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David Jay’s company Show It Fast helps photographers take control of their websites.  With Showit Sites photographers can create something completely unique and continually show their clients who they are and what they do in a way that is 100% their own . Artists need to show how they are different and unique.  A template website just can’t do that. 

Showit Web slideshows allow photographers to create stunning slideshows in minutes and upload them onto to the web.  Having the ability to display your work quickly to the masses is best way to get people to start talking about your work first. Here is an example of a slide show – showing the MCP Action Set “All in the Details.”

I am very excited that ShowIt Fast has donated 2 very generous prizes for me to give away on the MCP Blog:

Show It Web Pro (an amazing, easy way to make slide shows) – $199 value

Show It Sites (1 full year of Show It Site website service) – $468 value

One winner will be picked for each prize.  I am making this an easy contest to enter.  Just comment below on “How important is your Website and/or Blog is to your Photography business? Explain if you feel you have full control of your web presense? What would you change about your current site and/or blog if you could?” Winners to be picked at random on Sunday the 29th.

When I announce the prize, anyone who has commented will be eligible for nearly $50 off Show It Web Pro and almost $100 off a Show It Site.  So check back for your code to save LOTS OF $$$. 

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  1. Rene on March 24, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I think a website is important and I am finally at the stage where I need to get one! I am making it a priority to start working on setting one up ASAP!!! What a great opportunity/ prize to win!

  2. Lori on March 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Since my business is through word-of-mouth or being found on the Internet, my web site is very important to relay what I can provide to each new client. I am alway trying to keep my site up to date with the newest technology, so a new site would help do just that! Thank you for offering this wonderful contest Jodi.

  3. Katy G on March 24, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I think next to incredible photos, a website is the most important part of a photography business. I am having issues setting up a site right now (new business) so this would be awesome to win!

  4. Deena on March 24, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I’m just getting started, so I don’t have a website YET! But I do feel it will be very important for my business to have a unique, user-friendly, website. In this day and age, I think having a website is key for any business. I would like to build my own, so I can do as I please, but I know it’s a difficult thing to do. But that’s the only way to guarantee I will have full control.

  5. Sara on March 24, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Your website is the place were a majority of your potential clients get a chance to review your wonderful work so I think that it is incredibly important. All of my current clients also review thier photos on private pages within the site so friends and family they share the photos with are also visiting the site…so lots of potential clients! I am happy with the traffic my site is getting (love the Google Analytics!), however as my business is growing I am working on changing overall look and feel to be a better fit to my work. What a great prize Jodi and another great resource!

  6. Kristen on March 24, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Web and blog presence are extremely important! While I do love my website and blog, there are limitations within the template, and lots of things I wish I could change. First and foremost, I wish they were ONE! Other than that, I’d like them to match better and be as user-friendly as possible. Also, I wish I had more storage & bandwidth…. I keep creeping up on my limit! I love the ShowIt sites, and I would :LOVE: to win one! At this point I can’t justify the cost of switching myself, but I drool over the design every time I come across one! 🙂 I would be over-the-moon happy 🙂

  7. abbey on March 24, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Oh wow!! I neeeeeeed this!! The only site I have is a blog now…. I want BIGGER pictures, and little more creativity than blogger allows. I want a multi picture header! Wow…. the slide show feature is incredible! Doing birth and children photography “telling the story” through a slide show would make an awesome impact I think!! I think a better blog would help my business grow, look more “professional”, and make me stand out vs. just a regular blogger blog! The only thing I feel I have control over in my current site is my pictures (the most impt. part)…. but I want my pictures to POP and to stand out… bigger would be better I think!! I do not do much if any marketing/advertising except my blog/website and facebook…. so this would be ENORMOUS for me!!!! Help me David Jay and Jodi F!!!!

  8. Kellie on March 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Being new to the business, I feel my web presence has been my biggest ‘voice’ to show and display my work! I have had a lot of good feedback from my current site, but I would always like to build and improve as I grow as a photographer. As fas as my blog .. it has been around longer than my business and I really would like to give it a makeover! My biggest desire is larger photos and sleek slideshows from sessions to show off!

  9. meg manion silliker on March 24, 2009 at 8:37 am

    i just launched my website – but just like you said, a template site doesn’t allow me to express myself the way i want to. i cannot afford to make any changes right now – but boy would i love to. so many people have commented on my photography on my site and that’s a good thing – but i just know i could do more to showcase my style, my thoughts and my sense of humor. a template site is pretty straight forward. i have a great logo but am limited in how i use it. the ShowIt sites are tremendously cool and very powerful – just the way your action sets are showcased -it speaks volumes. good luck to me and good luck to all, it would be a lovely thing to win!!

  10. Bailey on March 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Your website is your biggest seller. It is where potential clients are “drawn in” and get a general feel for your artwork. My site now has TERRIBLE client galleries and a not so user-freindly shopping cart. Whats worse is my email has not worked EVER! And I have had this site for months now and no emails. Clients have to contact me through Facebook and Myspace … sad huh? Not to mention…very slow (if any) customer service. BLAH! I can’t afford to change it right now =( but would LOVE a SWOWIT SITE! fingers crossed!

  11. Annie on March 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

    My web and blog are everything to my business. Since I do not have an actual location, they serve as my storefront. They are how I book a lot of my clients. Do I believe that I have complete control? Absolutely not! You can find the template I use on hundreds of other photographer’s sites. While I have done a lot to my photos and the layout to make it stand out among the masses it is still very limited. Same with my blog. When you are just starting out and your money goes back to your equipment…it’s hard to pay someone to design something for you. It’s also very hard, being in a very creative profession, to get someone to design exactly what you want. I am known for being unique yet my website surely isn’t. I think Show It is an amazing idea!

  12. Melissa Papaj on March 24, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I think a website and blog are critical to a photography business. They are the front-end. While I have a few clients a week I actually deal with face to face, my website and blog are getting hundreds of hits a day.I definitely need this because I have been looking at creating a new website, but just don’t have the knowledge to do so. My website is actually quite boring and simple. I just don’t feel like it is bold or sassy enough to express who I am as a person or as a photographer. I want something that really expresses me…because I feel that it is extremely important for my client to know what my personality is like long before they ever meet me!

  13. Susan P on March 24, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I am just starting out and am having to keep my costs low until I build my clientele…hence I have a free blogsite right now. While it is somewhat customizable, I desperately would LOVE to have a ShowIt site to be able to display galleries of photos and have a much cleaner look than my blogsite. This would be SO beneficial to me since my business heavily relies on word of mouth and website/blog referral! PICK ME!! PICK ME!! haha 🙂

  14. Gina on March 24, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Important!? I think my biz thrives from it! It’s my sole form of advertising for now, I’m still just jumping into the business end of things…without the website getting passed around to friends and family and then in turn forwarded again, I am not sure I would have any clients other than family and friends!What a great presentation tool!

  15. MegganB on March 24, 2009 at 8:54 am

    My website is my complete way to introduce myself to my clients – a way for them to communicate and view my work – super important. I guess – I’d change the ease of use for my clients – my website doesn’t offer complete control to all the ins and outs of my site so that would be what I would change 🙂

  16. Jeanine on March 24, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I know plenty of my own purchases are effected by the businesses website so I appreciate the good and avoid the bad. That is why I want to make the right move when my business really gets rolling. I know a great, easy to navigate, easy to use website is key to properly representing a photographer’s art.

  17. christine arnold on March 24, 2009 at 9:09 am

    My website is the ONLY way customers find me. Often it’s the only way they see my work, so a website is THE most important tool in my business. A website is your first impression…. and you what they say about THAT! It’s very important that a website be customizable as no two photographers are the same and our websites should reflect that!! My current site it somewhat customizable, but not nearly as much as I would like/need. Thanks so much for the consideration!Chris

  18. Heather on March 24, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I think it is so very important bc there are so many people that you may never get the opportunity to meet and your site may be the only piece of you they get to see. It has to be unique-set apart from the rest- easy to maneuver- and truly show your personality. I am struggling with this right now bc everything looks so much like the everyone elses. I have a “template” site and though I really like it I know they are many others just like it which makes it hard to stand out. thankfully I haven’t seen them in my area but I know it’s only a matter of time.I totally wish that my site and blog were one entity and not 2 different things just linked. i think it would flow better and make it that much easier for the users to maneuver between the 2 🙂

  19. Sarah D on March 24, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I wish I had a stronger web presence. I have a photography blog and use it on a regular basis. I post sneak peaks for my clients which allows them to send friends and family there to see their pictures. It is a win-win for me. The downside is that I can only do basic things with my blog. I drool when I look at other photographers sites and wish I could have something like that. I keep telling myself… one day… right?

  20. deb on March 24, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Having a website it critical but more importantly is a blog that you update regularly with either your work or interesting tidbits. It is also important to try to make you site stand out a bit different than everyone else which is hard in the day of mass templates. However, if you make a site that clients want to visit again and again–that can generate into business. Also blogging regularly helps w/ SEO too.

  21. Laura W on March 24, 2009 at 9:26 am

    My website is often the first impression people get of me and my work, so it’s extremely important that it looks not only professional, but original. That’s one of the things I hate about the templates – they’re so ubiquitous – it’s hard to show your creativity when clients come across the same sites all the time. I would love the opportunity to be more creative with my site, and adding slideshows is without a doubt at the top of my to-do list!!

  22. Sheila on March 24, 2009 at 9:28 am

    About half my work comes from referrals, and the other half comes from clients who find me on the web. Both groups use my website and blog to see my work and decide whether they want to hire me. The templates I use give me a lot of control over the look of my sites, but I’m missing a slide show solution for the blog. I love that Show It slide shows have the email button–so great for clients to forward my work to their friends and family!

  23. Rachel on March 24, 2009 at 9:32 am

    My site and blog are essentially the most important avenue I have in promoting my business right now- the last 5 sessions I’ve booked have come because people have discovered my site/blog. I absolutely DON’T feel like I have complete control of my web presence – my blog was a beast to customize and I’m not confident enough in my computer tech skills to mess with it for fear that I’ll erase everything or do some permanent damage somehow. My site template is owned by hundreds of other photographers which I hate. If I could change anything about my site/blog, I’d make them much more ME and really get into my branding. I would LOVE to win this contest!

  24. rebekah on March 24, 2009 at 9:35 am

    building a web presence is SO important!! not only for new people to see what you’re about but for the link-age. lol! being able to link to your site or for others to share your link with friends/family is huge!! it’s that whole word-of-mouth advertising concept! 🙂

  25. Brooke Lowther on March 24, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I think that a website is probably one of your most important tools for marketing. It allows your clients to share their images with others and word of mouth is the best advertising you can get. I would love love love to have my own show it site.

  26. Julie on March 24, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I think a web presence is a huge aspect of advertising, especially for photographers. I’m still new to the business, so I’m trying to learn all I can to make my web presence work for me, both by website and blog. Adding one of these options would be great for me!!

  27. anita on March 24, 2009 at 9:38 am

    wow. what a great giveaway. i’ve just recently been hearing more about ShowIt. Anyways, i think my site is *very* important. it’s how i show my work to current and potential clients. could not function without it. i don’t think i have full control in terms of web presence, and i think something i’d change is just trying to give it a more cohesive and overall consistent designer look to it.

  28. Katie Trujilo on March 24, 2009 at 9:43 am

    My website and blog are the backbone of my business. My clients check the blog frequently to see their images, and the website helps me have a professional “first impression” of my work, a place where people can check my schedule. I do have a template website that I’ve customized just about as much as I can. The one thing I would change is to be able to control a little more on the back end. I have no control of linking my blog to my domain name, etc, so I had to get another domain name for the blog. I would also like to be able to use better fonts throughout my site, but can’t change that either.

  29. Kyla Branch on March 24, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I looove my David Jay presets. I could only imagine how wonderful the show it web or site would be! My website is a vital part of my business. There is no better way to get your portfolio out there than the web. To have a show it site to showcase it would be even better!

  30. theArthurClan on March 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I know from visiting the sites of other professional photographers just how important the first impression is. If they don’t showcase their photos in a pleasing way, I’m usually not drawn back to their site (even if their photos are beautiful.) As I move more toward the possibility of becoming a professional myself, I definitely would like to change my site to be more professional looking and to showcase my photos in the best possible way. What an awesome giveaway Jodi!

