To kick off the month of love, I wanted to share a business that I love working with. The Pixel Chicks came into my world in the spring of 2009 at a luncheon for Maine Women Wedding Photographers. The Pixel Chicks are a digital boutique specializing in editing, color correction, retouching and album design to name a few. I was excited to meet a team of local women as I had tried many other production companies and was unsatisfied with the results and customer service.
Together, the Pixel Chicks and I tweaked my personal profile so that the color is consistent throughout each job that I submit to them and the results are amazing. I believe it takes time to get your color profile right when it comes to this working relationship, both Jenny and Nicki have taken the time to personally make sure I’m happy.
I’m outsourcing to two talented women who have embarked on owning their own business and stepping away from their full-time, corporate world jobs to focus on their clients. They are dedicated and bust their butts for us busy wedding photographers. In the past two years, I’ve had several friends sign on with them. My best friend, Jessica Lewis who is based in Santa Barbara, California was one tough nut to crack. She took on her entire work load of 30+ weddings a year and didn’t outsource any aspect of her business. This past year, she let go and now she can focus on being a new Mom and taking better care of her clients.
Jessica’s thoughts . . .
Pixel chicks have made my life and work flow more manageable. I got in touch with them in the middle of my last season and said, “HELP!!!!”. I sent them three weddings right away and have been using them ever since. I have tried three other post-production companies and the quality that they sent back to me was unacceptable. There is no comparison to working with the Pixel Chicks. I specially work with Jenny and I know she works on each individual image rather than batching my RAW files. She looks over the work before she sends it to me to make sure it all flows. And it shows! I feel like I’m really cared about and my money is well spent. LOVE YOU Jenny – THANK YOU!
I specifically work with Nicki. Over the past two years, I have had the chance to get to know her and I adore her. We have laughed our butts off together and she’s even seen me totally bawl my eyes out in the middle of wedding season. Where else can you have a personal relationship with your post-production team? To me, my business and my work are both very personal. I feel it’s really important that I invest in a company that operates in the same like-minded way that I do. So rather than handing my precious weddings off to a stranger, I know exactly who is working on my photographs.
Nicki even sent off one of our weddings this year to Best Friends Animal Society. The wedding of Carla and Jason was featured because of their animal rescue themed wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. It was such an awesome surprise to have this wedding exposed, all thanks to Nicki! Not only is she behind the scenes of Melissa Mullen Photography but she’s routing for us as well. We had a little photo shoot early last year and this photo here says to me, “Let us do the work so you can do a little more of this . . .”
The Chicks say . . .
“We would sincerely like to thank everyone who entrusted their post-production to us in 2010 – we are extremely blessed to be working with such a spectacular group of photographers, many of whom we now consider friends. Pixel Chicks collectively corrected a total of 88,910 photos last year – something we couldn’t have done without the trust and support of our wonderful clients. So we are extremely grateful to everyone, and have had a tremendous amount of fun along the way. We’re excitedly looking forward to what 2011 has to bring!”
Meet the Chicks, Jenny and Nicki . . .
If you are considering outsourcing, I highly, HIGHLY recommend the Pixel Chicks experience! They book up very fast for the season so it is best to get on their schedule now with your upcoming 2011 wedding and portrait dates. I’m looking forward to another season of handing off my 700+ photographs each week so that I can have more time to focus on each wedding. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about what it’s like being a client or contact the Chicks directly – firstname.lastname@example.org | 207.985.6368
I’ll leave you with some before and after examples. Before is straight out of camera and what I delivered to Nicki. After is what came back to me and ready for client proofing.
They bring my RAW files back to life and give me one! Thanks ladies! I’m really excited about 2011!
BEFORE above not after!
xoxo . . .