New website. New blog. Followed by utter neglect.

January 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

After settling into my new digs in Chicago and getting the swing of life as a commuter, I spent some considerable time restructuring my website and blog.  So much time that by the time it went live, I was all out of energy for any sort of fanfare… So the old came down and the new went up without a peep. 

What was I thinking!?  There are some majorly sweet new features on this baby!  Some are to streamline work for me- but most of them benefit you directly!  Here are a few highlights of added features, and how I think you will love it:

  • Image DownloadAlmost universally, I offer digital images with my packages, which are delivered on CD/ DVD.  That won’t change, so you’ll still get that disc in the mail, but now- you can download high resolution images directly from your client gallery!  Why you’ll love it:  Instant gratification is my fave.  And I’m guessing yours too.
  • Non-expiring Client Galleries- Say what! These don’t expire after 30 days anymore, so in 6 months or a year when you want to show someone your gallery… just send the link because it’s still live!  I will add the disclaimer that this won’t be included in the contract- meaning if ever I change the structure again in the future, they may come down.  So, you’ll still need to keep track of your disc and back up your images too.  Why you’ll love it:  Sharing is caring and that shouldn’t be limited to a 30 day window.  Plus, add this together with image downloading and WOAH!  Now you can download 6 month old images directly from my site. 
  • Favorites folder-  In your private gallery, you will now be able to create your own login and make a favorites folder.  Why you’ll love it:  Particularly for weddings, you don’t always want to share full galleries.  Make yourself a Favorites folder and you can share only those photos with the favorites link!
  • Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest Sharing-  Easily share photos to your social media by clicking on the buttons!  Why you’ll love it:  Everybody who’s anybody shares on Facebook.
  • New Blog-  This is less for you and more for me.  I am not the biggest fan of blogging, and my old setup was tedious.  This new one is NOT.  Ergo, I’ll use it more.  What you have to look forward to—lots of fun new blog series are in the works!  Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming:
    • Snap-torial:  A series of how-to guides for the budding photographer.  These will be aimed at newbies to get acquainted with your camera and learn the basics of how to take beautiful photos
    • Where I Went Wednesday:  Every Wednesday will feature a post on somewhere I have explored in this amazing city of ours!  This is an evolving idea, but I see wine tastings  and beerruns fitting in here somewhere
    • Cara’s Kitchen:  The journey of the challenged cook to actually use a kitchen without burning it down.  Let’s be clear-  I’m AWFUL in the kitchen.  Well, perhaps that’s not true- we don’t know for sure since I’ve never used one in my 31 years.  It remains to be seen if this turns into a humor category. 
    • Perfectly Pinterest:  I spend an embarrassing portion of my commute pinteresting.  So, why not share the horror or success stories?
    • Trash-ures.  Your trash.  My treasure:  I love repurposing and refinishing “trash” into functional stuff.  I’ll admit it- I’ve been accused of being a hipster based on the volume of old suitcases, cameras, and even a lovely typewriter which decorate my home.

Much more-  basically, I’m promising now that I’ll actually blog more than just sneak peeks.  I’ve promised this before, so hopefully this time I mean itWhy you’ll love it:  Because I’m funny when I drink.  And most of the above promised posts will be written under the influence.

In case you want to see old blogs, the old one is still up here!


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