As many of you know, in addition to my studio work I also have a very successful schools side to my business. And as it is my policy to provide quality in all areas of my business I ensure it continues through this side as well. Although my school portraits have a different look and a less time intensive style, the quality of the light, the processing, and the products are still in line with what I offer my studio clients and often excels the work of most, if not all other school photographers in this country. I see no reason why the photographer's skill should be lower just because the end client is expected to spend less.
I wanted to share a few examples of some of my favourite pieces (the ones I have permission to share) as I am just as proud of some of these as I am my studio work. The expressions I am able to achieve in such a short space of time gives me a sense of pride as it must be so hard for children to open up like that with someone who is often a stranger to them.
Once these arrive back with us (which takes our lab about a week to process) they are mounted and packaged in our studio. This is another opportunity to ensure that our quality standards are met. But of course, please bare in mind, that we are only human and mistakes can still be made. If you have any problems just get in touch and I am sure we can sort it out.
For those of you who wonder why it takes so long to receive your orders, this is why. We put in a lot of effort for all of our schools and we do have many of them now. And everyone wants them in time for Christmas. We've never let anyone down yet and don't ever intend to.
I also wanted to share with you all the fact that we pay a commission to all our schools. I'm not sure many of you realise that 20% of everything we sell goes directly to the school. And so it should as they provide us with the space and time we need to get the work done. Without them we wouldn't have this revenue stream which is vital to our business. They also tolerate the disruption to their day, help organise all the children and help us by reminding parents and then collecting in the orders on our behalf. I just thought it was time I shared this piece of information so that you are aware of some of the costs associated with the products you purchase as I know some of you have told me in the past that prices are high for what they are.
We currently have space for a couple more schools before it looks like our diary will be full. So if you would like to see Christina Lauder Portraits at your school please get in touch and we can arrange for a sample pack for your school.