Archive for the ‘From Michelle’s Desk’ Category
My New Year’s resolution for the wedding photography part of the business is to explore using social media to promote it. I read two great articles about photographers who are generating a lot of business from FB. Both suggested uploading wedding photos, tagging the bride and groom, and then sitting back while they go about ...Read more.
Two days ago we downloaded the free Newsweek for iPad app, along with their special free trial issue designed to entice us to buy the real thing. It was laughably bad. We couldn’t stop passing it around from hand to hand to marvel at its slapdash, amateurish, awfulness. Newsweek launched its app over the holiday ...Read more.
This afternoon, for the first time, Greg brought our new iPad to a meeting with a prospective client. Before he left, I loaded it up with a few new portfolios that I had created specifically for that client. And that’s how I discovered some serious limitations of this device. The basic issue is that Apple ...Read more.
Hoping that tablets will run Flash so you can keep showing your portfolio that way? Well, the HP Slate will be coming soon.
I was recently talking to a former art buyer who used to work at a big NY agency. She was shocked, really and truly surprised, to find out that photographers pay for messengering their books to agencies. She didn’t think agencies would be quite so cavalier about calling books in to look for comps if ...Read more.
On Friday I took Oliver to the Jepson (our local modern art museum) for their monthly art education class for toddlers. The theme this week was Portraiture, and they introduced the concept by taking the kids to see their new exhibit of Ellen Susan’s work, and then showing them some big posters of famous works ...Read more.
So it all points to the same place – charging for the photographer’s expertise and skill and artistic vision, but not based on usage at all. That seems pretty bad at first – total buyouts for nothing! – but it doesn’t have to be. Anderson may charge nothing for a digital copy of his book, but he charges a lot for a personal appearance. And what is a commissioned photo shoot if not a personal appearance?
Today I took our 3.5 year old son Oliver to the Museum of the City of New York (Greg is back in Savannah, but we’re staying on a week longer.) After viewing the toy collection, we spent a few moments in New York Through the Lens: Photographs From the Permanent Collection, which is on display ...Read more.
I was reading the media response to the iPad launch, and caught that, like the iPhone and the iPod Touch, the iPad will also not support Flash. Like many (most?) photography studios, we use Flash to present Greg’s online portfolios. I’ve had serious reservations about this for some time, because it’s not SEO-friendly. And frankly, ...Read more.