ZenBlog: Blog http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) ZenBlog (ZenBlog) Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:05:00 GMT Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:05:00 GMT The Life of a Stock Photographer http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/the-life-of-a-stock-photographer

Imagine a life of waking up whenever you want, grabbing your camera and going out into the world to shoot anything to your heart’s desire—while making money. Yes, this exists, and it’s called stock photography. But it takes years of proving yourself in the industry and a few blow-them-out-of-the-water shots in order to make it your full-time job. We talked to three photographers who sell stock photos and asked how they got their start and for advice for photographers aiming to make it big by putting their images out for the world to license.   

How and why did you get into selling stock photography?

While I was working as a staff photographer in Alaska at the Anchorage Daily News, I was already aware of picture agencies in the lower 48 that were licensing photographs to clients and making their photographers decent money. I started bringing along an extra camera body and shooting my own film while I was out on assignment. I reached out to All Stock which specialized in Alaskan images and began submitting images and seeing some modest sales.

What do you like/dislike about the stock photo industry?

I love that there’s no editor yelling at me that my pictures suck on the satellite phone when I’m out on a shoot in Greenland or Singapore or New Zealand. Instead, I have the little voice in my head doing it.

I dislike that I don’t have a built-in audience for my work. Much of my career has been spent as an anonymous content provider. I’ve shot images that have been used in international marketing campaigns and spreads in the world’s top magazines but have a pretty low profile.

How do you sell your photos to stock companies?

I’ve always thought that the stock agencies have a pretty medieval business model. There are hundreds, even thousands, of photographers out in the world spending gobs of money on gear and travel, devoting hours and weeks and months of time shooting pictures and creating the agencies’ raw material. And then we give it to them—for free. And then we hope against hope that they’ll pick a few of them, and actually go out and sell them. Russian serfs had a better deal. But that’s the model, and it’s worked for me.

I go out and shoot the pictures that I want to shoot. I edit, process and submit to my agencies. They select what they want, license what they can, and we split the money.

Tell us about shooting wildlife and travel.

I’ve worked my way up the ladder of boat purchases since I started using an inflatable Zodiac to bomb around Southeast Alaska in the late ‘90s. I bought a 22-foot cabin cruiser to photograph migrating whales, coastal brown bears and most recently polar bears for up to six weeks at a stretch. There is no shortage of photographers shooting these subjects, but with my own boat I don’t have the enormous expense and time restrictions of hiring a tour outfitter, and I get to work alone, without a dozen other photographers and wannabes shooting over my shoulder.

What was your favorite shoot?

The first time I went up to Hudson Bay, in Arctic Canada back in 2012. I loaded up my inflatable Zodiac boat, an outboard motor, and all my camera and camping gear, put it in the back of my truck and drove 1,800 miles north to Churchill, hauled in down to the Bay’s shoreline, inflated the boat and set out to photograph beluga whales and polar bears. I spent three weeks up there, up to 14 hours a day out on the water. It was cold and lonely and terrifying at times, but I made the best picture of my 30-year-career on that trip.

What has been your biggest win in this genre?

That I still have a career that enables me to go out and make the pictures I want. I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to go. I don’t have to sell an editor on the idea, beg them for money and hope that they will love the work. I figure out what I want to do and go do it. And nine times out of 10, I make money on the project.

I also had my biggest sale of my career last year. One of my Asian skylines netted me five figures in one sale.

How and why did you get into selling stock photography?

I am a big advocate for animal rescue. I enjoy donating my time and services toward efforts to end the animal overpopulation crisis. Providing rescue organizations with high-impact professional photos helps to make homeless animals stand out in adoption ads. Providing this type of exposure gives the animals a better chance of finding new homes forever.

How do you sell your photos to stock companies?

I work with numerous microstock agencies that represent my work and license images to buyers. To sign up for these types of agencies, you need to visit their websites and apply to become a contributor. Most agencies require that you send in an initial set of 10 of more images that pass through a strict review process before you can start uploading to their sites. The main agencies that I work with are ShutterstockiStock and Dreamstime. I also license images directly through my website at www.adogslifephoto.com. Hosting through Zenfolio makes it easy to sell digital images with your own licensing terms.

