Albums Inc. is the world’s largest wholesaler of professional photography supplies. As such, we can make a world of difference to your operation. Whether you are a studio, wedding and portrait photographer, or frame shop, you can count on us for everything after the photography. And we mean everything. Stock albums, custom albums, digital albums, mats, mounts, folios, proof books … memory mates, pennants, photo cards and imprinting … frames accessories, supplies … all this and more.

Kathy Biegel
Customer Relationship


Monday, November 24, 2008

Traveling to Italy....

I wanted to give you a quick update. First I would like to Thank all the photographers that responded to my last blog. Your feedback was greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

Now for some exciting news. I am on my way to Italy to visit with the folks that are manufacturing Epoca. I am so excited to see hands on how the product is made and looking forward to getting better educated on the software.

The software is free and can be downloaded at It’s a very exciting product in this crazy market because it has so many great marketing tools at a very affordable price. The main album 10pg/20sides printed and bound for only $186.00 . Doesn’t get better than that. You design it in our free software and upload it and you will receive your finished product back and ready for delivery for your client.

Booking season starts soon so get your studio sample at 50% off.

631-834-4919 or email

Monday, July 28, 2008

Where I'll Be August-October

Stop by and say hi, I would love to see you and answer any questions you may have.

August 4 – 8 Long Island Photo Workshop

August 11, 12 – Bridgewater New Jersey

August 23, 25, 25FPP 2008 Annual Convention Orlando, FL

September 13, 14, 15PPANE Convention – Nashua NH

October 5, 6, 7 and 8 – PPA OF PA – Camphill, PA

October 15 – Hudson Valley Monthly meeting

October 23, 24 and 25Photo Plus – New York City

October 27 and 28th – PPGNY Long Island Conference

As always, the 2008 trade show season was very hectic.

I was flying, running from PPA Florida, to PPA Mass., PPA Conn., PPA RI, WPPI Vegas, PPA NC, PPA NJ, and finally to the PPSNY state convention. I always enjoy trade show season, though, because I get to meet so many great people along the way.

After that, I was fortunate to join the Ed Pierce Tour. It was a great experience for me to see hundreds of photographers every night at each event. I’m really not sure how Ed and Barbara did it: I only did 14 cites in three weeks, and let me tell you I was wiped out!

I think in this blog I would really like to talk about the changes in the market. It doesn’t matter what state I’m in—it’s the same story everywhere. Business is down for photographers and they’re all trying to figure out what’s going on. What are they doing wrong? At least four times a week I hear photographers say, “I’m trying everything. I’m even lowering my prices and I’m still not getting the business.” When I tell them it’s not just them, they’re relieved. Then I hear this one, “I thought it was just my studio.”

So to all the photographers out there, “it’s not just you”—it’s the entire market.

So now what can we do about it?

Every bridal magazine I pickup tells the brides to ask for high-resolution files on a CD, What? That’s insane!!

No wonder photographers are being pushed against the wall. If they don’t give the CD, they don’t get the job—and they don’t feed their family. Okay, so they give the CD and make the money for the day. But the problem here is CDs don’t generate referrals, or future profits. Where does that CD go? Where do brides get their prints? CVS, Walgreen’s? So now the bride shows her friends some nice muddy brown prints. It’s not likely photographers are going to get any new customers from that!

I think that PPA and WPPI should advertise to the brides, educating them about the importance of hiring a professional photographer.

These young girls have no idea. So when the bridal magazine tells them something, they listen.

I understand it’s very expensive to reach the brides via magazines, websites, even commercials, but all the photographers I’ve spoken to have said they would pay higher dues if the money was used to educate the bride. The bride spends $1500 on limos for 3 hours. That’s $500 an hour. A photographer will spend 10 hours with them shooting the wedding and another 30 hours in post production. Does the bride know that? Why would the bride be willing to pay less for the photographer than the limo? When the day is done all she has left are those beautiful images.

We need to reach the bride and consumers with some emotional commercials—like a grandmother showing her wedding album to her granddaughter on her wedding day. Will the next generation have that? Will my children hand a CD to their grandchildren on their wedding day?

Years ago, when I shot for Bart Stevens photography, you had to have an insurance policy in order to photograph in the catering halls. What happened to that rule? That would eliminate a part of the problem.

Now’s the time to make changes in the right direction. Everyday more and more photographers are closing their storefronts, lowering their prices, and dropping their standards to compete with the amateur in order to survive.

So reach out to your local associations, as well as PPA, and start the push to make a difference. One photographer or one association cannot do it alone; everyone needs to join in to make it work. If it cost you a few bucks a year but gave you back the professional market with an educated bride, it would all be worth it.

Looking forward to many more happy profitable years together.

631-834-4919 or email

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Time flies when you’re traveling around!

First I would like to start off by saying “I hope everyone had a peaceful holiday season and you’re all rested for the New Year.” Now on to business: I know it’s booking season, so time to double check your samples and freshen up your look. We have a lot of great promotions going on for 50% off studio samples, so if you need any assistance, just let me know.

Here is a re-cap from the past few months:

October – I survived another show at the New York Javitz. This year we brought back the wheel and gave a lot of excitement to some old timers. We have so many loyal customers who have been working with us for 5,10,15, 20 and even 25 years! They make my job very pleasurable. Maybe in my next blog I will feature some of these great customers along with their photos. If you’re interested drop me an e-mail.

