Almost every day, customers ask four things.
- Will you do outdoor photos?
- Can you fit large groups?
- Will you photograph pets?
- How did you get so amazing, yet still be humble?
Up until now, our answers have been:
- No we don’t.
- Up to 15 people.
- It’s an intense regimen of weight lifting, stylish clothes, great hair, practicing the piano, and reading the classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and…that’s the only classic I can think of right now.
This is about to change (except for me being awesome). For weeks now, we have been meeting with Thanksgiving Point. We have created a partnership where we will photograph sessions on their property. They also are providing us some interior space for showing and printing your images. As with our studio, you will still be able to see your images in a slide show following your session and receive prints immediately. This is a big deal for us and we literally couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s as if we just built a multi-acre, multimillion dollar studio!
If you haven’t been to the gardens at Thanksgiving Point, go see it. I wouldn’t consider myself someone who normally gets amazed at landscaping. I was amazed at this. The grand scope and attention to detail are impressive. It really is a beautiful, peaceful place. After visiting it the first time, I knew that this was the place where FotoFly should operate. Needless to say, the grounds are perfect for photography. There is variety here that we would not be able to recreate anywhere else in Utah. I have to admit it’s the first time I was tempted to frolic.
We are at the experimental stage of figuring out how to best use the property. To celebrate our passing 10,000 fans on Facebook, I am offering 10 free sessions for us to experiment with the different aspects of the property. I’m assuming that there will be a learning curve with this and we will need these sessions to identify what the unexpected challenges are. So, if you can deal with the unexpected, you should enter this contest. These sessions will happen in the next 2-3 weeks. The details of this contest are on our Facebook page.
There will be a price difference between the studio and our outdoor location. We are setting the price at $125 for a CD with your images. This is obviously different than our studio price but does not reflect an inherent difference in value. There are simply different costs associated with this. We are anticipating that there may be some additional time required to move around the property. We believe that this price keeps with our mission of being affordable for everyone.
We will NOT have a 15 person limit on group pictures. Also, you will be able to include pets in your family picture!
We will have an additional website, fotoflyaway.com with its own scheduling program. It is not online yet but I’ll let you know on Facebook when it is.
When I opened FotoFly over a year ago, my goal was to focus on one specific type of photography and NOT try to be all things to all people. This was the right approach in the beginning. It allowed us to focus and get very good at one thing. Now, we are ready to expand what we do. We are able to grow. Our photography is better than ever and our photographers have been asking for this for a while now. There is almost nothing as motivational as progressing and these photographers are ready.
We have decided that this will precede our planned studio expansion. You can expect that we will grow our studio operations next year. We are planning on first expanding into the adjacent space. The new space will be a different concept than what we currently have – we’re taking it to another level. I think offering an outdoor option first is a better move. Some people prefer inside a studio and some prefer an outdoor session. Everyone prefers having a choice and variety and we are now able to deliver.
This is exciting for us. I’ve always felt like we’re either progressing or falling behind. This is true in business, photography, life, and body building and I am progressing in all of those things. Yeah, you heard me…