If you would have asked us 10 years ago (or even 5 years ago) if we thought we could build a photography business that would be this successful, we wouldn't have believed you. It really has been an amazing four years growing this business to what it is today and we feel like during the next few months and the 2014 wedding season, it will grow more than it has in the past four years combined. We found some amazing photographers to mentor us into taking what we already have and make it thrive even more and we have learned SO much about the business side of photography. We've changed so much of what we do and offer already. We have loved the response we have received via reviews from our recent brides and clients! We don't want to just offer you amazing photos on your wedding day; we want your entire day to be better because we are there. For our family clients, we want to provide you with timeless art for your home that fits the style of your family, personality, and story of your lives.
We are so very excited to start our 5th year at Gronde Photography and see where this road takes us. With Brandy leaving active military service with the US Navy soon, there are multiple options open for us and where we can go or what we do from here. Brandy may have the opportunity to go back to school and earn another degree, find an awesome day job being the incredible administrative assistant that she is, or possibly be full time with Gronde Photography and operate out of the studio we may set up in our home. This would let her take family and newborn clients during the week and allow us to include more of those during our busy wedding season.
We are putting a large push this year to ensure our clients have their photos on their walls; however, unlike a large majority of other photographers, we will otherwise be offering in person consultations/ordering sessions to show you the difference in the quality of prints and products we offer from our new vendor this year and show you samples of how great they will look on your wall. So many clients get their DVD and never take the time to have them printed and hung on their walls. Even we have fallen into the trap now and again with our OWN family photos! We feel this is simply because we were not offered prints by the photographer and just never got around to doing it ourselves. Our new prints are printed on 3mm styrene so that they are more durable and don't bend as easy, they also have a protective UV coating that makes them smudge resistant, fingerprint resistant, fade resistant, and even water resistant! (dare we say child resistant?) This also, means, for your most important images you can frame without needing UV protected glass or glass at all! (a large portion of the cost of framing) Our new prints are more durable, last longer, look better, and are more affordable to frame than what you can get by taking your images to CVS or ordering from Shutterfly. One of the other changes, that will start very soon, is that we will no longer be providing DVD's with our packages. Instead, we will turn to USB drives. Technology has gotten to the point where many computers no longer have optical drives in them and that limits where you can view or upload your images and the last thing we want is for your images to stay on the DVD and not be shared with everyone (word of mouth is our #1 marketing tool!). Even some tablets have USB ports now. We know this is a great move for us and a great service to provide to you, who have often requested this change!
We've taken a long time to research what USB drives to offer so take comfort in knowing we are only offering the best! In addition, we will be offering 2 types of files: 1. Print quality - These will be the files that you can use to print IF you decide not to order our fabulous prints. 2. Online quality - These will be watermarked images that are specifically formatted to display on social media but are NOT large enough to print. What files you receive will depend on what package you purchase, but rest assured all photos will still be up to the standard you have grown accustomed to from Gronde Photography.
Thanks for reading!
Chris & Brandy Gronde