And so it was that the New Year came in with a whisper for me. The past two years have been a bit of a whirlwind for me, and Father time has been working against me.
As time passes, I realize that there are so many things I want to do, and so little time. How I wish I could dial back the clock and restart. Even ten more years would be such a gift so that I could keep living life to its fullest. What I really need is a 36-hour day. Even though my mind still thinks like a 30 year old, my body has been having a hard time keeping up. And so the winter has allowed me to rest the past month.
I’ve been doing a bit of housekeeping that needed to be done. First was to streamline my web presence a little. In wanting to share my work through the virtual world, I’ve created footprints in way too many places. First here at WordPress for my blog, then Facebook with both personal and a photography page. Add a newly designed photography website through WIX, and a rather defunct page at FineArtAmerica.com. Let’s also add my photography sell page through SmugMug, and then the little guys. Viewbug, Pixoto and YourShot at NatGeo.
It’s just way too much and I would imagine a bit confusing for some of those looking at my work. I’ve always loved Smugmug and love the ease of use and features offered with it. I’ve purchased prints from Smugmug, and compared it to other prints from websites used by other photographers. By far, Smugmug’s quality and presentation was superb. So I wanted to keep SmugMug as a primary web presence. It allows me to have galleries, pages with information such as the photography workshops I’m now offering through Capital Photography Center, and a link to this blog.
WIX was great, super easy to design, etc. But it didn’t provide the full gallery purchase options that Smugmug offers. So WIX had to go. It was a little cumbersome for me to transfer the hosting for my web address name, but after a bit, I’ve finally updated my Smugmug Web Address name to my own name.
Bella Remy has now been officially retired, and going forward I can now proudly display my name with my new slogan “Nature As Art.”
As with anything, things will continue to evolve. However I’ll enjoy having a solid website for presenting my work in the future. So words of the wise for those starting out:
- Use your personal name for marketing, you can create a slogan to promote the type of photography your presenting.
- Use one solid web site to share all of your work that is user friendly.
- Minimize costs of marketing by comparing websites, the features they offer and what their annual fee is. Then select just one for your work.
Good luck with what you do, and stay tuned…yes the frog has a story.