Archive for January, 2017
Jan 30, 2017
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In my last post I mentioned something that I wanted to talk a bit more about for you in this post.  But I want to be careful not to give all the details away.  And that is that I am currently working on creating a second photography business that will be separate from Brandon Malone Photography.

So why would I do this?  Simply put, there’s additional services that I would like to be able to provide my community and surrounding areas, that at the same time I would like to keep separate from my current business model.  I also want the new business to be equipped to employ other aspiring photographers.  Not every photographer is meant to be a business person, so I want to give them a chance to work doing what they want to do, but without having to worry about the business and sales sides of things.  I also see it as a good opportunity to offer high school seniors an additional opportunity to earn volunteer hours.  Ultimately I want to build a business that is designed to hire others to operate it.  I believe this will in the end accomplish many positive results for our community by expanding quality professional photographic services, and employing others, even if on a small scale.

So what will we do?  Our first focus will be on elementary school portraits.  Once we have that down, then we’ll work on things like proms, pageants, corporate events, church directories, and more.  In fact, I even plan to move my current sports photography from Brandon Malone Photography to the new company.  Over time as this develops and grows, we will explore and pursue other areas as well, to include various types of personal portrait sessions.  There is even a possibility that I may eventually consider moving my senior photography over to it as well.

So what will stay with Brandon Malone Photography?  It’s really hard to know exactly what the future holds, but for the time being my real estate photography is definitely staying put, and I’ll use it to continue providing any kind of commercial related services, along with any custom or boutique portrait sessions that won’t fit into the new business model.

So what will be the name of the new business and when can we expect to see it?  The new company name is Tennessee Photo Company LLC.  You will slowing see it coming about one step at a time.  Once we finish with establishing our schools devision, we will quickly start aggressively going after other markets as well.  Our first will probably be school proms, then will be followed by pageants and church directories.  And then probably dance studios as well.  We have already moved Sports over, so look for that to be branded with the new company when you see it next.

But that’s it for now.  I’ll keep you posted as we update things.

 

Tenn Photo Co. Logo

 

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Jan 17, 2017
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Last Friday night we finally returned home from the 2017 Imaging USA Convention, which was held in San Antonio this year.  Next year it’ll be back in Nashville, which is totally awesome!  And so I just wanted to touched on things for you guys.

Imaging is a photography convention done by Professional Photographers of America and is done every year, but moves around between a handful of locations.  Generally Nashville, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Phoenix I believe.  It consists of classes every day on a wide variety of subjects from people that are experts in their fields.  Then in the middle portion of the day there is the expo, in which a massive number of vendors are there for attendees to wonder thru and learn about them and buy products and services.  Vendors can include labs, camera stores, camera manufactures such as Canon, various business services, educational resources, props and accessories, and so on.  Canon usually is one of the biggest and provides constant educational programs throughout the expo hours.  Some of the other vendors also have educational programs, so there’s always learning to be done even when classes are not in session.

For us, Amanda and I started with one class on boudoir.  At one point we also had a posing class with one of my favorites, Lindsay Adler.  Other topics included school photography, sports photography, drone imagery, and even one on dance photography.  The dance class was really helpful since I would at some point love to branch into working with local dance studios as well.

If you’re wondering why I did these classes specifically, let me tell you why.  Posing and boudoir both focus on helping women look their best in pictures regardless of whether you’re shooting boudoir portraits, high school senior portraits, or commercial/model pictures.  As most of you know, we started doing team and individual sports pictures last year, so we want to further ourselves in that area.  Drones is because I recently added that to my real estate photography work.  But then schools is an entirely different thing.  Not everyone knows, but we are currently working on creating an entirely new photography company specifically for volume work.  Eventually my sports work will shift over to it as well, but our first focus is school portraits.  I’ll get into it more at a later time, but that is something in the works.

