Full Frame Fotography: Blog https://fullframefotography.com/blog en-us (C) Full Frame Fotography jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Sat, 08 Jun 2013 16:21:00 GMT Sat, 08 Jun 2013 16:21:00 GMT https://fullframefotography.com/img/s/v-5/u690359680-o324333107-50.jpg Full Frame Fotography: Blog https://fullframefotography.com/blog 80 120 Inspiration https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/5/Inspiration-1 Over the past few days I’ve a watched a webinar on CreativeLive given by photographer Scott Robert Lim.  It was about using Speedlights and portable flashes to create a signature look and in general how to get the most out of your little speedlights.  It was absolutely one of the most inspiring webinars I’ve seen in a long time.  I really want to get out and start trying some of these techniques.  I’ve got a really busy weekend coming up and should have the opportunity to try some of them.  Prom on Friday night.  I’ll be at the Jersey shore  Saturday morning covering a JDRF fundraiser walk.  Then I have to race back to West Chester to get some pick-up shots for Westtown Township at a wedding at the Oakbourne Mansion.  Then it’s another prom on Saturday night.  So should be able to try a few new techniques somewhere in there.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay inspired when you’re just cranking things out.  But our creativity is what separates a professional photographer from just another picture taker.  So it’s really, really important to keep finding that inspiration and striving to make your images special and unique and captivating.  There’s one thing that I’ve noticed in watching photographers like Scott Lim, and Peter Hurley and Chase Jarvis.  And that is their passion for photography.  That’s the other element that separates the really great photographers.  Their love of photography and the creation of the image.  It’s not just about  about clicking the shutter, it’s about making everything in the image click.  So find what inspires you, challenges you, and most importantly find your passion.

Here’s the link to Scott Robert Lim’s website; http://www.scottrobertgallery.com/


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Chase Jarvis creative Creative Live inspiration passion Peter Hurley photography professional photographer Scott Robert Lim https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/5/Inspiration-1 Thu, 16 May 2013 07:44:39 GMT
Inspiration https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/5/Inspiration Over the past few days I’ve a watched a webinar on CreativeLive given by photographer Scott Robert Lim.  It was about using Speedlights and portable flashes to create a signature look and in general how to get the most out of your little speedlights.  It was absolutely one of the most inspiring webinars I’ve seen in a long time.  I really want to get out and start trying some of these techniques.  I’ve got a really busy weekend coming up and should have the opportunity to try some of them.  Prom on Friday night.  I’ll be at the Jersey shore  Saturday morning covering a JDRF fundraiser walk.  Then I have to race back to West Chester to get some pick-up shots for Westtown Township at a wedding at the Oakbourne Mansion.  Then it’s another prom on Saturday night.  So should be able to try a few new techniques somewhere in there.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay inspired when you’re just cranking things out.  But our creativity is what separates a professional photographer from just another picture taker.  So it’s really, really important to keep finding that inspiration and striving to make your images special and unique and captivating.  There’s one thing that I’ve noticed in watching photographers like Scott Lim, and Peter Hurley and Chase Jarvis.  And that is their passion for photography.  That’s the other element that separates the really great photographers.  Their love of photography and the creation of the image.  It’s not just about  about clicking the shutter, it’s about making everything in the image click.  So find what inspires you, challenges you, and most importantly find your passion.

Here’s the link to Scott Robert Lim’s website; http://www.scottrobertgallery.com/


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Chase Jarvis creative Creative Live inspiration passion Peter Hurley photography professional photographer Scott Robert Lim https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/5/Inspiration Thu, 16 May 2013 07:44:39 GMT
Out of Space https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/5/Out-of-Space-1 I know I might be dating myself when I say I remember the first 1G hard drives and how expensive they were.  And thinking that we could never use all that storage.  Seems like an eternity but in reality it’s probably only been about 12 years.  Things have come a long way since then.  3 years ago when I bought my Mac Pro I equipped it with 2 TB of image storage plus another 500GB for document storage AND another 500GB applicaitons drive thinking it would be a while before I filled up all of that.  WRONG!!!!  A year after I added another TB bringing my count to 3 Terabytes for images.  Well it didn’t take long to fill up all of that.  With the acquisition of new cameras with larger file sizes I blazed through that.  As well as filling a 3TB NAS for back up.  Well I’ve been out of space for several months and have resorted to using portable drives for storage.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I just have a thing about keeping my files organized and all in the same place.  So I finally broke down and bought a new 3TB drive that will be my main images drive.  I’m going to migrate the 2TB drive that was my main images drive to be my auxiliary images drive.  In addition I’m going to take the 1TB drive that was my aux images drive and move that to be the new document drive.  That will give me a total of 6TB of storage.  Woohoo!  Let’s see how long that lasts.  Now I just have to expand my back-up NAS.  I don’t like the thought of having only one copy and no back-up.  I used to keep 3 levels.  Main image drive.  Back-up image drive and then a secondary off line back-up.  Then there was the DVD archives that I store in my safe.  So I was protected against any catastrophe.  Not so much any more and I’m really not comfortable with that.  Because there is one thing I’ve learned over my years of dealing with data and that is BACK-UP YOUR DATA!!!!!


