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Anita Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/19/2001
 

Several clients at once.................


I am possibly going to be shooting film at horse farm for a birthday party. I haven't figured out my cost yet, but will do that shortly. My question is what is the best way to offer my pictures to the parents? Should I find a place online to offer them or is there a better way? How do you offer proofs to several clients at one time?


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10/3/2005 8:12:22 PM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  I believe an online ordering system is best and the least amount of hastle.

Mpix
Smugmug

They both do a good job. I am sure there are more but these are my two favorites.


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10/3/2005 9:58:13 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  i can't believe this,the horses parents want proofs?how old is the little colt and what did they make the cake out of?


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10/4/2005 5:21:07 PM

 
Anita Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/19/2001
  Ummm, no............
The child is having a birthday party at a horse farm and the people who own the farm would like to have someone photograph the party and offer proofs.

Thank you Melissa for your response. I am definitely going to check both of those websites out :)


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10/4/2005 5:56:21 PM

 
Dawn Field
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/5/2005
  Anita, I just did a horse show last weekend and what I did was separate each child and print a contact sheet with the picture numbers under them. I took the sheets with a price sheet to the farm the next day, along with sample photos so they could see the quality (the contact pages are small and a little blurry) and it worked out really well.


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10/4/2005 6:49:30 PM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  That might work where the riders are going to come back to the same place. At birthday party these people most likely are not comming back. I would give them a business card with your website and then offer a link to the gallery where they can view their photos. This is what I do it is really easy and a really pain free way to sell photos. You take the shots and download and collect a check in the mail.


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10/4/2005 7:09:40 PM

 
Anita Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/19/2001
  Thanks for your response, Dawn :) I had been thinking along those lines myself but Melissa has a point. I am not sure if any of the children will be back to the farm. I am guessing(haven't got all the info yet) that the child the party is for has a horse at the farm. I am not sure if the others do. I like the idea of putting them online.

Melissa, I have never done anything like that before. I use film, not digital.....does it work the same way? Can I get them developed, adjust if need be on PS, and then download to MPIX? Do they need to be a certain size to make a good reprint, and how do I get those albums emailed to the client without them seeing the price list? I checked the website out but didn't see any answers to my questions. So many of them to ask :)

Thank you both for all your help!


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10/5/2005 7:49:26 PM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Anita, I don't use MPIX for my event photography, just my studio prints that I want to make sure the prints come out really nice and that there is a copywrite stamp on the studio shots.

I use smugmug for my clients to view my work (for both events and studio). For prints that I need to have ordered off the internet (when the client is not comming back, or large numbers of people~~events~~) I use smugmug for the actual ordering. I have a manager screen where I list the prices over the wholesale cost. I can see how much I will make from each photo because it is listed on the right. Smugmug takes their cut and then they send me a check. I get an email everytime I recieve an order. For my formal prints I do use smugmug and then another place for larger prints I just list the particular gallery as 'not for sale' and then the customer can not buy a print through them. I let the client view the photos on smugmug but then I offer a sheet that they can fill out that states what they want. I give this to them at the session. Then I order it (through several different suppliers/companies) and mail it to them or have them pick it up once I recieve the whole order.

You might ask why I do not use smugmug for all my orders. Smugmug does not give a copywrite stamp on the photo, I don't really care for event shots but for my formal art I do. Then you might ask, why don't you use MPix, I need to have my photos up for longer than 60 days and I have found that you can not customize the pricing as well for the events. The combination of these two companies has served me well so far. If there was a company that could do it all then I would be there. :o)

Winkflash.com is getting close but I do not think the quality of their paper is good 'yet'. But, you could look into them if you were interested.

Hope this helps
PS: you can take a look at how I do this under my website www.melissazavadil.com look under freelance. Notice the wedding verses the baseball events.

Melissa


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10/5/2005 8:57:35 PM

 
Anita Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/19/2001
  Thank you so much, Melissa! Everything you have said has really been a big help. I understand it all a lot better now. I appreciate your taking the time to answer my questions. Now I think I am ready to check all these sites out and make a decision. Thanks again for all your help!

Anita


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10/6/2005 11:46:02 AM

 
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