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Exclusive Deal from Picr for Freelance Photographers! ONE DAY LEFT!

Okay, this is rushed but it’s important! In celebration of Picr exiting their Beta Phase, they’re offering a LIFETIME membership / access for an insanely low price! How insane? The packages are over 80% off!!! What is Picr? Well, to put simply, it’s the first e-commerce platform for photography services.

So let’s get right to the good stuff…Here’s the link to get 80% off LIFETIME access:

http://bit.ly/2JrC3ht

Now onto the what’s so great about this service!? As my friend Frederick Van Johnson said, “Meet the “Shopify” for Photographers.” Now i’m only just in the beginning stages of setting my account up with Picr, but with just the minor features i’ve setup it’s improved my workflow and client leads immensely! They are quite effectively reinventing the way photographers do business by placing all the tools you’d need in one place online!

My favorite feature is the connectivity with your clients through the Picr Messenger. When you set this up on your website, potential and existing clients can connect directly to me, (or my team), through the desktop AND/OR Mobile app!

Depending on how you set it up, your new clients can contact you and ask questions via email and a direct message through the mobile app for Picr. I’ve got them setup for me to show up like text messages so I’m notified immediately and can then choose to respond accordingly via email or creating a “chat” through the app and picr messenger.

This feature alone has helped my grow my client base a bunch!

The stuff that i’m now just getting into and i’m super pumped for, is how you can create service packages so your clients can buy directly on your site…but that’s not all. You can also enable your calendar to be live so that clients can see conflicting dates in real time and book you when they need. The Picr system can even handle taking payments & deposits AND automate your contracts & countersigning!

Seriously, there’s more (as if that’s not enough), that Picr has to offer and i’m already overwhelmed in a good way. I’ve already pretty much sworn away the rest of my week dedicated to setting up everything I can!

We have ONE MORE DAY from the time I got this post live.

The Deal Ends Midnight Wednesday, Oct 31st, 2018!

Magazine Publications and where to buy them!

In 2018 I set a goal for myself to get at least one magazine publication. I had no real clue where to start other than to create new images and see where it lead. Well, as of the publication of this blog post, i’ve managed to get over 17 magazine publications with at least 3 covers, not to mention an article in Maxim!

The year isn’t over, and there are more publications on the horizon, so stay tuned and check back often. For now, have a look through the gallery and click the links to pick up some copies for yourself!

Check out some of the images here and check the links below to buy a copy for yourself!

Kansha Magazine featuring Zuzana Varkondova and Oly in Wonderland

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1522842

S-Nation: Fashion Model Showcase - Zuzana Varkondova http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1500917

Surreal Mag Issue #534 with Alexandria Eissinger

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1493039

Maxim Italia - Featuring Zuzana Varkondova

https://www.maximitalia.it/zuzana-varkondova-anni-di-battaglie-per-i-suoi-sogni/

Art of Nude - Issue #1 with Oly in Wonderland

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1504327

Elléments Magazine Body Issue #3 with Oly in Wonderland

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1492348

Imiragemagazine #245 with Chelsea Coury & LenaG Beauty

https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1487228

Elléments Magazine Summer Issue 2018 with Chelsea Coury & LenaG Beauty

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1481427

Imiragemagazine #224 with Jewaun Word and Vanessa Greene

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1476259

Art of Portrait - Issue 15 with Shyllon Melatti Chelsea Coury Blair Edwards Rachel Koch Alexandria Eissinger Cinnamon Alexandra and LenaG Beauty

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1479215

AVANT GARDE Magazine - Las Vegas May/June Issue 2018 with Miguel Cortes Katherine Taylor and more!

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1471703

Boudoir Inspiration - July 2018 Issue with Chelsea Coury and LenaG Beauty

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1480147

Imiragemagazine #143 with Angelica Acevedo and LenaG Beauty

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1415255

Imiragemagazine #142 with Angelica Acevedo and LenaG Beauty

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1414165

Imiragemagazine #186 - Sacramento Fashion Week with Susan Varkondova and Alysia Tavidagian

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1450127

ELEGANT Magazine - Fashion #17 (March 2018) with Alexandria Eissinger

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1441433

Provocator Mag No. 2 Vol. 5 with Jewaun Word

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1423942

How to "Win" at Instagram (What Not To Do)

So, if you're in the art and entertainment industry, if you're a teen, or you're a food addict...you've probably used Instagram....a lot...It's a fantastic platform for sharing your work, connecting with people, getting work, and just having fun with the masses on a global scale. Now, under Facebook's control, we've all seen a decline in reach and connectivity, (since even they have a pay-to-win business model), but it really is still the platform of choice for creatives out there regardless of the algorithm ups and downs. And because of these shifts in reach, "Feature accounts" have really begun to take over the whole platform...making things...well...in my opinion, just plain terrible!

