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Iowa City Photographers Guild

Events • Portraits • Seniors • Graduation • Wedding

Month: June 2012

Disabling Advertising on WordPress.com

If you’re looking for a great hosting platform, WordPress.com is definitely worth considering if you’ve ruled out the photography-specific hosting companies.

For the Iowa City Photographers Guild website, we chose WordPress.com because it is versatile and inexpensive. The basic hosting package is $18 a year for domain registration and hosting.

Once your website starts gaining traffic, WordPress.com reserved the right to place advertising at the bottom of your posts. It’s a complement if you see their advertising appear. It means they think your site is worth advertising on. However, it may be an annoyance to your site visitors.

You can disable advertising on WordPress.com from the Store menu, found in the Dashboard (your website control center). Within the store, there is an option to pay $30 per year for no advertising – a fairly inexpensive ad-on.

So, disabling ads raises the annual hosting fee by $30 from $18 a year to $48 per year.  It’s still economical. The $30 fee is presumably to cover the approximate annual revenue WordPress.com will lose when you stop ads.

Today we upgraded the Iowa City Photographers Guild website to be ad free. We felt the ads detracted from our site and it was well worth the $30 to turn them off.

ICPG Newsletter for June 2012

Hi Photo Friends,

Welcome to the first ICPG newsletter. I don’t know how frequent these will be, but I’ll try to post news updates quarterly unless things get busy.

ICPG Meeting. I’ve setup an online survey to determine what days and times best work for our next meeting, as well as what location people prefer:

ICPG Promotion. It would be wonderful if you could help spread the word about the ICPG to those you know who are also into photography. Even if they just “Like” the Facebook page for now, that’s a help.

ICPG Photographer Introductions. I was really inspired recently to watch some of the videos that Valerie Duvick posted on her WordPress blog (Photography Faux Pas), so I embedded those into some posts on the ICPG site with links back to Valerie’s website. The videos introduce local photographers, which got me thinking it would be nice to do more videos like that — interviews with local photographers talking about what they do.

ICPG Photographer Directory Listing. I created a page on the ICPG website listing some local photographers. I probably missed some. Please let me know of anyone else that should be listed.

Your Photos Needed for ICPG Website. I’d like to start using and featuring the photographs of local Iowa City photographers on the ICPG website. Each post (article/document) on this website needs one or more photos. Feel free to submit any photos you’d like to see featured on the site. You will, of course, get photo credit and links back to your site as well as broad promotions through various social networks including Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Curbly, and more.

I welcome any feedback and suggestions about all of the above.

Many thanks to all of you who are supporting the ICPG.


Greg Johnson
ICPG Facilitator


Planning our Summer 2012 ICPG Meeting

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Emily Crall – The Photography Process (video produced by Valerie Duvick)

In the video below, produced by Valerie Duvick, Emily Crall shares about her passion for photography as she described some aspects of her process.


Emily Crall Speaks on Branding for Photographers (video by Valerie Duvick)

In the video below, produced by Valerie Duvick, Emily Crall shares her experiences and insights about branding her photography business.


Video Introduction to Photographer Rachel Yoder of Farley, Iowa (video by Valerie Duvick)

Valerie Duvick produced the video below introducing photographer Rachel Yoder of Farley, Iowa.


Valerie Duvick on Collaboration of Photographers

“We can learn so much from each other when we share about our experiences and the latest technological advancements with each other.  There are thousands of weddings every year, even more families, seniors and babies, and there are plenty to go around for us photographers.   The benefits of forming relationships with other photographers far outweigh the possible negatives.” ~ Valerie Duvick

In a great article about collaboration on her blog, Valerie Duvick offers this inspiring video featuring the photo girls.