SEO for Photographers The Photographers SEO Community Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:43:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Featured Member: Cyd Lapour Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:43:40 +0000 Photography has always been a very personal thing, for me. I first picked up a camera out of sheer desperation – my youngest son, who is autistic, was unable to handle a photography studio setting, and I found myself completely devoid of photos of him from late infancy onward. I was determined to learn to document his childhood in a way that made him feel comfortable, and so began my journey into documentary photography.

I soon discovered that the sort of photographs I REALLY wanted to take were the ones communicating the emotion and stories written by everyday lives. As I transitioned my passion into a business, it wasn’t enough for me to just take photos that met my clients’ expectations of traditional portrait and wedding photography – I wanted them to be able to re-live that time in their lives through the images created on that day. The funny, the sad, the frustration and the joy – I wanted to photograph it all, and give my clients not just photos, but memories.

My goal as a family and wedding photographer is not just to take photos, but to act as a storyteller. I take great pride in the realization that the images I create with my clients will be the ones that tell their stories to their children, and to their children’s children and onward.

Louisiana Documentary Wedding and Family Photographer
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Featured Member: Nicola Tonolini Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:26:38 +0000 My name is Nicola and I am a Wedding PhotoJournalist and I love my Job!

I introduce myself as a photo-reporter because this is essentially what I do: I build the story of your wedding with my pictures. What I wish to give to the bridal couple is a real, intense and long-lasting memory. My photographs will touch you each time you see them and will make your wedding day come to life every time you look at them.

I am an accredited photographer of ANFM (National Association of Wedding Photographers) – and FIOF (Orvieto Fotography International Fund) that has awarded me the qualification QIP (Qualified Italian Photographer).

I am an active member of WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association), of AGWPJA (Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalist Association), and of Fearless Photographers, three of the most important international organizations that encompass excellence in wedding photography. I have been the “first runner up” in the list of top photographers 2012 of the AGWPJA.

In 2013 JuneBug Weddings added me in the Best of the Best Wedding Photography and I’m very proud!

Nicola Tonolini – Wedding Photographer in Italy

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Featured Member: Alina Thomas Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:24:45 +0000 We are Alina and Timothy, a husband and wife photography team that enjoys working side by side at every single event that we photograph, whether it be a wedding, engagement or family session. We primarily photograph weddings in the Central Virginia area (especially Lynchburg) and travel for destination weddings worldwide. We love relationships, weddings and all things marriage! Over the past few years, we’ve had the privilege to photograph the beautiful love stories of some of the most incredible couples here in Lynchburg, Virginia, as well as overseas.

We met abroad, so destination weddings will always have a special place in our hearts. We acknowledge the importance of wedding photography as we, ourselves were in your shoes not too long ago. We loved every minute of our photography experience. The pictures of our wedding day are something that we treasure! This is why we strive to create the same unique experience for every wedding that we photograph. It is always a joy to document one of the most important days in our couples’ lives and create lifelong memories for them to pass on to their family. We are strong believers in LOVE and consider it an honor to capture it with our cameras! We enjoy expressing our passion in our work, and that is one of the many reasons that we love photography. We love documenting life and creating memories through our lenses, memories that will last a lifetime. We give every wedding our all!

As a husband and wife wedding photography team, we have developed a system to best serve our clients. When we shoot together, we know exactly what the other is capturing and work together to capture the same elements from different angles and perspectives. During the getting ready stage of the wedding day, one of us is usually with the bride and her bridal party, documenting how this segment unfolds, while the other takes candid shots of the groom and his groomsmen. This is one of the benefits of working with a husband-wife photography team! During the ceremony and reception time, we strive to document the moments that mean the most to the bride and groom, from two different viewpoints and perceptions. For example, one of us will focus on photographing the bride and her dad walking down the aisle, while the other will capture the groom’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time.

We consider it an absolute honor to be trusted by our local couples here in Lynchburg, Virginia to spend their most important day with them. We want them to be head over heels in love with the final images we deliver after their wedding. At Alina Thomas Photography, we strive to make this a reality! Client satisfaction is our number one priority as we try to establish a relationship with our couples long before their wedding day. Our friendship starts with an Engagement session free of cost! Photography is our passion and we would love to share it with you!

