - a sheet? I love the black. I just got a black king-sized sheet to use, but am worried about wrinkles showing up. Yours is so great! I think we have the same camera - Rebel 350D, but I don't have a speedlight yet. What kind did you use? Anyway, great work and let me know how your shoots go - newborns are so fun! Stacy

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6/8/2005 8:29:02 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005
  Hi Stacey, can't write long, I'm at a friends.

Thanks for your kind comments, I am really happy with how this photo turned out. Now, to answer your questions:

The children are sitting on the floor
I am down at there eye level
Backdrop is a huge black crushed suede material I made for $50. Yes it has wrinkles, but you won't see them, as you will expose for the children, not the backdrop, so the backdrop will be underexposed (hence the black black look).
I have the 350D (which is the 350XT) I live in Aust, but bought it from Canada, so have the American version.
I have the 420EX speedlite, which I put in a tripod, set to slave and use infra red signal to communicate with the camera (which I bought of the net - see another post I have left, there will be a link to it somewhere).

Just did my first 2 of the 5 shots, and I was really happy with them. One was a 5 week old and one was a pregnant woman.

Thanks for kind messages! I better go, before my friend kicks me off the net!

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6/11/2005 4:46:32 AM

Joe Jarosz   Hi Natalie, is the soft focus you have in the pictures of the kids for example right out of the camera or do you do that in photoshop?


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6/11/2005 6:11:54 AM

Kristi Eckberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/22/2003
  Natalie, Congrads on getting the photo shoots. I wrote to you before stating how you and I are very similar in the stages we are at with our photography. I don't charge a huge amount and I have no fancy studio equip. but I must say my that I feel my photography is worth more than I'am charging and feel I do a really good job with no fancy equipment. My question to you is what are you doing for advertising to get the word out?? I can't afford to advertise in our little family news here so I've just been hanging my flyers around town. I will be setting up a booth at our children's festival which hopefully will be huge for me but what else can I do to promote myself?? This may sound a bit vain but I look at my gallery and think "I can't believe I'am not getting any business" ALot of these photos in my gallery are family and friends that I myself wanted to do just for practice so they were freebies. Any advice from you are anyone else on how to really get some photo shoots would be great. THANKS, Kristi

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6/12/2005 7:38:09 AM

Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
  HI Natalie and all . . . I too am just starting out and don't have alot of fancy equipment and am trying to drum up business. .. I can't really work out of my home because of the distance I live from town . . . so I'm trying to utilize any area I can find to set up. . . I do have a 3 light Novatron light system that I just got and am "trying" to learn how to successfully use. . . I too don't feel like I am charing a huge amount but wonder if people think I should be charging less because I'm just starting and therefore tend to use the more reputable area photographers because they KNOW their work? Would either of you mind sharing your prices and the area you live in? You can send it to me via email if you would like.

When I set my prices up I tried to set them up competively but realistically and tried to put it to where I coudl stay there for say 3-5 years and therefore not have to do major increases .. . I was afraid if I was too cheap that people would think that meant I wasn't as good. .. and I had one lady tell me how every year when she goes to a photographer in this area that her prices increase drastically and it really irks her(even though she can truly afford it) so I tried to keep that in mind when developing my prices. . .

anyway . . .if you would be interested in sharing I would be glad to look and vice versa!


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6/12/2005 3:05:42 PM

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