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[fbshare] I’m sure you have all heard people rant & rave about this device – but after today’s post, I think you’ll look at this phone in a new way.  I hope you’ll look at it as more of a useful tool than ever before…because it has certainly made my life a whole lot easier! […]

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Ashley Goodwin - Awesome awesome. I saved the portfolio idea AND the iphone video on my pinterest. :) Its taking over the WORLD!January 5, 2012 – 12:57 pm

Tim - Hey Stephan – Thanks! MyWi is a one-time charge from the Cydia app, and it’s a hell of a lot better than paying a monthly rate of $20 or $30 through a carrier. I use Verizon, and my phone works great with no problems, restarts, or delay in functioning.January 5, 2012 – 2:16 am

stephan - Hey Tim, Great Post, i am actually really thinking about getting one for all the great photo features the iphone has … now, you mentioned something about MyWi, so you use the phone to get the internet on your laptop, what carrier do you use, is there a charge ? Thats a neat feature , please tell me more about it.
Thanks TimJanuary 5, 2012 – 1:19 am

tracey - thanks for looking out for us laaaaadies! ;-)January 4, 2012 – 7:03 pm

Ramsey Brown - Please note that Jailbreaking is risky for your phone and may cause problems. Problems that can arise are not being able to run Updates, getting hacked by the Jailbreaker, Apps not working, and many more. I would suggest that if you are unable to do it yourself and need a website do not do it. Beyond that, very good job there Timmy. Hope you had a good New Years!January 4, 2012 – 2:27 pm

s h e r r y - And I thought I knew most of iOS 5′s features, there were still a few new ones! Awesome. I enrolled for the CreativeLive workshop tomorrow, thanks for the headsup!! And I *love* that surfboard shot after sunset. Holy cow awesome.January 4, 2012 – 11:50 am

Michelle - Hello. Which photo editing apps do you use? Thanks!January 4, 2012 – 11:32 am

Andrew Jorgense - nice one. love the custom vibration option, that one is new to me. been missing all the jailbreak features since i got this fancy new 4s, anxiously awaiting the release of a new break.January 4, 2012 – 11:08 am

January “To Do” List

As opposed to New Years resolutions (I feel like facebook/twitter is clogged with false promises these days), I like to approach things month-by-month this year, as I feel like 30 days can only handle ‘so much’ – that, and the fact that I think about launch dates according to other events & timing. January and […]

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Ashley Goodwin - I’d love to see what you want to do with the place. Put those boys to work on a wood wall! And make a trip to Ikea and get crafty.January 3, 2012 – 9:34 pm

Klaus - Cool, I’m going to Denmark too end of January. Actually I used to live there, so gotta visit friends and family every now and then :) What city are you going to, Copenhagen, I imagine?January 3, 2012 – 12:15 pm

Is Jesus good for marketing?

Yesterday I posted about the most common ways to get yourself de-friended or un-followed.  I think I’ll probably risk that with this post today, but I’m confident that if you read what I have to say, you’ll not only agree with me – but have an in-depth understanding of your own decisions regarding involving your […]

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My plans for this blog & what to expect this next month! | Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...] a big presence of new photographers in the industry already offering workshops, and this leads to a lack of respect from their peers for trying to cash in on “talking the talk” without actually “walking the [...]January 6, 2012 – 2:50 pm

Lori Ivey - I actually do the opposite. Can I say this? That when a fellow church goer begins to do the wedding inquiry shimmy I shy away. Why? – Because their wedding will probably be LAME.

Sorry – I live in a very rural area in the Bible belt. Just saying.January 2, 2012 – 1:29 pm

Bethany - Tim! Soooo interesting! I watched Jasmine star on CL, and kinda thought I heard you ask a question about how she dealt with “religion”… and I remember thinking that this would be so interesting to hear her talk about. But being that I’m in Australia and it was late, kinda fell asleep.
Fascinating. Fascinating. I once had clients book me out of the phone book without seeing any of my work. They were very happy with the results, and were going to book me again for a naming day, until afterwards, when they saw my blog – and said they were uncomfortable with my religious beliefs…
I still don’t know whether this is a good or a bad thing!
Anyway, completely interesting. Thanks for briging it up!December 27, 2011 – 7:28 pm

SarahV - I am not a religious person (raised Jewish but haven’t followed in ages – there’s something I believe in, but not sure how to explain it) but I see SO MANY people who are photographers and post about their religion and it always struck me as surprising that there seemed to be so many religious ones. l figured it was a strange coincidence and now I wonder if you are right and it is sometimes done as a way to get more jobs. If so, that’s wack.December 27, 2011 – 10:20 am

Mioara Dragan - I love that you harped on this topic. I like to play it safe and keep religion completely out of it, but I do always wonder if the more ‘religious’ talking photographers were being genuine or not…December 27, 2011 – 9:26 am

Saundra McBride - Well said, well handled. I totally agree.December 26, 2011 – 3:02 am

Bennet - Hmm, never really thought about Jesus in terms of marketing. That is, until now! Interesting post, and although you make good points, it would be hard to judge who in the industry is being “faithful” in a genuine way. I myself am a devout Christian and don’t particularly choose to post status updates or tweets (I still don’t get twitter) in hopes of clients seeing them. I agree with you, it’s not something to just be put out there on the internet for all to see, it is truly something personal you should really think about and reflect upon. Thanks for the great write-up Tim, looking forward to reading more of your posts.December 26, 2011 – 12:46 am