  31. Jordan on March 24, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I think that a web presence is huge for my business, especially for someone who is primarily on location and doesn’t have a studio presence. I finally completed a website after many months of portfolio building, and while I am so excited to have it up and love the overall design, there are things I would change if I had the options. (The template I purchased doesn’t give me the option to change the font in certan areas, for example.) Now that the website is up, I need to pay attention to my blog. I plan to purchase a tempate within the next month or two so that it can have a more professional appearance. Whenever I begin to shop for something that is a big investment, I spend time doing web research, and a company’s website can influence my decision. I want to make sure that I have the best presence possible online! (Or, at least, the best that I can afford!)

  32. Wendy on March 24, 2009 at 9:47 am

    My Website and Blog are a great way for me to stay in touch with my clients. They give them a feel for my style and what to expect as far as pricing. I’m sure I could have more control of my web presense. There is a lot of customizing that I haven’t done.

  33. Ursula Page on March 24, 2009 at 9:50 am

    My website is SUPER important – and the blog of course. I think that is the main thing that draws people in. I am DYING for the slideshow features and winning would be so awesome!

  34. Sue Ann Holland on March 24, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I think a website/blog is extremely important to our biz. that is often the first place someone sees our work, rather if it’s by a search or by seeing an excited friend’s gallery. I feel like I have “just ok” control over my web presence. I know there is so much more I can do, but with limited knowledge (and limited funds) it’s almost impossible to do all that I want. I would LOVE to be able let my client’s first taste of their photos be a stunning slideshow.

  35. Amber on March 24, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I feel that my website and blog are critical to my business as it is the vehicle potential clients see my work. I have tried to brand myself using my website and blog, but I do feel limited as they are template websites with limited choices and a standard “look”. I wish I had a more unique web presence like I’ve seen on some photographers’ ShowIt sites. And I wish I had more influence over SEO, which my all flash website does not seem to allow.

  36. patti m on March 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

    your website for sure is a deal breaker for most clients, if it doesn’t grab their attention straight away, they’ll be gone in seconds. I wish my site was more customizable as the template I use apparently is popular and I’d really like to stand alone in my small community. Thanks so much for offering this Jodi!!

  37. Beth B on March 24, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I agree, a web presence is a must for any photographer these days. Not just a website but a blog, Facebook, twitter etc… I LOVE the idea of the SHOWIT slide shows. Definitely a great way to get people excited about your work! I’ve have been looking for something like this. Thanks Jodi!

  38. melissa on March 24, 2009 at 9:56 am

    My website is one of the most important things to my business, I know every time I am looking for anything I search the web first so I am going with the thought that potential clients will do the same thing. The area I am in is very spread out and people are always moving in and out so to get a name out there with business cards would be a challenge.

  39. Alison Connor on March 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I need, need, need the SHOW IT WEB PRO !!!!! It is the one piece of my puzzle that is missing! I have actually recommended it to a few photographers but have never purchased it myself. I would love to make amazing slideshows to leave my clients begging for more!!!!!

  40. Carri Mullins on March 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

    As a photographer who is just starting out, having a website that clearly displays your talents and style is essential. We live in a world where people need to SEE instead of just hear. Word of mouth is great advertising, but for someone to be able to see your work for themselves is definitely icing on the cake. I do not have a website yet, but would love one. It just adds to the professional feel of your business, which gives potential clients that much more confidence in you. I do have a blog, which is pretty plain and just ok for photo session previews. If I could change anything about it, i would want my photos to be larger in my posts. It is probably possible to do, but i haven’t figured it out yet. I am also frustrated with not being able to change the wording on some of the links on my page. So I would say that I do not feel I have complete control over my “web presence.” I have gained some interest from potential clients with just my simple little blog. Just imagine what kind of inquiries i could get with a beautiful professional website.

  41. shawnreeder on March 24, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I love my new custom blog and feel that it represents me very well, but I would love to get my portfolio site to catch up to it. I feel like my portfolio site could better represent me than how it does now. I would love to be able to incorporate my music site and smugmug site into my main portfolio website much better. I’d love to be able to have full screen photos and a site that truly is unique and represents me. DJ and his team are constantly adding new features to ShowIt Sites and it seems like an amazing tool that could truly unleash some creativity for me and show my uniqueness.

  42. Heather S on March 24, 2009 at 10:21 am

    My website and blog I feel is your way to getting and keeping clients. You have to get them by the 1st impression. Your splash page/video and first few posts of your blog will determine if a potential client wants to remain on your site. If your first few photos are just so-so, your music annoying, and the over all set up to busy or complicated you will not get that client. Your website set up is crucial. No I do not have total control over my web presence. I feel that the templates do not give you all the control that you want or need. I think it is also important for your blog, myspace, facebook, twitter and website to all compliment each other. I really want a website that it personal and unique. I want something that will set me apart from the other local photog’s. I do not like how my website pretty much looks exactly the same as hundreds of other photographers. Thank you Jodi for all that you do. The stuff you offer is amazing..

  43. Erin F on March 24, 2009 at 10:21 am

    My website is most often my clients first impression of my work, which makes it of huge importance! My current site has worked fine to start off but the more my business grows the more I am wanting out of my site that my template just can’t give me. I currently don’t feel like I have full control of my web presence. If I had full control of my site and blog I would like to really tie up the loose ends, making my branding ‘look’ more cohesive. I have ideas floating around in my head just not the tools to make it happen. 🙂

  44. Alicia on March 24, 2009 at 10:23 am

    The first 10 seconds that a potential client stumbles across my website are critical. I want my website to be powerful and to allow me, as an artist more flexibility in design. My current website is a basic template site that often times leaves me frustrated and wishing that I had more flexibility. I’ve seen what can be done with Showit Sites and the results can be breathtaking. I’ve recently moved into a higher bracket of clientele and I feel that it’s time to step up my game through presentation of my work. I’ve started pushing album sales and large print sales and I’d love to display my work and blog in a more powerful and dynamic approach as well. I believe that Showit Sites could be the answer I’ve been looking for, especially with the new features coming up like the ability to EMBED your WEBSITE!! How cool is that?!?

  45. Chelsea Hudson on March 24, 2009 at 10:23 am

    My website is essential to the growing of my business. Most of my weddings have been “destination” weddings based on word of mouth advertising from the friends I have scattered all over the states and world. I don’t get to meet with the brides and grooms of these weddings until the night before their big day. I can’t sell “myself” to them or take them out for coffee and have a chat. My work online is all they see and all they base their decision off of. So, basically, I can’t live or work without my sites. 🙂 I would change ALOT about my web presence right now… I am satisfied with the quality of my portfolio, but have yet to develop a brand and “look” that can walk hand-in-hand with it. I am searching out other website/blog options out there and would absolutely love a chance to step up to the next level with a Showit Site. I sell visual art to a visual generation and want to utilize the best tools out there to do just that with ease and creativity.

  46. Paula Herko on March 24, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I am learning that having a strong web presence is essential to being a successful photographer. It is important for future clients to feel as though they know you before they know you at the session. The problem is, i am still developing that presence… I do now have a ShowIt site, but I would love to be able to showcase my sessions with the ShowIt Web… this would be a great kick in the butt!

  47. sarah on March 24, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Web Presence is everything! My best clients have found me on the web. My blog gets more hits than my site, and I see clients checking my blog over and over from the time of the session to the time of the “sneak peek.” I’m in the early stages of overhauling my site–strongly considering a blog/website combo–and am planning on upgrading to a custom site that would make me stand out even more from my competitors.

  48. Lori Hedrick on March 24, 2009 at 10:34 am

    My website and blog are my business! I work out of my home which fits my life perfectly right now (mom to 6 kiddos!). However, without a “storefront”, my site is my only means of showing potential clients what I do. Do I feel in control of it – not at all! Templates are so limiting and confusing! My head hurts every time I try to update! As a result, I don’t keep it current! I would love to integrate my site and blog and make them more user friendly. I want it to be easy for clients to navigate and more interactive! I want it to be totally unique!

  49. Julie Cook on March 24, 2009 at 10:35 am

    MY blog and website are totally invaluable to me. Being an on-location photographer, this is their chance to see ME. I feel that my template is a bit limiting. I feel like it is part of the cookie-cutter website mold. I wish I had a blog site actually, i am not the best at upkeeping both of them. I would LOVE to have a way to present slideshows, i would love to have a shopping cart feature but it just isn’t in the upgrade plans for right now. I would LOVe to have a rotating header on my blog. Yes, I know it CAN be done.. but you know how it is…another thing on the neverending list of things to do. ANyways, I am totally starting to ramble on and on… so good luck to everyone and how generous of DJ to give these as prizes. Thanks Jodi also!

  50. Elena on March 24, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I think that a great web-site is extremely important, because most of the times it is our first contact with potential clients. They get an impression of who we are from the presentation we give them there. At this point I wish I could improve my site and give a better first impression. I would also like to revamp my blog to have it resemble my creativity with its design. If I had the money to spend on it now, I would completely customize both.

  51. Christina Guivas on March 24, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I think a web site is very important in this business. The one I have now I am so unhappy with but spent so much time and money on it. It is not easy to update or for clients to view like I want. I just see so much more out there that looks more user friendly! I would love to have a site that is very easy to update, that comes in great support help or customer service and a easier ordering method.I would love to win a one year web site and continue it and have that support behind you!!Thanks

  52. Kelly Ann on March 24, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I just updated my site and I love it. My blog however is lacking… It could use a few slideshows! =)

  53. michele bowman on March 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

    i think it’s SUPER important to have both a website and a blog. i am just getting started in the biz, and most of my inquiries have been because people have found me through web searches for my area. if i was just waiting for the phone to ring and didn’t have my name out there anywhere, i’d never get off the ground!i LOVE SHOWIT sites, and i was just telling the hubby yesterday that next year (if i make lots of money) i plan on getting a SHOWIT site!i also love being able to be inspired by other photographer’s work, and if they didn’t have websites, then i wouldn’t be able to see their work!

  54. Allyson Sanborn on March 24, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I think that web presence is essential to the success of my business. I feel pretty good about my web presence, but SEO is always a challenge… I can’t quite figure out how to get/stay at the top of google rankings, so that’s an area I’m working on. I’d love to make my website and blog a bit more unique, but I’m not a graphic designer so I’d love some help there – and a ShowIt site might be just the thing I need! Thanks for offering this contest Jodi!!

  55. Carrie on March 24, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I think that your website adds to the value of the product you are offering your client. For me, my website is my biggest tool since it is typically the first impression a potential client has with me. They may look beyond it because they have been referred to the site by word of mouth…but I hope that viewing my website is in line with the complements the person has referred me. I am not thrilled with my website at this current time, but it gets the job done and it for the most part reflects my work, but it doesn’t completely reflect my personality and what I can do. I do hope in the near future to be doing well enough in business to upgrade to a fantastic Show It Site.

  56. Rhonda Imbeault on March 24, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Presentation is everything! If you cant show your work in a good manor your profits go down and your work looks shoddy. I cant control much about my site and I think I should be able to control everything. I want it to represent me. Not how just any old designer feels about themselves.

  57. Steve on March 24, 2009 at 11:02 am

    My website is incredibly important to my business, it is usually where a client first “sees” me. It is the first place where they get a feel for who I am and what my style is like. I do feel that I have full control over my web presence, but that control is limited to the program I used to create my site and my ability to get higher in search rankings that apply to my market. If I could change my site I would do a complete redesign to make it more consistent with my branding. I would have it reflect who I am and hope that potential clients would relate to that and it would establish my individuality in a crowded market… 🙂

  58. Meghan on March 24, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I’ve been addicted to taking pictures since I was a little kid, but it wasn’t until about a year ago that I seriously started dreaming up a business of my own. In my research and preparation I have learned the high value of a website and a blog that not only shows off your photographs, but shows off your own personality as well. After all, there’s only one “you”! I have a blogspot blog right now but have been looking at Show It Sites and Show It Web because I think that it will jump me into the next stage in my business and get my portfolio work out there for all to see. It absolutely kills me that I don’t have a proper place for my photos. Can’t wait to hear who wins!!!

  59. Jenn Galloway on March 24, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I think that a website is without a doubt one of the most important things to promote your business. I have a website already, but I feel like I don’t have enough control over customizing it, and lots of people have something similar locally. I really want my site to represent me and my business.

  60. Jody Williams on March 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I think my website is my MOST important tool. It showcases my work and gets my contact info out there for future clients. The one thing I would change about my site is (1) the speed and (2) the photos on there right now – I need to update! I also have video option through portfoliositez but havent used it yet.

