Wednesday, February 04, 2009
I said "I Do" ;)
Sweet! So I think all of you know that a year or so ago I started uploading all my pictures and videos onto SmugMug and using them for everything and it's been the greatest thing ever! When the fire happened I didn't have to worry about anything b/c all my full resolution photos for my business and my personal life (yes I have one! ;) are backed up by SmugMug on multiple servers all over the place and I can access them anytime!
As I talked with them more and more I realized that this was the solution of the future but what I didn't know at the time was how excited they were about the wedding industry. So over the past 6 months we've been having roundtable discussions with groups of photographers and the cool guys over at SmugMug to figure out what we need as professionals. Essentially we came up with a list of pro options that they are using to create a brand new solution just for us! How cool is that!
The sad part of this is that I was very involved with Pictage so the "breakup" was painful They worked great for me when they first started but year after year I felt that they got more out of date and more expensive for what they were offering and eventually I felt like they crossed a point where I couldn't feel good referring people to them and so I moved on. About that same time many people left Pictage who I felt were the ones trying to create positive changes there and I felt like things went downhill fast. One of the last people I know there is their CEO but I just heard that they are looking to replace him in the next few months too so it's a different place now.
All that to say - I'm excited about where things are going. SmugMug's new pro solution is gonna be epic so I'd suggest starting now in putting your stuff up there so when they get all the new pro stuff launched you'll be able to make it an easy transition for your clients. I'm working with them on many projects and they're gonna be in the BayPhoto booth at WPPI and they also have a hotel suite that you can go to and meet them and share what you'd like!
Lastly, I'm stoked to be SmugMug's Artist in Residence for wedding photography! Click Here to see the nice little write up