10,000,000 likes and counting…

So last month I passed the 10,000,000 likes on Instagram. Yep that is the big 10.  I’m ecstatic!   Almost three years posting daily to get here.   And while it’s easy to get caught in the follower’s numbers, it’s the likes on the photos which make my day.

How does it feel? Awesome I guess.  First I want to thank Disney, Like I have said over and over, if it weren’t for Disney my account wouldn’t be where it is today.    So if you are reading this and contributed to the number, thank you.

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So long twitter, time to focus on Facebook

Yep, I knew this day was coming.  While I won’t officially close the account there. I have stopped posting pictures on twitter.   While I find it fun and rewarding just like the other social media platforms, I don’t think it’s a platform for pictures.

What I have been doing is focusing on my Photography facebook page which just last week passed the 5000 followers, responses are good and at the end of the day everyone has Facebook.  It’s funny since I started my facebook page after all my friends who work for Disney started hiding my feed.  🙂

The keys to sucess.

One of the things I get asked all the time is how did I get so many followers, how did I get so popular, do I make money of my pictures?  I wanna be like you. I want to be instafamous.

First , All ‘Disney’ accounts are popular because of Disney, not because of who post them, and that includes me.  And people who follow are people want to experience a piece of magic, and it can be because of a memory, a pretty image, or even a friend tagging them etc.   Sadly I say this because the amount of people I have met or know of who actually think they are famous because of posting Disney pictures is pretty high, which is pretty funny if you ask me. Proof is when you look at the followers on their ‘personal’ account and compare.   This applies to all social media apps.

Next, You truly have to enjoy what you do.  For me I  really enjoy going out with a plan, taking the picture, then sitting down at the computer and trying to come up with something different. It was to get out of the house enjoy this new passion of photography.  My previous job had me flying left and right and I was out of the house many days at the time. Now in

For me, It was to get out of the house enjoy this new passion of photography.  My previous job had me flying left and right and I was out of the house many days at the time. Now in FL I was home ALL the time.  So after posting a couple of Disney pictures under my facebook and seeing the compliments, I said to myself “You know what?. These pics are almost good as the images I used to look up to”.  I should share this to the world, maybe there are others who would like to see them.  And my Instagram account started there.    It wasn’t to get famous, again this is all my opinion. If you are starting your account, blog, vblog just to get famous good luck.  I personally don’t want my hobby/passion to become a job.

So, If you are able to grab on to that passion, it will show on your pictures and comments. And that will help get your account known. Word of mouth has been for me the best promoter.   For example, no matter how good a picture is if the person running the account is an asshole will you ‘like’ their picture, or even follow their account? I don’t think so. Plus there are tons of other people shooting the same stuff also, people will just change the channel.

For example, for me that I’ve posted two to four pictures a day, every day and haven’t missed a day yet. I don’t think I’ve done that even with my checkbook.   Anything after that such as popularity, or whatever fame you want to call it is what reflects off your images.

Riding along, with enjoying what you do is, you also have to not care what others think and do your thing, be original. And that goes hand in hand with getting out there and shaking hands.  You need to get out there (See how I underlined it?), and that is done by responding to comments, following back people who comment on your pics, respond to messages etc.etc.  And while I may not post a lot of me, and maybe I should change that I’ve seen MANY very good accounts die and fall into oblivion since no one knows who they really are, and some don’t even respond to comments. Same goes with the pictures, and while we all Disney accounts are shooting the same thing, you can always mix it up by trying different angles, different filters etc.   Just don’t post 1000 pics of the same thing over and over.   Time consuming sure, but well time flies when you are having fun.

Go Live !

What’s this, even Twitter now has a LIVE button?  I can’t keep up.  And while I get requests all the time to do more live streams, which one do you use?

So far I’ve done a couple of test with mixed results.

Facebook Live

This is the one everyone recommends, first, everyone has a facebook account, and while my following here is only a couple thousand I really think it has potential to grow.  The only downside I’ve seen is there is no landscape, and compared to the others the video quality isn’t that good? But still my first choice so far.  My last video was 87 viewers.

Periscope

Been on this since it first came out two years ago, I have almost 2k followers on this one, but it seems like troll city. Every time I am on you get nasty comments and you spend your time swiping away the trash.  Also quality isn’t the best, but still better than Facebooks. My last periscope had  37 viewers

Instagram Live

Fresh off the market, and this is truly live, so there is no way to save your videos. But amazing reach.  So far each video I have done has surpassed my expectations with comments from around the world and tons of viewers.  The quality for me has been the best of all of them so far.   My last one was 810 viewers.  Now I am debating between one or the other.. lol

 

 

Holidays Around The World

Last night (December 10th) I was able to finally see a couple of the storytelling at Epcot.  What a great an experience.  Was able to see Norway, Germany, USA, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.   Actually, I’ve been trying to do this for while now with the family. But always something came up.    What a fun thing to do.  They usually start around 11am and go all the way to 7:30pm. So check those time maps.

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Don’t you know who I am?

Heard this comment from a blogger friend of mine. Looks like they removed someone’s post, only to receive this in a nasty email which the following.  “You can’t delete it, Don’t you know who I am?”

Wow, it’s sad how some people really let Disney photos go to their head. First and foremost you aren’t famous, Disney is. Sure you can take a nice picture but if it wasn’t Disney would you have a following?  Let me guess ,how is that ‘personal, non-Disney account’ performing?

Don’t get me wrong to take a good picture it isn’t always easy, there are steps and certain things you have to know, exposure, fstop, angles, light etc.etc.  But at the end of the day I always tell people I am very grateful for any followers, and those who ‘like’ my pictures. And at the end of the day, it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Disney.

 

Where is everyone?

One of the most frequent questions I get, besides what camera do I use, is how do I get those empty streets pictures.    Really there is no secret to it.  Pick a day the dark closes early or a time you can stay late.  And forget Magic Hours dates, not only is the time really really late but they will push you out since they still need to do their after hour chores and since they have their time cut back they won’t waste time nudging you to get out.

What I like to do is stay in the back of the park when it closes.  Example Splash Mountain, Fantasyland, Pete’s Silly Circus etc.  Then very slowly work your way to the front .  When you arrive at the castle wait for all three ‘The Kiss Goodnight’.  After that should have burned at least a good hour and a half.

I’ve seen that you will still need to wait another 45-50 minutes to finally get your shots of the empty streets but as you walk out you can always look up Main Street and take your shots.   Also please be nice to the cast members. I am sure they want to go home also.  I do admit that sometimes you may have to photoshop cast members out, but with the ‘heal’ tool in photoshop, one person is easier to remove than 1000 ghosts.

Finally, be prepared to walk, you may find there is no more trams when you get back.