Many of these accounts have HUGE followings 20-100k plus and more boasting about the "exposure" you'll get if they share your work...and frankly...if they are legit, it's even better than getting published in a magazine these days, because 20-100k+ WILL actually see your work and be able to instantly drive through to your social presence and connect with you directly. Thus, it's become a real attraction to struggling creatives out there...myself included.

The down side of these so-called businesses, is a LOT of them are fake, which makes things even worse for you and the platform as a whole in the long run. What makes it even more ridiculous, is these "elite" reach-accounts, are now trying to charge the artists for this "exposure."

Today I was contacted about my mens fashion work and at first i was kinda excited....until I read the rest of their pitch. (names are blurred as i don't want this company getting any more attention since i've reported them for potentially violating IG's terms of service anyway).  This is what frustrates me beyond belief. Making it as a freelance artist, is tough enough on it's own, but when you have these accounts who buy fake users to boast about reach you'll get, it makes things harder to achieve. 

Oh yes, the company who hit me up asking me to pay them to feature my work on their account? They grew by over 20k followers over night back in Sept....meaning they CLEARLY bought their account 

It's funny also as when you look at their accounts, they often have less interactions and likes than the users they spam do...

Basically, a true "buyer beware" moment for those on the market to grow their social followings and don't or won't do it organically haha. 

Anyway, as my friend Pratik said, it brings up more questions;

  1. How many accounts now do this? 
  2. How many people are paying to be featured? 
  3. Is there anything wrong with this, and how does this differ from paid advertising? 
  4. It's morally strange, but is it against Instagram's Terms of Service? 

He and I have the same opinion on this, and that it's a terrible way to grow a brand/business and following, BUT, it does beg the question if there are enough people paying, AND enough people actually gaining followers from it to make it commercially viable and profitable?

I believe this is a HUGE scam, and causes the REAL reach of your accounts to be messed with since Facebook and Instagram keep changing the way hashtags, shares, and the actual timeline work to combat these spam/scam accounts, which in the long run, just reduces the reach of everyone on the platform.

What about you?  Do you think these Pay to be Seen accounts are worth it? Are they Legal? Immoral? Or is it a new business model that is just at the starting phase of being accepted?

Gitzo Launches Century Camera Bag Collection in Celebration of 100th Anniversary

Gitzo, a pioneer in many of the most advanced, revolutionary technologies for professional camera equipment, is celebrating one hundred years of outstanding innovation and technological leadership. To mark its 100th anniversary, the brand is redefining excellence with the launch of several highly exclusive products, including the iconic Gitzo Century Camera Bag Collection.

 

This exquisite new selection of photography bags are designed especially for Gitzo Traveler fans who own premium cameras and require similar standards of premium quality and detail in their photography bags.

 

All the models in Gitzo’s new range are built to meet the needs of the world’s most style-conscious photographers. Made in Italy, they are an appealing combination of genuine Italian cow leather and wear-resistant nylon, guaranteeing high resistance to scratches and abrasions. The bags are water-repellent and were crafted to resemble the look of carbon fiber, reminiscent of the Gitzo Traveler tripod legs.

 

The range includes the Gitzo Century Traveler Backpack, the Gitzo Century Traveler Messenger and the Gitzo Century Compact Messenger, all of which are the perfect choice for Gitzo Traveler Series tripod users.

 

The Gitzo Century Traveler Backpack has a roomy internal insert that easily accommodates a medium-size DSLR or a Premium CSC with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached plus two additional lenses, or it can hold a DJI Mavic Pro with its remote control and accessories. The dual side access enables owners to reach for their equipment from the right or left side. The elegant front opening is the perfect carrying solution for a 0 and 1 Series Gitzo Traveler or similar sized tripod. The removable insert provides the option to pack photography gear and personal items, or effortlessly turn it into a luxurious everyday bag.Featured video tutorial

 

The second model in this selection is the new Gitzo Century Traveler Messenger. It is equipped with a G-lock flap closing system powered by Fidlock®. With this smart magnetic lock, the Gitzo Century Traveler Messenger can be easily opened and closed. It holds a mid-range DSLR or a CSC with a standard zoom lens attached plus another lens and a detached 70-200m f/2.8 lens or a premium mirrorless camera with a 70-200mm attached plus 2/3 standard zoom lenses. It is also perfect to carry a DJI Mavic Pro and its accessories. A pocket on the front bottom unzips to hold and protect a 0 and 1 Series Gitzo Traveler or similar sized tripod. Featured video tutorial

 

For photographers who prefer a smaller bag, the Gitzo Century Compact Messenger is the perfect choice. It can hold a premium mirrorless camera with a standard zoom lens attached plus two additional lenses or a DJI Mavic Pro and its smaller accessories. The Gitzo Century Compact Messenger is also equipped with the G-lock flap closing system powered by Fidlock®. Featured video tutorial

 

For added security, the Messengers have an interior top flap that keeps the gear compartment secure and the Backpack features a lockable zipper pull on the top and laptop compartments. Each bag comes with its own branded, dust-resistant pouch for protection when not in use and all three carrying solutions include a dedicated soft-touch compartment designed to keep a tablet or a laptop safe (this varies according to the bag).

