Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Hope that your Christmas is everything you hoped for and more!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Two for your website: Three things every photographer's website should have and how to be seen as a better photographer.
Normally I bake for Christmas, this year - not so much but I did run across this recipie at Pioneer Women that looks great.
Love these bows that are part of the 5 days of felt at Twig and Thistle.
This link from Splendid Communications looks neat. Dorothy.com matches you with other people trying to meet the same goal.
If you've got some free time try this project out and let me know what you come up with.
Another awesome inspiration to reality challenge at Style Me Pretty. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. The last link is about how to implement a design like this on your own.
Tutorial on reducing noise in photoshop.
Most popular diy photography hacks of 2009.
That dress! Those stairs! LOVE.
The second part of Scoot Kelby's gonzo gear guide is up here.
If I had free time I would be all over this handmade gift wrapping. So pretty.
An article on working with a model for the first time at DPS.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I honestly do not have a whole lot to say today, but I do have about a thousand things to do. One thing I will mention is that next week may be light on blog posts. I have something scheduled for Picture Monday but as of now I haven't written anything for Wednesday and I am not sure what the Internet situation we be like while I am away so right now Wednesday and Friday are a little up in the air.
On a positive note, my Macbook Pro and my new Photoshop CS4 are waiting for me at my Mom's house and I am so excited! Merry Christmas to me, Merry Christmas to me... oh sorry. I got a bit distracted.
If I do not get to post again before then I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and I hope that it is filled with food, fun, laughter, and love.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
This is a cool idea for a fundraiser called, ready for it, Boudoir for Boobs. It benefits Breast Cancer Research.
Thinking about sending out an email newsletter? Read this. There are special laws you need to follow.
Perception versus reality, wedding photographer style.
23 popular DSLR lenses
I like this idea for Christmas ornaments from Twig and Thistle using clear glass balls.
Check out these cool boutique tents.
These look fun for a shower game (which are so hard to come up with) with the he said / she said.
This boudoir shoot makes me laugh.
Hope that you all have an awesome weekend!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Since I featured the lovely Pam on the blog on Monday I thought that maybe I would talk a little bit about working together with other creative professionals instead of working against them. Pam is a photography enthusiast and mother of two boys. She hopes to someday be able to open a photography studio of her own. She found me through a display that I had up at Sandhills School of Performing Arts and called me to see if I would like to talk with her about photography.
At this point I had two options. I could choose to feel threatened by her because she might become my competition someday in the future, or I could choose to be happy to be getting to know another photographer who I could share ideas with and learn from. I chose the later. Here's why.
Some people view the market as a pie and feel that there are only so many pieces of that pie to go around. For these people, any newcomer is taking money right out of their wallet and they tend to be hostile towards other photographers in general.
Other people look at the market as a bakery that produces new opportunities every day. This is how I like to view the world. Once you let go of the competitive instinct (not saying that isn't a hard thing to do) you are able to see other photographers as an opportunity rather than a threat. The more photographers in your area that you know the more people you can call to second shoot for you (or who can call for you to second shoot as well) and the greater the collective knowledge pool becomes.
I try to base my business on building relationships with my Clients rather than on price or gimmicky products. If this is the approach that you take you don't have to worry about someone "stealing" your secrets because they don't matter. Clients are hiring you because they like you, your style, and they think that you are good to work with. Those things can't be copied.
I would like to try to organize a Sandhills Wedding Professionals monthly luncheon, but things are so busy right now that I won't probably make much progress on it until after the new year. If any of you are wedding professionals or know anyone who is, pass the idea along and let's see if it can grow legs. Have a good Wednesday!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
For my brides out there a thank you note tracker from Inspired Bride.
Another reason to love Etsy (as if I needed more)
Cute DIY matchbook covers.
Buy Our Honeymoon via Rock'n Roll Bride. I would much rather get my friends a first class ticket upgrade or breakfast in bed on their honeymoon then some plates - especially if the couple is not straight out of college and already have most of their housewares.Check out Open Shade a place for photographers to share their pet charity projects.
I love pom poms. I used to be a cheerleader (bet you didn't know that). Win some pom poms here.
