Photographer Spotlight | WilJax Weddings

WilJax

We’re excited to showcase Will Jacks of  WilJax Weddings - located in Cleveland, MS as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer. Thanks for sharing your journey with us! WilJax

How would you describe your style?

Evolving.  Always. This is a tough question and one that I worry has become a catchphrase encouraged by “branding” experts. My work is what it is. It’s as honest as I can make it. Sometimes it’s photojournalistic, sometimes it’s more abstract, and other times it’s based in classics. At times, I make images that are more emotionally driven and less about crisp technique and with others, I try to make images that are as technically sound as possible. But I strive for it always to be honest and pushing the boundaries of whatever it was I did previously. The last thing I want to do is stake a flag in the ground, declare it as “my style” and then not be able to move away from it, if my interests or education warrants a new direction. So, I suppose my style is that I try to not really have one.
How long have you been a photographer?

I have earned my living as a photographer for the last 17 years.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in a small town in northwest Mississippi about 20 miles from the Mississippi River and 120 miles south of Memphis, TN. I was fortunate that my parents encouraged my siblings and I to pursue the arts as much as we pursued athletics. As my college career began to wind down, I started to dream a bit about a life where I would be involved in some form of creative pursuit every day. Many of my friends aspired to be doctors and lawyers, but the people that I tended to admire most were always artists and free thinkers.
After graduate school, I came back home to open a photography business and have somehow managed to stay at it since 1997. I photograph about 15 or so weddings a year, but also do a handful of editorial and commercial jobs each year, as well as longer personal projects. My first monograph from a project I’ve been working on for about 6 years now will be published by University Press of Mississippi. It’s a collection of photographs and essays from a juke joint  near my hometown. The working title is “Po’ Monkey’s Lounge:  a portrait of a juke joint”.  I also have a small photo gallery where we exhibit the work of regional photographers –  http://www.wiljaxgallery.com - (I’m proud to say that one of our exhibits was declared by Time magazine to be “one of the top 30 ways to experience photography in the world!” last year –  http://lightbox.time.com/2013/09/02/the-guide-september-2013-edition/#8) so I also spend a fair amount of my time curating exhibits and collaborating with other photographers on exhibition and publishing ideas. I also exhibit at various galleries in the region, am active with a few arts based non-profits and this Fall I’ll also be teaching a photojournalism class at Ole Miss. I have also been a fireman (albeit a volunteer) for the last 15 years and married to a New Orleans girl. We don’t have any children, but have two dogs who run our house and are considered children to us. We tend to spend a pretty fair amount of time in New Orleans as well, which is a nice change of pace from small town living.
When did you first fall in love with photography?
When I was in graduate school I focused mainly on documentary film making. This eventually led to me discovering still photography. I wasn’t in love with the gear so much as I was the way photography allowed me insight into worlds which most people don’t get to see. I got to be on the field or court at ballgames, backstage at performances and around people when they were vulnerable and honest. I began to see the world differently because of this and became enamored with the authenticity of it all. That’s what I love – when fences are let down and honesty comes in. Photography was and still is – a means for me to experience those places and moments.
What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?
I could do just fine with nothing but a 35mm F2.
Where do you find inspiration?
Good work. Smart ideas. It doesn’t matter where. It can be museums, or it can be a brilliant performance by an athlete at a ballpark. I like things that push boundaries, find a way to go against the flow of what everyone else is doing and what everyone else expects. I am moved by great music, by great books, by great food, by great locations and by great conversations. As with most things in my life though, I prefer to dabble in lots of things, and I find inspiration the same way.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Nothing is ever as good as it seems, or as bad as it seems.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
Hopefully teaching more. Both at the university level and through non-profits. But I’m not nearly as worried about having a photography business as a photography career. So, hopefully in 5 years I’ll still be involved in photography, art, and story-telling and in ways that have grown from whatever it is I am doing now.
How has ShootProof helped your business?
ShootProof has made the commercial aspects of my business, particularly the wedding side of things – more efficient and more profitable. Things that used to be quite cumbersome workflow-wise are now much easier, and therefore require less time, which, in turn frees me up to do more of all that other stuff that I keep adding to my agenda.

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AlbumParrot: Album Proofing Solution

We’re super excited to introduce you to AlbumParrot, which is an online album-proofing service that integrates directly with your ShootProof Event galleries to provide one-window album review and approval of wedding albums, accordion books, and more!

Here’s why we love it: photographers of all kinds can utilize this system for their proofing of multi-image items. It’s super easy to set up, and even easier to use.

