For the first time ever we are offering a big discount on the Photocrati theme. But that’s not all we’re offering! In honor of Black Friday & Cyber Monday we are also offering deals on the Photographer’s SEO Community and NextGEN Gallery Pro. Each of our deals are available from November 29th – December 2nd, 2013.
Below are those details, and following that are other deals from our friends.
For Black Friday & Cyber Monday you can take 27% off the Photocrati theme, making it $65. To top off the deal we are throwing in our SEO eBook which is normally $39 at the Photographer’s SEO Community. The price will automatically be applied to those purchasing.
Photocrati is a uniquely powerful WordPress theme used by over 17,000 photographers. It’s an all-in-one solution: website & galleries & blog. With it you can create your portfolio, sell photographs with eCommerce galleries and so much more. There are 60 beautiful, built-in styles to get started, additional styles in the free design library and you can customize everything easily without knowing code.
Speaking of the Photographer’s SEO Community, we’re also offering 55% off the annual membership to the community. The community includes our eBooks, videos, private forums, SEO hubs and more. So instead of $99 a year you can join and improve your photography website’s SEO for only $44.55 a year by using the coupon code BFRIDAY.
The community is filled with tons of educational information and guidance to help your photography website rank higher in search engines. See what’s included in the Photo SEO community.
Last, but definitely not least, is a large 25% discount on our premium plugin, NextGEN Gallery Pro. Normally priced at $39 a year, but now only $29 a year for a limited time. The price will automatically be applied to those purchasing.
NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin available with over 8 million downloads! NextGEN Gallery Pro is the premium upgrade to the free plugin with enhanced and modern gallery styles, an exclusive Pro Lightbox and so much more. NextGEN Gallery Pro is a complete gallery management and portfolio solution with over 10 beautiful gallery and album display types, and all full responsive. The Pro Lightbox is fullscreen and includes individual photo commenting and social sharing.
To recap, here are the deals:
- PHOTOCRATI: 27% Off = $65 + free copy of Photographer’s SEO eBook
- SEO COMMUNITY: 55% Off = $44.55/year
- NEXTGEN GALLERY PRO: 25% Off = $29 / year
These deals are only valid from November 29th to December 2nd so take advantage of them before it’s too late.
To keep the Black Friday & Cyber Mondays deals coming, here are some that our friends are offering:
- The Law Tog – 30% all photography contrast using BlackFri30
- The Modern Tog – Save over $50 on business, finances and marketing products.
- Psychology for Photographers – $50 off Irresistible Website & Irresistible Words, $109 off Business Library Pack
- Photography Spark SEO eBook – 60% off SEO Cookbook
- MCP Actions - 10% storewide on all Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions using the coupon code mcpthanks
- Steel Toe Images - Pay-what-you-wish Angela’s Worth More eBook + free bonus worksheet
- Scott Wyden Imagery – 20% off eBooks and presets using the code THANKSGIVINGUKKAH
- Think Tank Photo - $50 rebate on rolling camera bags or $100 if combined with an Urban Disguise shoulder bag.
- Borrow Lenses - 10% off rentals + 4 extra days using the coupon code TURKEYGEAR13
- Colorvale Actions - 40% off using the coupon code HAPPYTHANKS40 on Black Friday only
- Topaz Labs - $50 off their complete Collection using the promo code blackfriday2013
- Laura Novak Education – 40% wedding photography tools using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY
- Photography Concentrate - 40% off photography tutorials through Cyber Monday
- A Small Orange - GOBBLE13 for a discount on shared hosting, TREAT13 for a discount on add-ons and CHEER14 for a discount on hybrid and dedicated plans
- My Photo Biz Coach – 50% off the Be A Rock Star Self-Study Workshop
- Capturing Beauty - 50% off anything in the shop
- Amazon has a variety of Black Friday deals.
- Design Aglow Frame & Paper Shop – 15% everything in both shops using the coupon code THANKS
- WP Engine – 4 months of free WordPress hosting using the coupon code cyberhostspecial13
- Pixifi – 25% off online studio management system
- Bluehost – 50% their annual hosting plan making it $3.95 per month and includes a free 1 year domain registration
There has been a lot of internet chatter on (not provided) keywords in Google Analytics and how it impacts photographers. So I decided to record a candid video talking about it.