Ah, Style Me Pretty ... I love several things in this inspiration board. First the invites for the vineyard wedding with the hand-made paper spine and the two interlocking wine rings. Next, those glasses or whatever they are in the bottom row. I want them.
On a completely non-photography related note ... this pine cone garland looks really easy and very festive. I may just have to make one so I can at least say I decorated a little bit for the holidays.
I like the idea from this guest post on Scott Kelby's blog from Eric Ryan Anderson about taking a trip and producing a magazine style book from it. Or just the idea of the trip. The idea of approaching complete strangers and asking to photograph them is kinda scary too me though.
Jasmine Star interviewed Rebecca Crumley (photo editor for the Knot magazine) about things you should do when submitting wedding photography to a publication.
Why did it never occur to me to have customized gift tags? How awesome.
I love the Inspiration to Reality Challenges at Style Me Pretty. Check out the photos here, here, and here. This ones is especially pretty and what I really like about the shoots is that there is not really that much there (a table, dresser, some chairs, a cake...) but they really pack a punch with what they do include. I think this is great inspiration for your own wedding. Rather than spreading things thin, concentrate your efforts in several strategic areas and keep everything else simple.
Fix for overexposed backgrounds via Digital ProTalk
tutorial to Make your own tilt-shifts.
I have a busy weekend (TWO weddings!) so I hope that you all get in a little bit more relaxing than I am going to get. I can't wait for it to be Christmas so I can have a little down time with the family (and some very warm clothes!). Hope it's a great one!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Evidentally I say "Great" a lot. Weddings shows up big which is good, but both "photography" and "Mollie Tobias Photography" are nowhere to be found! There is also no mention of portrait photography, another big area of my business. You may be asking yourself why this information is important. Solid question. It is important because search engines use these keywords to rank your website or blog when they deliver search results. Of the 367 impressions (times my website showed up as a result of a google search) last month, 212 of them were when someone searched for "photographer", "photographers", or "photography". Makes you think huh?
So, now if you see a post on my blog that just says "wedding and portrait photographer" over and over again you'll know why. Okay, I was kidding about that part. I wouldn't do that just to increase my SEO (and because they have little bots that find out that is what you are doing and take you out of the search results completely).
Whether you use this site for checking your website's keywords or just for fun be sure to go on over and check it out. Have a lovely (notice I didn't say the "g" word?) Wednesday!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I have been seeing a lot of really creative, super colorful florals lately like these at ruffled and these at Helen Carter Weddings. Love the blues and purples. I didn't even know that blue orchids existed.
I have been wrestling with this dilemma about handwriting addresses vs. having printed labels. I want my business correspondence to have a personal touch, but I also want it to look professional. Is typed impersonal? Is handwritten unprofessional?
The first part of Scott Kelby's Gonzo gear guide is out here. I am thinking about picking up the 24" softbox myself and would love the 18-200 lens.
This is a nice article on finding your officiant from Weddingbee Pro.
These bridesmaids dresses from Two Birds are so amazingly awesome that I kinda want one for myself - just because.
This is an awesome idea featured at Green Wedding Shoes...have a photographer tag along when you propose. Love her reaction.
And because I love Etsy...awesome jewelry here and those cute little paper puffs that I really wanted for Halloween here.
There is a great guest blog on Scott Kelby's site by Austin Mann. He has such a great attitude. I especially like what he said about giving old equipment to a child rather than selling it.
Style Me Pretty does these cute features where they take an inspiration board and make it into reality. This one is very pretty (and I love the sofa) check it out here and here.
Not sold on doing an engagement session? Read this article from Helen Carter Weddings before you make up your mind.
This is a very instructional article over at Digital ProTalk about dealing with difficult lighting and background situations. I was dealing with a similar problem at Weddings for Warriors (mid-priced hotel hallways are NOT cute) and I completely agree that as a pro you are not able to just phone it in. You are being paid to get a great image NO MATTER WHAT for your client.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Remember to take a moment to be thankful for all that you have and also give a thought to those who have had a hard year or who have had losses in their families this past year. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Congratulations Shaqwaun and Jacquelyn!