  61. Autumn Thomes on March 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I think that a great website is incredibly important for *any* business, but for a photographer, having a website that allows you to showcase your images and slideshows *BIG* is imperative. As photographers we should not only be able to show off our images, but we should definitely have a site with style. Would you hire an interior designer who dressed terribly? Very doubtful. How about a photographer who has a website but it isn’t well put together and the images are too small to really see? Personality and talent go hand in hand in this business and we should not only be able to show off our work with style, but put OUR PERSONALITIES and taste into the site so that we can sell ourselves AND our work. I can’t really do this with my current template site. I am very limited on what I can change… the music… colors… that’s about it. I can’t change the image sizes or how many galleries I have. I can’t change the layout or the background. I can’t add a video or an embedded slideshow. I can’t change where my logo is placed or how big it is. It’s not very interactive and certainly doesn’t do a great job at showcasing my work or personality. I hate that my splash page is only there for the metadata… “click to enter site”, but I don’t have one that has the option of blog, site, proofing. Just to get to the main proofing gallery it takes 2 clicks – more if you actually want to see a gallery. My blog and site don’t match and it drives me crazy but my blog would be too boring if it looked like my site. If I had a showit site, I would change just about everything about my site – but most importantly, I’d make my images larger and the site would be fun, reflecting my style and personality. I want people to really feel like they know me from a 2 minute visit to my site. If I had a showit site I’d probably change it up every couple of months just to keep things fresh and interesting.

  62. Ginger Moseley on March 24, 2009 at 11:23 am

    What a great idea for a contest! A great website is vital for sucessful studios nowadays. I need a site for my new business, Tip Top Photography. We currently do not have one. The ease of using ShowIt Sites would fit right in with the goals I have for Tip Top….this business is going to be all about simplicity.Some background – I am a sixteen year veteran of photography and have my own photography business, but last year I saw the need to support the students at a nearby college….after my high school assistant decided she wished to become a photographer and entered the school of photography at North Georgia Tech. I’ve watched as she has learned more and put into play some of the lessons I’d taught her over the years. I’ve been introduced to several up-and-coming photographers who have promising skills and need a place to get some real-world experience. So I have started up Tip Top Photography to give them a place to gain experience while earning some money to make it through the college years….all while filling the need of providing good pictures to wedding couples with small budgets. Ideally we will have four or five primary shooters as well as an assistant/second shooter for each. My hope is that it will become a built-in work-study program for the school (and maybe generate a outstanding photographer or two to become associate shooters for my studio :).I need to create a website featuring the work of the students so that potential couples can see exactly what to expect of the ‘kids’ they will be hiring. This is critical to managing expectations of the clients. My budget for starting this up is extremely low, so winning this contest would be wonderful. In addition, maybe this would be a wonderful teaching tool- allowing me to teach them the high value of marketing and SEO while letting them see some of the business ‘behind the scenes’! Since I do not currently have a site, I can’t really answer the questions as they were put to me, but I hope that you can see the value in what we are attempting to do with regards to the new company and our need for a new site that is “Tip Top”. Thanks!

  63. Iris Hicks on March 24, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I’ve been dreaming of creating a website and slide show based on the wonders of my local park for a long time. I think during these times the Park can be a great alternative to the mall for family fun. I’d love to be able to use these products to introduce people to all of the choices that the park offers them. I’ve been stuck on knowing how or where to begin so i would really really love to win this contest.

  64. Jamie Burnett on March 24, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Unlike real life…. Photos and websites are flat and I am not a flat person! I’m full of life with bounds of energy and I would love to have a website that reflects that. My website is my # 1 source of business, and I need a virtual personality that resembles my own. So pick me so I can show you and my clients how fun I really am.

  65. Wendy M on March 24, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I also agree that my website is one of the most important tools that I have to grow my business. I have always made my own site, so consequently, I was never really satisfied with the outcome. I’m close now, but still no zing. Yes, its time to grow up and get a big girl’s web site!

  66. Chris Austin on March 24, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Your website is an extension of your soul. Wedding photography is very much an investment made on feelings, and if you can convey emotion, trust, professionalism and quality to your potential clients, you will succeed. But your website and/or blog also has to be built with the understanding that you have to make the FIRST impression your BEST impression, and you only have a few minutes to do it. You have to be able to make an impact in 60 seconds or less. If that cannot happen, you need to step back, figure out who YOU are, and how your website will reflect that.

  67. Meredith Carlson on March 24, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I feel that my website and blog are HUGE for business. I recently had all my branding re-done, and feel that I have my blog where I want it to be, but not my website! The site I have just doesn’t match the new branding and doesn’t allow for customizations like I’d like. I’d LOVE to try one of these showitsites and customize something that would allow my branding to flow throughout. Thanks for offering this contest!

  68. Kristine on March 24, 2009 at 11:33 am

    That little part of my chest near my heart, under my sternum just tightened with the anxiety of not just needing to answer this question but SO desiring to somehow angle myself to be the randomly selected winner of a Show It Site. Here’s why? Because I don’t have a website yet and because my blog is just getting started, really. I have been a photographer for a little while now but am really just now starting to build my business… my brand… my identity as a player in the field. That being said, web presence is what it’s all about. I don’t have control over my web presence yet because at this point, I’ve got an average blog (the website listed above) and a hodge podge flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/kneeleyphotos). But I believe in what I’m doing and that people are responding well and will only respond better if I actually get myself out there with a streamlined, easy to navigate, and personal website (that shows off the work I’m doing as professional and meaningful) as well as a blog that showcases who I am as a photographer and more, letting the personality of who I am bleed into what I do, giving people the idea of what the person behind the camera is all about.So, I’ve got great strides to make but I think a website and a blog (especially from what I’ve seen by other big photographers nationwide) can be the driving force of getting people to buy into the worth of what you offer.Thanks for this contest!

  69. Michelle O on March 24, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I am really not digging my website and blog at all right now…I need to kick it up a notch if I really want to brand myself correctly. I know my website and blog are *so* important to my business…especially a blog. And I don’t feel I have total control of my web presence…who can with a template and blogger, right?! What I would change…I’d love to be fully custom…like no one else! I want to be different!

  70. Karen on March 24, 2009 at 11:50 am

    As a new photographer in the fild, web presence in very important, I do have a blog, and what I love about it, is that I can add my resent works on it, it has been helping me a lot, one senior came from 4 hours away to have her session!! and just found me by my blog. I don’t have a Web yet, but if I can have a web page that I can upgrade by myself will be the greatest thing!! for what I see show web can be the answer. =)

  71. Macy Robison on March 24, 2009 at 11:54 am

    My website and blog are of the utmost importance to me in my business, but I think my blog is the most important. As has been said, it’s where people look first for their pictures after a session and it’s also a great way for clients to get to know you so they feel comfortable with you even before they show up for their session. I’d love to win either prize. They are both on my “next to purchase” list in terms of growing my business.

  72. Mandy on March 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    My blog is a huge par of my business. So much is done online now by everyone, we pay bills online, communicate online, shop online etc. It just makes sense to have a web presence to make me accessable to clients. I’m not happy with my web presence at the moment because all I’m operating is a free blog. I’m saving up for my first website.

  73. lemongrass on March 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    in my opinion, websites give you some great credibility. It is such a huge compliment to me when someone says, wow, your website looks so professional! Not only is it a great place to show of your work, but with show it sites, you can show off your personality as well!

  74. Becky Branch on March 24, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I am just starting out in photography so this would be amazing! I would love the slideshows and to have multi-tabs on my website. By the way your site is AMAZING!

  75. Lisa on March 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    In today’s fast past, world of tech….a website is so important to any biz. I’m new to photography and have been working so hard in spreading the word, building my client base and everyone asks “can I see your website?” So, I would love to be a winner so I can show-off my work! Oh, I will be keeping my fingers crossed.

  76. Andrea on March 24, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    My website is about ten years old! Yikes! It definitely does not represent who I am now. I sure could use this prize. 🙂

  77. jeanette on March 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Well, I have always been a fan of “showit” slideshows. I am still very new with launching myself into my own business. I would really love to present my work to my clients and public in a way that just stands out from the rest. Show it is a GREAT way to do that. I admit, I have lots to learn in the way of “business”, but I research A LOT to become better educated. In all that I have researched, Show-it has kept my attention!!! I would LOVE to be the proud owner of Show-it Pro! My clients would love me for it too!Thanks for the contest!!!! Best of luck to all!{ciao!}

  78. Lexy on March 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I am just starting out into the world of photography, but I would say that web presence is second only to being able to capture an amazing picture.

  79. Lisa Kryschuk on March 24, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    With many turning to the internet to choose a photographer, I feel that your website is a very important business tool. It is your “portfolio”. A well executed website should be what directs the client to your work, your art! I work from the home, so I don’t have a studio to showcase my work, my website and blog are very important to me at this point of my career. I really love that a blog can keep clients up to date with what is new with your business, and having a slideshow from time to time would be a wonderful bonus! I would love to have more control over my site/blog than I do have at the present moment…and ShowItWeb or ShowitSites would be wonderful upgrade!!!!

  80. James Daly on March 24, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I think the importance of having a web presence goes without saying -without at least a blog or website a business can’t survive. In terms of design and control over the look of the site (or at least my showit site) I feel like I have a large amount of control -not complete control. It came to a choice between either learning HTML/Flash/Dreamweaver or buying showit, and as much as I enjoy learning and design my time is worth more. What I have found with my showit site so far is that The more I create the more ideas come and the more I want to manipulate the site (which keeps delaying me from publishing it). On another note, one thing I would add to showit sites would be a snap to grid feature and a group editing feature (like resizing, (un)locking, etc.)

  81. Keri on March 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Honestly I don’t see how you could HAVE a business without a web presence. A website is a MUST – and I think adding a blog to that is just icing on the cake. It’s personal and it allows potential clients to see what you’re up to. People want to work with people they like, and I think having a blog can connect you to people in a way that a simple website can’t.If I could do anyything with my current website and blog it would be to make it better. Hire a professional to do it “right”. I think mine is okay – and better than some I’ve seen – but it could (and should) be even better. Plus, my current blog doesn’t have comments. HATE that! I want to be able to have comments. That makes me sad, but it is next on my to-do list for expanding my business. 🙂

  82. Bree on March 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I have show it web and it is awesome. Thanks for the great prize David Jay!

  83. Mallika on March 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Website and blog are both vital to the life of your business. It is also crucial in helping differentiate your style and positioning from the competition. I have been meaning to invest in the showit slideshows but haven’t just yet. I’d like my website to really create a look that is different to what’s out there. Many of us have a template that is seen over and over. I would love to update my site!

  84. Amy Dungan on March 24, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I believe your web presence is vital to your business. People want to see your work before deciding if you are the photographer they want to use. You only get once chance to make a first impression – so your website and your work have to really grab their attention. I feel very limited with my website and blog because I know so little about how to customize it or jazz it up. I’d love to incorporate flash, slide shows and maybe even some music. Mostly I’d like to have everything streamlined so the client, or potential client, finds my site easy to use and pleasant to the eyes.

  85. LaShawna Sears on March 24, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I am definately what one would consider an ameteur photographer..however, with the advice of other photographers and friends…I decided to jump in head first and start a business. I did as much research as I could with what resources I knew of at the time and purchased a website. I have not been that happy with it at all. I feel an impressive website and blog are absolutely CRUCIAL to your business succeeding. It could be the only impression some people will see of your work. I paid money to have a logo designed that I am not even able to use on the website, because the “template” doesn’t support it. So now, I have a business logo that I was very proud of that I can’t even use. The pictures in the opening slide show are okay as far as the size but the proofing section only allows a very small size to be displayed. This is a problem if you ask me, I mean ..this is where your pictures really need to come off that screen. This is where you are going to make your money. I get a very slow response on any inquiries I send to the website company. I remember when Jodi featured Jasmine Star on her blog. I pulled up her website and I was totally BLOWN AWAY….I was like “WOW” …and it appears she is a client of Show It Fast…..I mean I felt like I was watching a commercial. I literally wanted to contact Jasmine Star and book a session, and I am a photographer…that’s how impressive it was. I would be estatic if I could win either of these prizes!!! They are totally awesome!!!!

