Yearly Archives: 2010

Growing Your Business With Facebook (Video 4)

And the Facebook madness continues!  We’re back with our 4th video in our series about Growing your Business with Facebook.  And this is the second of three that is about the important topic of getting people to “like” your page.  This time we’re telling you how to use tagging to get new fans. (click here if you watch to catch up on the previous videos).

We hear constant complaints about how you can’t tag people from your business page unless you are friends with them on your personal page.  Yeah we know… and we’ve found a way to do this that we think works even better than the traditional way people use tagging!  Once you’re a tagging pro, watch next week’s video when we talk about using buzz to get new fans.

And now for this week’s video: “Get fans…. by tagging”.

Helpful links:

Tagging photos

Multiple topics on tagging

Jennie and John’s uber creative wedding

It’s no secret to the friends and family of Jennie and John that they are both very artistically inclined…

…which is why it was only appropriate for them to have their wedding at The Tempe Center for the Arts!

We were very excited when we heard this was going to be their venue of choice because the outside of this building is one of our favorite places to do portrait sessions at and we’ve been itching to get inside and see what kind of grandiose photo opportunities were awaiting us there!

We satisfied our curiosity and were not at all disappointed with what we found there!  And it’s now officially one of our favorite wedding venues in Arizona!

And as is fitting for an art center (and for Jennie and John) this place had a huge variety of creative details and backgrounds. So of course we were VERY thankful that Jennie and John gave us a ton of time for photos of the two of them (about 2 hours!) so we felt like we were really able to focus on our photos rather than on the seconds hand!

Thank you both so much for planning out your day around us so well and for being so patient with us as we were both foaming at the mouth to keep shooting around the arts center for as long as we could!

Even with all the scenery that was provided by the arts center, majority of the cool details at this wedding were courtesy of Jennie and John themselves!

To start with, Jennie made ALL the flowers at their wedding (bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces) out of origami flowers!

I was really excited to see them when she first told me about it, but I never would have guessed just how amazing they would actually be!  I can’t even imagine how much time this took her, but in my opinion, they looked so cool that it was well worth it!

John also put his special touches on the big day.  To start with, he has great style in clothes on even a normal day, so he pulled out all the stops for his wedding day!  He was looking around at tuxes and found a photo of one that Brad Pitt wore to some premier so he began scouring the world (literally) for a tux like that one!

It turns out the only one he could find anywhere had to be hand crafted from India and flown in (which is less expensive than it sounds since it’s from India) so he went for it!  It was a good decision I’d say!

As you can tell, her dress was freaking awesome too… love the flower!

John is officially the first groom we’ve ever had who created a brand for his wedding!  He does graphic design so he pulled together all his mad skillz to create some amazing details for their wedding!  To start with, he designed a logo for their wedding, complete with a color scheme and an entire feel that flowed throughout much of the wedding.

(The yo-yo favors with the logo on them).

The invitations, the programs, the favors, and even the cake… all matched and set a great tone for this wedding!  But John and Jennie weren’t the only creative ones around. The cake was decorated by a friend of theirs (and it looked awesome!) while the cake toppers were designed by another friend.

They told him to make toppers that looked like them and then just trusted him to do a good job with no further input from them!  They turned out perfectly!! I loved them!

In case you’re wondering why their favors were yo-yo’s…  it’s because John is a world traveled yo-yoer!!

He seriously has traveled all over the place putting on yo-yo performances for people around the world!

So obviously, yo-yos are a huge part of his life… and his social circle.  Tons of his friends are yo-yoers as well so we had a lot of fun watching these guests play with their new toy that they knew how to use quite expertly!  They even put on a little show for us!

(Like our Facebook page to tag yourself in some of these photos).

Not to mention, at the end of the night, they made an arch of overhead yo-yos that Jennie and John ran under on the way out to their getaway car.  Now, you know they’ve got to be good if Jennie and John trusted them enough to throw wooden yo-yo’s right past their heads!!

I was a little worried Jennie would emerge from the tunnel as a beautiful bride with a black eye (or a concussion!), but she looks pretty happy!  They came out safe and headed off to enjoy their new life as a married couple!

