In the late 1960â€™s, a young, entrepreneurial college student named Jack Counts, Jr. picked up a camera, took pictures at fraternity parties, had the.. read morem developed and sold them to fraternity members. Unable to locate a lab that could turn around orders quickly and inexpensively, a makeshift processing lab was fashioned and the trademarked photographs called â€śParty PicsÂ®â€ť were born.
Soon a blossoming business emerged as one campus became two, and three, then fourâ€¦until nearly every college, university, and high school in the country is now photographed during graduation ceremonies, parties, special events, groups (bands, teams, cheer squads, etc.) and processed at this now very state-of-the-art, efficiently run, black and white and color processing lab.
After years of success in special events photography, Candid Color SystemsÂ® introduced a new company targeting the female portrait market called Glamour ShotsÂ®. Knowing that women liked to be pampered, Countsâ€™ brainchild filled a niche in the formal photography business by offering a complete session to its customers which included a personalized consultation, makeover, hairstyling, wardrobe changes from a vast clothing stock in the store, a fun photography session and what is considered a first for this industry, the customers could actually view their proofs on a video monitor right after their session and order their pictures instantaneously. This first-of-its-kind video proofing system is also now available to our independent photographers worldwide.
Candid Color SystemsÂ® was established in 1972 and has been the leader in special events photo finishing and photography for over 25 years. Our goal has been to provide our customers with fast, premium quality photofinishing and, simultaneously, provide marketing methods and tools, which results in a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Our customer philosophy is that â€śOur customers are our partners and friends. We exist solely because of our customers and we are only successful when they are successful.â€ť Candid Color Systemsâ€™ goal is the same as yours â€“ to grow your business profitably.
Candid Color SystemsÂ® takes the lead in using technological advances to offer new products and services. You can keep ahead of your competition by using our custom titles, Party PicsÂ® and our state-of-the-art program for internet proofing and ordering â€“ QuicpicsÂ®, just to name a few. CCS led the way in developing electronic order entry over 15 years ago, and we continue to further advance ordering systems with our QuicpicsÂ® Online Ordering System. Entering your print orders electronically or letting your customers order online saves you time and effort, allowing you to focus on growing your business. In addition to our quality proof and print products, we offer our customers the best support in the industry. CCS has complete turn-key marketing systems to guide you through the booking, sales, photography and delivery of photos to your customer. Our expert photographers can provide you with the necessary training, and even equipment rentals, to properly execute almost any type of event. From acquiring the business, to delivering the photos, we are with you every step of the way!