• Why choose us when you have friends with digital cameras?

  • Choosing a photographer: The value of the little things

  • Before/After: What are you paying for?

  • A letter from a mom, senior portrait experience

« baby stewart: the 1st year | Main | catie and ryan: day-after session »
Wednesday
Nov182009

before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2)

flash from the past part 2
Several posts ago, I talked about money, and the special value we bring our customers. (for a quick read you can find them here & here). Today, I want to reiterate some of that same message, but also put more focus on the "artistic styling" applied in our post-production phase of your project.

Every project we undertake is put through similar steps to help us achieve our cinematic look.
When you become one of our respected clients, you can expect to be given not only a specialized product, but professional customer service as well. We listen to you, and then communicate what is needed to make the project come to life. Communication is key is any relationship, regardless of its professional or personal nature. We promise to answer you in a timely fashion, and to give your project 100% of our effort.

all companies are not created equal
Assuming every company puts the same amount of detail and effort into the customer as the next guy, can leave you sorely disappointed and frustrated throughout the process. Running a business is much more than creating a superior product and selling as much as you can. Finding someone you can trust, who will be reliable and consistent, is what can take a good experience, and transform it into an extraordinary experience. I'm saying this, to help you understand the value we put on you as our customer, and the experience you can expect to have from beginning to end.

refinement of the glitz
It's no secret photoshop and other digital products have become the norm in today's photographic workflow. But many have entered this digital revolution with a limited understanding of the historic importance the darkroom as played in creating photographs. The darkroom was not just a place where film was developed, it was a place where pictures came alive and art was created!

In-camera technical prowess is always key to any great image, but so is vision, styling and execution while working with those you're photographing. But after all is said and done, and the last image is captured, the final step to creating the picture begins— and it's called the darkroom experience.

Great photographers honed their skills to refine their work in the darkroom to an art. This often set the professional, the true master of the art, apart from the hobbyist/enthusiast. The same stands true today, in the digital darkroom, of photoshop, corel painter and the myriad of other image-editing products. In today's top companies, true craftsmanship is what you're paying for.

Of course, I still encourage anyone to get a camera, shoot their passion and practice their own "digital darkroom, but for the purpose of this article, I want to get you to ask yourself, why am I paying for professionals photos for, say, $1000 that don't look much different from what you can shoot yourself), instead of paying $3000 where you're getting a personal experience and images that feel and look like art? Learn to see the the difference behind those photographers with vision and darkroom skill, and those who just love to dabble. You often get what you pay for, and educating yourself on the difference, can leave you with not only an amazing product, but a beautiful experience as well.

much love,
-TJ

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (68)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: perfume sample
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: Church Jobs
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: Church Jobs
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: ZQuiet Vs Snorerx
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: fat burner cla
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: water purification
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: storify.com
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: diets
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: healthy recipes
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: healthy recipes
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: www.pornexam.com
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: Ebon Talifarro
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: Mano Swartz
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: try this web-site
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: 128gb micro sd
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: Createurs de Luxe
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: mississauga seo
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: education
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: investment funds
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: investment funds
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: kingvouchers.uk
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: groups.drupal.org
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: groups.drupal.org
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: lose weight
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: visit here
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: Pirate Bay
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: homepage
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: visit my website
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: 9xhost.zendesk.com
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: 9xhost.zendesk.com
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: estate planning
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: Aston Martin
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: Office Safes
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: Skin Cancer
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: rebelmouse.com
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: discover here
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response
    Response: repeated playlist
    before & after: what are you paying for? (pt.2) - Getz Creative Wedding Portrait Photography - Greenville, SC
  • Response

Reader Comments (6)

Have I mentioned how awesome you guys are? :)

December 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

brad, we'll pretend you didn't, and ask you to say it again! LOL :)))

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

I really like this post well said....

December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRicki Ford

wow -- very cool to see your originals and better understand how much you "create".

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Turner

WOW! I must say you very well know your craft. I love the photos so brilliantly done. Kudos to You!!!!:)

These before/afters are just crazy! You are so right that people don't even realize the difference in work until they see the real stuff!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Cannon

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>