Guest Writer’s and Dale and Jill Lempa of Lempa Creative are a husband and wife team of photographers from Cary, NC who specialize in wedding and engagement photography. If you’re a wedding photographer, then you can understand how stressful or hectic weddings are. Sometimes it might not occur that the bride is just as, if not more stressed out than we are. Dale and Jill have taken the time to share these helpful insights in just what the bride is thinking and how you as the photographer can help! [more]
Photoshelter recently released Pricing Your Work: Magazine Photography, with insights from Wonderful Machine’s CEO Bill Cramer. The free guide provides photographers with tips on how to handle fees and expenses, terms and conditions photographers should have in their agreements and examples of contracts used in real situations.
In this guide, Bill Cramer touches base on some of the important highlights giving [more]
Right now on creativeLIVE you can catch 23 year old Ryan Holiday giving away his secrets on how to be smart when it comes to getting free media attention for your business. You might think taking advice from a 23 year old is absurd, but since he landed a job as the marketing director of American Apparel he most have done something right. This course covers a major issue for photographers and we’ve come to realize we need to get even more creative in the way we market ourselves. [more]
At Fstoppers, we do our best to stay away from topics that are strictly political in nature. Generally speaking, it’s not our place. We are a blog for creative professionals, not any number of sites that poke at hot button issues for the sake of sensationalism. However, once in a while, a situation arises that directly affects photographers and their decisions. One such situation occurred when Weddings Unveiled Magazine rejected a photographer’s paid advertisement. [more]
The Verge and Gizmodo have featured a video found on Youtube that shows Adobe’s CEO, Shantanu Narayen, masterfully avoiding answering a very direct question: “How can Adobe justify selling the Creative Suite for $1400 more in Australia than in the United States?” Rather than talking about the pricing of the Creative Suite, Narayen continually deflects to the Creative Cloud. [more]
When dealing with a client’s project I will bend over backwards, even do summersaults and cartwheels if they ask. I will give 100% before, during and after the photo shoot to take their ideas or concepts and do what I can to knock it out of the park for a client. Sometimes the photographs end up in the portfolio, other times the photographs do not make the cut.
There are projects that you create for clients and there are others that you create for yourself. [more]
A website is one of the most important tools for any professional photographer. A website allows your work to be found through searches, can be used as a great digital portfolio in a pinch, and is an excellent way to interact with your potential clients and fans of your work. However, when I look through others photographers websites, I find a long list of ‘No-No’s’ on a design level. So here are five tips to help improve your website’s presence on the internet. [more]
I’ve been out of college for just 8 years now and in my mind I am far from being “successful.” I’m not going to pretend that I know what it takes to become successful, obviously I’m still trying to figure that out, but I’ve made enough mistakes to know what not to do. This is my list of the top 5 ways to never become successful. [more]
Have you ever be interested seeing just how much information Facebook has on you? What if there was a tool that could take that information and turn it into an easy to read visual display? How about finding out what words you use most in your posts? (Mine happened to be “one” “shoot” and “wedding”) Find out who you share the most friends with? And lots more data that is quite intriguing. All this can be discovered through a new tool offered by Wolfram|Alpha. [more]
If you’ve seen the promotional videos for Lee and Patrick’s new DVD, How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer, several different wedding photographers are interviewed about how they run their wedding business. Being able to have insight into their workflow, their way of thinking when they’re shooting is such an amazing opportunity. For the next two days, our friends over at creativeLIVE are offering just that. [more]
The commitment to do anything every day for a whole year is a difficult one. So difficult in fact that the very concept of a New Year’s resolution is a joke to most. It’s no surprise then that for a photographer to commit to a 365 project takes some serious dedication. Doing so means that you will create and publish something new, every single day. The question is: Is forcing yourself to be newly creative every day really worth it? [more]
One thing that I believe is so important for the creative health of a photographer is listening to what other photographers have to say about their craft. I just got word that David Alan Harvey is going to be teaching at Gulf Photo Plus, and somehow David had not yet crossed my radar. As I began investigating this National Geographic photojournalist, it became increasingly apparent how much passion David has for his work. One quote that really stood out in the video above is “Take the photo first, and focus later,” [more]
When I need to send a contract out to a bride or other photography client I never have a stamp. Which makes the document sit on my desk till I finally force myself to swing by the post office (which is never a happy place). Well now there is a website that can help you bypass the mail and hopefully speed up the contract signing process.
If you are like me, the acronym SEO brings a shudder to your bones. If you are a photographer with a website, you have no doubt received countless emails from sites offering to optimize your site for a fee. In this post, I will tell you the things I did for free or next to nothing that helped push my photography website to page one of organic Google searches. The one thing that I already had working to my advantage is that my website is a non-flash site that was launched almost seven years ago. [more]
One of my favorite books is Love Is A Killer App by Tim Sanders. In it we read that business love is “the act of intelligently and sensibly sharing your intangibles (knowledge, network, and compassion) with your bizpartners.” One person who exemplifies this concept perfectly is Jasmine Star and her series of videos called Shooting Star. The videos are full of great advise for new as well as experienced wedding photographers ready to learn new tips that will help them grow their business. [more]