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The term 'free Internet access' takes on new meaning for Britain's professional wedding photographers in a nationwide series of top-drawer seminars during May 2001.
Celebrated photographer Ian Coates will be touring Birmingham (May 8), Manchester (May 9), Cardiff (May 16), Swindon (May 17), Milton Keynes (May 22) and Nottingham (May 23) showing photographers how they can use a new service to increase sales and get money for their work more quickly.
Photographers attending can walk away with the software to operate on-line proofing and ordering, and it won't cost them a bean as the seminars are backed by superlab chain Colab and Fujifilm Professional Imaging.
Colab's 'proweddings.co.uk' has been set up for photographers whether shooting digitally or conventionally. It enables couples and their families to view their own 'official' images and allows a wider group of family and friends to see candids - all images can be ordered and paid for via the secure site.
The service brings added financial rewards, too. Not only can photographers offer additional services to their customers, the money is paid 'up front' thus overcoming the delays many high street photographers face when collecting money from their customers. The money is collected by Colab and the photographer's share immediately made available to them.
"It's a brilliant service for professionals, designed to increase their customer base and speed up the time it takes for clients to place orders," says Colab marketing manager Phil Hurley. "No more waiting for album proofs to do the circuit - clients can view their pictures wherever and whenever they like. No prior knowledge of the technology is necessary and the seminars are free - what better investment could there be?"
Ian Coates, a Fujifilm Distinction winner and recipient of the BIPP Presidential Award for services to the profession, lectures extensively and has photographed Royalty from around the world as well as heads of state, church, industry and the Arts.
Numbers at the seminars are limited and places can be reserved by calling Colab on 024 7644 0404.