There have been some exciting things going on around here!  It's been crazy trying to keep up with it all, but it sure has been fun.  Here they are in no particular order:

1)  I alluded to this in a previous post, but Meghan and John's Halloween wedding is going to be featured in the fall issue of Virginia Bride Magazine!  We can hardly wait!

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2)  Every now and then I get an email from another photographer who has stumbled across my website and has a question or two.  I've done the same with other photographers as well.  I'm always amazed at how open and helpful the photography community has become, so I always try to help where I can.  An odd thing happened recently, though, that caught my attention.  I got a phone call and several emails all within two days.  Usually, they're much more spread out than that and I was trying to figure out what was going on.

In order to explain, I have to back up a few steps.  Last Fall, we made a switch in our online proofing companies.  We felt as if our old company was moving a little too slowly in developing new features so we searched for a new company.  We finally decided upon Zenfolio because they offer so many amazing proofing features for our clients like slideshows, sharing images on facebook and twitter, as well as the ability to leave comments on pictures.  Their customer support is amazing and they're partnered up with the lab that we love to use!  You can check out our new proofing site here.

After a few months of using Zenfolio, I was so excited about our switch that I sent them a glowing review through their website.  Well, it turns out that they loved my review so much that they decided to publish it on their website along with a link to our proofing site!  In addition to that, they are publishing the review along with our site on their promotional materials used in trade shows.  They handed out a ton at PPA's Imaging USA a few weeks ago and they're putting their brochure in all of the 10,000 welcome packets being handed out at WPPI in Vegas next month!  They're also using it somehow in their booth on the tradeshow floor.

If you start seeing more F.A.Q posts about photography on here, you'll know why.  With my quote on their brochure, do you think I can now say that I've had some of my writing published?

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3)  A few months ago, I started thinking about switching up our portfolio website.  I've been considering making the switch to Showit - flash websites for photographers for quite sometime as they've become all the rave in the past few years.  However, the site we have now is kind of like our aging Honda Civic.  It's reliable, it's paid for, it still looks good and it still does the job very well!  So I opted not to build a new site.  But then, David Jay announced the new Free Showit Sites where you can get a completely free flash website!  I just had to give it a shot.  If you're in need of a site and you're just starting out, this is certainly a good way to go.  After I built our free site, however, I decided to stick with our current site since the free site more limiting.

I kept that free site up because I kinda liked it and at the turn of the New Year, I received an email announcing a contest for the best ShowitFree site.  I through our hat in the ring but quickly forgot about it...until today!  I happened to see a note on Facebook announcing that the finalist for the contest were online and that voting for the winner was open!  And guess whose site was listed as a finalist?  Yep, our site is one of the 9 finalists!  Hooray!  We can't believe that we're listed up there and we would love to win, of course!  So if you're a facebooker and would love to help out, click here to vote for psdavis!  Thanks!  We'll let you know how it goes.

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