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Photos With Santa

I was over at Serramonte Mall the other day, a God forsaken pit of a shopping mall, but it’s the closest thing to my house so I’m stuck with it.  Anyway, I was with my kid so we checked out the whole pose with Santa program.  Sit on Santa’s lap, take a picture, and then buy the obligatory print package of say, 4 wallets and a 5×7.  When did 4 wallets and a 5×7 become a $20.00 item?  Maybe if that was the real Kris Kringle, but this Santa wasn’t even fat.  He was some skinny ass hippy from Daly City.  And, the photos are not even on real photo paper.  They are printed on a xerox photo printer by some 16 year old kid.  Sorry Son, we’ll have to skip this.  Can I buy you an ice cream cone instead?

This got me to thinking about a story my dad once told me about his first job.  He was 15 years old, this would have been about 1940.  He worked as a photographer for a company called Kidnappers.  He would go door to door with a camera and lights offering to photograph children.  He would take the pictures and then stay up all night developing the film and making contact sheets.  He would deliver the proofs to the houses the next day and take print orders for 8×10’s, etc…People would serve him coffee and cake while they made their selections.

Can you imagine trying to get in someone’s door nowadays with a camera, wanting to photograph children?  You would need 5 forms of ID and you’d still wouldn’t get through the door.  I wonder what would happen if I brought Santa door to door, offering that same service, but inside the comfort of your own home?  Not that lousy shopping mall Santa either…………..HO HO HO.


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No Stampede Here

It’s Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), and someone just got trampled to death at a Wallmart. I’m sure these people were not bum rushing the photo counter! I can tell you that there is no stampede here at Photoworks, though I wore a padded vest today just in case. We know that there are photos out there, lots of turkey pictures and all the trimmings, but these photos are all on computers where they are content to live in folders. They are shared electronically. It’s the way of the photo world now, so guys like me need to come up with new ideas for photo related products. We print on canvas and on other pretty papers, and we make books, but it’s just not enough. I need something to entice shoppers, to lure them into my shop. I could start printing on coffee mugs and tshirts, I could make calendars and photo buttons. Yuck. That crap is for Ritz Camera. This is a high class photo joint for the finest photographers and artists. What can offer these more discriminating types? Hang on, here come two customers. Oh My God the phone is ringing too, it’s a mad rush, someone CALL SECURITY.


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