HAND PAINTED OLD MASTERS ARE COMING BACK
Watch the ads from Denny Manufacturing…the world’s largest manufacturer of hanging backgrounds and you will see a new emphasis on hand painted classic canvas backgrounds. The more formal classic style of doing photography with the traditional classic background is coming back. Actually it never left. Candid location shots are good but when the customer needs a really good personal portrait, you can’t beat the classic canvas look.
If you had a projected virtual background system, you could have dozens or even hundreds of classic backgrounds in your system instead of buying individual backgrounds that have to each be hung and then stored and it can take minutes or longer to switch backgrounds. The simple way is to just project them with a virtual background system. Call your virtual backgrounds representative for more information.
SAMPLES FROM THE VB
VIRTUAL BACKGROUNDS – MY BEST INVESTMENT EVER
Manuel Grijalva left the maintenance field to get in to professional photography in 2004, just before the bottom started to fall out. From the very beginning Manuel has stuck to a basic philosophy of the importance of being clearly different. Quoting Manuel, “If the photographer can do something really special such as using virtual projected backgrounds, that catches the attention of the decision makers and then you are much more likely to get the contract. Without the contract there is no profit.”
Manuel has created a thriving business by concentrating on being dramatically different in the portrait, youth sports and photo booth markets. He is a full time photographer with a storefront professional studio. He reaches out to bring business to his studio OR he takes his “studio” to the event location. Rather than being like every other photographer, he makes his case for being different and gets the jobs even though he is not the least expensive photographer in town.
He was an early adopter of digital and invested in having a storefront studio when most photographers abandoned their studio in favor of shooting snapshots on location. He discovered the Scene Machine virtual projected background system at WPPI and as soon as it became fully digital, he immediately invested. His use of the Scene Machine is now fundamental to his growth and success. No one who competes with him in his market has anything like it.
Manuel uses a lot of fundamental logic and good business sense in making his investments. In his own words… “I was tired of running all around central California and shooting on location like an amateur. I opened a storefront studio and went right to work. The meat and potatoes of my business is youth sports team photographs. I was also tired of buying backgrounds that cost a lot, took a lot of time to set up, and even more time to change from one to another, and then I had to store them. My dream was to be able to either work in my studio or take my studio to a designated location, set up, and work in a controlled environment. I was tired of dealing with dead grass, plain backgrounds, cold, fog, rain, wind, darkness, blinding sunshine, and postponements because of the weather. I wanted an environment that I could control 24/7 and a new and unique concept that I could promote to the decision makers that would make me clearly different. Virtual projected backgrounds was the key and made my dream possible. All my backgrounds could be free and located on my smart phone or tablet, and I could instantly create my own custom backgrounds such as a team’s logo. Everyone loves my custom backgrounds.”
“I have a big advantage over other bidders for the sports events because I can do pictures indoors with quality lighting and any imaginable background created with my Scene Machine. I am also doing a lot of dance schools…again with special backgrounds with my Scene Machine."
“Basically I took all the elements that made picture day miserable for me, for the team members, and for the organization, and put them to rest. I was able to personalize my pictures and make them different. I eliminated the challenges of outdoor shooting. I got out of the box. I ask the decision makers or the team coaches, ‘what do you want for a background…I can give you anything.’ It’s amazing what happens when the light bulb goes on in their head and they really get it how my technology is different from anything they have ever experienced.”
"What is also great about what I do is that we shoot these teams year after year. And we shoot some kids several times a year for different sports. Parents get tired of buying the same looking pictures. But when I make my pictures clearly different, which I can only do by varying the background, they buy more. It’s money for my company.”
“Now that I am recognized for being so different in all that I do, I don’t have to spend so much time going after new contracts. Many schools hear about what I do and they come to me. Everywhere I go, we steal the show. The coolest thing going on in my whole operation is the backgrounds. And unlike green screen, I don’t have all those nasty green screen problems and the time consuming pasting in of backgrounds.”
“Since I started using my Scene Machine virtual background system, my average sale has increased considerably… almost doubling what I used to get without the Scene Machine.. I paid for my entire Scene Machine system with the first three jobs I photographed and now the extra money is for my company. The Scene Machine sells itself…all I had to do was buy it and use it. The Scene Machine background system changed everything. We are the only ones doing this in my area. I love it.”
PHOTO BOOTH PHOTOGRAPHY
“I am also doing photo booth photography for many events such as weddings, Quinceaneras, parties, reunions, etc.. But I don’t do just an ordinary tiny enclosed photo booth and take simple snapshots like everyone else. I do what some call an open booth. I bring my studio lights, the Scene Machine, camera, and my 8 x 8 foot background screen. I charge between 125 and 175 an hour with a three hour minimum and I give them 1 free 5 x 7 that I print on site. If there are 6 people in a shot, I only give them one picture and I charge for all the extra copies and I print them right there and get paid on delivery. I often shoot a subject with multiple backgrounds and that makes them buy more. Little photo booths just produce little strips of pictures that people stick in a drawer. With my system, I can produce both fun pictures and serious portraits including family groups. I always try to personalize my backgrounds for each event. I can make a thousand dollars or more in an evening with my unique open photo booth concept…mostly because of my Scene Machine and the quality work I produce. No one else does what I do.”
"I use props with my photo booth pictures and in the studio. Everywhere I go I steal the show…the people think it is the coolest thing going. I just flip my finger across the screen to change backgrounds. It’s just cool and it amazes people so much that when I do a job, I get calls from people who saw me and want me to do their event or team. We are making money baby! Being clearly different in what we offer makes the difference."
Manuel has offered to show professional photographers his studio and the Scene Machine virtual projected background system. Please call him in Selma California at (559) 905-1033 to arrange a mutually convenient time to visit his studio...
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