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Travel With Photographers: Sho Niimura

Travel With Photographers: Sho Niimura

Summer 2017 would probably go down as one of the most memorable summers of my life.

Firstly, I think people need to understand that my life is not all about traveling, taking pictures, and making videos. I am a pretty normal college student that studies marketing and information systems at a decent university in the city of Chicago. My life can get pretty boring during the semesters besides the occasional traveling I try to do on short breaks. This is why I really look forward to the long winter and summer vacations. I guess I kind of lied when I said I’m a pretty normal kid because I am blessed to be able to tell people that I am from Honolulu, Hawai’i.

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What I Wish I Knew: Building A Strong Brand At The Start

What I Wish I Knew: Building A Strong Brand At The Start

When I first started my design business, I had just quit my part-time job with only an idea in my head and no clue where to even begin. I had these big dreams, and even bigger ambitions to create a business where I could wake up every morning at 10am and design until my heart was content. What I soon realized was that being a business owner was a lot harder than it looked (and a lot more work than it appeared on the outside), and sometimes that 10am goal looked more like 8am until midnight or later.

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How to turn site visitors into paying clients

How to turn site visitors into paying clients

As a small business owner, we’re sure that you’ve got a lot on your plate. You want to do what you love, and make a good living doing it, but at times it can feel like you’re doing everything besides photography to keep your business running. Besides all the workflow tasks of being a photographer, we know the one BIG project that almost never gets done: marketing. It’s on all our to-do lists, but it’s huge. It’s daunting. And, where do you even begin?

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Get To Know The Pros: Promise Tangeman of Go Live HQ

Get To Know The Pros: Promise Tangeman of Go Live HQ

After marrying my husband Brian in 2009, I decided to skip out on the corporate world and go out on my own as a freelance graphic and web designer. Following the rapid success and high demand, I assembled a design team in 2012 and we began hosting in-person events to help creative entrepreneurs by the masses to build, design, and launch their website in two days flat.

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Inside Real Studios: Robotti & Rosa Photography

Inside Real Studios: Robotti & Rosa Photography

Our studio marries the best of an industrial loft with boutique elegance. We had the opportunity to design the floor plan, pick the finishes, and make it our own. We both love interior design, so we loved the process of designing and decorating our space and really feel at home here. We collect unique props from around the world to complement our cute little clients.

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Travel With Photographers: Benny Bystrom

Travel With Photographers: Benny Bystrom

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Lofoten twice, this time completely dressed in white. The 1.5-hour flight from Stockholm to Kiruna, Sweden went smoothly and about seven hours after landing my friend and I reached Lofoten in our rental car. Five days of landscape photography and exploring awaited.

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What I Wish I Knew: Using Social Media As A Tool And Not A Timesuck

What I Wish I Knew: Using Social Media As A Tool And Not A Timesuck

Dear Ashley and Graham circa 2008,

Your business will not live and die by social media. You're going to be tempted to put more time into Facebook and Instagram than you do into in-person relationships because it will feel like that's what everyone else is doing; it will feel like the only way to keep up. Resist that temptation. Resist the urge to jump on the ever changing hamster wheel of social media. When you get on that hamster wheel it will feel like you're running as fast as you can and getting nowhere. And that's exactly where sinking unscheduled, unintentional time into social media will get you: nowhere.

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Why You Should Be Selling Albums

Why You Should Be Selling Albums

Next to framed art, albums are a favorite, no-brainer product you should be offering every client. Albums are the one product that truly stands the test of time and will be treasured for generations to come. Not long ago, album design went a bit “photographers-gone-wild” with acrylic, metal, and even fur covers. Remember that panoramic ultra-wide album fad?

Luckily the tide has turned back to favoring a classic, luxury presentation.  

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Design Aglow + Fundy: How to Sell Frame Galleries

Design Aglow + Fundy: How to Sell Frame Galleries

You’ve seen the posts in the IPS forums of clients purchasing thousands of dollars of wall art and you may wonder how photographers consistently have this type of success. We believe it’s a simple combination of psychology, strategy and the right tools. In this post, we’ll show you how to use Design Aglow’s Grab and Go collections with Fundy Designer to achieve the big sales you’ve always dreamed of.

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Travel With Photographers: Marissa Decker

Travel With Photographers: Marissa Decker

Netflix. HBO. & Hulu.

That could be about 70% of my off season. The time a friend introduced me to Game of Thrones was the most epic two months of my life (sorry adulthood). BUT, the keyword in that first sentence is “could be”. My biggest love during off season is stepping out of my living room for a travel adventure.

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