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If you see an ass, ride it! by Dominic Lee, AMPA. The beautifully framed family portrait is sadly now a thing of the past. Back in the day when the average Professional photographer sold a framed 20x16 inch portrait for €500 and two framed 10x8s for Grandparents @ €250 each, total €1000. Now the photographer can save a lot of hassle by offering the file on a USB flash drive for half the price - €500 - eh, no chance. Unfortunately, no member of the  public will pay €500 for digital files which they regularly treat like crumbs on a plate after eating a scone. So what would they expect to

Photography - Public V's Private Property and who owns the Copyright. If you can see it from a public place it's all yours to photograph. This beautiful thatched cottage in Donegal was taken from a public road. Even if the owner was standing at the door, he or she would have no right to object as they are visible from a public place. However, if I climbed over the fence to get the shot, I would be breaking the law and I could be prosecuted for invasion of privacy and or trespassing.  It's in Donegal so I expect the owners would have been very happy to pose in front of their gorgeous

Posted on March 08, 2020 by Priory Studios in Photographers, Pictures, Uncategorized, Wedding

The 10 Commandments of a Successful Wedding Photographer: by Dominic Lee, AMPA. 1. Never ever take a booking without a booking fee (average 10%). A deposit is refundable while a booking fee is non refundable and explain that on your booking form. 2. Never ever smoke or drink alcohol while working and always dress as if you are a guest at the wedding. If you want to dress like “an artist” then take up wildlife photography. 3. Don't give printable files without a printed album which shows what the quality is really like. Customers will use a cheap one hour photo service and stick them in

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Priory Studios in Pictures, Uncategorized, Wedding

Silly Things Customers Have Said to Photographers: by Dominic Lee and Friends Can you take people out and touch them up? (from Paul Cooper). Pointing to the 20×16 in the price list for 500 Euro, customer asks “how much is it for one? I don’t need 20!” In the middle of a family session, the Dad steps forward and hands me his own digital camera, “take one with this I’d like to email it to all our relations”. Customer: How much is it? Photog: The sitting fee is 65 Euro. Customer: Would it be any cheaper if we stand? (from Richie Gavin). I’d like a disc of high

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Priory Studios in Pictures

Five Year Old Vouchers. Can you imagine asking a plumber or a painter to spend a day working on your house and then handing him a 5 year old voucher? You wouldn't do it unless you were as mean as a snake. A new Irish law came into effect on Monday 2nd Dec 2019 which states that gift vouchers must be legally valid for at least 5 years. As a photographer I traditionally accepted vouchers no matter how old they were but I always put a one year expiry date on them as most people left it till the last minute before using it. I expect many people will now wait the full 5 years before getting

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Priory Studios in Uncategorized