What do you like/dislike about the stock photo industry?

There is so much I like about shooting stock. If I had to sum it up into one word—FREEDOM. I love being able to wake up each morning at whatever time I want to create whatever I want, on my own schedule and in my own terms. I don’t need to spend time or money marketing to potential clients, negotiating deals or typing up license agreements. The stock agencies handle all of this back-end work.

However, that doesn’t mean that I can slack off. The stock industry is very competitive, and it takes a great deal of effort to be successful in it. It took more than five years of working at it part-time before I could even consider taking a full-time stab at it. I worked for more than 20 years at a mortgage company and just left there about six months ago to work on my stock photography full time. Those who are considering a future in the stock industry must keep the future in mind, because it may seem like an eternity before you feel that you are getting a good return on your effort. But if you stick with it and work hard, it could potentially provide you with a nice residual income that can help to fund an early retirement.

What advice do you have for people wanting to pursue a career in stock?

If someone wants to make a full-time living from selling stock, they need to put a full-time effort into it. Don’t believe the hype you read on the web that you can make an easy living out of selling old photos that are sitting on your hard drive. You need to constantly produce new, fresh images, keep up with current trends and continually work on growing your skills. You must work hard to produce a large volume of high-quality, marketable, eye-catching images. Images that tell a story in a single glance sell the best. For example, capturing an animal in the middle of scratching an itch will sell well to veterinarians or flea product companies. It is also helpful to find a niche market that you enjoy photographing so you can focus your efforts on mastering that type of imagery. Specializing in a certain genre tells buyers that you are an expert in that area, which instills confidence that your images are going to be top quality. There are millions of stock images available for people to search from. It is important to find a way to set your images apart from the rest and to keep buyers coming back to your portfolio directly.

What has been your biggest win in this genre?

Stock photography has provided me with the opportunity to merge my passions for photography and philanthropy into a career that I love.

How and why did you get into selling stock photography?

After a long period of overseas travel, a submission of photos to the stock library of Lonely Planet Images—now sadly sold to Getty—was my entry into the world of photography as a profession. Most photos I take have potential as a stock image. Without submitting to stock libraries, many good images of mine would otherwise sit in a hard drive without any potential to earn money.

What do you like/dislike about the stock photo industry?

I like the discipline of regular submissions as a way of directing my photographic interests and output. I dislike the way the ubiquity of photos on the Internet has devalued the worth of good images.

How do you sell your photos to stock companies?

First, I research a company to decide if the imagery they represent and what I shoot are a match, and then I’ll ask to register with them. If they think my work suits their audience then I’ll start submitting photos. Those photos become available to their clients and perhaps some will sell. I then receive a predetermined portion of the proceeds. My stock images go to three places: Tandem Stills + MotionAurora Photos and the Lonely Planet collection at Getty Images.

What has been one of your favorite recent shoots and why?

The Antarctic is my favorite travel destination, and I was onboard a National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions ship that sailed there recently. There are so many elements for creating good images—an amazing landscape, plenty of wildlife, and adventurous travelers.

Is this your primary source of income?

No, I’m a medical doctor doing locum tenens work. That job pays my bills more easily!

How do you make sure that your photos are found and licensed enough to make a living?

There is no hard and fast way to do so, but in the current climate there are three important things that will help:

1.     Choose a good stock agency that actively promotes the sort of work you shoot to clients and with staff that communicate well with their photographers.

2.     Caption your image submissions correctly and thoroughly so they can be found.

3.     If the agency requires that you keyword your images (which is a pain to do, let’s face it), then embrace the challenge and do so with as much relevance as you can.

What has been your biggest win in this genre?

With Getty, surprisingly enough, I sold a nondescript photo of a 737 airplane at a remote Canadian airport for advertising use for a large sum.

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Show off your photos and save 25% on Mpix prints & collages http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/show-off-your-photos-and-save-25-on-mpix-prints

You work hard to take the best photos, so why choose anything less than professional quality prints? Now through February 25, all Mpix prints and collages are 25% off!

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order through your Zenfolio account. This sale ends February 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST, so be sure to place your orders today.