To read more on how (not provided) keywords will impact your photography business please head over to the Photographer’s SEO Community and the article How (Not Provided) Affects Photographers.
Today we are happy to share a new series on the blog called Role Play Photo Q&A. Each article in this series will contain a question or comment that you might hear from a client.
It will also contain replies to the questions or comments from some industry experts.
The goal of this series is to educate you on how you might handle the situation in your own photography business.
Please feel free to comment with how you would reply. With that, let’s get started…
“But I spoke to my friend Ron Howard and he said you would give me a discount.”
Now, that’s funny, because Ron and I go way back and he paid five times what I normally charge because he truly values what I was able to provide him and his family, in terms of family portraits. I don’t offer discounts but let’s talk about what you are looking for first and see if whether we can work together. Sound good? – Seshu
It sounds like you’re worried about overspending. Should we look at your order again and see if we can trim something so you’re sure you’re getting exactly what you want? – Jenika Beck McDavitt
I’m afraid Ron’s made a huge mistake. Giving you a discount may very well arrest my business’ development. You see, this isn’t magic that I do everyday, it’s illusion. It may look like there isn’t much to being a photographer, but as a matter of fact, I’m Mr. Manager of every aspect of my business, not just what you see me do every day. So, unless I want to go back to my job at the banana stand, I’m going to have to charge you full price.” Ten points for Gryffindor if you can catch all five of the Arrested Development references in that. Oh Ron, you’re my hero for making that show… – Chris Scott
Ron is an old dear friend of mine and since you are a friend of his too I want to take great care of you and make some gorgeous photos for you and your family! While I can’t discount my services, I can offer you a complementary X which has a value of X. I’m so excited to work with you!” – Kimberley Anderson
Oh that Ron Howard. He’s so funny isn’t he? I swear we’re cosmically connected with our red hair and all. Actually I had a little surprise in mind for you that I think is going to really make you happy, if you choose to hire me. But first, I want to make sure I capture exactly what you want from your photography session with me. Mind if I ask you a few questions so we can both be certain I’m the right photographer for you? – Angela Pointon
I’m so sorry for the miscommunication! We have never discounted our work in the entire 9 years we have been in business. It’s possible that Ron simply misunderstood one of our bonuses. - Jen Basford
Now it’s your turn to play the Role Play Photo Q&A game. How would you respond to this situation? Comment below to share with the community.
Thanks for reading and participating,
Previously we announced a website, Best of Wedding Photography that invites the best wedding photographers in the world to it’s membership.
Today we are happy to share that the website has relaunched in 2013 with a batch of amazing wedding photographers, including a variety of wedding styles. These styles include classic, reportage and photojournalistic, artistic and editorial.
WIth that, we recommend wedding photographers to visit Best of Wedding Photography and if you feel so inclined, apply for an invite.
If you’re a bride and/or groom looking for wedding photographers, please click on the screenshot above to visit the website, and choose your location from the Find a Photographer section.
Thanks for checking it out,
Being pregnant is an important and emotional time in any women’s life, and an event that doesn’t happen very often. That is why many pregnant women are looking for ways of preserving the memory of being pregnant and the impact it has on the body. More recently, more women are looking at hiring a professional photographer for the perfect images. So in light of all this we have decided to put together a list of definitive tips that will make the shoot the best it can be including information on where the shoot should take place but what mother-to-be should wear also.
Where to shoot
Take the Shoot Outdoors:
Whilst so many photo shoots are completed indoors, and there various reasons for that, such as privacy and comfort but why not take the shoot on the road and enhance the images you will have taken. Taking a natural photograph in the outdoors can be the perfect way so show the beauty of a woman who is ready to bring a new life into the world against a beautiful background of a sunrise draws lovely parallels about nature and will produce great photographic results.
Stay at Home Shoots:
Shooting at home means that the mother-to-be could be more relaxed in a way which has positive effects on the photograph. Creating a comfortable environment is a good idea also as it encapsulates a moment in time what their life was like when they decided to create a family and how it came to be that their baby became part of it. A simple photograph setting, for example, could be in the nursery in black and white, waiting on the forthcoming arrival of her child.
