Behind the Art - Getting to know Nicole of Nicole Eastman Photography

I first came across Nicole's work through Instagram, sometime last year. The rich colors, the warm, dreamy, soft and beautiful tones grabbed my eye and pulled me back in every time.
There is a raw beauty to the moments she captures and memories she creates, a classic and timeless quality to her images. Posed, or not posed, her photographs are filled with warmth and always seem to make a statement. I was so excited to be able to feature some of her images in the FRamed Social Media Bundle last year!

After a lovely meeting over coffee a few weeks ago, I was even more intrigued to learn more about the lady behind the lens. You can follow more of Nicole's inspiring work, through her Instagram account, her Facebook page, and/or through her website.

Please meet Nicole...

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

Let’s start by talking a bit about yourself. What are some of the places you’ve called home? Where is home now?
I grew up in and around Boring, Oregon. I spent 4 years living in Ashland, Oregon while attending Southern Oregon University (SOU) and loved it there, but my family was too far away to stay there after graduation, so back to good old Boring I went.

What do you love about life in Boring?
I’m a lover of the country and small town atmosphere. Growing up I always wanted to live in the big city, but the older I got I realize you just can’t beat coming home to giant fields and a star lit sky.

If there was one thing you would want us to know about you, what would it be?
I am a proud momma to two little ladies, Leila (7) and Kenna (3).

How would you describe yourself and your personality? How does your personality affect the way you take photos?
If I’m comfortable with you, I’m straight forward, hard headed, insecure, sassy, impatient, anxious, moody and hilarious after a few drinks. I have always been stubborn, yet wear my heart of my sleeve. My clients know me as patient, kind, and a bad comedian. I try to bring those qualities out when I shoot so my clients feel comfortable and relaxed.

What is your all time favorite image you shot? Why?
Hardest. Question. Ever. But the image that sticks out most to me is a high school senior from last year, shot in the most beautiful golden light. I could stare at that image all day.

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer? How did your photography journey begin? Did you have any ‘aha’ moments? Perhaps a photograph that you took and really liked, or a session you really enjoyed?
I have always been a fan of photographs. Whenever I was at my grandma’s as a little girl I would pull out all her photo albums and browse the pages. I loved looking at the past, how things used to be. My parents divorced when I was little, so I think that’s where my love for photographs came from, keeping the memories because life constantly changed.

I also was the kid that always had a camera, if it was the last day of school I had a camera, if it was a birthday party I had a camera. I have so many snapshots of my youth. However I took my first real photography class in high school (black and white film) and the rest is history!

How would you describe your photography style?
I’m not really sure. Putting myself into a category feels odd, especially since I shoot different types of sessions in different ways. What I do know is that I would like for my style to be raw, beautiful, emotional and timeless. I’m not so sure I am there yet, but that’s where I would hope to end up, a style that makes you feel something over being just a pretty photograph.

If you could only use one word to describe your photographic style what would it be?
Evolving.

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

Who were the first artists that you found inspiring and influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing and career path?
I would say the artists that first inspired me no longer do. What I liked when I was young is very different from what I like now. I currently find inspiration through artists like The blissful maven, her work is so raw and beautiful. Her images take my breath away, which is the point I would like my work to get to. Artists like Andria Lindquist who’s images not only inspire me, but who’s business style I look up to. She does what she wants, shoots what she wants and doesn’t say sorry for a damn thing. I wanna be like these boss ladies when I grow up!

Where does photography fall into place in your life? Being your own boss can be challenging at times. How do you keep work and family life in balance?
The easy answer to this is that I don’t keep life in balance. I have been struggling with balance since my second daughter was born three years ago. In one year I had a baby, got married and took on the role as bread winner for my household, and my business boomed. Photography is my full time job, on top of raising two daughters and caring for my husband who battles Lupus. I have yet to find the balance for it all. I often feel like I can only be good at one thing, so if business is thriving all other aspects in my life are failing. Balance is a HUGE goal of mine.

What are three fun facts about you that most people don’t know?
1. As a kid I wanted several occupations when I grew up, including teacher, artist, dancer, actress and nurse.
2. I absolutely HATE stickers on stuff. Seriously, why put a sticker on something and ruin it??
3. I love to mix mountain dew and orange juice together.

Looking back, from the beginning of your journey in photography, what has been your favorite subject to photograph and why?
I absolutely love photographing children as they are. No fluff, no moms yelling for them to give me a cheesy grin. Just real, dirty, snotty kids!

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

What type of session do you look forward to the most versus what type of session you most often do?
I always look forward to shooting high school seniors. I believe my strengths lies in a one on one connection with my clients. I love the fun, the fashion, and the youth of high school seniors. They are always excited for their sessions. While I am trying to currently build my senior business, I would say the majority of my sessions are families.

What technology, software or camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best as you photograph?
I am a simple girl and a creature of habit. I edit in Photoshop, it takes forever, yet I just can’t let go of the process. I shoot with a Nikon D610 DSLR and almost always have my Sigma 35mm 1.4f ART series lens attached.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
My Sigma 35mm 1.4f ART series lens barely ever leaves my camera. People are often shocked I shoot with my 35mm so much, but I just love it. I am a prime lens girl and rarely switch out lenses, on the off chance I do it’s for my 85mm. I do dream of adding a tilt shift to my bag one day however!

Do you use any lighting equipment on your photo shoots? Reflectors?
No. I am a natural light lover, and I am a one woman show, so I never have anyone to help with reflectors. I just find the light.

What is your favorite editing accessory, other than your computer (program, plug-in, Photoshop tool)? How important is Photoshop to your final images?
I do all my editing in Photoshop currently, so it’s very important. I have my own set of actions I created based off of some of my favorite action sets. I don’t edit everything with the same actions, I use whatever I feel works best for the session I am working on. I tend to hand edit a lot as well, which takes even longer. I love the torture I guess.

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

It’s so easy to waste money along the photography journey. What would you say has been your best investment thus far and what do you wish you hadn’t spend your money on?
Like I said, I’m a simple girl. I like minimal things involved but the best investment I have made so far is on good quality lenses. The difference a lens can make is huge. My biggest “waste” of money would have to be my fancy paper that says I have a bachelor’s degree. While I don’t think college is a waste of money per say, it really didn’t do much for me in the way of my photography career. I thought going into it I would learn so much and come out an amazing artist, but the truth is I have learned more on my own constantly shooting than college ever taught me.

