I am taking a chance and am going to start dipping my toes into the entrepreneur world.
Two summers ago, when I was working at camp, I took tons of pictures of all of our summer fun. I was thinking of a easy and creative way to share all the fun we had with my campers and their families and I created a DVD slideshow, complete with music and some other bells and whistles.
The parents were pretty impressed, one mother told me to ditch grad school and make a business out of this little hobby. Well, that didn't seem so practical, so I stayed in grad school, but the love and a new hobby emerged.
For Noam's first birthday I put together hundreds of pictures into an 18 minute movie of his first year, with his favorite songs and the best pics of his year. It was a hit with the family and I thought I might really be onto something. So, to help bolster my income (or lack there of at the moment) have decided to launch a small business creating slideshows for all sorts of occasions!
Here is a preview of what I can do, this is a shortened version of Noam's video (youtube won't accept all amazing 18 minutes of it).
I am still working on pricing and options, but to start out here is what I am thinking (since this is a start first clients have a chance to negotiate!)
For 50 - 100 pictures - I will start the pricing at 55 dollars (highly competitive!)For 100 to 200 pictures - I will be starting the pricing at 95 dollars (very competitive!)
For 200 or more pictures - I will be starting the pricing at 145 dollars (also very competitive!)
The prices above include:
- A high quality DVD of your slideshow, complete with DVD menu (like a movie has!)
- Transitions, panning, and Ken Burns
- Title pages and captions (if desired)
If I need to buy the songs you would like in your video, I will charge the amount it costs to buy them (again, very competitive!) I will also scan in any pictures, for an additional small fee.
There will be a charge for shipping and any additional DVDs you would like. Right now I will ship to the US and Canada, but can upload a video to youtube if you live abroad (or we can talk about shipping options for you!)
So! What does this all mean!? I am open and ready to help make your memories into wonderful movie slideshows! Please, spread the word, if your friend's child has a birthday coming up let them know, if you have a wedding coming up, think about a slideshow for your reception, if you have a bar/bat mitzvah coming up, think about a great addition to your party!!
I am working on a Facebook page, possibly an Etsy page, and maybe a blog (using this one for right now!). I am open to talking about pricing or hearing feedback since this is all just getting started!
So please, spread the word! And I can't wait to hopefully preserve your memories into wonderful long lasting and professional slideshows!!