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Coffee and photography... my two loves but I'm not going be able to buy coffee... unless I make money doing photography! So here are five pricing, five photography pricing pitfalls... five photography pricing pitfalls... five photography priceing pitfalls, here are five photography pricing pitfalls that most people fall into, but you're not going to because we're going to talk about them. #1....do not make your pricing super complicated. Make sure you have packages, and a la carte, or if you're not an a la carte person... fine, but just make it easy to read. Don't talk too much, don't type too much. Don't send the 500 megabyte PDF. Make it simple. Make it clean! A huge pitfall is thinking that because you raised your prices, a whopping $25, that's why no one's booking! Guess what? It's not. There are a myriad of reasons why someone is not booking you. It's probably not because you're charging $10 more than the guy down the street. If somebody loves you, they love your work, they're going to book you. Don't make price the first thing that you attack, when you think you aren't booking enough. Don't lower your prices because you're scared. I have seen photographers have success, and start booking more clients, because they've raised their prices. Don't fall into that pitfall, don't blow your prices just because you're not booking. Instead of lowering your prices, find ways to be more valuable as a photographer. The third pitfall is that you're probably charging too little. Most people don't take the time to do the math, and figure out their cost of sales, or cost of business and all of that. More often than not you're actually charging too little for what you're worth, and what the industry commands. A lot of people think that they're charging too much, because they have a ton of money in their bank account, and that's pitfall #4! Thinking you have more money than you actually have... You're collecting sales tax, you're collecting income tax, you're collecting what you're going to have to pay out in, in freelancers, and graphic designers, and products....All that money that you take, it feels like you're rich, you're not rich, what does 80% of that, is going out the door maybe you're keeping 20% of it. Finally pitfall #5... You're not doing the math... you have to do the math! You have to add up your cost of sales, add up your cost of business, the cost of business is all the subscription stuff that you buy. All the equipment that you buy here at Adorama. The album that you have to purchase, the canvas that you have to purchase, what it is that you pay in order to make the actual sale. So you have to do the math. Add it all up, and then add up how much you want to make per hour, add up how many hours you work on a typical job, and then that is the minimum price that you can charge. Adding your cost of sales, cost of business, and cost per hour.. that you want to make, and no that was a little fast, and the math can be really hard for us photographers. So go ahead and download this little guide that I made for you.. that shows you exactly how to do the math.... with diagrams, lots of visual aids. Photographers don't worry, I won't leave you hanging. Like what you see? Join us here and hit subscribe on that button below. So you don't miss a thing on Adoramatv, and with my show, Breathe Your Passion, and leave some comments. Leave some love.... I want to know if you're listening. I want to know what you want to hear, and please don't be negative... or do! you're going to be negative anyway... Comment below... be negative... it boosts my algorithms every time!
Today is quite a special video because for the first time, I’m going to be showing all of you guys my biggest project to date, that is currently in the construction phase now, happening behind the scenes. It’s been an epic idea that began 3 yrs ago, and finally today, I’m super excited to show you guys, what is set to become the future location, for our new, bigger, better, and higher tech home for our beloved pet ants. Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Some of you may be surprised that the Antiverse will be moving, and I’m sure you guys might have a tonne of questions, like how am I actually going to move the massive ant tanks, what will the new Antiverse look like, and how will it be high tech? Well, I’ll be answering all of those questions and more, as well as show you updated footage of the construction so stay tuned for all of that coming up! I also will be needing all of your opinions regarding this new ant sanctuary, a house for ants, that I’m building, so stay tuned for the group VOTE at the end of the video! So AC Family, let me start from the beginning. For the past several years, I’ve been filming our ant videos within a small room in my condo, which we’ve come to call the ‘Antiverse’ or Ant Room. It’s been amazing documenting all the awesome ant colonies and capturing their stories on camera within these