Category Archives: Updates

The Great Email List

When I started my business, one of the ideas I had was a monthly newsletter to keep my clients informed, offer specials etc. I started collecting my client’s emails on my paperwork, with a little tickbox for “yes, send me the awesome!”, or something like that.

That was 5 years ago.

Yesterday I finally got it set up.

Today, I’m offering you a limited time, special discount, comes with a free chef knife (no it doesn’t) offer to sign up.

What’s the benefit? Well, I’m glad you asked. You see. Um.

Hrm.

You get to read what I write, every once in a while?

Well. This is easier. Here are some things that won’t happen as a result of you signing up.

  • I will not spam you
  • I will not charge you money for the emails
  • As a result of signing up, you will not give me irrevocable, worldwide rights to claim your first born. (even if you wanted to)
  • You will not see pictures of me clubbing baby seals.  That’s just not on.

So, what are the benefits?  For serious.

  • I will email you occasionally
  • You will get first chance at special offers, made only to my email list – like discounts on sessions etc.
  • I will do at least one, maybe more, giveaways or contests.  Available only to email subscribers – and you won’t have to go through a complicated entry process every time – just signing up once is enough.
  • You may find that in 24 hours after signing up, visible signs of aging have decreased.  Then again, this isn’t face cream, so that may not happen.

I hope you want to read what I write, and get whatever awesomeness I can think of.  I’m always willing to listen to suggestions, so feel free to email me with what you think an occasional email newsletter should include.  I won’t promise to obey you, but I’ll at least think about it.

To sign up, you can click the “Contact” page above, or you can visit this link: http://mad.ly/signups/69652/join

Go ahead and click it.  I’ll wait.

And I’ll see you in your inbox later.  It’s a date.

My Girls – 2012

After editing my girls’ mini sessions photos tonight, I had to do something with them.  I did a quick layout of 6 images of my youngest, and called it “The Many Faces of Addison”.  You can see it on my facebook page.

When I do my  “Fall Mini Sessions”, I give each of my girls 1 mini session – 15 minutes. These are their school photos, but they’re also a good example of what a mini-session with me is.  It’s a quick portrait session, but I usually get about 8-12 images out of each session.  For my girls it totaled about 60, so that’s about 20 per session – not unreasonable in 15 minutes, but a little over what I’d tell a client to expect.

I often over-compensate when I do my promotional jazz – I don’t like to include too many images of my kids, instead I lean heavily to “real” clients.  This time however, I wanted to do something kind of awesome for my kids pictures.

I put together a YouTube video of my girls mini-sessions.  All three are strung together and I used YouTube’s fancy free music overlay tool of awesomesauce to glam it up a bit.

Please take a look.  If you like it, please comment, like and subscribe.

Also, don’t forget to head over to the contact page (look up in the header) and sign up for my newsletter/email list.

 

YouTube Portfolio

I’ve been experimenting with using YouTube to build portfolio videos. The first one I did is called “A Collection of Children” and is a slideshow of children I’ve photographed up until 2012.  I will be making a revised version of this, mostly because I have made some fantastic photos of children lately, especially during my Autumn Special.

I also plan on building one of these for teens, one for weddings, one for men, one for women….you get the idea.  I think it’s a great way to show off a body of work that is particular to one single subject – a portfolio, but one that is a little more interactive as one can use the social networking portions of youtube to comment and critique.

Check out the one I’ve made already, and feel free to tell me what you’d do different, or what you’d like to see next.

 

Site Changes

I know well that not many people visit here, except possibly to research information.  At least, that’s what my page analysis tells me.

However, in order to make this page both more appealing visually, and content wise, I will be performing some updates.

The page style has been changed to something more modern and clean.  I’ll be putting up a price list so that people can research price without resorting to emailing me, or worse, posting on Facebook.  Facebook is great for many things, but I have lost at least three major shoots to having notifications of new messages not sent to me, and not getting back to people in a reasonable time frame because of it.

I used to subscribe to the idea that it was better to start building a rapport with every potential customer by having them contact me for prices, that way I could begin selling them my service right from the beginning.  However, as I am not a natural salesperson, this is not working well.  I think it better to provide the information and just get the customer contact that has already looked at my price list, had a slight heart attack, and decided that they like my work enough to pay my prices.

I’ll not promise to continue to update this content constantly, but while I work on the site and getting it better, there will be a few more posts generated.

Stay Tuned.

Jeff

Quesnel Wedding Showcase

I’ll be showcasing my business this weekend at the Quesnel Wedding Showcase. You can find out more about it on Facebook.

If you’re planning a wedding, or know someone who is, this is a great resource.  If you’re not, but you’re just into weddings in general, this will be a pretty cool event.

I’ll be updating my wedding portfolio, as well as my general portrait portfolio for this event.  That should help me to get some new, updated content here as well.

See you there!

