The Bride

Yesterday I promised I would post a couple of shots of Kim, the bride from the last wedding I shot.  She had beautiful skin and a lovely smile.  Well you can judge that for yourself.  I also wanted to thank Corey and Faymus Media for the opportunity to capture this wedding.  I forgot to mention this fact yesterday.  All of these shots are natural light.  Captured in her hotel room.  I used my 5D MKI and a Canon 24-105 f4IS.  This is a great lens and I love it.  All post work was done in LR5.  Nothing fancier than that.

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A Long Summer

Once again I feel that I have not kept up my end of the blog agreement.  I looked today and my last post was back in May.  Wow where has the time gone? Well things have finally settled down a little and I feel like I can breathe a little easier.  Not to make excuses but there is good reason for such a long hiatus.  I wish I could rack it up way too much work and while that is large part of it, it is not the whole story.  At the beginning of the summer Kim and I promised each other that it was not going to be a summer like we had last year where we weren’t home any weekend between Memorial Day and Labor day.  While a great plan (in theory) the Universe had a completely different plan.  While business has been good and I’ve shot more real estate in the last 3 months than all of last year, I don’t know how I’ve achieved these numbers.  I’m not going to bore you with all of the details but since the middle of May Kim and I have spent more time in Myrtle Beach than here at home.  You see her mom’s health deteriorated very rapidly and we were dealing with all the fun that “end of life” has to offer.  This past week is the first full week we’ve spent in our bed and it feels great!  Now I’ve got to get back on track and get my business going again.

Here’s some images from some of the shoots I managed to squeeze in.

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State of the Photography Profession (or Lack thereof)

In this post I’m going to try and not get on my soapbox,  but I had a very interesting situation happen the other day.  As many of you who follow my blog on a regular basis know I do a lot of shoots for a company called HotelTonight.  This story begins when one of the hotels that I had been assigned to shoot contacted me.  They inquired if there was a way that they could purchase the rights to the images I was shooting for HotelTonight.  I had to inform them that HotelTonight was my client and that I could not fulfill their request but I would gladly put together a quote for them.  I prepared a quote for them that included licensing for 20 images for web use and sent it off.  Now keep in mind that this is a MAJOR, Multi-billion dollar hotel chain that will remain anonymous.  The day for the HotelTonight shoot came.  I was greeted by the marketing manager and was introduced to the GM of the facility.  After the pleasantries we agreed to meet after I was done to discuss my proposal.  So I set about doing my job and got some great shots of the facility. (Froze my butt off getting the exterior shot)  As I was packing up the marketing manager mentioned that the GM was dealing with a VIP that was coming in and wouldn’t be able to meet with me directly but we could go ahead and discuss the proposal.  Great!  He told me that the proposal looked really good and he and the GM were very pleased and it was passed all the way to corporate.  WOW!  AWESOME!  Or so I thought.  He proceeded to inform that corporate had nixed the proposal and wanted him to find a college student who would be willing to do it for free.  FOR FREE!!!!  My heart sank.  He said that they really needed new images of the facility and that he was going to see if they could squeeze their general operations budget for some funds to be able to hire me but they couldn’t do it at the price I had quoted them.  I told him to let me know what kind of number they could come up with and I would come up with a proposal that would fit their budget.  At this point you’re probably wondering what kind of wild, extravagant number I came up with.  Mid 5 figures? Nope not even close.  It was a mere $3200 including licensing of the images.  

This kind of corporate mentality kills me.  A multi-billion dollar company and they want free pictures.  This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard.  Putting no value on the very thing would draw people to your hotel and generate millions of dollars of income.  The more I thought about it the angrier I got.  These people are looking for some who would do an adequate job and be willing to give up their rights to the images so that the corporation could use them as they wanted and not worry about rights and licensing.  What BS!!!  Commercial photography should never be free.  If your company is going to use it for advertising and generating revenue, be prepared to pay.

Ramada

It’s been a few days since my last blog so I thought I’d catch up.  On Thursday I did another shoot for Hotel Tonight.  It was the Ramada at the Philly airport.  They were in the middle of remodeling so I couldn’t shoot everything but the folks at Hotel Tonight were hot to trot on getting them on-line.  So that means I’m going back in about a month and shoot the areas that we were unable to get.  The folks there were really nice and it might have lead to another job.  They need photography for their own website and brochure after the remodel is complete.  If everything goes right I’ll be getting the gig.  Keep your fingers crossed.  I want to say thanks specifically to Donald Jester over there.  A great guy and fun on top of that.  Though they really seem to keep him jumping with all of this remodeling going on.

The Morris House

As promised here are a few shots from the Morris House Hotel that I shot the other day.  This is a quaint hotel located just off of Washington Square in Downtown Philly.  The original building was built in 1784 and has all the charm of that period.  It is beautifully appointed and has a wonderful garden area that is a great place to relax.  It’s only about 3 blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and all of that history that is Old Town Philadelphia. Nothing else exciting to say other than in full on packing mode in anticipation of the move.  Enjoy these and have a great Sunday.

More for Hotel Tonight

Not just one but two shoots yesterday for Hotel Tonight.  I did a lovely little hotel by the name of The Morris House.  It is a converted mansion built in 1784.  Very nice.  It has a beautiful courtyard and wonderful restaurant called “M“.  The staff was exceptionally nice.  I want to single out Lenka for making everything possible there.  A big “Thank You” to you.  On the way home I shot the Wyndham at the Philadelphia airport.  A big “Thanks” to Lisa and Harry for being so accommodating and welcoming.  Photos of both will be here shortly.