What has been the best source of information on your photography journey (online forums, webinars, workshop, fellow photographers, a mentor etc.)?
Creative Live is a great source as well as help from Facebook groups like Shoot & Share. I also think that having a good few local photographer friends has been a huge help to me. Not only to help lift me up, but to also relate to. Sometimes you just need to vent out frustrations to someone that understands. I also have had my eye on a few artists that hold workshops. I’m hoping in 2017 I finally take the leap and book one!

What is the best choice you have made for your photography business?
Saying “No.” No is not an easy word for me, but as I got busier I realized I felt drained from shooting things I didn’t love, or squeezing people into my schedule because I was worried they would go to someone else, or just be mad. Adding “No” to my vocabulary has been a slow process I’m still working on, but I noticed the difference it makes when I love what I am shooting and I’m not over booking myself because people procrastinate booking their own sessions.

Where do you hope to see your business in five years?
Specializing in what I love to shoot. Having every client that comes to me put their full trust in me as an artist because that’s when I am at my best. I would also love to have a studio/work space so I can meet, shoot, and work outside of the home.

If you could go back ten years, what advice would you give yourself?
Learn what GOOD lighting is and photograph constantly. Experiment often, never compare yourself to others and take more business classes.

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

If you could give one tip to those photographing families what would it be?
Capture details. Capture emotions. Have fun with the family. Deliver photos that the family never realized they wanted or would treasure so much. Also, learn patience because you will need a lot of it.

What is your favorite thing about photographing seniors? What do you find challenging?
Seniors are always excited for their sessions. Senior sessions always feel relaxed and fun. Young people have fun style, personalities and really want to be photographed. Photographing people who want to be there makes a huge difference. Senior sessions can be challenging sometimes when parents attend. Their idea of senior photos are from when they had theirs done back in high school. Senior photography has come a long way since then. Parents can often make their children nervous as well so when I get one on one time with my seniors, they really seem to come out of their shell.

How do you make the kids and parents feel relaxed in front of your camera when photographing families?
I’m not always successful at this. The parents tend to be WAY tougher then the kids. I try to reassure them kids being kids at their session is a good thing, and it always makes for great photos. I try to make jokes, or have them do something fun so they relax a bit. As a mom I understand the stress that can come from having family photos done so I always practice patience with them and reassure them the photos will be great.

What has been your most memorable photo shoot and why?
I had a wedding last year that really set a plan in motion to be very selective on the weddings I shoot. Too often people are stressed on their wedding days, and it reflects in the images and really gets to me on a personal level. This wedding was the most stressful and dramatic wedding I had been a part of and it just reminded me that I don’t want my work to make me feel that way. Cutting weddings down has been the best choice I have made in the last year for my personal and mental health. While not memorable in a good way, I am thankful for the experience and where it has taken me.

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

Do you have a favorite and least favorite part of owning your own photography business?
Oh yea… the business side of things is so not me. I want to create beautiful photographs, I do not want to do accounting, deal with asking clients for payments, and I hate talking on the phone, it gives me anxiety. I do however love making my own hours. I don’t have to miss dance class anymore. I can sleep in (as much as my toddler will let me) and I am my own boss.

How do you stay inspired?
It can be really difficult to stay inspired for me. I have to shoot for me sometimes, or just put my camera away and spend time with my family. They inspire me to keep going and better myself. I also love following photographers I admire. I’m always inspired to try something new or work harder for where I want to be when I see their success.

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

Are there any techniques you tried and loved these last couple of months? I saw you posted about prism play and I would love if you would talk about it a bit.
I love playing with techniques. I don’t do it often but trying something new is always fun. I have a large prism in my bag and if a shoot feels right I pull it out and try to get a couple fun shots. My current love is free lensing, yet I have not nailed a single shot while doing it, so it’s really a love/hate relationship at the moment. I’ll get it, one of these days...

If you could acquire a new skill, what would it be?
Free lensing! Seriously I just love the image results I have seen photographers get from free lensing.

Is there a website and/or blog you visit often?
Honestly I am a social media gal. So I don’t often go to websites or blogs. Some of my favorite social media accounts are @lookslikefilm & @beyondthewanderlust they feature so many talented artists, its gets me excited about photography every time I look!

What do you do to get centered and relaxed? What time of the day is your favorite? Why?
I enjoy music, baths and sunsets. Golden hour is my favorite time of day. It makes me feel inspired and alive, whether I am shooting a session or not. Oregon sunsets (when we get them) absolutely take my breath away.

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

If you could have any photographer capture your family photos, who would you choose?
Picking one is like pulling teeth. I admire so many photographers’ work for so many different reasons, but currently my favorite family photographer is Sarah at Sarah-Beth Photography. Her perfectly imperfect photographs make me swoon, always.

If you could photograph anyone, who would it be and why?
I would want to photograph my grandfather who passed away seven years ago. He was one of my favorite people on this earth and I truly wish I had more photographs of him in his later years. Details of his hard working hands or a photo of him with my husband because one does not exist.

If you could have lunch with anyone who is famous who would it be? What would be the first question you’d ask him/her?
Justin Timberlake. I have been crushing on him for 20 years. I would love to ask him how he balances his success and family life now that he is a father, and if we can take a selfie of course!! Ha!

Your favorite movie of all time?
Hands down, Grease. I just know I was born in the wrong decade.

Your favorite guilty pleasure? 
Reality TV.

Something you are still learning… 
How to be easier on myself, love myself and be confident in who I am. It’s been a long tiring road so far.

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

photo ©Nicole Eastman Photography/N-E Photography

Thank you so much Nicole for answering my questions so openly,  for all the wise words and for sharing your work with us! You can learn more about Nicole and follow her work through her Instagram account and/or through her website, and can also find her on Facebook. If you were inspired by her art and her words, head over there and leave her some love! :)

Pencil Strokes - 12x12 Miller's Signature Album Feature

It's always exciting seeing the designs I create, come to life in print.
But holding in my hands and turning the Deep Matte thick pages of this album, has been the best experience yet.
I ordered the album template as a 12x12 Signature Album, with thick pages printed as pano spreads, on Deep Matte paper, with a Satin paper custom cover. The pages are mounted flush and extend across the entire spread (no split at the spine).
... If you order custom covers over the other options Miller's has, the Satin paper is hands down my most favorite of all! You just don't want to put it down. Both the Satin paper and the Deep Matte paper (which Miller's Lab started offering as an option in June) have a scrumptious and luxurious feel to them.

The album ships in a beautiful Graphite album box, provided at no extra cost.

The album ships in a beautiful Graphite album box, provided at no extra cost.

Fabric covered Graphite album box.

Fabric covered Graphite album box.

Thick pages printed on Deep Matte; the Signature albums come with a choice of Thin or Thick pages on all paper types.

