The Paper is Always Free! (Winnipeg Photography Studios)

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Clients sometimes ask me if they can get a digital image rather than a print in order to save money. They think there is more value in a print and the digital image should be almost free. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You see the paper is free. There is very little cost involved in the physical print. The paper is worth pennies. It is the photographer’s artistic vision and their cost of doing business that you are paying for, whether you get a digital image or a print.

Would you even think of asking an artist who is a painter to send you a digital image of their work? Before the start of digital, did clients ask photographers for their negatives? I would say almost never. And yet, people think the digital negative should be almost free.

I am transitioning to a new business model in which selling products will be the main focus. That is because I want clients to have a finished product and I want control over where that product is printed.  I value my artistry. I take pride in my work. I want it to look good. I don’t want clients changing my images and posting them on Facebook (this has happened). I don’t want clients to print my images at Walmart. I want the final product to reflect the hours of work I have put into the creation of their image.

And I also want to cover my cost of doing business. People often don’t realize the costs involved in running a photography business.  Then there is the cost of equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, lighting, backdrops, programs and supplies; not to mention heat, light and security and much, much more.

 

I love photography. I love getting to know my clients, photographing small children and getting a newborn into a beautiful pose. But because I love it, doesn’t mean I should do it for nothing and give away my work.

The paper is always free. It’s what is on the paper that costs money.

 

plus all of this and more

Equals this!

 

Beautiful Three Year Old! (Winnipeg Child Photographers)

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I’ve been photographing this little one since she was born and she just keeps getting cuter and cuter! Today she was a very busy girl but we managed to catch her sitting long enough to get some great images!

Here she was at a couple of weeks old.

And here she is today:

What a cutie pie!

Nursery School Portraits! (Winnipeg Children’s Photographer)

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I haven’t posted for a while as I’ve been busy painting and reorganizing my studio. The work is almost done and I’m loving the look and feel of the new space. Stay tuned for some pictures!

Last week I took pictures of some adorable children at a nursery school. It was a new experience for me.  I was a bit apprehensive going in but photographing these 2 to 5 year olds was a lot of fun and my partner and I got some wonderful portraits of the kids.

Have a look at these cutie pies!

Little Princess at 10 weeks! (Winnipeg Newborn Photographers)

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This little princess, who was born early, had me under her charms yesterday.  She’s just as sweet as she looks too. She slept for me and gave daddy some cute smiles as well.

Have a look at this little beauty with eyelashes to die for!

 

Our Two Sons! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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I’ve been doing family pictures for this family for the past few years and these boys just keep getting cuter! Last night we did our session at Kildonan Park, in the beautiful  flower gardens. Two-year old M, was absolutely adorable; posing and smiling for me. His little brother was not as keen, but we got some great shots of him as well.

Have a look at these 2 beautiful boys!

Beautiful Family! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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What better gift to give a parent on their 80th birthday than a photograph of the family? I think it’s a great idea and my long time friend Heather thought so too! We did this session last night at Bunn’s Creek Park. Aren’t they a great looking group of people?

Here’s a sneak peek at a few favorites from last night.

 

Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits; Sept 2017

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Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits!



Fine Art Photography


I am excited to announce that 5 of my fine art photography images are hanging at Cre8tery   (http://www.cre8ery.com/) The pictures are various sizes and prices. The largest is Autumn Pallette au Metal, which won Most Creative Image with The Professional Photographer of Canada (Manitoba). Also hanging is The Tree of Divination which won Best Contemporary Image with The Manitoba Camera Club, as well as, Lily, The Face in the Tatters and Serenity. 

Cre8tery is in the Exchange District on the  2nd floor at 125 Adelaide Street. 

It is open:Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 12-6pm

Saturday 12-5pm

Cre8tery will be open late for First Friday on Sept. 8th.

Drop in if you have a chance. My pictures will be hanging until the end of Thanksgiving weekend.

You can view these images and a few more on this page of my website: http://www.chrismcwilliamsphotography.com/Fine-Art-Photography/. Having said that, viewing them online is no substitute for seeing them printed and mounted!
Hope you can make it.



Lights, Camera, Editing, Portraits!


This is a repeat of an article in my last newsletter. I am including it for my new clients and am also adding some information to it.

It is very important to me that you love the images from your session. I will do my utmost from the beginning of our correspondence to you’re receiving your order to make sure that you are happy with the experience and the result. To that end, I want to explain the steps in the whole process.

  1. You come for your portrait session.
  2. I put a few of your images on my blog.
  3. I do an initial editing of your images. This is often called a “soft editing”. It involves colour correction, some clean up of the background, lightening if needed and cropping. At this point, your images will not be completely edited, except for the ones on my blog.
  4. You receive a password protected gallery to review your proofs.
  5. You send your order to me by email.
  6. I do a full editing of the images that you ordered. This involves a full background clean up, removing blemishes, smoothing skin, brightening eyes, head swaps if needed, and further corrections for colour and brightness. You can preview these images after I have worked on them if you like. Once you are happy with them:
  7. You receive an invoice from me, make payment and pick up your order or have it mailed to you.

I accept payment by cash, cheque, interac e-transfer, credit cards and Paypal.

This is the most time efficient way for me to operate. Most galleries have between 20 and 50 images in them. It only takes  me a few minutes to do the “soft edit”, whereas the final edit might take 20 minutes. The soft edit includes correcting lighting and colour, as well as cropping and some skin corrections. The final edit involves a full clean up of the backdrop and more skin corrections.

You can see the progression in the images below. The first image is straight out of the camera. In the first soft edit, I lightened it, cropped it and did some colour corrections. In the final completely edited image, I straightened the floor, make the wrap more symmetrical, took some red out the babies skin, removed some of the shadow around the babies head on the left and burned the edges of the floor. The first edit didn’t take long but the final one took me about 20 minutes.

Aren’t these twins cute! They were super sleepy babies as well. I loved every minute of this session!



And Finally

Isn’t this the truth? What other record will we have that we lived? Only printed images will survive the test of time and be there for future generations to see.


Yours in Photography,

Christina



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