  86. Erica on March 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    As of right now all my advertising is from my website / SEO and word of mouth, and its working for me. Its very important that I’m in full control of my web presence, in my former life I was a web application programmer 🙂

  87. Dawn McCarthy on March 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    To me, my Blog is incredibly important because I feel like it is the best chance for my clients to get to know the real me…without actually sitting in my office. I Blog both personal and business related topics and I make an effort to be true to the core of who I am, not only as a Photographer but also as a individual. This enables my clients to feel like they know me and the personality that they will be working with on the day of thier wedding, Plus, the Blog is a more relaxed atmosphere…kind of my “come on in and stay a while” invitation.Of course my site is important too because it showcases my portfolio. It lays out the business side of things and provides a “go-to” for questions and answers. It expresses a sense of “realness and professionalim.” If I had the ability to change a few things, I would. In particular, I would like my site to be more fluid, more current. I would like to incorporate a more consitent transition from one topic to another. I would like to log on to my site and get the “WOW!” factor.

  88. Bruce T on March 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Our website is in despirate need of a makeover. It is so outdated and David’s is state of the art. It would be a blissing if we could win this!

  89. Tiffany on March 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I think as purveyors of visual images it is our responsibilty to show them off the best of our abilities. Unfortunately for many of us, cost is a major factor in the early stages. I feel my web presence is getting to have much more of an impact as I learn more and invest more but I would love a great slideshow program to add to my arsenal. I can control much of my templates but to have full control over the creative way I’d want to present my art would be amazing!

  90. Stephen Dickter on March 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    For good or bad, most people structure their business around their website. But I believe it should work the other way around. A good website needs to not only be a reflection on the photographer’s personal style, but also have a user-friendly interface for clients (via FTP, comments, etc). Unfortunately, very few websites achieve both of these goals – especially ones based off of pre-designed templates. What we end up with are websites that are shades of each other.I currently use a BluDomain site and find it extremely limiting. A website should have the capability to grow as the photographer grows – incorporating video or comments or client downloads. BluDomain sites, although rich in design, do not offer enough flexibility and growth.ShowIt sites allow the photographer to add or delete pages as their business grows – a very important feature. And providing a variety of looks and design elements greatly enhances the photographer’s ability to customize the site for their own style. If I wasn’t already invested in BluDomain for a year, I would move to a ShowIt site and probably change it regularly to keep it fresh and interesting.

  91. Laura H on March 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I too am in the boat of starting out. I know how important a website is, just have not been able to pull on off yet. I would a whole lota jumping around if I won one!!

  92. Tina Ryan on March 24, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Branding is everything to me and I really want to show that in 2009.As you can see from my website, http://www.lifeisahighwayphotography.com, I have tried to bring a full brand approach to my business from my gallery names in my portfolio to my package names in my investment section. I have not been able to afford the total branding package that I want and feel my business needs on the web side. My logo and color scheme is very basic but I think suits the business well. I use black, white and red and carry this through on my product packaging as well with a splash of black and white damask also. I’d like to see this carry through on these projects as well.I have grandiose plans for rolling out a new custom blog and client web information site this coming year and new website would just make it all come full circle. I currently have a blogspot blog and want something more slick that can accommodate larger images also. I’d like to call this the “Rest Stop” and turn it into a fun place for my clients and prospect to kick their heels up and enjoy the previews and goodies posted.For the client web I want this to be a “Welcome Center” that I send to my clients after booking that will be their first stop in their journey with me and host my session guide, investment info and clothing guide. As for the website, I currently have a SmugMug site. It took me a very long time to create it because I am not a web designer and I had to learn it on my own. I think I did an ok job but I want to take it to the next level. Unfortunately my 2009 budget is wincing at the thoughts I am having and the dreaming I am doing.Web presence is crucial in the industry of digital photography. Without a presence that will speak to your potential clients in the manner and style that you want to showcase your business you will not attract the clients that you need to grow, succeed and excel. As I have mentioned I cannot afford the type of web presence I need to take my business and brand to the next level. I am hoping to be chosen for this amazing giveaway so that the only limitation I have in my success is myself and not my website.

  93. Stefanie on March 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I think websites and blogs are a very important factor in getting people to see your work. I recently realized I had nothing for SEO on my sites and I am trying to learn how to get my sites out there. I want to be seen! 🙂

  94. Kristen Joy on March 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    If you don’t have a website or blog you are looked over. Most people use there computer for finding everything. I have a site that is simple which I like. I would love my blog to be more personal, more functional, and beautiful all together. Right now it is not, it is me trying to figure out code that I have never learned and looks unprofessional. I would love to have a new blog!!

  95. Olivia on March 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Having a visually pleasing and professional website reflects the kind of business you operate and the style of photography you offer your clients. As a newbie I have been keeping up with a blog but have yet to attempt the creation of a website. Crossing my fingers I get a chance to with Show it Fast!!!

  96. Simone on March 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    When I first started out a year ago I had a “home-made” website before I signed on with a company and got a template website. Since making the switch and getting a new blog I noticed I was getting more bookings. Coincidence? Me thinks not.I agree with one of your other commenters, while I love my website and blog I am limited to to what I can do. The on-line proofing is not as simple as I would love it to be, the blog doesn’t match the website and etc., I wish I had a little more control than I have right now. I just checked out Showit yesterday for the slideshows and after going through the tutorial I really want one and know that it’s going to step things up for me even more. Also, I know my clients will love them too!I have a few goals of where I want to go with my business and how I want it to look and I know Showit will help with that.P.S I just found your blog last week and I can’t stop reading. So many helpful tips and your work is beautiful. I’m blown away every time I come across another photographer who is generous and kind enough to help fellow peers out. Thank you!

  97. Kelly Mendoza on March 24, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I think a website or blog is incredibly important. It gives your client up to date images of your work and what you can offer. Currently I only have a blog but hope to have a website once I have more work to display.

  98. Terrence Randell on March 24, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    My online presence is my first and only chance to make a good first impression on the majority of my potential clients. It needs to be a place people feel compelled to visit again and again. I also need it to communicate who I am, my Terrence-ness, because that is what people are really buying.My current web site, blog, and slideshows are not communicating who I am and what I am capable of delivering. I am working with what I have in this early stage of my business and what I have is either not too flexible or requires a Ph.D. in CSS to figure out. I need tools that abstract the technical aspects and let me focus on the creative and communicative aspects. Then I feel I can make what I see in my mind appear on the screen.Finally, I know I need tools that produce polished, professional looking output. My current sites are not giving me that, because I am at the low end of the market when it comes to what I can afford right now. Of course, I need to make sure my content is high quality, but my low quality infrastructure will drag that perception of quality down.

  99. Silvina on March 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I’m currently just starting out, have a logo in the works and i’m shopping around for a website, so it would just be soooo perfect if i won this contest! I think a website and blog are extremely important to a photographer’s business. They’re what shows our work, our style, and ultimately what helps our potential customers decide wether they want to hire us or not. I would just be so lucky to win this contest!!

  100. Gina on March 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    ewww….ewww…pick me…pick me….I love the first impression and that is what clients get in a website.

  101. Kimberly Smith on March 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    A web site can make or break your business. Our society has become so internet based. I know that I am referred quite often through my web site. I feel that a web site can attract the kind of clients that I would like to have. I would love to have a more updated web site that will attract the clients I am seeking. I would love to have the ShowIt Web Pro. I have been wanting to update my web site for some time but due to the current economic issues I have been unable to. I would also love to have a web site that is user friendly. I know a little HTML but not enough and I often get confused at how to make it better. If I could change one thing about my current web site it would be to be more “hip” and up to date. I love the idea of a slideshow. I don’t have that option on mine right now and I think that would be a great plus for my clients.

  102. Jeneanne Ericsson on March 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I would love to win this! I currently have a blogger blog, which has been HUGE for my business (blogging in general) but is very tough to customize. I have a template site, but I think it would be better to be more unique and have larger pictures. My site is my #1 marketing piece. I’ve never had a client who hadn’t seen my website before booking.

  103. Elizabeth R on March 24, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Cool, I have a website but not a blog yet. These sites are great because you can make the site just the way you want to.

  104. Anna on March 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    It is so important, but my current web presence is very lacking.. I only have my blog up right now. Been working on my Showit Site for a while, but I haven’t subscribed yet, so this is perfect! That’s the thing i need to change; get my portfolio/site up as soon as possible. And blog more often!

  105. Sarina on March 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I’m a fairly new business and photographer and I would love to have a strong web presence to display how serious of a Photographer I truly am. I don’t think people take me as serious because I am so new and don’t have years of experience. But I am serious about my craft and I always continue to evolve and get better. I currently made my own website and branding, but would love to re-establish myself as an artist. I’d love re-do my website and have a more professional feel. I truly value having a proper blog and website and having a professional website using Show It is a HUGE step forward for someone as new as me. Thank you again for this fabulous opportunity and consideration.

  106. kathy on March 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    A website is where you present who you are and what you have to offer to potential clients. What could be more important than that for business? Having a professional site shows that you are a serious professional which will allow you to attract serious clients who value photography. I Love David Jay’s work and have been looking into his slideshow. Would love to win! 🙂

  107. stacy t on March 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    web and blog presence is VERY important to our buisness. i love show it sites and how different they are from everyone else. what i really love, is showit web. sweet!!!

  108. Tammy Chavies on March 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I love Show It Fast! I have been wanting to purchase this for awhile now. My business is less than a year old and I have recently upgraded both my blog and website. I love both! I think next to great pictures, your website is the next most important thing about your business. I have to say though, my blog is by far my favorite! I love blogging about new shoots, or life in general! I would love to add Show It Fast to my site, blog, facebook and MySpace!

  109. Beth on March 24, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I think the website and blog is incredibly important. It shows the client what you can do and what they can expect when they ask you to do their photo session. It is also a place to let your personality shine through. Are your photo sessions fun? Are you friendly? spunky? businesslike? They will see all of this from your site.

  110. Chaz on March 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Without my web presence: I wouldn’t have a business. My website, blog, twitter, and facebook presence are integral for a web 2.0 photography business. If I had magical powers, things that I’d really want to refine are having a full fledged professional blog and a professional design for my showit sites website. Possibly a program that allows me to make slideshows easily 😉

  111. Jennifer Disney on March 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    My website is super important for my business. That’s where my potential clients always go first. I’ve had the same site for two years and I’m SOOOOO tired of it. I think that my website needs to say a lot about who I am it just doesn’t right now. I would love to use show it sites so that I could have more control over my site, customizing it to reflect more of me. What a cool program!

  112. Julie Ranee on March 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    My website and blog are the first chance potential clients have to see my work. They are very important. I would like bigger images on my site and blog to make more of a statement.

  113. Teri Fitzgerald on March 24, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    My website is super important to my business. It seems to be the first things that people ask you about when they find out your profession. Too, it serves to handle commerce which most of the time is the easiest way for people to shop and pay these days. Since I typically deal with Children & Families… the convenience of web viewing and shopping serves as a great asset to my business. I feel like I do have control of my web presence but am in need of a makeover… investing the time to do so just hasn’t been a priority and it should be. I would go with a new web design… I don’t think that I can afford a unique design, but a new template would be nice… I need to add new images that I’ve taken over the past several months.

  114. Lacey on March 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Building my web presence has been absolutely essential in building my business. I wish I had better control over my brand. Being a small business, just starting, with limited funds it brings around a challenge to custom design sites and blogs which all visually represent one unified brand. I want people to see only a small part of my website and instantly know it is me. Please Help! Come on lucky numbers!

  115. Gretchen Sechler on March 24, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    On February 1, 2009, I switch website companies and launched my new site!! The funny (yet very scary) thing is that I haven’t received one inquiry for my photographic services since that day. I mean, what the &#%$?? This is my 3rd year in business and typically when I book most of my weddings for the season. So, what gives? Why hasn’t anyone emailed me since the launch of my new site? I keep asking the same 3 questions. 1) Is something wrong with my new site? 2) Is it the economy? 3) Is it because I’m a slacker for not starting a blog? I honestly think it’s a combination of all three but mainly because I’m not taking full advantage of the best technology available today. Showit Sites is definitely the most current and fresh website presence by far. As our industry becomes more competitive, it’s extremely important we keep up with the latest & greatest ways to promote our businesses. I would absolutely love to be apart of the Showit Sites movement and launch a beautiful & distinctive website created ONLY with Showit sites!! And of course, finally start a blog!

  116. Kelly on March 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I think your blog/website is VERY important to your business. It’s your portfolio and the first impression you make when people are checking out your work. It should say “you” and should say it loud! I would SO MUCH love to upgrade my blog and make it more professional looking and I don’t even have a website yet. Some day when it’s in my budget!

  117. Beth Kraenzlein on March 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I mostly shoot sports but would LOVE to have a real web site for my portraits. I have seen some trafic at the so called site I have now but with something like this I feel it would put me up with the “Big Dogs” in our town. I can not change my site to what I want because of where I have it they have thier own templates that we must use and they are not what I feel I want. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication you share with us. Beth

  118. Wendy on March 24, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I am working so hard on building a web presence. I want my site to stand out from the others. RIght now I have a Blu site and feel like I can’t do anything else to it because of restrictions. I love the versatility of a show it site. I would make my site more “fun” looking as well as try to attempt to have it capture who I am as a photographer. THank you for this opportunity!

  119. Katie Mathews on March 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I just purchased Show It sites today!! But I don’t have showit web and would loooove it! It’s next on my purchase list. I definitely need bigger pics – my current website and blog just has pics that are way too small…

  120. Sarah V on March 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Right now I only have a customized blog because I do not want to use a template like everyone else does and I don’t know what I am going to do for an official site just yet. I do feel like having a blog or site or some sort of web presence is absolutely essential.

  121. Charity Craig on March 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Where does everyone go? The internet. I don’t care what a person is looking for she will not step out of her door without surfing. That is my moment. I have a brief 3 pages on Google to capture my market. I don’t care how awesome of a photographer I am, if I don’t have the www storefront to bring them to me I will enjoy my work all by myself. Right now my web presence is pitiful. I lack the tools and individuality to effectively sell myself online, so I would say I would change just about everything. Do I have full control right now? Absolutely not! I’ve got half a dozen templates to pick from & no room to be different!

  122. Alanna on March 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I only have a blog up at the moment and it is my only means of advertising currently… so pretty darn important. I currently have full control but still learning the back end stuff so I have the knowledge to be in control. UPDATE IT! Love the Show it Web stuff. Fingers Crossed. Thank you Jodi and David.

  123. Malia on March 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I just have a blog right now… I’m still getting started but here it is super important to have a Blog AND a website. The website to really showcase your work and the blog to help clients really get to know you a little bit more. Also it makes it so you always have your latest work up on your blog. My blog and word of mouth/referrals are my only advertising so I need to really make sure that its a good one. I need to be better at it and I also need to start up a website! If I were to change something it would be actually having a site and then also blogging more frequently.

  124. Annie H. on March 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I am just starting out so my blog is very important. I would love to have a website eventually, but I need to do more shoots. Presentation is so important and this tool would be wonderful for it.

  125. wac on March 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    as a photographer, i would much rather spend my time behind the camera than in front of the computer. i feel as if tools like Show It Web Pro and Show It Sites allow just this. they help take care of the business so you can get down to business….am i right? i’m right. i’m too much of a perfectionist to allow someone else to design and have control over my website and web presence. my knowledge in design/coding has been a learning process and while the look and feel of my site has grown and improveded as i’ve grown and learned more as a designer, i would love to have the ability to take things to the next level….with ease.

  126. Bert Pohl on March 24, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Without a website, I would never have gotten my photography business off the ground. It has provides the one single means to break into wedding photography in upstate New York.My present website & blog lacks creativity, mainly because I don’t have the flash skills to express myself freely through a website. If I had the software that would allow me to take my ideas to a computer screen like I take pencil to paper, my site & blog would have changed ages ago. Without this, It’s like I’m walking on amputated feet.I need to revamp my present website and blog. Visitors need to see and experience my personality better and shooting style, and I know brides would appreciate smoother picture galleries with better navigation controls.Eventually, I’ll get there, but I’d like to speed the process up.

  127. Jeanmarie on March 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    My website is the ‘face’ of my business. In many cases, it’s my only shot at grabbing someone’s attention…gaining their interest. Aside from WOM it’s my only ad. and what I’ve got going right now is sadly lacking!

  128. January Newbanks Soell on March 24, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    In a world where most people start and end their search for a photographer on the web or by a friend’s referral, having a functional and professional website is the most important thing you can do for your business. I don’t like that most photographers in my area purchase their template sites all from the same place (myself included). I want more creative input without spending $10,000 to get it.

  129. Amie on March 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I’m just starting out so I don’t have a website yet! This would be an awesome prize to win.

  130. Jessica on March 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Web presence is more than just the ability to (quickly) retrieve information. For many people, and this is growing as I type, web presence is a way to connect, to form relationships, and to grow. I am just starting my photography business. I am determined to have a web presence that reflects who I am as an artist, as well as my style, exactly so that I may form relationships with my clients, via that website and blog. I want my clients to feel that they have made a connection when visiting my site – that they know the type of artist that I am, and they know that they do, or do not, want to choose me based on that. A strong web presence also helps me keep my individuality.

  131. Christine N on March 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I think your website and/or blog are key to a successful photography business. Clients want their information fast so they go online. In order to successfuly compete with other photographers you have to have an easy to use website that catches their eye. Also, a blog shows so much more of your personality. They really get to know who you are not only as a photographer but as a person. The reason this is so important is because you have to have a good chemistry with your client. It doesn’t matter how good your photos are, if you don’t get along great with your client it is not going to be a good experience for both parties. I am currently rebranding my photography and designing my website so my ShowIt Site isn’t running. I do have a blog though and I keep it updated as much as possible. I think ShowIt Web would be so beneficial for my business. Thanks so much for having this contest! 🙂

  132. Amanda on March 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    As I am reading all the posts, I am agreeing totally to all of them. Amazing advertising is SO important, friendly websites or blogs that show the best, and easy access. No one wants to go for a loop when trying to find a great photographer. Winning either package would be SUPER! I am new at the website and slideshow ideas- I know they would benefit my business tremendously! Especially the slideshow! I am looking for a great way to show my clients their pictures.. what a great way!! Please pick me 🙂 It would spark my site! Thanks so much!

  133. Rebecca Franklin on March 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    My website and my blog are mega super important. I’ve been working on getting my branding all straight and I can’t tell you how hard I’ve been working at creating a website and next will be a new blog that both completes and compliments my branding. I also think that in this day of using google rather than the phone book, having an awesome web presence is part of the equation for photography success (obviously your photographic ability being the most important)

  134. Samantha Bender on March 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    A fantastic web presence is essential to my business. 100% of our clients visit our website before coming to our studio or booking a session. I currently have a blog and a site that works well but both are based on templates. As soon as I purchased one of my templates, another photographer in the same area purchased the same one as I did. So, I am a little frustrated and I’d love to have the opportunity to make something uniquely my own!The site I’d build would be clean, simple and sophisticated. This would be such an exciting opportunity!

  135. Catherine on March 24, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    No website yet. I would definitely have to say that a website would make a huge difference. I also think that branding is critical and the look and feel of someone’s website says a lot about them and the type of work they do.

  136. Josh Thomson on March 24, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I’m just getting started as a photographer so don’t have a website yet, but do feel that it is important for your business. It gives people a sense of who you are. Your blog also does this, but should be a compliment to your website.

  137. Shana Qualey on March 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Your website is a 24 hour portfolio. I don’t see how anyone could make it in photography without one today.

  138. Christine on March 24, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Having a website is an absolute must for a photography business. Potential clients want to be able to see your work and there isn’t a better way to meet that need. The hardest part was to find a decent priced service that all I had to do was upload my photos to their template and it was done. Now that I am up and running I struggle with populating the web with its presence and tracking my hits, etc.

  139. Pam Breese on March 24, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    My web presence is a huge part of my business right now. I’m making sure I blog consistently and in a way that lets the readers get to know me. If I could change anything it would be having an awesome gallery template for my images!

  140. Barbara on March 24, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Ohmygoodness! I have and love Showit slideshow, but I’m so embarrassed because last week i made a neat slideshow for my trainer and he and his girlfriend said “Todd & Barbara have beautiful photos but their website needs some work”! (he probably made worse comments than that) He also said “It is so ’90s’!” And he is right because that is when Todd made it! . I am getting too embarrassed to even send people to it. I really need a new website, but we can’t afford to hire someone right now.Help!!!

  141. Arielle Haze on March 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    My website and blog ARE my business. I do not own a studio, as I shoot ONLY weddings and on-location engagement / bridal shoots. Therefore, my blog and site are my front doors and first-impressions.It is vital that these sites be beautiful, easy to update and manage, and give a client the comfort of working with a professional. My current site is very nice: bludomain, but I cannot add graphical links to PPA and WPPI on my About Me text section. I also cannot put images of my partners up in the hair, make-up, and wedding planning sections (as they are text). I feel limited! I would love to try out a showit site! I bet I would love it!!!! They look amazing from the outside looking in!

  142. Kate on March 24, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I have had a website for a few years and I have no control over it. I have a web designer and she manages it. It is really pricey and ultimately I want to be able to control my own site. I have been hoping to do this for a while. I graduate from college in 5 weeks and plan to work on my photo business when I get out. The number 1 priority is getting a new website up and running. Winning this contest would be a great start after graduation.

  143. LisaB on March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    My website and blog is everything to my photography business, without it where would be people go to see what I do, who I am and how I do what I do. When I first got my website I had held off as long as I could for the release of Show it sites. I felt I made a good choice, till I found out, I had no control over font, image size, videos, design, keywords and more. I was pretty sad, after forking out 400 dollars on a template I had no control and no choice, show it sites came out a month later and I was so sad and could not justify moving at that time. I’d probably change a lot about my site, the font, the ability to add video, action and design. Thanks both of you for the contest!

  144. susan patrick harris on March 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    david jay rocks!! great opportunity too!can’t wait to get your details set girl!!

  145. Daniel Fuentealba on March 24, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    It couldn’t be in a better moment. I’m currently working in a way to get a website to show my pictures BIG enough to appreciate them. Until now I’ve been working with a pixelpost based photoblog and a wordpress blog but I would like to join them in a real and a good looking blog that wil allow me to show bigger pictures and give a better experience when people is consulting it. I already bought ShowIt Web Pro in order to be prepared for when I’ll be able to have my new blog but I haven’t use it yet because I can’t add it to a wordpress.com blog.I’m looking forward to have one day something like a showit sites… it’s pretty amazingly awesomethanks you guys!

  146. meg on March 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    my blog helped me maintain a profile photographically while I couldn’t work, and has it’s own profile, readership and a great seo too! Now I’m starting back to work I can link it to a beautiful new website with my portfolio and a matching blog with smart branding and my best images and ta da! I have a profile! Blogs and websites are amazing, and I love that these days you can really put your stamp on them, and get yourself, your images, your style and your thoughts out there to find the like minded customer…

  147. michelle cunningham on March 24, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    it’s all about first impressions and lasting images. websites give you both. i need to update mine desperately.

  148. Naomi on March 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I had a website where people could order pictures but the branding was limited. I decided to re-group, get better at taking pictures, and then go back to using a website. A website is very important and blogs aren’t really anything without pictures.

  149. Mindy W on March 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    A web site and blog is extremely important to us as photographers. For most photographers, these are the only places we showcase our work. With that said, we need to have blogs and web sites that flaunt our personal style! Like many photographers, I do not have full control over my web presence simply because I am bound by my cute, yet ever so limiting templates! If I had a choice, I would make my website and blog completely customizable to reflect my unique style and branding.

  150. Christina Valentine on March 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Most of my business comes from my website/blog, however, my blog needs MAJOR updating so winning this would be soooo awesome! Great slideshows. What better way to show off your work than slideshows. I think people pay more attention to websites when they can sit back and relax and just watch the show. Your product makes that easily capable!! Can’t wait to see more!

  151. becoming-mom on March 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Well, I’m not pro (yet?) but would want to start working my way there, a pro website would be a great first step!

  152. Lindsey on March 24, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I’m in the process of creating a website – right now I just use a blog – which I think is a tremendous help to my business! I love the blog b/c I update it fairly regularly and this offers my clients an up-to-date look at my work. However…I really want to add a slideshow to my work – I think that will be huge!

  153. Charisse on March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Well as I am new into the business, I do not yet have a website yet. I realize that a great web presence is so important to getting & keeping your business in front of the client that I have been looking into this very heavily. It is great this contest has come along because I love the Showit sites that I have seen and could definitely use some help getting pointed in the right direction. I am not really web savy so whomever I end up using has to been very user friendly! I would LOVE to win this contest. It would be a great help in getting me to get my dream of having a photography business officially off the ground.