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) archive back-up Data DVD images photography Storage Terabyte https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/5/Out-of-Space-1 Wed, 08 May 2013 13:09:12 GMT
Out of Space https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/5/Out-of-Space I know I might be dating myself when I say I remember the first 1G hard drives and how expensive they were.  And thinking that we could never use all that storage.  Seems like an eternity but in reality it’s probably only been about 12 years.  Things have come a long way since then.  3 years ago when I bought my Mac Pro I equipped it with 2 TB of image storage plus another 500GB for document storage AND another 500GB applicaitons drive thinking it would be a while before I filled up all of that.  WRONG!!!!  A year after I added another TB bringing my count to 3 Terabytes for images.  Well it didn’t take long to fill up all of that.  With the acquisition of new cameras with larger file sizes I blazed through that.  As well as filling a 3TB NAS for back up.  Well I’ve been out of space for several months and have resorted to using portable drives for storage.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I just have a thing about keeping my files organized and all in the same place.  So I finally broke down and bought a new 3TB drive that will be my main images drive.  I’m going to migrate the 2TB drive that was my main images drive to be my auxiliary images drive.  In addition I’m going to take the 1TB drive that was my aux images drive and move that to be the new document drive.  That will give me a total of 6TB of storage.  Woohoo!  Let’s see how long that lasts.  Now I just have to expand my back-up NAS.  I don’t like the thought of having only one copy and no back-up.  I used to keep 3 levels.  Main image drive.  Back-up image drive and then a secondary off line back-up.  Then there was the DVD archives that I store in my safe.  So I was protected against any catastrophe.  Not so much any more and I’m really not comfortable with that.  Because there is one thing I’ve learned over my years of dealing with data and that is BACK-UP YOUR DATA!!!!!


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) archive back-up Data DVD images photography Storage Terabyte https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/5/Out-of-Space Wed, 08 May 2013 13:09:12 GMT
The Big Easy https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/The-Big-Easy-1 This past weekend Kim and I took some time off and went to New Orleans.  While there we rendezvoused with Kim’s friend Cindy and her husband Dave.  We had an awesome time!  Ate too much.  Drank too much.  But it was nothing short of a great long weekend.  I love Cajun and Creole food and couldn’t really get my fill of it.  There is SOOOOOO many great restaurants down there.  I found Bourbon Street to be a lot of fun.   The cacophony was a little intense on most nights and boy was it crowded on Friday and Saturday night.  I really can’t imagine what it must be like during Mardi Gras.  It’s just got to be crazy.  Saturday night we wandered over to Frenchman Street.  It’s off the beaten path for most tourists and came highly recommended by several shop keepers.  It was AWESOME!  Great food and even better music!  If you’re looking some of the best music in NOLA this  is the street for it.  We enjoyed a nice meal and some great music at the Three Muses.  I’ll have to admit that Royal Street was probably my favorite street in the French Quarter.  Lot’s of cool shops and art galleries.  New Orleans is such a great place for local art. But the thing that really blew me away was the quality of musicianship.  Even the folks playing in the streets were first rate.  It’s probably the only city in the US where tuba players and banjo players can find employment on a regular basis.  We enjoyed some spectacular weather.  Warm.  Low humidity.  And plenty of beautiful Sunshine the entire time we were there.  It made for some great photography.  I will be posting some images in the next day or so.  I’ve got to complete and deliver a couple of jobs that I shot before we left.  So keep your eyes open for them.