Wedding Photographers: With AlbumParrot, you simply use your regular album creation software (such as SmartAlbums) to design the page layouts. Then, you upload them in jpeg form to the AlbumParrot website.  Your clients are sent a link to view, comment, and even edit the layouts with an easy-to-use drag and drop procedure!  When you link your account to your ShootProof galleries, clients can suggest photo swaps and suggest which images to use in each section of the page.

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Family, school, & portrait photographers: For those who offer products like accordion books, Memory Mates, collages, and canvas groupings, AlbumParrot may be the ticket for easy client approval.  Simply uploading the blank template to the system (or a layout with images you’ve chosen) will give your clients a way to choose the photos from their ShootProof gallery that they wish to include in each area of the template.

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How it Works: You send your client an email with a link to view their proof.  Once a client enters the interface, he or she views the spread you’ve uploaded.  From there, clients can leave moveable comments and notes to you on all areas of the screen. They can also choose a different photo from their ShootProof gallery to replace a photo you’ve chosen, all on one screen.  Say goodbye to remembering file names, emailing lengthy notes and descriptions, and guessing what clients will like!

Clients can email you their comments with one click, and approving the final edit is just as easy. Then, you can order the products as usual, knowing your clients will be satisfied with the final result.

 

Head over to AlbumParrot for a free 14 day trial. Let them know ShootProof sent you!

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Photographer Spotlight | Jeff Peckham Photography

Jeff Peckham Photography
We welcome Jeff Peckham of Jeff Peckham Photography, located in Charlotte, NC as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer. Thanks for sharing your journey with us! Jeff Peckham
How would you describe your style?
We are all about capturing those moments that our clients can’t explain with words. We love to capture the way people are in their everyday life. A clean and Photojournalistic look is what we go for.
How long have you been a photographer?
We have been in business for about 5 years. In the past year we have quadrupled in sessions, including branching out into wedding photography.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My awesome-beautiful wife, Christy and I met in Haiti on a mission trip 16 years ago and life has never been the same since! We have 5 awesome children ranging from 9 months to 12 years and we love every bit of it! God has richly blessed us with our family.
When did you first fall in love with photography?
I have always been fascinated by color and photography has been an outlet for me to experiment and try to capture the beauty around me on camera. I started out looking at the photographs my father would take with his 1970 Minolta 35mm film camera. Yes, I said film. And in my teens and 20′s I had many opportunities to travel overseas, enabling me to learn how to compose and capture shots of different people and cultures. Shortly after, I invested in my first camera, a Canon 50D and the rest is history.
What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?
The Canon 70-200mm 2.8. It’s kinda like our sixth kid.
Where do you find inspiration?
My friends over at McDorman Photography in NC have always been our inspiration. They are the ones that took us under their wings and told us that we could do this fun thing called photography. When I see images that are pure, clean and pull me into the moment, I’m totally inspired.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My best advice came when we had McDorman Photography take our family pictures! We couldn’t believe how much effort and energy went into getting ready for a session. It reminded us of how to communicate and encourage our clients. Of course getting 7 outfits and 14 shoes together was quite a moment to see my wife do, which was pulled off beautifully!
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
We really push to do our very best and always push ourselves to learn photography professionally (which will always be a learning curve). Always zeroing in on our style and making it more and more fine is a goal of ours. Learning to understand our clients before we ever pull out our cameras at a session is a number one priority. We strive to capture people as they are and encourage their personalities to shine through in the final product.
How has ShootProof helped your business?
ShootProof is amazing and is the best way for us to present our proofs to our clients. There are so many client proofing systems out there and we have never seen one that has matched our minimalist look. The easy use of ShootProof combined with a user mind-set build has shown why they are leading the industry. When I have a thought about what ShootProof could do to enhance the program even more, I usually just check my email and see that it was just implemented over night!
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New Referral Program & Archiving

Got photos? Got friends?  You can now archive them for even less than ever. (Your photos, not your friends.)

And, even better, you now earn FREE archiving space by referring your friends to ShootProof!  (Nice to be rewarded for something you already do, right?)

Every time you refer a friend to ShootProof and your referral completes his or her first paid billing cycle, you’ll both receive 1GB of Archiving space, completely free!  The extra archiving space stays with your account as you change plans and never expires. It’s just our little way of saying thanks for referring other photographers to ShootProof!


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New Lower Price for Archiving

We’ve reduced the archiving cost from $0.10 to just $0.04 per gigabyte! You can securely back up thousands of photos for just pennies per month.

