By Michael Zervos on October 31, 2013
By Michael Zervos on October 31, 2013
The Vogue Bambino
Cute doesn’t even come close to describing our little bundle of joy, once you hold our little Bambino in your hands you won’t want to let her go. The Vogue Bambino is perfect for Portrait Photographers specializing in newborn and materiality photography.
10 layouts 20 sides only
Cover materials available:
Arrival Date: 11th November 2013
By Michael Zervos on October 22, 2013
I have been reading some very negative, de-motivating and opinionated articles regarding the state of the professional photographic industry of late. A common theme to a number of the articles is professional photography is changing at a rapid pace and so has the public’s perception and value of professional photography. A common sentiment was that the “high amount” of money that photographers have charged over the years will soon be no longer achievable because people just won’t spend that money anymore.
Are any of these statements valid?
Only time will tell if these comments are factual or not, however one thing is for sure, right or wrong our industry is full of opinions and theories.
One thing I can confidently say is that 2013 has been a challenging year for a number of businesses and industries. A photographic business is very seasonal, some months we make money other months we don’t. Speaking with a lot of photographers during the year it is fair to say 2013 has been a year where business is generally down. Consumer confidence is low, sales are lower than previous years and the amount of bookings have dropped off.
So it is no surprise that when we read articles with negative predictions and assumptions true or false on perceptions and trends, it is easy to see why many of us are scared and unsure what the future holds.
As a small business owner you should be aware of what is happening in our industry but don’t let other people’s opinions or predictions change your business plans or control your decision making. During tough times we question our belief in ourselves and our business.
Are we doing the right thing? Why isn’t my process working anymore?
I encourage anyone feeling disheartened to have faith in your ability, be strong with your convictions, maintain your confidence in yourself and your business, trust your instincts and philosophies. Evolve, adapt, and diversify like all businesses in all industries do. In small business you are in control of your destiny, you and your business will be a success if you want it to be. Don’t go into damage control and cost cut all elements of your business. Look for opportunity as it has and always will be out there.
By Michael Zervos on September 17, 2013
This year has seen Photo Mounts & Albums continue to evolve and create a unique range of photographic presentation products. Earlier this year we introduced our fine art albums, and digital collections boxes and we are pleased to announce we are now offering custom framing.
Like all our fine art products our custom made frames are manufactured and assembled here in our Brisbane factory. We honestly love pushing the creative boundaries coming up with unique different concepts to give you a piece of fine art to display in your home.
We are offering our framing service to all states across Australia; please send us an email for a price comparison on what you are currently offering your clients. Alternatively if you would like to offer something unique we have many ideas that we would be delighted in sharing with you.
We currently have an introductory offer to mark the release of our custom framing service;
Offer 1 – To all Photographers that entred this years APPA: Framed APPA mounted Prints for just $38 plus GST each
Offer 2 – 30% Studio Sample discount on your framed prints for the studio(maximum of 5 frames)
Congratulations to all the photographers who entered into APPA this year, I think it’s fair to say we all share a love hate relationship with the awards. Regardless of the outcome one thing is for certain, we all become better photographers for entering.
This year saw our Managing Director, Michael Zervos receive a Silver Distinction and two silvers for his award entries. Here are his submitted images.
By Michelle Hartjes on July 25, 2013
Our Vogue D’Arte fine art album seriously is the album of awesomeness!
- Handmade in Australia
- Fine Art archival matte and silk paper
- Printed using latest technology archival ink
- Profiled by Australia’s best colour expert
- Used by some of Australia’s best wedding and portrait photographers
- Stunning score with a seamless lay flat finish
- Exquisite high quality cover materials
- Clean edge and torn edge album pages
Infused with tiger’s blood and now with added Guarana the Vogue D’Arte is the Bruce Lee of fine art albums with images packing a killer punch on the silky smooth matte art paper.
Old school or not, it’s up to you, our fine art albums come with the option of clean edge album finish or with torn edge album finish.
This seamless lay flat album is a perfect presentation product for wedding, portrait and commercial photography.
As an Australian manufacturer we take great pride in producing quality albums using only quality materials, so you can take solace in knowing that our albums come with a life time guarantee.
For more information on our Vogue D’Arte fine art albums please contact us, as it could be a life changing
By Michelle Hartjes on April 30, 2013
The true value of a professional photographer, the Brides take!
Jessica and John put a lot of time and effort into planning their special day and selecting a Professional Photographer for their wedding was important to them.
Jess has some great advice for Brides & Grooms that are currently planning their wedding.
When deciding to use a professional photographer for our wedding there were a number of important factors to be considered:
All special events are worth remembering and we hoped that the magic of the moment would be captured by our photographer, so it could be remembered forever.