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Bourbon Street Cajun Creole food French Quarter Frenchman Street Louisiana music musicians New Orleans street musicians Three Muses https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/The-Big-Easy-1 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:14:37 GMT
The Big Easy https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/The-Big-Easy This past weekend Kim and I took some time off and went to New Orleans.  While there we rendezvoused with Kim’s friend Cindy and her husband Dave.  We had an awesome time!  Ate too much.  Drank too much.  But it was nothing short of a great long weekend.  I love Cajun and Creole food and couldn’t really get my fill of it.  There is SOOOOOO many great restaurants down there.  I found Bourbon Street to be a lot of fun.   The cacophony was a little intense on most nights and boy was it crowded on Friday and Saturday night.  I really can’t imagine what it must be like during Mardi Gras.  It’s just got to be crazy.  Saturday night we wandered over to Frenchman Street.  It’s off the beaten path for most tourists and came highly recommended by several shop keepers.  It was AWESOME!  Great food and even better music!  If you’re looking some of the best music in NOLA this  is the street for it.  We enjoyed a nice meal and some great music at the Three Muses.  I’ll have to admit that Royal Street was probably my favorite street in the French Quarter.  Lot’s of cool shops and art galleries.  New Orleans is such a great place for local art. But the thing that really blew me away was the quality of musicianship.  Even the folks playing in the streets were first rate.  It’s probably the only city in the US where tuba players and banjo players can find employment on a regular basis.  We enjoyed some spectacular weather.  Warm.  Low humidity.  And plenty of beautiful Sunshine the entire time we were there.  It made for some great photography.  I will be posting some images in the next day or so.  I’ve got to complete and deliver a couple of jobs that I shot before we left.  So keep your eyes open for them.


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Bourbon Street Cajun Creole food French Quarter Frenchman Street Louisiana music musicians New Orleans street musicians Three Muses https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/The-Big-Easy Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:14:37 GMT
Sadly the New Norm https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/Sadly-the-New-Norm-1 I was trolling Craigslist today looking for any potential gigs when I came across this:

Screen shot 2013-04-16 at 10.14.01 AM (2) Sadly this seems to be have become common practice across the corporate world.  Trying to get someone to “donate” or “volunteer” to give up their images.  If you read closely they want to use the images in their “global campaign” with not even so much as a word about potential future work or compensation of any type.  Sickening.  In the past a job like this would have gone to professional photographer and the company would have had to pay for their time as well as the licensing for those images.  Potentially costing them thousands of dollars.  Now I can understand if you’re just starting or a small business not being able to afford this type of work and maybe asking for a favor.  But if you’re company makes more than $1,000,000 in annual sales the .1% that images for a global campaign to grow your business should not be an issue.  Besides it’s called a tax deduction.  The photographer who “donates” their time gets nothing.  NOTHING.  Out of a deal like this.  They can’t write off their time or their equipment wear and tear or any of their cost of doing business.  I worked in Hollywood for a lot of years both in the music industry and the film business.  The number of times I’ve seen this deal of “Hey work on this project for free and I’ll bring you all  my future work.”  is too numerous to count.  The number of times I’ve actually seen those promises kept…………..ZERO.  That’s right.  NEVER.  Now I know that some student or “Mom with a camera” will do this work for them.  The images might even be something better than just acceptable, but as someone who tries to make a living at this there can be no forgiving the corporate shills who have the audacity to post things like this.  As a professional photographer I am a business too and expect compensation for the work I perform.  Sorry I’ll get off my soapbox now.  I promise that my next post will have some pictures or at least be more positive.


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) corporation Free Photography free work https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/Sadly-the-New-Norm-1 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 07:34:56 GMT
Sadly the New Norm https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/Sadly-the-New-Norm I was trolling Craigslist today looking for any potential gigs when I came across this:

Screen shot 2013-04-16 at 10.14.01 AM (2) Sadly this seems to be have become common practice across the corporate world.  Trying to get someone to “donate” or “volunteer” to give up their images.  If you read closely they want to use the images in their “global campaign” with not even so much as a word about potential future work or compensation of any type.  Sickening.  In the past a job like this would have gone to professional photographer and the company would have had to pay for their time as well as the licensing for those images.  Potentially costing them thousands of dollars.  Now I can understand if you’re just starting or a small business not being able to afford this type of work and maybe asking for a favor.  But if you’re company makes more than $1,000,000 in annual sales the .1% that images for a global campaign to grow your business should not be an issue.  Besides it’s called a tax deduction.  The photographer who “donates” their time gets nothing.  NOTHING.  Out of a deal like this.  They can’t write off their time or their equipment wear and tear or any of their cost of doing business.  I worked in Hollywood for a lot of years both in the music industry and the film business.  The number of times I’ve seen this deal of “Hey work on this project for free and I’ll bring you all  my future work.”  is too numerous to count.  The number of times I’ve actually seen those promises kept…………..ZERO.  That’s right.  NEVER.  Now I know that some student or “Mom with a camera” will do this work for them.  The images might even be something better than just acceptable, but as someone who tries to make a living at this there can be no forgiving the corporate shills who have the audacity to post things like this.  As a professional photographer I am a business too and expect compensation for the work I perform.  Sorry I’ll get off my soapbox now.  I promise that my next post will have some pictures or at least be more positive.