Thanks again to both of you for being so easy to work with! We feel like we really clicked with you guys and we’ve grown to love both of you in a very short amount of time. We are excited to see where you go from here and we wish you the best in all you do!

Thanks for trusting us enough to give us not only your valuable wedding day time, but also creative freedom and control so that we were able to truly do our best!  We hope you guys love your photos as much as we do!!


Click to see all the photos from Jennie and John’s uber creative wedding!

Emily’s fashion plate senior session

This was not the first time we had the opportunity to work with Emily… but it was the first time that she was the main subject in our photos!

The first time we met her, she was a bridesmaid in Julie and Andrew’s wedding and this time she’s a senior in High School and is ready for her close up!

(As you can see, she’s an ice skater so she brought these as a prop.)

And when I say she was ready, I mean she was READY! As soon as I (Breanna) saw her I was excited to start taking pictures of her because she looked SOOO cool!

Throughout the entire session I couldn’t get over all the cool clothes she had! In fact, I was totally inspired to go out and by my cool clothes myself just so I could be as rad as Emily (of course I realize that trying to copy someone automatically lowers my coolness by like 10 points… but I still tried!).

All the tiny little bows in her hair were my favorite! I bought some awhile back but I haven’t figured out how to wear them (this is the awkward fashion stage that begins as soon as you pass 25… and according to my mom, it never ends) so I was excited to know I already had one accessory that was indeed trendy enough to wear and now I knew what to do with it!

I was also happy to discover that when I wore flats with footed tights to the mall that one time, I didn’t look as old and out of it as I felt because apparently that’s OK too!

Thanks Emily, your fashion sense has rubbed off and you’ve done an “old” lady a lot of good! Ha ha! And I really did go shopping later that week to get my Emily style on!

The other thing I noticed right when Emily showed up was that her mom, hidden behind large sunglasses, looked surprisingly young. Just as I was about to start doing the math in my head, her “mom” took off the sunglasses and I found our friend Julie underneath them!

Yay! It was so fun to have one of our past brides at a photo shoot with us! I think it was fun for Julie to be on the other side of the camera as well… she knows all our secrets now!

Emily was chill and easy for me to talk to so she relaxed in front of the camera really quickly…

…but whenever we needed that extra push to get a real laugh out of her, Julie was at our service.

I’m actually disappointed that I was facing Emily the whole time, missing whatever Julie was doing behind me that was apparently hilarious!!

So thanks to Julie for giving a premiere showing of your comedy act and thank you Emily for not only your fashion inspiration but also for making our job so much fun! We absolutely loved working with you and we were so excited that you let us lead you all over the place and patiently allowed us to experiment a little bit with you!

We are very excited with the results and we hope you are too!

(Her Bible is the other thing that is super important to her, so she brought that as a prop as well.)

Click to see the rest of Emily’s Senior portrait session.

Growing Your Business with Facebook: Video 3

The biggest question we get when we talk about using Facebook is “so how do you get new people to like your page?”  And this video is the first of three that is going to address that very question.  We consider these 3 videos to be some of the most important in our series because you can be doing everything well on your Facebook page, but if there aren’t people there to see it, none of it really matters!

If you missed our past videos, click to catch up!  After you watch this one, stay tuned for next week when we talk about Getting Fans… by tagging.

And now for this week’s video, “Getting Fans… by asking”.

Tools to share your page:

1. Suggest to friends. This link is right under your profile photo.  If you click this it will give you the option to invite friends from your personal page to your business page and all they have to do to respond to this message is click “confirm” or “ignore”.

2. The share button. This is on the bottom left of your page and is something to familiarize yourself with since it will be the way you can share albums, photos, etc. as well.  Clicking the share button gives you the option to post your page on your personal profile wall (along with a personal note) OR send a link to your page in a personal message (along with a note) to select friends.

Note: The personal message sent to friends is different than what the “suggest to friends” link will send because the share button only sends a link.  The suggest to friends sends the option for people to like your page without even going to it first.

P.S. We humbly dedicate this video to the Nelsens and the Worsleys… thanks for your help guys. We love you!