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Vanessa Alves
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/2/2006
 

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Hello,

I am new to the world of photgraphy, but it is a serious hobby of mine that I would like to take further. Please look at my (new) website and tell me what you think. How can I get exposure? Is it clear that I am offering a service? How do I begin to get my name out there in such a competitive business?

Thank you, in advance!
Vanessa Alves

www.VanessaAlves.com


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1/23/2006 7:35:35 AM

 
John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  I don't want to be too harsh in my comments -

I looked at all four pages in your gallery. There are at least four pictures that are totally out of focus. Remove them.

There are a number of pictures that need editing. One that comes to mind is the shot of the bride; all the action is on the left and the right side does nothing but detract from the overall scene.

There are too many images that everyone takes. As such, even though many are quite nice, there's little that's unique. As such, these don't lead one to conclude that you are a serious photographer [or a pro.]

Regroup your pictures. B&W on one page, color on another. Consider whether you have a specialty area or two; don't include shots of every subject area in which you think you took a nice picture. You want prospects to see how you address a subject type/category as opposed to providing one image of that category.

You have a picture of, I think, the Verrezano Bridge. It's take from a distance so far away that any details of the bridge cannot be assessed/enjoyed. You have one picture that I think was taken in Princeton - there are so many great image possibilities in that town. This one has an awful lot of road in front of the subject row of buildings.

Your gallery is a start in the direction you want to go; you need to prune and/or restock it.


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1/25/2006 12:22:38 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  "I looked at all four pages in your gallery. There are at least four pictures that are totally out of focus. Remove them.

There are a number of pictures that need editing. One that comes to mind is the shot of the bride; all the action is on the left and the right side does nothing but detract from the overall scene.

There are too many images that everyone takes. As such, even though many are quite nice, there's little that's unique. As such, these don't lead one to conclude that you are a serious photographer [or a pro.]"

As I read that a good quote came to mind:
"A photographer shows you all his pictures, a professional photographer shows you his best"


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1/25/2006 4:00:38 PM

 
Danielle E. Rutter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2006
  I'd advise you get rid of the mouse trail that says to click on the photos. It's too distracting. You want people to pay attention to your photos... not your mouse. :)


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1/25/2006 4:24:18 PM

 
Jennifer W
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/26/2005
  Hi, Vanessa,

I can't offer serious advice on the photography, but I'll give you my comments on your web page as though I were looking for a photographer.

I HATE HATE HATE the pointer text. It annoys me. And the last thing you want to do is annoy a potential customer! :) Honestly, if a site has that trailing text following the pointer, I don't bother going any further. It looks very amateurish and I get irritated by it. (I promise that will be my harshest comment, solely 'cause that's a big pet peeve of mine. Just because you *can* do something, doesn't mean you should. :))

Having the geocities to the right makes me think you're new, inexperienced, and not very serious about the business. Whether or not that's true, you don't want me thinking it. :)

I'd prefer a cohesive feel to the entire site - choose a color scheme and organizational structure and stick to it, changing just the content on each page. Don't make your links jump from the left of the page to the top; it makes it difficult to navigate.

I want to see examples of each of the categories you list on your services page. And I'd prefer if the gallery were similar in feel to the rest of your website, but I wouldn't discount you too much for using Better Photo to host your pictures - as long as you categorized them ilke John said.

Your "about me" section needs major editing and proofreading ("perserve" instead of "preserve" "lead" instead of "led")

As for getting your name out there, I'm a real beginner, too, and don't even pretend to be an expert. But there are people in my area who like my dog photos. So here is what is helping me build a small pet photography business -- I found two fans! LOL Two ladies at the dog park I frequent are such fans of my photos that they tell anyone and everyone about me. They give out more of my business cards than I do.

I also donated time to a fundraiser where I took pictures of people's dogs with Christmas gear and they got a 4x6 for a donation to the cause. So about 75 people found out exactly what I could do to photograph their dogs. That got me another few clients.

Hope that helps!


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1/25/2006 4:31:31 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hello Vanessa,

Photography is Fun,Fun,Fun.
Working as a photographer is Work, Work,Work!

I won't critique your photos.
I won't talk about focus or color balance.
I won't talk about cameras.

What I will do is provide a link that I feel is excellent for anyone wishing to get in the "work" of photography.

http://www.danheller.com/bizfaq.html

So, if you are serious, you will read the information, digest it, study it.


All the best.

Pete


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1/26/2006 7:54:03 PM

 
Michael  F   Hi Vanessa

I am also new to the photography business. I am slowly turning my hobby in a business (slowly). 1) if you are not; become a member of a photo club in your city. You will get a lot of feedback. Not only what is wrong, but also what you did right.

Now, photography is about light and colors; please use some color in your website.
The picture of your and your husband is cute, but use a photograph of yourself, not family, not a snapshot of you at a family function, a professional photo of you.
Also compose your shots, don't let the background take away form the subject.
What I do like is that you are willing to put your work out there, an building your skills. Professionalism comes from experience- experience come from doing. Good luck


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1/29/2006 1:29:07 AM

 
Vanessa Alves
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/2/2006
  Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your comments, I have learned a lot. Even from you Sam =)

I will be redesigning my site in Dreamweaver, spending more time on it, and not using Yahoo (no ads!). I will also be spending more time on technique, learning about color and balance, etc., and I am saving up for a new camera. I think this one has brought me as far as it can.

I will repost when I have updates, as for now I have removed a lot of my pictures and have begun organizing them into categories.

Thank you all again, some of your pictures are amazing and I am privileged to receive your insight.

Vanessa Alves


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1/29/2006 11:39:14 AM

 
Vanessa Alves
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/2/2006
 
 
 
Update!

I have come in first place in the category Monthly Theme: Transform.

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/winners/0601.asp

(BetterPhoto Contest: January 2006)


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2/28/2006 12:00:32 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Congratulaltions on your 1st place win for the excellent capture of motion and colors.

...soryy I missed viewing your web site you mentioned above..


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2/28/2006 12:21:56 PM

 
Vanessa Alves
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/2/2006
  Thanks! I still have the website set up at www.vanessaalves.com which I use as an entry page to betterphoto. I will be creating another gallery soon as I perfect my skills in dreamweaver and flash.

Vanessa Alves


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3/3/2006 8:53:13 AM

 
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