Photography Vendors That Make My Business Work

The following is a list of my favorite vendors, from photo hosting to business cards, and flowers to makeup.  These are the folks who help me keep my business running, and make the weddings I shoot fan-freaking-tabulous.  These companies not only offer stellar products and services, but the people who run them are just plain good people.  Each is a leader in their field, and an inspiration to their peers.  If for any reason you have issues with any of these vendors, please do contact me and I’d be happy to help resolve the issue.

www.smugmug.com – SmugMug has by far and away been the backbone of my photo career.  From the first day I had a website, it has been a SmugMug site.  SmugMug, is a rapidly growing, family owned photo-hosting company, which allows a user to upload an *unlimited* number of full resolution images to a personalized site to share with friends and family.  My subscription has evolved from a simple entry level account to a full blown “Pro” account allowing me to customize each page to match my own branding, offer client pages for proofing, and deliver full blown printing services from one of the highest quality print houses in the world, Bay Photo Labs.  If you’d like to give SmuMug a try, this link will save you $5 and help me pay for my renewal next year!  Sign Up!

www.bayphoto.com – Bay Photo is my preferred photo printing company and they just happen to be located just down the road in Santa Cruz, CA.  Bay Photo offers products ranging from professional archival prints, to glicee canvases, and super modern metal prints, ranging in sizes from wallets, to the massive 40″x60″.  They will convert those 1’s and 0’s on your hard drive to magnificent pieces of art that showcase your memories in the highest quality possible.  Their staff is always friendly and hand delivery to my door just makes me smile.

www.showitfast.com – ShowIt’s motto is “Free to be me”… well at least it was (not sure about now), and thats exactly what ShowIt enables.  ShowIt is the software development and services company that I used to build my www.colsongriffith.com website.  Their software gives photographers and creative types of all shapes and sizes the ability to create, design, and manage a fully customized flash website.  No code, no templates, no administrators.  Just me, my creativity, and ShowIt.  If you are looking to build a completely customized website that showcases YOU and your creative side, be sure to check out ShowIt!

www.bhphotovideo.com – Gear heads beware!  B&H Photo Video is my preferred vendor for purchasing camera gear of all types.  Backed with a selection of products that seems to never end, consistently low prices, no sales tax, and a rock solid return policy, I always feel confident I’m getting exactly what I want out of a new product investment.  Packaging is always great, and for those that want to save a few pennies, check out their refurbished section… still get the warranty, just a little cheaper!

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