Their outfits were selected well in advance: pastels with bibs and buttons, and polished white buckled shoes. These were to be the photographs that would grace our mantel in future years. We’d reminisce about spring gone by, and smell the fresh daffodils, in the vase beside the frame. These would be the Easter pictures with the young boys and baby animals.
Our Saturday morning session arrived. The studio was more of a barnyard with bright lighting. We were greeted with clucks and “baaa.” The baby animals roamed freely. Think of a cute animal; it was probably there somewhere.
We were called to the back and soon realized a problem. Taylor was sitting almost in tears. As we encouraged him to smile he broke down and finally described the bunny was hurting him. Apparently the rabbit had sharp claws digging into his bare legs.
So now the bunny moved to a side wagon and of course neither of the boys would go anywhere near the rabbit. Taylor treated it like a deranged prop from Monty Python. (Thank you for anyone who understands that reference).
The lamb defecated on the white sheet wrapped about the floor. “Tripp, Don’t step there! We need a tissue.”
“Dad, the lamb just …” Great, now they’re afraid of the lamb too.
“I know Tripp. Can we get some paper towels over here,” I shouted two directions trying to control the barnyard bathroom chaos. What could possibly be worse?
From the next room we heard a little girl shrill, and then “Oh, honey,” said the photographer, “Be careful. Baby ducks die easy.”
Wait, what was that? How do you acquire that knowledge, “baby ducks die easy?” My focus now switched to the activities in the adjacent studio. How many baby ducks do you keep in the back room? Do other animals die easy too, or just the ducks? What do you do with all the passed baby ducks? You don’t flush a baby duck do you?
I never knew children’s photography worried about inventory control. Their stock was expiring faster than a new edition college textbook. Of course we have better disposal methods.
College bookstores have found much success partnering with MBS. Textbook Trader is a distribution option based on specific demand, and stores can use it at any time. There is even a feature to list the recently used titles on your campus. Prices are competitive and include a commission to the store as well as free shipping.
If Textbook Trader isn’t an option, One Planet Books focuses on saving the environment. This recycling option can be used in coordination with back room stock and student buyback. MBS will provide the materials, shipping, and even basic advertising, plus $10 a carton
Baby ducks and college textbooks have a shelf life. It’s unfortunate when inventory expires, but how you handle the situation tells much about who you are and the business you run.