PhotoBiz has been working extra hard behind the scenes to offer some great new features for your current products. We have implemented some great new features to both the Flash Websites and our Online Proofing and Ordering Systems.
In a time where everyone is trying to cut costs and save a dime, it can be really important to try and make an alliance with a reputable company that shares a mutual benefit. As a business owner, you know that these types of alliances can really save you a lot of money; however, they can be hard to find. Here at PhotoBiz, we already have a strong alliance with one of the most powerful merchant providers for you. This offers you a way to save money while giving your customers’ the convenience of accepting credit cards. read full blog entry…
There are a lot of technical things that go along with Merchant Providers and the security of a shopping cart, but as you know we try to lay this out simply for you. You would like to think that when you’re dealing with a large company, everything is taken care of and both you and your customers are safe and out of risk. Well, this isn’t always the case. read full blog entry…
Our April Featured Photographer of the Month
John Edgar – Oakville, Canada (Just outside Toronto)
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I’ve been in this business for a while now and have had to deal with many companies that cater to pro photographers. My experience with PhotoBiz has been second to none. Their customer service is TOP, they are polite, attentive, and really cool! Their product is also really excellent. I’ve used many other template websites and PhotoBiz takes the cake with a really intuitive, well-built backend and classy well-designed fronts. I highly recommend PhotoBiz.
1. What equipment you do you use?
I’m a Canon boy through and through. You’ll generally find me sporting a 5D or two. Gotta have the full frame, so right now the 5D is really the prime camera for me. I shoot Canon mostly because I really enjoy their fast primes; they have a great look to them! I’m almost always shooting wide open; I love the 24 1.4, 50 1.2, 85 1.2. These are my staples for lenses. I’m also really enjoying rocking a tilt when the moment is right, either the 45 or the 90. I won’t shoot anywhere without my trusty BODA Bag. I’ve had loads of camera bags in the last few years and the BODA bag is the one that fits me perfectly.
2. How long have you been shooting?
Seriously, I’ve been shooting for a little over 4 years now. Generally, I’ve been taking pictures for the last 8 years of my life.
3. Where are you located?
I live in Oakville. It’s about a 20 minute drive from Toronto. I don’t shoot in Oakville much though; most of my work is done in Toronto and thankfully across the whole world!
4. What type of photography do you take?
While I’m primarily a wedding photographer, I do concentrate on children and family as well. I’ve shot a lot in my life, though, and I’m more than happy to shoot anything!
5. Price range of events?
I start at $3,500 for coverage. After albums and whatnot, my couples generally expect to pay between $6,000 and $8,000.
6. When did you notice that you had passion for photography?
I’ve enjoyed photography since forever, and I’ve always had a fascination for cameras. It’s really only in recent years when I left a job in I.T that I decided to move into it as a career.
7. Is there anything unique about what you do?
I’m generally quite a quirky guy, and I’m always trying to be happy and fun with my clients. I think it’s super important to create a good friendship with my clients. Most of them meet me for lunch and we just hang out. I understand the seriousness of what we do as photographer, but I also think it can be a really relaxed and interesting process. I try and get my clients as excited about having their picture taken as I am about capturing them. If I owned Speedos, I’d probably shoot in them.
8. What’s the funniest thing that ever happened during a shoot?
Well, interestingly, the most amusing thing I’ve seen at a wedding was my very first. It was a tent wedding in the backyard of someone’s house and mostly consisted of just family and friends. The priest read the vows for the bride to repeat and she started to tear up. In the few moments of silence that followed, the 4-year-old ring bearer took a step forward. He looked at the bride, looked at the guests, and then loudly proclaimed, “I just pooped”.
9. What’s the scariest thing that ever happened during a shoot?
I’m not sure if this is scary, but I was shooting a wedding in Mexico, and I dropped my 5D with a 24 1.4 down a pyramid and smashed them both… that wasn’t pleasant.
10. How many events do you photograph each year?
I’ll shoot between 20 and 25 weddings a year.
11. Have you had to change anything to adjust in current economic times?
I think playing to your strengths is really the best thing you can do when times get tough. A lot of photographers I speak to are preaching diversification, and while I totally agree that a diverse and well-rounded repertoire is always a great thing, I worry about many of my colleagues spreading themselves too thin. Do what you do well; stay competitive by way of unique product offerings, concentrate on the stability of the core of your business, and the rest will follow. Don’t forget, shoot shoot shoot!
12. Describe your shooting style?
I’m pretty far from your typical traditional photojournalistic wedding photographer. I believe in capturing great real moment in really interesting ways. I think it’s also okay to pose your clients and show them what you’re looking for. I love fashion, editorial, and glam, I love making things larger than life. My hats off to pure PJ shooters; I can’t do it, it’s not me.
With thousands of websites, the PhotoBiz team is constantly looking at the creativity that photographers put into their website. We are going to showcase some of our favorite websites here on the bloggers corner and tell you a little about them.
Absolutely stunning photographers, we came across the husband/wife couple behind Deo Studios at WPPI 2011. One of the crazy things that really stuck out to me was that they signed up toward the end of the first day of the conference. The very next morning, they came back to me and thanked me saying, “It really was as easy as you said it would be”. Then, they continued on to show me their new site was live and online! That’s right, in the matter of a few hours in a hotel room, the online presence for deostudios.com was created, and I’m proud to showcase it here.
Sean Busher is easily one of my favorite photographers and graphic artists. The conceptual work that he creates using CGI and other nifty processes is absolutely mind blowing. Sean works with many high profile clients to create marketing pieces. As you look through his portfolio with PhotoBiz, you are just captured by his photography in a way that makes you want to keep watching.
Some of the coolest guys I know and have had the pleasure of meeting are Mike Fulton and Cody Clinton of TriCoast Photo. As a sponsored platform speaker with PPA, WPPI, After Dark and many other photography organizations, you would be hard pressed to go in a room of photographers that don’t know who they are.
Showcasing 4 different PhotoBiz websites, TriCoast Photography has segmented their online presence to: Weddings, Seniors, Workshops and Events.
Monica Burby is an incredible photographer that we showcase often. We’ve used her images in PPA and Rangefinder magazine ads and have showcased her talented photography on our sample templates as well. Monica has a unique photography and graphic design background that have helped her build a very unique website that truly utilizes many PhotoBiz features. Her creative backgrounds complimented with each of her 3 PhotoBiz websites make a perfect match to market a style of her own to clients.