Alina Thomas – Virginia wedding photographer

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Featured Member: Pierre Torset Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:05:31 +0000 As a photographer in Paris, my photography is about people and lifestyle. I welcome people from all over the world in the City of Lights, and shoot mainly couples (engagement, honeymoon, wedding, marriage proposals) but also families, friends and individuals.

But more than a lifestyle photographer in Paris, I also see myself as a photographer specialized in architecture, lines and perspectives, as my photography also features buildings, bridges, river, etc. in the background of every picture I do.

I started photography 10 years ago as a photojournalist abroad, and it just was the best possible experience to start, by teaching me reactivity and capacity of adaptation, and making me an english-speaking photographer.

My photography now is closer to fine-art, rather than documentary photography. Seeking the best light, the best frame, and the best expressions are what make my passion for photography in the beautiful city of Paris.

Paris Photographer - Couple Eiffel TowerCouple along the Seine river in ParisLinks:
Paris Photographer

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Featured Member: Jon Tinkler Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:57:33 +0000 When I left school, I was really in love with filmmaking and enrolled to study that at University, with a minor in Photography. By the end of the degree though, those two priorities had flipped – my major passion now was for photography. We were shooting on medium format cameras, as well as some 8×10 large-format stuff and thousands of 35mm’s of course.

Well I needed money to live on, and at that stage I didn’t have any idea of how I would go straight into making a living from being a photographer – much of our course was based in conceptual and art photography (in fact, I think they looked down on any photographers who actually made money!), and being 21 at the time, I just didn’t see how this would become a profession for me.

A few (mostly very good, and not particularly photography-related) jobs filled the succeeding 10 years or so, but in 2011 we decided that I should give up my job to start our photography business.

This would mean combining the photography skills I’d learnt at Uni years before, with the fairly considerable business, sales and marketing experience I had gathered in the meantime.

I started out doing kindergarten jobs on a commission only basis, and in hindsight this was great grounding as it gave me a lot of practise shooting moving targets in changing light, inside and out, and as any wedding snapper will tell you, if you can get the kids to work for you then bridal parties should be a snap.

Since then, I’ve shot around 180 weddings, starting with servicing the bottom end of the market and gradually working up to charging enough to start doing a few less weddings. We did 65 last year and expect to do around the same this year.

To describe my work to clients, I talk about it being relaxed, candid, and natural. I try to bring through their personal qualities in the images, and rather than have set ideas about what we’re going to do on the day, try to get a feel for their personalities and then adapt poses, setups and situations that will capture the essence of them, and the day.

I use a mix of photojournalism and traditional wedding photography, including detail shots of all the little things, capturing the events of the day, as well as setting couples up in situations where they can react to each other and capturing those moments together.

My influences in wedding photography (although I know I will never be as talented as they are), are people like Jasmine Star, Yervant, Lakshal Perera, and Jonas Peterson – their eye and talent are what I would like to be one day, and keep working towards.

Outside the wedding photography sphere, I’m a huge Annie Leibovitz fan, and I love Bill Henson’s moody use of light.

I shoot on Nikon gear because it’s what I first learnt on, and you have pick one and stick with it! And to finish, studied photography using hand held light meters and processing myself in the darkroom some 18 years ago, I don’t know how wedding photographers did it pre-digital – or how those few hardy souls who still shoot on film manage today!

Millgrove Photography – Melbourne Wedding Photographer

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Security bug affects all WordPress 3.x sites. Upgrade today! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:44:49 +0000 Like many photographers, you are probably running your website on WordPress. We specifically recommend WordPress for its power, ease of use, and SEO friendliness. It’s the platform we use to run our own sites, and we recommend it because we have seen for ourselves how it can make SEO success easy and accessible.

Normally, our advice on major upgrades like the recent release of WordPress 4.0 is to take it slow and wait until the new version has proven to be stable and reliable, except in cases where major security issues are fixed by the new version. Today is one of those days.

