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    Mods - if we aren't alowed this thread, please delete it! (If we are, could it be a sticky?)

    If we are, it is a place to post details of where to get things to put photographs on, and so on.
    Dagna
    The living embodiment of the phrase 'not a morning person'
    Examples of my jewellery and photography are on my home page: http://www.seshat.com
    Folksy shop: http://www.folksy.com/shops/Dagna

  • #2
    While this thread is a good idea i dont think there will be many responses. I have sepnt years building up a network of suppliers and finding new products by travelling all over the world. And while i would happily share a couple that should be well known i dont like giving away my leads.

    My reason being im sick of photographers coming upto me at shows saying they are my competition and asking where they can get stock like mine from. It just annoys me thinking that people expect me to tell them how they can make money.

    Not a rant just my perspective on why it may be quiet here. But saying that, if you get stuck finding anything, give me a pm and i will privately try and help you with some links to people who could tell you ;-)

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    • #3
      you are right on that. Suppliers, prices etc may be well guarded.. BUT I think it would be useful to have an area where we could alert others to dubious suppliers - slow delivery, short measures, poor quality etc. In soapland I think we all had an inkling on 1 company going out of business and a word of warning could have saved some people from ordering and losing their money. On the other hand that might be leading us all into trouble - there might be laws against such a thing. How about the other way around - an area for excellent service, beyond the call of duty, surprisingly helpful suppliers etc etc.
      all just thoughts - may be not well thought out!!
      Amanda


      www.janeexelbys.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        all i will say on suppliers, check your high street some big shops have photo bargains

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        • #5
          Having read the above posts i find it hard to comprehend why people always have to regard themselves as competition. Ok, as photographers there is a limited amount we can show to any potential clients and therefore we will always duplicate with some products.

          But as far as I'm concerned if your photos are good enough then they will sell.

          However, like most things, what one person likes someone else wont so for me, as long as you have confidence in your abilities and imagery, its just nice to discuss photography with other like minded people.

          The sticking point as the above poster has pointed out is that not everyone is the same and will ask what camera you have, are you sure you took that photo, especially to my wife which is an insult and then want to know where we have got our items. And then walk off !

          I have PMd a few people with a few details of where i get my items but whether I'll hear from them again I have no idea. A couple have which is nice but we'll wait and see.
          Web: www.randmphotography.com
          Twitter: www.twitter.com/dolts007

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          • #6
            I don't think I'm a competitor to any of you to be honest. I'm a portrait photographer & would have found this sort of information really useful (thanks for the pm Dolts007). When you're just starting out it's really difficult to know where to source new suppliers as there are some really rubbish ones out there (ie wedding albums is something I've really struggled to confidently source recently). It's a shame some of you feel so protective. I sort of understand, particularly when you are approached by competitors at a trade show, although I would have thought a forum might have been different. A slightly different market I suppose.

            Anyway, I would recommend the keyring blanks you can get through ebay and find they're really popular give aways/ad-ons. I won't worry about mentioning any individual seller as there are a few on there with identical ones.

            For print I like the quality provided by Peak Imaging. I've found their skin tones, particularly, very good.
            Sarahleigh

            www.sarahleighphotography.co.uk

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            • #7
              Hi Sarah

              A pleasure, hope you found the PM useful

              By the way, I have used an album by Hahnemuhle for showing clients our portfolio of wildlife shots etc. It has photo rag duo paper and brings out the most beautiful colours.

              Costs around £30 I think but I can vouch that Hahnemuhle is one of the best papers around.
              Web: www.randmphotography.com
              Twitter: www.twitter.com/dolts007

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              • #8
                Thank you [again]
                Sarahleigh

                www.sarahleighphotography.co.uk

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                • #9
                  It's neither here nor there to me, as I believe your work will sell if it's good enough. £10 for a 10x8 print is what sells, spending a lot of money on high quality paper isn't justified. However, if someone is picky I have professional print companies to do the job. I also support local wherever possible, as it can be a reciprocal arrangement.
                  As far as my other wares, it doesn't take much to find competitive companies.

                  I think a 'thank you' is sufficient if I pass on onfo, but I do think that a little effort is required by someone, so in that respect I need to be asked rather than lay bare all the hard work I've put in up front.

                  Going back to my original point, I spent 3 years generating a portfolio with virtually no income & an outlay of £32 grand. Someone taking a shot of a lion in a zoo with a point & shoot on Auto & then expecting to earn from it will get short thrift from me!
                  www.derekhenderson.ifp3.com

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                  • #10
                    Photo gifts are the main seller up here, as i say i wont give away my suppliers, as i know alot of the crafters round me up here watch this forum and have already asked me where to buy things,

                    I even get some people asking to come and buy the frames off my pictures at some shows so have had to put a sign up saying im a photographer, and ive spent 10 years building my portfolio and im not here to supply cheap frames.

                    1 gift i dont mind sharing. Faux leather desk boxes, they are half price in staples at 4.40 i sell these at 7.99 and they are flying out.

                    On blank plastics watch who you buy off on ebay, there is one on there who takes weeks for delivery and is very rude if you question the time he takes to send you stuff.

                    Canvas printing - everyones pictures are dif i use a company off ebay called k d prints and buy a2 for 16.99 delviered very high quality. we have a few of these up in the studio for when visitors come

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                    • #11
                      Since I started this, I will share...

                      I get my postcards printed by Vistaprint. Also fridge magnets (of the magnetic flexible rubbery type), and notecards. I find the quality of those is fine, but I have just seen a couple of their mousemats, and the colour quality was very disappointing.

                      I tend to wait for them to be doing a 'cheap or free calendar upload' offer and then upload 13 photos all at once. Most of my startup stock of notecards, fridge magnets and postcards was bought via their free offers (where they just charge procesing and postage).
                      Dagna
                      The living embodiment of the phrase 'not a morning person'
                      Examples of my jewellery and photography are on my home page: http://www.seshat.com
                      Folksy shop: http://www.folksy.com/shops/Dagna

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                      • #12
                        try fileprint.org for your printing, if you design your own calendars / business cards

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                        • #13
                          I am looking for mouse mats, key rings and fridge magnets, so had a go at Google today. Has anyone tried either My-Accessories.co.uk or plastics-direct.co.uk?
                          Dagna
                          The living embodiment of the phrase 'not a morning person'
                          Examples of my jewellery and photography are on my home page: http://www.seshat.com
                          Folksy shop: http://www.folksy.com/shops/Dagna

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                          • #14
                            Can anyone recommend an affordable printer for greetings cards? A photographer friend of mine is trying to raise some money for a charity and would like to print & sell some cards/notelets with her photographs on them (they're very good - she should sell them without any problems).

                            But she's struggling to find a printer who can print at a reasonable cost for a relatively short run (say under 50). She says she's going to have to give up on the idea as the unit price will be too high.

                            Any suggestions? Feel free to pm if you'd like to keep them 'under your hat'.

                            Thanks
                            Sarahleigh

                            www.sarahleighphotography.co.uk

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                            • #15
                              fileprint.org card heavy gloss cost 32p

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