Improving your business

I’ve made a couple of new years resolutions this year, and I’m excited to see where these ventures take me throughout the year. Part of my drive to change comes from recommendations given to me by friends and associates, another part is just trying out a couple new ideas with a belief that it will help my business in the long run.

So the thing is, I travel a lot. And by a lot, I mean that I feel like the airport is my second home. I usually try to be somewhat productive on flights, but adding books to what I already have to lug around can be a real drag (ha!). So this Christmas I asked for a Kindle! And I’ve already downloaded my first book wirelessly through amazons whispernet and it’s pretty sweet.

The book I decided to get for this flight was recommended by David Jay on his twitter, it’s called Trust Agent. I already can’t wait to blog about what I’ve learned so far, it has a lot of epic info!

Another amazing business decision was getting showit sites – it is an amazing tool that now allows you to publish content to facebook and tag people in that content. Talk about viral marketing at it’s best! Showit is a great tool that can so easily “tell people about who we are and convince them of our value, even if we’re not there.” It can now utilize the social capital of facebook even better.

Dang, that David Jay is such a stud trust agent.

What systems have you put in place to improve your business? Great things come from small changes, don’t ever be afraid of trying new things. Even if it sounds as ridiculous as blogging about a random idea from your iPhone in the Phoenix airport after getting inspired by an electronic book, then tweeting about it.

Nicole Cadman - brilliant request for Christmas!
I’m hoping to get my hands on one as soon as the price falls a bit (bit = lots).
Thank you for keeping is all updated on your fabulous life, that yes, no matter how hard we try, we still find ourselves a bit jealous of… but at least we get to see pictures!

j. shipley - dude, i loves the new blog. and your new year’s resolutions. i look forward to having something to read over here at the joshnewtonblog. yaya. hope to see you soon bud!

Gavin Wade - Hey Josh! Loving your new blog my man. And I’ll check out that book Trust Agent, sounds good! Be well my friend!

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Lunar Eclipse

So Alaska is always a TRIP when I come home for Christmas. There are many familiar people and places – it definitely feels like home – but Alaska sometimes seems like a dream it’s so beautiful. I don’t understand how any of the Californians I now reside with have Christmas at 80 degrees and green. Today it was an awesome 5 degrees and theres nothing like a little climate change (especially coming from Cambodia and Thailand) to make your body entirely confused!

I woke up the other morning and my friend texted me saying there was a lunar eclipse happening soon. I asked her when and she responded “NOW!” =P So I grabbed my 70-200mm 2.8L IS and got some shots while I could. I miss you all in California, so here’s an Alaskan hello! (Yes, I do live here about a month and a half out of the year!!)

The mountain above is called Mount Susitna (Sleeping Lady) and it can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. It’s VERY Anchorage-ian and is a trademark of being home =)

That’s our downtown =) I’ve never been that impressed with it (Sorry Alaska!)… but this year I did a number of fashion and engagement shoots downtown and I’m now in love.

The picture above looks like something out of Lord of the Rings but I had to include it =) its Mount Denali, which is the tallest mountain in North America and a 6 hour drive away! You can still see a “hush” of a moon in the left. Pretty sick!

Bobby Earle - Why haven’t I come to Alaska with you yet?!

Josh Newton - Dude, I have no idea why you haven’t!! I mean its only one of the most beautiful places in the world, and you’d get to see TONS of epic animals up here! One day Bobby, one day =)

Brigdette - You are amazing. You have the talent I long to have. Looking at all your photos inspire me. Doesnt seem to also help, that you are a fellow Alaskan. I am from Chugiak/Eagle River. I found your blog via Delightfully Tacky….just today I found hers too. Gotta love product Friday’s. I am living it up in Europe right now…so I look forward to getting glimpses of our spectacular home state.

P.S..for all those people that have never been there, you should get some fireweed feilds pics up. Those are always pretty.

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Raddest Photo Trip Ever

Well, its true. I have a new blog. I don’t have ANYthing setup, but I couldn’t be more excited about it! My new years resolution is to try and blog 3 times a week… and if I’m going to do that, it has to look good, right!! Thanks to Katie Lewis for the blog recommendation and Bobby Earle for the inspiration/hounding.

On to what this blog is really about – Cambodia and Thailand!! I just got back a couple days ago from the sweetest trip EVER, so what better way to start the year out than an epic teaser post! I had an amazing time, I can’t wait to hang out with all the RPTE people again in China =)

Nick Simcheck - I have decided that I might hate you for getting the shot of the monks that I so desperately wanted.

