EVENTS! (W. Brett Wilson for Kelowna Foodbanks)

Here are some photos from a breakfast event at Global Gym. It was held in their massive indoor tennis courts. If you find yourself in here please share it to facebook! It is a community event that I shot pro bono so please spread it around. Supporting our community foodbanks is a DHB thing to do. (DHB = Decent Human Being)

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Deals, Tips and Fun Stuff

To get current deals, summer photography tips and other fun things (like, join my photography team to community events!) please send me your email address and I’ll make sure that you get the word.

The big deal for the beginning of summer, from now until the end of June is a FREE book of your portraits with every family session. The book is really great too. It is 5×7 and 20pp.

How on Earth do you Price Wedding Photography?

Sometime in the next 10 years or so I am going to need to find a pile of cash to pay for good wedding photography for my children. It is very expensive since it is a highly specialized skillset. Back in the Manitoba Chapter of the Professional Photographer of Canada we used to talk about pricing.

We talked about pricing at almost every meeting. One of the presenters compared us to trades. How much does a Red Seal plumber make? On average $22/hr. He decided that he had equivalent training time, training difficulty and practice, apprenticing, etc. to someone who was a Red Seal plumber.

Then he broke down the amount of time including consultations that he would spend at a wedding – 1hr consultation, 1 hr creation time shooting engagement photo, 2 hours editing and retouching, 1 hr presentation and image selection with the couple, 2 hr creating engagement book or framing the enlargement, 1 hr delivery. 1 hr pre-wedding checkin, 12 hours wedding creation time, 24 hours editing and retouching, 1 hour presentation time with the couple, 5 hours in book design, sizing and editing, 1 hour framing enlargement, 1 hour delivery. Equals 51 hours on an average wedding. That comes to $1100. Plus paying the second shooter $600, frames $500 (average), custom books $800 (average) = $3000, and that is for someone who rates their artistic talent, people skills, social appropriateness and problem solving at the same level as a plumber.

That is a rough idea of how it is priced. Out of the photographer’s plumber-like wages he also pays for insurance, PPOC memberships, conferences, on-going training, studio lighting, backdrops, cameras, upkeep of all equipment and functioning vehicle. Sometimes he will also have a family and be the primary wage earner for the family.

So hooray for plumbers! I had a leak somewhere in the wall in my basement and I certainly didn’t trust myself to dig around and try to fix it. I would never begrudge my plumber of his $22/hr. Sometimes you have a job that only a pro can do. If you are like myself and see some big jobs coming on the horizon, best to start saving up now.

Artist Headshots

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This young woman has years of theatre experience and it shows in her dramatic demeanour. These are a few of the images that resulted in just one hour of photography time:
she will have images appropriate for linkedin,
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facebook, business cards and some that are appropriate for her boyfriend to make into a huge framed print for the days that she feels insecure. (Let’s face it, we all have those days.)
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