As many of you know, I have a passion for photography and have recently decided to turn my little hobby into a full fledged business! As such, I needed a professional way to share, and hopefully sell, photos to my customers. But I also wanted to find a site to share my personal photos with family members. I have tried some of the typical online photo sharing sites, but this didn’t seem professional and I definitely wasn’t pleased with the quality of prints from these sites.
Mama Bargains suggested that I check out SmugMug and I have been hooked ever since! Check out all the features that this site offers!!!
- - Publish to Facebook & Twitter
- - Share photos via email
- - Embed them on blogs, forums, & more
- - Unlimited photo and video backups
- - Advanced privacy options
- - Watermarking for piracy prevention
BUY & SELL
- - The best prints & gifts
- - Your account pays for itself
- - Promotions like coupons & packages
Where do I even start! I love everything about this site. The look of the site is clean and crisp and fully customizable. The site is not cluttered with ads and extraneous information. Just beautiful photography. This has been a really great way for me to showcase my work.
I have already used this site for several clients. I simply set up a gallery and share the link with them. I love having the ability to make the galleries private and accessible only by password. But I can also use this site to share photos with my family members in a public gallery. SmugMug offers photo sharing via facebook,twitter, tumblr, posterous and WordPress as well. This is a great way to stay connected with my clients and family members!
As a professional, I have the option of watermarking my photos and selling them through this site. I can choose from a variety of quality print labs and can even set my own pricing! This makes starting up my own business a snap!! However, if I just want to share my personal photos, I can set the print lab prices to default and allow my family and friends to order my photos without a markup.
There are so many customizable options, but the site is extremely user friendly. If you have any difficulties or questions I have found the customer service “support heroes” extremely helpful and prompt with their responses.
As a SmugMug Pro member I enjoy unlimited storage, customizable packages for my clients, watermarking and I can even create coupons. SmugMug offers 3 different membership levels: Basic $40/year, Power $60/year and Pro $150/year.
But, you might wonder Why would I pay for a photo sharing site? For me the answer is really simple: The quality of the print labs are FAR superior (I just received my first batch of photos and they are FABULOUS), visitors don’t need to register an account to view my photos, unlimited uploads, no ads and fully customizable settings.
One more thing I HAVE to mention. The Smug Mug Camera Awesome App. This is a FREE camera app that is, in my opinion, far superior to Instagram and other photo apps. It has 297 presets, filters, textures and frames. It also offers image stabilization and burst modes. After taking a picture you can “Awesomize” it to enhance your photo with the touch of a button. If you are really into photography, you are going to LOVE the ability to adjust focus and exposure settings. You can share easily with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, YouTube and SmugMug.
I LOVE SmugMug and highly recommend checking out their site for a superb photo sharing experience, and don’t forget to get the Camera Awesome App. It really is Awesome!
“A yearly pro membership was provided to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.”