four walls, and we’ve certainly created some unforgettable memories together good, bad, painful, shocking, gross, hilarious, and well, just weird. But shooting in the current Ant Room has had its set of challenges. For one thing, space was always one of my biggest issues in the Ant Room. I would often find myself stacking enclosures on top of eachother, having to buy little tables or stools to accommodate various enclosures. I also found getting certain shots from some angles were hard to do, due to all the furniture and cramped quarters. I eventually resorted to filming a lot of videos on my kitchen table, because filming in the Ant Room proved to be so difficult. Another challenge has been managing all the various cables from light fixtures, aquarium filters, and irrigation systems, which behind the scenes, created a sort of spaghetti-like chaos around my electrical outlets, also making for a confusing powerbar situation. And speaking of electrical outlets, you guys would be shocked, no pun intended, if you saw my monthly electricity bill! It was also quite hard to store the various products, equipment, and hardscape in the Ant Room as there were only a limited number of drawers and shelves I could use. The rest was stuffed under things and into things. Finally, one of my biggest challenges was temperature control! The Ant Room is basically always at outdoor temperatures, and where I live, on average, temperatures are approximately between 25-35 degrees Celsius, which is 77-95 degrees Fahrenheit. The ants prefer things warm, and the fire ants, our Phoenix Empire would die if they were exposed to air conditioning temperatures. So, as a result, whenever I’m filming these videos, I‘m always sweating my butt off, in near sauna-like conditions, and need to take breaks in between shots, due to the heat and being absolutely drenched in sweat. I try to shoot at night when it’s coolest, but it still gets pretty hot in the Ant Room no matter what time. And so three years ago, I decided it was time to start making a big change. I, your Creator of Worlds was to embark on an epic journey, looking for a new place to set up the foundation for the new Antiverse, and my plans for it, were to make it bigger, better, and higher tech! So to start, the first step was to find the land, on to which we could build the new Ant Room. Three years ago, I started looking for properties, and checked out various homes, which could accommodate a bigger, better, higher tech ant room, but that search lasted about a year, until we found the perfect spot! A farm property, just an hour from where I currently live, which had a lot of space, was out in the countryside, and had a tonne of ant species that couldn’t be found in the city. It was the perfect spot to build a new Ant Room, and, while we were at it, to build a home around it, where myself, and any team members of an AntsCanada production team, for when these ant videos were ready for that upgrade, could live, hang out, raise, and film the star ant colonies for this channel! So, it became official! The almost 3,000 square meters of land became the future Antiverse territory! The next step was to design the Ant Room. I knew the future Antiverse had to be epic! One of a kind, that nobody had created before! So I sought out one of the top architects in the country, who had built extravagant homes for Royal Princes in the Middle East, and who also happened to be a member of the American Institute of Architects. We were to collaborate together and design the future Ant Room, and I had a list of ideas I shared with him. At first, I’m sure he was perplexed and unsure what I had meant by a bigger, better, higher tech Ant Room, but after visiting our current Ant Room, and checking out the channel, he had a better idea of what we needed. And so after weeks of brainstorming and finalizing our blueprints, this is what we came up with. Behold, the future Ant Room 2.0. It looks a bit confusing in its blue print format but don’t worry, I’ll show you a render of what the general finalized Ant Room will look like. The Ant Room is a spacious cuboid room made of concrete. Its dimensions are 12.20 meters by 7.85 meters by 5.2 meters high, or 40 feet by 26 feet by 17 feet high. That sure beats our current 3 meter by 3.2 meter by 2.5 meter Ant Room. For all you math buffs, that means the New Ant Room will be 10 times bigger floor area wise, and space will no longer be a problem, especially because, ready for this AC Family? The new Ant Room will have a 2nd floor! Yup! A set of stairs here will lead upstairs to a second floor, an elongated balcony of sorts, with a floor area of another 90 sq meters, where we could also set up ant enclosures. So this means then that floor area wise, the New Ant Room will actually be over 19 times bigger than the old Ant Room, and over 20 times bigger if you’re talking total space! And if you think that’s cool, check this out! Remember how I mentioned that one of the problems in our current Ant Room was