The Best Bits! From a Photographer's Point of View
Thursday, January 18, 2018
By Billie Woods Photography
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Tiny Homes, we love tiny homes! You can create your own or now a days buy one prefab. While many would dream of having this space to call there actual full time home, this was built for the purpose of being a comfortable space while the owner of the land builds her home. Apparently with her 10 children + grandchildren she will not be in the market to sell after her home is built, I asked. haha  The space was built by a unique combination of the builders input and the owners love for vintage finds. Jesse picked the wood and commented that everything was custom done. From the Farm feeding shower/tub to the light fixtures. Everything was hand picked and it was Jess's job to make it work.

More Info Below from Jesse

The Tiny Home build actually started as a renovation. The client purchased the tiny home framed and sided with windows and doors installed. I was then hired to finish the interior and help over see the sub trades. Ive attached a few early pictures of how it arrived at my shop, installing the floor and raising the loft. There was a whole
pile of issues that came up at this point, the roof needed to be replaced, insulation issues such as venting and floor insulation called for a large amount of the work to be re done before I could begin to work on the finish. I ended up re framing most of the roof, lifting the loft height inside and back framing and assessing structural issues. I also replaced a large amount of the exterior, leaving only the siding, windows and front door, which had to be repaired and painted. We also added an old port hole window above the storage staircase that the client had, we paint stripped and re finished it as well. The location of the existing loft and the windows presented a huge design issue, especially when it came to finding places for storage. After a few designs back and forth with the client, we agreed on a layout and went forward. The location of services (plumbing and electrical) was a huge challenge in such a small space. The sub trades and myself had to be creative and work together on this a lot, luckily with a lot patience, we were able to provide for all the clients needs. As far as the finishing goes, the open concept shower/tub presented a serious challenge, the solution was ordering a custom stainless steel flashing pan that was installed over the feed through to ensure no leaks and create a feel of a comfortable professional shower insert. The storage staircase created some much needed shelves, drawers and a coat closet, as well as givings hear strength to the structure. We felt a handrail was necessary for safety and comfort, it was custom welded and really turned out well! One of my favorite details. There are also metal bars installed for hanging clothing to dry from the loft and hanging pots and pans in the kitchen. The counter tops are all live edge local Douglas Fir, beautiful massive slabs finished with an oil based stain and tongue oil finish. having a 26.5" slab to work with helped hide the washing machine and create a nice flow in the kitchen. The bathroom had to be as small as possible, but actually feels quite comfortable. The small10" toilet, a corner sink and the sliding barn door helped keep it feeling roomy. The floors are 100% vinyl floating click flooring that is durable and waterproof, good for boots and the clients dog. The couch folds out into a spare bed for guests, and the lower counter top acts as an office space. The loft is massive, creating a whole other living space private from the rest of the home. The window sills in the bump outs are all local cedar live edge, adding character and matching up with the counters. All the trim is oil finished fir,somewhat weathered to add the feel of age and character. The fir treads on the staircase are also lightly stressed and aged as well.The colour scheme was meant to be warm and neutral, allowing the clients bright curtains, blankets and possessions to be the needed colour and focal point of the home. I really love all the old trinkets, handles and hooks the client added to the space. Renovations are always challenging to get right, I felt that together we created a very warm and lovely space for the client to enjoy.

All my work is on my instagram account @cottonwoodstudio

 
Monday, January 08, 2018
By Family Photography, Saltspring Island, Billie Woods Photography
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What better timing to book a family session then when everyone is together over the holidays. All my Christmas/New Years session's were booked months ahead and I am so glad they did. These images are ridiculously beautiful. This short series of images is of the grandparents and the grand kids, the reason behind the whole session. I always give them all in color as well but I am a sucker for black and white.

 
Thursday, January 04, 2018
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Hello! Welcome to your blog post. Blogging can be hugely important for your website’s SEO success and for keeping customers coming back for more!  You can use your blog to share about business updates, recent shoots, cool new products, and all kinds of other things.

But it doesn’t have to be all business all the time! Readers will love to get to know the “real you!” The person, artist, and entrepreneur behind your great business. Don’t be afraid to show your personality while your write! Blogging is meant to be sort of informal, which helps connect with readers on a personal level.

So, what are you going to write about? A good way to start is by sharing your recent work.

Have you done any cool shoots lately? (I know you have, you all-star photographer!) I bet you have loads of images just waiting to be shared with your adoring fans.

