It must be about 4 weeks ago now that I dropped my rather expensive camera with lens attached. You can imagine the tears. Oh, there were lots of them. I didn’t even pick the camera up immediately because I just knew it would be awful. Anyway, the short story is, the lens filter was cracked, the lens casing was ever so slightly dented which jammed the filter on, and the focus was a little off. Apart from that, there’s no other damage. Incredible. It’s a testament to the durability of the professional cameras these days, and gave me another reason why I have a lens filter!
As there is no Canon authorised repairer in Western Australia as of 7 days before I dropped my camera, I decided to send it to Sydney to be repaired. Add to that getting insurance sorted out etc, it has taken a while, but I’m told it will be on it’s way home soon.
I’m very grateful to all of the portrait clients I had booked in late January/February for their understanding. Many chose to wait until the camera was back, while another chose to go ahead with my back up camera. While I do have a back up camera, if I’d had a wedding booked during this period, I would have likely borrowed or hired equipment. Rest assured that I wouldn’t let you down.
So, with a lot of spare time, what have I been doing?!
Well, I’ve been doing a fair bit of business planning, which I may not have otherwise done. Which now means I have a few things in the works that you will be interested in.
The first and perhaps most exciting thing I’m looking into at the moment is Fusion Photography. I’m still in the early stages, but it looks to be exciting that I can’t wait to get my camera back so I can start experimenting! Fusion Photography is a blend of video and photography of the same session all edited together into a DVD presentation. Of course, you can still buy prints, photobooks etc, but this adds an interesting dimension. You’re likely to see an explosion of this sort of thing soon as it’s a new category at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s annual awards this year. And I see that there are demonstrations and workshops happening around the nation. So it will be interesting to see where it goes. And remember – you heard about it first right here!
The second thing I’m working on is Baby’s First Year Albums. I’ve long had plans to put together a workbook to guide clients through the process, but haven’t gotten around to it. Well, I’ve had a first go at it and I now have some friends kindly testing it for me. I’m imagining it will take a while for them to get the info together in between being mums and wives, but I’m hopeful that in a few months I’ll have some sample photobooks to show you.
And lastly, I’ve been putting some more thought into photographing high school graduations. This is really just an extension of event photography, but it needs to be priced differently. I’ll be talking more about my price survey in another post a little later on. I have photographed a couple of graduations now, and I have another booked next month. So, I’ve been streamlining my process so I can keep prices down.
I would be very interested what you think of these things I’ve been working on. Do any of them interest you?