Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dawn & Lester Save the Date Photos

Dawn & Lester were so much fun to shoot. This June they will be getting married up in Seattle. Congratulations Dawn & Lester! You guys are such a loving and fun couple. Here are a few from there shoot:

Candice and Rob's Wedding

During my time off for Spring Break I got a chance to catch up on some of my editing. YAY!! I'm almost caught up with everything now.

Anyways a few weeks ago, I got to shoot Candice and Rob's wedding which was held at Voodoo donuts. If none of you have never heard of Voodoo Donuts click the image below:
Their donuts are known to to be different but yet very tasty. For example their famous one is a maple bar with bacon on top of it. I haven't tried it but I heard is really yummy. Anyways Candice and Rob's wedding was fun. Here are a just a few photos:That's all I am going to share for now.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Candice and Rob Sneek Peak

Here's just one small teaser from Candice and Rob's wedding.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Amy & Charlie

So over the weekend I had the pleasure to take Amy & Charlie's engagement. I was so excited that Amy contacted me. Amy and I have known each other since we were in 7th grade and now she's getting married. Her and Charlie are perfect together as well as a beautiful couple. Here are a few shots:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunny Day

This weekend we had such amazing weather. I'm glad that I got a chance to take a few photos of my cousin. Here's a few images:

Monday, February 8, 2010

Looking for our 2011 Senior Reps

Tina Mam Photography is currently accepting applications for Senior Spokesmodels around the Portland Metro area for the Class of 2011. If you are someone who is outgoing and upbeat, this calling is for you. Being a Senior Spokesmodel is FUN and EASY!

What you get for being a Senior Spokesmodel:

• 2 Outdoor photo session within the Portland Metro Area; 30-60 min per session
• 2-3 Outfit changes
• 5 x 5 Proof Book
• 10-15 web size, watermarked images for any online networking
• 50 referral cards to share with your friends
• $20 credit towards any purchase

Referral Bonuses:

The referred classmate(s) must present your referral card in order to be eligible. All referred classmates will receive $25 off their session fee.
• Receive a $20 credit towards purchases from your portrait session for each classmate referred by you. Example: 5 referrals equal to $100 off towards any purchases you make! (classmate must book and complete a session with us with all fees paid before this can be redeemed)
• After your 5th referral you will receive 8.5 x 11 hard cover book with 20 pages of photos full page photos or custom designed spreads.
• After your 10th referral you will receive a 10 x 10 Canvas Gallery Wrap.


• All Senior Rep session(s) must be completed by the 1st week of August before the start of their senior year of high school.
• A Parent/Legal Guardian of the Senior Rep must sign a model release which allows us to use their images for advertising purposes.
• Referral bonuses will only be issued when a referred senior’s session is completed and paid for.

If you are interested in being part of Tina Mam Photography Spokesmodel, please email me fill out the application by March 12th. Make sure ALL of the requested information is filled out and email 1 updated photo of you with the application. Spokesmodels will be notified and announced on March 18th, 2010. Once you have been picked, we will get together and go over the contract and set up a day for your photo shoot. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me your questions.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Why Does Custom Photography Cost More?

By Marianne Drenthe

Digital technology is brilliant. The digital revolution has brought amazing flexibility and amazing amounts of control for the photographer, the hobbyist, the professional, the amateur. With flexibility comes a price though. Camera equipment is still considerably more expensive when you factor in its’ lifespan, the need for additional resources for processing those images, the time it takes to get a usable image and the effort that goes into all of this.

Even though you pay $1.99 for a print at your local drugstore and paying for film is pretty much a thing of the past (although you still pay for memory) you may be wondering why you may pay upwards of $40, 50, 70, 90 for a custom photography print. Some photographers hear this statement every once in awhile:

“How in the world can you charge $60 for an 8×10 if it costs me less than $2 to print at the local drug store?”

The answer is multifaceted and has a lot to do with the time, aforementioned equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer, expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business.


Approaching it from a time standpoint, for instance let’s imagine if you will that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love and that is traveling an hour to your on location session.
Time break down:

session prep time (30 minutes-1 hour, includes equipment and back up equipment checks + vehicle checks)
one hour travel time to session
15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home
90 minutes-2 hours with client photographing subject
1 hour travel time from session
30-45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
30-45 minutes time spent backing up the original images
2-5 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images
1 hour prep time getting ready for ordering
2-3 hours time with client for ordering images
1 hour sorting through and checking order
30 minutes-1 hour prep time for delivery
30 minutes-1 hour getting order shipped
any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues
As you can see, average client time for a session ranges from just under 13 hours to 19 hours dependent on the photographer’s level of service. This is time dedicated only to your session. When the photographer charges $150-$300 for the photo shoot you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12-19 hours complete time for your session.


Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from $10,000-$30,000 costs dependent on the photographer. Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about $2100 there are still other costs related to photography. A good lens for portrait photography can run up $900 to $2500. A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run $2500 to $8000 dependent on the photographer.

Then come lab costs for specialty products. A good photographer knows the lab is integral to their success. Photography labs dedicated to the professional photographer often cost more and offer a range of products that allows the custom photographer to continually offer new, innovative products for you, the discerning client.

Discussion other costs of running a photography business could take awhile so we’ll skip the intricate details. There is of course much more: including costs of running the business, taxes, studio rental/mortgage if the photographer has ownership of a dedicated studio, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces that the photographer will likely bring to your session, etc.


Often times clients will mention to their photographer that X studio in the mall/department store only charges $25 for an 8×10 or they may mention other things related to discount photography chains. The fact is those discount chains make their money on volume, not on customized 1:1 service. According to several articles at the time, did you know that in February 2007 a rather well known discount department store that started in Arkansas closed down 500 of their portrait studios across the nation? The reason is simple, you cannot make money on 99¢ “professional” prints if you do not sell enough of them. Interestingly enough – those same studios that offer the loss leader packages often charge much much more for their a la carte pricing (as high as $40-50 for an 8×10). The whole reason the big department stores began offering portrait studios in the first place was to get you, the savvy consumer, in through their door so that you could spend more money with them in other departments. Your “PORTRAITS” are considered the true “loss leader”.

Going to a chain studio, as a consumer, you don’t have the benefit of 1:1 attention for 2 hours at your home where your child is allowed to explore, play and be comfortable in their home environment, nor do you get the experience that many custom photographers are known for or the lovely captures of natural expressions. You simply get a bare bones, “SAY CHEESE” experience. Keep this in mind when selecting a photographer.


Being in demand, being well known for quality work, having a good reputation often costs time on the photographer’s part. Their expertise comes at a cost, their time learning their craft and learning the intricacies of lighting and the commitment put forth on their end to create a persona about their business that oozes professionalism. A great number of photographers go a very long time from the time that they purchase their first good camera to making money at the business of photography. Many photographers, when first starting out, rush in thinking that the business will be easily profitable in no time, how expensive could it be to get a camera and use it to create their dream? They often neglect to factor in the cost of business, the cost of equipment, software, back ups, etc..

Being of sound reputation, a better professional photographer knows that they must always reinvest in their business to create the reputation of being top notch. To create good work good equipment, reliable equipment, back up equipment is a necessity. The photographer who desires to be known as better/best/unparalelled reputation-wise knows that the most important thing they can do for their business is reliability and dependability. This is how reputations get built. Good work often is a wonderful side product of building that good reputation.

I hope this (lengthy) article helps shed some light on WHY a custom photographer is a better choice for your family’s memories. The photographs that are produced as a result of the professionalism and dedication that your photographer has will be cherished for a lifetime (or more) and great thought and consideration should be placed into hiring who is right for your family’s most precious investment.