There’s of course all kinds of other classes on everything from weddings, to sales, to lighting, to babies, to seniors, and more.  That’s why it’s sometimes hard to pick which class to go to during each block of time.  And every once in a while you’ll land a dud class, but overall it’s always an extremely exciting and overwhelming experience.  Oh yeah, there’s also a great opening and closing party each year that includes a meal, and there’s a guest keynote speaker as well.  This year it was Mel Robbins talking about her 5-Second Rule.  Awesome speech!

Anyways, that’s the start of our new year for us.  Can’t wait to see where we’re at on the other end of 2017!

This is just the lobby area of the convention center in San Antonio. The expo was thru the welcome area.

Cheesy selfie of Amanda and I at the Alamo. Being a Texan, I also remember the Alamo. lol. Love doing things with my wife. It was such a blessing to have her there with me this year. Makes a world of difference for me.

We had lunch at a Mexican restaurant there on the River Walk in San Antonio one day. Can’t remember the name, but they had churro’s. Not near as good and real one’s in Mexico, but still good.

Amanda eating ice cream over the River Walk in San Antonio. The mint flavor was so intense that she said it was like eating tooth paste, but still good. lol

 

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Jan 01, 2017
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boudoir portrait in white shirt

When creating my magazine background some time back, I discovered that I had a number of cutouts that were more appropriate for risqué photos than for senior portraits like originally planned, so I set them aside and made a separate background.  Then when I got my chance to shoot someone against it, our pictures ended up pushing the envelope more than I originally had in mind.  It was at this point that I started considering the possibility of adding boudoir photography to our options.

boudoir portrait in black gown

I’ve never officially been a boudoir photographer, but this shoot showed me that I can apply my own fashion style of shooting to create a different style of boudoir portraits than most are used to getting.  Once the door was opened on this shoot, we ended up having fun trying different ideas beyond what we originally had in mind.  By the way, all the styling was done with Jenny the Updo Queen, out of Cookeville.  This shoot was a collaborative project between the two of us.  She’s an awesome stylist, and I’ve decided that all session prices will include her styling fee so that she does styling on any future boudoir sessions I book.

naked back jewelry photo

I do not plan on going full boar into boudoir photography, but I do plan on making it available from this point on.  I do believe there is something extremely special about such intimate types of portraits.  There’s a tremendous amount of trust that must be had with the photographer to make one’s self so vulnerable to the camera.  But the results are enormous for the women that do it.  Let me share a brief story to explain what I mean.

I had a female friend years ago during my early years of learning photography.  She’d recently come out of a physically abusive situation and had some serious self-esteem struggles resulting from it.  I was in the Navy still at the time, but when I come home on leave I ended up doing a photoshoot with her (on film by the way).  These photos helped her to once again realize that she was a beautiful, strong woman, even under the bruises that still appeared in the photos.  For her, those photos were the best therapy she got and it got her back on her feet again.  Photography is intimate and personal, and I love being apart of that kind of connection with people.

studio fashion photo of female model

Granted not everyone’s reasoning for wanting such intimate photos will be as extreme as my friend’s situation, but such photos can be and should be empowering.  They should built self-esteem by showing how beautiful a woman is.  Some great reasons for getting boudoir photos made are holiday gifts, wedding day gifts, celebrating times in life, or even capturing your body’s prime physical condition.  There’s lot of reasons to do boudoir pictures, and if you’d like for me to do them, then you can now come to me for a boudoir photography session.

boudoir portrait in red garter

At the moment I am looking at three different investment level packages.  All include a pre-session consultation so that we can discuss in detail about expectations, the sessions, and more.  They also include styling and an in person viewing and sales appointment where you’ll experience your images via projection and make your selections for your products.  Depending on the session package you select will determine your session time, outfit changes, number of sets, and print credits.  Currently all my pricing is based on staying in my studio, but I have no problem doing a session on location if desired.

boudoir portrait of naked back

At the moment I do not have plans on creating a separate website for boudoir photography since I’m not primarily marketing myself as local boudoir photographer, but this new service will be available by request.  If you have any questions or want to schedule yourself a session, please let me know.

country styled americana picture of girl on barrel

 

 

 

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