For over 7 years it’s been my absolute pleasure to share The [ b ] School with the photo community and it’s with mixed emotions that I must report that we are shutting the doors for good. As I mentioned early last year, its time to evolve.
It’s hard to let go since I’ve poured so much of my time, effort, money, passion and love into something, but it’s time for me to move on to new opportunities and focus my attention elsewhere.
I’ll always be a champion for our founding principal of “photographers helping photographers” and I am an advocate of continuing education within the industry. The second you think you’ve got it all figured out… BAM… that’s when you get lapped by the new generation! Trust me on that one!
I wish I could personally thank each and every one of you for supporting us over the years… it’s been a wild ride.
I’ll never forget filming the original videos with the Bui Brothers.
I am so grateful to the 300 Private School members who signed up on the very first day!
I’ll never forget the near heart attack I had when the site went down a noon on our public launch day… stuff like that keeps ya humble.
I’ll never forget how slow the first version of the site was (again… keeps you humble).
I’m so grateful to Jon & Patrick from Omatik.com who came in to save the day and built [ b ] School 2.0. They did an amazing job and we had a thriving community for a good couple of years.
I loved hosting Study Hall so much… thanks for spending part of your Thursdays with me for so long.
I’ll never forget the fun parties during WPPI, and the local get-togethers whenever I traveled shooting destination weddings.
I think the thing that makes me happiest is that I was able to connect so many photographers from around the world. I still get a lot of joy when I see people hanging out at WPPI, or even in other online communities that first met through [ b ] School.
I also love hearing success stories of people who actually paid attention to the info I shared and put it into practice. It’s awesome seeing how successful they have become!
But enough about the past… I am excited for the future! We were actually in the process of building [ b ] School 3, when we realized that the direction was just too different so we decided to rebrand as PhotogRefers.com
It’s coming next month (maybe sooner) and it’s going to be huge! ALL professional photographers will be able to join for FREE and share referrals and second shooting opportunities with one another. Of course their will be an option to upgrade to a premium account which brings extra exposure and benefits… and you’re probably going to want to… but you can decide for yourself when you see the new site. Just hang tight… it’s almost time!
NOTE: If you were a Private School member in [ b ] School… we are going to honor your lifetime account over at PhotogRefers. You’ll simply have to enroll for a free account, then email me directly requesting your upgrade.
Same goes for anyone who had an active yearly subscription in [ b ] School as of January 7, 2014. Even if you only have a few days left on your subscription, we’ll be giving you the first year of your PhotogRefers premium membership on the house. Same deal… Sign up for a free account, then email us requesting an upgrade. (No refunds will be given if you accidentally pay for an upgrade… we’ll just assume you wanted to donate to our cause!)
Monthly [ b ] School members will have to start fresh. We stopped billing last November and there are currently not any active monthly members, so you’ll have to sign up at PhotogRefers.com, and then you can upgrade if you want to. If not, no worries… enjoy the free benefits of the site and tell your friends about it.
Lastly, I just want to say thanks again for your time, your support, your attention, your money and your feedback. I love being a part of this community and I wish y’all a prosperous 2014 and beyond!!
PS. We’ll still be using our social profiles on Twitter & Facebook to promote PhotogRefers and to share other relevant industry related news & events.