Vote for us in the SWPP Awards

Vote in the SWPP awards

It’s less than a month to go… No, not to Christmas, but to the SWPP Convention in London, January 16 – 18  2015.

Will you be visiting the Convention? We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

It’s your unique chance to meet us in person, ask us any questions, and see a demo of the portrait editing software.

We know that lots of you have already voted for us in the awards, but if you haven’t already done it, then make sure you vote for us by December 31st to be in with a chance of winning tickets to the convention!

You can vote for us in the categories of Best Professional Software, Best Professional Studio Accessory or Best Professional Customer Service.

Let us know that you’ll be visiting, drop us a line and say Hello!

We’d love to hear from you on Twitter, or Facebook.

You can try the software for yourself with a free trial of Portrait Pro today.

 

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Top Tips to avoid the holiday madness

Making a list...

Making a list…

The best way to be organized is to plan your gifts. Who will you see on Christmas Day, and who will you see before and after Christmas?

Order any photo gifts well in advance to avoid the last minute rush, and to give you time to receive items, in case you need to mail them on to their recipients.

Use your favorite photo printing service to order items. Bags and wallets, phone cases, stockings, ornaments, jigsaw puzzles, the list is really endless, and if you can think of an item that you’d like to personalize with a photograph, there’s probably a service that will print it for you.

With all these wonderful gifts available, you want to know that your photos are the best that they can be.

If you have photos with people in them, you want to make sure that you are showing people looking their best. If they are going to look at images of themselves all year long, then they will want to see an image of themselves looking really good, so that they feel good about themselves when they see it. It’s a gift that can give you a boost of good feeling all year long.

In just the same way, you should think about your holiday greetings card too. If you’re sending out a picture of your family, you should make sure that you’re sending out something that everyone will be happy to send out to all your friends and family.

PortraitPro Studio Max 12 as a standalone is the fastest way to quickly and easily automatically edit lots of your photos to show the people in your images at their best.  It’s affordable and easy to use, so it will save you time in the busy holiday rush.

If the person you’re gifting really has got everything that they could possibly want to personalize, then perhaps they might like their own photo editing software.

Portrait Pro Gift Cerificate Design

Try it out today, and see how much time you could save on making every one look great this season.

Why not share your holiday pictures with us, show us the great photo retouching work that brightens up your holiday season? We’re on Facebook, and Twitter.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday 2014

We know that many of our PortraitPro users are self-employed photographers, running their own businesses.

Being self-employed takes up a lot of time, filing your paperwork, taxes, doing your own marketing, when all you really want to be doing is what you love; taking great pictures.

Portrait Pro is a great time-saver for photographers who want to do their own portrait retouching, leaving them more time to get on with the important things.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving (in the US and the Saturday after Cyber Monday in the UK) is becoming known as Small Business Saturday, in an effort to help small businesses gain some recognition in an ever increasingly tough market environment.

There are so many photographers in every town, that it’s becoming more and more important to distinguish yourself from your competition.  One of the ways in which you can do this is by doing great work with your portrait editing. PortraitPro is fast, and easy to use, so you can spend time on your creative work to make sure you get everything perfect. Once you have everything perfect, you can create your custom preset, and use this to get just the look that you want every time.

You’ll love the work you do with PortraitPro, and the way to be the best at what you do, is to love what you do.

Love what you do

If you’re a small business, self employed photographer using PortraitPro in your portrait retouching work, we’d love to hear from you.

Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Haven’t tried PortraitPro yet? Get a free trial and see what it’s all about.

Black Friday 2014

Black Friday

It’s the time of year to get a great deal, and perhaps start your Christmas shopping. But don’t get stuck in the crowded shops this year; it’s the year of shopping online, staying home and keeping warm.

Try out Portrait Pro and see how you can get great people photos in minutes. Download a free trial here.

If you’re snowbound there’s no need to worry about receiving your items in the mail, PortraitPro is an online, instant download, which is downloaded straight to your computer. Enter your license token on activation, and be up and running in just a few minutes.

If you can’t get to your loved ones this holiday, and you still want to send them a gift, then Portrait Pro and Smart Photo Editor can both be emailed as a gift. Again, there’s no need to rely on the mail.

