Custom Photography vs Chain Studios

April 24, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

When Melanie was born, I began my  adventures to the big chain store portrait studios (before Michael & I  started our studio). I’d make the appointment, buy a cute outfit, schedule naps  accordingly and then drag Melanie to one of the big chain studios (I think we  visited them all). Most of my photography studio adventures went like this: I’d  arrive just on time, rushing in with tot in tow and a bag full of goodies. I’d  check in and then begin my usually very long wait period. One particular studio  was always backed up & we would wait over an hour for our 15 minute  session. By the time our wait period was over, Melanie and I would both be  cranky, frustrated and tired; her face and clothes would be dirty from the  snacks that she consumed while waiting. Most of the time we were rushed in and  the photographer didn’t really seem to care what I wanted. Some were fairly  good and did a decent job of getting some posed pictures of Melanie smiling and  looking at the camera, but some just snapped away, clearly bored with their job  and seemed uninterested in what I wanted and not very motivated to get the  pictures of Melanie for which I was hoping. After our short session, we would  have to walk around the store or mall for anywhere from 45-90 min while they  “processed” her images. I usually settled for the package, which seemed to be a  million prints of just one or two poses at the most. (I still have most of  these prints in a box.) These images were slightly better than what I could  take with my point and shoot camera at the time, but none of them were  spectacular and none of them were retouched in an artistic way.

Fast forward eight years…

Michael & I re-vamped his original concept of ShadowCatcher Ltd. Photography and poof we became a “Custom Photography Studio.”  Custom photography is a luxury. Unlike department stores or chain studios, custom photography affords you the complete luxury of customizing your session to your family’s needs. Working with a custom photographer means that you are workingwith someone who is invested in taking the time to ensure you get the very best from your portrait experience.

Many people have no qualms about spending $150 on jeans or sneakers or spending thousands of dollars on a vacation. Custom photography, while more expensive than some chain studios, is an investment. Quality images whether printed on paper or canvas will last for generations. You will be able to pass down your professional photographs to your children, your grandchildren, your great- grandchildren, etc., but a pair of jeans will not
last beyond a few years. In this dwindling economy, a $300 photo session exceeds  MOST people’s budget for photography, however, if you forgo a few visits to the  chain studios to save for 1 custom photography session you will hopefully get  the photos that you hoped and dreamed of. This is also the reason that we  currently offer Mini-Sessions for only $75. Mini-sessions allow those who are  on a budget, the opportunity to invest in custom photography without breaking  the bank.

                        

Custom photography is an investment in preserving your family’s personalities and  memories. The money that you spend now on custom portrait art and prints will  increase in value as the years pass and will become a priceless piece of  history that you can hand down through the generations.



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