This last week I started using Blinkbid software to do my estimates and invoices. I was told about about this software by my studio partner Mitch Meyer. For the last 4 years I’ve been using Quickbooks to do all my invoices and estimates. I also use it for my book keeping which it has been great for that but more recently I’ve had a few issues with clients being confused about how the images could be used so I needed something that was more tailored to photography that has some sort of usage agreement built in. That is where Blinkbid comes in. It helps you build a custom usage agreement for each estimate that can easily be made into an invoice. This is so great. The usage is spelled out and very clear so there is no confusion about how the images can be used. The other great feature of this software is that it can export your invoices you create in Blinkbid to Quickbooks allowing me to keep using Quickbooks for my bookkeeping while utilizing blinkbid’s tailored photography features. It’s pretty much sweet. I’m still getting used to using the program but from what I’ve seen so far I think it’s going to be a match made in heaven.
I’ve also been toying with the idea of using an ipad for portfolio. I think I’m going to do a custom clamshell type book that has a printed portfolio along with a build out for a place to put an ipad. Over the last few months I’ve been meeting with quite a few ad agencies and magazines and I think its time to update my portfolio to something more unique and individual. Right now I just have a standard 11×14 black leather portfolio with prints in those dumb plastic sleeves and I don’t think it leaves a good impression. Plus I think it would be cool if there were multiple people looking at your book to be able to pass around a couple of options. I’m in the beginning stages of putting it together but I think it will be really sweet when its done. I’m interested to see where things go with all the magazines doing ipad versions of their magazines. I’ll let post it when its done but I think it is going to take about six weeks to get it all done.
I am going to be hosting this months Creative Connect Salt Lake City meeting at my studio this upcoming Tuesday June 8th from 6pm-8:30pm. If your not familiar with Creative Connect it meets on the second Tuesday of each month. It’s intended to create connection, communication, cooperation and cohesiveness within creative communities, and a way to build relationships and rapport between creatives. It’s a mixer format and a “show up if you can” gathering opportunity. Check out the link above for a map and directions. If you have any questions let me know.
Wow! It always amazes me how fast time goes by. It’s already almost June. I have been so busy that it has been hard keep up on my blog. I’ve been working on on some great projects this last month for Workers Compensation Fund of Utah, the LDS Church, Outreach Magazine (a national christian magazine out of San Diego), Utah Businesses Magazine, and Energy Solutions. I will be putting up some of that work soon but I just post a little something on a more personal note today.
My wife and I went in today for an ultrasound to find out what we were having and make sure the baby looking good. She has been pregnant since Jan. and is about 5 months along. We found out that we are having a beautiful baby girl. We are so exited. It was such a cool experience to sit there and see my first baby. It was so amazing. It’s funny when you find out your having a baby nothing really changes that much and than you hear the heart beat or see it on a monitor and it definitely makes it more of a reality. Here is a little photo they gave us. Thanks for following my blog I really appreciate it! Stayed tuned for some images of the last few projects that I’ve been doing.
Here she is!
Creative Connect is something that my friend Spencer Henderson who is the Creative Director at Utah Business Magazine started putting together here in Salt Lake. Creative Connect meets on the second Tuesday of each month. It’s intended to create connection, communication, cooperation and cohesiveness within creative communities, and a way to build relationships and rapport between creatives. It’s a mixer format and a “show up if you can” gathering opportunity. He has done a couple of them now and they are great way to meet other creatives living/working here in the valley. He is just trying to get it off the ground so come and support this great opportunity. Spread the word to anyone else you may know. Great for photographers, designers, creative directors, illustrators, etc. See you there.!
This month it is going to be held on:
13 April 2010, 6pm
Michael Schoenfeld Studio
560 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Park through the gate just right of the studio.