Sick photos dude!

Josh Newton - dude… another reason to get a tilt shift!! I was really close to that sign and it really did look like I was taking pictures of just that… sneaky me. Thanks for the comment, you’re the first EVER on my new bloggy blog!!

dylan mayer - rad-i-cool……
nice work mr newton

Tim Newton - Nice!!! I’m subscribed. I want to be first. Erase Nick’s comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

Richelle - Yay, you’re blogging!! Not a bad blog post to start with! Love them all but especially the monk one and the little girl in the village. She got a ton of suckers out of me! Love the look of your blog… hope you can keep it up!!

Josh Newton - I know, right?! =P I have needed to blog for a long time now… just haven’t gotten the energy for it. Plus I couldn’t stand the way my old one looked, I never wanted to send people there! I’m stoked for it though, now I’ll be just as cool as the rest of you all ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jen Johnson - Gosh, that last image could be a painting. Gorgeous!

lori yohe - every image in this post is INCREDIBLE. now next time i see you i’m going to be asking you what you shoot with. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Is Twitter at all useful?

So, my good friend Bobby Earle (and AMAZING photographer that I love and adore who is married to someone much more lovable and adorable ;)) recently blogged about twitter, and I found his blog rather interesting. His main thoughts pointing out the benefits of Twitter were thus:

A couple weeks ago, Tim Nosenzo helped me out big timeby responding to something I posted on twitter. I had been looking for a very hard to find lens for about 6 weeks. Because of my twitter updates on the matter, Tim kept his eye open for the lens and emailed me when he found one. Long story short, I got the lens!!

Another time, I was headed out to Australia. I asked if anyone knew of a place within five hours of Sydney where I could find wild Kangaroos. I got a ton of awesome recommendations, but my friend, Steph (from New Zealand), responded and told me about Morriset hospital with thousandsof wild kangaroos! It was a dream come true for me (spent every day in Oz at that hospital – one of the best experiences of my life!)

My friend and fellow photographer, Luke, lives out in Australia (if you’ve never heard of it, it’s a small island off the coast of New Zealand – that’s for my Kiwi friends ๐Ÿ˜› ). It’d bereally expensive for me to text him all the way out in Oz. We catch up all the time on there – and then mutual pals likeAmanda in Canada or Bob in England can freely join in on our chats to each other – almost like free group texting! It’s so valuable for this feature alone.

His philosopher friend Garrett Miller (also a bud of mine) wrote a blog in response and here’s what he said:

Bobby’s benefits are genuine fruits of Twitter and worth acknowledging as such, but

Bobby’s benefits ought to be recognized as valuable largely because of their usefulness to Bobby and

that Bobby’s benefits depend strongly on his popularity.

What do you think? It’d be beneficial to read both blogs, they’re full of really good info!

And what is a blog without a photo =) my friends Christie and Brittany decided to come through Santa Barbara on their way up to Seattle, so we had a little photoshoot!

Beverly Lynn - I just started on twitter, mainly because of a good friend. I find it amusing but not entirely that useful. What is your take on it?

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Photoshoot with Amie

This shoot was a lot of fun for many reasons, but the main one was that we didn’t have an agenda or anything we “had” to do – we just wanted to shoot for the fun of it and let creativity take its course. What also made it fun was that over the course of the 12 hour day, there were lots of funny/silly moments where we could do nothing but laugh – for a while. It made me think of this quote…

“Portraits often speak more about the photographer than the subject. Think of the person you’re photographing as a canvas onto whom you project yourself. A great portrait tells the world about yourself as much – if not more – than the person you’re actually photographing.”

I think it perfectly describes why I like doing photography – its an outlet for my creative, fun, artistic side of my brain… but there is a lot of technical thought that’s required to make a good photograph, and thats the chemistry major side of me. Also, its an absolute blast and I thoroughly enjoy all the people I get to meet and work with, and thats my love of people coming out.

I think my favorite one from this series is one above. For me it represents completely letting go of everything and just enjoying the moment for what it is. I think if I were to have a goal in photography, it’d be that =)

And when I get to work with people that are as passionate for what they do as I am about photography, way cool things are possible =) So, thanks Tess, Katrina, and Amie. I love my friends and the awesome people in my life! Can’t wait for the next one!

check out all the full res pictures here!

Beverly Lynn - I absolutely love the black and white shot of her leaning against a tree truck!

Trista - love these fashion pics. nice work!

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