Archive for February, 2010

Music on photography websites? Yes or no?

Personally, I love music on photography websites and blogs. However, I do understand that it may be a problem for some people (especially if they are surfing your site at work…and don’t want anyone to know!). So, what do you think? How do you feel about music on photography business websites and blogs? Leave your comments below, and thanks!

Natural Light Project contest winner!

Congratulations to Rihyann, the winner of the Natural Light Project giveaway.  Thank you to all who entered.  I plan on doing more giveaways in the future, so stay tuned!

Photographers With A Day Job - This One Is For You

I too had a “day job” when I first started my photography business.  Actually, it really gave my business a boost because most of my photography clients were my co-workers, and they helped spread the word about my photography business.  I came across this blog post about having a photography business AND a day job at the same time.  Enjoy, and I’ll see you over at Shuttermom University for more photography business tips and coaching.

Click here for the article

Husband and Wife Photography Team Share Life and Business

“One upside would be that we get to have a job we love. The creative process is fun, and our relationship with our clients is enjoyable. We like thinking of new ideas and ways to grow,” Laura said.

“The downside is learning how to separate business and our personal lives. Our work can’t be the center of our lives. The flexibility, though, of having our own business is the major positive, but it’s up to you for the business to grow,” Nate said.

Click here for the full article, and I’ll see you over at Shuttermom University for more photography business coaching!

POV Photography

Another great video from Chase Jarvis.  See how he gets cool angles and shoots jaw dropping POV (point-of-view) photos. Enjoy!

Packing Your Photo Gear with Chase Jarvis

Award winning photographer Chase Jarvis shows us the ins and outs of how he packs his photo gear for shoots on locations around the world, as well as just down the street. Whether you’re an established pro or and aspiring amateur, you’ll pick up some great tips from Chase, including what gear he travels with, what bags/packs he uses, and how he navigates the airlines and freight companies with his photo equipment in tow.

Shaun White ESPN Photo Shoot

Okay, so they really don’t show much of the photo shoot in this video, but I liked it anyway.  Shaun is an entertaining guy and an amazing athlete.  Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you over at Shuttermom University for more photography business coaching.

Natural Light Project Giveaway

I’m giving away a free download of my best-selling Natural Light Project.  You can see a full description of the prize here.  Here’s how to enter:

1.  Tweet this:  @Shutter_mom giveaway:  Natural Light Project! http://shuttermomblog.com/blog/?p=1611

2.  Facebook this:  Shuttermom is giving away a free Natural Light Project!  To find out how to enter, go to http://shuttermomblog.com/blog/?p=1611

3.  Enter your name and email into the Contest Machine widget below.

The contest ends at noon eastern time on Friday, Feb. 26th.  Winner will be chosen at random by Contest Machine software.

Good luck!
Cindy

Do You Have a Marketing Plan For Your Photography Business?

From Black Star Rising:

There is no shortage of marketing guidance for photographers on the Web today. “How to Use Social Media.” “How to Use SEO.” “How to Use Trade Shows.” “How to Use Business Cards.” “How to Write ‘How to’ Posts.” The list is endless.

But all this information isn’t worth much if you don’t have a plan. And by that I don’t mean some vague goal of becoming the next Nachtwey or Leibovitz. I mean a formal marketing plan.

Click here for the full article, and for more photography business tips and coaching, be sure to join us over at Shuttermom University.

How To Build Your Brand Using Twitter

Dan Schawbel wrote a very informative and helpful guide to building your brand using the social networking tool Twitter.  His blog post includes a guide on creating a Twitter marketing plan, how to utilize third party applications to better help you manage Twitter, and how to form a Twitter “mastermind group.”  I think you’ll find this info very helpful - especially if you are new to Twitter or aren’t sure how or why it is good for your business.  For the full article, click here.

For more ideas and tips for your photography business, be sure to visit us at Shuttermom University.  See you there!

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