Think Outside of the Box: Creativity on the Volume Level
In the genre of volume photography, what do you do to make yourself stand out from the rest. Do you have the amazingly cute poses? Do you have really awesome backdrops to choose from? What is it that makes your photography pop!?!? In this week’s blog, I will be talking about different things that I have seen over the past year and a half of working at PhotoLynx. I have seen so many ideas that it has started to give me more ideas, so I want to share them with you.
One thing that I have learned about volume photography is that the photographers are pressed for time. Trying to get the students or players to get the pose just like you imagined is hard work, and time consuming in itself. You have to think of easy poses that the little ones can do, and poses for the older kids that aren’t too young for them. Parents love the cute poses and out of the box thinking that the photographer does, and the kids seem to take advantage of the cool new poses and new looks, rather than the regular fall picture poses. Most people take advantage of this creative venture during the spring sessions, but I have seen some photographers do this with the fall sessions as well. Being pressed for time can take away from a photographer’s creative vibe, but if you come prepared for anything very little will stop you!
One of my favorite settings that I have seen in volume photography is the outdoor session. I love natural light photography. It is an easy setup and you can capitalize off of the natural beauty of outdoors. This setting is easy to adapt and overcome with if any problems arise. I see most outdoor session with Senior photography, but I have seen it within underclass photography. I am pretty sure it is hard to get a school to agree to let you do this, because it may get the kids rowdy, and it may take up more time than just the traditional settings, but if your school is willing to give you a shot at this, then TAKE ADVANTAGE!!!
Another setting that I saw was having props that went with a theme for that particular time of the year. One I saw was fall theme. The props had bales of hay, fall leaves sprinkled on the floor, and pumpkins for the kids to stand next to or hold. This setting was very nice. It was done for a school fall event.
Take advantage of these school events. I recently photographed a father daughter dance at my children’s school. It was a nice, little, easy event. My price was included within the dance ticket price, which meant I was guaranteed money at the end. You don’t have to give too much, and you can include extra packages for the parents to choose from. There are many opportunities out there in school photography. If you already have a relationship with the school, take advantage of the many activities that you can capitalize on.
Posing can be hard, and if you can come up with the right ones, then life is golden. Offering multiple poses for the parents to choose from is a great opportunity. Not everyone can take advantage of this, but if you can get 2-3 poses to offer, take it, and offer it. This gives the opportunity to boost sales, and show your creative side in the photography industry. Poses can really make a difference when stepping out of the box and doing something different.
Offering different background is so easy within this digital age. Creating your own backgrounds is very simple and fun. Just knowing that a parent purchased a background that you created with your own blood, sweat, and tears is pretty refreshing, and it builds up confidence. If you don’t have the time or know how to create a background, you can easily purchase them online!
Come on, you can do it! Stepping outside of the box can be very intimidating, but it can be rewarding in the end. If you don’t like something, you can recreate it how you choose because it’s yours, it belongs to you! This is apart of building your brand! If you already have the PhotoLynx software to keep your workflow at the pace you want it, why not step out of the box, and make some changes to make you and your business better!
In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. – Abraham Maslow
Until next time…Be the Lynx, Feel the Lynx, PhotoLynx!