Important Details Regarding the Sale:

  • This sale will be effective from 23-Feb-15 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 25-Feb-15 at 11:59 p.m. PST and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to Mpix prints and collages only.
  • This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • For photographers placing orders from Edit View, the promotion requires no coupon code.
  • The discount applies to base lab prices and will be reflected in the shopping cart only for orders placed from Edit View.
  • This Zenfolio promotion does not change any price lists that the photographer has created, and the discount will only be visible to photographers while logged in. Customers’ orders will not show a price discount. The discounted prices will be reflected as giving photographers a higher profit for each order.  
  • Please read our Sales FAQ and blog post on how to run a sale on your site.
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Friday Foto Favorites 2.20 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/friday-foto-favorites-2-20

  1. Wires, cameras, gears, oh my! Here’s a wire-free space you can make yourself.
  2. What do school lunches around the world look like?
  3. Photographer, out in the wild.
  4. Women’s ideal body types throughout history.
  5. The photographers behind our culture’s most iconic images
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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/friday-foto-favorites-2-20 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:00:00 GMT
Behind the Shot with Erica Peerenboom http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/behind-the-shot-with-erica-peerenboom

As portraits go, no one makes them just like portrait photographer Erica Peerenboom. There’s a certain glamour and mystique that stirs the soul when you look at her subjects. We asked the Zenfolio Pro Team member to share a few of her favorite shots. Take a look at these images and get inspired. 

“This was an old Hollywood style photo session. I loved the way this image turned out even though I was experimenting with harsher lighting. Never stop learning and trying new techniques.”

“This image was from my Fall Fairy concept shoot I did just for fun. I designed the headpiece and wings and purchased the dress with this vision in mind. We threw together the nest from limbs and twigs in the woods, and I brought the moss to throw inside it. I used off-camera flash with the ambient light. I love the way this entire shoot turned out, but this image is probably my favorite from the session.”

“I don’t normally shoot weddings anymore but did this for my cousin because she wouldn’t take no for an answer! I knew I wanted to capture a couple at sunset, so I quickly hurried them outside for a few shots between the appetizers and main course. We had about five minutes. Fortunately, we had the perfect sunset and were done and back in with plenty of time for them to eat. This was their favorite image from the day. Glad we made the time…”

“I captured this portrait of my middle daughter. We were just driving along and stumbled upon this amazing field of daisies! As luck would have it, I had my camera! We quickly stumbled out of the car, and I snapped a few shots. I loved this one from the set.”

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(ZenBlog) Behind the Shot Boudoir Photography Boudoir photographer Erica Peerenboom Senior Portrait photography Zenfolio http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/behind-the-shot-with-erica-peerenboom Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:00:00 GMT
Vote for us and enter to win a 16GB Apple iPad Air http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/vote-for-us-and-enter-to-win-a-16gb-apple-ipad-air

In the midst of Hollywood’s award season (hello, Grammys and Oscars) we also are in the middle of award season here in the photo industry. We are proud to announce that Zenfolio is nominated for Best Website Provider in the Advanced Photographer 2014 Awards. We would love your votes and support! Plus, voting will automatically enter you to win a 16GB Apple iPad Air. To vote, follow these steps:

  1. Create a free account on the site here: http://www.absolutephoto.com/index.php/component/users/?view=registration
  2. Activate your account with the email sent to you.
  3. Go to the Member’s Area Competitions section here: http://www.absolutephoto.com/index.php/members-area/competitions
  4. Click on the Read More for Advanced Photographer awards post, taking you here: http://www.absolutephoto.com/index.php/members-area/competitions/376-advanced-photographer-awards
  5. Then, vote! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/advphoawards

Thank you for your support! 

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(ZenBlog) Best website Provider Zenfolio advanced photographer apple ipad air awards http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/vote-for-us-and-enter-to-win-a-16gb-apple-ipad-air Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:06:29 GMT
Want to go to the WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography three-day expo for free? http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/Want-to-go-to-the-WPPI-Wedding-and-Portrait-Photography-three-day-expo-for-free

Want to go to the WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography three-day expo for free? 

Simply send us an email. OK, so we won’t pay for your flight, but if you would like a free pass to the 2015 WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography three-day expo (March 2-4) in Las Vegas, all you have to do is provide your email address.