Thick pages printed on Deep Matte; the Signature albums come with a choice of Thin or Thick pages on all paper types.

Custom Cover printed on Satin paper - my personal favorite!

Custom Cover printed on Satin paper - my personal favorite!

White end leaf | the Signature albums come with two end leaf options - flat black and white art paper.

White end leaf | the Signature albums come with two end leaf options - flat black and white art paper.

Pencil Strokes 12x12 Miller's Signature Album-14 Spreads was designed as a senior album. As with all the other EW Couture album designs, the photo template files included in the download, are layered and fully customizable. It can make the perfect baby or wedding album as is, or can be further customized - colors and/or layout.

The ease we have to create and capture memories in this digital age, has its merits.
But the emotional impact that touching the paper and holding pieces of moments and memories in your hands, can't ever be replaced by the convenience of digital alone.

..."Stunning images!" ..."These memories bring happy tears to my eyes! The kids are growing so fast!" - said no one ever looking at a CD, DVD or memory stick laying on a coffee table or on a shelf, in the family room... Print those images! And what better way to tell a story, than with an album?

Special thanks to Melody White Studios for the use of the beautiful photographs showcased in the Pencil Strokes 12x12 Signature Album!

Where do you suggest clients get their photos printed?

If you are a photographer who delivers digital files and printing rights as part of your packages, Mpix is most likely the place you're pointing your clients to for printing.

It seems that when the subject comes up in photography forum discussions, or even during small talk over coffee, Mpix is always the first suggestion for a quality consumer photo lab. They are committed to deliver and stand behind their premium, professional lab quality products. What photographer doesn't want the art they labored over and put their heart into to look its best, as envisioned and intended?

Great news!
If you are a photographer who sells digital image files and loves Mpix for order fulfillment, the Miller’s + Mpix Loyalty Program is for you! Created by Miller's, the sister lab of Mpix, the program allows you to earn additional income on every one of your client orders that you refer to Mpix. Earn 10% commission on every order that you refer to Mpix. There are no minimum orders.

If for any reason you don't offer printed products and only provide your client with a CD, DVD or USB, this is the best of both worlds. Your customers can order premium quality prints, books, cards, and other high quality keepsakes that feature your photos, and you earn commission on every order placed from your shared album.

With the holidays coming, you can send out and pass on to clients any specials run by the lab and could generate sales from weddings or family sessions even from past years.
Photographs and good memories are like fine wine - they only get better and more valuable with age!

Check out the details of the Mpix and Miller's Loyalty Program here.

Trust In Him Red Gold Foil Christmas Card / most darling image taken by Naturally Maternal Photography/Alexandra Hanlon

Trust In Him Red Gold Foil Christmas Card / most darling image taken by Naturally Maternal Photography/Alexandra Hanlon

After six years of collaborating and working with Miller's, and three years of Mpix collaboration, as a designer, I am still excited and impressed with the quality of the products when they come in the mail!

Sweet Louie Keepsake Box | showcasing the beautiful images of Nicole Eastman Photography

Sweet Louie Keepsake Box | showcasing the beautiful images of Nicole Eastman Photography

Neon Love Keepsake Box | showcasing the beautiful images of Nicole Eastman Photography

Neon Love Keepsake Box | showcasing the beautiful images of Nicole Eastman Photography

Fresh Beginning Keepsake Box | showcasing the beautiful images of Nicole Eastman Photography

Fresh Beginning Keepsake Box | showcasing the beautiful images of Nicole Eastman Photography

It is the age of digital photography, and way too often photographs live on hard drives, memory cards or social media alone. But I found out that holding and literally touching memories etches the moments in my mind, and they become a bit more timeless. Plus, I get to enjoy and relive the memories deeper and more often.

A good, quality lab breathes life into a digital image - Mpix is one of those labs.

Favorite photography gift cards + a free download

Gift certificates have always been and will always remain a great marketing tool.
It's a simple way to increase business and sales, by encouraging clients to purchase gift cards for friends and family members – OR by encouraging repeat clients to ask for gift cards instead of the usual gifts. A photography gift certificate can make for a fabulous gift, regardless of the occasion - baby shower,  senior graduation, a bridal shower, or a birthday party.
Here is a round-up of some of my favorite EW Couture Collection gift cards,  including a couple that you can access as a free download. I hope you enjoy them and are able to put them to good use!

showcasing the delicate and beautiful art of Meg Fish, these two cards are the first of the two free downloads in today's post. Just click the image to access the editable, .psd files. Enjoy!

showcasing the delicate and beautiful art of Meg Fish, these two cards are the first of the two free downloads in today's post. Just click the image to access the editable, .psd files. Enjoy!

Rose Gift Card 5x5 Top Folded Luxe Card, showcasing beautiful portraits by CA photographer, Melissa Lyn Photography.

Rose Gift Card 5x5 Top Folded Luxe Card, showcasing beautiful portraits by CA photographer, Melissa Lyn Photography.

Bella Marketing Essentials 5x5 Side Folded Ornate Luxe Gift Card / showcasing the beautiful photography of destination digital and film wedding and portrait artist Amanda K Weddings + Portraits.

Bella Marketing Essentials 5x5 Side Folded Ornate Luxe Gift Card / showcasing the beautiful photography of destination digital and film wedding and portrait artist Amanda K Weddings + Portraits.

Little Boy Blue Gift Card 5x5 Top Folded Luxe Card - showcasing the beautiful and delicate art of Meg Fish, a CA fine art portraiture photographer

Little Boy Blue Gift Card 5x5 Top Folded Luxe Card - showcasing the beautiful and delicate art of Meg Fish, a CA fine art portraiture photographer

the Minis Marketing Gift Card 7x5 Flat Card, showcasing images by Elena Wilken/EW Couture Collection

the Minis Marketing Gift Card 7x5 Flat Card, showcasing images by Elena Wilken/EW Couture Collection

This 4x6 flat gift card design free download, also comes with a few extras. Just click the image to access the editable, .psd files. Enjoy! / images by Elena Wilken/EWCouture Collection

This 4x6 flat gift card design free download, also comes with a few extras. Just click the image to access the editable, .psd files. Enjoy! / images by Elena Wilken/EWCouture Collection

All the gift cards in the EW Couture line are designed to specifically fit Miller's Lab and/or MpixPro products. The downloads come as layered, editable .psd files.

Moroccan and Chevron 12x12 Miller's Signature Album spotlight

Chevron and moroccan patterns with an organic, soft spin to them and taken to a whole new level.
While the album - and the products matching the look of the album - were designed with a senior session in mind, this square album and book template can be the perfect one to showcase the images from a sunny afternoon family session, a client's engagement, or a bohemian wedding.

