Is Social Media Meddling with your work.

Recently i saw a video that struck a cord with me in a bad way the other day, all because is one more step into realizing bad behaviors and time spent out in the world digitally. Yes! Digitally. Am talking about social media in all channels in general. It is obvious more and more to me that people are in it to have a moment of fame through likes, follows or to even be the next viral thing. But why does it bother me so much? Well! lets talk math on the amount of time spent creating content just for IG, FB, Twitter, etc. 

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Wait! It doesn’t stop there. Lets add a few more into the equation of commenting back, reaching out and checking others peoples pages, hitting likes and swipping up your timelime. 

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I would average at least in a day 2hrs going back and forth into every social channel. That’s just an average! Now a week That’s 14hrs, in a month is 56Hrs. Remember that’s just an average. 

Now the case is this, if you are the type to look at your followers/following ratios and you know that if you are following 1,000 accounts that have followed you back but in reality your numbers are 300. Something is up. First, why do we care about these ratios? second, why are we so naive enough to spam our own pages with other peoples content by following them? Is like you are seeing all their content while yours is not even on theirs, people who don’t support your vision or goals. Is a cruel reality! And No am not being a hater or an asshole, is a community to support each other but people care more on building that following so they can in turn say “Hey look at me, am a real business and my following shows it” “am a good influencer pay me so i can reach thousands of people with my account on your behalf”. Really! 

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Together and all now add to the equation that people will unfollow you or bully you if you offend them with something you post. If you are a creator, create for the people that matter, other businesses who you can help and they can help you in return, is a two way street. Am no influencer, i just create good content that pleases my thoughts, vision and goals.  

If a company that shares my vision or i see theirs, then am for sure supporting their growth.  “It’s a two way street, without parking regulations” as i say. 

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I love to see great images running down my timeline, as they serve as inspiration to my own work and creativity, as in hope that my images inspire some the same way. Unfortunately my time spent in social media is to big enough and its been creeping up in my schedule when i could be creating bigger, better things. Blogging more often, shooting more often, being out there more often connecting with clients and people. Gosh! 

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I am being sucked into this reality more and more as i look at my own ratios and peoples accounts that pass by my timeline which I reassure myself every time why do I follow them, if it doesn’t help me as a person to grow, develop and rise then bye bye. 

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It’s a hard decision but it is one that I am still considering, that consideration of closing all my media accounts or just some and focus on my marketing out of social media and focus more on my clientele and website to attract clients through SEO and all the geeky stuff, making sure my page ranks in the top spots of the WWW. One page i have decided to take down in its entirety is FB, i have come to develop and love and hate relationship with FB terms, conditions and data privacy in all. I have decided to stick to two medias in the meantime, Twitter and IG.

you can find me in both accounts under: 

Twitter:@maphoto20  

IG:@maxalmontephoto  

 

Cheers guys and hope you all making self assessments of you work and life digitally and analog, and focus on what really matters your business, not likes or follows or being a insta star or influencer.  

 

Photographer's get your images published.

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Ever wondered what happens when you send publications to magazines in hopes of getting published? Are you connecting the right work to the right magazine? Do you pay the magazine to showcase your work on a 1/4 spread of a magazine page? Or do you pay the magazine so your image can be on their next front cover publication?

So many questions come to mind on what should be done and how to go through the proper channels for submission.

I will relate a short story that happened to me not so long ago about submissions to online magazines.

Since I am currently in the Re-branding stages of my business I decided to start everything from scratch. My IG feed wiped clean, my website, and so on. During my course of uploading my portfolio images onto my IG page, many new followers and likes started to rise with each image.

Comments were coming in hot as I kept uploading content, all fun and promising. It was when I got a DM from an Online magazine (not disclosing their name) in good faith of not causing bad reputation to their brand. 

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It was for an open invitation to submit my work for their next online issue and future blog publication. I was thrilled and of course cautious as you never know what you might find or stumble up with online these days. "It feels like the entire online world is a scheme now" inner thoughts.

