How You Can Save Costs on Shipping to your Fav Photog!
Not every photographer you might want to work with will be located near you.
f you’ve found someone who is capturing the style and feel you’re going for but lives in another state, that’s totally okay. You can ship your products!
As a specialized product photographer, I serve clients from New Jersey to Hawaii. But I know long-distance shipping expenses can add up, so I like to support my clients in reducing those costs as much as possible. Here are the tips I give them, and I hope they help you, too.
Keeping Products and Props on Hand
For my month-to-month and quarterly clients, I will keep certain items, like commonly-used products or props, on site for them. These items might be specific outfits that appear in a lot of their marketing or the most popular scents of a body product that are sold year round. Doing this provides a big convenience factor for these clients and means I can put together a shoot without a need for constant shipping. This also incentivizes them to go ahead and do more shoots because they know it’s not going to cost them an arm and a leg in shipping fees every time. So if you’ve identified a photographer you really want to work with, reach out to them and ask if they have any options around keeping items on hand for consistent clients. It’s your product, time, and money, so don’t be shy about inquiring!
Consider dropshipping items to your photographer directly from your manufacturer, printer, or wholesaler. This will save the extra cost of having to get the product into your home and then turn around and ship it to your photographer. (And if you happen to sell through Amazon, it’s very easy to use their service to mail products to a photographer’s doorstep.) Most photographers, like myself, will be happy to do a quick quality check when they receive an item to inspect for dents or leaks or to get clothing hung up right away. And they’ll promptly let you know if there is a need to pop back your photoshoot timeline due to a damaged item.
Distributors Local to your Photographer
Another way to save some shipping money is to look at what distributors or printers are near your photographer so an item doesn’t need to travel far. For example, I had a gal who specialized in hand calligraphy and wanted to add a bunch of new items to her Etsy shop. She decided to use Printed Mint, which is close to me in Arizona and has great quality and turnaround time, to create a t-shirt, coffee mug, bag, and a couple of other things for her scheduled shoot. Then Printed Mint quickly sent the items along to me for much less than she would have paid to have the items created somewhere else, sent to her, and then mailed to me over a greater distance.
Now you have my 3 simple, cost-saving shipping tips. If you’re a product business owner and have other tips for mailing items to a photographer, I’d love to hear from you so I can add them to the list! And for continuing tips around the product and business lifestyle photography worlds, don’t forget to subscribe to my blogcast on iTunes and Spotify.
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