Best of the Rest: Great Photography Resources From Around the Web

by Jamie M Swanson

photography resources from around the web

This week I have some big news (scroll to the end to read it!) and am bringing back the “Best of the Rest” series to share my favorite resources from around the web.

If you’re new around here, the “Best of the Rest” is a post where I sort through all the fluff out there on various photography business blogs and share my absolute favorite and most-helpful blog posts around, saving you time and effort sorting through them all. They are all worth a read.

And don’t forget to read to the end to make sure you hear about our big news for what you can expect next week. I’m ridiculously excited.

Best photography blog posts from around the web

7 Non-Money Reasons to Price Your Photography Profitably – Seriously great read about pricing, for those who “wear their heart on their wallet” and hate that money has to be involved in photography businesses at all. Every photographer should read this.

5 Tips to Turning Busy Season Clients Into Slow Season Clients – Who doesn’t want more bookings? If you’d like to have a busier slow season with more clients, take Rachel’s advice here, because it will help you keep busy during the slow season. She also shares several great resources that I think are fabulous as well.

Wedding SEO Using Venue Keywords – This is the exact same strategy I use when optimizing my blog posts for search engines, and we get lots of clients because of it. In fact, the majority of our inquiries come from search engines. Note to other Wisconsin wedding photographers who are in the same market as me, please disregard this link. I like my competitive advantage. ;)

The Step-by-Step Guide to Paying for Any Workshop – With all the deals and sales coming up next week, and the hundreds of products and workshops you COULD buy, this post will help you know which ones you should invest in and if it is worth it to you or not. It talks specifically about workshops, but I think the exact same points should be used when you are trying to decide on any other resources or ebooks as well.

The Value in Your Photography Business is in Being Able to Book the Job – Todd gets you thinking with this post about getting the booking. It’s a great reminder that will make you think and that made me want to re-evaluate what I do to move inquiries into bookings. Great thoughts here.

Top 10 Most Useful Blogs for Photographers – Still want to read more great stuff? Check out these top 10 most useful blogs for photographers. I might be a bit biased in selecting this list, since I’m part of it, but it’s got lots of really great blogs to read that I would highly recommend to people. Go get lots of awesome free info from them!

Big News! Read all about it here!

Next week is Thanksgiving here in the US and after Thanksgiving comes the big Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales. It’s a strange post-holiday tradition that gives you super deep discounts that you generally don’t see for the rest of the year.

But the big news is not just about some awesome deals I’m offering (even though I am) because that’d be totally lame and disappointing. Am I right? There’s actually 2 parts to the big news.

Big News Part 1: A gift to you

iPad mini Giveaway 2012The first part of the big news is that because I’m so thankful for each and every one of you readers, I’ve decided to give away an iPad mini to one of you as a way of saying “thanks!” for making The Modern Tog as awesome as it can be. I’d never be able to do this without you. Watch for details coming out next week during all the sale announcements.


Big News Part 2: An Exclusive

6 Week Photography Marketing Bootcamp from The Modern TogThe second part of the big news is that next week I’ll be offering an exclusive sale on a product called the 6-Week Photography Marketing Bootcamp that will ONLY be on the market next week and won’t be available again until spring when it’s released as part of a bigger e-book.

I’m currently writing a marketing e-book for photographers that is going to rock your socks off, and while it won’t be ready to launch until spring because it is THAT good, I’m going to be releasing one of the bonuses, a 6-Week Photography Marketing Bootcamp, that will ONLY be available during the sale I’m having next week and will be added to the final e-book as a bonus once it’s released. So, the only way to get it until the e-book launches this spring is to pick it up during the sale, then it will be off the market as a stand-alone product forever and will only be available as a bonus with the full e-book in the future.

I’m doing this because I know many of you are entering into your slower season in the next month or two and will have more time to focus on marketing, and I don’t want to make you wait until next spring to put some of these things into practice. More details will be coming in the post next week!

Black Friday Sales for Photographers

I am also going to be sharing about all the deals around the web that I hear of, so if you know of something coming up for next week, you can send me the details using this form and then I’ll make sure to include them in my post as long as I have it in time. Anything photography-related is fair game. Here’s the form:

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Jamie M Swanson is a Madison Wedding Photographer with her husband Brandon. She enjoys photography, loves the business side of things, but truly comes alive by helping others grow their own businesses. Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Kat - Vermont wedding photographer November 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Big News Part 2: An Exclusive – cool. Now you have your own pumpkin latte!!!

Jamie M Swanson November 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Oh yeah! That wasn’t my reasoning behind it, but that’s exactly what it is. :) Good call!

Emily Chaffin November 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm


I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your blog! There is so much fluff out there, and your blog is one of the few with so much great info!!! I’m so grateful for you taking the time to share this info! It’s totally helping me grow my business!!!

Jamie M Swanson November 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Aw, thank you! You’re so sweet! That was my goal with creating this blog – to be as non-fluffy as possible. Best wishes to you as you grow your photo business!

Industrial Photographer November 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

i loved this blog post. The best of the photography blogs are listed here.

Jamie M Swanson November 15, 2012 at 12:58 am


David Walters November 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Hey Jamie-

Off topic, but what are your thoughts on your favorite Ipad Portfolio app? Are you a 1′s and 0′s wedding consultation type girl or show them the print (wedding album samples).

There’s just a huge advantage of being able to update portfolio’s on and ipad vs paying to have sample albums all done.


Jamie M Swanson November 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I use and love the portfolio app, plus I bring a mountain of albums. I put an album in every package, so I want them to see what their options are, their high quality, etc. The portfolio app is nice as a portfolio. One’s a story of the day; the other is best images. Much like a portfolio and a blog, only at the consult.

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