As always, the files of the Moroccan and Chevron 12x12 Miller's Signature Album are layered and fully customizable.

[The examples shown feature the beautiful photography of Studio Twelve by Sarah Lane Studios]

Newspaper Note - a free 5x7 marketing template

It’s that time of the year again!
Leaves are turning colors, the air is getting crisp and it’s time to think about your Fall photo sessions. If Mini Sessions are part of your business, here is a layered template you can customize and use in your marketing. I hope you enjoy it!
Use it to promote your event on Facebook or through email. Print single or double sided promo cards to leave with your favorite vendors you collaborate with, or maybe even to create promotional press magnets.

To download the files, simply click the preview image below.
If you have a friend, or know someone who you believe could use this, please share it. You are not obligated by any means to do so, but I always do appreciate your pins, shares, likes or tweets. Thank you and enjoy! :)

Haven't quite decided on all the Christmas Card designs you'll be offering for your clients this year? Check out the EW Couture Christmas card templates offering, in Miller's Design Market. Use code EWCC30 between September 16th and 19th to save 30% on any of your EW Couture  purchases.

Thanks for stopping by! -EW

Christmas cards templates - less is more.

This year as well, I've created a number of new Christmas card templates, for Miller's Design Market.

The most exciting of all will probably be the ones for Miller's new circle and ornate Luxe Pop Cards. It's probably one of the coolest products for this coming holiday season. A card and an ornament married into one. They will be making for great keepsakes and I can honestly see family members and friends hanging them on their Christmas tree, year after year.

All EW Couture 2010-2011 Past Christmas Bundles will be retired at the end of this year, but before then, they are offered as one value priced great package. 45 designs, numerous more files and color options - all for $98.

The retired Christmas bundles from 2010 and 2011 are available packaged for under one hundred dollars! If you fancy classic, elegance, traditional and textures, totally worth your time to check them out. This is one of those times when less is (brings you) more. Literally!

A five 10x20 free storyboards collection

These five layered, customizable EW Couture 10x20 print collages can be easily adjusted with new backgrounds if desired. Change the colors of the design elements, and/or change the size and the number of the images in the different layouts, to further change the looks of the included storyboards.

Special thanks to Melody White Studios for her beautiful images, showcased in this collection!

To download the files, simply click the preview image below.
If you have a friend, or know someone who you believe could use this, please share it. You are not obligated by any means to do so, but I always do appreciate your pins, shares, likes or tweets. Thank you! Enjoy! :)

Before you leave the blog, here are a couple of articles I think you will enjoy and find interesting
Behind the Art - Getting to know Amanda K of Amanda K Photography
How to DIY - naturally dyed Easter Eggs

Thanks for stopping by! -EW

Unless otherwise specified,
• The template files are layered Photoshop (.PSD) files,
• The files are compatible with Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS and higher, for Mac and PC.
• The templates are designed to be as simple as possible. Simply drop in your photos, change the text, and you’re done; colors are editable as well, should you choose to further customize the files.
• Text is fully editable - the fonts used with this bundle are free, names are supplied. the web addresses where you can download them are included in the layer naming convention in each of the files.
When paid fonts are used with the templates, the text is flatened. If you wish to change the text, simply delete the layer and add your own text.

To customize the colors of the color layers and shape layers, simply double click on the color slider thumbnail to bring up the color picker.

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AGREEMENT/TERMS OF USE

YOU MAY:
•1• Use these templates to create finished products for yourself or your photography clients. (Must be flattened jpgs, when in digital format). You can use these templates to create samples for your studio’s printed marketing materials, as well as for your studio’s online presence.
•2• Change colors, fonts, the position of the different layout elements (where the design permits) to meet the needs of your studio and pho- tography clients.

YOU MAY NOT:
•1• Re-distribute or sell these files/templates (as a whole or parts of them) by any means, for free or for a fee and pass them as your own. { When sharing a link, please share a link to the blog post, and not a direct link to the file.}
•2• Use elements from these templates in anything you are selling as a digital template.
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A natural egg dye for fun, artsy and creative Easter eggs this year

I grew up in Romania, in Eastern Europe (somewhere in Transylvania :).
Coloring eggs with dry red and yellow onion peels is one of the things I remember vividly about our every Easter preparation. The fun part for us kids was always the hunt for herbs and leaves. Mom did most of the work through the process, until my 2 younger brothers and myself grew older and could help more.

This looks like a really cool technique now, but the funny thing is that growing up we wished plenty of times for regular pink and blue dyed eggs, adorned with stickers. And we had those too as commercial dyes were available, but we always had the onion dyed Easter eggs with fun, organic leaf patterns!

Last year around Easter time, I posted the screenshot below - of our naturally dyed Easter eggs - on the EW Couture Facebook page. A number of people asked me in the comments and through messages to blog or pin the image for this year's Easter. So, here it is!

Hope you have fun with these! :)

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • eggs
  • a small grocery bag of dry onion skins from yellow and red onions - the darker the better! (I definitely preffer the red) - about 6 packed cups
  • freshly picked herbs and leaves for decoration
  • nylon stockings (to wrapp the eggs in - individually)
  • string
  • scissors
  • a few tablespoons of white vinegar (and/or salt)
  • stainless soup pot or sauce pan
  • slotted spoon
  • strainer
  • olive oil (or other edible oil; or unsalted butter) - to polish the eggs at the end


BEFORE YOU GET STARTED:

• Carefully wash the eggs and remove anything that might be clinging to the surface of the eggs.
• These instructions assume you start with raw eggs. The eggs are boiled after you decorate them.
• Each egg needs to be wrapped individually, so the leaf/grass blades/herbs/flower petals stay tight to the egg shell. That way the leaf will be able to keep the dye color from penetrating the eggshell in the covered area, and you will have the pretty shape, at the end.
• The eggs taste normal, no onion flavor!
• You can use any kind of leaves - my daughter went outside in the back yard and picked some from the lawn. ...Clover leaves, small dandelion leaves, parsley - they'll work perfect!


RED ONION DRY SKIN DYED EASTER EGGS

1. Collect a small bag of red (and yellow) dry onion skins. Most often the local small grocery store will save the skins if you ask.

2. In a stainless pan, place the onion skins and the white vinegar in 4-6 cups of water - depending on how many eggs you will be dyeing - and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes. (If decorating and wrapping the eggs is taking longer, you can always turn off the heat and let it cool off at room temperature.)

