by Skip Cohen
A couple of years ago Chris Fawkes in Australia started Facebook Wedding Photographers. His goal was to create a resource site for wedding photographers. Here's the fun of social media - when it really becomes "social". I wrote to Chris a few times and started posting on Facebook Wedding Photographers, answering questions on marketing and simply getting involved.
Eight months ago Chris and I started working together to see what we could do to make Facebook Wedding Photographers a stronger resource. With a lot of help from a whole bunch of photographers the forum is now at 13,230 members from all over the world.
Just a few months ago we launched our first contest through ViewBug with the help of Venice Album, SmugMug and Photodex. We had some stunning entries and our judges, Justin and Mary Marantz, have made their selections along with the voters in the public forum with the People's Choice Award.
First Place: Matt Theilen
Runner Up: Alexander Gliederer
People's Choice: John Tsatalios
In addition, the winning images will be published in an upcoming issue of Resource Magazine. Congratulations to the winners and all of the participants. You submitted some outstanding work and nobody could be prouder of the quality than me and Chris!
Thanks for your support and if you're an advanced wedding photographer (at least three years in business and a business page on Facebook and/or a business website) check out Advanced Wedding Photographers on Facebook, just launched a few days ago.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.