Blog By Night

The official blog of Fly By Night Graphics, Ltd.          Serving the Twin Cities since Tuesday!


Fight hunger & get a deal on your wedding photography!

If you are looking for a way to give back, a fun evening out, some good eats, some laughter and/or a great deal on your wedding photography… then check out Dish: Cuisine for Change. Dish is the annual fundraiser gala for Second Harvest Heartland. Their mission is to end hunger in the heartland. Dish is a really fun event featuring some of the Twin Cities’ best chefs who let you sample dishes from their upscale restaurants. There is also wine and martinis, silent and live auctions and a performance by Minnesota native, and one of my all-time favorite comedians, Louie Anderson! The event is selling fast, so click the image above for more info today!

OK, so what does all this have to do with wedding photography, you ask? Well, it’s simple… Fly By Night Graphics, Ltd. is donating an $800 credit towards a wedding package. The bidding will start at $300… so you could save quite a bit of money and what you do spend will go towards a great cause. Even if the bidding gets up higher, you’re not out anything and SHH gets a nice donation. I will be at the event taking photos if you have any questions. Or feel free to contact me ahead of time.


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on April 15th, 2009 at 5:03 pm. Filled under: Photography,Wedding Photography. Tags: , | No Comments |

Feeling the Zen

Fly By Night Graphics, Ltd.We are in the process of switching our image hosting service. I had been using Pictage on a 6 month discounted trial basis. They have a lot to offer, but they charge quite a bit for everything. At the trial price, I could sustain a business, but once it kicks up their regular monthly fee, it’s just not going to be feasible. I can see it being a viable business plan for another studio that does much more volume than I do. Plus, their commissions on prints and products are on the high end for the industry… and just went up. So, over the last month or so, I did a lot of research on various services and settled on Zenfolio. If you happen to be in the market for online photo storage or marketing, use this referral code for a $5 discount: YSR-CAR-7SR. Still lots of uploading to do… broadband can only do so much in the up direction. More categories and events will be added as time permits. But, you can check out what we have so far here. Weddings are password protected – I tried to make them the same as they were before, if you had visited the old site. If you forgot or just want to check it out, shoot me an email.


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on February 16th, 2009 at 10:47 pm. Filled under: Wedding Photography. Tags: , , | No Comments |

Turning point…

OK, time to decide where this is going. Am I going to do a handful of weddings a year, or am I going to make this a primary source of income. In addition to the small bridal fair that we just did and the ad in the Hutch Bride’s Guide, I’m kicking around a listing on The Knot. Big jump, no? Big bucks too. It’s a gamble that could kick-start the business or have me investing in ramen futures…
Thoughts?


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on January 29th, 2009 at 9:53 pm. Filled under: Wedding Photography. | No Comments |

Our bridal fair is a great bridal fair…

Well, we survived our first bridal fair – we started small in Hutchinson. The entry is very affordable and we have free lodging and babysitting there (grandparents are awesome!), so it is a very convenient area for us to work. It was an interesting day. When we arrived, we discovered that there was not a wall behind us that we could hang things on like we were told. But, a quick trip back to the parents’ place and we had sawhorses, plywood and extra tablecloths to build a little table behind us. To the right, you can see the booth next to us (the red stripe) – another photographer! So, not the greatest layout, but hopefully we will get some couples calling for more info. It was nice to see that we are one of only two photogs in the Bride’s Guide that is put out by the Hutch Leader and the Litchfield Independent Review. Here’s to an ’09 full of bookings!


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on January 26th, 2009 at 4:48 pm. Filled under: Wedding Photography. | No Comments |

Time for some marketing…

Ryan & Tami MunnJust delivered the final prints and albums to Ryan an Tami last week. Such a fun couple. It was great to see them again and glad to hear that they are loving their new home in Andover (and over, and over again!). They really loved their album and the prints. Delivering product is so much fun… I really should do more of that. But, to do that I’ll need to get some weddings booked. And occasionally, to get more business, you need to do some marketing. I’ve decided to start “small” by targeting the Hutchinson area. It works out well since I get a lot of referrals through Jeni and my parents still live there, so free babysitters! I have an ad in the Bride’s Guide, which will come out in Hutch and Litchfield in the next week or so. Shawnee and I will also be at the Bridal Fair at the Hutchinson Event Center this Sunday. Should be fun. Need to get more sample prints ordered…


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on January 19th, 2009 at 9:46 am. Filled under: Wedding Photography. Tags: | No Comments |

Guess where I got to shoot?

This is just a quick photo I snapped with my iPhone for myself… a far cry from the images I got with the 40D, 1D Mark II and the arsenal of lenses that Wade and I used to attack the Basilica of St. Mary for a wedding on Saturday. But, not too bad for an iPhone, considering how dark it was when I took this. Technically I was only there as a VALC (Voice Activated Light Stand™) and pack mule, but given the location (and the fact that Wade trusts me and we work well together), I did get in some shooting as well. Besides, I let him use my 70-200 f/2.8L IS lens… oh, did I mention that I bought one? Yeah, it’s nice. Hand-held shots from the back of the aisle were never so sharp. “Make sure you get the kiss,” he said as he handed it back to me. No problem.
That 135mm f/2.0L that I was looking at… on hold for a while. Gotta pay for this one first… and a 5D Mark II second? We’ll see what gets announced this week/month… Speaking of which, I’m glad to report that CanonRumors.com has reached an agreement with Canon USA that will let them keep operating with the same domain!


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on September 15th, 2008 at 4:52 pm. Filled under: Wedding Photography. | No Comments |

Seth and Ronda sneak peek

Ronda and Seth were so much fun to work with. Shawnee and I had a great time shooting their wedding. I’m still editing through the images, but I wanted to give Seth and Ronda a sneak peek at some of my favorites so far. I just set up a new account that will let me do online print ordering, and it should go live next week. Read more to see some of the highlights from Seth and Ronda’s wedding…


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on June 12th, 2008 at 11:05 pm. Filled under: Wedding Photography. Tags: , | No Comments |

Nice Glass!

The foundation is now complete! Yesterday, I picked up a used Canon 16-35mm F2.8 L lens from the good folks at National Camera Exchange. I was able to talk them down to $950 for the minor inconveniences of not having the original Canon lens cap (it has a Nikon lens cap, of all things) and the soft case. So, I basically got the UV filter for free. I can’t wait to start shooting with it.
What’s this about a foundation, you ask? Well, let me tell you! I have a growing collection of lenses, but there are basically three that I own that I consider to be of high enough quality for professional use. Together, these three lenses cover the normal zoom range required for portrait, wedding and theatrical work, while all provide sharp images and a fast aperture.
The Canon 70-200mm F4 L (Someday, I’ll upgrade to the 2.8 version)
The Tamron 28-75 F2.8 XR Di
The Canon 16-35mm F2.8 L


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on April 2nd, 2006 at 10:17 pm. Filled under: Geek,Photography,Wedding Photography. | No Comments |