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) corporation Free Photography free work https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/Sadly-the-New-Norm Tue, 16 Apr 2013 07:34:56 GMT
A Little Bit for Myself https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/A-Little-Bit-for-Myself-1 It seems like it’s been a very, very long time since I’ve done or posted anything that wasn’t for a client or project of some sort.  A little while back I was waiting for traffic to clear or something like that while doing exterior shots for the Embassy Suites in downtown Philly.  While I was walking across Ben Franklin Parkway I noticed the light shining through the beautiful stained glass of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul.  This is one of the shots I got.  It was a great moon and beautiful night sky.  I’ve got a few more and hopefully will have time in the next little bit to get to finish them and post them.  Here’s the first one.

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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Basilica Basilica St. Peter and Paul Cathedral Catholic Christian church cross moon night night sky Philadelphia Philadelphia Photographer Philadelphia photography sky stained glass https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/A-Little-Bit-for-Myself-1 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:34:31 GMT
A Little Bit for Myself https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/A-Little-Bit-for-Myself It seems like it’s been a very, very long time since I’ve done or posted anything that wasn’t for a client or project of some sort.  A little while back I was waiting for traffic to clear or something like that while doing exterior shots for the Embassy Suites in downtown Philly.  While I was walking across Ben Franklin Parkway I noticed the light shining through the beautiful stained glass of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul.  This is one of the shots I got.  It was a great moon and beautiful night sky.  I’ve got a few more and hopefully will have time in the next little bit to get to finish them and post them.  Here’s the first one.

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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Basilica Basilica St. Peter and Paul Cathedral Catholic Christian church cross moon night night sky Philadelphia Philadelphia Photographer Philadelphia photography sky stained glass https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/A-Little-Bit-for-Myself Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:34:31 GMT
More Good News https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/More-Good-News-1 So the good news keeps rollin’ in.  I received a phone call yesterday from my friend Rick Brown who, with his wife Bridget, is the on the Park and Rec committee for Westtown Township.  Back in December Kim and I did the photography for their Winter Festival and I’ve done subsequent work photographing the Oakbourne Mansion for them.  Rick proceeded to tell me some great news.  They are using several of my shots in the monthly town magazine.  The only problem.  They didn’t give me credit for the images.  Rick was very apologetic  and said that they would include an errata in May’s issue AND they were going to use more of my images next month as well.  Let’s hope they don’t forget the credit this time. As soon as I can I’m going to get a copy and check it out.


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) architecture photographer architecture photography Oakbourne Mansion Parks and Rec Pennsylvania photography Rick Brown Westtown https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/More-Good-News-1 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:23:58 GMT
More Good News https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/More-Good-News So the good news keeps rollin’ in.  I received a phone call yesterday from my friend Rick Brown who, with his wife Bridget, is the on the Park and Rec committee for Westtown Township.  Back in December Kim and I did the photography for their Winter Festival and I’ve done subsequent work photographing the Oakbourne Mansion for them.  Rick proceeded to tell me some great news.  They are using several of my shots in the monthly town magazine.  The only problem.  They didn’t give me credit for the images.  Rick was very apologetic  and said that they would include an errata in May’s issue AND they were going to use more of my images next month as well.  Let’s hope they don’t forget the credit this time. As soon as I can I’m going to get a copy and check it out.