 

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Easy Upload & Organization 

With one click, you can archive your full resolution images (up to 28MB per image) and ShootProof’s cloud will save all of your client gallery information. Downloading your files again just as easy.

 

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Keep Your Files Safe & Secure

Archiving your photos with ShootProof is 400 times more reliable than simply backing up your files on a typical hard drive.

 

 

See for yourself how little it costs to keep your photos secure with our handy Archiving Calculator. 

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Photographer Spotlight | Lyndsey Garber Photography

Lyndsey Garber

We welcome Lyndsey Garber of Lyndsey Garber Photography located in New Mexico, as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer. Thanks for sharing your journey with us! Lyndsey Garber

How would you describe your style?

I am a ranch life and portrait photographer who loves natural light, vibrant colors and genuine smiles.

How long have you been a photographer?

I’ve been taking pictures since I was 9 years old and bought my first professional camera in high school. I officially opened up shop as a real business and began working with paying clients 3 years ago.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My husband Nelson and I live with our beautiful daughter on a rural New Mexico cattle ranch (110 miles from Walmart). Beyond his day-to-day work as a ranch hand and cowboy, my husband raises cow dogs and trains working ranch horses. I am a photographer, ranch wife, toilet cleaner, laundry avoider, dishwasher loader and Paisley Rae’s mama. I am so blessed to have the life that I do! I love being able to stay at home with my daughter, work along side my husband on the ranch and still be able to pursue my dreams as a photographer.

When did you first fall in love with photography?

I was given an old hand-me-down 35mm camera when I was about 9 years old and I burned through rolls and rolls of film I earned by doing extra chores. It wasn’t until I was about twelve years old that I even thought about becoming a photographer. As a Veterinarian’s daughter, I would ride around with my dad doing vet work on local ranches in the area. I remember the day when we were at one particular ranch and had been invited inside to share lunch with the family. Hanging above their fireplace was a large print called “Harry the Cowdog” by David R. Stoecklein. It was in that moment I fell in love with photography, and I knew I wanted to take ranch life pictures like that. Later in high school I discovered the joy of doing portraits and working with people. In the last few years I have been able to combine my passion for ranch life photography and love of portrait photography in working with ranch families all over the southwest.

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

Hands down, my Canon 85mm 1.8!

Where do you find inspiration?

I find that my biggest inspiration lies in the light and shadows! It is in those moments of watching light that I get excited to capture new ideas and perspectives!

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

Practice makes perfect.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

When I look back at how far I have come, I get giddy excited about where photography will take me in the next 5 years. I want to reach higher and go farther! I plan to reach a larger audience with my ranch life photography through more magazine publications, western galleries and museum displays. I want to continue to grow and expand my portrait photography, bettering myself in every aspect of being a photographer and business owner. I would also like to begin helping other aspiring photographers grow their skills through speaking and teaching!

How has ShootProof helped your business?

I discovered ShootProof in the early days of growing my business. As a photographer who averages 300 miles per photo-shoot, I needed a reliable place to upload and share my images online. My clients always fill out a follow-up questionnaire after they have received their prints and products. One thing they all say is they loved how simple and easy it was to navigate their albums and place their orders online.

ShootProof has helped my business by constantly being competitive, offering cutting edge features that make my clients’ sales experience enjoyable and professional. By working to fulfill orders through my favorite lab, ProDPI, they have drastically decreased the time it takes me to order and deliver my client’s prints and products. Their event Pre-Registration option has been a huge success with my business in allowing wedding guests to register to see the Bride & Groom’s wedding albums once they are online. From that simple feature, I have booked more weddings from couples that attended the weddings!

And in a digital world, I have loved the ability to either sell individual images, whole albums or allow my clients to download their digitals free as a thank you for placing significant orders. I also appreciate the new feature allowing me to use a custom PIN number so that only select clients can download images from public albums.

In the past year I have switched over to doing In Person Sales with my clients and ShootProof has been a wonderful way for me to showcase images, keep track of orders and accept payments.

The best part is the fact that ShootProof has been, and remains, affordable and commission free! As a busy artist trying to make ends meet, that alone is a reason to love and stay with ShootProof, even amid the abundance of other proofing and ordering options out there that are popping up at every turn. While I’ve browsed some of the new fads, my conclusion has always been the same: ShootProof is hands down the best combination of EVERYTHING I want and need to amaze my clientele and bring them back again and again for a quality experience.

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