In the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk in the photography community about the state of portfolio website vendor liveBooks. Yesterday, photographer Vincent Laforet authored a blog post with his concerns, and shortly thereafter liveBooks announced it had been acquired by WeddingWire. While we can’t surmise exactly what it all means for liveBooks and their customers at this moment of transition, I do think it’s worth weighing on what it means for PhotoShelter. Our relationship with liveBooks has always been one of friendly competition. We’ve enjoyed a great relationship with the folks there, and many of our members also use liveBooks for their portfolio.
It’s that kind of healthy competition that helps push us to create the best possible product for professional photographers, and provide top-notch service to the photography community at large. It’s why we strive to differentiate ourselves from other portfolio website companies by offering a full suite of tools to help you run your business – from archiving your highest quality images, to giving you easy options to deliver them to clients, to selling them online, and more. It’s why we offer live customer service and it’s why we continue to invest in creating free content to help photographers build their businesses.
It’s also why we launched Beam, a forward-looking portfolio website platform that will let us release new features, update our current product offering and bring new innovations to our customer base at a more rapid pace than ever before. Yesterday, we released the public beta of Beam with four new, HTML5-based responsive website templates to build your online photography portfolio (you can take a look at our product overview video here). Beam enables PhotoShelter to provide photographers with both a gorgeous portfolio website and a powerful backend filled with photography business tools. Plus, you can change your design anytime, and there are no set-up fees.
If you’re a liveBooks user considering your options for a new portfolio website and you’re looking for great design with powerful marketing tools built-in, I’d like to invite you to try PhotoShelter for free, for 60 days.
In the meantime, we look forward to continuing to serve the professional photographer community. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We’d be grateful if you trusted us with your business.