5 Dumb Things Smart Photographers Do: The Website Edition
Dear Photographers, We know that you’re smart, and we know that you’re committed to delivering stunning images wrapped in an incredible client experience. So forgive our frankness, but your business intelligence is being diminished when you commit these (very fixable!) indiscretions. We think that working on any one of these issues could boost your business in immeasurable ways. Imagine the possibilities… Love, Design Aglow
The Problem: Using a Facebook page as your primary web presence. The Fix: Put up a proper portfolio website, stat. Can you imagine a pharmacy or grocery store using a Facebook page as their storefront? Just marketing from facebook.com/YourStudioPhotography screams “I don’t have a real business.” Invest the time and the money to set up internet shop so that clients can start to find you through SEO.
The Problem: Forgetting to include your physical location on your website. The Fix: Update your home and contact pages with an actual address--or better yet, include a Google map to help boost your SEO. We know that many of you work from home, so including directions to your front door might not be ideal. But at least advertise your neighborhood/town/state so that potential clients in Montana can figure out that you’re in New Hampshire.
The Problem: Updating your blog infrequently (or not at all). The Fix: Start an editorial calendar so that you post quality content on a regular basis. Because let’s face it: very few things are more pitiful than an abandoned blog, which telegraphs that you have no clients to post pictures of. Even if you’re just starting out (and actually don’t have very many clients), brainstorm ways to keep website visitors invested, such as posting pictures of your personal life or engaging with articles or issues online.
The Problem: Not protecting your images. The Fix: Watermark everything. Yes, we understand that most photographers know how to right-click and/or screencap. But if your images are clearly marked with your studio name and website, you greatly reduce the risk of your photos being ripped off and passed around the internet (see: PhotoStealers). Another scenario: a potential client comes across your image on Pinterest, falls in love, and wants to hire you. Great, right? Only if they can figure out the source of your photograph. Like your second grade teacher said: write your name on all your work; you can’t get credit if you don’t.
The Problem: Including too many pictures in blog posts. The Fix: Less pictures! (That was easy.) But seriously: posting giant collages slows your site speed and causes your very best work to get stuck in between shots of tablescapes and cupcakes. Readers’ eyes just don’t know where to look, and so they look away, to another photographer. When posting pictures to your blog, think simple; our Modern Minimalist™ Sneak Peek & Blog Boards display your most effective images without visual overload.
What other website cardinal sins are holding you back from your best business? Let’s talk on our Facebook page!
As a lifelong fine artist, I didn’t fall in love with photography until post-college. I was a graphic design major who landed a non-creative position in the industry. Upon searching for a creative outlet, and being the hopeless romantic that I am, I discovered wedding photography and was immediately hooked. I poured everything I had into learning the medium so that I could eventually start my own business, which happened a couple of years later in 2012 — also the year I was married.
I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Portland, but catering to clients across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. As a child, I never imagined that I would pursue photography. I didn’t even own a DSLR until I was 21! However, I remember the day I decided I wanted to learn the ins and outs of photography. I used my college textbook money to buy my first Canon Rebel from Craigslist. I was jumping up and down with joy and scratching my head at the same time because I knew photography would not be simply a hobby.
I was born and raised in Southern California, and recently moved to Oregon with my husband. We just had our first baby and are so in love! I’ve always had an interest in art and have always wanted to pursue a career in a creative field. I took my first photography class in high school, and fell in love. My parents bought me my first camera for graduation and I decided to get my degree in photography. Toward the end of college, I was blessed with an internship with a wedding photographer where I was able to turn my formal education into a practical business. After lots of shadowing, second shooting, and promoting my work, business started coming in and eventually evolved into what it is today!