Holly, where have you been?
Hello! If you're wondering why you haven't seen me post to social media, this is the post for you to read. Long story short, I want to have more people come here, to my blog and website instead of hopping to different platforms to see my work and to contact me.
The long version:
Facebook hides posts from business pages and, I've been unable to tag clients on posts. If I can’t tag my clients, they can’t see their images and their families can’t see their images and so on. So, what’s the point? I also go through periods of social media breaks, so there's that, too.
My Instagram became a follow for follow page for myself and other photographers around the world, instead of a place for local clients to see sneak peeks. I was sharing the same exact content I'd share on Facebook, but the way my Instagram page grew was by other photographers seeing and hearting my posts, not local people, or my clients. Instagram shows other photographers my content, just like it does for me because photography is our mutual interest. That's all fine and good, but Instagram became about solely growing my page and it shouldn't be that way. I eventually stopped checking and I stopped posting to Instagram. I still received some notifications sent to my email about followers, then came the spam messages and I ended up switching my account to private.
I like for my clients to see sneak peeks though. Instead of posting sneak peeks to my business page on Facebook, I’ve been emailing them directly to my clients. The emailed images are web-sized, watermark-free sneak peeks for posting wherever my clients want to post them and they can write whatever they want to write about them. From what I can tell, families and friends of my clients are actually able to see their images because Facebook and Instagram can't hide my posts from them if they're posting from their own pages! Again, I think it's working well and I might stick to it for the new year, so we'll have to see.
Blogging for the win. I think this will give me more of a reason to showcase images on my blog again, which is an area I always seem to lack in. I'd like to think that instead of having people go from my Facebook page, or Instagram, then back to my site's contact page to contact me, then back to social media to look through sample images, I want everything to be in one place for my clients and possible future clients. They may initially find me through social media, but I'd like for this blog and website to be where they land and stay!
Which brings me to showing you Fall sessions from 2020: