There’s no such thing as a “Perfect Photo”

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“Your Best Shot of the Summer” – Image Contest Recap

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Last month, many of you participated in our contest called “Your Best Shot of the Summer.” The theme encouraged you to share your most compelling, inspiring and fun shots from your summer season. Wow, we were amazed by the incredible images that you shared!

Tennessee-based photographer Robyn McIsaac won the contest with her heartfelt image entitled “Little Miss America.” For her creativity and efforts, Robyn won some sweet ShootQ prizes! But more important, she won the hearts of many viewers who saw her winning image.

Since ALL of your images inspired us – and your friends and families – we wanted to encourage even more discussion and sharing. So, we’ve created this blog post for you!

The winning image by Robyn McIsaac of Pix by Robyn

The runner up! Photo by Joshua Frith of Joshua Dwain Photography

Photo by Love and Life Photography

Photo by Stephanie Hunter-Drago of Stephanie …

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Your Best Shot of the Summer Image Contest – Behind the Winning Image!

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Photographer Robyn McIsaac is a Tennessee-based professional who won our image contest entitled, “Your Best Shot of the Summer.”

For her creativity and efforts, Robyn won some sweet ShootQ prizes! But more important, she won the hearts of many viewers who saw her winning image, entitled “Little Miss America.”

The Photo Life team was eager to hear more about Robyn’s heartfelt image, including how she created it and what it means to her clients.

Here’s a glimpse into Robyn’s creative process:

“When this tiny one arrived for her ‘welcome to the world’ photo shoot, her parents came in carrying this vest that weighed a ton more than she would have soaking wet.”

Immediately interested in the story behind the vest, Robyn inquired. Her client opened up, and the resulting image took on more meaning.

“The Mom shared their story, that her husband was deployed very suddenly and secretly just two very long days before she discovered …

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Keeping Tabs on Your Leads (and Turning them into Paying Clients!)

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Have you ever had a sales lead fall through the cracks? Maybe a bride emailed you about her wedding, but her email got pushed down so far in your rapidly-filling inbox that you totally forgot to reply to her? We all know this feeling; it’s frustrating for you AND your prospective clients!

Losing track of leads can cost your business – big time. You may lose jobs when you don’t respond quickly to leads, or when you simply forget to follow up. How can you ensure that you’re keeping tabs on your leads, so you can turn them into paying clients?

I. Centralize your notes

When you get a new lead, enter it into some kind of system (ShootQ, Excel, etc.) ShootQ is ideal because it checks for date conflicts and automatically fills out all the fields for you and creates a contact card for that person.

You can …

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Case Study: Why ShootQ Makes Sense for Anne Almasy

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Photo: Anne Almasy

Anne’s search for a solution that would streamline her growing photography business led her to ShootQ. Because of ShootQ, Anne has been able to set up a faster booking process, better contract management, and streamlined business operations.

In this case study we’ll explore:

• Why early investments in your business do make a difference. • How keeping track of your business in one place, with access from anywhere, streamlines operations. • Why it’s important to find the best solution to manage a thriving photography business. • How to quantify the savings ShootQ provides.

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The Value Professional Photographers Offer Boudoir Clients

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I believe every woman is beautiful and should have images that showcase her beauty. It’s all about finding an artist who can pose them and photograph them in the most flattering ways. Most women have dreamed of being a glamorous movie star, or even a magazine centerfold. But what are we all waiting for? Maybe until that moment when we feel like we’ll look in the mirror and say, “I am beautiful!” Stop waiting. We are beautiful NOW.

Today, we’re inundated with images of beautiful women – in magazines, on TV, and in print campaigns. Everywhere we turn, we see “sexy” photos. And these images often lead to negative body image issues, and make us believe that we cannot be as beautiful as the ads we’re seeing. This is simply false.

I’m pretty sure that all women have aspects of their body that they’re not 100% comfortable with, and maybe even wish …

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Case Study: Why ShootQ Was the Only Choice for Leeann Marie

Before finding ShootQ, Leeann Marie was in search of a tool that managed all aspects of her new photography business. Now that she has ShootQ, she’s able to run her business like a well-oiled machine, saving time and headaches in the process!

In this case study, we’ll take a look at Leeann Marie’s business and explore the ways that:

• Investing in your business upfront makes a big difference • Cloud-based services accelerate the speed of your business • Time savings allows for more bookings and work-life balance • Smooth operations lead to successful and thriving businesses

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Image Contest: Submit and Get a Chance to Win a Free Year of ShootQ

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Submit Your “Best Shot of the Summer,” and Get a Chance to Win $1,958 in Prizes.

 

It’s easy to enter. Just send your “best shot of the summer” to contests@shootq.com between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21, 2013 (web-res jpg format). Please include your address (city and state) with your submission. Once the submission period closes, we will upload all eligible submissions to an album on the ShootQ Facebook page and promote the voting period, from Sept. 22 through Sept. 28, 2013. Share with friends, family and colleagues to garner “likes” for your submission. The image with the most “likes” by the end of the voting period wins!

Make sure you include a logo or watermark in the lower right-hand corner of your image to get more exposure for your studio. We also encourage you to share the call for entries Facebook post and tag ONE photographer friend who inspires or …

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The Most Important Thing About Photography

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5 Ways Blogging Beats Traditional Advertising

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Considering dumping dollars into traditional advertising? Think again. Try blogging instead. Of course, blogging isn’t a new concept, but you may be surprised to find out that it can be even more effective for your business than traditional advertising tactics. If you’re strategic in your approach, your blog may be your best source of advertising – and save you lots of money in the long term. Here’s why…

1. Blog posts help you reach other networks through social media channels.

By adding social sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc to your blog posts, it’s easy for readers to share your blog content with their own networks. This is a free way you can extend your reach beyond your own network. Traditional online advertising isn’t shareable in the same way, since conventional ads aren’t usually compelling enough to share.

2. Blog posts can help you rank for terms that your target audience …

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