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08/20/2009 12:55:47 PM · #1
and has it generated much work?

What other social networking sites do you use?
08/20/2009 01:54:19 PM · #2
yes, i have a facebook fan page. it has not generated any business but i decided to make a page due to the increasing role of facebook for businesses everywhere. its a good way to get some exposure. i am also on twitter and flickr.
08/20/2009 02:00:58 PM · #3
I would think it depends on your client base. If you do Senior's portraits for example it may be beneficial to have a facebook page since a lot of seniors probably hang out there.
08/20/2009 02:18:54 PM · #4
yes I just started one a few month ago and I got 2 jobs from it and possible more in the future


08/20/2009 02:26:52 PM · #5
Originally posted by cpanaioti:

I would think it depends on your client base. If you do Senior's portraits for example it may be beneficial to have a facebook page since a lot of seniors probably hang out there.


I think its even more valuable for the WEdding market, as it seems that now a days more older people are using facebook, then just younger kids.
08/25/2009 09:22:29 AM · #6
You may want to read the fine print with any social networking website you use. I believe Facebook takes ownership of all photographs uploaded...
08/31/2009 06:20:09 PM · #7
yes and yes it has and it is nice for those of us who are not our own webmaster because I'm able to upload without any issues pics that people (specially newly wedded and h.s. seniors) want to see right away
09/01/2009 08:32:54 AM · #8
Originally posted by Edward Main:

You may want to read the fine print with any social networking website you use. I believe Facebook takes ownership of all photographs uploaded...


Yeah, its a little bit of a tricky deal. But if you are posting unwatermarked images on public forums and such, you are asking for it to get lifted.
09/01/2009 08:53:27 AM · #9
Originally posted by ajdelaware:

Originally posted by Edward Main:

You may want to read the fine print with any social networking website you use. I believe Facebook takes ownership of all photographs uploaded...


Yeah, its a little bit of a tricky deal. But if you are posting unwatermarked images on public forums and such, you are asking for it to get lifted.


a la DPChallenge?
09/01/2009 09:38:26 AM · #10
Indeed.

Im in the process of setting one of these up, Im letting my fiance handle it, as she is a little more hip to the facebook ettiquette and all that jazz. Plus, for the most part, the people she went to school with and knows are more the crowd I wish to cater to, as opposed to most of my crew haha.
09/01/2009 12:48:19 PM · #11
How do you make a facebook page for your business? Do you have to create a whole new profile? I'm assuming this means you will need another email and password? Or is it something you can attach to your current profile?
09/02/2009 06:15:13 PM · #12
It's something you can do with your current profile. I forget exactly how I did it (I have the short term memory of a fish) but it was pretty easy. EX: Nathanael Gassett Photography on Facebook! It's useful if you have an event your going to be a part of, or are hosting, and promotions too because you can send out a mass message to everyone in your group and/or have it appear in their feed. I tend not to send mass messages because I don't like getting mass messages, but I do post things in the feed from time to time. So far, I have gotten some business from this. It's a great place to show off pics. After a wedding I'll usually get a bunch of friend requests from people who attended, and then when I finish the pics they go on the page.

_Nathanael
10/14/2009 07:35:28 PM · #13
I made one for mine yesterday!!
//www.facebook.com/pages/Jacqueline-Elizabeth-Photography/149303897949?ref=search&sid=503056027.3238736894..1
I'll let you know if it helps at all!
10/14/2009 08:29:08 PM · #14
Originally posted by totaldis:

Originally posted by ajdelaware:

Originally posted by Edward Main:

You may want to read the fine print with any social networking website you use. I believe Facebook takes ownership of all photographs uploaded...


Yeah, its a little bit of a tricky deal. But if you are posting unwatermarked images on public forums and such, you are asking for it to get lifted.


a la DPChallenge?

It's a little different -- DPC does not claim ownership of the images, renames the files so that if someone does download them they are explicitly notified (e.g. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_307194.jpg) and includes the following language in the footer on every page: "All digital photo copyrights belong to the photographers and may not be used without permission"
10/16/2009 03:18:30 AM · #15
made a facebook page for the company I work for. Waste of time in my books.

