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ProPhoto Premium Designs Release for 10/19/18 – No7 & Stockholm

Hard to believe it’s been almost 5 months since ProPhoto 7 released! If you’ve been waiting to upgrade or build your site with ProPhoto 7, it’s time to get on it 🙂 Week in and week out customers are letting us know that they LOVE building and customizing their websites with ProPhoto 7. It gives them the control and flexibility they need, with the power and ease of front-end editing.

And if you’re looking at ProPhoto 7, why not check out the extensive design store? Our network of designers are constantly pushing ProPhoto in new directions, building great looking designs that will set your site apart from the competition. This week we are adding two new designs to the store.

NO7 by The Design Space Co

 

 

A clean and modern design, NO7 will help you take your brand out of the past and bring it to the now.

Stockholm by The Blog Stop

 

Let your images come front and center with Stockholm. This Scandinavian influenced minimal design was created to showcase your amazing photographs.

ProPhoto Premium Design Release for 9/29/18 – Sun Kissed

 

Last weekend, those of us here in the northern hemisphere had to say goodbye to summer 🙁 But don’t worry, you still have a chance to get Sun Kissed!

Sun Kissed, released today, is our latest ProPhoto 7 add-on design. Mark Brand Boutique did a great job with the design utilizing what ProPhoto 7 has to offer and pushing its limits. This fun and colorful design may be a great way for you to spruce up your site and keep summer rolling. Check it out and all of the other amazing designs in our ProPhoto design store!

Oh and don’t worry, now that autumn is here, we can pumpkin spice all the things 😉

 

ProPhoto 7 Premium Design Releases for Summer 2018

Hey, did you know that there are tons of amazing, pre-made ProPhoto 7 designs available for sale in our design store? We’ve been so busy with the release of ProPhoto 7 that we fell behind with weekly design announcements here on the blog, sorry about that. 🙁 But now we’re back!

The designers in our network have been hard at work creating incredible designs that harness the power and flexibility of ProPhoto 7, and will help you showcase your work in a beautiful and creative way. Currently, there almost 80 designs to choose from! We don’t have room for them all here, but we did want to show the latest from each designer. There are lot more to check out, so make sure you visit the store!

Free Fall by The Blog Stop:

Hawthorne by Swoone:

Highland by Northfolk:

Luxe Brand Collective: Classic by Jane Johnson Design:

Sol by La Lune Creative:

Influence by Mark Brand Boutique:

 

Meet Monday by The Blog Stop:

Elizabeth Marie by The Flying Muse:

Provence by The Design Space Co:

Sofia by Seaside Creative:

ProPhoto 7 upgrade price increase on August 7

ProPhoto 7 has been out in the wild for a few months now and we are enjoying helping people use it to build beautiful sites. We take great satisfaction knowing that ProPhoto provides real value to people in all sorts of ventures. We especially appreciate our early adopters! There are always bugs to sort out in the early months of a software release cycle and your engagement with the product and communication with us has helped work out some of the kinks. We are happy with where it is now are are excited about the improvements that are still coming!

Back in January, we celebrated 10 years as a company. That’s right, the first copy of ProPhoto 1 was sold on January 30, 2008! Our core values remain the same – to offer products that help creative folks build excellent websites and to go over the top in our support efforts. This commitment has paid off in a strong retention rate for our users. It’s not uncommon for us to see purchase histories that go back to ProPhoto 2 or even 1. We absolutely love new users, but we realize our upgraders are in some ways the lifeblood of our business. We really try to listen to your requests and frustrations and develop with those in mind.

To honor this relationship we want to communicate clearly about a price increase that is coming soon for upgrades to ProPhoto 7. Upgrades to new versions have always been offered at a discounted rate for existing users. Currently, ProPhoto 5 and 6 licenses can be upgraded to ProPhoto 7 for $99. On August 7 the ProPhoto 7 upgrade price will increase to $119. The regular price remains $249. We want to give you advance notice of this price change so you can upgrade at the lower price if you like.

Why the price increase?

Pricing decisions are always difficult. For more than 8 years and through versions 3, 4, 5, and 6 we offered ProPhoto for $199 and upgrades for $89. We resisted increases for our users’ sake, even as we spent more development time and the market was encouraging an increase. When we decided on pricing for ProPhoto 7 we increased the price. But we increased the full version price more, percentage-wise, then the upgrade. We now see that as a mistake. The pending increase puts the upgrade price at a very similar percentage off the full price as it has been in the past.

