Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pictage, Gift Certificates, Raising Rates and...

...and a little chaos. What would life be like be without a little chaos? I've been having issues with my hard drives lately, but I think all is good so don't worry, I still have everybody's files :) Which brings me to Pictage.

PICTAGE

Pictage is a web-based one-stop shop for photography clients such as you! AND they hold all of my original files in their servers indefinitely, so it's like having a another back-up system. Very sweet :). They recently had a promotion so I had to jump on it because I've heard so much about the company and want to give them a shot. While I love the quality prints that come out of White House Custom Colour and LabPrints, Pictage seems to offer a more convenient ordering system and more services and products such has holiday cards, DVD slideshows, Coffee Table Books, Proof Books, and other specialized products. Some of these things the client can build themselves just by using the images I uploaded! Pictage handles A LOT of things that I take a lot of time to do myself for you, so using Pictage may help me get back some of my life again and focus on providing the best customer service. For example, they handle all print order fulfillments, email reminders to my clients, holiday promotions, and other things I've yet to explore. And once I reach a certain level in Pictage, I can even setup a credit card payment system for my clients to make payments for weddings & portrait sessions. So awesome!

2008 RATES

Yes, demand for my studio has risen coinciding with the costs in doing business. To meet the demand and to continue delivering incredible product and seamless service, 2008 will see a rise in portrait session rates and print prices, all of which is to be determined so stay tuned. Current market rates in the photography industry are $300-500 a session and typically includes print credit for the client, so I anticipate moving up to that level. Yes, now would be a good time to get your print orders in from White House Custom Colour while I transition to Pictage :). My clients expect the best with speed (reasonably so) and convenience. My goal is to meet & exceed those expectations. Wedding coverage is expected to remain the same for 2008, starting at $4,000.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Oh yes.... Armin DeFiesta Photography, LLC now offers Gift Certificates!

One of my clients recently suggested I offer GCs. Well I will! Pictage sells GCs that can go towards any order you place online. I just need more time to upload everyone's images and there are a lot, so it could take almost two weeks to complete the task. But if you want a GC that'll go towards a portrait session, a wedding payment, or other photography event, email me how much you want and I will send you a nice Gift Certificate in a presentable package your recipient will appreciate. Let me know if you have any questions!

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