New book

Photo Nuts and Post is the third installation in the Photo Nuts series and it just launched!
Written by professional photographer, Neil Creek, it gives you the tools you need to make processing work for you. Even if you have experience in editing, you can always learn new tricks.
To celebrate, they are offering 33% off if you buy today -Click here to read more!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Featured Vendor: Ytwo.BIZ

Sorry that I've lagged on my posts this week. I have a difficult wedding to shoot this weekend and it's been taking all my time! Next week will be better-I promise! Also, I see more entries this week for our Photo Challenge-thank you!!

Today's featured vendor is Nicole Young
from Ytwo.BIZ. Find out how her business came about!

What type of product do you offer to photographers?

Ytwo.BIZ produces beautiful, durable and innovative backdrops and Floordrops for the creative photographer. We have a huge selection of images, from Vintage Wallpaper and Aged Wood Floors to gorgeous Location shots. We can also print custom backdrops, so that a photographer can have his or her own unique background. Our backdrops are 61" wide by 7 ' long, and floordrops are 5'x5'. They are printed on a strong, matte vinyl-coated canvas that does not wrinkle like fabric, or tear like paper. They can really add a distinctive look to portrait photography. Because they are so light-weight and portable, they are also very easy to bring along for location work, school shoots, etc.

What made you want to start this kind of business?

I began this business because I moved to Philadelphia two years ago and opened a new photography studio and gallery, after having a children's boutique with a photo studio inside for 10 years in New York. The first show in my gallery was "Two Generations", photography by Ira Yermish and Sculpture by his father Morris Yermish. I absolutely love the amazing images that Ira produces, and thought that some of them would make beautiful backdrops. He has location images from all over the world, and also some really interesting photos just about texture and color. I added the wood, brick, wallpaper and quilt categories, and a backdrop business was born. Ytwo- (Y squared)- the photography of Yermish and Young!

Are you a photographer as well, or at least a photo-taking junkie?

I am a photographer, have been for many years, and I use these backdrops in my own studio all the time.

Do you have a favorite photographer that you drool over their photos?

My favorite photographers are the photo journalists Tyler Hicks and Edward Keating, John and Cassie Marsh of Carolina Sun Photography, and Tarah Heitman of Heitman Photography.

What do you do like to do when you aren't running your business?

When I am not running my business I like to swim, bike and run and compete in Triathlons and 5k and 10k races. Helps to keep me young- no pun intended!

Any advice to someone wanting to start a business?

To start your own business, have lots of energy, persistence, don't be afraid to fail once or twice or ten times, and always remember a sign that I've had hanging in my various businesses- "Because Nice Matters!"

Nicole is offering a special for just my readers!
20% off any Backdrop or Floordrop, good through 05/15/11, coupon code to use is "pro-tography".

Thanks, Nicole!


Michelle Stiles said...

Nice really does matter - I promise!