  154. Bethany F Photography on March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    My website & blog are the heartbeat of my business! They are the main avenue for any interested client to get a sneak peek into who I am and what I do and it allows them to dream up what their own session would look like. With branding yourself being so key these days, I’d love to have a custom website that showcases more of who I am and my personal style! It would be amazing to incorporate video, have slide shows with personalized music, unique galleries with different backgrounds… I’ve been drooling over the new showit sites and it would be SO exciting to win one!!! Pick me! Pick me! 😉

  155. Renee L on March 24, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    A website & blog would make a world of difference! I currently do not have a fully functioning website or blog. It would be much easier for clients to really get to know me, my personality and how I work if I had a good website & blog. I do have ShowIt Web, that has been WONDERFUL! I would love to win a ShowIt Site, that would make a HUGE difference in my life & business!!!

  156. Michelle H on March 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Right now I’m advertising with my website and my blog and I’m looking forward to making those better with my new Magic Boards 🙂 I definitely need a boost with the slideshows though.. and a total online makeover!

  157. Christy on March 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I’m just starting out, so my blog and website are pretty much my entire marketing plan until I can get some $$$! 🙂

  158. jenberry on March 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    website = priceless for business. i personally won’t even click past a company’s homepage if they don’t have pricing or pictures.control = limited. stuck in the vortex of mundane templates and assimilation. mind of the masseschange = control. not being defined as and “audrey” “harlow” or “kagan”

  159. Lauren on March 25, 2009 at 12:07 am

    While I am very new to this business, I am learning that a great website and up to date blog are crucial, as they really let prospective client get to know about your style, and about you. I definitely would love to have a more customized web presence.

  160. Tina Harden on March 25, 2009 at 12:11 am

    I’m quickly learning the value of a website and a blog in my surfing. I have seen so many and am learning so much from them and for me, a website would help me branch out my word of mouth business and show off my photos. I think it would give me a boost in confidence and sense of pride to me my name and work out there on the world wide web.

  161. Brittney Hale on March 25, 2009 at 12:16 am

    For me, the majority of my clients come to me via word of mouth and the first thing they seem to do once they are refered, is hit up my blog. I have no stuio, so its a great place for potential clients to get a look at my work and see if my style meets their needs. I only have a blog as of now, so adding a web page I think would really solidify me as a professional- hopefully make me look a little more professional. I met David J on his Show It tour and I was blown away by not only his product but more so by him as a person 🙂 Ive just been scared for some reason to dive right in and create a web site. This may give me a push in the right direction. But you can bet once I get my butt in gear, the only site I will create will be a Show It site. Thanks David for this giveaway!

  162. Tyra on March 25, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I really need to win this! I think web presence is 90% of the first impression these days, as internet is so much of everyday life. Mine could use a little “bling” and I just can’t afford it at the moment!

  163. Candice K on March 25, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Because I live in a destination area, where families come to vacation and have portraits made and where brides come to have the wedding of their dreams… My website is absolutely vital. Without it, I would not exist to a bride 1000 miles away, planning her wedding from her office desk. I am in the process of attempting to update my blogsite, but the gallery portion of the site is in dire distress and is difficult in my opinion to update. A new site, positioned as the gallery to my blog site could definitely make my life easier.

  164. Shannon on March 25, 2009 at 12:35 am

    A website and blog are vital to any business now. This is even more so in a field like photography, where clients choose us based on our style and images. You have to put your best foot forward on the web to generate business and excitement in your “product.” As they say a first impression is everything. I would LOVE either of these prizes! What a great opportunity!

  165. Tara W on March 25, 2009 at 12:55 am

    I would love to have a more professional blog, that at least allows people to open photos in the gallery without having to wait half an hour! THAT would be heaven. Where I live hardly any photographers have awesome sites, so having one would be an fantastic! A website is a must these days. Thanks for everything you do for us all Jodie x

  166. Danielle Simone on March 25, 2009 at 1:09 am

    By far, my web presence IS my business. Since almost all my referrals are by word of mouth, I am constantly looking for new ways to wow my clients via my blog. The blog is my #1 way to show everyone how i stay fresh and new, and in demand. I have a circle of moms that are very competitive and having their children on my blog has become a status thing. Which is a really cool feeling, but puts more pressure into having the coolest toys to play with , like slideshows!

  167. Elaine on March 25, 2009 at 3:15 am

    I’m still working on mine and feel incomplete without a blog/website. That’s why it’s top on my priority list to get done by the end of the month!! 🙂

  168. Christina on March 25, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Very important to have web presence. It is a quick, easy, and inexpensive means of advertising. My web presence leaves a lot to be desired. My website is not up yet but I at least have the blog. Thanks for your wonderful blog!

  169. Rachel on March 25, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I’m just starting out but realizing how important it is to make a good impression from the beginning. I’m hoping to start a blog/sit/logo/branding overhaul soon!

  170. Toniette on March 25, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I’ve got a free blog that’s filling the gap for now… but I’d LOVE to have a website and blog that reflected my personality and business a little more!

  171. Lisa H. Chang on March 25, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I haven’t officially started in the photography business, and so I don’t have a website yet. But when I do, I will definently consider ShowIt as I’ve heard a lot of things about it. Right now I just have a blogger blog, and that’s enough for me, as again, I’m just starting to think about all this photography stuff. 🙂 If I could change anything, I would have my own website. 🙂

  172. Lori Kelso on March 25, 2009 at 8:25 am

    My website, which is fairly customizable, is my greatest contact tool. However, my blog is another subject altogether. I get so frustrated that I don’t know HTML well enough to customize it myself. What’s really frustrating, is that there is no person to talk to one-on-one. I made the mistake of using my company name for the blog until I could afford to create the website and when I wanted to change it, there was no way to do it without losing all the traffic I’ve built up on it over the years.

  173. Nathalie on March 25, 2009 at 9:21 am

    My photoblog is in the process of being designed and I know it will play a massive part in my business – I don’t want to work on any other element of my branfing – packaging, stationary, portfolio, business cards etc – until the site is done. I’ve been itching to blog on it, to pick the pictures that best show my style, and to finally, properly connect with all the other fab blogs out there.

  174. Jackie Beale on March 25, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I currently don’t have a website yet. I am just starting out and could really use this 🙂 I do have a blog that I update frequently and I think this is important because it shows your clients your true personality and showcases more of your work. It’s important for a photographer to connect with their clients and I think a blog can help you do just that.

  175. Enrique C Knell on March 25, 2009 at 9:41 am

    My website is my storefront and is incredibly important. It shows clients whether or not I’m a serious photographer. If they’re going to invest hundreds in family portraits, or thousands in a wedding photographer, they want somebody with polish. It doesnt’ matter if your photography is awesome if the presenation is hokie. I plan to redesign my website this Spring.

  176. Andra E . on March 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I am just starting out in the photography biz, and my blog is the best way to show clients, potential clients, friends, and family my work. If my work is good, then that is my best advertising! Word of mouth!

  177. Carli on March 25, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I feel like a good looking website that is easy to use is SO important, I had a crappy website before and I was almost embarrassed to give out the url to people because I was worried they would think my work wasn’t very good based on what my website looked like. So I’ve actually decided not to have one at all until I have the money to get a website going that looks good.

  178. Lauren Schmidt on March 25, 2009 at 10:42 am

    My website is my first step in my marketing; my future clients don’t know me personally so I am trying to build something unique and beautiful and simple that can show them who I am and what my style is like. I have a beautiful website layout that I am very proud of, but I would love the chance to have a slideshow program that is just as clean and professional.

  179. Vanessa S. on March 25, 2009 at 11:05 am

    1. I think your website/blog is the first impression peple get about your style and work. It’s the electronic equivalent of your “interview best”. 2. I definitely don’t feel I have complete control of my web presence because at this time I’m still using FB/Twitter to show only a few of my images (and there’s so much more to me!). I’m still in the research stages of getting a website and starting my blog. 3. I would actually *get* a website/blog – LOL!! Seriously, there’s such a huge amount of information to ingest before putting together a quality, effective website/blog combo, so any help from a product like ShowIt would be a Godsend…

  180. Catie R on March 25, 2009 at 11:42 am

    My blog has been my little sliver of the internet for me to showcase my work and get my name out there. It has been the main thing that I have done to get things moving for my business. It’s been paramount in connecting with others while I build my website. I’m so stoked about DJ’s Showit Sites as I’m building my own. I can’t wait to get it published. It’s so easy to use whether you design it yourself or have someone do it.

  181. Jennifer Chaney on March 25, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    First impressions are so important in our profession. And not just with our splash page and site. Our galleries and our proofing galleries have to meet high standards, too. Every time someone clicks a link they have an impression, so we need to take advantage of that and not only have beautiful pictures, but and easy to navigate and intuitive site/blog. It’s our storefront, so it’s got to be top notch! I like the flexibility I have with my site, but I’m not at all happy with my proofing galleries. They seem clunky and I’m afraid my clients aren’t thrilled with them either. More customization would be fabulous, too. I want to “wow” my clients and my blu proofing isn’t doing that.

  182. Aimee Lashley on March 25, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I think that in today’s world, if you have a business, you MUST have a website. Not only that, it needs to be something that you can easily update and do so often – much like your blog. I’m new in business and I’m still having a difficult time getting my website to do what I want it to do. ShowIt looks fantastic!!!

  183. Elizabeth R on March 25, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Would love to have a blog!!!!!

  184. NIshita Meht on March 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Right now, my website is just a tool todisplay my work. I want to make it more of a sales tool as well. I am having trouble getting google to find me. I have submitted my site to google for indexing for some time now and not heard anything. In this year, it is my goal to get my website to the point that I can even get some prospective customers to find me.Nishita

  185. Jenn Hopkins on March 25, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I currently only have a blog but would love to “pimp” it out. I think the blog is SO important. Its a quick way for people to forward work onto others and for people to see what your up to and how versatile your shoots can be.

  186. Carol on March 25, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Well can’t say anything new that wasn’t said by 175 OTHER people but I would love my website to match my “more me” blog!!! I don’t want to be another “Audrey”!! I want to be “Carol”!!!!

  187. April Alcorn on March 25, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Right now all I have up is my blog…. To me my online presence is incredibly important. This is the first place my potential clients get to meet “me”. For me my photography is an expression of myself, it’s what I see, it’s my form of Art. It’s so very important that my style matches what my potential client is looking for. Because I want people to come to ME because of the images and style that I create, not for what they think I should create. Therefore my blog or website gives them the important opportunity to view my work and style before they commit to a session! Also this is a great tool to use for giving you clients sneak peeks of their finished session and helps to build excitement!!! Updating your blog and website often keeps things fresh and keeps both old and new clients coming back often!

  188. char on March 25, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    A website is where it happens! My blog is what has taken me to where I am today,without a doubt! But I do not have a website and REALLY want to get a showit site! If so, I feel I would be able to present who and what I am to my clients. If I would change anything abut my blog it would simply be to better present/capture who I am as a photographer. I love all you offer here! Thank-you!!!!

  189. Dani on March 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I think a website is crucial to my photography business. I think these days a strong web presence is vital to the success of any business, and it only hinders you if you don’t. I feel like my web presence is fine for now, I’m not unhappy with it; however, I’m very aware that I do have a site that many other photographers share, and that my ability to truly control my web presence is limited within the confines of my template. I would like to someday have a site whose design would be unique from all other or most other photographers.

  190. Cristen on March 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    My website and blog are very important to me and my business. This is the only storefront that I have, so it HAS to represent me and my business. I feel like I have some control over my website presence now. I would love more though!! 🙂 Sometimes it takes so much time to figure it all out…and that is just time that I don’t have! If I could change anything about my website, it would be the colors. Sadly, I don’t know the “special codes” to do that. Black doesn’t represent me….oh well, I will live with the site I have now…unless I win a great new one!!! 🙂

  191. Conni on March 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Your website or blog crazy important….it is where potential clients can get a ‘feel’ for your style. I love to go thru picture after picture, at my leisure, to get a feel for the photgrapher. I hope others like to do that also. It is less invasive, not sitting across from someone tapping their foot on the floor if oyu know what I mean. As for control, it s hard sometimes to get what you really want if you are not a web guru…so any sites that offer up user friendly options and tech help are fab!! Your site rocks!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  192. Mary Beth on March 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    As a portrait photographer, I would L-O-V-E one of those slideshows to add to my blog! Beautiful way to display work for the clients!

