We want to share with you some awesome photographer success stories using the new SmugMug platform.
“My website creates awesome comments. Visitors go to the site and are thrilled with the experience. Not only do they appreciate the photos but the site is so inviting and easy to navigate. The colors that frame the site create an emotional response to the images. The website is so easy to find! Visitors have commented on the ease of searching for the website and and also that it is beautiful on all mobile devises such as smart phones, iPads, computers of course. Great job in customizing my website!!!!!” – Bonnie (Inspired Bonnie)
I LOVE my new site! It’s fresh and clean. I’ve seen an increase in traffic and clients LOVE the new look. It’s easy to change the cover images and update periodically. – Lanna (Lanna Wing Photography)
I really love the new website that jR Customization designed for me. Not only does it look great and is very functional, but I also apparently have had people re-visiting my site and browsing through older photos using the new search box. I have been selling quite a few more of my past photos that I thought had pretty much been put to bed. The feedback has been great and I couldn’t be more pleased. – Julie (Julie Ward Photography)
We provide wedding, portrait and event photography to Philadelphia’s Delaware Valley, and it is a very competitive market. Having an effective web presence is important to us as it is often THE first impression – but now with multiple channels to clients (website, Facebook, and Blog) the challenge has become “first impressions”. Potential customers can self-select more efficiently and existing wedding customers and their friends and family can interact and share our “week-after” images via Facebook. Existing and new customers are spending more time on all three channels now. We have been able to clarify how we can most effectively use each channel. Based upon JR’s experience with integrating these multiple channels prominently into a single customer-facing space and prompted us to redo our site so that it went from “good” to “better” under Smugmug’s new designs. We often get compliments, thanks JR!
– Robert Dean, Principal, Robert Dean Photo Arts | Havertown, PA
(Dean Photo Arts)
Making the switch to the new Smugmug was very easy to make. It has allowed me to easily update the site as need be. I have been able to reach clients and photograph professional sporting events (MLB games) for them from as far as South Korea. It also serves as a great place for wedding and portrait clients to view photos. – Tim Fuller (Tim Fuller Photography)
“After a long ponder about what to do I finally moved over love true light to the new smugmug design. It has proven to be highly effective with my clients and more streamlined. Like most change , it was definitely for the better and I am attracting new customers to my site daily. Thank you jR Customization” – Lakshmi (Love True Light)
Welcome to my new Vaquero Photograph website that is showcasing my style of photography I shoot. I couldn’t be happier with a highly designed user friendly site. I believe that each photographer looks for and has different successes they want to achieve. Here are the successes I wanted.
User Friendly – jR Customization and I worked together in designing my site for any viewer to easily navigate through and quickly target the photos they maybe looking for.
Pleasing Screen Design Colors and Contrast – I believe the screen colors and contrast we choose to use for the galleries and pages have and are dramatically helping to showcase my photography. It is all pleasing to the eye. Expanded Size of Collage Landscaped Photos – By increasing or expanding photo size for the Landscape and Portrait Collages it is given the viewer a greater impact as the viewer looks at the photos in a collage style view. I love these views if offers the viewers.
Huge Statistics Numbers – Statistics numbers have been piling up daily since the site opened up to the public on June 6, 2014. In the last 30 days the stat numbers are 90,661 photo views or hits. The biggest days for stat numbers were 11, 094, 8,327 several 5,000 days and the stat number continue to grow.
jR Customization has done a SUPERB class act job in helping to design my Vaquero Photography website. We worked together back in October 2010 designing my old site using the old SmugMug Legacy. When I decided this early spring to migrate over to the New SmugMug I contacted jR Customization again. They can help you design beautiful websites that WORK for you! I love my Vaquero Photography site, thank you jR Customization for having highly talented gifted people working for you.
– Verne Wonderlich, PRO DEO ET PATRIA, Retired Combat Medic
“We absolutely love or SmugMug site! It’s no coincidence that our site traffic, relevance and sales all increased since our site inception. jR Customization did an amazing job in helping create a site that perfectly represents our style. Our site truly portrays our brand and is extremely easy to navigate. Our overwhelming client feedback has been that their experience on our site is what sold them on choosing us as photographers!” – Mike (Rathke Photography)
Since my Pixie Vision Photography website has been customized, my clients have been really impressed with the ease of use and the unique look of my website. I’ve doubled my print sales and gotten such great feedback. Between JR Customization and the new SmugMug, my business has everything I need to showcase my work and evolve as an artist. – Pixie (Pixie Vision Photography)
“As an aspiring professional photographer I found the transition to the “new” Smug Mug to be transformational to both my workflow and web visibility. Since I completed the conversion in January I have found it much easier to keep my site fresh, relevant and interesting. The new site allows me the flexibility to keep up with my ever changing photographic vision. I now have the ability to immediately see the impacts of changes I make through amazingly simple web analytics. In addition, the Word Press blog I added on during the conversion has been an effective way to supplement my images with my writing. While I still have a long way to go on my photographic journey, I feel my enhanced website provides me a tool that grows with me as my business evolves from a concept to a reality. ” – Vince (Vince Scanlan Photography)
The JR Customization of my website was a necessary and exciting step in my transition from proletarian to professional photographer. I explained my vison and they transformed ideas into a highly polished marketing tool for my business. The easy-to-navigate pages make it simpler than ever for customers to quickly find and purchase their favorite images from the various sporting events and competitions covered by my company. As business continues to grow, it’s great knowing that my site can support the increase in interest while looking top-of-the-line.