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) architecture photographer architecture photography Oakbourne Mansion Parks and Rec Pennsylvania photography Rick Brown Westtown https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/More-Good-News Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:23:58 GMT
It’s Not the Cover But……. https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/It-s-Not-the-Cover-But-1 Well I didn’t get the cover.  Drag.  I thought the exterior shot was really great.  I’ll be interested to see what image they chose.  It is the first time I’ve seen my name next to the words Photography by.  I hope this feeling of seeing my name as the photographer of record never gets old.  Jo Anne from County Lines magazine forwarded me the pdf of the article and I’m very pleased with how the images turned out.  There is always that trepidation when sending things to print.  Are the colors going to be accurate?  How are they going to crop the images? Which image are they going to use for main shot?  Not that you have too much control over it.  You prep your files as requested.  Check your color space for any major shifts.  Then it’s up to the layout artist, editors and printers to handle the rest.  I think they did a really nice job.

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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) architectural photography architecture County Lines magazine editor Full Frame Fotography home Home of the month Jo Anne Durako magazine Pennsylvania photography printer residence West Chester https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/It-s-Not-the-Cover-But-1 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:53:58 GMT
It’s Not the Cover But……. https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/It-s-Not-the-Cover-But Well I didn’t get the cover.  Drag.  I thought the exterior shot was really great.  I’ll be interested to see what image they chose.  It is the first time I’ve seen my name next to the words Photography by.  I hope this feeling of seeing my name as the photographer of record never gets old.  Jo Anne from County Lines magazine forwarded me the pdf of the article and I’m very pleased with how the images turned out.  There is always that trepidation when sending things to print.  Are the colors going to be accurate?  How are they going to crop the images? Which image are they going to use for main shot?  Not that you have too much control over it.  You prep your files as requested.  Check your color space for any major shifts.  Then it’s up to the layout artist, editors and printers to handle the rest.  I think they did a really nice job.

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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) photography Pennsylvania architecture residence home West Chester magazine County Lines magazine Home of the month Jo Anne Durako editor printer architectural photography Full Frame Fotography https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/4/It-s-Not-the-Cover-But Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:53:58 GMT
Working on My Website https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/Working-on-My-Website-1 I’ve been working on revamping my website.  I’ve changed a bunch of the galleries mainly by reducing the number of images.  I’ve been trying to only present the best of the best for each of the categories.  I’ve also added a Weddings gallery showing off some of my wedding work.  I’m not but wouldn’t mind a little feed back at this point as I’m kinda stuck on where to go next.  Thanks in advance for checking it out.  I look forward to hearing what you have to say.  www.fullframefotography.com


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) architecture architecture photographer Philadelphia Philadelphia Photographer photography photography website real estate real estate photographer Wedding Photographer Weddings West Chester https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/Working-on-My-Website-1 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:42:46 GMT
Working on My Website https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/Working-on-My-Website I’ve been working on revamping my website.  I’ve changed a bunch of the galleries mainly by reducing the number of images.  I’ve been trying to only present the best of the best for each of the categories.  I’ve also added a Weddings gallery showing off some of my wedding work.  I’m not but wouldn’t mind a little feed back at this point as I’m kinda stuck on where to go next.  Thanks in advance for checking it out.  I look forward to hearing what you have to say.  www.fullframefotography.com


