Beauty & the Beast

Our son’s high school is doing the Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast and we’re taking the cast and performance photos!  We’re excited to be doing the cast photos this week.  This is the first time we’ve done a school photo shoot so we’re trying to make it all go smoothly.  We’ll be shooting straight to hard drive and should have the galleries online by the 10th of April.

One of the things I am most excited about is bringing online ordering to the school photo world.  I have heard a lot of comments from parents along the lines of “Wow, I love that we’ll be able to see the photos before we order!”  I am amazed that more studios don’t do this.  It is easier for both me and the families to see what you are getting before you order.  That’s one reason we invest so much into our online store, to give us the capacity, convenience and security of online orders.

We’ll be doing a photo collage of the entire cast and each student into an 8×10″ print too.  Think of the typical school collage photo, but with our style of creativity and design.  That really means Linnea’s creativity and design, since she is our Photoshop ninja.  I’m just a camera driver.  🙂

I put together some packages to bundle common photos and gifts together.  We went with names from the musical, so there’s The Beast, The Guest and The Villager.  

We’re also shooting the performances and rehearsals to build a Performance Album.  We showed this off at the musical kickoff and got rave reviews.  The tough thing is the cost.  It costs us a lot to get them printed and unless we go with a small print house (which drives up the cost more) we don’t get a break on cost unless we get silly quantities ordered.  I hope the photos make everyone proud of their kids, but also hope to make it available to as many as possible.  We’re still looking at printers to find the best price to offer the best deal to our clients.

Here are some shots from last years’ musical, The Wiz, which I shot just for fun.  Not saying that this years’ won’t be fun though!

Dorothy from 'The Wiz', from the Troy Christian School's spring musical, 2012

The Tin Woodsman from the musical, 'The Wiz'.  Troy Christian School's spring musical, April 2012.


The Wizard of Oz, from the Troy Christian School's spring musical, 'The Wiz'.  April 2012.