FotoTime Announces FotoStudio Online Storefront Service for Digital Photographers
Now Photographers Can Easily Turn Their Talent Into Profit with New eCommerce Offering
DALLAS, TEXAS, August 8, 2006 - - FotoTime, Inc., leading provider of digital photo and video solutions, today announced FotoStudio, a new service for amateur and professional digital photographers to easily and cost effectively setup an online storefront to sell prints and gifts showcasing their photos.
“FotoStudio lets photographers focus on what they love and do best – take pictures – and not have to deal with the hassles of setting up an online storefront,” said Jeff Kelling, FotoTime vice president of technology. “With FotoStudio professional photographers and photo enthusiasts can set up a business in a few simple steps. Our new service is another way FotoTime enables photographers to ‘do more’ with their pictures.”
FotoStudio is particularly suited to the needs of event photographers who shoot weddings, reunions, parties and sporting events. With the new service, photographers upload photos to their FotoStudio ‘store’ and set prices for the print and gift items for each event. Users can personalize their account by changing fonts, colors and even adding their own logos.
FotoStudio includes marketing tools to e-mail the participants at each event and provides watermarking of photos for increased security. As customers make purchases, FotoStudio tracks the profits for each sale. Payments are made automatically each month by electronic funds transfer, check or PayPal.
One of the first customers to use the product, Joe Ratterman of Kansas City, Missouri, grew a small business taking and selling photos from local water skiing tournaments into a full service business, In the Zone Images (www.inthezoneimages.com). Ratterman still shoots sporting events and actions shots, but has also expanded the business to include family portraits, senior pictures, athletic team photos and corporate events.
"I want to focus on my photography and not have to worry about maintaining a site and billing customers," said Ratterman. "FotoStudio let me do that even as I scaled my business. I tried several other services for hosting and selling my pictures, but FotoTime stands out by far as the winner in this space. The team at FotoTime have done a great job at listening to photographers and putting together the online tools that professionals need to be successful."
FotoStudio complements and rounds out the existing FotoTime products, FotoAlbum Pro and FotoShare. FotoAlbum Pro is powerful cataloging software for organizing a lifetime of photos and videos on a computer. FotoShare is a full-featured online photo share website, which makes it easy to share photos with friends and family.
FotoStudio is available for a yearly subscription at $23.95. Photographers, who want to sign up or get more information, can visit http://fotostudio.fototime.com.
About FotoTime, Inc.
Founded in 1999, FotoTime is one of the leading innovators in digital photo and video solutions designed to handle the entire digital image lifecycle. FotoTime's integrated solution set includes FotoAlbum Pro for organizing and managing photos on your computer, FotoShare for sharing photos online with friends and family, FotoTime Labs for print and gift ordering, and FotoStudio for setting up an online photography storefront. FotoTime delivers products to customers in more than 80 countries through an Internet distribution. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.