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) architecture architecture photographer Philadelphia Philadelphia Photographer photography photography website real estate real estate photographer Wedding Photographer Weddings West Chester https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/Working-on-My-Website Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:42:46 GMT
You Can’t Please All the People All the Time. https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/You-Can-t-Please-All-the-People-All-the-Time-1 It’s in my nature and I imagine a lot of photographers to go to extreme lengths to please the client.  The question is when is enough enough?  When do you put your foot down and refuse to do further work for want of feeling taken advantage of?  It’s a fine line.  Very fine.  Since the passing of my friend and cohort Reid Mason, I had taken it upon myself to complete the weddings that he and I shot before his passing as well as several others that were in some state of completion.  Well let’s just say that no good deed goes unpunished.  The first one I had to deal with was actually the last one Reid shot.  This bride was literally stomping her feet, screaming at me via email.  ”I JUST WANT MY PICTURES!!!!” was all her last email  said.  So I gave up trying to explain to her that none of the images had any post production and sent her the images.  I knew that there were issues with some of the images.  Exposure. White balance.  Things of that nature.  I sent her jpegs sized for 5×7 prints only.  Bride two went off without a hitch.  She went through and made her selections I did the post production and sent her a dvd.  Doing good I thought 1 for two.  Not great but I’m batting 500!  Bride 3 has been nothing short of a nightmare!  The kind of client every photographer dreads.  A little back story is necessary here.  Reid died on Sept. 24th 2012.  Her wedding was on August 11th, 2012.  So there was a little more than a month  had passed since I delivered the images to Reid and his passing.  So upon my return from WV retrieving Reid’s computer and sorting through his things I created a private viewing gallery on my website and posted some 300+ images.  I sent the client the link and password and explained that she should go through and make her selections of for her album and prints.  Didn’t hear back from her.  Didn’t hear back.  Didn’t hear back. Finally after almost two months I hear back from her that she can’t open the gallery and see the images.  OK since I used to do technical trouble shooting I attempted to help her.  I looked at the gallery to see if there were issues.  Files too big, etc.  Nope not a problem.  The entire gallery took less than 2 minutes to load on my old PC with only a 100 Mbps connection and a download speed of about 24Mbps from the server.  Not bad.  We go back and forth several times with her not really answering the pertinent questions I was asking.  She finally gets back to me a week later telling me that her system says its going to take 3 days for her to download the gallery.  ”No problem.”  I send her a zipped folder of the proofs via You Send It.  No word.  Don’t hear back.  She finally gets back to me telling me that her system is telling her this is going to take 18 hours to download.  WTF!  Long and the short of it she had a very slow DSL line.  Now the panic sets in.  She wanted the images so she could make calendars for Christmas presents.  So I FedEX her a dvd of the proofs. (Complete with watermark at this point) to the only address I had for her.  You guessed it.  Wrong address.  She had moved and forgotten to tell me.  So when the first dvd didn’t arrive when it was supposed to I sent a second one.  This time via USPS with over night delivery to the correct address. (I’m sure by now you’re saying to yourself OMG!)  This is not where it ends.  If you’re keeping track of time this is about 1 week before Christmas.  She receives the dvd.  I get a nasty email from her saying “What am I supposed to do with these?  They all have “PROOF” all over them.  I can’t make prints with these.”  I told her that was correct that she should make her 50 selects, tell me which ones she wants for the calendars and I’ll get them printed for her out of the print credit she coming from the package she purchased from Reid.  I checked with the lab and they said they could have things turned around in 2 days for me and so I passed that information along to the bride.  You know the routine by now.  I don’t hear back from her.  4 days go by and still no word.  I drop her an email asking what’s going on.  I get an email back where she’s blaming me for her not being able to get her Christmas presents done in time and that I should have just sent her all of the images.  That’s all she wanted.  I explained politely to her that that is not how it works.  I didn’t hear back from her for more than a month and a half.  Now she wants to order a canvas print of the formal image of the family.  No problem.  I send her the 3 options for canvas prints styles that I offer along with the pricing for the different sizes to her at a significant discount to my list price.  You guessed it.  Again I don’t hear back from her for days.  This time she’s telling me how “frustrated” she is over the whole process and just wants to be done with it.  At this point I’m done.  I’ve done everything possible to make this bride happy.  I figure she’s either not getting my emails or just ignoring what I have to say. I’ve come to realize that in none of our correspondence does she actually answer any of the questions I ask.  So I politely tell her that I’m done with this favor and that I will send her a dvd of her select images (she finally did pick 75 as her selects) sized suitably for printing at 5×7 and that I would be removing her gallery from my website in 30 days.  Amazingly I got a response within minutes.  This time she was apologetic and explained how she and her friends were going to order all sorts of prints through me and I’d be able to make some money that way.  Thanks but no thanks.  This was the first time in 5 months of correspondence she had gotten back to me in a timely fashion.  WTF!!  I was just fed up.  The amount of time this was taking was no longer worth it.  Especially considering the only money I had made on the deal was my shooting fee.  I’m sure this woman will slander my name all over West Virginia but I can’t care.  As I said no good deed goes unpunished.