Thanksgiving Special

I will be doing a couple of “marathon” shoots this autumn. The first of these is coming up in just 3 weeks!

Book now to get portrait sessions done on Saturday, October 8th. I will be booking 15 Minute mini-sessions for only $45.00 each.

Each mini session will come with a full set of digital copies in medium resolution – with a printing release included. These are great for printing up to 5×7, and possibly higher, depending on the image.

These are great sessions to replace or accentuate school photos, seasonal cards and can even fit quick family sessions. Feel free to book multiple sessions on this day if you think you need just a little more time.

Give me a call, or email me and I will get you booked. I’m expecting times to fill up fast.

Autumn again….

I’ve shot three weddings over the last three weekends. My mother got married, after 26 years of being single after my father died. It was wonderful, and I love the man she married. But still, it’s my mom. She’s never been married in basically all of my remembering life.

My “Aunt” got married. She isn’t really a relation but her and her now husband housed me for a year when I was going to school in town and lived far out in the wilderness. Our family lived in the boonies, about 100km east of Quesnel, the small city I live in now. We lived beyond any modern conveniences, like electricity, running water etc. We burned propane and kerosene lanterns for light, we hauled water to our house, used an outhouse for the “necessities” (even in -40C winter weather, in the middle of the night). But we had great experiences. My brother and I used to be able to hop into a canoe and paddle up the lake and camp, any time we wanted. We used to bike dozens of kilometers to our nearest neighbors, and always be greeted with pie and lemonade and an offer of supper and likely, a place to stay the night before we biked back the next day. We hunted, we gardened, we horse logged. We lived a very rustic life, that isn’t common any more. (I ramble, end of ramble now)

So, when I wanted to go to school in town, I had to stay somewhere with bus service, so I stayed with friends where I only had to ride a bus for an hour and a quarter each way, twice a day. What a relaxing life! We even had electricity. So, after 16 years, they got married too. And I photographed their wedding.

Then the next weekend, my sister got married. So I got to shoot that wedding too. Very elegant. Very Formal. Very – Jen. It was my sister to a “T”. Beautiful and trendy. So, I have some more wedding portfolio stock now. I’m thinking next summer will be my first summer of real wedding bookings.

We also got our new exchange student. Moise. He is from Paris, and he is a great kid. He’s super kind, helpful and has a great positive outlook on life. I’m already sad that he will be leaving us next summer – exchange student hosting is hard for that reason. Moise is so kind and eager and great with the kids – he brought them beautiful gifts and really enjoys playing silly games with them. He even offered to spoon feed the toddler today! Wow – what a young man!

I also saw the first colourful leaves of fall today – falling down from their treetop homes to carpet the roads. Soon it will be time for beautiful fall family photos – and with school starting, some great outdoor shots of the kids might be nice to complement the standard school packages. Give me a call, or email me.

Contact info can be found in the navigation bar above.

Those are my updates – how have you been? Let me know in the comments.

Quiet Season in Quesnel

It’s “quiet season” in Quesnel right now.  Dead of winter, and we’re getting the coldest temperatures that we’ve had all winter so far.

I’ve been out shooting a little bit, but mostly indoors.  Some great still life pictures of flowers and whatnot, as well as some family pictures from some recent winter events here in Quesnel, like our Quesnel Winter Carnival.  It was a fantastic event, with free snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, pond skating, and some other fun events for the children.  The girls had a great time roasting bannock over an open fire, sculpting snow castles, painting snow with dye in spray bottles and jumping in a bouncy castle.

I had a great time talking with a couple fellow photographers about their passion – bird photography.  I got to play with some cool lenses that are outside my normal purview.  Really, a great day.  I have some great photographs from the day that I’ll be putting up as soon as I have them edited.

Last Minute Autumn Special!

Winter is coming! I know lots of you have been putting off getting fall photos done for a multitude of reasons. This November 11th I’ll be having a special “last minute” fall sale!

Shot outdoors on location at my beautiful acreage, I’ll be booking 20 minute sessions for the low price of 45.00 each. You will receive a CD with the edited images in medium resolution (excellent for prints up to 5×7) and a printing release.

Digital copies will be ready on Saturday the 20th of November – leaving lots of time for Christmas cards etc. Print orders placed on the 20th will also receive a 50% discount.

I am booking sessions from 10AM until 4PM. Call, Email or Message me right away to reserve your spot or spots.

Back End

I’m messing around on the back end a bit today.  Page colours and whatnot may change sporadically.  If you see something you like, post a comment or something to let me know, but also let know what it is – cause I might change it again later on.

If you can’t get here sometime today, don’t worry too much.  I should have everything resolved by the end of the day.  If not, kindly send me an email to jeff at jclossphoto.com

Oh, and if it’s all broken, likely can’t read this anyway, so don’t worry.

See you on the flipside. (Which may or may not look any different than this side.)