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Join our hangout on Oct 9th and learn some tips and tricks on getting your work published with +Two Bright Lights , 100 Layer Cake, and Grey Likes Weddings!
Join +Rocky Bowles+Two Bright Lights, 100 Layer Cake, and  Grey Likes Weddings as they discuss how to get your work in front of editors on Tuesday, October 9 at 8:00 ET, 7:00 CT, 6:00 MT and 5:00 PT.

You will learn:

--photo submission no-no’s
--what types of submissions editors wish they saw more of.  
--recent research findings on why getting published matters to photographers.  
--how using SmugMug can get you in front of the right editors with just the click of a button

Guest Panelists:

Jillian Clark of 100 Layer Cake ( 100 Layer Cake is a unique, comprehensive wedding planning resource for and by thoughtful, crafty modern women. Their vendors, projects, weddings, resources, and marketplace are hand-picked and thoroughly researched with the hope that every single one is a truly unique addition to both your wedding and your planning process.

Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings (  Under the guise of her nom de plume, GREY, stylist and curator, Summer, compiles and blogs stylishly handsome finds for voracious lovers of the good and pretty. She’s an advocate for the proper treatment of details and is over the moon for fierce creativity, brave color palettes, and fashion inspired motifs.  Most of all, Grey Likes LOVE. 

Shalyn Hockey, VP of Marketing and Strategy of Two Bright Lights (  Two Bright Lights is your personal publicity platform, the folks that do the hard work for you.  When you want to submit your photos for consideration, you have to contact each publication individually, find out what they’re looking for, customize your submissions to their specs, in addition to actually submitting your work. And how do you know which magazines are worth your time, anyway?  With Two Bright Lights, all you have to do is tell them what you’re looking for, upload your images and click a button to get your photos onto the editor’s desk. Easy!

Please RSVP so we can look forward to seeing you at the Live Broadcast. If you can't make it, no worries -- we'll post the recording later. 

#photography   #weddingphotography   #weddingwednesday   #photographytips   #SmugMug  

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With a little TLC (and a lot of design & engineering work!), it turns out the iPad is an awesome piece of camera equipment.  

You won't believe the shots you can get when you have a huge viewfinder, and your friends will love seeing your shots in all their glory.

Free, of course, and includes any of your past in-app purchases.  Enjoy!



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Join us on the LIFE Through the Lens Hangout now and learn all about SmugMug!
Karen Hutton is hanging out with 8 people right now in a live Hangout On Air! #hangoutsonairAnna Nguyen, Tamara Pruessner, Ivan Makarov, Kerry Murphy, Katherine Cheng, Ron Clifford, Nick Wrzesinski, and Tana Teel

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Gorgeous clouds out today. I love #snapseed on my phone for edits. 

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Want to take a look behind the scenes of a very successful SmugMug Pro? Photographer Mark Lehner of had over 600k image views on his SmugMug site in Feb alone. Take a look below to see how he's using +SmugMug to keep his business successful.
Behind the Scenes: HoofClix

Isn't it everyone's dream to make a living doing what they love? Truth is, there's a lot that goes into running a successful photography business. We hope giving you peeks into how some photographers run their studios inspire you in your own photography career and maybe even give you some tips and tricks for how to grow your business. We're here to help, so let us know if these posts are awesome, lame, or if there's something else you want to hear about!

First up, HoofClix. Read it in full below, or on our blog here:

#SuccessStories #inspiration #behindthescenes #photographytips #smugmugpro

Name: Mark Lehner
Title: Owner/Photographer
Location: Greer, SC
Market: Equine photography
Bragworthy Factoid: HoofClix trotted out 606,705 SmugMug photo-views in February

Career Highlights…

Shot 2,500 unique riders last year
Takes 75,000 photos yearly; team shoots about 7,500/weekend
Whoa! – 33,000 pictures in four days at Nationals
Photographed the US, Canadian and British Olympic teams
Snapped some of Three-day Eventing’s biggest names, including Philip Dutton, Boyd Martin, Becky Holder and Leslie Law

Favorite SmugMug features…

Image display (
Publish to Facebook beta (
Proof delay (
Price lists (
Image protection ( and watermarks (
Branding and customizability (especially gallery hierarchies) (
Stats and traffic data (

Bridling at the artist label

“I don’t consider myself an artist per se. I consider myself a technician and an athlete. I recognize athletic moments and know how to find the spot on the course where an athletic moment will take place,” says leading equine photographer Mark Lehner, whose work has been featured on the covers of Eventing and Practical Horseman. Lehner’s being modest—he’s a member of an exclusive group of equestrian pros who have the deep knowledge and creative instincts needed to capture vibrant, unique shots of horses and people in action. (To clarify: This involves facing huge animals with hooves.)

Spurred to shoot

Lehner, who started college intending to be an architect but was counseled out of the program after professors told him he had no “artistic” talent, segued into amateur photography after taking an undergrad course. With no formal program available, he evolved his hobby into a passion, later marrying it to his lifelong work with horses. Bequeathed a legendary family tack shop by his horsewoman mother and the father of equestrienne daughters himself, Lehner invested in several digital Nikons in 2003 after witnessing the labor-intensive nature of using film to photograph horse shows. Web-based HoofClix took off at a gallop.

