Friday, December 18, 2009

Althoff Boys Basketball Pictures

Tonight's varsity basketball game at Althoff showed off a good efforts on Althoff's part. The game was close in the first quarter, but by the 4th quarter, Althoff had a healthy lead, and took the lead all the way to the end of the game. Here are a few of my favorite shots from tonight's game.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Freeburg IL Hockey Photos

Kicking off the hockey season with a close game, Freeburg's hockey team made this one fun to watch. The host mom that requested I take photos at the game handed out information to the other hockey moms. This is probably the most cost effective way to get us to take pictures at a sporting event because we didn't charge her anything for coming out to shoot the game. Her only costs will be when she orders pictures.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the game.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Launching TJs Photography Reviews

So I launched a new site today to review different software and equipment related to photography. I already have my first review up now, so be sure to check that out.
The site is:
TJs Photography Reviews

Let me know what you think.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sports Photography Services

For our sports photography services, we don't have a page on our website yet, but we'll be adding one soon. Until then, here's the information on the different options.

Option 1: Flat-Fee Service $100
TJ will photograph the game, focusing his attention on the student you specify. He’ll also get shots of fellow team members and overall shots of the game. About a week later, you’ll receive a CD with all the images in the mail with the copyright release. The photos will also be posted online in case you want to order some prints as well.

Option 2: Hostess Mom – FREE
The mother of one player acts as hostess. It will be her job to collect the email addresses and student numbers of the moms (or dads) of at least four team members. TJ will photograph the game, post the images online in a couple days, then email each of the mom’s letting them know the images are up. Prints will be available to purchase online shortly after the game at our event prices. For each $100 in total sales generated, the hostess will get $25 worth of action shots for free. If the sales generated are $500 or more, she’ll also get a CD with all the images (copyrights released).

What do we need to get started?
If you’re doing the flat-rate services, we’ll need the sports schedule and the number of the student you want action shots of. Please make note if any games that you will NOT be present at so TJ won’t go to that game. Otherwise, TJ will attend the game that best fits our availability.
If you are acting as a hostess mom, we’ll email you information on our services so you can start contacting other moms to see if anyone else in interested in action shots of their son or daughter. Once you’ve collected the email addresses and student numbers, you can email us with that information along with the sports schedule (or drop the information off at the studio if it’s easier). We’ll attend a game based on our availability, so be sure to mention if there is a game you won’t be at.

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SEO For Photographers

As a photography studio trying to keep costs low, Search Engine Optimization and Internet marketing ended up being a great way for us to find new customers. With so much of our business coming from the Internet, I thought other photographers might benefit from this too. I asked PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Magazine if they would like me to write an article on how we got SEO to work for us. PPA agreed, and the article is scheduled to appear in the February issue of PPA Magazine.

I'm definitely excited about the exposure, and this will help put our studio on the map. We're hoping to write more articles for PPA in the future as a way to stand out as a photographer in a sea of photographers.

For those of you who don't want to go out and buy the magazine just to see us in there, we're planning to have the article in the studio for anyone interested.

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