I'm just starting out and am trying to setup a location portrait photography biz in North GA. Digital is all I know, and my day job is a data network engineer (my roots in all things electronic run deep).
Not knowing very much about how this business 'should' work, I went out and bought some decent equipment, did a few free shoots to start building a portfolio, setup a web site, and recently have done my first real shoot, 6 teenage girls heading out for prom night.
My lack of photography skills aside, I managed to produce 36 images that I'm proud of and set about selling prints from my web site, which I wrote a 'client proofing' and shopping cart system for. Much to my disappointment, I've not sold a single print.
All in all, my reason for telling this story is that I can't help but wonder if I had presented the families with printed proofs, would I have sold any prints? I don't think you get the same 'pop' from the electronic proofs, especially after I scaled them down to better fit monitors and 'stamped' my copyright on them.
Is it maybe better to stick with printed proofs? (or am I a victim of my poorly developed skills which run the full gambit from shooting to marketing).
Anyway, food for thought.
I'd love to hear others opinions of electronic proofing vs. printed proofs.
David, A.K.A. Stupid