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Goran Kosanovic is a commercial, advertising, and editorial photographer in the Washington, DC area. We are excited to share his story and a bit about how his career and liveBooks 8 site came to life with you today:

I am originally from Serbia, and while growing up, my father was in charge of taking our family pictures with an old Czechoslovakian camera. Back then, black and white photos were only available in a format size that was a little bit bigger than a business card. I always wondered: “Can they be bigger and in color?”

Once I came to the US, I chose to change my studies from mechanical engineering to photography. I went to the Brooks Institute of Photography and moved to Santa Barbara, CA. While in school, I managed to assist many great photographers from the LA area. This experience being with commercial photographers while watching them create amazing images was priceless. Back then, everything was on film, so there was no margin for error. Everything was done in camera – lighting, composition. That was the way I learned and is how I continue to create my images.

Upon graduating, goranfoto was created, and I slowly started developing my brand with a website, business cards and a logo. As I love to cook, food was a natural subject choice for me, so I focused my work mostly on hospitality and food photography.

I currently call the Washington DC area home, where I live with my family. It was the perfect place to expand my hospitality and food photography business. The city offers cuisines from around the globe, and for me, it was not very hard after leaving the West Coast, except the weather of course!

See more of Goran Kosanovic’s fantastic images on his liveBooks 8 site at www.goranfoto.com.

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Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?

GK: Easy to use. I always knew that I needed something very simple.

Q: How often do you typically update your website?

GK: I do it very often. I try to update it every week, either with new gallery images or with some blog type of news.

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Q: How do you choose the photos that you display on your homepage?

GK: I try to rotate images that will attract jobs and potential clients. My greatest hope is that visitors to my site will understand my style and what I am all about.

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Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks 8? 

GK: Simplicity. I do not want to waste my time creating and re-creating pages and pages of my website. In today’s world, it should be simplified so the time used is minimal for me and for the viewer.

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Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website?

GK: At this point, I think picking the right images, while making your site easy to navigate are the major things to having a great website.

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Have a website you’d like us to feature? Email us at social@livebooks.com.

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Jill’s interest in photography began in high school and continued into college. Taking elective photography classes soon led to picking up photography as a hobby, which has since turned into her career. This is her story:

After college, I travelled around the world for seven months before returning home to San Francisco to find a ‘real job.’ I took photos with a point-and-shoot camera to chronicle my time abroad. The positive feedback that I received from my photographs when I returned home encouraged me to submit my work to a variety of photography exhibitions, invest in a better camera, and figure out a way to continue traveling while improving my portfolio. Eventually, I decided to enroll in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to pursue a master’s in Fine Arts degree in photography. For my Master’s thesis project, I chose to spend nine months documenting life in the Himalayas. I travelled throughout Nepal, India, Kashmir, Bhutan and Tibet, working with a variety of non-profit agencies. In 2009, I won a National Geographic YourShot photography contest, and I had my first photograph published in National Geographic Magazine. This was the opening that I needed to move my photography career to the next level. Since 2011, my photography has been represented by National Geographic Creative. In 2012, I received my first assignment from National Geographic Books and was sent to Sydney, Australia for five weeks to photograph the National Geographic Traveler: Sydney Guidebook. Following that, I became an intern and then freelance photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Since 2011, I have been spending my summers teaching photography to high school students in countries all over the world for National Geographic Student Expeditions.

At home in San Francisco, I photograph events, editorial, lifestyle, architectural and food-related shoots. I also provide private/group and corporate photography workshops, mentoring and portfolio reviews.

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My style is my own personal vision of stories I am drawn to, that are unique to me. I photograph issues and iconic places which I find compelling. My goal is to create a visual of places in the world many people may not have seen while exposing them to the beauty and reality of cultures they may not have experienced.

Check out more of Jill’s recent work on her liveBooks8 site at: www.jillhsphotography.com.

Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?

JS: Bright, colorful, exotic

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Q: How often do you typically update your website?
JS: I typically update my website every few months, after any trip that I take, or whenever I have new work to show.

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Q: How do you choose the photos that you display on your homepage?
JS: For my homepage, I typically pick photos that I am particularly drawn to. No specific formula. I choose photos that are vibrant, colorful, thought provoking or unique moments.

Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks8?
JS: I love the new liveBooks8 platform! It is very user friendly. I particularly like all of the new design features. It has a very clean and modern feel. There are more options for easier search optimization, as well. Now, I am anxiously awaiting the capability to sell my images from my website.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website? 
JS: Take your time and have patience. It took me a couple of weeks to design my website. If you have questions, call the liveBooks customer service, as they are very helpful. Show your best work…quality over quantity. A editor once told me: “you are only as good as your worst photograph on your website,” and while this may sound harsh, it always stuck with me. Try to leave people wanting to see more of your work, rather than getting bored and moving on from your site.

 

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Have a website you’d like us to feature? Email us at social@livebooks.com.

Tuesdays Tip

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At liveBooks, we love seeing clients integrate their captivating images into their websites. Whether you are a photographer showcasing your best work, or a makeup artist advertising your newest look, displaying your portfolio has never been easier than with our gallery feature. With options ranging from grids to slideshows, you are guaranteed to find a sharp and responsive gallery that will be sure to catch a potential client’s eye.

Check out the tutorial below to learn about adding and customizing galleries on your liveBooks8 site.

To add a gallery page to your liveBooks8 site:

1. Log into the liveBooks8 editor
2. Select the Content tab and click add new page

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3. Select the gallery page option and add the new page to your site.
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4. To add images to your gallery, select your new gallery page from the content tab. Upload images from your computer or select images from your existing image library.
Pro-tip: reorganize the images in your gallery, using our drag and drop technology. Use your cursor to grab images, and drag them into your desired order.
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Customize the design of your gallery:
1. After creating your gallery page, navigate to the Design tab.
2. Select the page or gallery that you would like to edit from your navigation bar and select the Page option.
3. Click “Image Gallery” and navigate to the “Type” section to select the styling of your gallery.
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4. Select your desired gallery preset from our 12 customizable options.

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5. Customize the look, layout and settings of your new gallery page, using the customization options found in the design module. With the option to customize everything from columns to image display time, you are able to create a gallery that is unique to you and you and your brand.
6. Press save.

Interested in learning more about a specific liveBooks8 feature? We want to know! Send us an email at social@livebooks.com with the subject line: Tuesday’s tip.

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If you recently updated to Safari 11 (or are having issues viewing Flash sites in your Safari browser), this post is for you! The new update automatically disables Flash, which will cause issues with logging into and viewing Flash sites. Don’t panic–there is a way to fix tis. Follow the step-by-step guide below to ensure a smooth transition to the new update without losing access to Flash sites.

Original post by Adobe found here

The following instructions are for Mac )S X 10.8 and above:
1. Open your Safari application and select the Safari drop down menu.
2. Select preferences and navigate to the Security tab.
3. Make sure the following options are selected: Enable JavaScript & Allow Plug-Ins
4. Click Manage Website Settings
5. Select Adobe Flash Player and navigate to the tab titled: “When visiting other websites.”
6. Choose allow.

The following instructions are for Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7:
1. Open your Safari application and select the Safari dropdown menu.
2. Select preferences and navigate to the Security tab.
3. Make sure the following options are selected: Allow Java & Allow all other plug-ins
4. Close the preference window.

With all that being said, now is the perfect time to pick your migration option for our new HTML5 platform. Click here to take the survey! 

If you are still having trouble accessing your Flash website through Safari 11, please contact our support team.

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March 22nd, 2016

liveBooks.com Is Brand New!

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Things are extremely busy these days here at liveBooks. The other week we announced the launch of our new liveBooks8 HTML5 platform and we are hard at work migrating our clients over. Last week, we completely re-branded and re-launched liveBooks.com – and we hope you’ve taken a look and love what you see!

The new homepage features some amazing video content from our fantastic clients, as well as a cleaner, easy-to-navigate menu.

You also now have the opportunity to see all the new features of liveBooks8 and get a sneak peek of how the website editor functions.

Plus, you can preview all the new templates that are available with the platform via the website templates page so you get a feel for some of the beautiful new designs.

Let us know in the comments what you think of our new website – and feel free to email us at social@livebooks.com!

Designing the perfect website to show off your work and style can be overwhelming, daunting, and extremely time consuming. Here at liveBooks we strive to make it as easy (and fun!) as possible to create your website. While there are many things you can do within your editSuite, in this blog post we have narrowed down the top five things to do to get your website ready to go-live in one hour.