3. Meantime decorate and wrap the eggs. When applying the leaves, apply them wet - it makes it easier to get them to stick to the egg and they stay in place when wrapping them in the thin nylon stocking. Wrap each egg gently and tightly in the stocking, and tie the stocking around it. Cut the excess stocking and gently place the wrapped egg on a plate

4. Gently place the eggs in the pot with the onion skins, with the slotted spoon. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

5. When boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat.

6. The longer the eggs sit in the dyeing liquid, the deeper the color.
If they are not red enough, allow them to sit in the warm liquid for at least 10 more minutes or until the desired color is achieved. You may refrigerate them in the liquid overnight for a nice deep color.
(I don't remember mom ever keeping them overnight. She always seemed to get the color just right. The few tablespoons of vinegar and/or the salt in the boiling water, will always help darken the color of the egg shells.)

7. Transfer each egg to a plate and cut the stocking with a pair of scissors.
Peel back and discard the herbs. Pat the eggs dry with a paper towel, or let them air dry on the plate or in a strainer.
Mom never seems to wait long for the eggs to cool off, as the plants tend to dry quick. It makes it hard to peel them off. However, if that happens, you can place the eggs in water again, so the plants get moist and easy to handle.

8. To add luster and close the pores of the eggshells, the eggs need to be smeared with a little oil, wax, bacon or butter (unsalted! - don't ask me how I know ;)

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Miss Audrey, helping grandma :)

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With my oldest turning 4 last year, I wanted to carry the tradition in our little family.
So we invited grandma over and we all had fun together! I documented the experience for our family album, and from all the images I picked a hand full that show the process for you. It's all natural and really awesome, as you can get as creative as you like! :)

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Behind the Art - Getting to know Amanda K of Amanda K Photography

We all have our artists that we admire and that inspire us. People that we would love to meet and learn more about. Some of us dream of watching them work for a day through a session, or maybe sit down with them and listen to them talk about what makes them come alive, about struggles, and learn all we can over a cup of coffee.

Amanda K of Amanda K Photography is one of the artists whose work inspired and shaped my own work in many ways. I've been collaborating with Amanda for a few years now. She is a beautiful lady, inside and out! It's been an honor and it is an honor to feature her work in EW Couture products! And many times, products have been inspired by her art.

Her work is emotional, filled with light and pushes the boundaries in innovative and unique ways. As a simple viewer of her photos, at times I feel transported to those unique moments that she captures in her sessions and weddings.

I am thrilled to be able to share this interview and some of her favorite work with you!
You can find Amanda's website here, or connect with her on her Facebook business page.

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photo courtesy Laura Nelson Photography

What are some of the places you’ve called home? Where is home now?  I was born in Southern California and moved up to Oregon when I was just an infant. I have lived in Medford for just under 40 years.

What do you love about living in Medford?  I love living in Southern Oregon!. We are blessed with 4 beautiful seasons, we are only 2 1/2 hours away for the beautiful Oregon Coast line, and am only 15 miles north of the California Border. Medford is still a relatively small town and we are surrounded by mountains, vineyards, lakes and rivers. It's been a wonderful city to raise my family.

You travel a lot shooting weddings. If you could live anywhere on planet Earth, where would you build your dream home?  Traveling for weddings has been nothing short of amazing. I am always overwhelmed when couples feel connected to me enough to want to bring me to them. It's a true honor. There are so many places within the US that I still dream of seeing and shooting in; however, to answer your question it would have to be Maui. If money was no object, I would love to have a 2nd home there. I love the simplicity of the island life, and I could spend DAYS wandering the beaches there.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?  My favorite vacation destination is hands down, without a doubt, ITALY. I was blessed with a trip there this past October, and Italy with forever hold a piece of my heart.

How did your photography journey begin and how long have you been a photographer?  My photography journey began just after I walked through a very difficult season in my life. Twelve years ago, I lost my husband in an accident, leaving me and our three little ones behind. The rug was literally pulled from underneath me. I was sitting on the floor of my mom's living room numbly going through boxes and boxes of prints (snapshots) that I photographed of him and our children. Those prints became the most valuable treasure I had. They were his legacy. They were a tangible memory and glimpse into the relationship my children had with their amazing daddy. I learned to appreciate the medium of photography in an entirely new way. It became my passion...my tool for healing. Photographing life became like oxygen for me in a world that I didn't recognize anymore. I never imagined that God would take me this far...beauty from ashes. Photography has never been about me, but about the new relationships I have established through documenting the life and love of amazing people.

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How would you describe your photography style? How it came to be?  The style of my art has evolved and changed so much throughout this past 9 years..just I have changed. My passion is the human element and the gamut of emotions that we all feel and portray. I am not inspired by "pretty things" but the authenticity of the human spirit and the love shared between two people in love. My style has been labeled by others as romantic, ethereal, and soulful.

I love the way you see light and your use of it. Has “finding the light” come naturally for you? What is your best tip for finding great light?  Thank you! Learning the light comes from shooting in every lighting situation you can imagine and by shooting A LOT. I learn something new about light every time I shoot. Time of day, location, time of year, and the colors of your surroundings ALL affect the light quality in an image. It becomes second nature. It's also about KNOWING your equipment and using the light to create depth and life in the image.

You have an amazing artistic eye and it’s obvious in your images. How do you stay inspired?  Staying inspired. That is the million dollar question. :)  It's so easy as creatives to allow ourselves to be submerged in wedding blogs, pinterest, etc etc. We are all exposed daily to beautiful art and imagery. I have found that I need to step away from looking at other peoples work before a shoot as I don't want to be influenced by everything I have seen, but to photograph what I SEE. I will admit, there are days or even weeks that I feel completely deflated and uninspired. That is when I force myself to shoot a personal project. I always walk away from those sessions re-charged and excited again about my work. Ultimately, it's the couples I get to work with. They inspire me more than anything else.

The first photographer that comes to your mind. What is it about their work that inspires you?  Elizabeth Messina. Her film work evokes a true feeling of "awe" when I look at it. She has mastered her art.

Who was the first photographer you stalked? Stalked might be a strong word, but who would you say that had a huge impact in your growth as an artist?  Red Leaf Studios would be the first photographer team that I was completely smitten with. Their couples portraiture absolutely captivated me. They are from Canada and the locations they shot in were breathtaking as well. I loved the romantic feel to their work.

I love the way you introduce yourself on your blog, to your readers: 
“I am a wife. I am a mother to 3 amazing human beings. I am a believer in God, and worshipper of Christ. I am an artist. I am a widow. I am a lover of warmth. I am insecure. I am hopeful. I am driven. I am passionate. I am blessed. I am ordinary. I am Amanda K, and it’s not about ME.“
Where does photography fall into place in your life? Being your own boss can sometimes let work take over your life. Have you always been able to keep work and family life in balance?
  Keeping my life in balance is a DAILY battle. LOL I have learned to prioritize and to make the best use of my time. I strive to make every moment count. My now husband and I have learned to be a team...he is wonderful about taking care of the house duties that I just don't have time for. When my 3 children were young, photography took a back seat and as they have grown more independent, I have been able to expand my business and invest more time into it. Number one key, keep away from distractions. Social Media can either make or break you.  :)

What are three fun facts about you that most people don’t know?  Funny thing, this was the toughest question for me to answer. Ha Ha!  
a) My greatest fear is being eaten alive by a wild animal  (I'm not even kidding...I obsess over it)
b) The three things I can't live without are coffee, my electric blanket, and my GPS
c) My husband is 16 years older than me and I have a 29 and 26 year old step-son and daughter. :)

I love how perfectly you describe yourself. If you could only use one word to describe your photographic style what would it be?  Soulful

Looking back, from the beginning of your journey in photography, what has been your favorite subject to photograph and why?  That is a tough question!! I love high school seniors. They are always SO excited to be in front of the camera and are always willing to let me try new ideas. However, there is something SO rewarding about photographing a couple in love. Their love is infectious!

What is in your camera bag?  I currently shoot with a Canon 5D MarkII, Canon 1V (film). Lenses include the 85mm 1.2L, 35mm1.4L, 50mm 1.2L, and a Sekonic L358 External Light Meter

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What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?  My favorite photography accessory is my STEP STOOL!  LOL  I am a whopping 5ft 3in and I haul that stool with me to EVERY shoot!

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?  I would choose the Canon 35mm 1.4L....I LOVE that lens. It is so versatile and is TACK sharp.

What is your favorite editing accessory, other than your computer (program, plug-in, Photoshop tool)? How important is Photoshop to your final images? (assuming your workflow includes Photoshop)  My favorite editing accessory is Lightroom. I make all of my initial RAW adjustments in there and touch up in CS5. I only use Photoshop to remove a blemish and to sharpen and re-size for web.

Are you a Mac or PC lover?  MAC!!!  There is no comparison!!

It’s so easy to waste money along the photography journey. What would you say has been your best investment thus far and what do you wish you’d hadn’t spend your money on?  Oh that is a GREAT question. My best investment has been my camera lenses. It's all about that glass! My greatest regret in spending is WORKSHOPS! There are only TWO artists that I would ever consider investing money to learn from. Jose Villa and Elizabeth Messina. Otherwise, there is no better way to learn to just SHOOT and SHOOT some more. There is no greater way to learn than through experimenting and failing.

What is the best choice you have made for your photography business?  The choice that I feel has made the biggest impact is to shoot what I love. I learned to put all my energy and skill into weddings, and portraiture. I didn't want to be average at everything, I wanted to be great at one thing. Having that focus has given me direction and helped me to prioritize.

Where do you hope to see your business in 10 years?  Hmmm...I have no idea. I will be an old lady by then! I would love to shoot commercial work for dress designers...that would be a dream!

What are your photography related goals for 2013?  My goal this year is to incorporate film into my workflow.

What or who got you started in wedding photography?  I was avoiding wedding photography like the plague. It terrified me! However, I was asked by the SWEETEST couple Nellie and Alan to shoot their wedding (they were like my 3rd wedding I ever photographed) and I fell in LOVE. They made the entire experience amazing and I had such a strong connection with them. They had faith in me and I am forever grateful!

Do you advertise in wedding magazines?  I do not pay for any advertising and I don't recommend ANY photographer to waste their money on that! The best form of advertising is getting your work published on wedding blogs, Facebook, and word of mouth. They are all FREE.

What is one way you do advertise Amanda K Photography?  For me it's about client care.  If my clients overall experience with me is great, then they will share that with their peers. It's all about the experience!

Your senior work is exquisite. If you could give one tip to those photographing seniors, what would it be?  Thank you so much! I have every senior fill out a fun questionnaire a few weeks before their session. It gives me a little glimpse into their lives and what they are passionate about! We talk about them the entire session...teenagers are all about THEM. :) I am at a little advantage as I have two teenage daughters, so I have a lot of insight into their world.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photographing seniors? Or is there one? You make it look SO easy! :)  The most challenging part would be that they are their worst critic. They are very critical of themselves and have unrealistic expectations. I always explain that my goal is show the world their best side, but not to "photoshop" them into someone else. It's vitally important that these girls feel beautiful just the way they are. :)

If you could give one tip to those photographing weddings, what would it be?  The one tip I would give is to be PREPARED and ORGANIZED. Never shoot without a backup camera!!

What is your dream destination wedding? Why is that?  My dream destination wedding is Italy!! I am excited to say that dream will be fulfilled this June 2013!

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?  The most challenging part about shooting weddings is TIME. The entire day is scheduled to the minute and they never run on time. I am always looking at my watch and making sure I budget my time wisely so that everything gets documented.

How do you make the bride and groom, bridal party feel relaxed in front of your camera?  I want my couples to enjoy their day, and to take the time to appreciate each other; therefore, we play music!  I have them put together a playlist and we have it playing for them during the first look and the formals.  It helps them to "feel" the moment and to not be so aware of the camera.

How many images do you average per wedding and how many do you usually present to your clients?  The average images I present to a client is between 600-800 images.

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What has been your most memorable assignment and why?  My most memorable assignment was a NYC wedding back in August of 2011. Hurricane Irene was supposed to hit the same day as the wedding ceremony. The couple almost cancelled the wedding but all of the vendors came together and worked through the night to move the wedding up 4 hours earlier. There was a citywide curfew and everyone had to be in their homes by 6:00 pm. I felt SO bad for the bride! When we arrived to begin shooting at 7:00 a.m., the atmosphere in the room was absolutely serene and joyful. It was an incredible venue and the one of my favorite couples I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The day was BLESSED and everything went perfectly despite the huge storm brewing outside. It was almost as if we were in the eye of the hurricane. :)

If you could acquire a new skill, what would it be?  If I could acquire a new skill it would be play the violin...always wished I had learned to play!

A website and/or blog you visit often?  Once Wed is my favorite wedding blog!

What do you do to get centered and relaxed? What time of the day is your favorite? Why?  My favorite time of the day is the morning. I love pouring myself a cup of coffee, sitting in front of my computer to answer emails while Christian radio plays in the background. I have the whole house to myself and it's quiet.

