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We are thrilled to introduce Claudia, one of our outstanding support specialists, to you today. She has been with the team for four years and loves her funny and interesting co-workers. She can often be found hanging out with friends, playing board games, watching movies, reading or riding her bike. Fun fact: in 2015, she won best Catan player in Brasov!
Hometown: Brasov, Romania
Favorite liveBooks 8 Feature: “I love the new editor, how easy it is to update the content and design of the website, but if I had to choose from all, it would be the in-line editing and easy responsive preview.”
Favorite Brand: H&M
Favorite TV Shows: Seinfeld, Walking Dead, Band of Brothers & Friends
Words to Live By: Don’t count the days, make the days count!
You will never see Claudia without…: Her Bracelets
Organizing portfolios can seem like a daunting task. Whether you’re a photographer, an artist, or an art gallery with various artists, it may seem difficult to choose the amount of portfolio galleries necessary to showcase all of your amazing work. With some planning and organizing, your images and portfolio galleries will begin to take shape before you know it! Here are some steps that we have found helpful to get you started:
This first step is sometimes overlooked when starting off your website. If you’re able to categorize your artwork or images into categories, portfolios will soon develop. For example, if you are a wedding photographer, you may choose to organize your weddings based on the bride and groom’s last name. You may also choose to sort them by season, location, or year. Whatever means you choose to sort your images, ensure that you have a cohesive system in place on your site.
Once you are able to organize your work on your computer, bulk uploading will become easier. This allows for a multitude of images to be uploaded to your website’s gallery/portfolio at a time.
3. Once ALL images have been uploaded, refresh your browser. Some pictures may not be in the same order as they were on your computer. You can click and drag the images to organize them as you’d like.
Adding image details can help index your work in a more organized way. Attributing the correct information will also help search engines pick up on what your image is related to and will help explain what you’re trying to show the world. Ultimately, these simple steps will help boost your images’ SEO.
2. Add all image details needed
If you would like to hyperlink your image to a specific website, you can do that through the “hyperlink” icon. In order to delete an image, you can select the “trash can” icon.
You can find all of the images you have uploaded to your liveBooks website builder through the “Image Library” tab in your “Content” section. You can use the “Filter images” tool to sort through image tags (i.e.: if you tagged “Smith Wedding” in the “Tags” section of the image, you would type this into the Filter images box to see all of your images with this specific tag).
Is there a new liveBooks feature that you are excited to learn more about? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have a website you’d like us to feature? Email us at email@example.com.
Lou Bopp is a talented photographer, director, and producer that is currently based in New York City and St. Louis. Recently, Lou has worked to craft a new director’s reel. With years of experience in the field and wonderful insight, Lou details the struggles and successes of creating a great production below.
To see more of Lou Bopp’s fantastic portfolio, visit his site at www.loubopp.com.
It’s all about the croissant.
My new director’s reel is long overdue. Creating fresh work and sharing it with prospective clients is vital. Curating said work is not the easiest – I would much rather be shooting. However, I work with awesome people and having others to bat around ideas with, from the perspective of great editors, makes a world of a difference. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, The field cannot be seen from within the field.
When it comes to my directorial approach, whether I’m working off a creative brief, a board or run & gun, I’m always on the lookout for serendipitous moments. As I am often hired to shoot both motions & stills, I direct in a manner that compliments one another. The train of thought and overall conceptual vision are about the same. However, the implementation is a whole other ballgame. Screw it up, and you risk losing the brand message and the project becomes discombobulated. Finding the right DP is paramount and pivotal. Same with producers, location managers etceteras even the catering. Because at the end of the day, no matter how great the final piece is, the client may only remember a stale croissant. Great producers are key.
In this reel, you’ll see projects from Hershey Chocolate, The Aalsmeer Flower Auction in Holland, which is the busiest floral market in the world, Mississippi tourism, a disaster mitigation firm, CSpire, a telecommunications firm, a company called USG that probably made the ceiling tile that you’re sitting under, Traders Point Creamery, FM Global, a huge solar farm on the Mexico border and more.
I’d like to thank the awesome folks at rukus post who were instrumental in making this cut. I hope that you enjoy!