Making this kind of post is really easy! There’s even a template you can follow to write a quick blog that follows all of the “Blogging Best Practices.” It goes like this:

 

Start With A Really Cool Title

Your title should be about 6-10 words and describe your post in an interesting way. Keywords are important, but they should be your secondary priority.

“Winter Wonderland Engagement Shoot In Downtown Raleigh”

Something like that so set the mood, hook readers, and give a little information about your shoot. This will also help people searching on Google find you if they’re looking for a specific venue, location, or photography style!

 

Next, Add Words And Images

You don’t have to write a novel! Just 1-2 paragraphs of text should do. Focus on the “who, what, where, when, and why” of the post to keep it simple.

“Had a ball shooting this engagement photography session with Alex & Sam in Center City Park! The weather was just right, and the energy of this sweet couple just shines through!”

Nothing too fancy. You just need some words to ground readers, set the stage, and give your post some searchable text. That way Google match your post to people who are searching for a great photographer like you.

As for photos, limit yourself to 10-15 per post. If you want to share more, link readers to a gallery to see all the awesomeness.

 

Finish With A Link!

Remember: No Dead Ends! At the end of your blog, give the reader something to do next. Whether that’s to see a gallery, book a session, or simply read another blog,  give them a link — preferably a big old button…like this one!

 

Marketing & Design

Okay, your cool blog is done. Now all that’s left is to publish and get readers. Think of blogging as part of your marketing strategy – because it really is.

Blogs help people find you through search engines. But you can also share your blogs on social media platforms to get people ooh-ing and ahh-ing over your work on your website. The goal is to show them around the place, dazzle them with your work, and hopefully they’ll end up booking their own sessions – or signing up for updates! Sharing is easy. Just click “Share” and post to the social media of your choice. Done and done.

Our last notes are about design. Both for your overall blog layout and for each post.

  1. People are visual creatures... but you know that already. A beautiful blog will encourage people to stay & read more! Your blog comes with a bunch of layout options so you can create a gorgeous experience for your readers.

  2. If you write a longer article, try to break up the words with images peppered throughout. Photos make for a more enjoyable read!

  3. If you have extra widgets, you can easily embed them in the footer or sidebar of your blog. Putting in a subscription form, for instance, is a great idea to keep people hooked on reading your blog!

That’s about it! You now know everything you need to make a great blog for your business! Good luck, champ. I know you’ve got this. But if you ever have any questions, drop us a line, and we’ll be glad to help!

Happy blogging!

Xoxo,
PhotoBiz

 
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
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Hello! Welcome to your blog post. Blogging can be hugely important for your website’s SEO success and for keeping customers coming back for more!  You can use your blog to share about business updates, recent shoots, cool new products, and all kinds of other things.

But it doesn’t have to be all business all the time! Readers will love to get to know the “real you!” The person, artist, and entrepreneur behind your great business. Don’t be afraid to show your personality while your write! Blogging is meant to be sort of informal, which helps connect with readers on a personal level.

So, what are you going to write about? A good way to start is by sharing your recent work.

Have you done any cool shoots lately? (I know you have, you all-star photographer!) I bet you have loads of images just waiting to be shared with your adoring fans.

Making this kind of post is really easy! There’s even a template you can follow to write a quick blog that follows all of the “Blogging Best Practices.” It goes like this:

 

Start With A Really Cool Title

Your title should be about 6-10 words and describe your post in an interesting way. Keywords are important, but they should be your secondary priority.

“Winter Wonderland Engagement Shoot In Downtown Raleigh”

Something like that so set the mood, hook readers, and give a little information about your shoot. This will also help people searching on Google find you if they’re looking for a specific venue, location, or photography style!

 

Next, Add Words And Images

You don’t have to write a novel! Just 1-2 paragraphs of text should do. Focus on the “who, what, where, when, and why” of the post to keep it simple.

“Had a ball shooting this engagement photography session with Alex & Sam in Center City Park! The weather was just right, and the energy of this sweet couple just shines through!”

Nothing too fancy. You just need some words to ground readers, set the stage, and give your post some searchable text. That way Google match your post to people who are searching for a great photographer like you.

As for photos, limit yourself to 10-15 per post. If you want to share more, link readers to a gallery to see all the awesomeness.

 

Finish With A Link!

Remember: No Dead Ends! At the end of your blog, give the reader something to do next. Whether that’s to see a gallery, book a session, or simply read another blog,  give them a link — preferably a big old button…like this one!