Send an email to marketing@zenfolio.com with “Free WPPI Expo Pass” in the subject line and your preferred email address by February 22 at 11:59 p.m. PST. You will then receive an email with the instructions on how to claim your free expo pass.

Experience new photographic products and solutions firsthand from the biggest and best manufacturers, solution providers and retailers serving the needs of emerging and professional photographers all over the world. Touch, test and compare the latest products and find some amazing offers too. And don’t forget to come see Zenfolio at Booths 915 & 1227.

Hurry and hit send! Limited passes available.

Cheers,

The Zenfolio Team

 

*$35 value. Valid for the 2015 WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography three-day expo only. 

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio free expo passes free wppi pass professional photography vegas baby wppi http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/Want-to-go-to-the-WPPI-Wedding-and-Portrait-Photography-three-day-expo-for-free Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:57:03 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 2.13 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/friday-foto-favorites-2-13

 

  1. These images will make you stop and think.
  2. Photos documenting this man’s first Burning Man.
  3. What those drones above you are really capturing.
  4. These images will make any perfectionist drool.
  5. Not cold enough? These ice huts just might chill you to the bone. 
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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/friday-foto-favorites-2-13 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Everything You Need to Know About Our Latest Release http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/everything-you-need-to-know-about-our-latest-release We hear your feature requests and work very hard to make them happen. Here, you’ll find the highlights of our latest feature release, which will let you do and sell more amazing things right from your Zenfolio website. Prepare to smile.

New Edit View is Faster, Easier to Use

The Edit View now has centralized notifications, new Getting Started Guides, and improved organization to help you manage your website and photos more efficiently. The new Edit View is faster, cleaner, and easier to use, but you will still see the familiar menu, the convenient Organizer, and the friendly Support Center.

Dashboard Provides One-Click Access

The dashboard has been redesigned to help you stay on top of client orders and other items requiring your attention, while also putting the most common tasks at your fingertips. Photographers now have easy, one-click access to photos, blog post creation, sales reports, email campaigns, and more.

Centralized Notifications

There is now a centralized place for all kinds of notifications, from account updates and maintenance notices to pending orders, blog comment moderation, and upcoming promotions from our integrated fulfillment partners. The new Notifications panel on the Dashboard puts everything you need to know in one place.

Improved Site Navigation

The main areas for managing your website are now accessible in the top navigation bar, including Pages—where you can easily set up and customize pages on your site, write blog posts, and manage any PDF documents. The new Visitors area contains your contact list, email communications, comment moderation as well as visitor counts.

We have also consolidated all account information and preferences into one Settings area, grouped into sections, to make everything easier to find.

New Selling Dashboard

The new Selling dashboard helps you keep an eye on your pending orders and makes it easier than ever to find your sales data, set up price lists and products to sell, and create coupons and gift certificates from one place.

Organizer

We’ve thoroughly updated the organizer, while keeping all the familiar functionality intact. Larger thumbnails, simplified toolbox, and many more changes will welcome you when you open the new Organizer.

Customization

You will also see the updated look and feel when customizing your website or when tweaking your website theme.

Switch through March 30

In order to make sure everyone gets to appreciate how much better the new Edit View really is, we decided to keep the old Edit View around. You can switch back and forth, but only until March 30. After that date, the Old Edit View will become a part of Zenfolio history.

Zenfolio is Now Available in Spanish

Photographers located in Spain, and anyone else speaking Spanish or working with Spanish-speaking clients, can now use and publish Zenfolio websites in Spanish in addition to French, German, and English.

The product catalogs from our European partner labs (One Vision Imaging and PhotoBox) have been translated as well, providing Spanish-speaking clients with a seamless ordering experience.

The Edit View language is separate from your Website Language, giving you the flexibility of managing your site in one language and presenting your work to your visitors in another.

More One Vision Imaging Sizes and Options

We’ve added more sizes and options to the popular LayFlat photo books and multi-aperture framed prints from One Vision Imaging.

·  60 page option for LayFlat books, both the 8x8 and A4 Portrait sizes

·  24 x 20 multi-aperture framed prints (16 layouts)

·  20 x 16 multi-aperture framed prints (14 layouts)

For all of the information about this release, read the release notes.