Today, we’re advising all of you to upgrade now. WordPress 4 is now in use by 14% of all WordPress sites, including our own, and has indeed proven to be a stable upgrade. In addition, a new security risk to WordPress 3 has emerged, increasing the urgency of upgrading your site.

The Finnish security research company Klikki has discovered a bug enabling a malicious attacker to compromise any WordPress 3.x site, regardless of version. At present, an estimated 86% of all WordPress sites are still on some version of WordPress 3. If that is you, you are at risk. We highly recommend that you upgrade immediately to the latest version of WordPress, version 4.0.1.

Remember, before you upgrade, BACK UP YOUR SITE.

If you don’t already have a backup solution installed, we recommend the Updraft Plus plug-in, which makes backups easy and accessible and offers a free version that will get the job done. We have no affiliation with them, but we highly recommend them as the best option we know for users who are new to working with backup plugins.

So, what are your next steps?

  1. Back up your site.
  2. Upgrade WordPress
  3. Upgrade your WordPress plugins to ensure they are compatible with WordPress 4
  4. Test your website to make sure everything is working as expected.

Note: if your site is hosted at, then you are not at risk. This recommendation applies only to photographers who are hosting their website on their own hosting account.

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Featured Member: Robert Brook Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:06 +0000 I have been photographing weddings for 3 years now, and absolutely love it. I am a digital wedding photographer living in Colchester. I came to photography by a non traditional route having started in print and progressing into photoshop retouching work first. Learning to see through others eyes and correcting their mistakes helps you see the possibilities of your own finished images and to understand the workflow of creating an image. After 10 years of retouching other photographers work I was itching to use the camera myself so I could drive my own vision and create my own art. Suffering with dyspraxia my hand eye coordination does not come naturally. Therefore photography is the perfect medium to express myself while overcoming my short comings. It also allows me to follow the rules , my rules for composition, colour correction and overall look and feel. This helps keep my work consistent which my wedding couples love since they know they will get what they see in my portfolio. My photography training was gained on Annabel Williams bespoke CPT course, the same course attended by Brett Harkness, Damien Lovegrove & Kate Hopewell-Smith and countless other great professionals.

Jennie & Adam Halls married at South Farm 18th May 2014

My style is loosely based on Susan Stripling , I just love her details shots on the wedding day. I love taking images that are light and airy making brides look radiant all thanks to a talented photographer called Cathy Empey a photographer from Canada who’s style I love.

Todays young brides have been brought up with wide angled smart phone cameras and taking selfies. However the smart phone uses a wide angled lens and anybody above a size zero it will instantly add 2 dress sizes when their photo is taken incorrectly. While photography has become more wide spread today than ever, so has the bride & groom who hates having her photograph taken. Nearly 30% of all relationship have someone with introverted tendencies, I love to help camera shy couples who need help posing and looking great in front of the camera. To help them get over the fear of looking bad in front of the camera.

Couples long to share their photos of their big day online as quickly as possible. All my weddings are supplied with digital images ready to upload straight to Facebook. Having worked with Adobe Lightroom from version one I have excellent command of it, especially workflow! This allows me to photograph a wedding on Saturday and have it ready on Monday for the couple to view. Oh and that includes taking Sunday off :)

Jilly Coombes & David Austin Wedding 20th April 2013

I also educate couples that digital is only a temporary format and will not stand the test of time! Most couples do not realise that digital images only have a life span of about 5 years. Images taken today are only meant to be viewed on todays technology. Digital photography is a ticking time bomb waiting to go off! Most people’s experience of digital photography is less than 5 years old. What will happen when your TV becomes UHD (4000K Tv) in the next 5 years? Thats 4 times better than TVs today. What about in 10 years time when UHD2 which will be 16 times better than today? Simply your digital wedding will be as redundant as video taped wedding of the 80’s. All my couples are encouraged to buy an album collection or at the very least obtain prints from their wedding day to overcome the disadvantages of digital progression.