– BJ Ungvarsky (Rojo Brothers Photography)
“Since my conversion to the new Smugmug, I’ve gotten lots of positive reactions. Since most of my work is at a high school, my site generates lots of enthusiasm for the activities I shoot. Some people are regular visitors who just enjoy running the beautiful slideshow on their computers and tablets. Others are steady customers who buy photos of their favorite shots.” – Michael (Michael Scanlan Photography)
“Since switching to the new design, I have received a lot of positive feedback on the professionalism of my site. My favorite feature is that fact that it is mobile device friendly!! Clients are able to navigate easily through the menu and pull up galleries without any issues on their smart phone devices. It is also a lot more customizable than the original Smug Mug templates. I am able to change things easily from my phone, instead of having to log on to a computer. Thanks again jR Customization for doing such a great job designing my site!” – Christie
(C Williams Photo)
“Having switched over to the new Smugmug format as soon as jR Customization could make it happen for me, I was so excited about the user interface and ease of updating my site.
I won a marketing kit at a PPA charity event and the company reviewed my website to see if there were any changes they would recommend. I can proudly say, they felt jR Customization had done a great job and the website was easy to navigate and my clients are more than pleased with the images they are getting through Bay Photo Lab. I often refer others who are struggling with their website to Smugmug and to jR Customization for making it so functional!
” – Cindy (Cindy Shaver Photography)
Using JR Customization to help redesign my SmugMug site made a world of difference. Not only is it easy to navigate around my site but the “eye” catching design grabs my customer’s interest from the very start. JR Customization made it come alive! As a result, I have received more business because of the professional way it was designed. I’m so proud to display my life’s work to share. – Liz Giglio Salant (Liz Salant PhoHOGraphy)
“We have used SmugMug as our home for our business since 2008, and we were excited about the “new” SmugMug but we hesitated at first to make the switch because change is usually always hard. After much procrastination we hired jR Customization to switch us over. The transition was not that painful at all with the help of jR Customization! And the ease of actually “using” the new SmugMug is amazing…wish we would have done it from the start.” – Kelly (Kelly Taylor Photography
SmugMug has always been a great partner for us. The improvements, specifically the new layouts and ease of site navigation, both for us and the customer provides a class experience. The new look has brought much more attention to our site and we regularly receive compliments. The ease of navigation means customers stay on the site longer, and that, in turn, means more business. The value received far exceeds the cost of our investment in the site.
Smugmug has helped us fulfill our dream of being full time photographers, what more could we ask for? – Roger & Kay (RKO Photography)
“Earlier this year we began an effort to rebrand our photography
company and part of this was a need to revamp our web site. Having
been a SmugMug customer for a number of years we have accumulated a
large number of pictures. Not wanting to walk away from this
investment, we wanted to stick with SmugMug and decided that a more
advanced design was needed. Thus began our search for an
alternative. As we looked around for examples of what we like, a
particular design, created by jR Customization stood out. We
contacted jR Customization and this began our engagement with them.
After some one-on-one discussions of what we wanted, jR Customization began
providing examples of our ideas, some worked and some didn’t. After
a few iterations we arrived at the frame work for
www.brianarnoldphotos.com. One of our favorite
features is the ability to provide each customer with their own
proofing gallery. This serves us very well for post-sales online
viewing opportunities and provides an easy mechanism to control what
can and can’t be viewed. Thanks, jR Customization, great job!”
– Brian (Brian Arnold Photography)
“I had second thoughts about moving to the new SmugMug design. I am so glad I took the plunge. I love the new clean look. I have had awesome feedback from my existing clients and new clients find it so easy to navigate. Thank you jR Customization….It has been an overall positive experience!” – Patty (patty d photography)
“jR Customization helped me create a site that convey’s our school’s message with great panache. They took the SmugMug platform and made it 100% better. How? By improving the graphics, simplifying the navigation and most importantly by creating a more professional approach to present compelling imagery. ” – Thomas (Willows Photography / Snitzer Photography)
“I really love the look of my new SmugMug site. My clients have commented how nice it looks and easy navigation throughout the galleries. Thank you jR Customization for a job well done!”
