We’re everywhere!

Much of this last two weeks has been consumed with the online strategy for the studio. I’ve known for a while what I wanted to do, but it has taken forever to get it all together. I finally bit the bullet and did it all because 2010 is the year we make all this happen. So below is a list of where to find us and what content is where.

Wedding + Family site :: ImageStudios.tv
As the site is in blog form, I’ll be posting all new photos from shoots under those categories.

Commercial + Editorial site :: ChadWright.tv
This site is almost exactly like ImageStudios.tv except it will be the home for all my commercial and editorial work.

Studio Facebook Fan Page
This is for all you Facebook fans out there. It will be a hub where we’ll post links and discussion about all our work across all of our sites. This might be the best place to keep up with all that I do, photography-wise.

Personal Blog :: chadwright.wordpress.com
This is what you’re reading right now. I’ll keep posting personal thoughts and iPhone photos here, along with an occasional update about the studios sites. I’ll also post ImageRecap episodes here for now, which reminds me, I should really crank out another one of those.

Personal Twitter account :: twitter.com/chadwright
If you just need to hear what I think up to the minute, (and really, why wouldn’t you?) this is the place for you.

Personal Facebook Account :: facebook.com/chadwright
Again, for all you Facebook lovers (sorry, I’m not one of them) this will duplicate much of the content of my Twitter account.

“But Chad,” you ask, “Isn’t that all very complicated?”

Why yes, yes it is. However, it’s all for the best. Each site serves a very specific purpose. The two studio sites/blogs are for marketing purposes. The personal blog, Twitter and Facebook are generally what I’m thinking about. The point is to have representation wherever our clients may be. So that’s our strategy for 2010.

I can’t say enough how much I appreciate each of you guys. The fact that anyone reads what I write and looks at what I shoot makes me happy. This is going to be an amazing year filled with great new projects. I hope you’ll be there with us the entire time.

1-28-10 iPhone photo

1-28-10 iPhone photo

I actually took this one a long time ago but never posted it. I found it while digging through the archives. I’ve finally decided what I want to do with all these iPhone photos I’m amassing. It should be very cool.

Taken with the iPhone using Best Camera.

1-27-10 iPhone photo

1-27-10 iPhone photo

Taken at yesterday’s early morning shoot. Again, nice sunrise. Just not nice enough to encourage early rising on a regular basis. I’m just not a morning person.

Taken with the iPhone using Best Camera.

In which I’m insulted and my mom doesn’t kill a man

Sunday, we displayed at a bridal show in Weatherford, Texas. Through a series of odd happenings, I ended up with other photographers set up on either side of my booth. This didn’t bother me because my general view is every photographer is completely different. Style, personality and pricing all work together to make a unique business. Plus, there are plenty of brides for everyone and if you’re nice, you’ll succeed in life.

Well, the photographer to our right didn’t share this view.

My mom was kind enough to help me with this show since Becca couldn’t be there. She was doing a great job talking to brides and presenting our services. At one point she talked to a couple for quite a while and really connected with them. As soon as she finished, the older gentlemen who was displaying next to us walked over, grabbed the bride’s arm and gently pulled her to the first photo in his booth. He then proceeded to say “You see this photo? Making great pictures like this takes years of experience and the last thing you need to hire is a young kid who has no experience.” This was funny considering we’d never met and he knew nothing about me.

Two things happened at this point that I give my mom complete credit for. One, the bride looked at the guy, a little bewildered (probably at the rudeness of it all) and simply walked away without saying a word to him. It was a great comparison of personalities looking at his sales style versus ours of really trying to connect with the brides as people. Two, my mom did not punch the man in the face. Her self-restraint is admirable, and probably saved his life. In the history of the world, no one has escaped a beating by a thinner margin than that man.

My response to the whole situation? I actually think it’s kind of funny.

A) I find it humorous that a person who should know better uses the sales pitch of “the other guy sucks” as his basis for doing business with him. That shows more immaturity than you would like from a man of his age. Plus, it’s hard to argue that I suck when there is photographic evidence right there that I don’t.

B) We really aren’t his competition and I can’t believe he didn’t see that. We charge over three times what he does, and our photos are on a different level. We were on the hunt for completely different brides. Someone who hires us probably would not hire him and vise versa.

In my experience, photographers are either a joy to be around or a massive pain. We strive every day to be fun and make the process fun for our clients. And thanks to my mom for almost physically defending my honor.

All that to say, can’t we all just get along?

Shoot something

Cody's headshot

Neither of these two pictures are particularly great. I like them, they just aren’t great. I think it’s because they aren’t exactly what I had in my head when I set up the lights. So why am I posting them? Because I felt the need to shoot something today. I was scheduled for a shoot with Dr. Doug, but a dead car battery forced us to reschedule that. So I broke out the lights later and shot some of the boys.

I’ve found lately that it’s easy to get in a rut of not shooting if I don’t have a paying job on the books for that day. This isn’t good for either me or my future clients. So, I’m endeavoring to shoot more for myself. It helps me stay fresh, try new things and maybe even discover things I never knew before.

Ok, since writing all that, I’ve decided I really like the shot of Cody. I think it’s the black and white conversion, but I dig it.

Colton's headshot

Switching things up

Over the weekend I launched a completely redesigned ImageStudios.tv. Our previous site was a nice portfolio site, but just didn’t do everything I really wanted. The new one will be home to all our wedding and family related photography posts. So, if that’s why you read this particular blog, I’d suggest subscribing to the new one. I’ve already populated it with a bunch of past shoots and posts so all new posts from here on out should be photos you’ve never seen from me before.

The switch will allow much easier updating of the site (now being entirely WordPress based), will be much more search engine friendly and allow me to post larger photos. I’ll still post iPhone photos and my other general musings on this blog.

Later this month I’ll also be launching another site/blog for my commercial and editorial photography. I know it sounds confusing but in the world of photography marketing, it actually makes a lot of sense.

This is the year photography is at the forefront of my business and this is the first big step.