Archive for May, 2010

Win One of Two $25 iTunes Giftcards This Week!

Hi Everyone!  Hope you all had a good weekend.  Monday means time for a new giveaway!  This week, Mark over at www.digitalphotobuzz.com is donating two $25 iTunes giftcards for our giveaway.

Also, be sure to take a look at their Baby Photography 101 app!  Here is more info on that:

Baby photography 101 gives you some amazing lessons on how to take creative baby portraits.

Learn how to shoot like a pro from award winning lifestyle photographer Mark Stagi.

This app walks you through different concepts to improve your baby photography and explains them in real life terms.  No drawn out techie terms just straight forward answers and creative ideas.  If you have a newborn and want to learn how to take professional photos of them or are just looking for some baby portrait ideas this is the perfect app for you.  Read through real life scenarios along with high resolution images to learn how to take better portraits.  Also view my other photography apps here:  http://bit.ly/appezzy
Here is how to enter to win one of two $25 iTunes gift cards:
1.  Follow digitalphotobuzz on Twitter here:  http://twitter.com/digitalphotobuz
2.  “Like” digitalphotobuzz on Facebook by clicking here.
3.  “Like” Shuttermom University on Facebook by clicking here.
4.  Share the following on any of your social media networks or photo forums (be sure to include the URL):  Shuttermom is giving away two $25 iTunes giftcards from Digital Photo Buzz this week!
http://shuttermomblog.com/blog/?p=2282
Want to enter more than once?  You can, provided you do ONE of the following for EACH additional entry:
1.  Sign up to receive my weekly newsletter (Shuttermom Weekly) here:  www.shuttermom.com
2.  Sign up to receive photo tips and inspiriation from Digital Photo Buzz here:  http://digitalphotobuzz.com/
3.  “Like” Photographer’s Boutique on Facebook here:  www.facebook.com/photographersboutique
4.  “Like” this post by clicking the like button at the bottom
Finally, be sure to enter your name and email in the Contest Machine box below (one time for each entry), and then leave us one blog comment telling us you entered!  Giveaway ends this Friday at noon eastern time.  Good luck!

Happy Friday! The Weekly Wrap-Up

Another fun week at Shuttermom!

1.  Congratulations to Dawn F. - the winner of the Second Skin Cocoon baby prop from Custom Photo Props!  Look for another great giveaway here on the blog next week.

2.  We are up to 118 new members for May on Shuttermom University.  That means I’ll definitely be giving away a $100 gift card to an online photography store at the beginning of June on S.U.  If we can get that number up to 150 by May 31st, it will be a $200 gift card!  You can join in the fun by becoming a member at www.shuttermomuniversity.com

3.  This weekend only:  You can save 50% off of a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to Shuttermom University by using coupon code C5A28DF479 when you check out.  Go to www.shuttermomuniversity.com, click the “join” button, and input your info along with the coupon code to get your discount!  Once you are a lifetime member, there is nothing more to pay, ever!

4.  Coming next week on Shuttermom University:  A video showing you exactly how to create a winning facebook page for your photo business - including info on how to add a tab for testimonials, how to add an email opt-in box on your fb page, and how to use html to create a landing page for fb that rocks! Look for it on the forum next week.

Thanks everyone!  Have a wonderful weekend.

How to Use SEO and Social Media to Advertise Your Photography Business

Just found this article from PDN and thought you might want to check it out.  From the article:

Photographers who think their Web sites are simply online versions of their print portfolios aren’t taking advantage of the way people use the internet to find information, and look for products and services they want, says Allen Murabayashi of PhotoShelter. The co-founder of the Web site design and hosting service offered tips for making your site  a more effective marketing tool during his video tutorial, “Your Web Site is Killing Your Business,” at the PDN Virtual Trade Show, “Focus on Wedding and Portrait Photography,” on May 25.

You can read the full article here.  In other Shuttermom news, I just added some brand new tips on how to conduct a “Fresh Faces” or “Model Search” contest for your photography business on the Shuttermom University forum. Members, log in to the forum and scroll down to the marketing section to see the tips.  Not a member yet?  Come join in the fun for less than $5 a month!  Just go to Shuttermom University and click the “join” button to get started.  See you there!

Fashion and Beauty Lighting with Karl Taylor

I really like Karl’s videos and always learn something new.  Watch as he photographs a model - shooting into the sun using off camera flash.  Enjoy the video, and be sure to join us over at Shuttermom University for more photo tips and business coaching.  See you there!

