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How Stock Images Can Help You Sell More Photography

How Stock Images Can Help You Sell More Photography

Presenting finished artwork as samples  is hands-down THE best way to showcase the value of your work to your clients as well as sell more products. But what can you do if you don’t have any aspirational  images of your framed wall art, albums, folio boxes and other offerings  to showcase? That’s where we come in.

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Know Your Worth Featuring Jenna Kutcher

Know Your Worth Featuring Jenna Kutcher

Let's face it, we've all gotten that email that asks us if we offer holiday/off-season/Sunday/dog's birthday discounts. As a girl who loves shopping clearance racks, I get it, I love me a good sale... but always being asked to discount your prices can be disheartening and devaluing as a creative. We already struggle with putting a price on our art, how the heck are we going to make any money if we don't charge profitable prices.

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How to Win Clients and Influence Higher Sales

How to Win Clients and Influence Higher Sales

Or, 5 easy ways to create lifelong clients and increase your sales.

You’ve read all the books. You’ve surfed the whole ‘net. But you are still having a hard time convincing clients to spend their hard-earned dollars. They keep opting for your less expensive products, smaller sizes, or “just a few prints.” You’re about to throw your hands up in the air and say, “I give up!”  

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Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Jessica Manns

Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Jessica Manns

Well, hello! I'm a boudoir and wedding photographer from Pennsylvania; I am based in both in Philadelphia and in the mountains of Northeast, PA. I have a love for shooting film, vivid colors, fluffy dogs, salty snacks, binge watching Netflix, sarcasm, and napping. My road to becoming a photographer isn't a very poetic or adventurous story: I was a painter and had always pursued the thought of going to school for fine art. I took an introduction to film photography class in my senior year of high school and just fell in love with the medium. I've pursued my own photography business ever since and am still shooting with film!

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Earth Day 2017: Plant A Tree With Us

Earth Day 2017: Plant A Tree With Us

One thing we love about living in Portland is the strong emphasis on sustainability and a genuine concern for the environment. The natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest has obviously inspired locals to care and take action, to protect the lushness surrounding them. The name of the game here is conservation and preservation - with multiple trash/recycle/compost bin options in every restaurant and coffee shop, to chicken coops adorning backyards aplenty. We’re so pleased to see this positive trend hit the design and technology spheres, as hard copies become a thing of the past and the Cloud becomes the Internet’s new storage bin.

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Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Cheyenne Gil

Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Cheyenne Gil

I’m Cheyenne, and I’m a body positive, self love boudoir photographer based in Philadelphia. I love my mama, my puppy girl Penny, my babe, and cheesesteaks. When I was 13, I picked up my first camera. Two years later I started a little business photographing families, babies, and a very tiny wedding! I continued to shoot through my time in art school and eventually decided to fully dive into creating a well rounded business for myself. I left college after my junior year and worked my butt off to build up my business.

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Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Thomas Lucas

Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Thomas Lucas

Photography has been a part of my family for some time. My grandfather picked it up during WWII and continued afterwards by documenting his travels with my grandmother. My father also documented his time in the military with the occasional sunset photo, haha.

It wasn’t until my sister-in-law entered the picture that I thought it could be something I could seriously pursue as a career. I was 15 when I first met her and she was dating my brother in college. I had seen some of her work and the one image that stood out to me in her portfolio was a black and white image of a nude model. I thought, “Hey I could do that but better… or at least in my own way.”

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Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Traci Bartshe

Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Traci Bartshe

I have always been drawn to the camera; I was so excited for high school because I couldn’t wait to take photography classes! I was taught using a Minolta, developing my own film and prints in the dark room for two years in high school. In 2007, I walked into a photography studio near my home and asked for a job. That’s when I started photographing weddings as a second shooter. I worked for that studio for five years and started at another studio after that for a few more years. July 2015, I finally started my own business at the age of 25!

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Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Michele Suits

Boudoir Week 2017: Meet Michele Suits

I have been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. As far back as having a Polaroid i-Zone (remember those hot dog shaped polaroid cameras?!), to my film Canon Rebel in high school, and eventually making the leap to digital by college. I went to Temple University for advertising art direction, thinking I'd put my creative skills to use in a "real job." Well, that clearly didn't happen. I quickly realized after graduating, that those "real jobs" weren't really a thing, unless you were a friend of a friend of a friend of someone important, OR you were willing to sacrifice the creative aspect entirely (which, heck, that was the whole point wasn't it?!).

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Boudoir Week 2017: Jennifer Skog

Boudoir Week 2017: Jennifer Skog

Photography has always been a big part of my life. From the time I was a young girl until now, my favorite thing has been dressing up my friends and photographing them. I took photography classes all throughout high school and when it was time to decide where to go to college, my parents weren't too fond of the idea of me making a career out of my hobby. With having two more kids to put through college, they declined to send me to art school. Heartbreaking, but understandable. I was determined to do what I love, so instead I went to school for business and marketing to gain knowledge on all the other aspects of running a business. Then, the internet was invented, making marketing my business so much easier. The rest is history.

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