Wednesday, April 25, 2012

No Sweat Cafe | Helena, Montana Commercial Photographer

Every place has a story. Every place has a feel. Some places make you want to stick around and chat with strangers. Some places have soemthing about them that you can't necessarily put your finger on, but it feels good. That's what the No Sweat Cafe has. Today was the first time I'd ever walked into the place -- having been hired to take a few shots for an upcoming article in Edge Magazine (a new publication to be circulated starting in June by Edge Marketing), I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I'd heard about the no-cell-phone rule and their fabulous food, but that's about all.

Well, it only took one visit to know that I'll definitely be back.  I encourage you to stop by the No Sweat Cafe next time you're down on Last Chance Gulch (427 N. Last Chance, to be precise).  Rather than try to explain it here in words, I'll just give you a little tease with pictures, then you'll have to go experience it for yourself.  It's definitely worth your time.


It's a quaint, eclectic place, so if the seats are all taken, relax and wait for a table.  It'll be well worth it. 


Keep in mind the request at the door:


Without that cell phone in your hand checking the latest posts on Facebook, you can (and should!) sit and actually enjoy your meal.


Enjoy that steaming cup of coffee served with fresh cream.


You might even meet a new interesting person with a story of their own to tell!  



Did I mention you'll *really* enjoy the fantastic food they serve?  Fresh, hot, fulfilling.  


While you're waiting for your meal, open your eyes and look around.  Take in the unique surroundings and think for a minute about all the people who have come and gone through the past 25 years when the No Sweat first opened their doors.

Like I said:  You'll probably meet some interesting people while you're relaxing and enjoying a small part of your day without that cell phone in hand.  Take full advantage of that opportunity.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Product Highlight: Digital Files | Helena Montana Photographer

Yes, everyone and their brother likes digital files these days.

In case you're wondering, you *can* get them from your session with Zo-Mak Photography.  You won't, however, just end up with any old disc in a clear jewel case and be on your way to print them  at Walgreen's.

Check out these beautiful customized tin cases and DVDs.  

Each digital purchase from Zo-Mak Photography includes a custom designed keepsake case and disc, and also comes with a spiral-bound proof book that includes every image on your disc printed at a professional photography lab.

Of course you're welcome to print your images wherever you'd like, since you now own the privilege to print them where you'd like.  (Keep in mind that if you purchased a low-resolution disc, the files will only print up to a 5x7.  If you'd like to print larger than that, you'll either need to purchase high resolution images or contact me to order a large print). 

You'll probably notice that if you take your disc to the 1-hour lab down the street, the color and quality will be far inferior to the prints in the proof book you ordered.  That's because the lab-down-the-street doesn't use the same quality printers, ink, and paper that my Pro Labs use.  They're also not calibrated.  In a nutshell, you'll probably be disappointed (do you remember my rant a while back on the problem with digital files?  No?  Go ahead -- click and check it out.  Then come back.  Yes, I've morphed and now sell them, but along with your purchase comes some education.

OK, so you've done your test print at the lab-down-the-street and decided perhaps I knew what I was talking about.  What to do... What to do?!

Well, first and foremost, DO NOT put them in a drawer and forget about them.  Can you imagine if we're talking about your WEDDING PICTURES and 50 years from now, your grandkids come across this weird looking round disc that they have no way of looking at?  The HORROR!  Seriously.

Here's what to do:

1. Go to Pinhole Press.  
2. Peruse around.  
3. Find things you love.  
4. Keep looking - you'll find more.  
5. Upload the images from your disc.  
6. Enter "ZoMakPhoto" in the "photographer code" section.  
7. Purchase. (Yup, they know me there.  It's nice to be known.  And to know that you'll be taken care of).
8. Go about your life, and rest assured that in a few short days, a very beautiful package will arrive at your door that you'll be proud to display and love forever.

After having spent so much time and putting so much love into making these memories, you might as well stick with the best.


Happy shopping.   

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Are you a Clickin Mom? | Helena Montana Photographer

www.ClickinMoms.comAre you a Clickin Mom? 

Do you love your camera? 

If you don't, do you want to? 

If you're a mom with a passion for photography -- whether as a hobbyist, aspiring pro or just want to get better at taking pictures for the fun of it, you should check it out.  I did quite some time ago and never looked back...  

Clickin' Moms is an active photography forum with information on everything you could possibly imagine.  Full of tips, information and inspiration, it'll quickly become your go-to resource for all things photo related.

Check them out, then go ahead and join.  Use the coupon code "FRIEND" to save 10% on your membership through the end of April.

My username is ZoMakPhotography.  See you around!


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Originally from upstate NY, then transplanted to Alaska where I found my husband and started the family chapter...  Moved to Montana after 8 years in AK -- lived in Bozeman for 4 years and settled in the mountains south of Helena for the rest of the story...

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Let's talk about the awesomeness we can bring into your home in the form of one-of-a-kind images that will be cherished for generations! Give a call or drop an email today.


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The $125 regular session fee includes up to 2 hours of shooting time at a location of your choice and 20-30 edited proofs to choose from at your in-person ordering session (*proofing will be available online for those clients outside the Helena area).


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