November – A great TEP for P.P.G.N.Y. The two-day seminar showcased some very talented speakers. All the photographers who attended were very pleased. It all worked out well. If they’re happy, then I’m happy. Everyone is happy!

December – Lots of social parties and dinner parties! A great way to spend some quality time with my extended family.

Here is where my travels will take me the next few weeks. Feel free to contact me if you would like to meet before or after any event or just come up and say hi at the event, I would love to hear what's happening with you!

631-834-4919 or email

February 23, 24, 25 for the PPAM Annual Convention at the Crowne Plaza in Natick

Rhode Island Convention March 1, 2 and 3rd in Newport RI.


Koenig's Restaurant, Floral Park This meeting will be a "MEET and GREET" All members are encouraged to attend to meet and here what everybody has to say about the business, themselves and each other

March 5 and 6 th Marriott courtyard - Wall township ..New Jersey

March 8, 9, 10 Professional Photographers of NC - convention
Sheraton Imperial Hotel

March 16, 17, 18 and 19 - WPPI Vegas

April 5 , 6 , 7 and 8 th - Image 2008 Annual Conference and trade show - PPSNY STATE CONVENTION

Captured by the Light tour

April 9 - Hartford 6:30 - 10: 30
Marriott Farmington

April 10 - Rhode Island 6:30 - 10:30
Holiday Inn Mansfield

April 13 - Boston MA 12:30 - 4:30
Holiday Inn Select - Woburn

April 14 - Meadowlands NJ 6:30 - 10:30
Sheraton Meadowlands - East Rutherford , NJ

April 15 - Westchester , NY 6:30 - 10:30
Hilton Rye town

Marriott Uniondale , NY
April 17 - Long Island, NY 6:30 - 10: 30

April 26, 27 28 and 29th PPANJ State Convention
Atlantic City , Bally's

April 30th Baltimore MD 6: 30 - 10:30
Holiday Inn Select North - Timonium MD Ca\al

May 1 - Washington - Baltimore 6:30 - 10: 30
Marriott BWI Airport

May 4th Washington DC 12:30 - 4:30
Marriott Westfield Center

May 5th - Richmond , VA 6: 30 - 10: 30
Doubletree Airport - Sandston, VA

May 6th - Raleigh , NC 6:30 - 10:30
Marriott Crabtree Valley

May 7th - Winston Salem , NC
Sundance Plaza Hotel

May 8th - Charlotte , NC
Sheraton Airport

May 21 - Hudson Valley - PPA 6 - 10 pm

Feel free to contact me and set up a meeting before or after an event!
631-834-4919 or email

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Congratulations to Rick and Jamie Helman of Rick Helman Photography and Video Inc.

Congratulations to Rick and Jamie Helman of Rick Helman Photography and Video Inc. on the birth of Samantha Jillian Helman.

September 7. 2007
5lbs 3oz, 19inches

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More Photos from the Events!

August 15 - Hudson Valley’s boat trip up the river.

July 23 – Suffolk PPGNY group’s dinner at Fire Island.


Wow! It’s October already! How time flies when you’re having fun! I‘ve been a very busy girl over the past few months. Not only have I been meeting with photographers and showing new products, but I’ve been busy with luncheons, dinner cruises, beach outings, conventions and one-day seminars. It’s all been lots of fun with my photographers … I must say there’s never a dull moment in the world of photography!Mid July – Vivian Photography had a group of photographers meet in her outdoor garden. The weather was perfect! We sat in her gorgeous garden and everyone had the opportunity to share his or her experiences. Whether it was about photography, products, or flash problems, we talked about it all. It’s so nice to see how photographers are so willing to help each other. After lunch Vivian was driving a few of the girls around on her quad and I was grabbing my samples out of the car when UPS pulled up with a delivery. Guess what it was: two boxes from Albums Inc.! What perfect timing …I was so excited! See, it’s the simple things in life that make me happy…

July 23 – This was Suffolk PPGNY’s group dinner on Fire Island. Once again it amazed me how much everyone enjoyed getting together and sharing ideas, dreams, and even fears as our market continues to change.August 8-11—Long Island Photo Workshop was great, as always, everyone seemed to be very pleased with the speakers. A couple photographers came over my house one night. It was a fun evening but a little scary when I looked at the photos the next day. Here I had 7 or 8 professional photographers taking photos with my camera and they were all blurry. As usual Wednesday night is pizza night on the beach.

August 15 – This was Hudson Valley’s boat trip up the river. Photographers who live in the Hudson Valley are so lucky; it’s so beautiful there, and every year the weather is picture perfect! The food was great and the DJ had people dancing. Some photographers even came from Long Island to join in the fun!

September – Now starts the busy season— conventions and TEP.
The PPANE convention was the first week of September, and it turned out well again for us.

October 1—Daniel Duke from Massachusetts gave a one-day seminar in Newburgh, NY. He pulled in a nice crowd and all the photographers really enjoyed his seminar.

Well that’s all for now. I will be at the Photo Plus Show so stop in and say “hello”. I will also be at the Long Island two-day conference. They have a great line up of speakers, so be sure and sign up early. For more info go to: