We recently shot a few of the employees and their pets at WellPet’s corporate office. We shot a maternity session for Erin who works for WellPet. They were looking to update their website with some images. We are going to be shooting more of the employees once the weather warms up a bit and everything gets a little greener. While waiting for that to happen (who knows how long it will be before we are truly in the midst of Spring) we decided it would be a good idea to shoot just a few employees at the office. This way they had some options for the updated website.
For all those photographers that regularly shoot pets and their owners…I have a new found respect for you! We had a blast shooting this, the dogs (and cat) were all super cute and really great, but you really just have to shoot, shoot, shoot and hope for the best at times. We had a squeaky toy and used that to get their attention, but at times that wasn’t the greatest because then they wanted to come over and check us out. I quickly realized that having too many people around while shooting was a distraction to the dogs (and really the same thing applies with kids & adults). Once we sent everyone who wasn’t needed away the pets calmed down much more.
I opened up Lightroom today to start editing and this is what greeted me. I had to share it. Drew hasn’t selected which photo is the one for yesterday but I am guessing it’s this one. We take a photo everyday of Prue.
I use to sell Lia Sophia jewelry and am familiar with the different at home “parties”. I love how it’s a great excuse to invite your friends over. You get to browse some cool products and if you want, purchase something. All the while the hostess is earning some cool products. I have also been thinking about how I can reach new clients and offer something where the initial investment is lower then our standard sessions. I put those 2 ideas together and have come up with the idea of Portrait Parties.
Let me give you a brief overview of how a portrait party works.
You have an adorable child and decide you want to host a party so you can get a free session & hopefully some discounted prints. The party can be at your house or a nearby park. You invite your friends who also have kids to the party (about 4-7 kids max). The cost is $35 (per child) to attend the party, this covers my time shooting and editing the images. They also receive a credit for an 8×10 print (they can upgrade to a larger print if they’d like too). As the hostess of the party the $35 session fee is waved. The party lasts about 2-2.5 hours and I am shooting the entire time. I spend 10-15 minutes with each child to grab some shots of them as well as shooting while they are all playing together. 48 hours after the party I will have edited and uploaded the images to our client site. Each guest gets their own gallery with about 15-20 images. Your guests have 2 weeks to order additional prints or products. With each purchase your guests make you get closer to earning a free 1-1.5 hour portrait session and discounts off prints & products from the portrait party.
If you are interested in hosting a party you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Portrait Party FAQ:
What are the advantages for me and my guests?
Low Session fee + 8×10 print credit.
Online gallery viewing within 48 hours.
NO buying at the party (no pressure)
Credit Cards accepted (through paypal)
Hostess receives portrait credit rewards from orders & a free standard portrait session
How many people do I invite?
We will provide you with invitations and a save the date file for emailing.
You need to have 4 minimum sittings different sittings scheduled for the party (7 maximum).
The online gallery will be available within 48 hours of the party.
The galleries will be live for 14 days for your guests to order!
How much do the pictures cost my guests? Do you charge outrageous per print fees?
We have standard portrait prices plus a few Portrait Party only specials.
We’ll email you our product guide which you can share with your guests before the party.
What are my responsibilities as the hostess of the Portrait Party?
Invite your family and friends over for a fun few hours.
An area large enough for the portraits away from the main party ~ preferably an outdoor setting. (We can also meet up at a nearby park)
Providing a light refreshment for your guests is always welcomed.
Invite at 4-7 children (and parents) to your portrait party.
What are the benefits to hosting a Portrait Party?
You will receive portrait rewards based on the total party’s sales (10% of the parties sales)
If your guest orders total $800 you also earn a certificate for a free family session for anytime (expires in one calender year)
You can earn a 5×5 20 page lay flat album if your guests decide to schedule a portrait party of their own.
I will send you all the information needed so you can start inviting your friends to your portrait party. The $35 fee is required from each guest to reserve their spot at the portrait party (they can pay by check or paypal). I will also need their email addresses so I can send them important portrait party info.
The first to inquire and host a portrait party gets a free 11×14 print from the party so don’t wait!