Portfolios and Libraries

As photographers and creative professionals, one of the most important aspects of your website will be showing off your beautiful work. The first thing you will want to do within your editSuite is name your portfolios and libraries so you know where to put your content once it is uploaded. One thing to note: libraries are for organizing and storing your images within your editSuite and do not appear on the user-facing side of your website. There is no limit to the number of libraries you can have on your site, and you can always add more than the default amount given. Portfolios, once you have added at least one image to them, will show on your website.

Check out these Support articles to learn more:

What Is The Difference Between Libraries and Portfolios?

How Do I Use The Name Portfolios and Libraries Module?

Upload Content

Once you have your portfolios and libraries named, you will want to upload your photos. Your first step will be to prepare your images according to the Image Prep Instructions. Once you have uploaded the images to your site, they will appear in the acquire area of your “Upload Image” page and you will see thumbnails as the images appear. Note that these images will remain in the acquire area until they are moved into a library for permanent storage (which is why naming your libraries ahead of time is a good idea.) Once images are moved to a library, you will then have the ability to place them into a portfolio for viewing on the front end of your site.

Some additional helpful articles:

How Do I Use The Upload Images Module?

How Do I Use The Upload Images Module For Scaler?

Name Your Pages

After your photos are uploaded, you will want to make sure that the rest of the pages on your website are correctly named and filled with some content. Typical names include: Home, About, Contact, Video, Blog, etc. Once you have renamed your pages accordingly, add some basic content and links so that they are not blank when you go-live.

Additional Resources:

How Do I Rename One Of My Pages?

How Do I Use The Pages Module?

Choose Homepage Photo(s)

One of the final steps to get your website go-live ready will be choosing your homepage photo (or photos, depending on the type of template you choose.) These will be displayed when a user first lands on your page and is really the first impression that people will have of your work and style.

How Do I Change The Images In My Homepage Slideshow?

How Do I Create And Control My Homepage Gallery?

Go-Live!

Once the above steps are done, you have previewed your website, added some brief content, and activated your account, you will want to submit a Go-Live request so that your beautiful website can be seen by the world!

Have any other to-do’s before going live with your website? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email at social@livebooks.com!

June 22nd, 2015

Photography Website Trends

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Things are continually changing in the digital age that we’re living in, and now that we’re mid-way through 2015, it’s time to do a round-up of photography website trends for the rest of the year – and beyond.

Mobile-Friendly Design

With an increasing number of people browsing the web on mobile devices such as phones and tablets, designing a website with mobile in mind is going to be even more important in the coming months. Think of a mobile-friendly site as a much simpler version of your full website; the amount of text is limited to be as concise as possible, the site menu has shorter titles, and the focus really falls on your beautiful images. It will also be extremely important to ensure that your site loads quickly on mobile devices, as user experience is even more apparent on mobile.

Interactive Storytelling

Your website and images should essentially tell the user a story: what your brand is about, your journey as a photographer, the past work you’ve done, and ultimately the type of work you hope to do in the future. Ideally, your images will also evoke a strong emotional response from the viewer – and interactive storytelling can help achieve this. Techniques such as scrolling images, unique page transition effects, and interesting layouts allows you to create a truly original and engaging experience for your viewers – hopefully triggering an emotional response that will make them remember you long after they’ve left your site.

Image-Centered Design

A couple of years ago, the theme of prominently displayed images across the full screen became very popular in web design. This is incredibly fortunate for photographers, and it’s a trend that’s not going anywhere any time soon. In fact, it is only going to get more sophisticated as techniques emerge to optimize images for better responsiveness and faster load time. Plus, the ability to add information on top of photos without compromising the resolution or user-experience will prove extremely valuable.

Customized Image Portfolios

The way you display your images on your website is highly personal; only you know the story you have to tell and the way you want your audience to hear it. The trend of creating unique ways for users to view your portfolios is gaining a lot of traction. From displaying your images in a grid layout, photo strips, slideshows, and automatic scrolling, you now have more control over the experience your user has.

Focus on Video

Video has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, and that trend will only continue. Many websites are now utilizing full-screen videos in the background to create a more engaging experience for the user, and because many sites have become more advanced to facilitate faster media streaming, Internet users tend to read less and watch more. Even if you do not typically offer video services, creating a reel of “behind-the-scenes” shots would be a great way to present your brand so that it leaves a lasting impact on your audience and allows you to have interactive media.

Minimalist Design

The minimalist design has been trendy for a few years now and it basically follows the “less is more” philosophy. Large, full-screen imagery, bold typography, simpler navigation bars, and linear shapes are all going to continue to be design elements in the future. The good news is that this type of design will be a great way to practice honing your marketing message in fewer words and/or photos.

