I paid $120 at this year’s Dragon*Con to get my photo taken with the guys from Quantum Leap. Why did I spend that much? First, you should know that the photo package offered three things:
- An 8×10 photo to be picked up at the show.
- Another 8×10 photo to be picked up at the show.
- A digital copy so I can print other copies myself.
You see, I wanted the second copy because my mom is also a fan of Quantum Leap. I have really great childhood memories of watching the show with her and the excitement we shared during each episode. We had bona fide “family TV nights” in my home when I was growing up.
Thus, a photo of her “little boy” with Sam and Al would mean just as much to her as my meeting them in person would mean to me.
The money spent ($120) is to create a memory, albeit a short one, that is captured and remembered for a lifetime. You are paying for a private moment to enjoy being “a fan” of someone and/or something.
Some of us like being public with our enthusiasm… hence me posting the photo for all to see: http://www.tomcroom.com/?p=6779
Others, though, cherish the moments as something private. The choice, though, should be left to the consumer (fan) who paid the money.
Instead of emailing copies of the digital photo copies to the paying customers, it seems the folks at Froggy’s photos took the easy way out and just uploaded them onto a Flickr account. This was NOT disclosed before buying the photos, by the way.
(Note: as I typed this post, I went to the Flickr account and found that the photos are gone and the message “This member is no longer active on Flickr” appears instead.)
Well – the account is gone, but the damage is already done.
It seems that a number of comedy/news sites including Funny or Die, Jezebel, Buzzfeed, and dlisted have all taken select photos that Froggy’s photos took at Dragon*Con featuring Luke Perry… and reposted them with less than good intentions.
WHICH LEADS ME TO ASK THIS SIMPLE QUESTION: WHY HAS NO ONE ELSE STEPPED UP TO TAKE OVER DOING WHAT FROGGY DOES?
The reason I paid for the photo through Froggy’s is NOT because of Froggy’s reputation… it was because it was the ONLY choice for getting the photo. With all the horror stories and nightmares I hear with communication issues and other problems (like the one cited in this post) you have to wonder how he keeps returning to conventions.
In short: there’s an obvious business opportunity out there for a talented photographer with some organization skills. With today’s economy as tight as it is, someone should build the “better mousetrap” for convention photography.