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What’s Up With Facebook?

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Facebook is a hugely popular website right now, and chances are good, you spend some time on the site just about every day. From my perspective it’s getting tough, as a photographer and someone who relies on networks like facebook to reach people who want to stay in the loop with what’s going on with my business. The website is starting to purposefully throttle back the amount of people that are shown my posts from my business page, as they roll out a new “pay to play” style of social networking. I’ve gone from almost 100% (everyone sees an update, unless of course, you’re logged off of Facebook for a few days) down to 10-15% of my “fans”. It no longer works in the way that it used to. It used to be that if you clicked “like” on my business page (or any other page you may follow), you would be alerted to new posts in your news feed, the same way that you might if say, your cousin posts a new picture of her puppy. That’s all changing, and even though you may have “liked” a business page in the past, and still currently want to receive updates from that business, Facebook is showing you less and less of what they (and I) want to share with you. Facebook is hoping that I will pay for each and every post that I do, based on the amount of people that I want to receive my updates. Paying for one or two posts wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but over the course of the year, it’s outrageous how much they want small businesses to fork over for “social” style sharing.

In the meantime, you may have noticed that they’re also showing you things in your newsfeed that you may not have ever “liked”, because some Facebook algorithm thinks that you might like it. The other day, in my feed, I was shown a tequila company, and they suggested I like it. I hate tequila! But I like hearing about local businesses, like Sweet Indulgence in Warwick who makes delicious chocolates and cakes, yet after a quick look on their page, I’m noticing I haven’t seen any of their recent updates in weeks. If I didn’t consciously think to visit their Facebook page, I wouldn’t ever have seen any updates from them.

What does that mean for you?

This means that you may be seeing less of my posts on Facebook. If logging into Facebook is the way you stay on top of what’s happening in my business, then you may just be falling out of touch with me and not even realize it. It spells bad news for me, because I do rely heavily on word-of-mouth marketing, and referrals from past clients. If you follow my work, I can only assume that you like my work, even just a little. (Thank you!) It would make sense, then, if you like my work (even just a little) you’d want to tell others that may need a photographer for a wedding, event, or portrait about me. (Thanks, again!) Unfortunately, as time goes by, and you see less and less my new work and updates, you may have a hard time remembering the name of that photographer you once knew.

Aside from waiting along with me for the next great social media network to come along, there are a few things you can do to see more of my (and other businesses’) work.

First, because Facebook is making it harder for you to see what businesses are up to, let’s connect elsewhere! Find me on Twitter at @smithbrad, or go direct to my blog (you’re on it!) and click the RSS logo to add my blog posts to your RSS reader. Not everyone reads blogs this way, but more and more people are jumping on board this quick way to stay on top of multiple blog feeds. Bookmark my page and/or blog. It’s an old-school way to stay in the loop. Let’s be friends on Facebook. As far as I know, Facebook isn’t throttling back personal posts… yet. Let’s connect there, I promise I won’t bombard you with a thousand pictures of my kids!

And finally, see the tips in the article below for configuring Facebook to show you more of what you really want to see.

I rely on social media and word of mouth referrals heavily to develop relationships with new wedding couples as well as corporate clients, and others who are looking to hire a photographer. I appreciate it every time you mention my name to someone else. It’s what keeps my business going! I’d hate to think I was passed over because of something like Facebook neglecting to show you any of my new work. So please find me in one of the other spots I mentioned above, or take the steps to modify the way you see pages on Facebook that you care about. I appreciate it immensely!

How to see more of the stuff you like on Facebook

1. Find a page you’ve “liked.” How about trying my facebook page?
2. Hover you mouse over the “Liked” button, or click the “Liked” button.
3. After clicking “Liked,” try hovering over it again.
4. Once you (finally) get a drop down menu, confirm “Show in News Feed” is selected.
5. Click “Get Notifications.”

In theory, this should put all more posts from the page back in your newsfeed.