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(ZenBlog) NEV New Edit View Zenfolio release features http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/everything-you-need-to-know-about-our-latest-release Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:01:00 GMT
New Kids on the Block: Meet Our New Pro Team Members http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/new-kids-on-the-block-meet-our-new-pro-team-members What makes a professional photographer successful? It’s all about finding your niche. Here at Zenfolio, we carefully select members of our Pro Team that represent a wide variety of photographers, from photojournalists to wedding photographers and everything in between. Meet the three new members we’ve added this year, and prepare to take notes.

This Nashville born and bred ex-professional wrestler, you heard that right—wrestler—has five dogs and understands the deep bond between pet and owner. Although she primarily works with dogs and cats, this animal lover also shoots giraffes, birds and things that slither, serving as the official photographer and photography teacher for the Nashville Zoo.

First published work: Because I’m the official photographer for the Nashville Zoo, my zoo animal images are published fairly often locally. My first national publication of my pet photography was Animal Wellness magazine. I’m pretty sure I screamed when I saw it in the mailbox.

Her shoot must-haves: Reflectors of various sizes and colors. Also dog treats, squeaky toys, and hand wipes. I tend to be slobbered on quite a bit.

Her trade secret: I try not to photograph different pets in the same pose, with the same background over and over again. I like to challenge myself to get creative, and that keeps my work interesting.

 

Photography has always been apart of Martin’s life—he followed in his photographer father’s footsteps and started snapping photos at the ripe age of 16. Growing up in a thriving music and party scene, Martin draws inspiration from everything: the streets, shadows of people and his toddler son. He has racked up several awards including Event Photographer of the Year in 2012 by SWPP.

First published work: The first photo I ever sent in to a magazine. It was used to illustrate an article in Practical Photography in 1995. I got paid £10.

Shoot must-haves: Gaffer tape. That stuff is invaluable. Fixing equipment, pinning clothes, attaching lights to things. I have an old 120 roll film spindle that is perfect for wrapping a load of gaffer tape round, and it takes up much less space than taking the whole roll would.

His trade secret: Don’t ever feel scared, no one else knows what he or she is doing either.

 

This traveling adventurer comes with a one-two punch: he is part professional photographer and part medical doctor who volunteers his time in far-reaching corners of the earth like India and Nepal. Andrew is Australia-based and has racked up several awards, including 2013 PDN Great Outdoors ‘Scenes of the Natural World’ and 2013 Australian Geographic ANZANG Portfolio and Animal Portrait prizes.

First published work: An image that appeared in Climbing magazine’s gallery of an unknown climber trying vainly to get up a horrendous looking off-width (very wide crack) in the immaculate, sheer, smooth sandstone of Indian Creek, Utah.

Shoot must-haves: My iPhone so I can post something less serious and of course heavily stylized on Instagram.  

His trade secret: Don’t smoke, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and eat and drink everything in moderation… oh wait, that’s my medical trade secret. Clearly this is not a secret per se but for me choosing what to leave out of the viewfinder is as important as what is included.

 

Read how all our pros got their start, what equipment they use, and how Zenfolio has transformed their websites and businesses on our Pro Team page. 

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio Zenfolio pro team photography pro team professional photographer professional photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/new-kids-on-the-block-meet-our-new-pro-team-members Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:01:00 GMT
3 Day Sale—25% off All MpixPro Prints http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/3-day-sale-25-off-all-mpixpro-prints

For three days only, save 25% on all MpixPro prints. With savings this big, now is the time to update your home décor with beautiful prints.

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order with your Zenfolio account. But hurry, this sale ends February 11 at 11:59 p.m. PST, so be sure to place your orders today.

