Friday, 9 April 2010

Big Chains vs Small Chains...

To go Big isn’t always to go best…

There are a lot of big photography chains out and about, and a lot of franchises, and it makes you wonder whether you should go big and brand, or go small and “boutique”

Lets have a look at something that we have to consider, and it might help.

Quality – at Blue Lights Photography we use Nikon high quality equipment. We shoot in RAW format, leaving you with the best quality images. Raw image files are sometimes called digital negatives, as they fulfill the same role as negatives in film photography: that is, the negative is not directly usable as an image, but has all of the information needed to create an image - More information about RAW Format can be found here

Continuity Blue Lights Photography is solely run by Adele, the business owner. With a smaller studio and company, you get to know the photographer personally and have a relationship with one person from start to finish. Adele will be there standing the Wedding Fayres and answering your emails and telephone calls, and will be there from delivering albums and prints. In a larger studio, you can sometimes fall in love with the sales person, and end up with a different photographer
Get to know what YOU want – Photography is a work of art, and is all about giving you images that you can treasure forever. When you interact well with a photographer you get to know each others personality, and therefore you can take that to a shoot and get better images. That is why Adele at Blue Lights Photography prides herself on regular and indepth consultations and subsequent contact prior to the wedding/shoot. This means that you get the right style of photography for you and your wedding.

Creative control – After the photographs have been taken in their RAW Quality, you want to know that your images will be looked after and presented to you in a way that is affective. This is where the post production comes into play. Images are processed using Adobe Photoshop and each wedding and studio image is corrected for colour, brightness and contrast, and given your custom effect that I create. In Larger studio’s the images can be sent off to an external editor, who has no direction from either yourself or the photographer.

Album design – By the time we get to choosing the Album and Album design, we have already discussed idea’s and know what we like and don’t like. This gives you creative choice over how many images you want within your album and whether or not this is achievable within the chosen style of album design.

Package/Pricing – Big Companies doesn’t mean Bigger discounts, and always look around smaller companies when choosing a photographer for any type of event. Here at Blue Lights Photography we have our Wedding Three-Step-Price Plan which means we have no set package. You choose what is right for you – within a budget you can afford. From £300 to £1500+ you choose what is right for you.

This information is always good to take into consideration, for any large versus small companies for anything.

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