So I'm just now starting to get people wanting me to take shots of their kids, my photography is starting to slowly roll and gain popularity among my friends who have kids and their friends etc, word of mouth, bla bla bla...and they are asking me about printing and prices etc...most being moms who print from all over the cheaper places, WalMart, Shutterfly, etc...so I'm needing to learn to deal with these situations.
So I created an account with MpixPro and I'm considering doing the same with some others, such as BayPhoto, Millers, WHCC etc...if I can at this point in my work?
One of my "clients" has chosen a handful of prints from the Flickr location where I put some low res photos up for her to view, from the shoot of her daughters and cousins photo shoot and birthday party.
She wrote me an email with a list of photos that were her favorite and said that she's used Shutterfly before and was happy with their products and that they had some specials going right now.
Here is what she wrote me:
Right now I have no issues with her using Shutterfly, if thats what she wants, I did the shoot for her as a favor, $50, and told her I would share with her the low res images on my Flickr, for her to proof and let me know what she likes and would get her the high res on an DVD to use to print using my resources or she could use her own, but I warned her that if she wanted to use Shutterly that the images might not look like what I created with my post processing and wouldn't represent the true art I created, as their colors are not calibrated with mine, etc...again, I don't have a hard set of rules that I have posted on a website somewhere, nor was I "hired" it was a favor, but I need to learn how to deal with this as I transition out of the "favor" mode and into a serious business mode. Right now I'm portfolio building, but I think I'm reaching the point where I have enough great shots to put up on my upcoming website, so the cheap/free favors are about over.
So some of my questions to deal with this particular situation right now are this, now that I have my MpixPro account, I have a price list and product list in PDF format, do you all who use MpixPro usually share these files with your clients, or just give them the prices off the list for the products they want? Or how do you handle it?
Do these online professional companies, MpixPro, Millers, BayPhoto, WHCC and their prices/products even compete with Shutterfly etc? Or are we talking about comparing two different levels of photo work?
Help me understand this new area I'm slowly getting into...