 

Regardless of the model, owners of Gitzo Century bags can enjoy the assurance that their camera and accessories are safeguarded thanks to the engineered interior compartments, concealed pockets and countless intelligent storage solutions for all the equipment, accessories and personal items they may require.

 

The following models are now available nationwide:

Model #                                 Description                                              Price

GCB100MS                           Gitzo Century Compact Messenger         $169.99

GCB100MM                          Gitzo Century Traveler Messenger           $199.99

GCB100BP                           Gitzo Century Traveler Backpack             $299.99

 

As part of Gitzo’s centenary celebrations other highly desirable products have been launched,  including the world’s most exclusive limited edition carbon fiber travel tripods: the 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod and the Arsène Gitzhoven Edition Tripod, as well as the soon to be launched Fluid Gimbal Head.

 

More information on Gitzo’s centenary celebrations can be found online at manfrotto.us/gitzo/100y-anniversary. Follow Gitzo on Facebook athttp://bit.ly/gitzotripods, on Twitter @Gitzo_US and on Instagram @GitzoInspires.

 

About Gitzo
Professionals all over the world acknowledge Gitzo tripods, monopods, heads and accessories as setting the industry’s standards for excellence.  Innovations such as the first uses of carbon fiber to make tripods and magnesium to make heads, matched with a design policy of “no gimmicks and no compromise on quality,” put Gitzo products in a class of their own.  Gitzo’s carefully crafted products form a comprehensive range of supports for large, medium and small format cameras, for film or digital technology, for still photography or dynamic video, for studio or location work.  Precision assembly, high quality materials and fine control are all qualities that represent Gitzo products.

WANDRD Launches the HEXAD Duffel, the Most Versatile and Functional Travel and Camera Bag

It’s high time the duffel bag becomes more than just luggage. Introducing HEXAD, a duffel that makes it simple to take-off for anywhere knowing gear is safely stowed, organized and always within easy reach

Orem, Utah (PRWEB) June 29, 2017 -- On the heels of a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign for its travel/photography bag that raised over $400,000, WANDRD has launched its newest innovative creation on Kickstarter.

The HEXAD Duffel bridges the gap between traditional duffel bags that are uncomfortable and lack organization and dedicated travel bags that only work well at the airport. “We’re three brothers that were instilled with a love for travel early on, whether it was a road trip nearby or flying somewhere around the world,” said Ryan Cope, WANDRD Co-Founder. “As avid travelers, we are always looking for ways to simplify and improve the way we carry our belongings. The idea of the HEXASD Duffel was actually born as all three of us were sitting on a plane going from Vietnam to Hong Kong.”

The HEXAD Duffel comes in two different styles: the HEXAD Carryall Duffel and the HEXAD Access Duffel. The Carryall comes in a 60-liter size and a smaller 40-liter, to fit carryon dimensions. Both styles are made of tarpaulin and ballistic nylon with army coating, materials that are waterproof and made to last a lifetime. They feature a molded back panel, unique backpack straps, and an adjustable chest strap, making HEXAD the most comfortable duffel on the market.

The shape of the backpack straps allows users to carry it tote-style without any extra annoying straps hanging off the bag. The backpack straps can also be easily removed within seconds and stash into a dedicated pocket out of the way.

The Carryall version includes an expandable pocket on one side of the bag for shoes or dirty laundry. It easily folds out of the way when not in use. For smaller items, there’s an RFID locking pocket for security, a set of spill-proof pockets so toiletries stay contained, a fleece-lined quick access pocket for valuables, and mesh organizer pockets throughout the bag.

The Access version of the Duffel is also carryon size, and features a main u-zip accessible compartment. One big clamshell opening gives access to the entire contents of the duffel. Multiple compartments make it easy to organize clothes or other gear. Two bottom sections fit both sizes of WANDRD’s existing camera cubes – transforming this duffel into the ultimate photo duffel.

Whether using it for camera gear or not, two side entry points provide quick access to a user’s most important items. Both duffels come with a padded laptop sleeve, big enough for a 15” laptop.

“Whether you’re going on a multiple-week trip or hauling gear for the afternoon, these HEXAD Duffels were designed to look amazing and function even better," added Cope. "We can’t wait to see where you take them."

For more information and to pre-order at heavily-discounted early bird prices, visit the HEXAD Duffel

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For more information about the company’s range of products, visit www.wandrd.com.