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Mason Photographics photography Reid Mason wedding wedding photography West Virginia https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/You-Can-t-Please-All-the-People-All-the-Time-1 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:33:34 GMT
You Can’t Please All the People All the Time. https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/You-Can-t-Please-All-the-People-All-the-Time It’s in my nature and I imagine a lot of photographers to go to extreme lengths to please the client.  The question is when is enough enough?  When do you put your foot down and refuse to do further work for want of feeling taken advantage of?  It’s a fine line.  Very fine.  Since the passing of my friend and cohort Reid Mason, I had taken it upon myself to complete the weddings that he and I shot before his passing as well as several others that were in some state of completion.  Well let’s just say that no good deed goes unpunished.  The first one I had to deal with was actually the last one Reid shot.  This bride was literally stomping her feet, screaming at me via email.  ”I JUST WANT MY PICTURES!!!!” was all her last email  said.  So I gave up trying to explain to her that none of the images had any post production and sent her the images.  I knew that there were issues with some of the images.  Exposure. White balance.  Things of that nature.  I sent her jpegs sized for 5×7 prints only.  Bride two went off without a hitch.  She went through and made her selections I did the post production and sent her a dvd.  Doing good I thought 1 for two.  Not great but I’m batting 500!  Bride 3 has been nothing short of a nightmare!  The kind of client every photographer dreads.  A little back story is necessary here.  Reid died on Sept. 24th 2012.  Her wedding was on August 11th, 2012.  So there was a little more than a month  had passed since I delivered the images to Reid and his passing.  So upon my return from WV retrieving Reid’s computer and sorting through his things I created a private viewing gallery on my website and posted some 300+ images.  I sent the client the link and password and explained that she should go through and make her selections of for her album and prints.  Didn’t hear back from her.  Didn’t hear back.  Didn’t hear back. Finally after almost two months I hear back from her that she can’t open the gallery and see the images.  OK since I used to do technical trouble shooting I attempted to help her.  I looked at the gallery to see if there were issues.  Files too big, etc.  Nope not a problem.  The entire gallery took less than 2 minutes to load on my old PC with only a 100 Mbps connection and a download speed of about 24Mbps from the server.  Not bad.  We go back and forth several times with her not really answering the pertinent questions I was asking.  She finally gets back to me a week later telling me that her system says its going to take 3 days for her to download the gallery.  ”No problem.”  I send her a zipped folder of the proofs via You Send It.  No word.  Don’t hear back.  She finally gets back to me telling me that her system is telling her this is going to take 18 hours to download.  WTF!  Long and the short of it she had a very slow DSL line.  Now the panic sets in.  She wanted the images so she could make calendars for Christmas presents.  So I FedEX her a dvd of the proofs. (Complete with watermark at this point) to the only address I had for her.  You guessed it.  Wrong address.  She had moved and forgotten to tell me.  So when the first dvd didn’t arrive when it was supposed to I sent a second one.  This time via USPS with over night delivery to the correct address. (I’m sure by now you’re saying to yourself OMG!)  This is not where it ends.  If you’re keeping track of time this is about 1 week before Christmas.  She receives the dvd.  I get a nasty email from her saying “What am I supposed to do with these?  They all have “PROOF” all over them.  I can’t make prints with these.”  I told her that was correct that she should make her 50 selects, tell me which ones she wants for the calendars and I’ll get them printed for her out of the print credit she coming from the package she purchased from Reid.  I checked with the lab and they said they could have things turned around in 2 days for me and so I passed that information along to the bride.  You know the routine by now.  I don’t hear back from her.  4 days go by and still no word.  I drop her an email asking what’s going on.  I get an email back where she’s blaming me for her not being able to get her Christmas presents done in time and that I should have just sent her all of the images.  That’s all she wanted.  I explained politely to her that that is not how it works.  I didn’t hear back from her for more than a month and a half.  Now she wants to order a canvas print of the formal image of the family.  No problem.  I send her the 3 options for canvas prints styles that I offer along with the pricing for the different sizes to her at a significant discount to my list price.  You guessed it.  Again I don’t hear back from her for days.  This time she’s telling me how “frustrated” she is over the whole process and just wants to be done with it.  At this point I’m done.  I’ve done everything possible to make this bride happy.  I figure she’s either not getting my emails or just ignoring what I have to say. I’ve come to realize that in none of our correspondence does she actually answer any of the questions I ask.  So I politely tell her that I’m done with this favor and that I will send her a dvd of her select images (she finally did pick 75 as her selects) sized suitably for printing at 5×7 and that I would be removing her gallery from my website in 30 days.  Amazingly I got a response within minutes.  This time she was apologetic and explained how she and her friends were going to order all sorts of prints through me and I’d be able to make some money that way.  Thanks but no thanks.  This was the first time in 5 months of correspondence she had gotten back to me in a timely fashion.  WTF!!  I was just fed up.  The amount of time this was taking was no longer worth it.  Especially considering the only money I had made on the deal was my shooting fee.  I’m sure this woman will slander my name all over West Virginia but I can’t care.  As I said no good deed goes unpunished.


