"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal- is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey with delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinder, and jolts, interspersed occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."---Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New post on the new blog........

Just a reminder that I have moved.... come check out the new blog..

www.kellybennettphotography.com/blog/

Monday, April 20, 2009

Time for a move...........meet me at my new blog.....

Its not totally done but I cant hardly wait any longer......... Come check out my new blog......

www.kellybennettphotography.com/blog/

I will redirect this one soon :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hey Mr. Easter Bunny.....

In spite of all the sickness swirling around in our house we managed to have a wonderful weekend. We dyed eggs and Austyn drew photos of me and Makenna.....
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McCall tried to eat everything in site including hard boiled eggs......
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The little girls hunted eggs until Savanah figured out that some were full of chocolate.....
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Makenna was not impressed that she had to get a ladder to get her basket down :)
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More of the little mister....
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the little girls loved their new glasses...... so cute!!!!
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We missed everyone in California and wish we could have been there.... :( We love you all!!!!

One more before I go...........

He made me laugh... really really hard... the kind of laughing that you love that makes you laugh for days... I love that about him, that and so many other things.
He is gracious and humble, he is strong and sincerely kind. He is amazing, in his 89 years I am sure he has seen so much. He is a wealth of knowledge, a sweet friend a wonderful man. Thank you thank you Don for humoring me in my photographic wonder... you are simply amazing and I love you.

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His beautiful colt... who really needs a name :)
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beauty... all around us. Promise not to tell Jerid... but I honestly love it here.. the beauty, the wonder, the way the light hits the grass.. the open land the mountains............ shhhhhhhh!!!!!
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and sometimes photos just speak to me.. they ask to tell a story and they ask me to be their author.. I feel so humbled so blessed, so absolutely in awe....

think about this one, his hands...
imagine all that they have held.
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Monday, April 13, 2009

The blog is on the move......

Ive outgrown my blogspot and am currently in the process of customizing my new blog.... keep your eyes out for a new link in the next couple days :)

See you there....
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Jamie beautiful Jamie......

I couldn't have asked for an easier session or for a more beautiful girl. Jamie best of luck in the Miss Utah pageant..... may you wow them all with your beauty and grace...
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Why are professional photographers so expensive????

Written by an excellant photographer, Shawn Richter, Caught on Film Photography, San Diego, CA

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In this digital age where everyone has digital cameras, scanners and home "photo printers", when people upload their photos to a local drug store website and pick them up a few hours later, we hear this all the time - How in the world do Professional Photographers charge $55 for an 8x10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drug store?

Here's why.

Simply put, you're not just paying for the actual photograph, you're paying for time and expertise. First, let's look at the actual time involved. If you don't read this entire page, at least read this first part.

For a two hour portrait session:

- one hour of travel to and from the session
- two hours of shooting
- 30 minutes of setup, preparation, talking to the client etc.
- 30 minutes to load the photos onto a computer (2 - 4 Gb of data)
- 30 minutes to back up the files on an external drive
- 3 - 4 hours of Photoshop time including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, saving a copy for print and a copy for the internet and backing up the edited photographs
- 2 - 3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive their order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment and drop package off at Fed Ex.
- For local customers, we also print a set of all of their photos, and meet them at our studio to review the photos and place their order. Meeting and travel time averages 2 hours.

You can see how one two hour session easily turns into more than ten hours of work from start to finish. So when you see a Photographer charging a $200 session fee for a two hour photo shoot, you are not paying them $100 / hour.

For an eight hour wedding:

- I won't bore you with the details, but an eight hour wedding typically amounts to at least two to three full 40 hour work weeks worth of time. Again, if they are charging you $4,000 for an eight hour wedding, you are not paying them $500 / hour.

Now for the expertise.

Shooting professional photography is a skill, acquired through years of experience. Even though a quality camera now costs under $2,000 taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.

Most Professional Photographers take years to go from buying their first decent camera to making money with their photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera itself, there is a mountain of other equipment involved, as well as numerous software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website etc.

And let's not forget that you actually have to have people skills, be able to communicate, make people comfortable in front of the camera - and posing people to make them look their best in a photograph is a skill all by itself.

Think of it this way - the next time you pay $X to get your hair done, a pair of scissors only costs $1.50. But you gladly pay a lot more to hire a Professional.

What about the cheap studios at the mall?

Please don't compare us to the chain store studios. But if you must, consider all of the time and work that we put into our photographs, compared to what they do. Good luck getting a two hour photo shoot at a chain store. Not to mention they won't come to the beach! And of course, look at our work compared to theirs. You get what you pay for.

The truth is, most of the mall and chain store studios lose money. In fact, in 2007 Wal-Mart closed 500 of their portrait studios because of the financial drain they were putting on the company. What the chain stores bet on is that you'll come in for some quick and cheap photos, and while you're there, you'll also spend $200 on other things. They don't have to make money, they are just there to get you in the door.

Conclusion

We hope that those who have taken the time to read this page will have a better understanding of why professional photographs cost so much more than the ones that you get from your local drug store.