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Order Fulfillment

As a photographer, I have regularly struggled with the decision of whether to do “self fulfillment” or host my photographs on a web site that offers “managed” order fulfillment. For the past several years, I was doing order fulfillment myself. We had a very nice system (“Photo Cart” from Pictures Pro [opens in new window]) that I was able to customize to fit...
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Slideshow Music

Personally, I like music on a slideshow on a web page. BUT… it does need to be balanced by a few very reasonable criteria, such as: I can turn it off whenever I want. I always have my mute button, of course, but I’d prefer a couple of simple and intuitive controls on the slideshow. It should not be “obnoxious”. I know that obnoxious is relative to the ear of the...
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Erin and Tom – Prom 2011

Erin and Tom met us in a nearby park to get some wonderful photos. Erin is the Prom Girl of the Year for the Wedding Shoppe. She looked stunning in her purple dress and Tom was dashing in his matching vest and tie. It was our pleasure to capture these special moments with this adorable couple! Congratulations Erin and Tom!
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Social Networking

Is social networking… Business or Leisure? As an employee of a large corporate enterprise and an entrepreneurial business owner of a small photography studio, I sometimes wonder if the social networking phenomenon is as wonderful as it seems or if it is a potential drain on productivity and effectiveness. When one considers the amount of time some folks spend on the social network sites (come...
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2012 Deep Freeze Dunk

Simply put… this was a very special day. This is the third year in a row that we’ve had the honor of working with the Maple Grove Rotary (and some partner rotaries) who have joined forces with the Haiti Outreach team (see http://www.haitioutreach.org/ for more info) to raise funds to build schools in Haiti. Some brave folks came out to Fish Lake in Maple Grove to shed their clothing...
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Lugging the Camera

So… who actually carries a camera everywhere they go? Do you? This doesn’t include your cell phone. I don’t care how good they’re getting. They don’t count. Not yet. In a few more years maybe. I’m talking about either the point-and-shoot variety or the SLR. I own two very solid DSLR bodies and I only carry them by intention. Either to a scheduled shoot or on a hike or bike ride or car ride where...
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