– Mary (Studio Della Vita)
“Two Boldly Go Photography has been very pleased with the new SmugMug format and our site. The ability to customize gallery layout and access privileges has allowed us to support our public work, private client projects and to provide content for our Two Boldly Go Travel website. We have received universally positive reviews from our customers on the site and look forward to continuing to add to our SmugMug site.” – Bradley (Two Boldly Go Photography) – Two Boldly Go Photography – Featured Blog Article
“The new website you customized for us is a well functioning site, it looks good, has impressive slide show features and displays our images with eye catching color. Our website continues to attract record numbers of new viewers and repeat viewers and is beginning to make some sales from our 33,000 + images in our galleries. We continue to travel the globe, photographing and adding new images to our galleries and portfolios. We look forward to a continued relationship with SmugMug and using our new website to enhance our exposure to the photo buying world.” – Terrance (T. Klassen Photography)
Change is sometimes hard for me to wrap my arms around. Such was the case with converting my old website into a new one. I loved the old site and it performed very well for me, however if change is a good thing than I welcome it.
One improvement of the new design is “responsive design” Although it may be the latest ‘buzz word’ in the web design world, responsive design is becoming more and more critical. From the desktop, to the laptop, to the tablet, to the smart phone, my website now displays properly on all media types.
I’ve already received a ton of compliments about the change out because folks on the go now enjoying viewing it more on their IPad and smart phones. Hopefully that enjoyment will also turn into increased sales. Time will tell. – Dennis Sabo (Dennis Sabo Photography)
“I have had many referrals since jR Customization redid my website. The site is client friendly and easy to use. It works well on all of my Apple Devices, which allows me to walk around and show my portfolio wherever I am. The photos are displayed in high resolutions that truly show off ones quality of work. jR Customization was great to work with. They responded quickly to all of my questions and gave me feed back and suggestions for me to move forward. It was a very positive experience. I highly. recommend there services.” – Nancy (creative photos by Nancy)
“After having my old Smugmug Customization site, it needed to be updated to the new technology and have easier access to viewers throughfaster and immediate wifi. Thanks to jR Customization, it was overhauled very quickly with a modern new look!” – Judy (Joody Carton Photography
“The new site is great. It’s so much easier to make the changes I need to make than the old one. It does take some getting used to, and is not exactly intuitive, but once you get familiar with how it works it’s much better…mainly the site is good to show people we direct there what we do, and to show our clients the images we shoot for them so they can decide which ones they like.” – Al (Allinda Photography)
JR Customization did a wonderful job migrating my website to the new smugmug. They fully updated my site and gave a me a great new look and feel. My clients have complimented me on the site and the ease of using it, from navigation to ordering! – Ann Antes (Photos by Ann Antes Photography)
“Trying to start any new business has it’s difficulties. Beyond the initial creation and organization, the most important aspect is in promotions and getting the attention and interest of new customers. This is even more challenging when you live in a small/rural area with a very limited customer base. In the beginning of my business, I struggled with another website which continually had issues, very poor ( if any ) tech help, and was extremely confusing to navigate and use. As such, what few customers I was able to get soon lost interest and left. In honesty, I was starting to consider closing the business altogether. FORTUNATELY, a friend of mine (who also has a photography business ) told me about Smugmug and how professional and easy it was to use.
Following their advice, I contacted jR Customization and discussed my business and what was needed. Within a week he had created a webpage which went beyond my expectations. Not only was this webpage professional in layout and services but it was also easy to understand and extremely user friendly. Beyond this, if/when I ever need some help or have a question, either jR Customization or some other Smugmug “hero” is always available and happy to help. The most significant attribute though is how much my business has become noticed and used by customers. This has not only saved my business but more so helped it grow and become stronger. I sincerely look forward to all of the future success to come and my sincere THANKS to jR Customization and the entire Smugmug team.”
– Kenny (Kenny Stone Photography)
I recently switched over from Legacy SmugMug to their new website format. The process was made simple with the help of designers from jR Customization.
The assistance I received was timely and professional.
My “new site” looks great!!
– Lou (First On Scene Photos)
I am excited about the new SMUGMUG website capabilities! I love the way visitors to the new and improved MARIE ROBYNS PHOTOS can see at a glance what we offer.
Kudos to SMUGMUG for investing in their software to provide us with better photography websites – and to JR Customization for helping website MARIE ROBYNS PHOTOS make the most of the new opportunity. Job well done! – Marie Robyns (Marie Robyns Photos)
Please visit SmugMug to learn more about the new SmugMug. You can also read our blog article about our favorite 15 New SmugMug features as well as view our portfolio to see more new SmugMug design examples.