Music and Images and How it Affects Us

Music is an integral part of our life. It can make you happy or sad. It can calm your nerves or make you want to jump up and dance. We listen to music in our homes, while driving in our cars, at work and even when working out at the gym. Music triggers a moment from our past and magically transports us to another time in our lives. We listen to our favorite songs from our televisions, radios, computers, tablets and phones.

Images, whether in videos or photographs are moments in time frozen for all eternity. It is a proven fact that when a disaster strikes a home, people will try to save their pictures. Once an image is lost, so is that piece of time. We treasure our images because they represent our past and our present.

A movie soundtrack eternalizes the movie for which it was made. The soundtrack identifies the movie even when it is not the title of the movie. For example, Somewhere Over the Rainbow makes us remember The Wizard of Oz. Moon River takes us to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and there is no other way to describe Harry and Sally than It Had to Be You.

Music paired with images captivates our emotion. They will tug at our heart. That precious memory, whether past or present, has enormous meaning to us. And when it is coupled with a song, the image comes to life. It possesses a sentiment that engages you when you see and hear it. It captures your mind and soul.

The blend of music and images is a timeless tribute to the memories of your life.

Media Got Social!

Facebook…Twitter…YouTube…Google+…Pinterest…Instagram…LinkedIn.  Who in this digital world has not heard of these sites?  Through our computers, smart phones and tablets we post, tweet, pin and share news, images, latest events, opinions, information and videos.  It is how we interact.  And that is just on a personal level.

In the business world, Social Media is playing an increasingly important role in SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and it will be even more so in 2014.  With the growing amount of smart phones and tablets, Social Media’s mobile reach is increasing on a daily basis.  It has progressively become the way we reach clients, and how our clients reach us.

Here are some interesting facts about Social Media (posted on 11-6-13)

FACEBOOK

  • Facebook has 1.15 billion total users
  • 751 million users access Facebook from 7,000 different mobile devices
  • 350 million photos are uploaded daily on Facebook

TWITTER

  • Twitter has 500 million total users
  • Twitter’s fastest growing demographics is 55 to 64 year olds
  • On an average, 400 million tweets are sent every day

GOOGLE+

  • Google+ has 343 million active users
  • Google+ is becoming an increasingly significant role in SEO ranking
  • This platform has over 67% active male users

LINKEDIN

  • There are 230 million users
  • 50% of LinkedIn users have a Bachelor or Graduate Degree
  • LinkedIn endorsements total over 1 billion

INSTAGRAM

  • There are 130 million users
  • More than 16 billion photos have been uploaded, and every second 8,000 users like a photo
  • Instagram gets 1,000 comments per second

PINTEREST

  • Pinterest has 70 million total users
  • More than 69% of the users are females
  • 80% of Pinterest’s pins are re-pins

More interesting facts…

  • There are over 1 billion unique monthly visitors on YouTube
  • 4.2 billion people use a mobile device to access a media site
  • Social Media generates almost double the marketing leads of tradeshows, telemarketing or daily mail

At Turner Photography, we embrace the world of Social Media!  We welcome you to post on our Facebook page, tweet us on Twitter, join our circle on Google+, link with us on LinkedIn, watch one of our videos on YouTube and pin one our pins on Pinterest.  And if you see one our photos on Instagram, feel free to like and share it!

The Qualifications of a Professional Photographer

The Qualifications of a Professional Photographer

Prior to the Internet, people used the telephone book to find a professional photographer.  Now with the Internet, you have access to so much information.  You can find an answer to a question, research recipes; look for a home, a car, a computer, etc.  And on the Internet, you can search for a professional photographer.  While you are in this search, how do you know you found a professional photographer?

You may think, well they have a website or a blog where they have posted a lot of pictures.  They have a professional, black camera.  They charge money for their services.  While professional photographers do this, there is more to it than just that.  In essence, anyone can have a website or blog.  And having a black, professional camera does not make you a photographer any more than owning a set of pots and pans makes you a chef.