 

Marketing & Design

Okay, your cool blog is done. Now all that’s left is to publish and get readers. Think of blogging as part of your marketing strategy – because it really is.

Blogs help people find you through search engines. But you can also share your blogs on social media platforms to get people ooh-ing and ahh-ing over your work on your website. The goal is to show them around the place, dazzle them with your work, and hopefully they’ll end up booking their own sessions – or signing up for updates! Sharing is easy. Just click “Share” and post to the social media of your choice. Done and done.

Our last notes are about design. Both for your overall blog layout and for each post.

  1. People are visual creatures... but you know that already. A beautiful blog will encourage people to stay & read more! Your blog comes with a bunch of layout options so you can create a gorgeous experience for your readers.

  2. If you write a longer article, try to break up the words with images peppered throughout. Photos make for a more enjoyable read!

  3. If you have extra widgets, you can easily embed them in the footer or sidebar of your blog. Putting in a subscription form, for instance, is a great idea to keep people hooked on reading your blog!

That’s about it! You now know everything you need to make a great blog for your business! Good luck, champ. I know you’ve got this. But if you ever have any questions, drop us a line, and we’ll be glad to help!

Happy blogging!

Xoxo,
PhotoBiz

 
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Pin It

Hello! Welcome to your blog post. Blogging can be hugely important for your website’s SEO success and for keeping customers coming back for more!  You can use your blog to share about business updates, recent shoots, cool new products, and all kinds of other things.

But it doesn’t have to be all business all the time! Readers will love to get to know the “real you!” The person, artist, and entrepreneur behind your great business. Don’t be afraid to show your personality while your write! Blogging is meant to be sort of informal, which helps connect with readers on a personal level.

So, what are you going to write about? A good way to start is by sharing your recent work.

Have you done any cool shoots lately? (I know you have, you all-star photographer!) I bet you have loads of images just waiting to be shared with your adoring fans.

Making this kind of post is really easy! There’s even a template you can follow to write a quick blog that follows all of the “Blogging Best Practices.” It goes like this:

 

Start With A Really Cool Title

Your title should be about 6-10 words and describe your post in an interesting way. Keywords are important, but they should be your secondary priority.

“Winter Wonderland Engagement Shoot In Downtown Raleigh”

Something like that so set the mood, hook readers, and give a little information about your shoot. This will also help people searching on Google find you if they’re looking for a specific venue, location, or photography style!

 

Next, Add Words And Images

You don’t have to write a novel! Just 1-2 paragraphs of text should do. Focus on the “who, what, where, when, and why” of the post to keep it simple.

“Had a ball shooting this engagement photography session with Alex & Sam in Center City Park! The weather was just right, and the energy of this sweet couple just shines through!”

Nothing too fancy. You just need some words to ground readers, set the stage, and give your post some searchable text. That way Google match your post to people who are searching for a great photographer like you.

As for photos, limit yourself to 10-15 per post. If you want to share more, link readers to a gallery to see all the awesomeness.

 

Finish With A Link!

Remember: No Dead Ends! At the end of your blog, give the reader something to do next. Whether that’s to see a gallery, book a session, or simply read another blog,  give them a link — preferably a big old button…like this one!

 

Marketing & Design

Okay, your cool blog is done. Now all that’s left is to publish and get readers. Think of blogging as part of your marketing strategy – because it really is.

Blogs help people find you through search engines. But you can also share your blogs on social media platforms to get people ooh-ing and ahh-ing over your work on your website. The goal is to show them around the place, dazzle them with your work, and hopefully they’ll end up booking their own sessions – or signing up for updates! Sharing is easy. Just click “Share” and post to the social media of your choice. Done and done.

Our last notes are about design. Both for your overall blog layout and for each post.

  1. People are visual creatures... but you know that already. A beautiful blog will encourage people to stay & read more! Your blog comes with a bunch of layout options so you can create a gorgeous experience for your readers.

  2. If you write a longer article, try to break up the words with images peppered throughout. Photos make for a more enjoyable read!

  3. If you have extra widgets, you can easily embed them in the footer or sidebar of your blog. Putting in a subscription form, for instance, is a great idea to keep people hooked on reading your blog!

That’s about it! You now know everything you need to make a great blog for your business! Good luck, champ. I know you’ve got this. But if you ever have any questions, drop us a line, and we’ll be glad to help!

Happy blogging!

Xoxo,
PhotoBiz

 
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