Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Daxton-Fort Worth Photographer

Hello All! Sorry again for the delay in updating the blog! After running the "Back to School Special" on mini sessions, I got extremely busy!!! I guess that's a good thing though. :-) Between running a household, being a full-time Mom, and running this photography business, I never seem to get bored. There is ALWAYS something to be done! I like being busy though, so it works for me!

Anyway...in the midst of all the madness from the mini sessions, a very dear friend of mine experienced a huge life changing event. Yes...that's right...she gave birth to her first child! So exciting right?!?! After a long hot summer of swollen fingers and toes, along with an ever growing belly...the doctor finally felt she had had enough. On Wednesday, September 1st, Christy was induced at 7am. Loads of family and friends stopped by to visit her throughout the day, but many were unable to stay until the grand finale. Luckily, my husband agreed to watch our son for the evening so that I could be at her side and document this momentous occasion. I am so honored to have been made a part of this event! I love Christy, Dustin, and their families so dearly, and I thank them as well for allowing me to share this with them. So...at 10:24pm, after 2 hours of pushing (Ugh! what a trooper huh?), Daxton Kyle FINALLY made his debut! He weighed in at 8 lbs 0 oz and measured 20 inches in length. He has the most adorable chubby cheeks and looks just like his Daddy. So...now that I have built your anticipation, here are a few of the shots I got from the night at the hospital.

I am currently working on editing his newborn shoot, so those will be posted very soon! Once again, Thank You Christy and Dustin for making me a part of your lives and sharing this beautiful time with me! I love you both so much!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wedding Photography Contest

Ashley Mauldin Photography is holding a contest for FREE wedding and reception coverage. Please submit an email describing your wedding theme, location, colors, and other details, for a chance to win Ashley's services at no charge. Deadline is October 1st at midnight. The most unique and creative entry wins!!!

Each entrant will receive a 20% discount on the package of their choice. It may be used on a portrait shoot or even a wedding package!

Mail entries to: ashleymauldin@sbcglobal.net
Subject: Wedding Contest

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?

Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?

This article has been very well received by the photography community, and is published in the December 2009 edition of Professional Photographer Magazine.

In this digital age where everyone has cameras, scanners, and home "photo printers," we hear this all the time: How do professional (or personal) photographers charge $X for an 8x10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drugstore? Simply put, the customer is not just paying for the actual photograph; they're paying for time and expertise.

The average one-hour portrait session
First, let's look at the actual work involved:

Travel to the session
Setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
Shoot the photos
Travel from the session
Load images onto a computer
Back up the files on an external drive
2 - 4 hours of Adobe® Photoshop® time, including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, and backing up edited photographs. Proof photos are also ordered.
2 - 3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment, and ship.
Possibly meet clients at the studio to review photos and place order. Meeting and travel time average 2 hours.
You can see how a one-hour session easily turns into an eight-hour day or more from start to finish. So when you see a personal photographer charging a $200 session fee for a one-hour photo shoot, the client is NOT paying them $200 per hour.

The eight-hour wedding

A wedding photographer typically meets with the bride and groom several times before and after the wedding. And it’s not uncommon to end up with 1,000 - 2,000 photos, much more than a portrait session. Many photographers spend 40-60 hours working on one eight-hour wedding if you look at the time that is truly involved. Again, when a wedding photographer charges $4,000 for eight hours of coverage, clients are NOT paying them $500 an hour!
(Don’t forget that the photographer runs the wedding day to some extent. A comfortable, confident wedding photographer can make a wedding day go more smoothly.)

The expertise and cost of doing business

Shooting professional photography is a skill acquired through years of experience. Even though a DSLR now costs under $1,000, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.
Most personal photographers take years to go from buying their first camera to making money with photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera, there is a mountain of other equipment and software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website, etc. And don’t forget backdrops, props, rent, utilities, insurance, etc!
In addition to the financial investment, photographers actually have to have people skills to make subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Posing people to look their best is a skill by itself. You could argue that posing is a more important skill than actually knowing how to use the camera. A poorly exposed photo can be saved, but a badly posed photo cannot.

The chain store photo studio

Chain stores do have their place. For a very cheap price you can run in, shoot some quick photos, and be done with it. But you get what you pay for.
Consider the time and effort that a personal photographer puts into photographs, compared to a chain store. Store sessions last just a few minutes, while a personal photographer takes the time to get to know the people, makes them comfortable, makes them laugh. If a baby is crying at a chain store, they often don’t have the time (or the patience) to wait because everyone is in a hurry.
The truth is that many chain store studios lose money. In fact, Wal-Mart closed 500 of their portrait studios in 2007 because of the financial drain. What the chain stores bank on is a client coming in for quick, cheap photos…and while there, spending $200 on other items. They are there to get you in the door.

The real deal

Professional, personal photographers are just that—professionals. No different than a mechanic, dentist, doctor, or electrician. But a personal photographer often becomes a friend, someone who documents a family for generations with professional, personal photographs of cherished memories.
Maybe we need to help clients look at it this way: A pair of scissors costs $1.50 at the drugstore. Still, most people will gladly pay a lot more to hire a professional hair dresser to cut their hair.
The added attention and quality that a personal photographer gives is worth every penny.


We hope that those who have taken the time to read this page will have a better understanding of why professional photographs, created by a Personal Photographer are so expensive.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Greer - Burleson Children's Photographer

First of all, I would like to apologize for my delay in updating the Blog. I was in Mexico photographing a beautiful destination wedding for Amanda and Chad...photos to come soon!

Anyway...Monday I had the priviledge of spending some time with Mr.Greer (along with his incredible parents Doug and Natalie) for his One Year photography session! It's tough to believe it's already been a year!

We decided to brave the heat and humidity and do a location photo shoot. Despite the soaring temperatures, we got some pretty amazing shots! He was such a doll and I had a great time!!! Here is my favorite shot so far:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Chad and Amanda

So...I shot an engagement session this evening with the wonderful Chad and Amanda. They are a beautiful couple who are getting married in a few weeks in Mexico. They have requested I photograph the wedding as well, so being the unselfish, accomodating photographer that I am, I obliged. (I know, sweet gig right?)

Anyway, I managed to do a bit of editing tonight after my son and husband went to bed, and this was the result: