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B&A Warehouse - Birmingham AL Google Virtual Tour by

I’m very excited and proud to show off the 360º virtual walk through tour and commercial photography I created of B&A Warehouse in downtown Birmingham, Alabama!

I’ve been to several events at B&A and I’ve known Susan Mason, the owner, from my days as a wedding photographer. I knew what an amazing space it was and I wanted to show it off in my portfolio. B&A is in an amazing location. They are right across the street from Railroad Park and right next to Regions Field. They are really in the heart of Birmingham’s downtown revitalization. I felt that they could really benefit from the Google tour, especially as a sales aid. Often people are planning events from afar. Weddings, rehearsal dinners, parties, corporate events, etc. come with different needs. It can be hard to know if a venue is going to be a good fit or not. By having the 360º tour, event venues can help people save time. They can avoid going to places that will never be a good fit or allow them to secure the needed space without physically going in first.

However, I did have a bit of a challenge convincing Susan! They had already had a 360º tour done by a competitor and they weren’t getting the results they expected. I can definitely understand this but there are some major differences between that product and the Google one!

As compared to the competition here are some advantages Google offers:

  • It’s on Google. Instead of being limited to the tour providers website, the Google tour comes up everywhere your business appears on Google. Google Maps, Google StreetView, Google Local, and Google search results.
  • You can embed it live directly on your website and Facebook pages. The other tour is a link to the provider’s website. When potential customers view the tour they actually leave the businesses website. With the Google tour it can be embedded seamlessly!
  • It’s mobile friendly. The other tours are Adobe Flash based. This means that they’re incompatible with most mobile phones and tablets. The Google tour not only works on those devices it also recognizes and optimizes the tour for the best user experience.
  • There’s a n SEO (search engine optimization) benefit. I verify the businesses information to Google and the tour is embedded right on the Google + Local or Google My Business Page for the business. This helps with the search result rankings.
  • Much higher quality. The Google tour looks great at full screen on a 27” monitor or a smart phone screen. Other tours are much smaller and pixilated by comparison.
  • Commercial still images are included. Along with the 360º virtual tour, up to ten conventional commercial still photos are created. The business has the rights to the images, allowing them to be used in print materials as well as digital media.
  • One time cost. Other tour options have a monthly or annual cost. They must be renewed or they go away. Once created, the Google tour never expires.
  • Money back guarantee. If you don’t like it, you get your money back. It’s as simple as that!

Once we were able to fully demonstrate the differences and how it looked Susan and her team could see the value. I’m so glad too because this is one unique and amazing venue!

Take a look at the still images and virtual tour below. You can learn more about B&A Warehouse on their website.

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Rucker Place - Birmingham AL Wedding Venue, Google Virtual Tour by

My latest Google Maps Business View Virtual Tour is of the historic Rucker Place in Birmingham. I simply love places like this. I’ve always been a big fan of old homes and buildings. This past weekend Kelly and I went to Huntsville to do a shoot of a daycare (post coming soon). While there we drove through an amazing historic district of antebellum homes. We were in awe of how well they were kept up and how beautiful they are. We’ve made it a goal to own one of those homes!

Doing a tour and commercial photos of Rucker Place gave me a little taste of what those homes are like. Established in 1900, it’s one of Birmingham’s oldest and most historic wedding and event venues. On the national registry of historic places, Rucker Place is available for luncheons, rehearsal dinners, wedding, parties, corporate events, meetings, etc.

Check out the virtual tour and conventional commercial still images below. You can learn more about Rucker on their website and Google My Business Page.

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Sonnet House - Google Maps Business View Virtual Tour - Leeds Alabama by

I’m thrilled to announce that the Google Maps Business View Virtual tour and conventional commercial still photography images of Sonnet House in Leeds is now live!

The Sonnet House is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the greater Birmingham area. It was always one of my dreams to photograph a wedding there. Sadly, while I did photograph many beautiful weddings in many beautiful locations, I was never able to shoot one there. Now that I’m retired from wedding photography that opportunity has passed but I think this kind of makes up for it!

The Google 360º virtual tour of Sonnet House is one of the largest and most complex that I’ve done to date. I was excited, but also a little nervous about the challenge. I wanted to make sure that the true beauty of this venue came through in the final product. I wanted Jared and his team to take pride in showing it to potential clients. I think the results speak for themselves! I couldn’t be more proud of how it all came together and I look forward to showing it off to my clients as well.

Click below to see the conventional still images I created and view the virtual tour. You can learn more about the Sonnet House on their website and Google My Business Pages. If you are in need of a venue for a wedding or special event, make sure you check out the Sonnet House!

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Magnolia Springs Manor - Google Business Photos in Helena, Alabama by

Without a doubt wedding venues are one the best businesses served by Google Business Photos. Today's brides are doing more and more planning and researching using Google searches. About 40% of them are doing it from their phones. Being able to virtually tour a wedding venue from their computer or phone is a huge convenience factor putting venues with a tour at the top of their lists. Once they do come in they feel more at ease and comfortable. Magnolia Springs Manor in Helena, Alabama is a perfect example. I was actually able to work with the owner, Kathy, to be there on the day of a wedding. I got their before most guests and was able to work around the few that were there to create this tour. It's really great for a bride to be able to see how it looks fully decorated. Likely when she comes in she would have to imagine how it would look. Now Kathy can pull the tour up on the computer and show her exactly how it looks!  Check out the tour and stills below.

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