Important Details Regarding the Sale:

  • This sale will be effective from 9-Feb-15 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 11-Feb-15 at 11:59 p.m. PST only and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to photographic prints from MpixPro only. This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • For photographers placing orders from Edit View, the promotion requires no coupon code.
  • The discount applies to base lab prices and will be reflected in the shopping cart only for orders placed from Edit View.
  • This Zenfolio promotion does not change any price lists that the photographer has created, and the discount will only be visible to photographers while logged in. Customers’ orders will not show a price discount. The discounted prices will be reflected as giving photographers a higher profit for each order.
  • Please read our Sales FAQ and blog post on running a sale on your site.
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(ZenBlog) MpixPro Zenfolio mpix pro sale mpixpro sale print sale http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/3-day-sale-25-off-all-mpixpro-prints Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 2.6 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/friday-foto-favorites-2-6

1. A photographer climbed to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge to capture it from 746 feet.

2. Heartbreaking photos from the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.

3. Ominous supercell thunderstorms animated from a single photograph.

4. This underwater photographer snaps selfies with sharks.

5. Ukraine photographer creates magical, fairy tale-inspired portraits.

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/friday-foto-favorites-2-6 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Turn your photos into art and save 25% on gallery wraps http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/turn-your-photos-into-art-and-save-25-on-gallery-wraps

It’s a shiny new year, and now is the perfect time to create a fresh look with your wall art. Turn your photos into beautiful gallery wraps and save 25% through February 4.

With Mpix gallery wraps, your photos are printed on professional quality canvas and wrapped around a 1.5” wooden stretcher frame, creating a high-end art piece. Even better, they arrive as a finished product ready to hang.

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order through your Zenfolio account. This sale ends February 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST, so be sure to place your orders today.

Important Details Regarding the Sale:

  • This sale will be effective from 31-Jan-2015 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 4-Feb-2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST only and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to gallery wraps from Mpix only.
  • This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • For photographers placing orders from Edit View, the promotion requires no coupon code.
  • The discount applies to base lab prices and will be reflected in the shopping cart only for orders placed from Edit View.
  • This Zenfolio promotion does not change any price lists that the photographer has created, and the discount will only be visible to photographers while logged in. Customers’ orders will not show a price discount. The discounted prices will be reflected as giving photographers a higher profit for each order.  
  • Please read our Sales FAQ and blog post on running a sale on your site.

 

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio Zenfolio sale gallery wrap gallery wrap sale mpix sale professional photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/turn-your-photos-into-art-and-save-25-on-gallery-wraps Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 1.30 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-30

  1. Breathtaking photos of New York’s Central Park during the "blizzard" of 2015.
  2. A look into the life and works of surf photographer Zak Noyle
  3. A series of chocolates to represent Japanese words for texture
  4. 11 years of love and friendship between a lion and the man who raised him
  5. This is what happens when a super-clear lake freezes over
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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-30 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Zenfolio Wins Big at the SWPP Trade Awards http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/zenfolio-wins-big-at-the-swpp-trade-awards

Attention Zennies,

We are proud to announce that Zenfolio won three awards at the SWPP Trade Awards:

Professional Product of the Year

Best Professional Customer Service

Best Professional Website Provider

We would like to thank each and every one of you for voting, and for your continued support and kind words we have received this year. We are constantly in awe of how talented and hard-working all of you are, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you.

And that’s not all! A big congratulation goes out to our partners, Aspire Photography Training for winning Best Professional Training and One Vision Imaging for Best Professional Lab and Best Professional Frame. It is pleasure to partner with the best in the industry to ensure our users have a winning team on their side. Thank you for voting, and we look forward to another great year of award winning service!

Sincerely,

The Zenfolio Team 

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(ZenBlog) Award Winning website service Best professional lab SWPP 2014 award SWPP Awards Zenfolio aspire photography training best online hosting best professional custom service best professional customer service best professional product of the year best professional software best professional training best professional website provider one vision imaging professional photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/zenfolio-wins-big-at-the-swpp-trade-awards Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Behind the Shot with Shelley Paulson http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/behind-the-shot-with-shelley-paulson

Doesn’t it feel good when you press the shutter knowing that you just nailed the shot without even looking at the camera? Case in point: Shelley Paulson. We asked the Zenfolio Pro Team member to share three of her favorites and were blown away by what she gave us. Take a look and we bet these photos may become some of your favorites, too.   

