The Power of Personal Projects

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Every year since I launched my photography business, I’ve carved out time to pursue a personal project. It’s a part of my art that has helped me flourish as an artist, a person and as a business owner. Ranging from a large project that took over 2 years to complete and culminated with a gallery show to a small project I completed in 15 days with iPhone only pictures, each personal project has existed solely to help me create work that speaks to my heart and show the world the space I was in at the time.

Personal projects are exactly what they say: personal. They exist to give you a channel to explore parts of WHO you are and WHAT interests you with only parameters you set for yourself. With no money or time pressures and no voices of others in your head, they give you permission to make something …

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5 Tips for Coordinating and Creating Compelling Social Media Messaging

Coordinating social media messaging can be daunting. Not only do you feel pressured to craft perfectly interesting messaging that attracts attention, but you’re supposed to do it consistently!

Here are five tips for removing stress and saving time while creating social media messaging for these channels:

1. Choose the right tool.

Instead of jumping from login to login, choose a tool that enables you to post content on various social media sites from a central location. We recommend Hootsuite.

2. Schedule in batches.

Instead of waiting for inspiration to strike or spending bits of time creating social media messaging throughout the week, identify a specific time and day each week to create and schedule messages. By batching your messages, you’ll be consistent and efficient.

Note: Although you’re scheduling in advance, don’t be afraid to make relevant updates as they arise. By not overloading your schedule, you’ll be flexible yet consistent.

3. Understand the purpose of every channel.

Each social media channel …

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Inspire Photo Contest 2015, Sponsored by ShootQ

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Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Inspire Photo Contest, sponsored by ShootQ. We received some fantastic and diverse entries.

And the winners are …

– First Place: Taylor Whitham, t.Dow Photography – Second Place: Jeff Turner, Black Thumb Studio – Third Place: David Apuzzo, David Apuzzo Photography

First Place Winner (508 Votes): Photo by Taylor Whitham, t.Dow Photography

 

Second Place Winner (389 Votes): Photo by Jeff Turner, Black Thumb Studio

 

Third Place Winner (212 Votes): Photo by David Apuzzo, David Apuzzo Photography

 

Photo by Kelly Cronin Bicknell, Kelly Cronin Photography

Photo by Stephanie Krist, Stephanie Rita Photography

Photo by Michael Hanlon, Hanlon-Fiske Studios

Photo by Danielle Klein-Williams, dani. fine photography

Photo by Dawn Ferragamo, Dawn Ferragamo Photography

Photo by Christina Richards, Christina Richards Photography

Photo by Marina DeMarco, Lumina By Marina

Photo by Bryan Jamieson, Bryan Michael Photography, LTD.

Photo by Will Wohler, Will Wohler Photography

Photo by Elizabeth Clark Libert, Elizabeth …

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Case Study: ShootQ Helped Jeremy Chou Follow His Dream

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Photo: Jeremy Chou

Jeremy Chou started his career as an architect. He was successful and had a good job, but something was missing: creativity. Initially picking up a camera for a creative outlet outside of work, Jeremy soon booked his first wedding. Then his bookings started to pickup, and after 30 months and nearly 50 weddings, he was able to leave his old job and run his professional photography business full time.

In this case study, you’ll learn:

• How ShootQ helped Jeremy Chou quit his day job and focus on his photography business full time • How ShootQ helped Jeremy Chou build and grow his photography business • How ShootQ helped Jeremy Chou improve customer service • How ShootQ saves Jeremy Chou time and money, so he can shoot more and work less

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Case Study: ShootQ “Just Made Sense” for Carla Ten Eyck’s Business

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Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

A ShootQ user for more than five years, Carla Ten Eyck recalls, “It was the only thing at the time. There was so much talk about how to stay organized, how to run your studio, etc. My PUG (Photographer User Group) shared information about ShootQ and discussed it. It’s a very analytical group, so we went through all the pros and cons. Once one of our group members signed up, it picked up like wildfire. It just made sense.”

In this case study, you’ll learn:

• How ShootQ helps Carla Ten Eyck stay organized with all her business information in one place • How ShootQ keeps Carla Ten Eyck connected on the go • How ShootQ gives Carla Ten Eyck peace of mind • How ShootQ allows Carla Ten Eyck to shoot more and work less

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Case Study: Holli B Gets Organized, Collaborates & Manages Her Busy Studio with ShootQ

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Photo: Holli B

Holli B started using ShootQ more than five years ago. Previously, she used old-fashioned paper files and checklists to manage her business, but she couldn’t access information and task lists from outside her studio.

In this case study, you’ll learn:

• How ShootQ helps Holli B keep track of multiple shoots, photographers and schedules • How ShootQ allows Holli B to work from anywhere • How ShootQ helped Holli B significantly improve lead tracking and nurturing • How ShootQ helped Holli B grow her business

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Case Study: How Don Bryant Thompson Took Control of His Business with ShootQ

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Photo: Don Bryant Thompson

Before Don Bryant Thompson signed up for ShootQ, he had 500 pounds worth of paper files. His processes were “archaic” and required a lot of unnecessary work. “ShootQ completely changed the way I run my business,” he said. “The tools are fantastic! They got me organized.”

In this case study, you’ll learn:

• How ShootQ helps eliminate excess paper files • How ShootQ automates and streamlines many day-to-day processes • How ShootQ allows its users to work efficiently from anywhere • How ShootQ helps you shoot more and work less

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Case Study: How ShootQ Helped Misty Miotto Go Green & Find Work-Life Balance

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Photo: Misty Miotto

After 20 years in business, Misty Miotto and her team have an impressive number of weddings to their credit – more than 1,400 and counting. During the busy season, they often shoot six weddings a week! Given this volume, smooth operations are imperative to have any life outside of work.

In this case study, you’ll learn:

• How ShootQ helps reduce paper output to almost nothing • How ShootQ saves valuable time for other important priorities • How ShootQ automates many of your day-to-day business processes • How ShootQ helps you manage your business and stay productive from anywhere

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Need Light? Speedlite! Tour Coming to a City Near You

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What does it take to create stunning professional photos over and over again with any type of camera and lenses? Learn from Bob Davis and Stephen Eastwood at one of their Need Light? Speedlite! tour stops, hitting 32 cities across the United States between March 9 and May 29, 2014!

Both recognized as Canon Explorers of Light, Bob and Stephen have mastered Speedlites and used them for countless shoots since the beginning of their careers. They have also taught their unique techniques to numerous students around the world.

“Why speedlites?” The answer: Small lights with BIG possibilities! Both Bob and Stephen want to teach you new ways to think about lighting, so you too can achieve stunning results with small strobes.

The Need Light? Speedlite! tour consists of two parts:

Daytime Workshop The daytime workshop alternates between the two instructors as they breakdown their tested lighting methods and theories equipped with cutting-edge gear along alternates …

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Case Study: How ShootQ Helped Molly Marie Grow Her Business

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When Molly Marie started her business while she was still in college, she knew she needed a tool to help her manage her clients, appointments and business processes. But she was pleasantly surprised when she got even more with ShootQ.

In this case study, you’ll learn:

• How Molly Marie used ShootQ to help grow her business • How ShootQ can help with lead management and tracking • How easy it is to market your business with ShootQ • How many of your business processes can be automated with ShootQ

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