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5 tips to make a good Google search image background

Jun . 10 . 2010
5 tips to make a good Google search background image by Sphynge Photography
Google search image background
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Did you notice that Google now lets you upload your very own background for search?

Google search image background



So what makes a great Google search background?

  • Use a landscape photo or avoid close up portraits, or your husband, wife, kid’s or friend’s face might look like it go censored with white tape!
  • DON’T DO

    Tip on which photo to select for your Google background
    Tip on which photo to select for your Google background



  • Use a landscape/horizontal photo, as Google requires a minimum of 800 pixels x 600 pixels and crops the photo from the TOP of the photo (so the top 600 pixel)
  • Google search image background



  • Go for bright colors or for a dark background, as the “Google” word will remain white
  • Google search image background



  • Use the rule of thirds: imagine that you folded your photo into 3 vertical parts (like a pamphlet) and try to avoid a photo which has a focal point in the dead center, because that’s where the Google search bar is!
  • Google search image background



  • Find a photo with great textures. Textures will not detract from the search bar but will add a lot of visual spice to your page
  • Google search image background




    Google search image background






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  • John:
    hey, nice blog...really like it and added to bookmarks. keep up with good work

About Kelsey

Kelsey is the head photographer of Sphynge Photography boutique. We've been crafting artistic, painting-inspired photographs for clients around the world since 2005. Thanks for perusing - we can't wait to talk to you!
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Framing the shot | Photography tip | Lighting | Fremont, California

May . 26 . 2010
Making the shot is sometimes about trying to be creative and thinking outside the box. The challenge with maternity shoots is that the third person in...
Maternity, pregnancy portrait Fremont California Photographer
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Maternity, pregnancy portrait Fremont California Photographer


Making the shot is sometimes about trying to be creative and thinking outside the box. The challenge with maternity shoots is that the third person in the shot isn’t quite there yet. Sometimes mothers are comfortable lifting their shirt, sometimes showing skin in public is out of the question.

I really like this shot because it’s all about thinking outside of the box and framing the upcoming bundle of joy. The blue shirt was really challenging since the lack of contrast didn’t show the bump on an 8.5 months belly! We’d done the classic “kissing the belly” shots, but I still wanted the dad in the shot, because making a baby really takes two people who love each other… that’s how the idea of framing the shot came to me – why not make the dad frame the belly? :D

I love the loving look in the couple’s eyes… the anticipation for the new baby coming… so much fun!



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  • Mchale:
    My boyfriend is going to love your site! He is getting into this stuff
  • Vance Ricardo:
    I find your site a lot and decided that I would post a comment. Just wanted to say I love your site.

About Kelsey

Kelsey is the head photographer of Sphynge Photography boutique. We've been crafting artistic, painting-inspired photographs for clients around the world since 2005. Thanks for perusing - we can't wait to talk to you!
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5 five minute tips to promote your photography business

May . 24 . 2010
Who doesn’t have five minutes to help get the word out for their photography business? Here are 5 things that take five minutes, and what you...
Creating a unique html signature in Gmail and Yahoo Mail
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Who doesn’t have five minutes to help get the word out for their photography business?
Here are 5 things that take five minutes, and what you should’ve done instead:

 

1. get more out of your email

What you did:
Write an email to mom trying to explain why you didn’t call last Sunday (well, that may take more than 5mn)

What you should’ve done instead:
Use Wisestamp for your email and embed your business website, your Facebook fan page, etc. in your email automagically so that anyone you email knows about your business (yes, your mom, and the thousands of other people you email every year). Works seamlessly with Gmail and Yahoo Mail, and seriously takes 3mn to install.

Creating a unique html signature in Gmail and Yahoo Mail

2. Put your face out on Facebook

What you did:
Wrote on your BFF’s wall about your latest photoshoot

What you should’ve done instead:
Create a Facebook Page for your business and suggest to friends (and tell them to suggest to their friends!). Bonus to get traction: add an original profile pic or take photos for a local charity and invite participants to tag themselves on the photos you upload to your page’s wall.

Also make sure that you add a friendly message when you ask friends, like “Hey, come write something on my newly created Facebook page!”. So… if you like these tips, come and write something on the Sphynge Photography Facebook wall!

Facebook profile photo

3. Make the latte extra sweet for your business

What you did:
Wait in line for you latte (5mn is a short lane!)

What you should’ve done instead:
Think of the number of other people waiting in line for their latte! Ask your local coffee shop if they’ll let you offer a free photo shoot – add a fish bowl for people to drop their business card into, and voila! You’ve got yourself a winner to try your services & tell their friends – along with new customer list of people you can send photo tips to.

Tip to get more local photography business, Fremont, California

4. Give more than your business card

What you did:
Spend 5 hours working on your business card, only to give it to a guy in the coffee shop line, who then tossed it with his cup.

What you should’ve done instead:
While most photographers think of putting their latest photo on their business card, few think about the back of the business card… how about putting 3 tips to look better in photographs on the back of your card? That will help you be remembered, and lessen the chance your card gets tossed away.

Tip to make a photography business card that'll stand out

5. give your laptop a makeover

What you did:
You spent 5 minutes scratching off the old promotional stickers from your laptop (damn those things are resilient!)

What you should’ve done instead:
Make your very own promotional tool! Create a unique branded laptop cover with GelaSkins Inc. – uploading your photo with the name of your business and website only takes five minutes.… and think of the number of times you’re working at that coffee shop looking at that laptop!

Using your laptop to promote your photography

Get more tips!

Attend one of our business-changing workshops or schedule a private consult by calling 650-383-8882.

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  • Ken:
    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!

About Kelsey

Kelsey is the head photographer of Sphynge Photography boutique. We've been crafting artistic, painting-inspired photographs for clients around the world since 2005. Thanks for perusing - we can't wait to talk to you!
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Family Portrait | Brandon

Apr . 12 . 2010
Sphynge Photography on Facebook
Family portrait Fremont California Photographer
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Family portrait Fremont California Photographer


Family portrait Fremont California Photographer


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About Kelsey

Kelsey is the head photographer of Sphynge Photography boutique. We've been crafting artistic, painting-inspired photographs for clients around the world since 2005. Thanks for perusing - we can't wait to talk to you!
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Family Portrait | Charles

Mar . 28 . 2010
Sphynge Photography on Facebook
Family portrait photographer San Francisco Fremont California
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Family portrait photographer San Francisco Fremont California


Family portrait photographer San Francisco Fremont California


Family portrait photographer San Francisco Fremont California


Family portrait photographer San Francisco Fremont California


Family portrait photographer San Francisco Fremont California


Family portrait photographer San Francisco Fremont California


Family portrait photographer San Francisco Fremont California



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  • Terrance Houseman:
    Those are some excellent images, wish mine were that good!

About Kelsey

Kelsey is the head photographer of Sphynge Photography boutique. We've been crafting artistic, painting-inspired photographs for clients around the world since 2005. Thanks for perusing - we can't wait to talk to you!
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Family portrait | Marina, Matthieu & Paul

Sep . 12 . 2009
Family portrait in natural light - Fremont, CA photographer
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About Kelsey

Kelsey is the head photographer of Sphynge Photography boutique. We've been crafting artistic, painting-inspired photographs for clients around the world since 2005. Thanks for perusing - we can't wait to talk to you!
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