getting certain camera angles due to overcrowding? Well, this new Ant Room being more spacious could allow us to get those camera angles we need due to more space, but it could also allow us to get some neat camera angles from above! See the floor? Those are glass windows built into the floor, and I’ll be able to get some nice top shots of the Ant Kingdoms on the first floor from above if needed. I could also peer over the edge here down to the first floor. Imagine a huge floor to ceiling 5 meter high ant setup. I could film it at all levels easily! This second floor business also brings me to our next feature! Temperature! This entire room would be climate controlled and this time, I’d be able to more closely monitor the temperature of the entire Ant Room digitally. The problem with the current Ant Room is, it has a split-type air conditioner so it can’t turn off once it reaches a particular temperature. In the new Ant Room, I could keep the entire space at a steady 20 degrees Celsius through a digital thermostat, which is room temperature enough to not die while filming, but warm enough that the ants that need heat won’t die. I could also choose to put the more heat-loving ants on the second floor where it’s warmer and cooler loving ants, like our Black Panthers and the Titans if we ever bring them back, on the first floor. The great part about designing the Ant Room to our specifications is that we can also design our outlet system, so it’s easy to plug our various equipment into their own sockets, and have their chords be neatly placed out of sight somewhere. We could also make the outlets smart so we can set them on automatic timers individually from an app on my mobile. No more bulky digital timers like I’m currently using! Perhaps one of the best features of the Ant Room is that on the roof, we’ve made space to place solar panels, so that we could be more eco-friendly and save on electricity! No more insane electricity bills! These solar panels will truly be a huge help, and leave less of an ecological footprint to boot! One last thing, is that from the second floor of the Ant Room we could also access the roof deck where I could store extra equipment and hardscape, or move any ant setups outside, in case nuptial flights were to happen. So now that you’ve seen the blueprints, here is a sample render of what the Ant Room could look like. Here is the first floor. As you can see there’s a lot of space to place tanks, wall units and shelving to hold enclosures and store things, and I also forgot to mention there would be a sink so I could wash my hands before and after working around the ants! This is only a sample render, so the actual layout of where tanks will be as well as the placement of furniture is totally up to us, AC Family! We don’t even have to have a table here, for instance, and we could build wall units for tanks if we need to. The possibilities are just endless. The second floor could be a lounging type place with an epic, long zoo-type exhibit or just another floor full of Ant Setups! Again, totally up to us, how we choose to design this space! I would love to create a long setup for a nomadic ant species. Wouldn’t that be something?! So now that you’ve seen the plans on paper and digitally, it’s now time to show you guys what the construction of our new Ant Room looks like as of right now! Visiting the property a couple days ago was quite the trip! There was construction happening everywhere, and because there were no stairs built yet, getting up to the second floor where our Ant Room would be was quite the adventure in itself! We had to ascend up some pretty scary planks. The second floor had not even been fully completed yet, so I had to balance on rows of metal beams to get around. I felt like one of the Phoenix Empire ants trailing along their roots! Seeing the Ant Room on paper was one thing, but seeing it in real life was mind-blowing! Though you can’t really tell here, the Ant Room was absolutely massive and had so much space, let alone it being double floored! The Ant Room would start at that corner, extend over to there, continue all the way down to the end, and across. There would be a set of stairs here, which would take you to the second floor of the Ant Room and roof deck somewhere up there. Now here’s something interesting that had to be changed from our original blueprints. The entire Ant Room was supposed to be what’s called a floating mass, basically one huge room that juts out of the home and floats high above the ground. But after the engineers analyzed the blueprints, they realized that mathematically, the structure was dangerous, and we all know that ant setups are not light, especially if they contain rocks or bodies of water! So we decided it would be best to add some V-shaped foundational columns just to support the extra weight, plus some, just in case we decided to stuff an elephant into one of our tanks! And now speaking of tanks, for those of you wondering how I plan to relocate the ants