Sneak Peek: Your New Dashboard!

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When you run your own business, you need information, and fast. You want to know when you have a new order, when one has shipped, and when an invoice is past due. You want to know that your profits are available so you can properly plan your expenses, and you want to be notified when a friend of yours has signed up for ShootProof based on your recommendation (Woohoo! Free archiving for both of you!).

We’ve been told you also need to be able to get rid of those notifications when you want to (you’re already aware that Grandma still hasn’t sent her $20 check) and that you want to keep a pulse on what’s going on in your galleries (like the bride who finally chose her Favorite photos).

You’re going to love the improved Dashboard that’s coming to your ShootProof account! While we can’t give away all the details just yet, the new Dashboard will have a cleaner, streamlined look and an easy-to-read format that helps you get the details you need, quickly, when you log in.

We’d love to know: What’s the next thing you’d like to see added to the Dashboard? Comment below!

Using Lightroom with ShootProof

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Lightroom + ShootProof

If you love using Lightroom in your workflow, you’ll find that it’s quick and convenient to upload your photos to your online galleries with the ShootProof Lightroom Publish Service.

This plugin-type tool allows you to create and manage your galleries and albums easily in your ShootProof account. Simply install your plugin, set up your file structure, and “publish” the photos to your client’s galleries. You’ll manage your photos in Lightroom, and as you make changes, it will update the files in your ShootProof account.

When your clients have chosen Favorites in their galleries, you can quickly and easily pull those files from your entire batch of photos in Lightroom. You’ll be able to grab files for editing, move them aside for album design, or mark them on your computer for other pieces in your workflow. You can also use the filenames of photos in a client order to weed out the files you don’t need in Lightroom and leave those you do.

Adobe Creative Cloud Discount – 15% off First Year

We’re proud to announce a partnership with Adobe that entitles ShootProof subscribers to a 15% discount on their first year with Creative Cloud. You’ll have access to the latest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop CC at this specially discounted price!

Get all of the details and sign up today:  Adobe + ShootProof

But take action quickly; you can only lock in this deal before April 30th!

 

Photographer Spotlight | Moreland Photography

MorelandWe’re excited to showcase Mike Moreland of Moreland Photography - located here in Atlanta, as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

Mike MorelandHow would you describe your style?

I am a people photographer and I love to tell stories of my clients with a style of romance, glamour, fashion, journalism and creative lighting. I love light! Sometimes I find it and other times I create it. My background is in commercial/advertising photography, so I bring my lighting style and commercial flair to my wedding and portrait photography. My three favorite wedding photographers are all Australian: I love the glamour and fashion flair of Yervant, the powerful images and dramatic lighting of Jerry Ghionis and the emotion/moments and lifestyle images of Marcus Bell. I have always been drawn to the style of photography and albums that come from the top Australian Photographers.

How long have you been a photographer?

It is hard to believe, but this is my 30th year in business. I can’t imagine another profession that has changed in technology more than photography.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have four scenic acres of property with a barn, that has been converted into a studio and I love the fact that my home is also on the same property. I have two wonderful daughters, one who just got engaged. So now as a wedding photographer, I am on the other side planning a wedding. My youngest daughter helps me with many of my weddings and portrait shoots as an assistant. I am a true native of Atlanta, but moved to Santa Barbara to attend photography school at Brooks Institute. There are many different paths photographers take, but for me this was the best decision for my photography and this was such a great experience for me. When I graduated with a degree in Commercial Photography, my portfolio was mostly of food photography and that is what I thought I was going to specialize in. After assisting top commercial photographers in Atlanta for 2 ½ years, I was approached by a rep from Better Homes and Gardens to photograph interiors in the South for them. I then became an architectural photographer for the next ten years, shooting for most of the top national interior magazines and I also did a lot of corporate and business photography for annual reports and print ads. 20 years ago, a close friend of mine who was a wedding and portrait photographer, took ill and I told her not to worry about the weddings she had booked. After photographing a few weddings for her, I really loved it,  as I was used to spending two hours setting up lighting to take a single architectural/interior image and now I was photographing people which was a giant leap. However photographing people was so much more fun, so at that time I knew this is what I wanted to do. I am currently working on a book on top NFL Hall of Fame players, that is to be published next year. So, I am a people photographer and sometimes my subjects are wearing football helmets and sometimes they are wearing wedding gowns.

When did you first fall in love with photography?

I was 12 years old and we had always been a Polaroid camera family.  My father returned from a business trip to the Virgin Islands and he came back with a Konica T3 35mm camera and gave it to me.  That gift changed my life and I fell in love with photography and I made it my mission to study photography, shoot, ask lots of questions, experiment and keep shooting, which is exactly what I still do today.

What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?