While I’ve covered weddings in Cornwall, Cheshire & Derbyshire I prefer to now work closer to home in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire & Herts. I’ve just been awarded Most Popular Newcomer Wedding Photographer for Suffolk by Wedding Expert Awards for 2014.

Colchester wedding photographer

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Testimonials & Their Effect on SEO Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:25 +0000 In a Facebook group I’m a member of, I was tagged in a question related to SEO.  I answered the question in the group, but I wanted to also share it here for the community. 

My research says that including testimonials in your website can increase business by 250%. But I am LOATHE to include yet another sea of static words in my layout. Do any of you use creative/visually intriguing methods?

My answer to the question went something like this…

You do want static content that is optimized for the keyword you are trying to rank for. However, testimonials won’t necessarily be optimized for your keyword since they are written by customers.

At the same time, search engines like to see content that moves, which is one reason why including a bullet list, on your homepage, of recent articles, is valuable. So having testimonials will:

  • Provide extra text content, because search engines like content with over 300 words
  • Possibility of them providing keyword optimized content

But having testimonials that shuffle adds the value of moving content.

That was helpful for the person who asked the question and I hope that it was helpful for you as well.


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Featured Member: Luke Jones Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:20:45 +0000 Luke Jones is a Shoot & Share wedding photographer serving California’s Central Coast from Paso Robles to San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara and beyond!

As a Shoot & Share photographer my focus is not on post session sales but providing a full quality experience from start to finish. I do have outstanding products such as albums, canvases and enlargements. But I also understand that couples these days want the freedom to share their images how they want and so all of my packages include the Full Quality, Fully Produced images with no minimum product purchase required.


I believe in providing a boutique level of customer service and that my couples should feel like they are my only clients. I pride myself on being accessible and prompt when responding to questions or concerns before and after your wedding day.

I am a lifestyle wedding photographer which simply means that my shooting style is very non obtrusive and hands off. I prefer to capture genuine moments and emotions as they happen so that when you look at your images you can immediately recall what you were feeling at the time and be able to share the story with family, friends, children…grandchildren.

During portrait sessions I am more hands on with posing and guidance. This allows me to capture those stunning photographs that will hang on the wall or sit on the mantle for the rest of your lives.


I realize that in today’s market there is no shortage of capable photographers. So I am both honored and humbled to even be considered. Choosing a photographer to capture your once in a lifetime, LIVE event is a daunting task and if there is anything that I can do to make the process easier on you (whether you book me or not) please don’t hesitate to contact me at anytime.

San Luis Obispo Photographer Luke Jones
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Featured Member: Steven Thomas Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:12 +0000 Hi My name is Steven Thomas and I am the owner and chief photographer at Vellum Studios.

Vellum Studios is a wedding and portrait photography studio in Brisbane, Australia. I have been shooting professionally now for 10 years. With over 350 weddings now under my belt, I have seen a lot of changes in this industry.

During this time I have seen the emergence of Digital photography as the main medium and then the resurgence of film photography as a unique niche within wedding and portraiture. I have also seen the sheer growth in the number of new photographers entering the market during this time.

With such competition within the industry now, you can’t just settle for taking “ok” photos. Each wedding has to be creative and exciting and your skillset has to be constantly evolving. This has been a challenge, but it also keeps the work fun and fresh.

During my time as a wedding photographer I have discovered that the key to a successful business is in building a strong brand and giving your clients the best and most professional experience possible. These factors have built my business through positive word of mouth referrals. And with the surge in social media now, word of mouth marketing is even more important than ever.

My early influences in wedding photography came from a few local Aussie wedding photographer heros of mine. I have always been in awe of Marcus Bell’s stunning work and the beautiful intimate connections his photographs contain. Jerry Ghionis was also instrumental in developing my posing and lighting skills. These days there is such a wealth of talented photographers to draw inspiration from. Not just wedding photographers, but fine art, fashion, portrait and street shooters. Instagram is an amazing tool to discover new work from all fields of photography and design.

Brisbane Wedding Photographer

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