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Philip M. Snyder
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2006
 

Easter Bunny


Ok here is the situation. I have been asked to do a photoshoot for breakfast with the Easter Bunny at an outlet mall. I have had some discussions with local photography and business people and no one has a real good work flow for this.

Does anyone have any experience with this and willing to share how they did it and any pitfalls to watch out for?

Thank you and best wishes to all,

Flipper


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1/30/2007 8:45:47 PM

 
W.    Please expand on what exactly you're supposed to shoot, who you're supposed to shoot, why you're supposed to shoot, where you're supposed to shoot, how many you're supposed to shoot, in what time span, and how the lighting is.


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1/31/2007 5:16:37 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Philip....bad news I just found out there is no Easter Bunny...??? But its odd because I always have eggs hidden outside on my parents lawn on Easter.? Go figure... You'll probably want to hire Brady or someone else to wear a costume of an HUGE bunny (I've seen some cute skimpy ones on women in LA on Halloween but they might not work). then just set up a cute scene with fake grass and backdrop. Give the kids a gift of plastic pull apart Easter Eggs with Hershey Chocolate Eggs inside when they buy one of the photo packages...Just like Santa at Christmas. How easy can that be?


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1/31/2007 6:17:48 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Would that be like Welsh Rarebit? Welsh Rabbit? Wait a minute......
there IS NO Easter Bunny?? What????


Waaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW Phil, what do you mean by "no one has a real good work flow for this"? Do you mean how to orchestrate it? How to shoot it?
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1/31/2007 6:31:48 PM

 
Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Phillip,
Is this like kids sitting on Santa's lap where you will be set up and taking photos of kids with the Bunny? I have one friend that uses a laptop and can immediately see the photo he has taken and then send it to the printer.
Another friend makes sure she has her lighting/framing correct by takes a few practice shots, then she just prints straight from the camera to her 4x6 printer. She also has an assistant that handles the prints and places them in a decorative paper frame so she is free to keep shooting.


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1/31/2007 7:41:29 PM

 
Philip M. Snyder
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2006
  Ok there is an easter bunny and he lives down the street from me. Sorry about being so vague.

Ok ... I have been asked to do a "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" Shoot. First one I have ever done. And I am rolling around a few ideas. So I looked to the internet to see if anyone has outlined a process that they might have done to do the same shoot to help me determin a workflow from the time the kids and maybe the parents sit down to see the shot and orders or printing. So far, no luck. Must be a trade secret.

So there is going to be a bunny already there. I guess there is a setup already there. All I have to bring is my equipment ... and me. So I have 2 studio lights, one with a softbox and one with an umbrella. Should do just fine. A canon 20D that I thought I would tether to my laptop. I don't have any way to print anything plus I don't know what to print if I did.

Questions:

1. Should I take orders or maybe hand out a custom card for the event that directs them to the ordering portion of my site? This way I could shoot as many people as I can without having to stop for preview and printing. Or should I bring a printer and do prints right there?

2. Are edits in order for such a quick turn over? or just offer the shots that are there?

3. Should I take a few or limit it to like 2 shots per kid?

Did I mention that the organization will not pay me to do this but will let me make money on the prints?

Any help would always be appreciated, even from Brady.

Thank you as always,

Flipper


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1/31/2007 9:02:46 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Phillll Dude...I have worked with Bunnies and they can be a little unpredictable...
1. you have to print the photos on the spot. I'd offer 3 different sizes (at least 2) and 4 different packages.
2.No edits use a light meter get the lighting nailed (check every 15-20 minutes to be sure) use a sandbag on the tripods.
3. take at least 3 shots per kid and download the photos to sell later as blackmail...or just sell more to the parents.
4. bring lots of business cards and pick up on the HOT moms I always do...just kidding on that last part.


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1/31/2007 9:28:05 PM

 
Philip M. Snyder
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2006
  Well a hot mom would be fine but we are talking redneck NY here. HAHAHA

What is blackmail exactly? And what type of prints? Thermal? Sub-Dye? InkJet? Laser?

You don't think sending them to the website to make their own packages would be a good idea?

Order forms? or just sell on the spot?

I have faith I can do the photos with out a problem but its the all the inbetween stuff that I am worried about. The business end since it may be hecktic.

Thanks again,

Flipper

P.S. Olver ... Do I know you from somewhere? And how do you know Brady?


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1/31/2007 9:35:28 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Don't know if you know me? I build custom cars and bikes along with the photography so if you watch any of those TV shows you might have seen me. Now some of the shows and magazines are filming the shoots. Otherwise I lead a pretty boring life shooting for bikini lines and clothing lines in CA.


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1/31/2007 9:43:50 PM

 
W.    "What is blackmail exactly"

Are you sure this bunny gig is for you, Philip?


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2/1/2007 4:55:15 AM

 
Philip M. Snyder
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2006
  Yea this bunny gig is for me, well if I can figure out the best way to approach it. That is why I love this site, there are so many people that have so many different experiences.

ANd I retract my dumb what is blackmail comment. Now that I read that statment in a more awake posture, I understand it now. I originally thought it was new term I have never heard before. Sorry.

Any other sharing comments welcomed.

And as always, best wishes to all.

Flipper


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2/1/2007 3:44:01 PM

 
Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  if you come home with $20.00 (profit) you will be lucky....


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2/1/2007 5:12:34 PM

 
W.    Make sure you bring some carrots.


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2/2/2007 5:36:15 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  For the tip ?


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2/2/2007 7:28:19 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   I wholeheartedly agree with Debbie. It's a catch 22 - if you print there and sell there - more transactions - but my GOD the cost you're gonna incur in paper and ink and the prices you'd have to charge to still profit by printing them yourself there - not to mention the time.... If you let them order through the website it'll be cheaper and more profitable (per transaction) but you'll lose business as people will probably never get around to ordering the bunny pictures. Me personally - I would bow out of this gracefully if there's still time.


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2/2/2007 8:02:23 AM

 
Jodee M. Stock   I went to one of these (Santa instead of the Bunny and it was my son sitting on his lap, not me.)

The photographer shot film and charged us $5. We addressed our own envelope and we recieved in the mail a 4x6 and 2 wallets (printed on a 4X6 print)and taped the negative in a christmas card with her business card and a lovely christmas greeting.

She only shot one photo per child unless the kids were doing something completely stupid. This was a REALLY small town so you could probably get away with charging more.

What about the parents who bring their own camera and want to take their own pics?

Good Luck!


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2/2/2007 8:06:59 AM

 
Philip M. Snyder
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2006
  Thanks for all the great input. I think I will try it once and see how it goes. If it turns profitable then great if not at least my card will be out there and maybe I could bring a few of my peices to have sitting there while I take the photos. Even if I generate some business it would be better then no business.

Thanks again to everyone.

Best wishes,

Flipper


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2/3/2007 9:20:51 AM

 
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