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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Mason Photographics photography Reid Mason wedding wedding photography West Virginia https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/You-Can-t-Please-All-the-People-All-the-Time Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:33:34 GMT
It’s Almost Time!!!! https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/It-s-Almost-Time-1 For weddings that is!  The time when photographers who specialize in weddings go absolutely sideways.  That time of year when ordinary women turn into “Bridezillas” and “Mother of Bridezillas”.  I’ve come to the conclusion that it just can’t be helped.  It’s the biggest day of their lives and they want everything perfect.  Who can blame them.  But it really doesn’t have to be that way.  I have been watching Craig’s List and Mineeds and Wedding.com as the season starts to ramp up.  I’m getting hit with multiple requests daily for quotes.  The only problem is almost all of the contain this phrase in one form or another  “Must work cheap”.  And by cheap most of the time they mean “I’m only gonna pay a couple of hundred dollars.”  Why?  Why cheap out on the only lasting memories of your very special day?  When the day is over you’re not going to have any of the meal left.  None of the booze.  You might have a piece of the cake that you throw in the back of your freezer to find again a year or two covered in ice and drier than a fist full of sand.  Oh you’ll have the video too.  That might get played a couple of times the first year and then again on your anniversary or when friend’s who weren’t there come over to visit.  But that too will be forgotten as time moves on.  To this day my parent’s have their respective wedding day pictures on their dressers.  51 years later!!!!  So why trust your special day to an amateur or Uncle Henry or a student?  These images will last your lifetime and beyond.  Do yourself a favor.  Cut out your Aunt Helen’s third cousin twice removed and her family from the guest list and splurge for a good photographer.  You won’t be disappointed.  I promise.  A professional photographer is going to spend the time with you to make sure that your wedding is captured the way you’d like it.  They are going to take the time to meet with you and maybe even come up with some nice creative ideas to take advantage of the venue, to coordinate the formal portraits and most of all make sure you have some incredible images.  Today I’ve included a little PDF that my late friend Reid put together that he would give out to his prospective wedding clients.  It’s short and to the point.  And I think every bride should read it before hiring a wedding photographer.

 Picking a Photographer

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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) wedding wedding photography Wedding Photographer Mineeds Craigs List Weddings.com special day Picking A Photographer https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/It-s-Almost-Time-1 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:56:53 GMT
It’s Almost Time!!!! https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/It-s-Almost-Time For weddings that is!  The time when photographers who specialize in weddings go absolutely sideways.  That time of year when ordinary women turn into “Bridezillas” and “Mother of Bridezillas”.  I’ve come to the conclusion that it just can’t be helped.  It’s the biggest day of their lives and they want everything perfect.  Who can blame them.  But it really doesn’t have to be that way.  I have been watching Craig’s List and Mineeds and Wedding.com as the season starts to ramp up.  I’m getting hit with multiple requests daily for quotes.  The only problem is almost all of the contain this phrase in one form or another  “Must work cheap”.  And by cheap most of the time they mean “I’m only gonna pay a couple of hundred dollars.”  Why?  Why cheap out on the only lasting memories of your very special day?  When the day is over you’re not going to have any of the meal left.  None of the booze.  You might have a piece of the cake that you throw in the back of your freezer to find again a year or two covered in ice and drier than a fist full of sand.  Oh you’ll have the video too.  That might get played a couple of times the first year and then again on your anniversary or when friend’s who weren’t there come over to visit.  But that too will be forgotten as time moves on.  To this day my parent’s have their respective wedding day pictures on their dressers.  51 years later!!!!  So why trust your special day to an amateur or Uncle Henry or a student?  These images will last your lifetime and beyond.  Do yourself a favor.  Cut out your Aunt Helen’s third cousin twice removed and her family from the guest list and splurge for a good photographer.  You won’t be disappointed.  I promise.  A professional photographer is going to spend the time with you to make sure that your wedding is captured the way you’d like it.  They are going to take the time to meet with you and maybe even come up with some nice creative ideas to take advantage of the venue, to coordinate the formal portraits and most of all make sure you have some incredible images.  Today I’ve included a little PDF that my late friend Reid put together that he would give out to his prospective wedding clients.  It’s short and to the point.  And I think every bride should read it before hiring a wedding photographer.

 Picking a Photographer

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jim@fullframefotography.com (Full Frame Fotography) Craigs List Mineeds Picking A Photographer special day wedding Wedding Photographer wedding photography Weddings.com https://fullframefotography.com/blog/2013/3/It-s-Almost-Time Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:56:53 GMT