When I first started, out my actual website was a blog, so I have been telling stories since day one. A little bit more background from me: English was my favorite subject in school. I love to read, and I love to write! I really think blogging comes down to telling a story. To me when I shoot a session, it is just like painting a picture that tells a story. From the first frame to the last I am shooting a story. When I come to blog, it is so important to me that the story translates in writing.
To make each blog successful, I do a lot of leg work that I feel really sets me apart from other photographers. When I meet each client I get to know them on a personal level. I really couldn't imagine connecting with a complete stranger! I get to learn all about them and they also get to learn all my weird quirks, aka Trekkie! So when the time comes everyone is relaxed and the connection is totally there.
I think Sue Bryce says it best:
"You have nothing if you don't have a connection from the subject to the camera!"
I want to know the little things. Where did they meet? What is their favorite place? Food? Movie? It totally helps, even when it comes to working with families. It helps to meet all the kids so they aren't surprised by a complete stranger with a camera. Also, their parents can help me by telling me their favorite things. (I bring a treasure chest to each session with younger children, if they are good they get to pick a prize-so knowing favorite things helps load that chest!!!)
So why do I blog?
Well, there are a few different reason's why I like to blog:
#1: I love to display my images on the web. As most of my fellow photographers know finding just the right way to display an image on Facebook is impossible. When I post them on my blog I don't have to worry about them being crushed by another program. Also, I love to link my blog on Facebook (will get into this on #3)
#2: My clients love it! They love to see their story in print, and their beautiful images on the web, it is something they can share over and over again!
#3: SEO! How many times have you heard this and just didn't know what it meant? Search Engine Optimization! This is how as a photographer/business owner I get seen on the web! Here are few tips to optimize your SEO:
1. Rename your image files, don't just leave them as 01.jpeg. Example: Bride with Bridesmaids, it can be even more detailed.
2. Links! Links, links, links and more links! Are you working with another photographer, link their page. Reviewing a product, link the vendors page!
3. This one is the newest I learn and it comes from Rachel Brenke and Zach Prez (check out those links ;)) Get on Google +! Google is the largest and fastest growing search engine out there, if you want to be seen you got to get with them!
Oh, that thing about Facebook. So when you post your blog link on Facebook, it drives traffic to your website which in returns pushes your SEO through the roof, and it lets your fans see your pictures how they were meant to be! Beautiful and not crushed by Facebook. This is also why I don't post too many images on Facebook, I want my fans to come here and see them.
This blog is fully supported by Zenfolio. I am able to design it on my own. I love that is fully integrated with my website, image hosting, and client galleries! I own my own domain, Zenfolio does the rest! If you are looking for an all in one tool, then check out Zenfolio.
Are you struggling to blog? Get out a piece of paper and just write down your thoughts. That is how I always start, this blog has been in the works for two weeks!
Now, this is also why I blog, to show my beautiful work!
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