Spting 2013 Update
It's been a few months I know, I understand the studio idea may have been a bit before it's time, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, and TPS did start a venture, TPS has gained quite a bit. First, even if we had to shut our doors for the time being, we did match our "6 month goal". Second, we have served several area photographers in the past with their unique needs for a closed studio environment, and to help the local community in that fashion has really helped get our name out there. Also by taking the time to look at how our small studio worked and didn't work, we are confident that the next time we open a physical location it won't be closing.
So, this begs the question, "What have you been doing the last few months?" Well, beside licking wounds, we have been busy, TPS has been shooting weddings with JValline Photography and have about a half dozen events planned over the next month or so.
The structure for TPS is changing yet again, we are going to try and apply the same model we used for the local photographers but with our clients instead. What does this mean for the area photographers? Sorry guys but we are going to be direct competitors yet again. What does this mean for the area clientele? TPS will be offering the best services and products in the area, guaranteed. But not only that, TPS with JValline Photography is committed to bring the best in ingenuity and experience to everything we shoot. This means that for next to nothing a client can expect to receive outstanding service for their event at unheard of pricing. Here's an example:
SUMMER SPECIAL: Wedding Photography
I've looked all around the north state and was originally hesitant about getting into the wedding scene, sure there's a nice potential for making good money, but everywhere I looked I saw the same tired business model: so called "pro photographers" charging a couple hundred bucks for a wedding and the bride and groom get maybe a few dozen images on a CD so they can later on go down to Wal-Mart and get some low quality images done. At no time do they really get to choose what images they want, or even get to see if what they paid for was even worth it. Now I'm not saying that the local pros out here are lacking in talent, but I am saying that the local photography scene has been hurt because of the digital revolution and amateurs who don't understand how to run a business, Photography for a pro is just that a profession, it's our 9-5 job, not just a "gig" to get some drinking money for Friday night. An event like a wedding is really one of those few "once in a lifetime" events and should never be taken lightly.
Consider this, five years down the road the CD that your images are saved on gets destroyed by an over excited 3 year-old Sure you have the stack of 4X6's you paid $30 for at the "one-hour" "somewhere" but what if you wanted more? Bigger prints? Better prints? You could call the lady who shot your wedding. Remember she gave you the CD later that night. Also recall she's never been seen or heard from again...
OK if by some chance you still have her number, what are the chances that after 5 years she still has the same computer? Better yet, did she even transfer her images from her camera to her back up drive? Does she have back up? I know plenty of photographers who once the job is done, so is their RESPONSIBILITY. The point to all this is 9instead of having a CD to give to our customers we really do need to protect the client as well as our businesses. The approach that TPS will be employing for the future is contrary to anything else on the market today, some would say radical even, but as far as a business model goes, it's the most sustainable, responsible and fair approach that we could find.
So, now that you're captivated by this, you're probably thinking "what is this new approach?" And the answer to that question.....
Will be answered in three days
See you then
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