Pairing models and photographers for fun shoots

Hi There!
Just came across this article about photographer Mark Anderson of Green Bay who organizes fun photo shoots so that models and photographers can both build their portfolios. This seems like such a fun (and useful) thing to do.  Check and see if there is something similar offered in your city…and if not, why not start something up yourself?

From the article:

Anderson creates themed photo shoots as the founder of STUN Photography Group, a network of area models and the photographers who snap their pictures.

“I seemed to have tapped into something in Green Bay,” he said.

The group began in August as a way for Anderson to learn more about the art. He also runs his own photography business on the side.

For the full article, click here, and be sure to join us over at Shuttermom University for more photography tips and business ideas.  See you there!

Great senior promo video from Larry Peters

I saw this great promo on Larry Peters’ site and wanted to share.  What a great video and marketing tool!  Check it out below, and be sure to visit us over at Shuttermom University for more photography tips and business coaching.  See you there!

Peters Session Movie (a sample session) from Peters Photography on Vimeo.

Win a Second Skin Baby Photo Prop This Week

Hi Everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  Its Monday, and time for a new giveaway!

This week, our giveaway comes from Kerri at Custom Photo Props - www.customphotoprops.com.

She is giving away one petal pink Second Skin cocoon. It’s value is $17.50. This very soft and stretchy cocoon fits up to a 21 inch baby.  See the picture below:

Here’s how to enter:

1.  Become a friend of Custom Photo Props on facebook by clicking here.

2.  Tweet the following (be sure to include the URL):  @Shutter_mom is giving away a Second Skin Cocoon newborn baby prop from Custom Photo Props! http://shuttermomblog.com/blog/?p=2247

If you do not have a Twitter account, then please share the above on any other social media networks or photography forums that you belong to.

3.  “Like” Shuttermom University on facebook by clicking here.

Want to enter more than once?  You can, provided you one ONE of the following for EACH additional entry:

1.  “Like” Photographer’s Boutique on facebook here.

2.  Subscribe to Shuttermom Weekly by typing in your name and email in the form here.

3.  Follow Shuttermom on Twitter here.

4.  “Like” this post by clicking the like button at the end.

Finally, leave one comment telling us you entered, and then be sure to fill in your name and email below (once for each entry).  Giveaway ends this Friday at noon eastern time.  Good luck!

Great family portrait tips from PhotoDino

I came across this article and wanted to share.  It is full of tips for taking better family / group photos.  Tips include:

1.  Getting everyone as close together as possible (even more so than you might think!)

2.  Everyone should be touching

3.  Letting them get comfy

4.  Taking charge of kid expressions

5.  Not worrying about having everyone looking at the camera, and more!

Click here for the full article on taking better family photos, and be sure to visit us over at Shuttermom University for more photography tips and business coaching!  See you there.

This week’s giveaway!

I’m so excited to announce this week’s giveaway from Tracy Joy!  Enter to win of of Tracy’s Joy Bags from www.thejoybag.com!

Why carry a full camera bag, when you can just use your FAVORITE bag! The GLEE gives you the option of carrying your camera body and a single lens…

Here’s how to enter:

1.  “Like” Tracy’s facebook page by clicking here.

2.  “Like” the Shuttermom University page by clicking here.

3.  Tweet the following (and include the URL):  @Shutter_mom is giving away a Tracy Joy camera bag! Go to http://shuttermomblog.com/blog/?p=2229 to enter

Want to enter more than once? You can, provided you do ONE of the following for EACH additional entry:

1.  Sign up to receive Tracy’s newsletter by going here.  Sign up for an account and subscribe.

2.  Sign up to receive my free weekly ezine, Shuttermom Weekly by going here.

3.  Tell all of your photography friends about this giveaway on your social networks or photo forums.  Be sure to include this URL:  http://shuttermomblog.com/blog/?p=2229

4.  “Like” this post by clicking the “like” button at the bottom.

5.  “Like” the Shuttermom University webpage by clicking the “like” button towards the bottom of the page in the middle.

Finally, be sure to enter your name and email into the Contest Machine box below to finalize your entry, and be sure to leave a comment telling us you entered!  GIveaway ends Friday at noon eastern time.  Good luck!

Even Miss USA is on board with the boudoir trend!

You’ve never seen Miss USA Pageant glamor girls looking quite like this.

“Photographer Fadil Berisha captured the girls in the sexy portraits for the Miss Universe Organization. Some of the pageant winners — photographed on a bed — are seen in lacy lingerie and knee-high boots displaying lots of cleavage and skin.”

For the full article and a slideshow of the images, click here.

The boudoir and pin-up craze is a great way to add revenue to your photography business!  For more photography tips and business coaching, be sure to visit us at Shuttermom University.

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