Hoofing it

Knowing Lehner’s habit of posting pics quickly following events, HoofClix’s customers frequently opt to review photos later offsite. “SmugMug’s gallery hierarchy really fits into the way I organize my shows by venue, show date and rider,” says Lehner. “If someone organizes his workflow in that manner from the start, equestrian or not, he can help his customers quickly find their images once they land on SmugMug.” Lehner makes the most of SmugMug’s website and gallery customizability. “It’s the simplest way I know to let people get right to what they are looking for–pictures of themselves,” he says. Other SmugMug features that help streamline Lehner’s business are proof delay and price lists. “[Proof delay] has changed my whole workflow. I used to edit every image before uploading, which caused delays. Now I upload only low-res batch-processed images, set each gallery to proof delay and correct only purchased images.” Lehner also likes the improved price lists: “Now I can create a new list and apply it to a gallery, and, in reverse, see which galleries have a pricelist assigned to them.” Calling SmugMug’s shopping cart for print sales “the simplest way there is to purchase,” Lehner says its design makes “intuitive sense,” all of which spares him time better spent shooting and managing higher-level business concerns.

Sharing the love

Lehner has used SmugMug’s Facebook publishing tool extensively. “I am really involved in social networking, so I enjoy [it]. It’s easy to use, and I already know that it’s brought people back to buy.” Typically, after he shares a SmugMug-hosted gallery via Facebook, he checks for a spike in traffic using Insights metrics. He likes that you can even place a “Buy” button in the Facebook image flows. “People are always in the mood to look at pictures,” he says. “This is a much friendlier way to get them to visit your site than a stream of nagging reminders to look at proofs.”

Reining in photo theft

In a time when copyright infringement is epidemic, Lehner contains it by limiting proofs to medium size and using a variety of elaborate watermarks for different situations, one with strong language detailing legalities and inviting witnesses to report theft if it is discovered somewhere other than Lehner’s site. He uses a different watermark to indicate that an image has been purchased for online use. SmugMug’s watermarking functionality gives him the range of options he needs. “In the digital age, the biggest challenge is a catch-22,” he says. “If you don’t put your photos online, they can’t purchase. If you do, people will use screen capture, upload them to Facebook and steal them. My online [watermark] and print mark are different, so I can see instantly if an image was bought in print form, for instance, then scanned without permission and uploaded to the Net.” Lehner, who spearheaded an industry effort to prevent theft, emphasizes the importance of features like right-click protection and watermarking. “SmugMug has done all it possibly can short of engineering a way for me to reach through the screen. I also do a lot of social networking to help find stolen images, reach out to coaches and trainers and try to educate new riders on how they should treat proofs.”


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Help support a fellow photographer and buy some amazing images.
Stormy Mood - announcing print sale to benefit Lee Daniels

Few days ago +Barry Blanchard approached me with an idea of doing a charity print sale for our friend +Lee Daniels who was recently diagnosed with cancer. I jumped on board right away and we quickly set up an online platform to make it possible.

The project launched today. Below is an image I am donating to the cause. To order a print or to see what else is on sale, check it out here -!i=1876942288&k=B7TxKbS

You can help in one of three ways -

(1) Order prints in the online gallery. Remember that all proceeds go to Lee
(2) Donate a print yourself. We have a form on our website - very easy to do
(3) Re-share the news about the sale. The more people hear about it, the higher the chances we raise funds.

BTW - those that submitted images to the cause, I'll be processing them in batches. There's some manual work I have to do, but I hope to get to all of them today.

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Check out the last discussion at the Google+ Photography Conference going on live now. Great to hear +Trey Ratcliff one last time and see +Dave Veffer up on the big screen. #gpluspc
+Dave Veffer reppin +SmugMug at +Scott Kelby's closing event with +Trey Ratcliff. You rock, Dave!

#gpluspc +Google+ Photographer's Conference

(P.S. turns out you can't edit the sharing settings of a post after you accidentally set it to Limited, so reposting it to make it Public. Want everyone to know how awesome Dave is!)

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Cookies for the G+ Conference tomorrow!!! Hope to see you there!
SNEAK PEEK: G+ Photographer's Conference

We're heading to the +Google+ Photographer's Conference tomorrow, and guess what - we're packing a "sweet" surprise, prepared by SmugMug's very own Chef Beth.

Make sure to stop by our table to pick up a treat and say hi to the team. While you're at it, ask +Markham Bennett , +Denise Gamboa , +Ivan Makarov , +Dustin Bess , +Nick Wrzesinski , or +Katherine Cheng about the fun giveaway we're running for everyone attending the conference or watching it from home.

HINT: There are lots of cool prizes, including a Portfolio Critique and SmugMug Pro subscriptions.

See ya there!

(Photo #awesomized by Camera Awesome +Awesomize)


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Going to the G+ Conference in a few hours? I'll be there at the SmugMug table. Stop by for a cookie and say hi! Check out the giveaways below also!
Giveaways, a Portfolio Critique, and a Lil' Something For Your Sweet Tooth

The cookies have been baked and our SmugMug swag's been packed. Now, we're just counting down the hours til the first annual +Google+ Photographer's Conference kicks off. What do you guys say -- time to have some fun?

Whether or not you can make it to the conference, toss your name into the hat to win a Portfolio Review and a free year of SmugMug Pro ( from +Denise Gamboa (aka Smuggy's Director of Marketing) and +Ivan Makarov (Finance - we don't mess with him) of +SmugMug. Our team works with millions of passionate customers and billions of happy photographs, so we know a thing or two about how to sell your photos online.

First, write up a post about what you want to do with your photography this year --build up your online presence? start selling your photos online? quit your day job to shoot full time? Then, make sure to circle +SmugMug and add the hashtags #SmugMugContest and #gpluspc so we can find you later.

One winner will get randomly picked to receive the Portfolio Review and free year of SmugMug Pro. Five runner ups will get randomly picked to win free years of SmugMug Pro. Winners will get announced Thursday, May 24.

EVERYONE can take part in this. Whether you're at the +Google+ Photographer's Conference or not, we want to hear from you!

#gpluspc #smugmug #smugmugcontest

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