We're back! As promised we've reenergized the business and reentered cyberspace in celebration of Towner Jones Photography's Five Year Anniversary! As small business owners, we will certainly vouch for the fact that five years is a major milestone for a little company and we want to say thanks to all of you for your contribution. We feel extremely blessed for the growth that we've experienced, for the good times we've had, and for the wonderful relationships we've established as a result of Towner Jones.
Our first big news item for 2012 is that thanks to our sweet wedding clients and their reviews, we've been named one of The Knot's "Best of Weddings" 2012. This is a huge honor in the highly competitive Washington DC wedding photography market, and we're extremely excited to have been picked. Be on the lookout for the official announcement from the Knot at the end of this month, and thank you to all our clients for sharing your wedding day with us!!
With that news, and all our grand plans we're extremely excited about what the next five years have in store. We're expanding our offerings to our clients, tailoring our business processes, and reaching out to the photography community and today I'd like to share a little about what's going on.
First off, you've probably noticed that the blog has been "refreshed." We're trying to make it a little more friendly for our customers as our research has shown it's one of the main avenues to our shop. We'll be advertising our specials here on the blog as well as well as proofing some of our client work (so make sure to tell your friends!)
We're still in the process of reorganizing, but if you're a fellow photographer, you're going to want to keep an eye on the "Features for Photographers" section, as that's going to be your go to location for all of our photography resources. Here you'll (eventually) find a consolidated list of our contests, tutorials, photowalks, etc.
Shout out to my buddy Chris, talented owner and lead photographer of Christopher Breedlove Photography in Lynchburg, VA who shot the photo of Rose and I in the left sidebar of the blog. Thank you brother for the awesome shot!
Like the blog, the main website (www.townerjones.com) is getting a facelift as well. It's going to be rolled out sometime in the next two weeks. This will still be the primary location for our clients to find information about the business and contact us for an appointment.
We've upgraded our preview gallery software (galleries.townerjones.com) so client galleries should be easier to navigate with bunches of new options available to customize your purchases.
Our facebook and twitter pages are back up and running. (Please "Like Us" on the facebook tab to your right on the sidebar) We're going to start using facebook more for our marketing (with some specials only listed there) - the twitter, no promises, but we're going to try to use that too.
Lots of Photos
The one advantage of my pathetic blogging record over the last year is that we've got TONS of new photos to share with you all. So be on the lookout. ("A likely story" says your inner monologue, "there's not even a single photo in this blog entry..." - Trust me.... lots of photos)
Sponsor Deals and Goodies
We've regaged with our sponsors and will be offering more goodies on the blog. Gift certificates, photo gear, books, prints - all kinds of stuff - in addition to more reviews and product info. Thanks to continued support from B&H, onOne Software, and WHCC - we love you guys!!! Be on the lookout for some new sponsors too!
I mentioned in a previous blog post that we're doing a even more behind the scenes than what you see on the surface. From turning around photos more quickly for our clients, to our methods or organizing and archiving clients' work, to simplifying pricing structures and adding product choices - there are a LOT of changes rolling out in 2012. For our clients, we're looking forward to sharing them with you. For our fellow photographers, we're planning on sharing tons of it right here on the blog - in the spirit of building a supportive business community.
That's All For Now... THANK YOU FOR FIVE GREAT YEARS!!