Tag Archives: social media

Happy Birthday to America!

7 Jul
'Merica

‘Merica

This weekend, I spent a lot of time away from my phone.

It was a nice feeling, to unplug a bit. As a photographer trying to grow her business, I spend more time than most people worrying about my edits, planning my blogs, working out marketing and social media strategies, networking, educating myself, etc. It’s a labor of love, and it doesn’t weigh on me…but every once in a while its nice to just enjoy the friends and family around me without worrying about the next whatever.

Fireworks Fun

Fireworks Fun

I did put a few photos on IG and FB to document the weekend, but haven’t done much catching up on you guys until this morning. (I hope y’all are enjoying the fireworks, the barbeques, the beaches and ‘Murica’s bday!)  The whole process made me think a little bit about the whole social media as a way of marketing thing, and the interesting cultural decisions to embrace one social media over another.  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, G+…why are they leading the pack, ya know?  Why are Flickr and 500px such powerful photo sharing resources?  Why one and not another?

IG

IG

Most of those are rhetorical questions, but what I do want to know is which social medias do you use the most?  Which ones do you enjoy?  Get feedback and interaction on?  Which ones are a worthwhile investment in your time?

Also, obviously, if you want to follow me on any of your various social medias, I’d appreciate the support.  It helps spread the word about SSP, and as we all know, word of mouth is a powerful thing.  At one point, I think someone said something along the lines of…never toot your own horn, let other people do it for you.  I believe it was Abraham Lincoln.  On the internet.  Therefore, it must be true. haha

Attention to Detail

8 Nov
Connecticut Colors

Connecticut Colors

Although I tend to love big sweeping landscapes, often, its the little details that make those scenes work.  Patterns, textures, colors, catching something at just the right moment…  They are just as important as a good sunset or a nice foreground.  Macros and details are an art form and skill set in their own right.

Peruvian Salt Harvest

Peruvian Salt Harvest

A while back, I began putting together my “Free Banner Thank You’s”…just a little way to say I appreciate you guys.  My gift to you?  A spruced up FB page.  Now, when I go out on photo excursions, I try to keep a full eye our for nice landscape compositions, and half an eye out for “detail” shots.

Factory Folige Facebook Banner

Factory Folige Facebook Banner

I happened to be going through my “to-be-edited-still” photo folders, and it occurred to me that often, those very same “details taken with a purpose” shots are some of my favorite.  They’re not a big moody landscape or an emotional portrait…but they’re cozy, they’re interesting and they have a quiet confidence to them that I like.

West Coast Shamrock

West Coast Shamrock

For those of you who haven’t done so, check out my FB Page, like it, and then enjoy the banners folder.  For those of you who already have liked my page, you have my gratitude.  Word of mouth is my only form of marketing.  Your support is my inspiration…it helps me make time for just one more edit when I’m tired, and just one more photo-trip when I’m poor, and just one more sunrise when the warm bed is calling.  Your support helps me book weddings, and music promo gigs, and keep food on my table.  I couldn’t do this without you guys.  I’m so glad we’re taking this photo journey together. ❤

Sending gratitude your way.

XO

Shannon