The Elizabethtown, Kentucky SMUG welcomed Steve Mills, SmugMug Expert, at the Nolin RECC building on Ring Rd. in Elizabethtown. Nearly 20 of our SMUG members attended this meeting, and we were enlightened by Steve’s expertise.
One of the items of interest was the discussion of sharing on Facebook and other social network sites. Steve stated that this option for your clients to share on their site was “extremely, extremely powerful.” Getting your business active on social sites boosts your photography business and allows your family and friends to share your work on their own sites as well.
We learned that as SmugMug customers, we are not tied down to only one lab, but four! So when it comes to who prints your hard work, you have a say in what lab gets to do that for you. Publishing to SmugMug from Lightroom was a plus, also. This feature along would save tons of space, time and frustration when uploading photos to your SmugMug galleries
Steve really made us feel at ease when he talked about the customer service side of SmugMug. We really got the feeling that we, as customers, would never truly be alone in our efforts to create the best SmugMug site for our business. If you wanted to really get in it, you could hire one of SmugMug’s Certified Customizers that can design your site for you!
In addition to the wealth of information about SmugMug, we had several giveaways tonight, including hats, mugs, stickers, WHCC gallery wraps, and one new member even won a one year subscription to SmugMug Pro!
Submitted by the Elizabethtown SMUG Scribe: Anita Conder
Anita is a freelance photographer, able to shoot what she wants, when she wants, so she is able to devote 110% to the satisfaction of her clients. She shoots with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon D80.
Our Elizabethtown, KY SMUG had 30 attendees welcoming international wedding photographer, Victor Sizemore, at the Nolin RECC center!
Victor Sizemore is from Eastern Kentucky, originally, and actually started out wanting to play baseball. Thankfully, Sizemore ended up studying photography instead. He has built his photography business in just a few short years, is preferred by top wedding coordinators, and has traveled the world to shoot weddings in France, Italy, England, Ireland, Hungary, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Residing in Los Angeles, CA, he is close to the Resort at Pelican Hill and the Beverly Hills Hotel, which are two top spots for wedding photography.
Sizemore covered areas for photographers wanting to build a business in wedding photography such as pricing, equipment, and a bit of his own philosophy on being the best.
- Pricing is a difficult subject for beginning pro photographers. Sizemore stated that pricing is relative to the market; adapting to the market around you is key. He also states that having a 3 to 5 package system is a great way to sell up. Rather than use the Ala Carte pricing, have a package system in place that you can entice your client up to the next level packaging with discounts.
- Sizemore had some surprising tips about the type of bag you use to store your equipment. Many photographers buy the same brand of bag as their new camera to show it off, but Sizemore uses Lowepro bags. When traveling, they are less conspicuous as camera equipment, thus decreasing the chances of theft.
- Finally, Sizemore threaded his entire presentation with his philosophy of how to be the best. “Getting in the right mind set is the most important.” He discussed how we sometimes dread going to work, but getting your head in the game can help. Attention to detail is a plus as well. He shared a story with us where, at a wedding he was shooting, he knew what the wedding colors were going to be ahead of time. So, on the wedding day, he wore a tie that matched those colors, and the bride was impressed and flattered at the extra effort and attention he paid to her day. These tiny, but mighty details as he pointed out, are the things your clients will remember and tell all their friends and family about.
About the Elizabethtown Scribe: Anita Conder:
Anita is a freelance photographer, free to shoot what she wants, when she wants. She’s proud to admit that she uses Picnik Pro to do her editing. Anita carefully makes time for her cherished photography hobby, and makes sure she gives it her all.
The SmugMug User Groups (SMUGs) are putting out a call for speakers for our 2012 monthly speakers series.
A SMUG is a place where you can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share your passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s happening in our world and discover what’s happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal. There are over 90 SMUGs worldwide. Rain or shine, it’s always a great idea to come to your SMUG’s monthly meetings. This way, you have a great collection of photos in every season!
We are looking for presenters that can speak about various photography related topics. Examples: Business topics, software, lighting, fusion, camera usage, portraits, photojournalism, sports, nature/landscape, commercial, boudoir, sports and weddings.
All types of photographers are welcome to present.
If you are interested in speaking, please send a short bio and course description and let us know why you would be great for our groups. We really want people with something interesting to say so let us know why this is you. These presentations are not sales-oriented so while you are more then welcome to mention products and workshops at the end, the bulk of the presentation should be on the chosen topic.
This is a great opportunity for anyone to get in front of a large, active group of photographers.
You will also receive a free SmugMug Pro account as a special thanks from SmugMug (for as long as you are a speaker).
To submit your presentation or if you have questions, please email Rocky Bowles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive your email, we will send out a manual that explains all of the details for speaking at SMUGs.
All submissions will be kept on file and we’ll contact you if we choose your presentation.
SmugMug cannot thank you enough for your participation in becoming a speaker. It is the people like you that give SMUGs such a great reputation!
Our Knox SMUG March meeting combined the talents of many of our members with others from our local photographic community. Our local community has EXPLODED in the last few months! New life has been breathed into relationships between seasoned photographers and those new to the field along with relationships between photographers and many of our local models.
Originally slated to be a photowalk, we had to move the meeting back to our regular meeting place due to weather. Not to be deterred, members brought in studio equipment and set up several stations giving everyone an opportunity to experiment with lighting as they photographed some of the models in attendance. F32, a local photography equipment store, was on hand as well to provide everyone a chance to try out some of the many lenses and lighting options they have available for rental.
Submitted by SMUG Scribe – Tabitha Helt
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As the snow came down outside and other organizations canceled their meetings on radio reports, our first SmugMug Elizabethtown Meetup was a success! With fifteen or so new SmugMug members, our organizer JJ Henderson guided us through introductions to SmugMug and how our meetings will benefit us all: the speakers to come, the sponsors and perks, and future meeting ideas.
As we each stood one by one and introduced ourselves, the room lit up with lively discussion and questions about equipment choices, photography skill levels and other photographic interests. It was very friendly and informal – a wonderful mix of professional photography business owners, avid hobbyists, as well as a couple of high school students looking to meet other shutterbugs and learn from them. Many members stayed after, to mingle among their peers and got to know each other.
SmugMug Elizabethtown has made its mark! We certainly look forward to more meetings and more members to come and join in on the information and fellowship that will surely follow.
Submitted by SMUG Scribe Anita Conder