As you may know, I love photography…I have done for more than 30 years but I also love talent in general. With the introduction of the internet, I am constantly being made aware of incredibly talented people all over the world which is fantastic.
A digital photo is a wonderful thing. It can be enjoyed by millions and if stored correctly (and backed up), it can last for centuries but that can also make it a little boring…simple and infinite replication.
I have a painting on the wall of my lounge that was given to me by a couple of artist brothers in Florence, Italy after I did a job for them whilst shooting a wedding out there (you can see the diary here). My painting of the “Duomo” was done using a 2,000 year old Egyptian technique and the frame is gold leaf…it was valued or being sold for (in 2007) around €1,500.
The brothers gave it to me as thanks for doing the shoot and even signed the back.
This painting has so much more value to me than a typical painting bought at an auction, it has a story to it from my wonderful 5 day adventure in Tuscany. It cannot be replicated and is a one off.
Similarly, I have a photo taken of my kids that I love from my son’s 6th birthday…
…but again, a print holds less value as it can be replicated, shared and copied an infinite number of times if it were to get damaged. I had a charcoal drawing made of this photo by a very talented artist in the Far East after a request from one of our members to help promote this guy.
When I received this drawing, I was gob-smacked and you can see a scan of it using the link at the bottom of this page but before you do that, I want to explain the value of something like this.
The drawing is a true one off. The artist spent many days painstakingly creating this image using powdered charcoal and a technique I wish I understood and I love it. I treat it as though it is a bird with two broken wings every time I show someone and will be having it professionally mounted and framed very soon.
To me it is precious because of the effort put into it and the fact that it is a one off but how could something like this benefit you and/or your business?
Well, the price is incredibly reasonable for a drawing like this and it could be a brilliant loss leader for winning a wedding photography contract. As part of your package, you could offer a drawing like this to be done of the couples favourite portrait free of charge…you simply absorb the costs into the final package.
I am sure that any couple would hold its value in the same high esteem to which I do.
Maybe you would just like one done of your own family for the hell of it but I highly recommend that you check out the drawing on the page below and get in touch if you would like more details.