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Offline Rick

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My Journey
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:08:01 PM »
Thought I would share my experiences over the last two years as it may help others who are starting on the same path ,

 Photography was a hobby and a great way to spend time off, tow years ago I sold my business suddenly leaving me with lots of time, so a room i the house became a makeshift studio photographing family and friends and I loved it, before long I did a wedding then another, people started posting pictures on facebook that I had taken and so it began,

Last year I built my studio 6m long my 3m wide in the garden sadly still not finished still need going up a bit more and lining but with the weather over the last year and how busy I have got just not had time,

I have my website which receives inquires regularly built on wordpress it works well cheap to do yourself and easily looks professional as templates and plugins abound want to know which I use and rate just ask, Facebook Facebook Facebook love it or hate it this is where the work is, 90% of my work comes from facebook a fanpage is a must,

setting up a proofing gallery has been the most frustrating, but again I would consider this a must have, I made the mistake of offering packages so much money for so many images, I would pick out the ones from the shoot edit and supply them and that was it big big mistake, I tried various wordpress galleries, a separate program called proofbuddy which is quite good but just was not quite right for me it just didn't look polished, eventually after trying quite a few online proofing  companies with varying prices and options came across http://www.shootproof.com this just works looks good easy for the you and the customer to use and loads of options and very fairly priced and also do not take a commission on sales,

this has made a big difference people go home and I load as many images as I want from the shoot to the secure gallery they look through pick the ones they want and any extras this has boosted sales greatly also I only edit the ones they want ( i do batch process the proof files in lr4 and the portraiture plugin) no hard sell all there own choice, also finding as I leave the galleries up for a month or two I am getting about 15% going back and placing a new order,

Now it is my main source of income and I love it, It has been a steep learning curve but well worth it
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Re: My Journey
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 05:18:34 PM »
Great story! Thanks so much for sharing this. It will be a huge help to many here. (Someone here recently asked about getting into this type of work..)

When I "retired" I kept working as a consultant and so had no need to get more into photography. I had sold images to ad agencies for over 20 years at the time but direct image sales dried up when digital blossomed. I still sell the occasional photo and have done a couple of shoots in the past two years. So I had no interest to get into photography as you have. But your story is inspiring. Thanks.

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Re: My Journey
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2013, 04:50:42 PM »
Sorry Rick but I must have missed this thread :-[ Also, I'm a bit surprised only Clive has made a reply...

That looks to be an interesting and handy site to know about. I'll pass it along to my son who is now back at college doing a bTEC photography course and hoping to go Pro at some point. Thanks for putting the link up and also for sharing your "Journey" :)

Good to hear things are going well for you :)
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