For more photo editing, try out our other software, Smart Photo Editor. For tips and tricks on great things to do with Smart Photo Editor, check out the blog too.

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Give Thanks Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

This Thanksgiving, we wanted to share with you some of the things that we’re thankful for:

  • The wonderful work of all the photographers who use our software, and their artistic talent.
  • The loyal support from our users.
  • All the journalists and magazines who support us with their reviews.
  • Every single one of our (well over) 200,000 Facebook fans.
  • The opportunities we’ve had this year to meet with some really great people. The pro photographers we’ve met this year have really given us an insight into the fantastic creativity that our users have, and the diverse range of things that you do with PortraitPro.
  • For Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and all the ways we can share our tips and ideas with you all.
  • All of our lovely blog readers.
  • Turkey dinners and fantastic family portraits.

While you’re relaxing with friends and family this Thanksgiving, why not try out Portrait Pro, or Smart Photo Editor?

Happy Thanksgiving from The PortraitPro Team!

Thank You - Happy Thanksgiving

National Blog Posting Month

It’s National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo, and we wanted to take the opportunity to share our blogging with you.

We have been writing here at the PortraitPro blog for over 2 years, and we’re very glad you’re still with us. Recently we started a blog about our other software, Smart Photo Editor. We’d like to also take this opportunity to introduce Andrew Buchanan, and his own Smart Photo Editor blog.

We’re constantly thinking of you, our PortraitPro users, and how we can bring you more tips and tricks on getting the best out of your photo editing software every day.

This year we’ve been fortunate to be able to meet, and chat with some really great, professional photographers who use PortraitPro in their professional work flow, and to share those insights with you.

They all have their own blogs and websites, and they’ve often been kind enough to feature us on them too, so check out our new friends and their blogs.

Our PortraitPro friends:

  • There’s Pedro Aguilar, based in West London and working around the world, including with the soccer team at Camp Nou, FC Barcelona. See his variety of projects here.
Photo by Pedro Aguilar

Photo by Pedro Aguilar

  • Over on the other side of town, in cool East London, we met Sebastian and Rebecca at theprintspace. They’re helping photographers all over the world from theprintspace.
  • Also in the UK, based in Manchester is Neil Shearer, shooting sports portraits and Capoeira, new to photography and turning professional this year; alongside earning his Licentiate level qualification from SWPP earlier this year.  Read his blog and follow his success.
  • Living and working in Philadelphia, and often travelling around the world is former pro tennis photographer Jared Gruenwald. Read his blog to keep up with his travels.
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Photo by Jared Gruenwald

  • On the West Coast of America, in Seattle, is young fashion photographer Kendra. See what she’s been up to recently on her blog.
  • In Texas, and from a Hollywood family, our first interviewee, Megan Parks shoots children’s portraits for terminally ill children, creating a lasting memory for their families.  See her images on her website.
  • Russian born Veronica Lounge is also a fashion photographer, living and working in Finland. Check out her work here. 
  • Also helping professionals take better baby portraits with training and accessories, we met Charlie Kaufman, CEO of Click Connection Corporation, who has an honorary Fellowship of SWPP.
Charlie Kaufman FSWPP Hon

Photo by Charlie Kaufman FSWPP Hon

  • Also creating an experience her clients will never forget is Nikki Harrison, who creates fantasy portraits, turning her visions into art. Follow her adventures and her blog.

We’re aware that many of our users are professional photographers and using professional quality portrait editing software is a key element in your business success. A professional photographer should keep their own blog for their own marketing purposes.

The internet is the first place people look for services that they require. If you need a local photographer, for family photography, or any kind of photography, you will probably want to carry out an internet search for professional photographers in your area, and then you will want to see examples of their work, and the easiest way to view it is through your own online gallery, or a blog post.

That’s what all our new friends have done, and it’s enabled us to share their work with you, our PortraitPro users. Check out our blog post on ideas to help you keep a blog as a professional photographer. It might even help you keep up to date with National Blog Posting Month.

Download the free trial of PortraitPro today, and see what they’re all talking about.