If you could have any photographer capture your family photos, who would you choose?  Elizabeth Messina  :) I also LOVE her lifestyle work.

If you could photograph anyone, who would it be and why?  I would have loved to photograph Grace Kelly. She is the iconic princess with simple beauty.

If you could have lunch with anyone who is famous who would it be? What would be the first question you’d ask him/her?  Corrie Ten Boom...I wouldn't ask her a thing. I would just want her know what an inspiration she is.

Your favorite film (movie) of all time?  I Am Sam.....LOVE LOVE that movie

Your favorite guilty pleasure?  Favorite guilty pleasure is the Bachelor!! Ugh...I get sucked into that show every season.  LOL

Something you are still learning...  Everything!  Parenting, business, my art....I will never get to the place where I feel I have nothing left to learn.

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Thank you so much Amanda for the interview and letting me (and us) learn more about you and your business, and also sharing your heart-felt work!

You can learn more about Amanda and follow her work through her blog and website. You can also find her on Facebook. If you were inspired by her art and her words, head over to Amanda's Facebook page and leave her some love! :)

Free 20x24 story board / table top display

This month's download was inspired by an email I received from a EW Couture fan. Thank you Mark B!

 

The layered, customizable, clean EW Couture 20x24 print collage can be easily adjusted to fit your brand.
Use it as a table top display to show off your work
at a silent auction or another similar event. A matching 2 sided 5x7 card is also included in the download. To promote the event on Facebook or on your blog, customize and use only one of the sides of the card.

...Not a part of many silent auction events? Use it create a memorable gift for your best 2012 clients and reward their loyalty with a beautiful story board that showcases images from your session together.

To download the files, simply click the preview image below.
If you have a friend, or know someone who you believe could use this, please share it. You are not obligated by any means to do so, but I always do appreciate your pins, shares, likes or tweets. Thank you! Enjoy! :)

Unless otherwise specified,
• The template files are layered Photoshop (.PSD) files,
• The files are compatible with Photoshop CS and higher, for Mac and PC. To make the files compatible with Photoshop Elements, check out this free resource - a free ungroup layers action for elements
• The templates are designed to be as simple as possible. Simply drop in your photos (if applicable), change the text, and you’re done; colors are editable whenever possible, should you choose to further customize the files.
• Text is fully editable - most of the fonts used with this bundle are free, names are supplied. the web addresses where you can download them are included in the layer naming convention in each of the files.
When paid fonts are used, the text is flattened. If you wish to change the text, simply delete the layer and add your own text.

To customize the colors of the color layers and shape layers, simply double click on the color slider thumbnail to bring up the color picker.

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AGREEMENT/TERMS OF USE

YOU MAY:
•1• Use these templates to create finished products for yourself or your photography clients. (Must be flattened jpgs, when in digital format). You can use these templates to create samples for your studio’s printed marketing materials, as well as for your studio’s online presence.
•2• Change colors, fonts, the position of the different layout elements (where the design permits) to meet the needs of your studio and photography clients.

YOU MAY NOT:
•1• Re-distribute or sell these files/templates (as a whole or parts of them) by any means, for free or for a fee and pass them as your own. { When sharing a link, please share a link to the blog post, and not a direct link to the file.}
•2• Use elements from these templates in anything you are selling as a digital template.
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© 2013 Elena Wilken / Elena Wilken P&GA

Get Organized - January's free download - Photo Studio Worksheets

I've been playing around with the idea of creating something like this for a while now. This bundle of worksheets was born from my own need for tools that would help me get more organized and help me get more out of my work time.

I don't know about you, but I stray off tasks easily, when I don't have some sort of written plan in place. Not because I get lazy, but rather because I always seem to find some other things that need my 'immediate attention' :)

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My husband made for me a large black board at the end of last year (a mirror from Ikea + a few coats of chalckboard paint). That and the 'idea notebooks' that I keep handy, close by, have been really helping me to keep my mind clear and be in the moment. Not once I got up after going to bed, to put on paper the ideas swimming in my head. Anything to make room for an enjoyable half an hour of reading and sweet slumber.

The mere thought that my thoughts are on paper or on the chalkboard, and there is no way I will forget them, helps me relax. I am getting better about playing doll house with my daughter without running in the back of my head all the things that I need to tackle the next day.

Now, I just need to stick to the plans that I make, and all is well! ;)

Allowing for larger margins with all projects is something I still need to work on. Designing the last marketing bundle took twice the time I planned for. Things always take longer than you expect. ...Factor in a sick child that can not go to school or child care, and culling and editing the images from that last photo session you were planning to work on, just got pushed back another day or two.

If rules are made to be broken, then plans are made to be changed sometimes. Life happens. ...I am sure planning though, to be more prepared for life's happenings in 2013. :) And allow plenty of margins for changes.

I thought this download might turn out to be very valuable for others who will find the post later, down the road this year, so there is no expiration and time limit on it for now.

If you have a friend, or know someone who you believe could benefit from this please share it. You are not obligated by any means to do so, but I will be forever grateful to you (and your friend/s might be too :) To download the files, simply click the preview image below.

The Get Organized Studio Worksheets bundle contains the following materials:
1 • a 12x18 Workflow Studio Customizable Dry Erase Board (the board is designed to fit Miller Lab's  product specs) in .psd format
2 • a monthly calendar - interactive pdf format
3 • a blog post worksheet - interactive pdf format
4 • a client worksheet - interactive pdf format
5 • a weekly calendar - interactive pdf format

Unless otherwise specified,
• The template files are layered Photoshop (.PSD) files,
• The files are compatible with Photoshop CS and higher, for Mac and PC. To make the files compatible with Photoshop Elements, check out this free resource - a free ungroup layers action for elements
• The templates are designed to be as simple as possible. Simply drop in your photos (if applicable), change the text, and you’re done; colors are editable whenever possible, should you choose to further customize the files.
• Text is fully editable - most of the fonts used with this bundle are free, names are supplied. the web addresses where you can download them are included in the layer naming convention in each of the files.
When paid fonts are used, the text is flatened. If you wish to change the text, simply delete the layer and add your own text.

To customize the colors of the color layers and shape layers, simply double click on the color slider thumbnail to bring up the color picker.

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AGREEMENT/TERMS OF USE

YOU MAY:
•1• Use these templates to create finished products for yourself or your photography clients. (Must be flattened jpgs, when in digital format). You can use these templates to create samples for your studio’s printed marketing materials, as well as for your studio’s online presence.
•2• Change colors, fonts, the position of the different layout elements (where the design permits) to meet the needs of your studio and pho- tography clients.

