You have to love Groupon. I do. I get on Groupon’s website, and not only do I find excellent deals, I also find a multitude of ideas for dates and outings with friends. Kayaking trip? Yes, please! Painting with a Twist discount? Fun!
There are also a bunch of practical services offered for a discount on Groupon. This weekend I hired a company to unload my boxes from a truck into my new home after learning about them – and getting a deal – on Groupon.
And take this website. I’ve been wanting a new photo for the home page for a while. I have lots of pictures of myself – but not many at the right angle, and not many taken recently. So I’ve been using one taken three years ago. After perusing Groupon I found Ron Parks Photography in Austin offering a deal: $59 for an hour-long session which includes five digital retouched images, two 4×6 prints, one 5×7 print, and one 8×10 print.
What a great opportunity! The prints themselves were worth the cost. Professional prints usually are so expensive. And getting the digital copy rights was exactly what I needed so I could use them on this website.
I called Ron’s office and was able to book a photo shoot only five days later.
Ron Parks Photography is in a central Austin location – 2321 San Antonio Street – only a block over from the University of Texas. It wasn’t difficult for me to find a parking meter spot on the street. Their office is not much to brag about, but that was fine with me because we spent most of the shoot outside.
When I arrived I learned Ron was out on a bridal photo shoot – apparently he is in high demand for weddings – and so a guy named John would be taking my photos. John was friendly and very patient. He took me to several locations so I could have a variety of backgrounds to choose from, and he listened to my requests. My husband had teased me beforehand about getting photos at all – calling them my “glamour shots” – but John was encouraging and made me feel at ease.
With the hundreds of shots John took, I figured at least one of them had to be good. And they were good! John assembled the best, did touch-ups on a few, and posted an album to the Ron Parks website so I could choose my favorites. I got to see them by the end of the week.
Though I did not get to meet him in person that day, I have talked to Ron Parks on the phone and he seems gregarious. I recommend him for your future photography needs, if you live in Austin. Here is a link to his website, ronparksphotography.com. You can connect with him on Facebook here, too.
Thanks to Ron and John for the fun and affordable photography experience! And thanks to Groupon for making me aware of them in the first place!