You can see all of our blog posts here too. Happy Blogging!

Interview with a Pro – Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman FSWPP Hon

Charlie Kaufman FSWPP Hon

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to meet Charlie Kaufman who has an honorary Fellowship of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP). Charlie is the CEO of the Click Connection Corporation, a far-reaching organization that encompasses The Click Group which is the world’s largest group of marketed portrait studios,  Click Ed School of Photography  and Click Props, amongst a wide range of other services. He’s also an accomplished photographer with a very successful business portfolio, so we were amazed that he had time to stop and chat to us, but we’re very glad he did. Here’s our very brief chat where he gave us some great tips on how to move into the world of new-born photography.

PortraitPro: Could you tell us what photographers need to consider when deciding to take up new-born photography?

Charlie Kaufman: Very easy, the first thing they need is training. At the Click Ed School of Photography, we have some of the UK’s top new-born baby photographers, such as Tracy Willis, Sarah Wilkes and Elli Cassidy who come in and give lovely training days to aspiring photographers.

Even very skilled photographers, perhaps from other genres of photography, who are new into new-born, need to know how to safely pose new-born babies. That’s something we’re very strong on. That’s one of the main reasons that we don’t sell any of our photographic props online.

Backgrounds we do, [sell on line] props we don’t, because from a moral point of view we like to show people how to use a hammock, rather than just sell it to anybody over the internet. We like them to see the colors, feel the fur, see the textures, which I feel you lose over the internet. Maybe that’s a downfall for our sales, but it makes us feel good that we’re training people on everything that they buy from us.

Charlie Kaufman FSWPP Hon

Charlie Kaufman FSWPP Hon

PortraitPro: Say someone has come to one of your courses and they’ve had their training and they’ve decided that they’re ready to begin shooting, what would be the kinds of props they’d be starting off with?

Charlie Kaufman: The trench bowls, which we always stock seven varieties of, are technically the easiest props to use. Hammocks, and slings are usually a lot more complex and you don’t always succeed every session in getting the shot you want. With the trench bowls, all you need is a sleeping baby, which mum can obviously assist with, and a bit of patience. Trench bowls and a 5ft square vinyl floor, can change an environment in seconds. In fact, we started a year ago, to do a little collection called the ‘Click Collection’ which gives photographers the opportunity of buying a 5ft square floor, one of our trench bowls, a mini fur to line the bowl, plus three cheesecloths and the whole package is only £160. Its easy to make that back on the first sale.

PortraitPro: That’s a great idea! A photographer could also add Smart Photo Editor or PortraitPro photo editing software to that price, and it still wouldn’t break the bank.

PortraitPro: What should new-born photographers be thinking about, to set themselves apart from the growing market of new-born photography?

Charlie Kaufman: I think what they need to do is keep their work varied. Never just to repeat the same things time and time again. I also think that, however exciting new-born art photography is, they mustn’t just rely on our props. Sometimes minimalistic, basic shots; fathers’ bare hands, arms, just gives something that is timeless. They also need to keep their props varied, not just because we want to sell more, but to stop things from wearing out. Keep buying new things, new garnishes, new little headbands and hats, just to keep each shoot different.

Charlie Kaufman FSWPP Hon

Charlie Kaufman FSWPP Hon

PortraitPro: Could you also tell us a bit about the backdrops and things you do that aren’t specific to new-born photography?

Charlie Kaufman:  The background range here is huge. We have people who make cakes buying them, we have jewelers buying them to put in their windows, the British Army have used some of our flag backgrounds for officers’ mess shots; glamour photographers, fashion, every type of photography genre, dancers, ballet. In fact as you’re interviewing me, I’m watching people walking past our stand here, holding our backgrounds. They come in 3 sizes, 5ft X 5ft, perfect for babies and children, 5ft X 8ft three quarter length and the maxi size which is 7ft X 9.5ft easily big enough for family portraiture. We have over 200 varieties and we’re adding to that every quarter with another 20+ styles.

We had a great time chatting to Charlie Kaufman, and we hope you also enjoyed his tips. We’re hoping to catch up with him again soon. Try out PortraitPro and Smart Photo Editor today.