My wedding meant so much to me and I wanted to remember every minute forever and be able to revisit those moments whenever I felt like reminiscing. I am so glad I have a beautiful album of memories, it’s amazing how the album tells the story of my day from start to finish, it feels like I am there again each time I look at it. My album is a magnificent showpiece and I just can’t decide where I am going to put it in my home.
I spent a lot of time talking with Josh from White Pearl Photography and finalizing all the details to ensure that there was a clear understanding of our expectations. It was always important to me that I had beautiful photos from my wedding and when I saw them they were even better that I had imagined, I am so very proud of the outcome.
My advice to Brides & Grooms that may be planning their wedding is that capturing your event with a professional photographer is immeasurable. Although you will have wonderful memories of your day, you definitely need to have these special moments captured. The value in booking a professional photographer that can create an album for you to tell the story of your day is priceless, you will have this forever and be able to relive that day again. We also had a professional videographer.
This is one of the special moments that I will never forget and looking at the photo of myself with my husband just after the ceremony, brings all the emotions flooding back, with the sun setting and a slight breeze by the lagoon, he was telling me how beautiful I looked.
I also relive the fun times mucking around with our Bridal party, we are so close and I enjoyed some fun shots before the party began.
Thank you to Jess for taking the time to share her experiences and also to Josh from White Pearl Photography for making it all possible.
By Michelle Hartjes on February 25, 2013
Hair of the dog is the slang term commonly referring to the drinking of alcohol as treatment for a hangover. Hair of the Dog is also the name of a popular Irish folk rock band, and is quite a popular choice for a song title also. There is also a brewing company is Portland also known for its unusual beers called Hair of the Dog Brewing Company. The Australian Institute of Professional Photography runs a three day seminar in Queensland every year entitled “Hair of the Dog”.
Photo Mounts and Albums have been supporting the AIPP as a trade partner and event sponsor of the Hair of the Dog for over a decade. We feel that HOTD is one of the pinnacle events on the Professional Photographic calendar in Australia.
This year the wonderful organisers of HOTD allowed a number of the Trade Partners who attended an opportunity to host a 90 minute time slot through the seminar. During this time sponsors could do with it what they saw fit, some conducted product demonstrations, photography and lighting training, etc.
We decided to host an open forum discussing some of the day to day concerns photographers may face, such as Converting enquiries to customers, Creating a unique experience for your clients and handling client objections.
We would like to thank everyone that came up and saw us at the stand during HOTD along with our esteemed panel of experts Mark Duffus, Kelly Brown, Tony Holden, and Shirl Heyman.
Please check out some of the fun and frivolities of HOTD here
By Michael Zervos on February 6, 2013
A Series of Educational, interactive seminars for Professional Photographers or enthusiasts looking at joining the business of professional photography.
Launched by Photo Mounts & Albums (Aust) Pty Ltd in conjunction with the AIPP National Office. Along with a number of leading industry partners, we have conceptualised a seminar designed to “Open the Door” to new possibilities and educate young photographers that have been in business between 1 and 5 years or just starting out by incorporating leading products directly into the day to day life of a photographer.
Seminar will include;
Live Sales Demonstration Grooming your client to maximise your sales and the whole experience.
Shooting with purpose
Connecting with your clients
Building your confidence
Working to the environmental conditions
Workflow/File processing and gallery – Printing and presentation
Business/Sales/Marketing ideas that educate the end consumer on the experience and what it is they really take home with them.
Do you find that you are working hard but not making enough money?
Are you tired of working in your business and not on it?
Would you like to have more control of your customers?
Is your business at the mercy of Mother Nature?
Do you know how to shoot with purpose to increase your sales?
Are you looking for ways to increase your turnover?
If you have answered “YES” to any of these questions, then you need to come along to Open the door to new opportunities, new skills and new ways to do business!
By Michelle Hartjes on January 25, 2013
Searching for inspiration on newborn photography? Not sure how you want to display your baby’s photographs in your home. We suggest you look at Kelly Brown from Little Pieces Photography.
We are very fortunate to be able collaborate with some remarkable photographers in producing some amazing creations for you to display in your home. It was such a pleasure to meet with Kelly last year and work with her to produce something truly special for her clients to take home to cherish.
Kelly has been in the business for 7 years and has been specializing in newborn babies for the past 5 years. Last year she won AIPP Australian Creative photographer of the year as well as AIPP QLD Family Photographer of the Year.
We would really love to share this beautiful Belle D’Arte Fine Art Book with you that Kelly has designed, showcasing her amazing photography.
Kelly will also be talking at Hair of the Dog in Brisbane in February where you will be able to see a sample of this beautiful book. She will be talking about understanding newborns, keeping them settled and knowing how to work with them safely, as well as demonstrating how to create easy and effective setups with simple posing techniques.
By Michael Zervos on January 16, 2013