I walked into a workshop in December and it hit me. There it was on the coffee table, PDN’s 20 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography and one of our young clients had the cover shot. It wasn’t the first PDN one of our clients had the cover of, and while each one is special, it was turning the pages that really got my head spinning.
I was surprised to see that we had worked with the person that shot the inside front cover. Then as I kept going I hit the list of new photogs and that’s what shocked me, out of the 20 featured we have worked with 14 of them. Is that even possible?? It seemed kind of unfair for a minute, (just for a minute….) To top it off the last page of editorial was a client too. It’s sort of amazing the number of our photographers featured in this magazine when you consider what a small lab we are!
But that just scratched the surface: I still had the current issue of Southern Weddings Mag with 6 of our clients in it sitting in my bag. And a few days earlier Abby and Tait of Style Me Pretty had said that while they were still checking, so far our clients had been featured over 200 times. I only gave them 30 names to check and 29 had been featured and most multiple times. When I sat down to prepare for the workshop I had an email drafted to make plans to have lunch with a client/friend that was an American Photo “Best” winner. As I drifted into thought I realized that with the exception of one year, all 6 years we have had at least one client honored the title. One year we even had two clients listed. All this knowing the Jose and Joel’s feature was just a few days away from hitting the news stands and while it reflected a great day for my friends and a great photographer was there to shoot it, Martha Stewart Weddings was showing something that they have never done before and that was just the icing on the cake!
Yeah, the last 30 days of 2011 were spent looking at all the great places our friends have been and I can say that I am proud to think that we played some role in their success.
So thanks, to all of you photographers (big, small, published or just quietly doing amazing work) that we have been honored to work with in 2011. I hope that we have somehow helped you by giving you the best service we know how to give with great prints, great scans and maybe even some great business advise…
Here are some of the cool things we are working on for 2012:
You can meet me (or Angela!) at no less than 20 workshops this year, all over the world. Yeah I said world.
We are teaming up with Instaproofs to offer a service that brings two great companies into one seamless service.
Super excited to be involved in an expanded version of the [Framed] show this year! Can’t wait for you to see what’s in store.
Tuning up our services to take on even more photographers that care about quality. Faster printing, more albums and books, digital processing, all the stuff you guys have been us asking for.
We have a couple of blogs that will happily list us as a vendor when our clients are featured but we need your help on this one!!!! Please add us to you vendor list on your next submission!
And of course new ways to stay connected to our loyal clients. As a small company, loyalty is how we pay the bills so we have a few things cooking for you guys that use us all the time!
Thanks again for making 2011 great and I look forward to seeing you in 2012!