We are happy to introduce one of our senior support specialists, Luis, to you today! He has been with liveBooks for 6 years and genuinely enjoys helping people through his position. When he is not hanging out with his wife Margie, Luis can most likely be found practicing Taiko drumming, making and eating pizza (entirely from scratch, mind you!) or watching Doctor Who.
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Favorite liveBooks8 Feature: the developer tools
Favorite Brands: Apple Computers & Converse Shoes
Pets: Mika & Daphne (his two sweet cats!)
Favorite Quote: “The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”–Douglas Adams
The new liveBooks8 website editor allows you the freedom to create a custom navigation bar that fits your website’s specific needs. Whether this includes a drop-down menu that organizes your portfolio galleries into a visual index for your viewers to choose from, the use of social media icons, or the use of links and buttons to direct your viewers to another webpage or websites, you’ll be able to customize every aspect of the navigation bar. See below for some helpful tips to get you on your way to creating a navigation bar that fits the design of your website:
Creating Drop-Down Menus
4. Check the box next to “Navigation Item” and then select “Add”
5. From the drop-down, select “Text (No link).” This will allow you to create a title for the portfolio/gallery without leading your viewers to a blank page. Once you have chosen this option, change the Text Label to the name you would like your drop-down menu to have.
6. Once you have successfully finished all of the above steps, you can begin adding portfolios that will showcase your work. In order to organize the portfolios to display in the drop-down menu you have just created, you will need to indent your portfolio pages.
Social Media Icons in the Navigation Bar
The new liveBooks8 website editor allows users to easily and seamlessly integrate social media outlets to their website. What’s the difference between having your social media icons in the navigation versus in the footer? Here are some of the most contrasting differences:
Adding social media icons to navigation bar:
6. Select up to 4 social media icons that you would like to display on the navigation bar (Tip: Make sure to keep the “Open in new window” box checked. Otherwise, your viewers will leave your page immediately upon clicking the icon.)
7. Make sure to copy and paste the exact URL from your social media outlet. Also – check these icons frequently to make sure they are still linking to your social feeds correctly. Changes in usernames and domains from social media feeds may cause you to lose viewers along the way.
Creating Links and Buttons
The links and buttons feature on the navigation tool can help navigate your viewers to a specific part of your page that you want to showcase. This is especially true in the case of buttons. Links, on the other hand, are more commonly used for external links, which will lead viewers to another website.
Adding links and buttons to the navigation bar:
Is there a new liveBooks8 feature that you are excited to learn more about? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We are excited to introduce Nina to you today! She is liveBooks’ Accounts Receivable and Collections Specialist. She has been working with liveBooks for about 10 months and loves that liveBooks truly cares about their clients and their specific needs. Fun fact about Nina: She has the cutest husky/golden retriever mix, Riley. She is about 7 months old and is the cutest pup you will ever meet!
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Favorite liveBooks8 Feature: In-Line Editing, which allows you to edit your content directly within design view.
Favorite place to shop: I love going to little boutiques to find unique clothes and home decor!
In her free time, you can find Nina…: spending time outside playing sports, enjoying time with friends and family and seeing concerts.
We are loving all of the features on the new liveBooks8. With endless customization options and advanced tools to expand your online reach, our new HTML5 platform will make spreading the word about your fantastic artwork and services so much easier. Display your portfolio in interactive and customizable galleries while making it easy for potential clients to connect with you online through social media icons.
The best part? Migrating from our Flash/Legacy platform to our HTML5 platform is easy! Click here to schedule your migration while learning more about our current migration options.
Here is a detailed look at some of our favorite features:
1. SEO Everything™:
Easily expand the reach of your site through our simple system. Quickly add tags, descriptions, keywords, image alt text and more to your website so that your site is easily searchable and indexed properly, resulting in increased traffic from search engines. With improved SEO, your site has the potential to reach more of your target audience, resulting in higher traffic, and hopefully, higher booking rates!
2. Easily edit and update your site through our responsive platform:
Gone are the days of contacting support each time you want to make a design update to your site. Easily add galleries and pages, change fonts and colors, and update logo and template appearances with liveBooks8. Through our new responsive platform, you will be able to preview all of the changes to ensure your design matches your vision before being published.