  193. Savannah Kenney on March 25, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    My husband and I recently finished our first website. We loved what it could do for us and how it looked… then I learned more and more about branding and realized that our new site really didn’t fit with our branding. The more I looked at Showit Sites and their blogs the more I feel in love with the idea of completely redesigning our site so that it fit with our brand. Showit sites truly seems to be the only photographers websites that allow you complete flexibility and allow your true identity to show forth. We would love to be able to make the perfect site for our brand…

  194. Shelle-BlokThoughts on March 25, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    My blog has been great to get my photography out there and a place for my clients to go to to see my work on the pictures I did for them, and just my work in General.Since I’m starting out in the “business”, it did just USE to be a hobby, I KNOW that I need to get an actual WEBSITE…but right now the blog works and I get just enough clients to keep me happy.

  195. Debbie G on March 25, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Right now I have a customized (by me) blog. I think getting a professional looking website would help my business grow. I love Show It sites!!

  196. Amanda on March 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I’m just about to start targeting graduates with a new brand, in a country where Senior Photos don’t really even exist. Web presence, I believe, is going to be everything for me because that’s the world that the new generation lives in. They use phones for texting and surfing, not talking. To the up-an-coming group of young adults, if it’s not on the net, it doesn’t exist. And if it is on the net, it better be telling the whole story right there. I don’t feel like I have great control of my web presence right now because I’m not tech-savvy enough to do anything truly unique, which means I can’t make it truly me. I want to come out of the gates running with my web presence for this effort. For my current site and blog, though, it is simply not me. I would love to have the ability to make it feel like it fits with who I am and gives people a feel for what I’m all about.

  197. j.ro on March 26, 2009 at 7:10 am

    i just recently combined my website and blog together as I was having a hard time keeping my website up to date. Since I’ve made a combo blog/website, cleaned up the design, and made it easier to update, I’ve had a lot more inquiries and hits on my blog. I feel more confident about sending people my way now ;o) Changes? It would be nice to have a slideshow program to easily drop in my blog and also to use for my galleries. And to be able to drag and drop images (like a bio pic of me) right where I want it to be (like I could with my old iweb ;o)

  198. Dana Scheller on March 26, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I LOVE Show It Sites! I’ve been working on mine for a month, and I can’t wait to launch it. I’ve been telling all my photog friends about it too. As a photographer/graphic designer this is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for!

  199. Allison on March 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I think my website and blog are very important to my business. For most people, it is the first time they see my work and right now my website is very generic. I think this might be hurting my business and I definately think I need to be able to add slideshows to my blog. This is the way I present client’s proofs to them and I think I would get many more hits on my website if clients show their friends and family their slideshows online. I want people to say “wow” when they visit my website!

  200. Jenny Gilliam on March 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Honestly with the way the world is these days with the fast pace lifestyle a potential client WILL rely on what they see. They don’t want to research. It’s my job as a photographer (and marketer) to show them something AMAZING and something DIFFERENT. I have seen that in the show it sites. My website template is too small. The images are not big enough and I don’t have the ability to put my own personality into it. I would like to have a blog that was easy to update. My website is one of the few and most important glances a client will see of my work to decide whether or not schedule me. It needs to PUNCH! That’s what I want!

  201. lyndsay on March 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I like my blog, but my main website is a template. boo! It makes me sad that I can’t make many changes and I hate when I go to another photographers site and see that they have the same template!! My site needs a major overhaul. My favorite part about the Show It sites is that you really can let your personality shine through. Show It is amazing-I just can’t afford it yet. 🙂

  202. Wendy Tienken on March 26, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    As someone that is just starting out and doesn’t have a blog yet (and would love a Showit Site!), I feel this will be one of the most important parts of my business. Having the ability to post images from recent sessions and personalize my blog to represent me and my style are so important. Your blog can give your potential clients a sense for your photographic style and can determine whether or not you will be a good fit.

  203. Jason Hicks on March 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! That’s how I feel about putting my website together. I bought a cheap flash template on the advice of a friend, and it has become a NIGHTMARE. Those stupid templates must be slapped together by website sweatshops overseas because the FLA file is horribly organized and overly complicated. I’ve been asking favors of friends to help me configure it, and even so, the CMS that came with the site takes FOREVER to load images individually. Once the images are loaded, I CANT change their order! I lost my job and do not have the resources to spend money so I’ve been trying to make it work with this template… I’ll probably run around the block screaming if I won a Show It Site!

  204. Christine on March 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I’m just getting started with building my photography business and was aleady leaning towards using Show It Sites to create my website, so a discount would be great! I really like the fact that I do not have to have the technical knowledge but will still have complete control over my website design. I don’t think it is possible in today’s day for a photographer to grow his or her business at all with out a web presence.

  205. Susan on March 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Our photography website’s is our walking/online/media resume. How can we as photographer’s, print / web designers, etc. show that we ‘can do’ without a site that says that? CAN DO! I have the flash and the blog, I know my next step is the slide shows – and Show It Web Pro is who I’ve been looking at, this couldn’t have happened at a better time!! Show It Slide Shows would be awesome for my Senior and Portrait market and would be a most welcome addition to my website, it’s an awesome marketing tool when letting the customer show their friends and family their session!

  206. Erin J on March 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I just started my business so any site would be great. Slide shows? Who would not love slide shows on their blog?!

  207. Paige on March 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I like my website and think it’s extremely important to my business. I like my blog too, but wish I had more traffic. I think that many of my clients don’t even know about it and I am working on changing that. I have heard great things about ShowIt Web and would love to try out the slideshows!

  208. Kim on March 27, 2009 at 10:16 am

    How cool is that? I had heard about them- but never really looked before. What a great tool to have access to!

  209. Amanda on March 27, 2009 at 11:23 am

    The website sooo important; the blog too. I just started my blog, and my website is in desperate need of a new look to go with it!

  210. Rachel on March 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I am just portfolio-building, so I don’t have a real website yet. I have a blog, and I’ve only just started that. I feel so overwhelmed at the idea of starting a website…I just have not done it yet. If I win…I’ll see it as a sign. 😉

  211. Thea Coughlin on March 27, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    If I could change my current blog or site I would love to easily show video clips mixed with my photographs to introduce myself to my clients in the flesh so to speak. I don’t feel I have control because I am not as comfortable writing as I am talking or showing images. This Show it software looks amazing! David jay has some posts on his blog that are show it productions? Very cool.I think music and photography together brings a vibrant and emotional experience to the viewer. This is exactly what I want to provide for my clients each timethey come to my website and blog.I have been using animoto-which is cool but a bit small screen wise- it seems to make parts of an image look blown out when in fact it isn’t and you can’t sync the slides to the music.Looks like show it is on my list of must haves…..saving my pennies.

  212. Barb on March 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    How important is your Website and/or Blog is to my Photography business? It is the MOST important thing after my camera, my computer and my editing software, no doubt about it.I do have full control over my web presence because I have a SIS website. When I saw that they were coming out with the sites and David Jay was coming to my state, I put off purchasing a website in order to see his presentation and explanation of the software before making my decision. I signed up immediately and have not regretted it. I am constantly told how fresh and different my site is, and even get asked who designed it. 😀 I hope I’m still eligible to win, though, ‘cuz it is costly and I would absolutely love to win a year of SIS!

  213. Lisa on March 27, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    My website is most important because I’m just getting started and it helps to get my name out there! I like that I’m new at this photography this and I have a lot to learn from everyone else…my website lets me showcase some of what I’m learning!!

  214. Jessica on March 27, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    My website is pretty important, and my blog is VERY important to my business. People come to look when they know they will see their picture or the picture of someone they know! No, I don’t think I have full control of it because there is so much about it that I don’t understand. I wish my current site had larger photos, and more pages, slideshows would definitely help!

  215. Andie on March 28, 2009 at 12:00 am

    My site is my backbone of my business -its my portfolio for existing and prospective clients. I would love to start putting together slideshows as I think that will take my biz to the next level. I’ve been eying show it for awhile. Thanks! Andie

  216. Carolin on March 28, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Your website is usually the FIRST impression a client gets from you. When I first started I had a cheap website design and was rarely getting clients. When I upgraded I couldn’t believe the difference it made. I actually had to pass clients on because I was overwhelmed. I honestly feel if I had a showit site I’d be able to quit my part-time day job & do photography full time…yes, it’s THAT vital to your business. A blog is also very vital. It allows clients to get to know you through your words. Clients love when you show them off and potential clients love to hear what you have to say. I feel I have an average web presence…if I had a better site & blog I know things would be a lot better. If I could make changes I would prefer to have a more custom site & blog, I’d add more features like video.

  217. Candice & Daniel Lanning on March 28, 2009 at 7:33 am

    When we were shopping around for our wedding photographer over 2 years ago…if a website was low quality or looked like it was not well-maintained I would equate that to the quality of their service as a photographer. It’s sad but true–if your website isn’t regularly updated and doesn’t look top of the line, then your services may be compared like that.Since becoming a full-time photographer–we had purchased a web site that left us very limited for where we’ve grown to. We now have video and other media of us we would like to include in our site–but our template does not allow for that without buying a brand new template. We would like the freedom to change our site as quickly as our services change and as we grow as a business.Another aspect that has limited us is that when we bought our template–we found that 4 other photographers in our area picked the very same template. We were stuck. We could only change colors and images, rather than be able to change the look and structure to our website. Our goal is to stand out and be different from other photographers, especially in our own area. Those limitations can truly affect our business.Our blog and our website are the difference between someone coming by and glancing at our site and someone coming by and being drawn in to our images–hoping that they will have an opportunity to work with us. Our blog and website are beyond just important to us–they are our lifeline to our business–and lacking full control of them cripples our ability to reach those in need of our services.Thanks so much for your blog! I often wait till my hubby is with me to read it–b/c I don’t want him to miss out on all of the tips you share!

  218. christy pacanowski on March 28, 2009 at 8:18 am

    my website and blog is my only portfolio. i have everyone go through my work online to be certain that i have the photography style they are looking for before i book them.

  219. keri on March 28, 2009 at 9:03 am

    website is super important – i am actually hoping to redo my website with a showit site- ive just been trying to get all my ducks in a row before taking on that task too! i would love to integrate both with showit software – the full control it allows me to have is exactly what ive been looking for! the website i currently have hasnt been updated since i purchased it – YIKES! 🙂

  220. Niccole Carol on March 28, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I am just starting out. Portfolio building if you will. I think your website is an extemely important part of building your business. A well made website can make all the difference in the world.

  221. stacyZ on March 28, 2009 at 10:32 am

    As I sit here with major website issues, I would say that a website is paramount to a business and one’s growth. This is your face to your prospective customer. Many times would be your initial interaction. The online relationship continues through the order process. If one could hope for referrals it would be best to have this be a smooth and effortless process for the client. In the age of technology, clients know good web design and are privy of interacting with large business websites. They do not understand the time and effort it takes to create them, but they do know a good site when they interact with it. If I could change my site I would have two one for the children’s portraits and one for the weddings. I would also have a different shopping cart system because mine now has taken me over a week this time just to upload pictures from my last wedding! Sorry for the exclamation but I think that is ridiculous. My blog so far I am pretty happy with it, but I would move it to it’s own server so it had it’s own URL as well vs. under mine which now is at site/blog. As you can see I have quite a few things I need to change. I wish I had funds to do so, but I am also wondering it I have funds to not do this. I believe I will have to change. I thought I could work with what I had and slowly move over, but when what you have does not work at all one must remember would they work with a photographer who had a site that was so not user-friendly? For me the answer is no, and I know I must change as soon as I can to grow – heck even survive. Can you tell I think this is one of the most important items for a provider of a service, in this case photography and the sales of such, to help their client? You have also asked this question at quite a serendipitous time for me because of the issue I listed above as well as others. Thank you for offering this contest, and more importantly this time to really make each of think about how important our image (not images) is.

  222. Christina Sandberg on March 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    My current website (I use a template version) basically only allows me to sell my work. That in itself is fine, but I feel my work is only at its best and truly reflects who I am when I connect on a personal level with my clients. For that to happen, I need to sell myself as well. For now, this is where my blog comes in. My goal through my blog is to give potential clients a chance to know me And my style. I want my clients to like me, and the art I create; to know my personality, and the way I will interact with them. I realize not everyone will like me, and that is okay. My goal is to be able to make my website more personal; it’s personal connections that make perfect clients, and allows me the freedom to be my best. I feel having a website and a blog is like a marriage; it takes two and together they become one. Using a template website is easy to use, however, I feel it does not give me full control to represent who I am. It holds many limitations. That being said, my goal is to break out of these limits and use a site that truly reflects Me. No two photographers are the same, at least they shouldn’t be, and neither should their websites be.