Not the same type of company, since we manufacture stuff, but a major yawn. Was rather inconvenient setting it up as well since I set it up as a business type account, then could no longer sign in to it through any visible means. I signed into it once by accident.

I remade it later a different way.

I did 7 networking sites that day. Facebook was the only one that I found difficult to use and genuinely left me scratching my head as to what it is even for.

It did net me a few good contacts, but it also got me re-connected with a whole mess of other people that I didn't particularly have a need or desire to be connected with.
11/19/2009 03:11:49 PM · #16
Here's mine. //www.facebook.com/pages/Sharon-Bushman-Photography/103346636848?ref=sgm
At this point, I think it's silly NOT to have one. Twitter as well, mainly for following other photographers and just keeping in the loop. It's free advertising. Friends have friends who have friends... You never know. Does no harm. I'm on FB all the time anyway.
12/01/2009 01:03:40 PM · #17
I have a "Page" for my business, but I'm really wondering if a second profile tied to my business email would work better. Most people don't know to become a 'fan' of a Page but they are good at friending a Profile. There are also a number of facebook apps that might be useful for a photographer but don't work with Pages.

One very useful aspect of facebook has been getting to know my clients through their profiles. It's funny how a younger clients may have little input to offer during a portrait consultation but they find time to post tons of information on their profile.
12/01/2009 05:27:27 PM · #18
I have a facebook page for my business. I think it's important and since it's free, if i get one client from it then its profit.

Also, my personal facebook profile has pics posted from client shoots and they are tagged so they're friends can see them. This makes it more personal and less self-serving than sending them to a page and I have had mroe interest this way. I think people would be more inclied to check out 'tez m' rather than 'tez mercer photography' and also, when they see their freinds tagged it looks like a friend of theirs did the work and its nice and informal.

for me it works better but for others it might not.

My fb page has links to the website, some work and my email address and contact info. The same info is on my personal page too so regardless of where people look, its the same thing. I blur the lines between me and my business entity to make it more personable to clients. So a bride can message me on facebook and leave comments and stuff, then her friends see it and therefore see my work.

And facebook is free!
12/03/2009 01:54:52 AM · #19
Like everyone says, it's free. But don't waste your time if you just let it sit. You have to be active on it just like any other marketing plan.
11/22/2010 02:08:20 PM · #20
Stop by and request to be added, or like my photo fan page. Upload your favorite photos to the "FAN" album, please include a watermark or copyright with the photo. I will give away a FREE 8x10 art print for the photo with the most comments at the end of December!

Thanks!

//www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Terrell-TX/Big-D-Photo-Creating-Lifetime-Memories/211313102781
11/22/2010 02:15:21 PM · #21
I have a facebook page. I only "advertise" by being a sponsor at for the youth organization my son is involved in and with my facebook page. And, it keeps me as busy as I want to be.

I've gotten several calls/emails that say something to the effect of "I saw such and such wedding pictures on facebook and it had your name one them. . . . . " and go on to book something.
11/22/2010 02:21:55 PM · #22
Yes, and yes. My site has been very helpful for getting both clients and models.

//www.facebook.com/signal2noisephotography
11/22/2010 02:23:48 PM · #23
how about myspace, are you guys on myspace?
11/22/2010 02:26:44 PM · #24
I get alot better response from Facebook.... hardly ever got anything from Myspace.

//www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Terrell-TX/Big-D-Photo-Creating-Lifetime-Memories/211313102781
11/22/2010 02:28:47 PM · #25
Originally posted by mike_311:

how about myspace, are you guys on myspace?


Myspace is dying...
At one time, I used it exclusive to generate interest in my photography. Got lots of business from it. Earlier this year I deleted my account there. It was generating absolutely zero businesses andwasting significant amounts of time sifting through crap, hoping to find a diamond.

Facebook now generates a vast majority of work for me through profiles and fan pages.
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