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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 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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