Their submission form was quite lengthy and time consuming. Though it was educative and sort of a self assessment on how you want to be portraited in the submission. It was a series of questions pertaining to your work, background, collaboration, etc which I gladly answered with no hesitation.

After the series of question was the Uploading of your work (the fun part) they called it. A series of 10 Images for your uploading pleasures. WOW! 

It was all flowing beautifully until I clicked that SUBMIT button. Wooosh! Then BAM !

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I was taken to a new page for me to choose options of payments depending on how I wanted to showcase my images on their publication.

Options as: $28 for IG blog submission for a week, $56 for 1 Page Spread advertising, $98 for 2 Year run on their publication. All this guarantee your work and page to be view by their active 500K followers. In addition recommendations to private clients, investors, modeling contracts for possible jobs.

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To my dismay, I was in an alleyway of either keep walking forward or retreating back. As any photographer would know that Paying money for magazine submissions with ends of getting published is a big NO-NO in our industry. If a magazine likes your work, they will in turn run your images and you will be paid a fee or better yet become a photographer for that magazine. Get paid assignments and the works.

So, can we qualify this as an investment to get published faster? Does this become part of paid advertising in hopes of getting mentioned in an online publication with little or no hopes in the real world print advertising? 

I will love to hear from you about my story and if you had gone through something similar.

Thoughts in my MIA Moments

Life seems fair to those who have not experience any massive pain, or any hard falls.

We all have our difficult moments where life seems to be kicking our asses day after day with no remorse.

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Been there, and back! Been there to the point where I almost sold my equipment and call it quits and move on to the next chapter in my life.

One question did stick around in my head: Why did you buy the camera to begin with? Why did you buy all this equipment for? Why you didn't turn down such client when they asked about you taking their photos? and so on.

It was nauseating and I felt horrible after asking myself questions after questions over and over. I had literally given up on myself, my dream, my entire nature of why I jumped into Photography in the first place. I was at the brink of failing myself, my family and those who believe in me even if it was for a moment. 

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My website dropped out of existence, my social content was crap. My advertising had stop completely, I began more critical of my photos to the point where all I was seeing was shitty work. I had created a solid believe that I was not fit for this journey as a photographer. 

I was creating excuses after excuses of why I was not making great things happen, I started chasing birds and ran out the field like "Jim Rohn" said. My camera is old, my camera is to heavy to carry around, my lenses didn't give me what i was looking for in terms of quality, my gear was crapping out, and so on. Gosh! When you hit rock bottom surely things tend to become worse in your thinking, and in your actions.  

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Mental toughness is a really serious thing to have. What the heck just happened to me I wondered one day as I was walking to work and decided to snap one photo using my phone of this nice metalwork i saw at the train platform. It was a milliflour design with black, yellow on a concrete background. I had let my eyes become lazy of my surroundings, I had let my vision go behind my head instead of ahead. After I took this photo I played around with it and developed it further to enhance it. More thoughts came to mind and draw me back to my humble beginnings. "I couldn't do that before, look at how far you have developed your self and your style to be giving up so bluntly" I said to myself. Ohhh man! it was not over that moment. It seems as my brain was in for a good 'ol ass whipping, I felt like my heart was beating the shit out of my brain to get back up, look up, get my ass of the dirt and shape up. Reality kicked in! It was on, When no one was around to give you the sort of speech you need to hear, I guess my heart did it for me. 

 

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As the days went, I decided to use my phone as a therapy to create images on the go for social content, to re-train my eyes and brain to look for interesting images to capture. Little by little images started to get a hold of me and my new self. Content was being created, Clients started reaching out, re-branding ideas started to happen, it was a feeling like no other. New techniques were being develop, a new website was being built, new vision of where I want to land and what type of work I want to be called for. It was euphoric! 

My thinking and self destruction was completely change, and all was rushing at a pace like never before seen. It was like a reset button was triggered from my heart to my brain. I know is hard to think it can be done but it certainly is, I challenge you to go forth and have a self talk and assessment of your current self and see where you are. Im sure along the way something will hopefully trigger you to get back up, get dusted and move on forward

Until Next time!

Be great, Be invincible, Be strong.