 

This image was from an intimate October wedding, held at a restaurant which featured a second floor patio. They had a bonfire pit so people could enjoy the cool autumn air, while being cozy. I had just finished some fun group photos with the groom's work friends, when I saw that the sky was turning beautiful shades of gold. I got down low, placed the bonfire between us, and shot my heart out. This was my favorite one because of how the flames licked up into their silhouette. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyndsay's horse, Teddy, was one of the most cooperative, and no doubt, most handsome horses I have ever worked with. Before this session, he had never been ridden across water and horses are generally frightened of water because they cannot determine its depth. We all held our breath as Teddy tromped right through the water like a boss! I love Lyndsay's expression of joy! 

 

 

I had stopped by a local thoroughbred foaling facility in the spring to add some foal photos to my equestrian stock photo library. The farm's owner showed me a foal who had just been born the night before. She took the mom and baby out into an indoor arena to stretch their legs. It just so happened that late afternoon sunlight was streaming through the windows, and as the pair ran around the arena, they kicked up a beautiful cloud of dust. When the foal stopped in the light and looked over its shoulder, I knew that something special had just happened in front of my camera!

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(ZenBlog) Behind the Shot Shelley Paulson Zenfolio horse photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/behind-the-shot-with-shelley-paulson Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Supersize Your Savings—50% off Mpix prints 11x14 and larger http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/supersize-your-savings-50-off-prints-11x14-and-larger-at-mpix

For three days only, save 50% on all 11x14 and larger Mpix prints. With savings this big, now is the time to update your home décor with beautiful prints.

As always, no coupon code is necessary when you order with your Zenfolio account. But hurry, this sale ends January 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST, so be sure to place your orders today.

Important Details Regarding the Sale:

  • This sale will be effective from 26-Jan-15 at 12:01 a.m. PST until 28-Jan-15 at 11:59 p.m. PST only and cannot be extended outside of this time frame. The discount applies to photographic prints 11x14 and larger from Mpix only. This discount cannot be combined with other promotions.
  • For photographers placing orders from Edit View, the promotion requires no coupon code.
  • The discount applies to base lab prices and will be reflected in the shopping cart only for orders placed from Edit View.
  • This Zenfolio promotion does not change any price lists that the photographer has created, and the discount will only be visible to photographers while logged in. Customers’ orders will not show a price discount. The discounted prices will be reflected as giving photographers a higher profit for each order.
  • Please read our Sales FAQ and blog post on running a sale on your site.
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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio half off mpix sale print sale http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/supersize-your-savings-50-off-prints-11x14-and-larger-at-mpix Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 1.23 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-23

  1. Life’s a beach, really.
  2. Get this for your tween.
  3. Freezing your buns off? Hey, it’s all for art.
  4. Animals getting cozy with cameras.
  5. You’ve never seen NYC like this before. 
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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-23 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Product Spotlight: ProShow App http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/product-spotlight-proshow-app

By Ana Teresa Galizes

I am a wedding photographer, so it is easy to see why an app that allows me to show a video slideshow of images to my clients might come in handy. I installed Photodex’s ProShow app on my iPad and was really pleased with its features. I had just finished editing Isabel and Billy’s photos, so it was exciting to be able to show them to Isabel with this app. Isabel and Billy are celebrating their anniversary apart, as Billy is getting his PhD in Oregon and Isabel is finishing her undergrad in North Carolina. They wanted some nice photos to give to their families, so I got together with them over the holidays for a photo session.

The app is a companion to the full-blown ProShow Web slideshow creation service. With the app, you can log in and access all of your video slideshows. Photographers can make edits, share online, or download and save to the camera roll. There are many, many themes and effects to choose from with this program. Photographers can even import photos directly from their Zenfolio accounts, which is pretty awesome!

It was extremely easy to make my slideshow for Isabel to view, and that was probably because the tutorials on the site were very helpful. I gave myself a lot of extra time because I wasn’t sure how long it would take, but the app is so user-friendly that I finished in no time. Actually, before meeting with her, I went back and made a second slideshow, even snazzier than the first with different effects and music.

One of the features that made the video slideshows easy to build was that I could preview all of the themes, transitions, and special effects before applying them. That way, I didn’t waste any time by applying something I didn’t like. The themes were customizable, giving me the ability to change the special effects and transitions that were paired with them.

The app lets users integrate royalty-free music, which is provided or you can upload your own music. How great is it to be able to set a couple’s slideshow to the tune of their first dance?! The slideshow is programmed to last as long as the music is playing, which is perfect.