So what are the qualifications of a professional photographer?  Here are some:

  • They are registered as a business in their home state.  These categories are a Corporation, LLC, Partnership or Sole Proprietor.
  • They collect and pay sales tax.  It is the law.
  • They pay annual local taxes to their community.
  • They are recognized in their community as a business.
  • They make their living and provide for their family with their photography.
  • They pay income tax from the money they earn from photography.
  • They belong to professional photography organizations.
  • They attend conventions, seminars and classes that specialize in various types of photography.
  • They are devoted to photography; it is their sole profession.

As portrait photographers, we have a thorough knowledge of the key aspects of what is necessary to create a portrait.  These include posing, lighting, correct exposure, white balance and how to properly meter the subject.  We are familiar with dealing with all types of people.  We attain business knowledge and computer skills.  The portraits we provide are printed at professional labs that stand behind their product.

At Turner Photography, we are dedicated to our profession and are 100% committed to YOU, our clients.

The Copyright Act – What is it and what does it mean?

There is a subject that we want to address in this month’s Blog. The ease of downloading and sharing on the Internet has recently become a concern with the literature, music and photography industries –just to name a few. We hope this Blog will explain the Copyright Act. Enacted in 1976, this government law was created for the protection of writers, musicians, photographers, graphic artists, choreographers, and the makers of television, motion pictures and sound recordings.

For photographers, The Copyright Act provides protection to the creator of the photograph affording the creator the exclusive right to create, produce, distribute and display their images What this means is that under the Copyright Act, the rights to the images taken by the photographer are the property of the photographer, not the purchaser. This includes prints and digital images.

When digital images are included with certain Collections, the purchaser receives a Copyright Release granting them the right to print the images for their personal use. It further states the digital images are not to be copied, sold, conveyed to another party, posted online or used as an entry in a photography contest without written permission by Turner Photography. Doing so is a violation of Federal Law. Quite simply, it is Copyright Infringement.

Upon request, Turner Photography may provide digital images to be used on Facebook or other social media formats. These images are sized for online purposes and will include the studio’s logo. It is the policy of Turner Photography that all images that are displayed online must include the studio’s logo. This policy is enacted for the protection of our studio as well as our clients. Removal or alteration of the studio logo is a violation of the Copyright Act and is considered Copyright Infringement.

With Business, Modeling and Acting Sessions, it is understood that the purchaser receives high and low resolution digital images and has paid for the right to use these images for any printed or online business purpose. A Copyright Release stating this permission is included with the CD they receive.

In closing, all images created by Turner Photography are © Turner Photography under the protection and jurisdiction of U.S. Copyright Laws. Turner Photography retains the copyright and moral rights to all prints and digital images.

The Other Wedding Photographers

We want to talk about the “other wedding photographer”, and we don’t mean our fellow photographers. We are referring to wedding guests.

When you select us to photograph your wedding, you are paying us to capture every important moment of your special day. However in today’s world, most people are prepared to take pictures using cameras, phones and tablets. Your precious spontaneous moments and posed images can be jeopardized by these “other wedding photographers”. The following are some examples.

During beach weddings, we quite often see wedding guests get out of their seat to stand behind the couple to take pictures. They usually pick the time the couple is facing each other telling their vows to each other or kissing after being pronounced husband and wife. They are directly across from our cameras and quite often get in the shot. As the couple is happily walking down the aisle after they are married, wedding guests have cameras, phone and tablets in hand blocking precious views we are paid to capture. When we are photographing the couple with family members and the bridal party, wedding guests are standing beside us snapping their shots. No matter how many times we tell everyone to look only at us, eyes are quite often diverted to the “other wedding photographers”.

These precious moments cannot be taken again. There are no “do overs” in a wedding. And once that moment is lost, it is lost forever. Wedding guests who are so occupied with trying to photograph you are not enjoying the wedding. And isn’t that why you invited them in the first place? We understand your wedding guests will want to take some pictures for themselves. All we are suggesting is that they are not obstructing what we are paid to do for you, and what you are expecting to see from us.

