Ever heard of doing a series set with pictures ?? Read on, and I’ll try to explain it enough that you could even make a few bucks in your spare time, or maybe you could add it to something you’re already doing.
Let’s assume that you are pretty good at “children’s face painting”, or even the occasional adult as well. I know of a lady that does a lot of this type thing to supplement her income, and she is very good at it. I will use her as an example of what I’m talking about.
Oh yes, A word of caution for you here. If you plan to sell those pictures commercially (sold to someone other than the subject’s face) you’ll need the legal forms signed. You cannot even show a picture in your business without the owner’s permission. Research the law and just make sure you are legal. Invasion of privacy carries very stiff penalties.
So, anyway, when you get that customer that wants a face painted to suit the occasion (maybe the 4th of July), you might ask about taking a series of photos to show the progression of how the paint is applied and in what order. You have in mind the “cube of pictures” or you might also explain that you can make these into a booklet album. Of course, mention your price and the time it takes, no surprises. If permission is given, be sure to have someone take 20 to 30 photos, and use all the special memory photo tips you have read or learned about how to take good pictures. Yes, use the flash. (You did bring an assistant, didn’t you)? You’ll need the costumer’s name and phone number (along with a deposit to cover expenses) for later delivery.
Anyway, you’re out at the park and everyone is having fun. Join in and you also have fun while painting the child, but make sure the child and family also enjoy themselves. Smiles are needed for good pictures, so make sure there are many smiles. You must mentally plan on using from 6 to 10 pictures in the series –(maybe more). I don’t know how many shots it’ll take, but make sure you get a lot of pictures. Don’t edit with the camera either, get the pictures on the computer for analysis before editing.
(Local park, lots of activity today)
You now have your victims – (er – a) children and everything is ready for that series of pictures for the memory book.
Those series of steps will eventually tell a story, a story that everyone will love. Can you imagine what a keepsake that small booklet of those pictures will be later in life? Everyone has memories of happy events but the memories become more valuable in later life. Can you imagine your little daughter explaining something like this to her son or daughter at the same age? Priceless !!!!
Also, if you are into the sales concept, these ideas of selling memories will help your income a little. If you put your name and phone number somewhere in the booklet, it might create additional sales for you from birthday parties, graduations or other opportunity events. You do have to advertise but it can’t hurt and it just might help.
Family reunions make a good opportunity, but be very careful with weddings. Those are best left to the professionals until you have that specialized training. We were to a wedding once where the photographer had an assistant following her every step for every picture. Her assistant was carrying 3 other cameras and they must have shot over 200 pictures, maybe even more, I don’t know. I do know that she had a marvelous spread to pick from, but she also had multiple extras to cover a blooper if one happened. Murphy’s law can work, even taking pictures, so be aware.
You might consider a series of the bride or groom (maybe both) getting ready. These booklets are pretty special for later memories, and those pictures normally won’t be in the wedding album. The photographer will get one or two, but you might approach the family for special series shots that the commercial photographer might miss. Besides, your booklet will be very specific, not part of the wedding album series.
Special memories become even more special as time goes on. Think of those children and their memories sharing them with their children much later in life, or maybe grandma and grandpa sharing those memories with their friends.
The late Paul Harvey said many times – “Recessions re-teach resourcefulness” – I agree! This might be a good way to supplement your income by using your camera and some planning. Practice and see if this is for you.