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Getting My House in Order



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 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.ย 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.”

ย Click Here for my fully updated Photography Website at SmugMug


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.

17 replies »

  1. Time Emily is the key challenge for us all. I have never met you but seeing your photo i believe you are still very young. Perhaps I see the inside more than the iutside…wow what a hi-class problem. But none the less you are beautiful. I peaked at your newest creation and luv it. It is a mosaic of sorts that spells out the story of how rich your journey has been. I shared with you previously at how I have seen you grow as you continue to react for improving your skills, both in photography and training your photographic eye. It has been an amazing journey. If you worry about time….don’t. You are using it far better than almost anyone I know….the work shows it! Just keep growing, enjoying each day God is giving you….your work is the greatest way that you thank Him for the gifts including that of time….Bob Bless….Herb

    • Dear Herb, thank you so very much for your kind words and wonderful comment. If I only was ‘very young.’ I’m actually nearing retirement age, it’s good genes. Life is truly amazing and there is so much to discover and share. I appreciate that you enjoy both my images and my journey and hopefully it brightens your world. Best wishes to you.

  2. Good luck with re-organising your digital persona and work and aren’t you a brave lady! I am confident you’ll get there. I look forward to seeing your future work in the new platforms. All the best!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’—

  3. Bravo, Emily! The frog is an eye-catching advertisement for your nature and wildlife photography, but the first thing that caught my eye was your beautiful new logo. Although my site needs updating, I have been with SmugMug for a long time, and I second your endorsement of SmugMug. I admire them for their family approach to the business of photography, their dedication to quality, and the beauty of their platform. Thanks for sharing this post. You have given me much to think about. ~Carolyn Lingenfelter aka Trail Walker

    • You are so kind Carolyn, and thank you so very much for your wonderful comment and support for Smugmug. I didn’t even think of the frog being so eye-catching for promotion. Great idea !! It’s still a work in progress, but I’m getting closer to what I would like to do.

      I’ll share the info on where I got the logo in the next day or so.

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