» Photo Editors: The Next Big Thing

This past week, Instagram pulled functionality from Twitter. What does this mean? Users can still post links to pictures, however, the actual photo will no longer show up in the Twitter feed. Instagram was purchased by Facebook earlier this year, so this has been an anticipated change as Twitter and Facebook are two of the top unique social networks.

Unsurprisingly, this week, Twitter announced that it would be releasing a new photo editing tool, with similar functionality to Instagram. The editing tool will allow users to post photos that they’ve enhanced and adjusted directly to Twitter. Android users already have access to the new app, and an app should be available for Apple users before the end of the month, so stay tuned!

Currently, Twitter is only offering 8 filters compared to Instagram’s 18. These both seem minor compared to the functionality of the new Snapseed, the new photo enhancing system provided by Google. This app allows for manipulation of smaller parts of the photos and for multiple enhancements on the same picture, all with simple taps, slides and pinches!

With all of these photo editors being released, we expect a lot of pictures to pop-up this holiday season. Photos are a great way to showcase your work and creativity, so be sure to participate!

Remember to follow @WeddingWireEDU for the latest tech updates, as they are released!

» Profile of a Wedding Photography Expert

How do you establish yourself as an expert in your industry? Paul Van Hoy II of Fotoimpressions has been working since the age of sixteen to do just that. After receiving his MFA in Fine Arts Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and winning Microsoft’s “Photographer of the Year” award in 2008, he has striven to establish himself as a skilled and knowledgeable photographer in the wedding industry.

How did he do it? Take a look at some milestones below and get inspiration for your own business:

Start a Website or Blog – Van Hoy is the co-founder of WPW (WeddingPhotographyWorkshop.com) which is a free, online, Internet sharing and resource for aspiring and established wedding photographers. The site offers a number of articles as well as educational sessions to help fellow photographers.

Showcase Your Expertise- Published in 2011,  Wedding Photojournalism: The Business of Aesthetics focuses on how to stay competitive and continue winning new assignments, despite  challenges. Van Hoy advises fellow photographers on a wide range of business operations from improving marketing to converting client contacts.

 

Build Relationships – Lowepro, “The Trusted Original” camera bag producer,  showcases Van Hoy on their website as a feature photographer. Building relationships helps increase credibility for your business.


Have a recent idea or accomplishment that you’d like to share with your fellow Wedding Pros? Leave a comment below or send us an email.

» Team Rachael Ray’s Rescue Wedding

Christine Tremoulet Photography and Ashley K Photography, both featured vendors on the WeddingWire Network, recently joined services with other local vendors to help Team Rachael Ray throw a once-in-a-lifetime “Rescue Wedding” for victims of Hurricane Ike in Houston.

Thirty-three couples’ dreams of getting married were shattered earlier this year when they learned their venues had shut down after Hurricane Ike swept through Texas. With their locations lost and their money gone, the couples sadly had to put their dreams of getting married on hold. Thanks to the Rachael Ray Show and the generous local vendors, the couples were thrown a dream wedding at Minute Maid Park in just one week!  Visit the Rachael Ray Show site for all the details!

Congratulations Christine, Ashley, and Team Rachael Ray for making so many dreams come true!

» Top Photo Editing Sites

Pictures are a very important addition to building your Storefront on the WeddingWire network (and not just for photographers)! They serve as a means to showcase your business to today’s wired brides, establishing a connection with them beyond words.  Therefore, it is key to make sure they look good! I found this great list of the top online photo editing sites that you can use to edit your photos and even spice them up with different backgrounds or effects. And if you are a novice like me when it comes to photo editing, you might find these sites very helpful!

Here’s a few of my top choices:

  • DrPic.com Upload your images to this free image editor, utilize the numerous tools and then save your work to a disk or to the Web in whatever format you choose.
  • FlauntR.com – This site is big on backgrounds, self-created magazine covers and basic editing tools.  You can even purchase prints of any of your designs.
  • FotoFlexer.com – A completely free editor with numerous tools such as distortions, layers, effects, smart scissors and much more.