What to Wear
For the photo-shoot it’s important to remember that you’re not going to be the main attraction the photographer wants, but the bump itself. This requires you to wear clothing that isn’t extravagant or over the top, but plain colours that doesn’t draw attention to you. Darker more bold colours are more popular with women as it does the job of making the bump stand out more than it already does. Unless you want the images to look more at you rather than the bump then clothing such as scarfs or towels can give the glowing effect you may be after.
Some pieces of clothing like socks and jeans can make a pattern on your skin that you won’t want to show while getting your photos taken. Before you turn up, make sure you are wearing comfortable loose clothing that you know won’t be tight to your skin. Dresses, skirts and loose fitting tops are the popular choice to wear before a shoot.
Accessories and effects:
Clothing accessories are good at creating certain effects or to just add colour to the shoot. Some women choose to add baby toys to the image to emphasise that there is a real baby inside that is nearly born. Even simple hand gestures, such as a love heart formed around the bump can show the love for the unborn baby, more than just a picture can.
Michael Smith-Jones began his career doing wedding photography in Buckinghamshire and has since moved onto blogging about photography helping people organise everything from maternity photos to any other special occassion that people like to capture.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, photographers can expect a 13% employment growth between 2010 and 2020, which is about as fast as the average when compared to all other occupations. What this means for aspiring photographers and photojournalists is that no matter how many images people take and share with their smartphones, there’s still a market for trained photographers. If you’re about to graduate from a photojournalist program, there are a few things that you can do to become a better photojournalist and increase your chances of getting a job.
1. Act as Though You’re Always on Assignment
As you’re completing your photojournalism program, you’ll be better off shooting for yourself just as much and just as well as you do for all of your classes and professors. From the moment you wake up to the moment you rest your head on your pillow, you should always be on the lookout for subjects to shoot. Never stop taking pictures.
2. Create your Own Unique Style
As you’re getting the hang of the fundamentals of photography and DSLR cameras, try to start developing your very own vision and style. If you can, take a visual art class. The experts also recommend that you visit museums every now and then so that you can start to form an idea of how other photographers capture and present images and the elements that you’re learning about, such as lighting, depth of field and composition.
3. Always think of Photojournalism as a Business
There’s no need for you to become a starving, struggling artist in order to become a great artist. Technology and times have changed so that photojournalists and photographers now have more opportunities than ever to make money with point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. While you’re looking for work with local news outlets, you can also make money with holiday portraits, wedding photos and various other commercial and editorial outlets. There’s always an opportunity out there if you’re willing to look.
4. Promote Yourself
Technology has also made it easier for photojournalists to promote themselves. Use social media and create a website to showcase a portfolio of your work. You might even want to think about creating a photography blog where you talk about where your images were taken and how you managed to take them. Educate and entertain while you promote.
5. Maintain Full Rights to Your Work
It’s essential for writers, artist and photographers to copyright their work in order to protect themselves and to make the money that they deserve off of their work. You’ll also want to keep track of the use and the location of any archived and older images that you have.
6. Create your own Assignments
Rather than waiting to be handed an assignment from a news outlet, create, pitch and complete your own assignments. This gives you a chance to do work that you actually want to do and are passionate about instead of work that you may not be so enthusiastic about. This also shows your employer that you are driven, have initiative and are an independent thinker. This also gives you a chance to build up your portfolio in the way you see fit rather than having to create it from projects that you may or may not like.
In order to be a great photojournalist, you have to fully immerse yourself in the industry and take every opportunity that you can. You might not always like the images that you shoot, but at least you’re making a true effort.
This article was written by Jim North.
Google dropped their Keyword Tool in favor of their new Keyword Planner Tool.
The advantage of the new tool is the ability to gather content ideas.
Visit the new tool and choose your method of keyword research. For this example I picked the first option. I then entered “wedding photography” and then clicked Get Ideas
As you can see, many results popped into the window. I selected the first group of results and found 26 content and product ideas inside.
As you can see, there are many people searching for “wedding photography checklist” and “beach wedding photography”, however even more people are searching for “wedding photography prices”.
From this list and the many others that were provided, a photographer can find new content to write about, products to create, and keywords to optimize their pages for.
So head over to the new Google Keyword Planner Tool and give it a try.