Need help with my new business

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  1. moshe

    moshe TPF Noob!

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    hi

    i just start it a new business where i do potriat shots for kids
    and advice on where to develope them to get good quality right now i am using adoramapix.com its not bad at all

    but what i am realy looking for
    is to print Canvas Prints somethins they don toffer at all

    also i am looking for a place to order nice albums like the once i got for my weeding the leather bond albums.............

    any help??????
     
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    There are a many many options, but Millers Lab has everything you are looking for from canvases to flush mount albums.
     
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    I have also used WHCC, Bay Photo does them, as does Black River Imaging (who I use for albums)
     
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    the problem with them is its not cheap
     
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    Going cheap on products you offer to sell to your customers isn't always the best way to build a new business to the point where it will be successful.

    Going el-cheapo, you often get what you pay for.
     
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    The actual 'cost of good sold' should be a small portion of what you charge for it.

    There are lots of places that will make canvas prints, it might be best to use a local place, to save on shipping though.

    Check out Simply Canvas Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints
     
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    You have to decide which type of photographer you want to be. Do you want to be chosen because you are "cheap" or because you are good and sell a quality service? I know people that do both, so no judgement for either. This is a market for both (no matter how much that annoys people).

    I decided that if I was going to pour my heart, time, energy and money into my business; I want to be the best I can be, have the best equipment, and best product line. I'm still striving to be that, but I know I am getting there on all points :)

    I'm still on the cheaper end for my fees ($75 portrait sitting fee, $30 for 8x10, weddings start at $1500), but my albums, canvases, etc. are at least 3-4 times my cost (not counting time to make the album pages). I don't even offer subpar (non-professional) products anymore. I won't cut quality to get a sell.

    I hope you figure out what works for you. It is difficult to find that place that gets you bookings and money! Good luck :)

    (Sorry to hijack your thread, but you really won't be able to offer many really good products such as flush mount albums if you don't charge accordingly).
     

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