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Gail Mooney

Looking Forward to 2013

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It’s really hard to look back sometimes, especially if you stress too much over things you wished you did or didn’t do.  But if you can get past the emotional baggage and look at your triumphs and tribulations as learning experiences, it opens up your mind and your heart to see new possibilities in the New Year. 2012 was a hard year for me in many ways, but I learned and I grew as a…

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What’s Your Big Picture?

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve had my eye on the “big picture”.  My “big picture” has changed many times over the years but somehow my mind would always have a picture of how I saw myself and what I saw myself doing.  Sometimes that picture was clear and vivid. I saw myself in great detail – the setting I was in, the people I was with, the feeling and vibe that was in the…

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Taking Chances – That’s Normal, Isn’t It?

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I was always the “new kid” in school. My family moved more than 10 times before I graduated from high school.  We weren’t a military family, running from the law or in the witness protection program. My Dad was moving up the corporate ladder, our family was growing and it just set up a series of moves.  Being the perpetual “new kid” forced me to take risks every time we moved, forming new friendships, adjusting…

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Photo Plus Expo 2012

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I’ve been coming to the Photo Expo since it began, way before it came to Javits.  As I walked around the floor this year, and attended a few seminars, I thought about how much it has changed over the years. The expo is kind of a reflection of what is going on in the industry.  It’s a place you go to see the latest gear, take professional workshops and network with your peers.  It  has…

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Don’t Just Say “No”

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I had the honor to be part of a panel discussion at the ASMP Symposium in New York City. One thing that I came away with is that nobody really has any concrete answers as to how to sustain the business of photography.  But it’s not just photographers who feel this way about their business future – it’s just about everybody in all types of businesses. The fact is, technology has had an impact on…

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Finding the “New” Business Model That Best Suits You

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A regular contributor to this blog, Gail Mooney and her partner, Tom Kelly, were early “hybrids” – still photographers who also captured motion.  Gail will serve as a panelist for the session “A Candid Discussion with Working Pros. Have they found the answers?” during ASMP’s September 27th Symposium. In person attendees can register here.  Registration is not required for the live stream presentation. Many photographers ask me: “Where are the new opportunities?” They probably expect…

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The Moving Picture Platform

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I love Vimeo.  It’s rare that I feel that way about things that I have purchased, let alone something that I can access and utilize for free. I joined Vimeo three years ago.  I had gotten a YouTube account 3 years before that. These days, I use Vimeo much more than  I use YouTube, or at least in terms of my business.  YouTube is more of a consumer video-sharing site and with a half a…

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Video is Not a Market

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I talk to a lot of photographers who seem to be confused right now.  The ones who are just starting out are wondering if this career will sustain them and the ones who have been in business for a long time are wondering if they have to learn everything (video) all over again to stay in business. Some know they need to do something – they just don’t know what it is. Many are looking…

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The Great Juggling Act and How to Get it All Done

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If there’s one thing I’m good at – it’s using my time well.  My mother used to tell me “If you want something done – ask a busy person to do it.”  I never really understood that until I became the owner of my own business and had to do so much, myself.  Even the things that I wasn’t going to “do” myself – I still had to “manage” those things. As much as I…

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Building a Good Mailing List – DIY is the Best Way

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I’ve been building mailing lists since the very start of my career, over 30 years ago.  I’ve bought lists, subscribed to lists and built my own over the years.  How I target potential clients has changed as technology has enabled other means of accessing information as well as how you reach people, but the underlying principles of building a list, are the same. Some things I’ve learned: 1.  It’s great to buy lists or subscribe…

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