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I’ve been a fan of liveBooks since their inception, and recommended them to other photographers before I came on board. Within a year of being with liveBooks I’ve made over 3 times my site’s annual hosting fee in print sales alone. The SEO feature generated that print business along with a number of large budget stock sales and several assignments, including three from the New York Times.
What attracted me to liveBooks was their simple yet effective layout, large sharp images, ease of navigation and the editSuite, their easy to use content management system.
Shortly after launching my site I attended an ASMP event with Bill Cramer of Wonderful Machine. He was talking about SEO, site design, and what art directors do and don’t want to see. My site checked most of his boxes. Since then I’ve modified it to his suggestions with the help of the liveBooks team.
Today’s competition is fierce. Websites are the first impression to buyers. Back in the days of film, photographers would have to advertise in printed source books, at a cost of $5000 – $10,000. Now for a mere fraction of that my calling card is shown to the world and updatable within minutes!
I have been with liveBooks for about 8 years. What first attracted me to liveBooks was how easy it was to use and the customizations that could be made to my website. And today it is still liveBooks that gives me a chance to be different from the rest of the pack. Their design, customer service, and product development teams are always willing and eager to help me succeed in a competitive industry.
First impressions are everything in this business. Having a great website is important as it allows you to showcase your work and communicate your brand to the client, art buyer, or creative director. All the top photographers in the commercial advertising world shoot great photos. It’s how you present yourself that will captivate your audience and solidify you in people’s minds.
Given the lightening fast digital world we live in, having a solid online presence is crucial for a photographer. liveBooks’ platform enables me to create a strong first impression while allowing me the flexibility to share who I am as an artist. Very often, my website is the main introduction to presenting my photography and helps to differentiate me from other artists.
I have been with liveBooks for over 5 years and the custom designed website that they created for me is clean, sleek and easy to navigate. I had specific details that I wanted to be incorporated in the website design and the liveBooks team did a great job of making those a reality. I am confident that as a result of my website, I’ve been able to attract more clients and opportunities and I am excited to continue my relationship with liveBooks going forward.
My new liveBooks mobile site design is fantastic! It allows my work to be presented in the best possible way on every device. Being chosen for assignments around the globe are in no small part due to my liveBooks website.
In 2013 I was up for a major international advertising campaign. The final photographer selection was being done by committee, with people around the globe using my pre-liveBooks website as a major part of their decision making. I was out of town on a project with little time to chime in or to submit support material. In the end, some of the decision makers thought I was too much of a black & white focused photographer for their all-color project. I thought, ‘I haven’t shot a roll of black & white in more than four years.’ But I realized that I also hadn’t significantly updated my website in at least that long.
Part of my philosophy is to turn a negative into a positive whenever possible. So I used this as motivation to do something that I had on my must-do list for the last couple of years – create a website with a company that had great templates that I could use without relying on a web designer to make (and charge for) updates and changes. The search led me to liveBooks. Now my website represents who I am as a photographer. Numerous assignments from Africa to the Arctic have already come in as a result.
I am my business. I’m the president, CEO and sometimes the even the intern. So when it came to putting together a website, I knew I was going to be designing it too. I wanted it to look a certain way and I knew what the intended purpose was, I just didn’t know how to actually build it.
That’s where liveBooks comes in. I looked at other industry sites that I admired and found that most of them were built by liveBooks. They have clean, modern templates that are perfect for a visual artist. It was easy to choose a template that worked for my specific needs and then their designers customized it for me.
Agencies and photographers don’t have time to look through pages and pages of portfolios. As a photo stylist I have many areas of styling that I need to convey in a short amount of time. With multiple thumbnail photos on the home pages, they can click on each specialized area of interest as needed.
Styling is more than shopping and making things look good. A lot of time is spent on photo shoots and building a great portfolio. If your website doesn’t work as hard as you do, it’s not worth having one!
Your online presence is about offering an experience that connects people to what you do and inspires them to share that experience. As a creative, having a website that allows people to connect with my work without having to think about how to navigate a website is very important. It’s like having a good map that allows you to actually enjoy the environment around you. Whether it’s immediately grabbing someone’s attention when they first visit the site or holding it so they return again and again.
liveBooks made it easy for me to create a custom designed website that speaks to my specific genre of photography. It’s essential for the content to shine. I am able to organize images into stories with descriptions, offering a web experience that is at once broad and concise. My website is clean, beautiful and effective.
A climber and visual storyteller, Cory Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. Cory’s camera has taken him from the controlled and complex studio to the wild and remote corners of the world, from the unclimbed peaks of Antarctica to the Himalayas of Nepal and Pakistan – all in the attempt to capture not only the soul of adventure and exploration, but also the beauty inherent on our modern society. He is currently on assignment for National Geographic documenting the complex social landscape of People and Predators.
Cory’s liveBooks website has some unique features. His home page contains a full-page image that, when clicked, plays his film “A Tribute to Discomfort” (worth watching!). His multi-level Stories section is full of amazing content. These pages each feature editable text, portfolio images and video. Be sure to poke around the rest of Cory’s site as well.
Having a superior website is extremely important to my business. I think of it as a massive billboard that everyone on the highway can see. And if it’s clean, visual and designed intelligently, people will stop to notice it, stay longer and come back.
Making sure a website is fresh, styled and updated is crucial in the photography business. For me, every assignment pushes me creatively and in many cases produces some of the most creative work I’ve done. Getting those new images on my site fast is key.
It’s important to me to change the design of my site every two years. It sends a message to clients, associates and peers that I am actively engaged in my work and constantly working on my business and my creativity. With liveBooks I can get a great custom designed website for a reasonable price with relatively fast turnaround. They make updates and redesigns very easy for me – which is why I have stayed with them since 2007.
The most important element of my online presence is authenticity. I want people to find my website and feel like they understand who I am professionally and personally. I want potential clients to get a feel for my work and be able to access every part of my brand – from social media to my blog to tumblr and Vimeo. The liveBooks team helps me do that.
Penny is an award-winning internationally published photographer who began photographing as a way to understand her own diverse cultural background and identity. From the historical all male dining clubs of the Basque Country, to Jerusalem’s most suicide bomber besieged markets, photographing culture has been at the heart of Penny’s work. Her food photography allows her to explore and celebrate culture, history and community through the lens of food.
Penny is an amazing storyteller. In her TEDx Talk she shares what she has learned about capturing moments and explains how food connects all of us. Take a moment to review her work and you might feel differently about your next meal.
Advertorial, editorial and portrait photographer Tom Medvedich is at the forefront of photography’s new generation. His attention to detail is reflected in his bold, graphic still life images. Shooting in street locations as well as in the studio, his portraits ride the line between raw and polished, producing imagery that creates a gripping emotional connection with the viewer. His work deconstructs the cliche of photographers having to be specialized in only one shooting category.
Earlier this year he had the pleasure of photographing Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Jimmy Iovine for the cover of XXL. This image was then licensed to Beats by Dr. Dre. He also just released another XXL cover of this years 2014 Freshman Issue. And soon we’ll be able to see his second ad shot for The Chia Co. Whether it is advertorial, editorial or portrait photography Tom has been keeping very busy. And that is what we like to hear!