What trends do you hope to see (or not see!) the rest of this year and next?

Resources:

8 Photography Website Trends

Top 7 Website Trends for Photographers

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Photographer Christina Kiffney brings creativity and a fresh, artistic approach to each and every assignment. Her work is highly compelling and authentic – and we think her website absolutely exudes all of these same qualities.

Check out her full site here: www.christinakiffney.com and read on to see just why we chose her as our featured website this week!

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Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?

CK: Narrative, Genuine, Creative.

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Q: How do you choose the photos that you display on your homepage?

CK: I work with a consultant at Agency Access to choose a portfolio that reflects my core style, while still displaying the breadth of my work.

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Q: How often do you update your website?

CK: I update my website annually.

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Q: What is your favorite feature that liveBooks offers?

CK: The ability to upload private, customize-able Lightroom galleries for client viewing and selection.

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Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website?

CK: Work with a consultant to make sure your website appeals to the clients you want to book, rather than just being a representation of the jobs you do.

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Have a website you’d like us to feature? Email us at social@livebooks.com.

 

 

Photographer David Wilder dabbled in portrait, wedding, and commercial photography before he landed on his true calling – photographing the great outdoors. Now, David spends his time capturing the beautiful Alberta landscape and exploring around the world. His website is a true reflection of his love for nature – and reflects a clean and crisp look that we are so excited to feature this week.

Check out his full site – www.davidwilder.ca – and read on for what he had to say about his site’s creation!

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Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?

DW: Clean, Simple, Sleek. For someone like myself who is always about presenting my work with less distractions, that’s what drew my attention to this design.

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Q: How do you choose the photos that you display on your homepage?

DW: I was always taught that your handshake says a lot about you. My homepage is my handshake, it is often the first thing people see and where they start to learn about me. I choose images for the homepage that speak to my character, what I value, and who I am as a person. It is with these images the visitor can become captivated and drive them to want to see more.

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Q: How often do you update your website?

DW: The most challenging thing for any creative is to stay current and relevant. Before I found liveBooks, it was so hard to keep updating my site. But with liveBooks the system is now so easy to make changes on the fly. I tend to make updates to my website once a month. I feel it gives a balance between my visitors getting a chance to see what I have recently been working on but not rush their favorite images out the door too soon.

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Q: What is your favorite feature that liveBooks offers?

DW: Hands down it is the Admin Portal. Time is so important to everyone. The less time I have to dedicate to making changes means the more time I can focus on my craft. My heart always wants to be behind the camera taking the next photograph and the way the Admin Portal makes updating my site so efficient it allows me to be out there finding my next shot.

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Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone who is designing their website?

DW: My advice would be design something that speaks to you, as this will achieve a number of things. A website speaks on your behalf, it represents you. You want visitors to get to know you by viewing it and feel like they have already met you. You also want to be happy with its aesthetics; it needs to be captivating and engaging to your audience, otherwise you will constantly be trying to change it and using up precious time that you could be using to create more of your art.

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Follow more of David’s work and adventures on Instagram – @dw_photo_ca

Have a website you’d like us to feature? Email us at social@livebooks.com.

 

 

Emmy-award winning destination wedding photographers Chris+Lynn travel all over the world taking gorgeous, colorful, and highly expressive images. Their website is so unique and romantic that we absolutely had to feature it this week.

Check out their full site – www.chrispluslynn.com because we absolutely love it – and we’re sure you will too!

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Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?

C+L: Emotive, bold, and handcrafted.

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Q: How do you choose the photos that you display on your homepage?

C+L: Our clients are couples headed on the literal and emotional journey of having a destination wedding, so our photography is about capturing that – the true adventure of love! We choose images that reflect the authenticity of travel, adventure, and love.

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Q: How often do you update your website?

C+L: We try to update galleries with fresh images every two months.

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Q: What is your favorite feature that liveBooks offers?

C+L: The ease of updating in the editSuite is great and we love the incredible customer service.

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Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone who is designing their website?

C+L: For us, designing a website is a constant work in progress! Understanding this and having a platform where you can continually and easily update and tweak the site is important. Another tip we found valuable was to aim for maximum impact when choosing your images – and design your site to heighten that impact.

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Keep up with their destination weddings and adventures on Instagram @chrispluslynn & Twitter @chrispluslynn.

Have a website you’d like us to feature? Emails us at social@livebooks.com!

 

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