My favorite lens is my 50mm 1.4. I always tell photographers that if I had to photograph a wedding and only could take one lens, it would always be the 50mm lens.  I love shooting with prime lenses because they are fast and great quality but I also think they make you more creative.

Where do you find inspiration?

I love looking at images on websites, magazines, books and not just wedding and portrait photography.  I look at commercial shoots and commercial photographers, because I do not want my images to look like every other wedding and portrait photographer.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

This advice has to be adjusted to the digital world, so this is advice from the 1980’s and shooting film.  “If it is worth shooting then it is worth five rolls”.  This advice has always stuck with me and it means that your first impression or idea of a shot may be something good, but you need to work the image until you cannot think of anything else you can possibly shoot.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

I love photography and shooting, but I also love teaching. Five years from now I see myself expanding my photography workshop and educational business. I would love to travel more and meet photographers from all over and teach them the skills of lighting and creative photography. At my current workshops,  I teach photographers how to solve the technical problems as quickly as possible so they can focus on creativity. I love sharing and working with different photographers.

How has ShootProof helped your business?

I have used most of the well-known photography web hosting companies and found lots of issues that I was not happy with, until I found ShootProof. With some of the companies I found myself competing against them with my own clients. Other companies would brand their names all over the proofing pages and some would take large commissions – 15% to 18% of my sales. With my commercial clients, I wanted to upload high res images so they could download and other companies did not have this option. I would also have issues with their customer service. ShootProof has been the answer to all of these problems, resulting in extremely happy clients!

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Conferences and Trade Shows – 2015

One of the best parts of attending trade shows for our team is the opportunity to meet some of the tens of thousands of photographers who use our service every day. Be sure to drop by our booth at any of these upcoming expos and introduce yourself!

 

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For many photographers, the highlight of the winter and spring seasons are the countless shows, seminars, and retreats offered. We know you’re bound to find the experiences you’re looking for at any of these conferences, whether it’s the professional conversations with others in the industry or a hands-on course to learn the basics (or to bring your work to the next level).

The ShootProof Team is excited to meet you and your colleagues this year!

 

 

Photographer Spotlight | Creative M Photography

Creative M Photography

We’re excited to showcase Monika Labbe of Creative M Photography - located in Chicago, as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer! Thanks for sharing your journey with us! Monika Labbe'

How would you describe your style?

My style blends illustrative portrait artistry and photojournalism to create timeless images. I love telling the story as it unfolds, capturing beautiful details, candid moments, and the love between people.

How long have you been a photographer?

I received my first camera at age 10. My professional career started 15 years ago.

Tell us a little about yourself. 

Growing up in Europe has allowed me to appreciate the little things and to stop and savor the moments. My creativity blossomed from allowing my mind to embrace all forms of artistic expression. I enjoy painting, drawing, sculpture and crafting. My degree in advertising/design and illustration has honed my skills for unique concepts, composition and color. On the other hand my psychology degree has allowed me to communicate more effectively with my clients and to always strive for an emotional connection during my sessions; not just between my subjects but also within my subjects. My husband is the love of my life and makes me laugh on a daily basis. He also acts as my second set of arms on photo shoots and at weddings. We have 4 adult children, and all but one live out of state. My daughter is expecting fraternal twins that we could not be more excited about. We share our home with a 4 year old, adorable, yellow Lab we rescued named Savannah.

When did you first fall in love with photography?

My father bought me my first camera at age 10. It was a little Kodak 110 and it started my love affair of taking pictures. I bought my first Minolta SLR camera in my 20’s and that’s when a shift happened from taking pictures to making pictures.

What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?

It’s an easy tie between the 85mm and the 70-200. Very different lenses, but both allow an amazing amount of light. I love the 85 for the softness and the 70-200 for the compression.

Where do you find inspiration?

Inspiration for the creative is literally anything and everything. Movies are a big part of my life. Watching old films or foreign films like Amelie really make me pay attention to light, contrast and color. I love hard light, and finding snippets of light at just the right time. Color can really light a photo up as well. One of my gifts is finding the right colors to complement the skin tone of my subject, I find it makes a huge difference in the final image.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Keep striving to be better and better. Never be satisfied with what you are doing, because that means you are not learning. There’s always so much to learn. I love the process of evolution and keep evolving every chance I get.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

My business keeps growing and growing. It’s always a work in progress and shifts with the needs of my clients. It’s better to have a few amazing clients that you love, than a lot of clients that you don’t. I find that my best clients are those that value the collaboration and the process of creating art. When I find the right clients, it’s almost like magic and the relationship is not just based on a one-time event, it keeps growing.

How has ShootProof helped your business?

ShootProof allows me to choose the best products for my clients, unique products that may not be available anywhere else. By self-fulfilling my clients’ orders, I can see exactly which items my clients are purchasing and provide them with amazing products and service.

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