to the new Ant Room, an hour away, well, I have several months more to think of a plan, because I currently don’t have one! The Ant Room should be completed some time by mid next year so I have some time. In my mind, the smaller portable setups would be easier to transport, but the biggest challenge would be the massive tanks, like our Ember Islands. In my mind, it would involve fishing out and bagging up all aquatic life from the waters, and either totally removing the huge window of our current Ant Room and literally lowering the tanks down 15 floors on pulleys from the outside of my building, which requires permits from my building so if I had a choice I’d rather not go this route, or more desirably, just having 6 strong guys to help me carry the setups carefully out of my place, and down 15 floors by stairs, because the setups would not be able to fit into the elevators without turning them vertically on their end, which definitely would not be possible with the fire ants inside! Once at ground level, the tanks would be stored carefully with lots of insulation into a truck, and when I say carefully I mean super carefully, as one mistake could lead to the glass cracking or breaking and a lot of angry and free fire ants ready to sting me and the movers. It’s an operation I don’t look forward to, and have several months still to plan out properly! If you guys have any ideas or tips, please do let me know, but I’m certain the official moving of ant tanks, in itself, will make one crazy episode! Anyway, what do you guys think of the future Ant Room 2.0? Do you like it? I’d love to hear any suggestions you guys might have to help make this Ant Room of ours as epic as it can possibly be! And now speaking of your input, at the start of this video I mentioned I’d be needing your opinions and help on making an important decision. It’s time to VOTE! AC Family, I’ve been trying to decide, but felt this was a decision you guys should help me make. Should the new Ant Room have a new name or should we keep it the “Antiverse”. Let me know by leaving your vote in the pinned comment of this video. Just simply leave a THUMBS UP on the comment ANTIVERSE if you believe we should continue to call the new Ant Room the Antiverse, or hit the THUMBS UP on the comment NEW NAME if you believe the new Ant Room should have a new name, and be sure to let me know what name you suggest. I’m super interested to see what you guys think! I’ll continue to update you guys on the progress of the construction. If we were ants, this Ant Room would be done in a few short hours, but we need to be patient and wait for the official Ant Room completion date some time by mid-next year. Earlier this year, I sadly had to downsize my ant collection due to a strict lockdown in my city, making it hard to access feeders! Since then I’ve learned to better breed a never ending supply of roaches, and even superworms which surprisingly are quite easy to breed, and once we begin a new chapter in the new Ant Room, I look forward to expanding our Antiverse again, or whatever you guys would like to name it. The new location of the Ant Room has so many awesome ant species living in abundance in the area, including Asian Weaver Ants, Polyrhachis, Trap-jaw Ants, and Marauder Ants. Anyone else want the Emerald Empire, Platinum Dragons, Trapjaws and Titans to make an epic return? Perhaps now it could be possible. There are also some really crazy wild animals living in the area, like flying lizards, tokay geckos, native tarantulas and huntsmen, and even spitting cobras and reticulated pythons, so I’m certain this will be an adventure and a half living there! Overall, I’m super excited for this new Ant Room to be done, and for us to expand on our already awesome Antiverse. I’ll be sure to document everything and take you guys all along for the wild ride! Thank you guys so much for the support. It’s because of you guys loving and watching this channel, that has made all of this possible, and just know, that there isn’t a moment in the day that goes by that I am not thinking of ways to improve these videos for you, upgrading the homes and lives of the ants we care for, and just all around appreciating and loving ants and nature in new and exciting ways! So until that epic day comes, when we say goodbye to the old Antiverse that has served us so well over all these years, and say hello to a brand new ant dimension, always remember, it’s ant love forever! AC Family, did you enjoy today’s episode? I can’t wait for this new Ant Room to be done, and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed and there will be a lot of epic ant stories to come, so if you haven’t yet do SMASH that SUBSCRIBE button and BELL ICON now, and hit ALL so you get notified at every upload. Also don’t forget to hit the LIKE button every single time including now. It would really mean a lot to me, guys. Thank you! