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The Importance of Using Professional Photos vs. Stock Photos In Your Work.

As a designer, have you ever received a project from a client, only to find out that said client doesn't have any professionally taken photographs of their people, their office environment, or their product? Then, when approaching the client about getting some product photography professionally done, they balk at the expense, and opt for using stock photography instead?

We've all seen how dull and uninspired those collateral pieces and websites are with the infamous executive handshake or sterile boardroom stock photographs used. Sure, a professional photograph will cost a bit more, and take a bit more time, but wouldn't your client want to have something that is exclusively theirs, representative of them and their products or services, rather than some drab clip art used in hundreds of other companies designs, quite possibly including a competitor of theirs?

We are fortunate to be able to bring in John Abbott of John Abbot Photography to present why it imperative that your clients use original, professionally done photographs of their products, and what some of the risks are in using stock photographs. John has almost 10 years of experience in the field of product photography. During this time, he has worked closely with many graphic designers and Art Directors on all types of photo shoots.

John will present to us the importance of designers and photographers collaborating, and cover topics such as...

• Graphic artists being an advocate for photographers, and     photographers being an advocate for graphic artists.

• Educating our clients on the idea that its not just the tools that we use, but the artist, or as John so eloquently puts it "the cost of artistry."

• Examining his own history of the switch to digital, and what a photographer can do for a project that clip art can't.

He will also talk about some of the frustrations both designers and photographers share in this digital age, along with some of his real world experiences in the field.  He'll talk about why it is important for Photographers and Graphic Designers to become advocates for each other, and how each field can help the other generate more business opportunities for each other along the way.

Afterwards, the floor will be open to ask John questions of all kinds pertaining to photography and product photography, so be sure to come prepared with various questions about the field, and how it might pertain to your graphic design work.

We hope to see you all at our next event. We will have food and beverages provided, along with plenty of networking. As always, our events are always free.

To learn more about John Abbott, John Abbott Photography, and his work, please visit his website at

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  • Patty W.

    Turns out I have to work tonight. Hate to miss this. See you next month.

    January 22, 2014

  • Julie P.

    This cold snap and a weak car battery will be keeping me home. Looking forward to the February meeting.

    January 22, 2014

  • Cynthia P.

    Sorry, I won't be able to make this meeting. I've got a lot going this week, and I agree with Lisa - It's really COLD! Hope to see you all next meeting.

    January 22, 2014

  • Lisa Y.

    It's an interesting topic. Unfortunately, I have a conflict, and it's so cold I'm opting for the one close to home.

    January 21, 2014

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