Now, what I love about the app vs. using the web version is that I really don’t like to take a laptop with me when I meet my clients. Generally, I don’t show my clients anything on my laptop—they don’t need to see how messy my desktop is. Being able to present this video slideshow on my iPad is absolutely fantastic.

I definitely recommend this app to other wedding and portrait photographers because it’s an elegant way to present the finished product to clients. In the future, I plan on integrating this app into my business model.

 

Ana Teresa Galizes is a wedding photographer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. She loves nothing more than to spend her weekends photographing couples, brides, and people in general. When she’s not doing photography she likes to travel or be in the front row of a good rock show.

 

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(ZenBlog) Zenfolio app photo slideshow pro show proshow video slideshow http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/product-spotlight-proshow-app Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Friday Foto Favorites 1.16 http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-16

 

1.     These maps show where photographers live around the country. 

2.     This studio knows no boundaries.

3.     NASA revisits “Pillars of Creation” with higher resolution. 

4.     25 of the best award-winning wedding photos. 

5.     Embrace the season! How to capture snow like a pro. 

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(ZenBlog) Friday Foto Favorites Friday Photo Favorites Zenfolio best photos favorites featured photos weekly round up http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/friday-foto-favorites-1-16 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT
Introducing Snapizzi: the Fastest Way to Sort Your Images... Guaranteed http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/introducing-snapizzi-the-fastest-way-to-sort-your-images-guaranteed If you're having trouble sorting through your images, we have the perfect solution for you. Introducing Snapizzi, our newest partner, that will help you transform your post-shoot workflow.

 

 

Snapizzi is all about saving you time and making you more money. Using just a business card, and powered by patented barcode and tagging technology, Snapizzi enables event photographers to quickly, and automatically, match customers to their photos.

Rather than the time consuming methods that you are currently using, Snapizzi is fully automated. All you have to do is simply photograph a specially coded business card before taking the photographs of your subjects and then give them the card. Afterwards, just upload your images to your Zenfolio account and Snapizzi does the rest.

All your customers have to do to quickly find, and order, their images is enter the number from the card they were given on your beautifully designed and branded Zenfolio website.

Event photographers are constantly faced with the challenge of managing hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of images that can result from a single event. The continuous advancements in digital imaging technology only serve to increase the quality, and output, of today’s modern photographer.

As a result, it has become more challenging to keep up with the sheer number of images that a high-volume event photography business can produce. In addition to the costly hours of labor spent matching photos to customers, the workload bottleneck also results in lost sales due to the hours, or days, it now takes to make images available for purchase by your customers.

So, we set out to build a solution that solved these problems. We have been working on Snapizzi for the past year and have been testing it with a small group of photographers for the last couple of months. And today, we're excited to share it with the world. Our recent study revealed that it takes the average photographer 12 hours of labor to post an event for online sales that had 1,000 subjects, and resulted in 4,000 images to connect to their customers. The study also revealed the average photographer valued an hour of their time at $45. Resulting in a cost of $540 of post production expenses.

How long would Snapizzi take to process the same amount of images? Just 25 minutes! 

And the cost to use Snapizzi? Just $39! An average savings of $500!
 
Snapizzi eliminates the need for time consuming manual matching and all that other not-so-fun post production stuff. Snapizzi gives you back the time to focus on the other tasks that are important to the continued growth of your business.

If you value your time, Snapizzi is for you.

Some core benefits of using Snapizzi include:

  • Reclaim hundreds of hours of labor per year.
  • Reduced post production expenses.
  • Increased sales due to faster posting of images.
  • Business cards market your company to all event participants.
  • Integrated with Award-Winning Photo Hosting Website Zenfolio.
  • Save 25% on your Zenfolio subscription (use code: SNAPZEN25).
  • Special pricing from our printing partner Marathon Press.
  • Unmatched dedication to your success by our team of Customer Happiness Officers.
     
We think you're going to love it. Give it a shot and let us know what you think. 
 

Much Success,

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(ZenBlog) Snapizzi event photography photographer photography professional photography http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/introducing-snapizzi-the-fastest-way-to-sort-your-images-guaranteed Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:01:00 GMT