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie for you here, if you would like to see extended play tour footage of the rest of the home including the new Ant Room. Feel free to go check it out! And guys, did you know that it’s anting season in the Northern Hemisphere, and you don’t even need to leave your home to start an ant colony?! You can catch pregnant queen ants from the safety of your own backyard, balcony, or open window starting this month! Be sure to visit AntsCanada.com for all your ant keeping and collecting gear shipped to you in a special package from our ant-loving facility in the USA, so you can get the most out of your ant keeping experience. We ship worldwide and also offer full email support if you need our help! We also have a helpful forum and ant colony trading marketplace on the site. Visit AntsCanada.com today. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the Week. Last week, we asked: What makes ant crickets different from regular crickets? Congratulations to Leeadam06 who answered: Ant crickets are found almost exclusively in ant nests, and are dependent on the ants for their survival. Congratulations Leeadam06, you just won a free Ultimate Ant Keeping Handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we ask: What is your favourite feature of the new Ant Room? Leave your answer in the comments section and you could also win a free Ultimate Ant Keeping Handbook from our shop! Hope you could subscribe to the channel as we upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed this video, to help us keep making more. It’s ant love forever!
This is Vanessa Joy with Breathe your Passion on AdoramaTV. And today we're going behind the scenes on how to photography Groomsmen Photographing groomsmen can be a little bit tricky because the attention span tends to be a bit shorter than photographing the bridesmaids. One of my main goals is to try and keep things moving and interesting, and sometimes that means in addition to shooting fast, I'm actually telling a joke or two. I'll leave the jokes to myself. My goal in shooting a group of groomsmen, are to photograph them altogether, as well as each one of them individually, and each one of them individually with the groom. It's a lot of photos to get, but I have a pretty good method in making sure I can get it all done if, for times sake anything has to be cut, it's usually photographing each groomsman alone. I usually start out with something easy, just lining up all the groomsmen in one line in a row and alternating them according to height. I like to make triangles with their heads, so if I have groomsmen that have differentiating heights. I'm usually going up down up down, as I place them across the photo in the straight line. From there I try to break up the line as much as I want to get a traditional photo of the groomsmen, most of the time they tend to like the ones, where they're not as traditional. To do this I simply have some of the taller groomsmen move backwards, and the shorter groomsmen move forward, and then tighten them up, and have them step in a little bit closer to the groom. I'll usually photograph this set up two ways, one with a higher aperture so I'm getting all of the groomsmen in focus, and then again with a lower aperture. Sometimes asking the groom to step one or two steps in front of them, so that he is the focus of the picture, and all of his groomsmen are just standing strategically behind him. If you are running short on time, this is a great way to quickly photograph all of the groomsmen individually. From here just ask them to take a step away from the groom and then you walk around to each one of them, and just do a quick headshot. It takes much less time for you to walk to them, than it does for them to walk to you. From here I like to photograph each of them individually, with a groom and then if there's time either do another pose maybe involving some chairs or some different kind of scene, to give them another group photo to choose from later in the album. Even with group photos - as long as I have the room in the place where I'm shooting, I like to shoot with either a 50mm or 85mm lens, because I adore the compression that it gives in the image. occasionally I'll also shoot at a slightly lower angle on the groomsmen, shooting up at them while being careful that nobody looks like they have double chins, does tend to make them look more powerful and more masculine. All while I'm posing and taking pictures of the groomsmen, my second shooter has a job here as well and usually she's off to the right, or the left with the longer lens a 135mm or maybe a 70 to 200mm photographing little close-ups of the groomsmen, in groups of two or three, or just one of them individually. This creates a nice set of candid images in addition to the ones that I'm taking, where they're typically looking at me. I hope this has sparked some ideas on workflow, and methods for photographing groomsmen. Make sure you hit the subscribe button below so you don't miss a thing here with Breathe Your Passion on AdoramaTV and I will see you next time.