What ONE THING would you change in 2013?

Now that 2012 has come to a close, hopefully you had some much needed  reflection and R&R and are ready to dive headfirst into 2013. When you think about your successes and mistakes over the past year, are there things you wish you’d done differently? Probably. But that’s the beauty of a new year – it’s a fresh start!

To get you started, we asked YOU to share ONE THING you’ll do differently in 2013. Every week, we’ll be spotlighting one photographer and the ONE THING that they’re doing differently this coming year.

What will you change? Here’s what photographer  Kristi Odom said:

 

About Kristi Odom Kristi Odom has a background in travel and nature photography that she brings into destination wedding photography. She has photographed weddings around the world including Ethiopia, Australia, Ireland, Thailand, amongst other locations. Her adventurous side tends to come out in her shoots; may it be shooting a wedding …

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Shooting for Story: How to Make Your Portrait Sessions Tell a Complete Story

©Kate Botel

I love shooting for, designing and selling albums to my family portrait clients (and then visiting their homes and seeing them proudly displayed on their coffee tables.)  In my third year in business, over half of my clients opted for an album and many ordered “bundles” – multiple copies to gift relatives and/or leave at the office – and I anticipate those numbers growing.

I’ve been told that what made my albums such a hit is that they tell a story. As a former television writer, my scripts had a clear structure, bookended by “Fade In” and “Fade Out.” When I transitioned into portrait photography and found myself producing album after album, I realized that I needed to shoot like I wrote, and approach each session like a day on a television set to ensure that a clear, beautiful and loving story would be told.

I constantly hear from clients how much their …

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What ONE THING Will You Change?

Now that 2012 has come to a close, hopefully you had some much needed  reflection and R&R and are ready to dive headfirst into 2013. When you think about your successes and mistakes over the past year, are there things you wish you’d done differently? Probably. But that’s the beauty of a new year – it’s a fresh start!

To get you started, we asked YOU to share ONE THING you’ll do differently in 2013. Every week, we’ll be spotlighting one photographer and the ONE THING that they’re doing differently this coming year.

What will you change? Here’s what wedding photographers Jen & Ashley said:

 

About the Author

Jen + Ashley are a two-woman wedding photographer team specializing in modern, fresh, and timeless wedding images. Ashley loves sprinkles, the color mint, living audaciously and dancing to The Wobble on wedding days. Jen is a persian cat collector, out eats all her guy friends, watches …

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Why You Should Sit-In on WPPI’s Print Competition Judging

A few days ago, Kristi Odom shared her wisdom about entering photo contests for self-growth. The benefits to your photo business are clear, but there’s still another benefit. It’s a hand-me-down tip from renowned wedding photographer David Beckstead, but its second-hand nature doesn’t diminish its value one iota!

Here it is: many contests – and you should ask about this for any contest you enter – allow entrants to sit in on the judging process. So, if you entered WPPI’s print competiton this year, you should sit in on the judging process. It can be brutal, but it’s the kind of critique that can change your business forever. 

 “I use it as a teaching lesson,” Kristi Odom says, “seeing hundreds of images submitted by people who think those frames are among their best work – and then hearing them discussed. For one thing, the quality of discussion is typically higher than in …

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Entering Competitions for Self-Growth: Part 2

Yesterday’s post gave you some background on how entering photo contests for self-growth can fuel both your creativity and your career. Here are specifics about finding and entering great photo contests.

Kristi suggests starting with contests in your specialty, and even in your geographic area. “You have to hunt around,” she laughs, noting that lots of competitions aren’t widely advertised. “It takes some internet time.”

In fact, if you find a contest easily, consider that a potential red flag – there are plenty of would-be contests out there that are nothing more than rights-grabbing companies hoping to score some awesome pics for their own marketing projects. Avoid those!

“The contests that offer prizes are the ones I’m wary of,” Kristi says. She recommends sticking to contests that favor photographers. How do you tell the difference? Read the rules, paying close attention to how the contest is judged, and any legalese about …

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Entering Competitions for Self-Growth: Part 1

If you knew there was a super-cheap, easy way to get professional feedback on your photography, would you do it? What if that opportunity not only included the ability to see how other photographers approached similar projects, but also happened many times a year?

Yes, we’re talking about photo competitions, and yes, you should try entering them for self-growth. But Kristi Odom taught me a few new ways to use your entries to make your work better, starting today!

A wedding and nature photographer based in northern Virginia, Kristi carries the kind of excitement about improving her shooting that brings me back to my early days just learning photography.

“When you’re in school for photography you get so much valuable critique,” she says. “When you leave school there’s just not a lot of that.” She knew she had a lot to learn, though, and for a couple years out of school …

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What ONE THING Would You Change?

Now that 2012 has come to a close, hopefully you had some much needed  reflection and R&R and are ready to dive headfirst into 2013. When you think about your successes and mistakes over the past year, are there things you wish you’d done differently? Probably. But that’s the beauty of a new year – it’s a fresh start!

To get you started, we asked YOU to share ONE THING you’ll do differently in 2013. Every week, we’ll be spotlighting one photographer and the ONE THING that they’re doing differently this coming year.

What will you change? Here’s what wedding photographer Katelyn James said:

 

About Katelyn James Katelyn James is a Wedding Photographer & Blogger based out of Richmond, VA. She started her business as a sophomore in college and has been shooting for over 4 years. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is slightly obsessed with their new puppy, Bokeh. Yes, …

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6 Ways to Affect SEO: Part 2

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Photo by Flickr User SuperBoreen

Yesterday, we outlined the first steps in Affecting SEO. This is Part 2 of our series, 6 Ways to Affect SEO! Read on for more valuable tips and tricks:

4. Page content

Google also looks at the content of your pages. On your homepage, it’s important to use your keywords. Obviously this needs to be very relevant and clear as it’s the first thing that viewers see when they come to your site.

Your homepage is the most important page to your client because it sets the tone for the rest of your site. So, while you want to support good SEO, this is still going to be a new client’s first impression of you.

Google loves fresh content, and doesn’t like stale sites. It lets Google (and your clients) know that you’re alive and active. This is why blogs rate better over static sites. However, this can be helped …

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6 Ways to Affect SEO: Part 1

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Photo by Flickr User SuperBoreen

For many of us, getting viewers to our site from a search engine is one of the best ways of finding new clients. Here are six ways that you can affect the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) of your site in order to get a little bit closer to that coveted first page on a Google search.

But before we start, let me make a note about keywords. There is much talk about keywording, but in simple terms, this is all you need to know: what searches do you want to be at the top of?

In other words, what will people be looking for when your site shows up at the top?

For example, Amber and I want to be at the top of a Google search when people search for “Huntsville Wedding Photographers.” So those are our three main keywords; Huntsville, Wedding, Photographers. I don’t want to show …

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Beyond Passion: Easy Steps Toward Success

Let’s talk about these two steps. Let’s take an honest look at what are the realities and problems we are facing. Then let’s look at what we can do to get around the current situation to survive and thrive. Our industry has changed! We must change too, or we won’t survive. Let’s look at some of the facts:

Almost everyone has a cell phone with a camera or a smart phone that is a portable computer where they can use Instagram, SnapSeed or other programs to enhance their photos. Almost everyone has a Facebook account or Flickr, Smugmug, Photobucket or other online photo albums. These popular digital dumps have almost completely taken the place of wallet photos. Almost everyone wants files of their photographs so they can post them and share them. Digital frames, laptops and IPads are killing 8×10’s and 5×7’s. Really good cameras are affordable. Today, you can buy a camera kit with …

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