Here are a few of my favorite pictures from my recent trip to Paris, Switzerland and Italy.
Please enjoy this video I shot on my recent trip to Europe. It’s a combination of several train rides around the Interlaken, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen area of Switzerland. I was speechless (and still am) at what I saw there.
I was in DC this week on business and had some time to take photos of some of the city’s marvelous sites. When I’m in DC, I always go and spend time at the monuments, just soaking in the history. Always makes me proud to be an American.
If you have kids and you have Photoshop, you should give this a try. I came across this post the other day on Photojojo. In a nutshell, you can create your own coloring sheets from your own photos. Your kids will love you and you’ll be a hero! Here’s a quick video tutorial I did to show you the steps in the process.
Here’s the final product…ready to print and color:
This was an exciting weekend for me, because I crossed a finish line, of sorts. In the fall of 2009, I wrote down the following photography goal:
Create a comprehensive photography website with the following:
2) Client proofing section
As of the weekend, I’ve accomplished my goal. A while back I bought a ProPhoto blog and installed this as my main website at kevinhail.com. That’s the landing site you are on right now. A year ago I purchased a SmugMug Pro account for my client proofing/printing service, and I love it. The missing piece for months has been a solid portfolio site. I’ve researched for awhile and there were several critical needs that arose to the surface like:
When time came to really make this happen, I found a site fairly easily, but it was the work of customizing it and integrating into my existing site that required a bit of thought and effort. I’m telling you all this, because for all of you photographers out there who are overwhelmed by inadequacy when you look at other photographers’ websites in comparison to yours, I want you to know that you can put together a comprehensive site with all of this for under $350. A portfolio, client proofing/ordering solution, and blog are all vital components for any working photographer. I remember realizing this about a year and a half ago, but no one that I talked to had any solid advice on how to make all the puzzle pieces fit together. Well, if you’re in this same spot, just ask me. I’ll help. There’s nothing worse than not having someone to ask for help.
When putting together a portfolio, here is some of the advice that I’ve implemented from others, including photography instructor Zack Arias, who frequently does online portfolio reviews:
So feel free to go check out my new portfolio and tell me if I took my own advice. If not, feel free to rip on me in the comments section! Click on the “Portfolio” button at the top of this page to check it out.