Are You Offering Your Brides This Service?
Uncle Bob brought his high-end digital camera to the wedding and shot dozens of photos. The bride gets a DVD of images a week later, and really likes some of the shots. Perhaps she’ll upload them to Flickr to share with her friends or Shutterfly to make some prints. But most likely, she’ll throw the DVD in a drawer and save it for a rainy day project – along with all the other images she received from wedding guests.
Could this be an income opportunity for a professional photographer? What if you offered as part of your package a central place for brides to have guests to upload their photographs, then you downloaded the images and designed and printed a 2nd album for the bride?
There are literally dozens of photo sharing sites available, but each one has strengths and weaknesses. Photo sharing sites like Flickr are free, but they don’t have the tools necessary to make it easy to create a wedding-specific site. As a professional, you’d want to offer:
• Password protected wedding with Personalized URL
• Doesn’t require guests to register
• Bulk upload tool
• Download of original full-res files
• Email guest list with reminders
Pro photo-sharing websites like TheWeddingLens.com offer all these features, but they aren’t free. and the pro versions of Shutterfly, SmugMug or ImageQuix let you sell photos online, but don’t give you an easy way for guests to upload their photos.
So here’s a question for you: Do you already offer brides this service? Would you consider making an album from someone else’s images? Do you think you could make any money at it?
Please share your comments below.
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