Friday, June 14, 2013

Rumor Has It

Walking around town last week, Sue and I stopped in to one of the local shops on Main St. and discovered that am rumor had been circulating among the business owners that I was closing the studio. I was surprised as anyone to hear that since I have have no plans to do such a thing. It may have started since we had a studio garage sale to alleviate some of the congestion in there after 14 years of accumulating stuff. In fact, I will be posting this week some more items for sale that we're just not using anymore, including some camera bodies and lenses. 

 Let's face it though, with the advancement in technology and the drop in prices of cameras, there is very little cost of entry in to the field to call yourself a "professional photographer". I'm not here to debate how the influx of new photographers charging little if anything for sub par photography has brought the level of the industry to it's knees. That's an entirely different topic which I'm growing tired of discussing. However, like it or not, it's becoming harder and harder to earn a living as just a wedding and portrait photographer. So I've decided to become a "Jack of all trades and Master of "Fun". I love photography and everything it has allowed me to do, such as being my own boss, creating art and building a ton of incredible relationships. With that in mind, we're not closing the studio, we're expanding in to other areas of photography. One of the areas we're going to push harder in is education. We're going to expand on the photography classes we've already been offering and start offering full day workshops and photo excursions to cool locations both locally and nationwide. Look for a new section of our website coming soon devoted to photographic education. In addition to the education, I'm going to begin offering my studio shooting room up for rent on an hourly basis for those photographers who have a need for a shooting room but not enough business to warrant getting their own. 

 I'm also toying with the idea of creating a camera consignment shop in the studio. I know Craigslist is an awesome place to find all sorts of cool camera gear, but I also know how much fun it is to browse through equipment and finding something I didn't even know I needed or wanted. That's why the antique industry is so strong in our area because it's such a pleasure to just browse and find cool things. Why not do it with photography gear. Have any gear you want to sell? Give me a call at the studio at 585-393-9242 and we'll see what we can arrange.

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