Or not.

Hard to know, since the only way to test it is to keep visiting every page you’ve “liked” to compare their posts to your newsfeed. (Which no one has time to do. I understand.)

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Liz & Eric: Married, Block Island Spring House

Friday, October 12th, 2012

If you’ve been to Block Island before, then you know, once you step off the ferry you feel like you’re in a whole other world. I think this is part of what made Elisabeth and Eric’s wedding day one of my favorites of this wedding season. The guests were 100% into the wedding celebration, with no babysitters to relive and no worries about driving late at night after having had a few drinks at the reception.

I started my day with Elisabeth at the beach house that her parents rent for a few weeks each summer. The girls were getting their hair and makeup finished as Elisabeth prepared to step into her wedding dress.We traveled back into town to St. Andrews for the ceremony, then headed back the beach house for pictures with family and the bridal party. Once we finished, Elisabeth and Eric walked down the beach for a few quintessential Block Island images before heading over to the Southeast Lighthouse for some more pictures. Some of the members of the bridal party painted the “Painted Rock” earlier in the day with well wishes for the bride and groom, so we made a quick stop there to see how that turned out. Once the island tour was over, we all headed back to the Spring House for the tail end of cocktail hour before introductions and their first dance.

After dinner, dancing started and didn’t stop until the last note of the last song was played. I haven’t been on a dance floor so packed in a very long time! After the reception ended, everyone was invited to head down to the Yellow Kitten for some more celebrating. I headed down for a few myself because, well, the last ferry had left hours prior and I had nowhere to be! Thanks Elisabeth and Eric for such a memorable wedding day! I had a blast celebrating with you both! These are just some of my favorites, more to come soon.

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Yelp PVD 2012 Elite Squad Inaugural Bash @ The American

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I was able to photograph a great event last week at a brand new restaurant in Providence called The American. The party was thrown by the website, Yelp.com – they’re an restaurant and local business review site – for their Elite Members. Yelp Elites are folks that contribute a TON to the site. In return for chatting up local places online, they have these fun parties thrown for them! Not a bad deal, if you ask me!

The American Restaurant has only been open about 6 weeks, but already I can tell that it’s going to be a great local destination for fantastic food and tasty drinks. The owner, Jerry, and the rest of his staff took care of the party-goers (and the help, as well!) by making sure their drinks were never empty and their plates were never bare. Food was coming out of the kitchen faster than it could be consumed – and good food, too – scallops wrapped in bacon, stuffed mushrooms, oysters rockefeller, and my favorite, barbecued pork ‘wings’. I’m already planning a return trip to try some more menu items!

It was truly a great night – those Yelpers (Yelps?) really know how to have a good time! Thanks for having me out – I look forward to working with you all again!

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2011 Black Friday Sale

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Brad Smith Photography is getting in on the Black Friday madness for the second year in a row!
Order any print, canvas, metal prints, or Bamboo mounted prints for 30% off our regular prices – without having to wait in a long line at 4am!

This will be the only time throughout the year that prices will be discounted across the board like this. It’s a great opportunity to order the prints, canvas gallery wraps, metal prints, or bamboo mounted prints that you may have been putting off ordering! This offer is valid for all clients, past & present; even future! (You may pre-order prints even before your wedding or portrait session for use later)

For example:
8×10 prints are now $17.50 (reg. $25.00)
11×14 prints are now $21.00 (reg. $30.00)
11×14 METAL prints $63.00 (reg.$90.00)
11×14 BAMBOO mounted prints $ 98.00 (reg. $140.00)
16×20 canvas gallery wraps are now $175.00 (reg. $250.00)
(Email me for full price list)

Prices are valid only through direct ordering via email, not through the website. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, please email info@smithbrad.com to place your order. The 30% off Black Friday Sale prices are in effect November 24, 25, and 26 only. 30% off prices are valid only on 8×10″ prints and larger. Rhode Island 7% sales tax + shipping and handling apply. $50 minimum order.