  223. Heather Owens on March 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    My website is my ONLY connection to my clients. I am a freshman photographer with lots of mad skills and super-human ideas. Unfortunately, I work out of a small (and I mean miniscule) corner of my master bedroom . . . not exactly client-impressing. I presently use Photobiz for my website because it does give me some control over my content and, most importantly, it has proofing and sales capabilities. However, with a more kick-ass site, I know I could dramatically improve my position. Please consider me (I’m even typing on my knees)!

  224. Sarah Brewer on March 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Since I am just starting, my blog is the only marketing that I currently have so it’s very important to me. I currently just use a free wordpress blog and template and it leaves alot to be desired in terms of the brand and image I am trying to establish. I would love to use Showit Web in the future when I start making the money to fund it!

  225. Shannon Hayward on March 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    My website and blog are my first impression on clients and potential clients. I get to display my best work to all visitors. Having to learn CSS to make changes has been a hassle and I still do not have everything I want in my web presence. I have been looking into Show It sites, and love them. The changability and customization are exactly what I need to make my web presence perfect in my eyes. Thanks!

  226. Sally Clark on March 29, 2009 at 12:14 am

    My website and blog are vital to my business. It is the first place people go when checking me out. It gives me a brand and style that attract the right clients my way. (And ShowIt Sites and SHowIt Web make it very easy to have a cool website).

  227. Lydia on March 29, 2009 at 1:56 am

    My blog is often my first point of contact with my clients. It allows them to get to know me and my style before I even meet them. While I love what it has done for my business, I know I’m missing out by not having a website. My blog was totally self-customized, but it was hard to do. It still needs work as I want anyone who visits it to feel like they know me as a person. I also want a website to reflect my personality as well as show off my work.

  228. Kristie Nicoll on March 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    WOW! What an incredibly generous offer. It just so happens that I’ve spent my last two late nights bouncing between ALL of the template sites and not quite finding anything that I can “pull the trigger on” so to speak. I have had my info all filled out several times, only to close the page, due to uncertainty. I feel in this day and age, that web presence is extremely important AND extremely competitive. It is very hard to stand out from the crowd and GET NOTICED!! I want my site to be a reflection of ME, of who I am as an artist and a person. I want it to encompass everything that I am…my style, my beliefs, MY ideas. What I am finding is someone else’s ideas are close, but not quite ME. In order for my customers to know what they are getting and what to expect, their first impression, I feel needs to be 100% ALL ME! I am currently sending samples to clients I find via word of mouth, but it just isnt enough. They deserve more, and I as a photographer, EXPECT more.

  229. Amanda Norman on March 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I believe that a persons website and blog is a direct communitcation with potential clients. Its a way to update and show your continual work, your personality, your attitude and your way of conducting business. I do not have complete control of my web presence and and it is a goal and something I have been working on the last few months. I believe I do need to change and revamp my entire site. I need to get away from the templates and do something that will make me stand out from the next guy. I need my site and blog to be up to date and leave a lasting impression of my style, my work and who I am.

  230. Rebecca on March 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I’m just about to purchase a Show It Website, so this is so cool! I’ve had my blog up for months now and my current clients check in often, but I so far haven’t gotten a website up and running. I know it’s something I REALLY need as I’m about to start advertising, and for potential clients (especially brides), a website is the very first introduction to who you are as a photographer, both the quality of your work and almost as important – a glimpse into your personality. Until I have designed and published a website, I definitely don’t have full control of my web presence, and every day that I don’t have a website (and a good website that shows a bit of who I really am), I’m potentially losing out on business. I love my blog, but I also really need to get a website up and running.Thank you so much for this Jodi, you’re so amazing at teaching and sharing information!!

  231. Heather Odom on March 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I set up my third website since the start of my business 5 years ago last summer. It is my “best looking” but I am still not fully satisfied. I went with a very popular host but their customer service stinks!! You can’t talk to anyone in person and I have had problems from the get go. I depend on my website for everything! It is where future clients can view pricing and information, it is where my current clients view thier sessions and it is where I can show off what I think is my best work on galleries. I think websites soooo important to a photographer this day and age!!! I would love to have a David Jay site! That would be AWESOME!!!

  232. Jen on March 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    wow!!! what an incredible opportunity!!! i agree that an awesome site makes ALL the difference when marketing yourself and your talents. this is so ironic b/c i just heard of Show It for the first time yesterday and then you have this goin on on your blog…serendipity!!!! thx for the chance to win a little sumthin! ;D

  233. angela wright on March 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    What a great offer! Yea!!! My website is fairly new – and in building it, I found there were a lot of things that I had to conform to rather than making it my own. I searched for a long, long time to find something that was unique and felt like my style. The website and blog are detrimental to my business because I do not have a “bricks and mortar” studio. The website IS my first impression and essentially my store front.

  234. Carolyn on March 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I don’t have a web site yet but would LOVE to have one. I am often visiting various photographers’ web sites and I have strong opinions as to what works and what doesn’t. I think it should be sleek, easy to navigate and have no distracting elements so that the photography really shines. I love your blog, Jodi!! Thanks so much for all that you do!

  235. Ashley on March 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I think my blog is the most important part to showing clients your work as well as your personality. Being able to have a way to give them an insight into how you work on top of who you are as a person. Since I’m just starting out my blog is very simple but if I had the opportunity to make it better I would love to have the ability to display bigger pictures and make it more of my own. I’d get rid of the generic template 🙂

  236. Jennifer Cameron on March 29, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I believe that for a photographer a website is extremely important. This give potential clients a chance to view your work and decide if your style of photography is what they are looking for. Also with a website people that don’t know about you may stumble across your site while doing a websearch. Without a site those people would hire someone else.I would love to be able to customize my website more than the templates allow. I would also like a site that is easier to bring up the SEO ratings on as I have heard that it’s harder to do with a flash only site. This is an awesome contest and whoever wins is going to be so lucky. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

  237. Beth @ Pages of Our Life on March 29, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    What a great giveaway Jodi! and how wonderful of “Show It” to donate this. I love how slideshows deliver a very concrete feel of someones work fast. Slideshows can tell a story and convey the heart of a photographer in seconds. Thankyou for the opportunity to enter.~Beth

  238. Melissa on March 29, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    First it shows in color (or black and white) the kind of photographer you are, natural light or studio, formal or candid, right off a client can see if their desires match your personality. A website is the best way to showcase your portfolio and share your proofs with your clients. I’m just getting started and my web presence is sort of a mess and I don’t have a means to show proofs in a private gallery, but you have to start somewhere. The other great thing about a website is inspiration for other photographers. I am just getting my feet under me and I love to look at other photog websites and especially blogs to get tips on composition and new angles and cropping. I love it when established photographers blog about how that perfect shot was an accident, or the lighting was horrid and they salvaged it this way, or one who said she bought some grumpy kids donuts!

  239. Sharon on March 29, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    A photographer’s web presence can make or break his/her business. I know many wonderfully talented photographers whose sites, well, are subpar. And I also know of many newer photographers who have learned to showcase only their very strongest work on their awesome website, thus creating the illusion of always being able to provide incredible images.I’d LOVE to win this, and to finally have a blog!

  240. SL on March 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    When I first began marketing my photography 2 years ago, my blog was all I had to advertise with. I believe my blog really helped get my name and work out to the public. I do have a website now and I have done the best I can to spruce up my blog, but I do not feel as though I have 100% control of what I would ultimately like to portray through my website/blog. I would love to incorporate more of my personality, style and tastes through my website and also through my blog. Using pre-made web/blog templates allows me very little flexibility with changing texts, layouts & formats, however, there is always the possibility that someone else will have a similar website and/or blog. I actually received a comment on my blog from another photographer a few weeks ago and she was letting me know that our blogs were the same…just a few different colors. So, I went and looked at her blog and sure enough it was the same…and I was a bit frustrated. I am one to appreciate my style and tastes as an artist. I long to be unique…to stand out in the crowd just by being myself. I would really love the opportunity to create who I am through a new show it website, hence creating the unique, strong web presence that I really desire.

  241. Christy CM Photography on March 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Hi! I’m so excited about getting my business started. The website I currently have is not ample for what I need to start my business. I believe that getting my own site is going to be paramount to my success. Besides having great photos (& Awesome actions to make those photos even greater!) I need a great site to showcase them and take my business to the next level. I’ve checked out the featured galleries & LOVE the way the Show It sites look! The ease of use for the customer & the slide show of photos is a great way to show off the talent of a photographer. With my husband being in construction & laid off for 6 months, it is difficult to find the means to advertise like I need to. Currently I have business cards but sometimes I’m hesitant to give them out as the only site I currently have is not as proffessional as most. I know that when I get the website I need, I will be handing out business cards like crazy!

  242. Vicki on March 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    My website is important, as is my blog — and both are subpar. Time is probably the biggest culprit — budget, too. I would like my web presence to have some personal WOW, but be quick & easy to maintain — and easily changed because we’re always taking new photos!!

  243. Jennifer on March 29, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I think that a photography website is a definite necessity anymore. It gives the viewer a chance to recognize your style, to see if it matches what they are looking for and to get a sense about the photographer that you are. Then they can decide if they want to contact you. I couldn’t imagine going to a photographer, sight unseen, and just hoping for the best. If I could change my website/blog, I would switch my blog to one that is searchable by Google and others. I know there are blogs out there like that, I just have not been able to make the switch. As for website, I love the ones that look totally different than everyone elses, to be set apart like that is amazing…

  244. Jami Peters on March 29, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    My website is super important. It is the way most people see what I do. I also use it for proofing and ordering. I don’t have a blog yet but plan on having one ASAP. The only thing I would change about my site is to have it more optimized for web searches.

  245. Sheila Carson on March 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    My blog is important for my photography business. I use it to post my latest shoots so that clients and their friends and family can view my photos and for potential clients to go and see my work. I wish I had a web-site with all the bells and whistles. I think I could do a lot more with my business with a better web-site. Time and money are the biggest things holding me back right now. Someday…

  246. Tyra Harrison on March 29, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I am just starting out so a new website would be a great starting point. I am inspired every day by the fabulous photographers that have summoned the courage to turn their talent into something that is enjoyed by many others. I love photography and I am excited about the unlimited potential.

  247. Julie Sandlin on March 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Just starting out so I have not really invested the money for a good website. This could really help me launch my business. I love the business and enjoy looking at other’s sites, so maybe one day, someone will enjoy looking at mine.

  248. Shelia Stone on March 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Web presence is super important. our clients today are web saaaavy and go there for everything! i would love to have a site that is completely my own. I have the slideshows and they totally rock!

  249. Ash McSorley on March 30, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Awwww one day late 🙁 bummer. I would have had a blast with this showing customers more of my work!

  250. All canadian Pet Services Network on October 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I love a amazing post, wonder how you came up with this really amazing insight.

  251. Stephanie on November 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I think website is very important especially starting off. It is the first thing that made me feel professional. It is possibly the first glimpse clients have of my work so I want it to be done right. I did a really quick customized blog but I would love to have a website page as well.

  252. Viki Reed on November 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I hate my current set up. The main site was created with some free software which is still so trouble prone that I have to wait for my husband to have time to change and update it-then the galleries are made using adobe lightroom/bridge/photoshop; which means we have limited control over the look of that without knowing better how to tweak the html code under the templates adobe provides. It’s schizo and tedious and worst of all , changing anything-which I BADLY need to do, is like waiting for Christmas to come again.

  253. melissa on December 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    A website is an extension of you and your business personality

  254. Viki Reed on January 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    My site IS everything. I can’t afford advertising and if I could, my home studio couldn’t handle volume or huge groups so my web presence hones in on the folks who need someone in my area, have a specific need, and see that need met in my online presence. My big problem is that the current ‘free’ gallery options and sites are clunky and prefab and my web tech skills are about a 5 on a scale of 1-100 so I’ve had to rely on others who have much more skill but are doing it for free for me. I need the whole web package with the ability to change text, pricing and add new images without having to go through others or use terrible free, awkward and barely customizable presets. I need a real solution but don’t have the real money now so winning this would help more than you know.

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