Laura Eliza - I agree with this… which is why I chose to leave God off my about page. Am I a Christian? Yes. Do I want someone to hire me because of that? No. I want someone to hire me because of my work. There are some photographers who blog about God all the time or have their faith on their about page, and do it well. But it’s so them, you wouldn’t even think that they wouldn’t be talking about it. It’s part of the image they developed, but in most cases, I agree, it seems to be more of a selling point.December 25, 2011 – 8:10 pm

Laura Hemstad - I have been thinking the same thing for a long time now!! Seriously! There are definitely some photographers that ‘exploit’ there faith and have shady habits. As in, not delivering albums, flaking on appointments, and just shady communication. Great post! Took the words right out of my mouth! Probably wrote it better than I would have though, loved the 50 cent analogy hahaDecember 25, 2011 – 5:50 pm

Justin Douglas - Preach on Tim!! The Tebow hahaDecember 25, 2011 – 1:23 pm

Jen - Nice Jesus pic at the end, Tim. Merry Christmas and I hope I get to see you while you’re in town!December 25, 2011 – 7:43 am

6 Quick ways to get yourself unfriended & unfollowed – and how you can avoid them!

While it is a tough process to build that stack of followers to your blog, fan page, twitter, or even personal facebook page – I think there’s a lack of concentration on providing VALUE to that fan-base to reward them for taking the time to subscribe to you. Today I’m going to talk about the […]

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13 Reasons why I’ve stopped referring work to specific photographers » Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...]  Unprofessionalism online – If you’re doing any of the things listed in #1 on this post, I’m probably not going to refer you.  But that’s just me.  Others might be [...]March 19, 2013 – 3:33 pm

Lauren - I forgot one when we were talking about it last night, but some of these comments reminded me of it: bad punctuation, spelling, or grammar. It’s unprofessional and makes you look uneducated. “Woe is I” and “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” are good books if you need a refresher.December 25, 2011 – 10:55 am

Is Jesus good for marketing? | Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...] 6 Quick ways to get yourself unfriended & unfollowed – and how you can avoid them! [...]December 25, 2011 – 5:28 am

Lee Mills - Well said. You’re an expert photographer and social media strategist! :)

LeeDecember 24, 2011 – 8:51 pm

Tim - @Sarah – I’m so glad you made that comment! That’s exactly what I’m talking about!

@Tara – feat of strength challenge going towards Michael.

@Erin & Ashley – totally agree, I think 2-3 per week is optimum. Read a post the other day from a photographer saying her traffic doubled when she quit posting everyday and just twice or three times per week. I’ll also suggest that losing some followers may be due to both of your recent moves, and if not – consider it just the people that are never going to buy in the first place! I feel like those are the last kind of followers I should be paying attention to.

@Ashley, couldn’t agree more. I think it does a great job at aligning those with the same personalities as yourself. Maybe this week’s recent news might prove to be a direct result of that sort of thing? ;) But yeah, you might hate me for tomorrow’s post – just be forewarned!December 24, 2011 – 6:19 pm

SarahV - I must say that there is a photographer whose work I think is great and before I knew too much about him and before I really followed him closely, I thought he was the coolest thing in the world….and then I saw all of his political, social and religious side and found myself losing interest just because he seems so extreme. I still think he is a great photographer and I definitely welcome someone who is different than me, but some of his views and outside voice thoughts really irk me to no end….December 24, 2011 – 4:06 pm

Tara - It’s Festivus for the rest of us! Feat of strength challenge it is! Some Festivus celebrations have adopted thumb wrestling as a suitable and safe feat of strength so pick an opponent and report back.December 24, 2011 – 2:55 pm

Ashley Goodwin - I thought I was for sure loosing folks too, but I’ve actually had a consistent followIng. But I’m so sick of myself. Feel like during the week is good if you’ve got a lot going on but a few times a week if you’re. It as busy. Don’t want to dilute content do its good to struck a balance that works best for you. And totally avoid those topics, yes, but Im going to talk about things that are supper important to me (like religion) to connect and repel! I’m not gonna preach, but I don’t want someone to feel uncomfortable arounde because of my religion or vice versa. And I just posted about gay marriage myself. POLITiCS!!!! I have clear opinions about it and don’t really care what other people think (all for it, duh) but didn’t need to get TOO political in my post because it wasn’t necessary. I just wanted to put it out there that I am excited for equality and to photograph the unions! But also don’t want Westboro church bangin down my door, so I avoided getting elaborate. It’s important to share your opinions and beliefs though, I think. There’s such a thing as TOO P.C.! People want to know what makes you tick!

Ps: I agree with Erin, your content is very well thought out and researched and you always push me. I appreciate that. I willlll say, you got on ME and wanted more “content”, but I think YOU should post a few posts that are personal. Show us Tim who isn’t all business! (it’s just in your blood, I know!!!). XoDecember 24, 2011 – 2:23 pm

Erin Oveis Brant - This is a really interesting post. I’m positive I’ve been losing followers during this blog challenge (I don’t blame them, I’m kind of sick of myself), but I can tell I’m also strengthening my connection with my “core believers” in the process. I think that 2-3 days a week of quality content and a day or two of posts just for fun, is ideal. But consistency is key, regardless of what that number or schedule looks like. Just like anything else, people want to know what to expect from us. Our “fan” base is no different.

Happy holidays to you and your family!! I really appreciate all the time and thought you are putting into your posts. You are inspiring me to push harder and reach higher even though it can be, at times, a painful process. Thank you!!December 24, 2011 – 1:21 pm