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Obviously, in our industry, a striking and well thought out website is paramount. I was initially drawn to liveBooks because of the customizable template idea. I wanted a site that was uniquely mine, but needed some parameters and didn’t want to have to think about coding, etc. My primary concerns were ease of use, elegant design, and uniqueness. I worked with my own designer to come up with the overall look and the liveBooks team took it from there to make it real. It was an easy and smooth process.

I recently upgraded to the Scaler version to get bigger images for those with larger monitors. Yet, those on laptops can still view a well proportioned site without scrolling. Some modifications to my original design were required, and the liveBooks team offered up plenty of options for me to choose from. Looks great, eh?

Website: www.charlesharris.com
Charles Harris is an advertising and editorial photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphics, Print, Photo District News, and many others. When you arrive at his site you’ll be greeted by a vibrant animated splash intro. His client list is quite impressive and can be seen on his liveBooks website.

Once I decided to try out a template site, I did a lot of ground work to find a solution that would best suit my needs. After a lot of research, I found that liveBooks struck the perfect balance between functionality, design options and value. But what really sold me was the Scaler feature. I’m loving everything about my website and getting great feedback from clients!

Website: www.holstphotographic.com
Peter Holst focuses on shooting people and environmental portraits, as well a conceptual work, for advertising and editorial clients. We like his style!

liveBooks offers a great way to get up and running quickly. The Scaler sites are great for the impact, and there are many well designed templates to choose from. The back end is made easy for the photographer, just upload and place images into your portfolio and it is instantly live.

I have a fine art website and a commercial website with liveBooks. This allows each of my two very different styles of photography to have a unique design. The sites are linked to each other as well. Your website is often the first impression for an art director and says so much about you as a photographer. Therefore it is important to choose your website wisely.

Website: www.cutting.com
Ann Elliott Cutting’s versatility spans subjects from science and organic images to children, sports and lifestyle. She uses many digital techniques ranging from digital imaging, large format and motion to plastic toy diana cameras. We love that no matter which type of her work you are viewing you can tell it is hers. Ann is a great example of why producing a variety of work lends itself to having more than one website. In addition to her commercial site referenced above be sure and visit her fine art and ceramics sites.

As a director and photographer, I needed a website that could host both video and print. liveBooks was the obvious choice. I’m constantly generating new work and it is important that I be able to manage my own content from wherever I am in the world. I also appreciate that liveBooks is constantly developing, upgrading and adapting new technologies to their website templates. And liveBooks is extremely user friendly. It allows me to keep my websites looking fresh and up to date. I especially love the new Scaler sites. In my business, so much of the bidding process happens digitally, so it’s important to have a strong website that is easy to navigate and makes a statement about my particular sensibilities.

I recently completed a multimedia public art project for the City of Culver City in which I had created a series of photographic diptychs and directed a film called “The Secret Life of Swimmers.” When I was asked by the City to create a dedicated website that could function as an online virtual gallery for the work, I went straight to liveBooks.

If you can think of it, they can implement it. I’ve been extremely happy with liveBooks.

Website: www.judystarkman.com
At a young age Judy learned that having a camera in your hand afforded many opportunities for exploration (or blackmail, depending on how you look at it). But more importantly, cameras were far more interesting than traditional girl toys, and gave her a chance to explore unusual places. She went on to study journalism and sociology in San Francisco after which she moved to London to work as a journalist. It was her directorial debut for a four part documentary series landed her in Hollywood. She has since made many documentaries and stunning imagery. A notable project called “The Secret Life of Swimmers” has taken on a life of its own. This site is full of wonderful stories. Make sure you take a look!

Website: www.thesecretlifeofswimmers.com
At a young age Judy learned that having a camera in your hand afforded many opportunities for exploration (or blackmail, depending on how you look at it). But more importantly, cameras were far more interesting than traditional girl toys, and gave her a chance to explore unusual places. She went on to study journalism and sociology in San Francisco after which she moved to London to work as a journalist. It was her directorial debut for a four part documentary series landed her in Hollywood. She has since made many documentaries and stunning imagery. A notable project called “The Secret Life of Swimmers” has taken on a life of its own. To see more of Judy’s work visit her main website.

What’s not to love about liveBooks? I chose liveBooks because, uploading and managing content is as easy as it gets. Before that, I had a pretty ordinary static site that was a nightmare to keep up to date, taking hours of my precious time to just upload a couple of images. Now new work can be uploaded and tagged within minutes using the well designed, easy to use editSuite. Adding SEO keywords is simple, intuitive and crucial to help search engines find your site. And now with the recent introduction of Scaler, which allows for bigger images that scale to fit the viewer’s monitor, my work has much more impact and is displayed on the web in the best possible way.

Being a designer as well as a photographer, customising and branding my site to ensure consistency with my company identity is essential. The liveBooks support team made implementing my company logo and colour palette effortless.

I’ve been using liveBooks for less than 2 years and in that time my business has increased three-fold! I can’t see myself moving to another website company any time soon.

Website: www.pushfotografik.com
PUSH Fotografik is a Belfast based creative photography and design studio set up by Michael Walsh, co-founder and Managing Director of award winning design and advertising studio, Manilla Guerilla. Michael left Manilla Guerilla in August 2009 to follow his love of photography and also retains a number of design clients.

I’ve been using liveBooks for over 7 years now to showcase my editorial and commercial work. I recently expanded my work to include backstage images. Since I am involved with so many designers and shows, I wanted to launch a second site to display this work. I knew I needed something compatible with how I currently represent myself. At first I considered a blog, but having had so much control over the design and content of my liveBooks site  I wondered if I could take the design of my existing website and modify it to accommodate this new venture.

This seemed like a good idea, but the timing was tight. I was only a week and a half from shooting my first show in NY for fashion week when I contacted liveBooks. After 2 emails, I was already in my editSuite naming portfolios and loading imagery. The integrated design process and exemplary customer service at liveBooks made the launch of my new site (www.schmidt-show.com) seamless.

liveBooks has been so integral to the development of my career and I can’t say enough great things about them!

Website: www.elischmidt.com
Eli Schmidt has consistently approached his career from a strong background in still life, fashion, and fine art photography. After earning his BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Eli moved to New York and worked on still life and fashion sets. Maintaining a balance between these two often separate worlds, Eli developed a style that combines his instinctual eye for fashion and sophisticated sense of lighting. His clients are a list of who’s who in the fashion world.

September 27th, 2011

Eli Schmidt: Behind the scenes of fashion

Posted by liveBooks

Website: www.schmidt-show.com
Eli Schmidt is an editorial and commercial photographer. Shooting backstage has become a natural extension of the work Eli has been creating over the past 10 years in New York. This is Eli’s second livebooks website. It is dedicated to his work backstage at the world’s top fashion shows. To learn more about Eli’s work and why he decided to launch a second website click here.

A website is one of a photographers the most important tools. My website is the face of my company. I trust liveBooks to handle and present my images, not only because they are the industry standard of online visuals but also because the tech support is fast, kind and most importantly, patient.
Website: www.jimjordanphotography.com
Jim lives and works bi-coastal in New York and Los Angeles, but the majority of his time is spent in exotic locations around the globe. He shoots pictures for advertising campaigns, fashion editorials and celebrities. Growing up as a skater and surfer in sunny, Southern California, Jim spent his high school days scouting models and finding the next great faces of the coming generation. With a passion for beauty and styling, Jim quickly became a highly respected hair and makeup artist, traveling the world and working with the biggest actors, actresses and supermodels of the time, such as Cindy Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, and Farrah Fawcett. He worked with the world’s best photographers, such as Herb Ritts, Peter Lindbergh, Steve Meisel, and Patrick Demarchelier, to name a few, and after many years of behind the scenes experience as a hair and makeup artist, Jim picked up a camera and immediately developed his own unique style as a photographer. Jim now shoots celebrities such as Leonardo Dicaprio, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, and Marisa Miller. Jim’s clients include Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, and Marie Claire. He also directs and shoots seamless campaigns for clients such as Mercedes Benz, J Crew, American Express, and Warner Brothers.

I see my website as a sign along the Information Superhighway (to coin a worn-out cliché). It’s a very important marketing tool. I use my site as a place to showcase my vision. A liveBooks website is like a custom-made glove. It fits perfectly. It’s easy to operate and easy for clients to navigate — yet it has loads of bells and whistles that have never let me down.
Several years ago a friend talked me into buying a cheap website template so I could build my own Flash website. What a mistake. I found myself buying books on how to fully upload and operate my site. I was staying up all night wrestling with an unseen foe. It took several weeks to have an Internet presence. And things went downhill from there.
I had a meeting with a group of Art Directors at a magazine in Phoenix. I showed the ADs some prints then directed everyone to my website. As they clicked, multiple blank windows would uncontrollably pop up — with no way of stopping them. What an embarrassment. Who knows how many thousands of dollars I lost because I took a cheap shortcut. They were polite as they showed me the door.
Less than twenty four hours later, I had a liveBooks website.
What I like about liveBooks is that it’s fully customizable and it can be updated in a matter of minutes. In the beginning I worked with a liveBooks designer to create a beautiful presence. A few years later, with the help of another designer, I was able to easily update the look and feel of my business.
My site works behind the scenes for me, as well. Search Engine Optimization is an issue with Flash Websites. That isn’t the case with liveBooks. Their sites use both Flash and HTML. And because of an image’s metadata, it’s also fully searchable and trackable with Google Analytics. Clients can download pdfs that are easily emailed and I can create private galleries for them (type the word “wet” and login!).
It’s important to invest in your photography. It’s your business. Competition is fierce. Why put your best work on a free blog? I’ve found that shortcuts are rarely shortcuts to success, often they are quick roads to disaster.
In short, liveBooks offers an easy-to use, professional website that communicates that I am serious about my photography. Clients see me as credible — which allows me to keep doing what I do – which is taking pictures.
Website: www.tonyblei.com
Arizona based Tony Blei shoots people. But really, what Tony does is humanize. He creates a connection between the viewer and the subject. With grace, compassion, honesty and a heaping pile of good humor, Tony creates images for his clients that go further that expected to connect more profoundly with the viewers. With Tony, Creativity Happens. Daily.