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Let’s Connect On Facebook

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

I know that a lot of you that read this blog also ‘like’ my business page on Facebook, but in the off chance that you do not, please take this opportunity to connect with me on facebook! It’s just another way to stay in touch in this crazy, interconnected world we live in. Facebook allows for easier discussion about the images you see here on the blog, which is nice. You’re also free to ask any questions you may have there too, between myself and the other people that view the page each day, you’re sure to get an answer!

Thanks for reading this blog – stay tuned for a lot of new images coming soon as the 2011 heats up!

(click the image below to jump over to facebook)

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Before & After

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Here’s another image for the before & after series. This one was taken at Jenna & Brian’s Engagement Session this past summer. They’re getting married this coming June!

This image is one I liked right out of the camera, but I really felt like it could benefit from some added punch. I liked the quietness of the picture, I feel like it was really a moment between Jenna and Brian, where they forgot they were being photographed. The day was threatening rain, and the clouds were gearing up to produce a nice summer storm. The original image really didn’t convey the look and mood on the beach, so I started by punching up the contrast to bring out the detail in the clouds. I then cooled down the color balance of the image away from my usual warm tones, bringing in the mood even a little more.

I then took the image into Photoshop where I created a bit of blur on the left and right of the couple, to focus the eyes to where the couple is walking. Back in Lightroom, I crunched the blacks a little and added a slight coolish vignette to the entire image before exporting to a jpg. That day the clouds were ominous, and the wind was picking up. I like that the edited version of this image looks and feels like it did that day on the beach.

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Black Friday Sale

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Brad Smith Photography is getting in on the Black Friday madness!
Order any print, canvas, NEW metal prints, or NEW Bamboo mounted prints for 30% off our regular prices!

This will be the only time throughout the year that prices will be discounted across the board like this. It’s a great opportunity to order the prints, canvas gallery wraps, metal prints, or bamboo mounted prints that you may have been putting off ordering! This offer is valid for all clients, past & present; even future! (You may pre-order prints even before your wedding or portrait session for use later)

For example:
8×10 prints are now $17.50 (reg. $25.00)
11×14 prints are now $21.00 (reg. $30.00)
11×14 METAL prints $63.00 (reg.$90.00)
11×14 BAMBOO mounted prints $ 98.00 (reg. $140.00)
16×20 canvas gallery wraps are now $175.00 (reg. $250.00)
(Email me for full price list)

There’s a blog post coming soon about exactly what the metal prints and bamboo mounted prints are – stay tuned! I’m very excited to offer these next year!

Prices are valid only through direct ordering via email, not through the website. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, please email info at smithbrad dot com to place your order. The 30% off Black Friday Sale prices are in effect November 26, 27, and 28 only. 30% off prices are valid only on 8×10″ prints and larger. Rhode Island 7% sales tax + shipping and handling apply. $50 minimum order.

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A Couple Of Non Wedding Favorites

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Here’s just a few images today of a little different subject matter. I’m normally posting engagement sessions and weddings all summer, but I wanted to post a few of the newest addition to the Brad Smith Photography family. Michael is home with us now after a lengthy stay in the NICU up in Providence. These are some images I snapped of him while playing earlier this week. Enjoy. More weddings and e-sessions to come!

(Sneeze!)

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Joanna in the Park

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Joanna spent some time in front of my lens a few weeks ago in Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI. She was a great subject, and a lot of fun to work with. Above are just a few of my favorites from the afternoon.

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A Cold Afternoon in Narragansett

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I spent some time a few weeks ago at the southern tip of RI with model, Kate, and fellow photographer, James Hazelwood. We worked quickly because of the cold temperatures and the strong breeze off the water, but in that short time, we were able to make some great photographs. Using 1-2 off camera flashes, we were able to drop the ambient light down to really make Kate pop out of her surroundings.

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