Sunset Weddings

Now and then we get inquiries from couples who want to have their vows said at sunset. While this is very romantic, it is not practical for photography purposes. Once the sun has gone down, all photography opportunities are gone as well.

Our advice is to have the ceremony end about an hour before sunset. This provides ample time for photographs of close family members and the bridal party with the couple, then just the couple ending at sunset.

Of course when the time changes, this may complicate matters a bit as most couples don’t want their guests to start dinner too late in the evening. Depending on when sunset is on the day of the wedding, a good suggestion would be to incorporate about a few minutes after dinner to go back out for sunset shots. That way, you and your guests are not eating late, and you will have those gorgeous sunset photographs that you want!

Why choose a professional photographer for your wedding?

You may be tempted to save money on your big day by asking a friend or family member who has little or no experience photographing weddings to be your wedding photographer for one of the biggest day of your life. Having a set of pots and pans does not make you a chef any more than having a camera and lens makes you a photographer.

While the name of the person in this story is fictional, it is based on real and unfortunate wedding photography horror stories we have heard of from friends, contacts, weddings guests, etc. Uncle Joe (fictitious character) recently purchased a state of the art digital camera with a professional lens and has taken shots of birds and flowers with his latest digital camera, so he is now a professional photographer. And now that he is a photographer, he offers to be your wedding photographer. After all, he owns a big black camera and lens. So that makes him a photographer, right? And since he was planning on being there anyway, he may do it for you as a wedding present. How great is that, you ask!

Wedding day comes and Uncle Joe arrives with one camera and lens, no backup equipment. Uncle Joe starts taking shots of the bride and bridesmaids. Uncle Joe did not take time to check the lighting and does not have the proper lights or no lights at all. Oh no, he sees the images are too dark. No problem, Uncle Joe raises the ISO. And this Uncle Joe is smarter than most because he knows all about ISO settings. Great he thinks to himself. Now he can now see the images. What he doesn’t know is that every picture will be too grainy to blow up more than a 4 x 6.

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Two Photography Companies Are Better Than One!

A lot of our clients may not know this, but we have another photography company in Sarasota called Always Forever Photography. With this company, all photography is done on location. We primarily photograph weddings and beach portraits. And as gratifying as this is, we always dreamed of owning a studio.

When the opportunity to buy Turner Photography came about, we agreed that purchasing a photography studio that had been in business in the Venice community for 26 years was a wise choice. The founder, Maggie Turner, is well known throughout the community. And for that reason, we decided to maintain the name of Turner Photography. And at the same time our other company, Always Forever Photography, had acquired a great deal of recognition on its own. So we decided to keep both companies and run them separately. By keeping both companies, our range of coverage extends from Anna Maria Island to Port Charlotte.

We keep separate records for each company, and each company has its own website, Facebook and Twitter account. However the pricing is the same for both. It can be a challenge at times. Organization and consistency in our business practices are what keeps the motors running on both of our companies…Turner Photography and Always Forever Photography.

Donna and Darrell Williams
Owners / Photographers

Turner Photography Gift Certificate

Looking for a great idea for a holiday, birthday, anniversary, wedding present, etc.? We have the perfect solution. Give them a Turner Photography gift certificate. This is a gift that keeps on giving. Every time they look at their portrait, they will think of you and the special gift you presented to them. Turner Photography gift certificates can be any amount. And, if you want us to mail your gift certificate to the recipient, we would be happy to do so. You can purchase them at our studio or by contacting us by phone or email. For details, please call our studio at 941.488.7300 or email us at dwilliams@turnerflorida.com.

Pet Portraits

If you own a pet, consider a portrait of your pet and/or one of you and your pet. We know how much you love your pet and how important your pet is to you. In our studio, we capture the personality of your pet and, when we can, use our array of props to get the special look we are sure you will love. For more details and to schedule your pet’s portrait, contact our studio at 941.488.7300 or email us at dwilliams@turnerflorida.com. We will be happy to discuss your specialty portrait!