3. In-line editing:
On a similar note, watch all of your design changes come to life through our in-line editing feature. Once logged into the liveBooks8 editor, easily update layouts and site wide navigation. Additionally, add hyperlinks, bold or italicize words, and create lists to add to text as well. You also have the ability to swap out single images or photos within galleries.
4. Our templates are just a starting point:
Our templates act as a guide to help you get your site to where you want it to be. Happy with the template you selected? Simply add your images and details. If you want to make a change, easily customize layouts, navigation design, font selection and more through our responsive editor. With endless customization options, you are sure to be able to create a design that matches your vision.
5. Customize galleries:
Display your stunning images in our interactive and customizable galleries. With options ranging from mosaics to slideshows, you are guaranteed to create a sharp and responsive gallery that will be sure to catch a potential client’s eye. Easily adjust your image arrangement through our in-line editing tool and see the changes in a responsive preview prior to publishing your final design.
6. Drag and drop design:
No need for file attachments–just drag and drop your images directly from your desktop to your browser! Easily move content selections, items, and images to create your perfect website.
7. Simple mobile integration:
Easily preview your updated website’s appearance in mobile and tablet view by selecting a device view from our top menu. Easily make adjustments to your mobile layout through our responsive editor to ensure a seamless experience for each of your clients.
8. Social Media Integration:
Easily add social media icons to your website, allowing your site to become the one-stop shop for your online presence. With over 100 social icons to choose from, liveBooks8 allows for complete customization of the social experience you provide your audience.
Finally got you hooked? Schedule your migration to liveBooks8 now. If you are brand new to liveBooks and would like to start creating your interactive HTML5 site, sign up for our 14-day trial by clicking here.
Meet Kevin Clark of Kevin Clark Studios. Now a commercial photographer, his training was originally in graphic design. In art school, he picked up a camera for the first time during an elective class and immediately fell in love. After art school, he set up shop in Vancouver. He first began photographing performers and actors, as the film and TV industry was just starting to take off in his area. His wife, Trish, was a makeup artist, and they teamed up to establish a strong niche in the market. The industry exploded in the ’90’s with the development of many Sci-Fi based shows and big budget feature films. Their actors stayed busy, and as a result, so did their studio.
In 1999, they decided to go on an adventure and moved to Cairo, Egypt. There, the Clarks worked with advertising agencies, magazines and NGOs, while seeing parts of Egypt that not many people see. When Trish got pregnant with their first child, they moved back to Vancouver and re-established their business.
While they were in Cairo, Kevin had the opportunity to shoot some food photographs and really enjoyed it. As they continued shooting actors and head shots in Vancouver, Kevin also began establishing himself in the food photography industry. He started pursuing food photography after the crash of 2008 hit the Vancouver film industry, and currently, food photography represents more than half of his business.
See more of Kevin Clark Studios’ work on his liveBooks site at: kevinclarkstudios.com.
Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?
KC: All about pictures.
Q: How often do you typically update your website?
KC: Right now, I update it at least once every week or two.
Q: How do you choose the photo that you display on your homepage?
KC: I looked for a simple image that represented our current style and made sure it would work well with the design of our site.
Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks8?
KC: I like being able to dump a bunch of pictures in a gallery to get a feel for the look right away. From there, I am able to easily adjust image order accordingly.
(Note from liveBooks: learn more about our in-line editing feature here!)
Q: What is one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website?
KC: We spent a lot of time looking at other photographers’ sites to get a feel of what we wanted. So, I guess my advice would be to research your peers and competition as a starting point.
Have a site you’d like us to feature? Email us at email@example.com.
If you’re anything like us, being productive is just a little easier when listening to music. There’s something about opening up your to-do list and plugging your headphones into your favorite playlist that helps you get things done. Because of that, we wanted to share what we are listening to this month with you. We consulted our liveBooks team and compiled a playlist of our current favorite jams.
So, whether you’re editing images, updating your liveBooks site or answering emails, we hope there is something on our August playlist that helps to keep you focused, inspired, and hustling. Is there a song that you have on repeat right now? Comment below and let us know!