Posted by: Kieran
I went biking with a buddy the other day and a photo friend of his joined us (I'm sure you guys know him, he did the latest fiver shoot). It was awesome to see some great pics of us riding the cypress gnar and they were so much better than the usual crap I post on instragram.
The price you are suggesting may seem a little steep to some people but I think that its worth the cost after this little photo session. I've now got a couple of images that I'm really pleased with and can show to other non riders and they finally understand the kind of riding I'm into and how dam difficult it can be at times.
I think there are plenty of opportunities to cater for the visitors to the shore and those people looking for a great birthday gift for someone in their lives who loves to ride.
My pics from the weekend. Cheers Pete if you are reading this!!!
Those are great photos but Wild Cherry without full pads? And if doing it once isn’t enough, doing some of the hard lines twice (or more)? Cherry Bomb too? I’m glad you made it out alive!
<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">My view on the topic - It’s the right price for the service based upon similar photographer offerings I’ve seen but there are a couple things working against you. </span>
<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Demographic tends not to be the one that will spend a few hundred for photos. Higher young person component who would rather spend that money on a GoPro and upload POVs. That money means you want to put something up on the wall and I’m not sure that dem fits. </span>
Bringing photo gear into the woods can become a big production. I have a (now old) pro photo set up Nikon D3 with lenses and all the gear and it’s a handful haul to around. I brought it everywhere for years and have some incredible and very special photos of when I did, but it’s too much to haul around so my iPhone makes due now. When you look at access to some trail spots it’s not simple
Big production. I’ve bought Photos from WBP of my son before and I’d consider buying if me, but I think that it’s the kids who are more likely to want a photo of themselves but they’re also the ones least likely to cough up the dough. The guys with some dough are probably not looking for photos of themselves. Youd do better where kids are involved and you can speak to their parents. I’d feel very weird hiring someone to take photos of me unless it was some spectacular trip and the photog was to document that.
But I have a friend who is a photo buff and a car freak who I met back in my race track days at Mosport. He was in high school then and he showed up at the track and took photos and if you wanted them you could buy them for $50 each or something. He then started getting hired by track guys with lots of dough to take pictures of them in their Ferrari’s on the track for tons of money per day. Some of those guys have jets so he did jet shoots too. And some are real estate and corporate guys and so he branches into that. It all started by showing up and peddling some photos to people who 1) were passionate about the photos, 2) had lots of money that the price wasn’t an issue, 3)no doubt he was a good photographer but even more so, people liked him and wanted him to succeed so they hired him for all kinds Of stuff beyond his first market.
He is still a kid - probably 30ish now but he has built something fantastic. He goes across the globe to document unbelievable car adventures. Yachts. Jets. It’s insane. He has now started his own magazine that is focused on the people behind the cars - and it’s fantastic. I think he makes decent dough but he has the best lifestyle of anyone I know.
So taking a few pictures for a primed market can lead to some awesome things. I think that it would be easier for you to start with a tour group or guides where it’s spread out over a group - you’re more likely to have a person want to buy a photo or two than think that hiring a photographer to follow them around on trails isn’t a little too self important.