We feel very much in the same boat as many of you. We are a small business that runs lean and lives in a competitive market space. To keep our commitments to our user base, we need to invest in development. Accordingly, ProPhoto 7 was a huge investment for us. ProPhoto has to keep getting better! So while we hesitate to raise prices, we know we have to. Our commitment to you remains as strong as ever and we are excited about the direction we are heading!

Why ProPhoto Users Are Awesome – Lessons Learned from an Unexpected Encounter

Let’s be honest, while we talk to plenty of ProPhoto users every day over e-mail, we can probably count on one hand the number of users we’ve actually met in person. Don’t get me wrong, we try to be personable in our e-mails and we’ve even gotten to know some of you quite well that way. As far as a  company/customer relationship goes, it works.

But nothing compares to actually meeting a real person and talking to them face to face. A surprise encounter with a ProPhoto customer in an incredible place was a great reminder of this and the fact that you all are awesome! 🙂

The Encounter – Glacier National Park

If you’ve never been to Glacier National Park in Montana, you need to go. Seriously, you need to go now! My wife and I went for the very first time a week ago to celebrate her 40th birthday and fulfill a life long dream of visiting and hiking the park. On our second to the last day of the trip, we were wrapping up a full day of hiking and popped out of the trailhead to see a bride and groom heading to the shores of Two Medicine lake for some photos, followed by their photographer. Fortunately for me, my wife is extremely extroverted because I might have just walked on by.

A beautiful couple, in a beautiful place, on a beautiful day – she just had to say something. So she struck up a conversation with the couple and they explained their crazy wedding day. (The officiant had mistaken their 7:00 wedding for AM, instead of PM.) My wife then begins talking to the photographer about her website and asks if she’s ever heard of ProPhoto. “ProPhoto for WordPress?!” she replies.

The Photographer – Marianne Wiest

“Yes, that ProPhoto!” Turns out the photographer, Marianne Wiest, is a proud ProPhoto site owner. She admitted she needs to get updated to a newer version (don’t worry Marianne, we’re not mad at you 😉 ), but she explained how she has always greatly appreciated our support services and that she loves ProPhoto! At this point the married couple was probably wondering what was going on and who in the world were these two crazy people that just emerged from forest.

We chatted some more and then coaxed the groom into taking our picture together with the bride:

(I don’t normally hike in swim trunks by the way. I’d just taken a quick dip in the frigid lake near the end of the hike 😉 )

Put simply, it was a totally unexpected, epic encounter to a great day. Marianne was super awesome and we all hit it off right away. And if we ever move to northwest Montana, I suspect her and my wife could become best friends.

You should check out her ProPhoto website to see her amazing work and get jealous about where she lives and works.

The Takeaway – Lessons Learned

On the way back to the car, as my wife and I discussed how thankful we were to have met Marianne, I was reminded of several things. First of all, you photographers work hard! Marianne was out on a Monday night at 7pm taking photos a good distance from home. Being a photographer often means working when everyone else is relaxing and having fun. It can’t be easy.

Second, there is a whole network of ProPhoto users out there who love the product and love our company. I don’t say this to toot our own horn, but as a reminder to myself and all of you that we’re not alone! If you haven’t already joined, check out our Facebook support group page. You can chat with other ProPhoto users to get tips, advice and so much more. Let’s continue to build the ProPhoto community!

Third, as I said before, you all rock! For over 10 years now we’ve been fortunate enough to develop and provide our ProPhoto product to so many customers. You’ve been loyal, kind and encouraging, just like Marianne. And because of you, we get to keep doing what we love and provide you with a product and the support that you love!

In the coming months and years, we hope to make ourselves more visible at photography and creative expos. That way, we can meet more awesome folks in person and continue to build this great network of ProPhoto users. Thanks Marianne for reminding us just how great you all are!

The Bear – Random Aside

Here’s a photo of a momma bear that we saw out on a trail during our trip. Another hiker (and photographer) saw it and alerted us to it. (She had 3 cubs with her. We made sure to give her plenty of space 😉 ) I sent him my e-mail and asked if he could send me some of his pictures, which he kindly did. He’s not a ProPhoto user yet, but hopefully that will change soon 😉

Image taken by Peiyuan Qu, 2018

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