YOU MAY NOT:
•1• Re-distribute or sell these files/templates (as a whole or parts of them) by any means, for free or for a fee and pass them as your own. { When sharing a link, please share a link to the blog post, and not a direct link to the file.}
•2• Use elements from these templates in anything you are selling as a digital template.
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© 2013 Elena Wilken / Elena Wilken P&GA

This-n-That High Rezolution Photoshop Overlays

New design elements have been added to the store.

These new Photoshop overlays are great for those times you might not need a fully designed template. Sometimes all you need might be some quality design elements. Photoshop overlays that you can use to add finishing touches to your own creation, before you send it off to print or present it to your client.

That's where these high resolution beautifully created Photoshop banners, scrolls and tape pieces come in.

••• Purchase it HERE •••

The Details: 

• The hand drawn banners,ribbons and the tape pieces all come as layered, editable .psd files
• The .psd files are high rezolution. Web rezolution copies of each one of the files are also included, to make working with the files painless.
• Easily modifiable colors to make matching your images or blog theme a snap
• Text layers for changing from my sample words (YOUR TEXT HERE) to your own 
• Name and download link for the free font used in the samples shown
• The words on the typographic themed tape are not editable. All fonts that are used as part of the tape design are flattened as a graphic. The colors of both the words and the tape are easily editable.
If you wish to know the name of any of the fonts used, please feel free to email me.

The details: 

The Blog Collage Brush Strokes collection files you'll receive are sized at 300 dpi.
They are designed for print, as well as web usage.
They are compatible with both Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS or newer.

Included:
•••• 12 patterned long strips of customizable washi tape/masking tape pieces in .psd format
•••• 13 patterened ripped strips of customizable washi tape/masking tape pieces in .psd format, at different sizes
•••• 13 typography themed, organic shaped strips of customizable washi tape/masking tape pieces in .psd format
•••• 13 organic shaped strips of customizable transparent masking tape pieces in .psd format
•••• 6 hand drawn/hand painted banners and ribbons in .psd format

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Spotted - in MpixPro's Press Catalog

It was exciting to spot the other day the Moments to Remember 4x8 Accordion Book customized, printed and showcased in MpixPro's online press catalog. It's one of my favorite 4x8 EW Couture 4x8 accordion book designs.

In the Spotlight - Moments to Remember 4x8 Accordion Book

Photo Lab - MpixPro

Images showcased by MpixPro in the book by Bree Schaap/Schaap Studios

 

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Modern Leaf 4x8 Accordion Book

Accordion Books are a great addition to any packages you might be offering, and just as great to use as a thank you gift for your clients.
An article on MpixPro's blog lists the most popular ways to use an Accordion Book:

  • { excerpt - Love Accordion Books | MpixPro blog}
    • " Senior rep programs – Give your senior reps a cool, easy-to-carry-and-share book featuring a number of your best images. Seniors fall in love with this unique product, making it easy for them to sell their friends on it.
    • Children and family sessions – Families go gaga over this alternative to an album. It’s affordable and avoids making them choose between only a few images to share. Sell to parents as a keepsake and as a gift for grandparents and other family members.
    • Weddings – Use in a plethora of ways for the bride and groom. Give as a client gift for purchasing at a certain level or sell as a carry-and-share book in addition to an upscale album.
    • Boudoir sessions – A great way to package these intimate photos. Design one side as a centerfold featuring one large image in all its glory, then design the flip side with several smaller images, giving you the best of several worlds."  ~ Love Accordion Books | MpixPro blog

Photo Lab: Miller's Lab
Product Showcased: Modern Leaf Accordion Book

Sale: 50% Off 2012 Design Market EW Couture holiday templates

Stock up for next year’s busy season with this 50% off 2012 Design Market holiday templates sale on EW Couture Miller's Lab Exclusive designs. For two days only, December 27 through 28, take HALF OFF stylish designs all ready and waiting to be customized. Just enter code HOLIDAYSTOCKUP to start saving.

IMPORTANT:

  • Applies to 2012 holiday Design Market designs ONLY.
  • Promo code HOLIDAYSTOCKUP MUST BE entered at checkout to receive discount.
  • Accounts cannot be credited for those who do not enter the promo code.
  • Promo code cannot be applied to orders submitted before the sale date.
  • Promotion is two days only, from 12 a.m. Central on Thursday, December 27, 2012 to 11:59 p.m. Central on Friday, December 28, 2012.

via Miller's Lab Blog.

>>> EW Couture Miller's Lab Exclusive line in Miller's Design Market (sale price not reflected in the screenshot. Promo code HOLIDAYSTOCKUP MUST BE entered at checkout to receive the 50% off discount.)

Painted Frames 4x8 Accordion Book

4x8 Accordion Books are not just the perfect client gift for senior sessions, baby sessions, boudoir or weddings. They are are suitable for ALL types of photography!

To name just one reason why I love Miller's Lab 4x8 accordion books - they are the perfect "word of mouth" marketing tool. A perfect carry-and-share size book, they allow you to showcase a relatively large number of images from your client's session.

Photo Lab: Miller's Lab
Product Showcased: Painted Frames Accordion Book

The 4x8 Painted Frames Accordion Book folded...

...and details of the frames, borders and the 3 different styles of tape pieces that can be turned off or moved and switched around.

Spotted - in Miller's Professional Photographer ad

I took this image with my iPhone a while back, when I first spotted the Memories are Forever 4x8 Accordion Book. A Memories are Forever 4x8 Accordion Book, as customized and as envisioned by McClanahan Studio in a Miller's Lab ad, in Professional Photographer Magazine.
It was very exciting to recognize it! I love Miller's and I admire Dan and Alex McClanahan - an extremely accomplished husband/wife photography duo - very much.

...Tonight while looking through images of EW Couture photographed products, I came accross it and realized I never shared this on the blog. So here it is. For posterity :)

4x8-Accordion-Book-Millers-ad-Professional-Photographer-magazine.jpg

Photo Lab - Miller's Professional Imaging (Miller's Lab)
McClanahan Studio Website | McClanahan Studio Facebook Page

Spotted/featured product - Memories are Forever 4x8 Accordion Book

Another Senior announcement with Andi Artze Photography - 2A Photography

Not so very long ago, I featured one other Senior announcement with Andi Artze Photography - 2A Photography. :)

Here is another set of lovely images she sent in at that time, of the Lily Kate 5x5 Top Folded Luxe Card, that she customized for one of her seniors.

Andi Artze Photography-2A Photography | Andi's Facebook business page

Product Showcased: Lily Kate 5x5 Top Folded Luxe Card
Photo Lab: Miller's Lab