December 2010 :: A Giveaway to Make Your Day!

*** The entries for this giveaway are now closed. ***

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I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU! to all the vendors who so graciously made this giveaway possible and hopefully exciting and a lot of fun for you guys!

With a line up of lots of awesome prizes this giveaway will have 11 winners.

Well, a lot more than that, if you guys take advantage of some of the discount codes that part of the vendors made available for all those participating in the giveaway, and all EW Couture blog readers.

Have fun, spread the word and good luck!!

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Jessica Drossin is a natural light photographer working in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. A self-described texture addict, she creates and uses textures in the vast majority of her photography work.

You can follow Jessica on Facebook through the FB Texture group, or browse more of her photography work at Jessica Drossin Photography.

Jessica is no stranger to EW Couture Collection. A few months ago she wrote an article for the blog and shared a few tips on integrating textures in photographs.

The winner of this prize can chose 2 sets ($50 value) of her very unique textures that she's been using in her own post processing.

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Miller's Professional Imaging is the largest professional lab organization in the United States. They provide professional prints and press products for professional photographers in all fifty states. Since the beginning, the lab developed a reputation for having the highest quality products, customer service, and technologies in the industry, which made them become a preferred lab of professional photographers nationwide.

Connect with Miller's Professional Imaging through their Facebook page and learn more about them and their products on Miller's website.

The winner of this prize will receive a free order of Accordion Minis and can also choose 1 of the Miller Lab's Exclusive EW Couture Accordion Mini with custom cover templates, available in Miller's Lab Design Market Store.

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 " [...] You need to step back and put a price on your time. Start valuing yourself! Don’t wait for someone to tell you that you are worth $5K if you already feel like you should be! You determine your own worth- no one else can do that for you.

Think like a successful business thinks. Think like COACH handbags.  You either pay my price or you don’t. Period. Bottom line. That’s how it is.

Do you see Coach, Louis Vuitton & Versace trying to figure out how to entice the Wal-Mart crowd to shop at their retail locations by offering an affordable product? Absolutely not! They know what they are worth and they set their prices based on worth. If they aren’t getting the sales they need- they evaluate their marketing efforts. How can we be more appealing? What is hip? What are our clients looking for? They do not base their prices on what they think will be enticing. They set their prices on what they know they are worth- and we pay them because we value them. If we don’t value $400 handbags- we don’t buy them, right?

It’s the same that goes for your clients. They may love your work- but if they don’t value your work, then they aren’t the clients for you. These types of clients will not give you the base that you need to have a longstanding, profitable, successful business. And isn’t that what we are all working towards.

So where DO you start when it comes to pricing?  Easy As Pie gives the new business photographer the direction that they need through common sense thinking that will help them achieve a high sales/low volume business and the established photographer the ideas to maximize their sales and kick their business to the next level. From session fees to minimum order requirements, collections to baby plans- there is no need to pull your hair out trying to figure it all out. It’s now Easy as Pie ;-) " ~ excerpt from Alicia Caine's introduction to the guide for a giveaway several months back.

The winner of this prize will receive a copy of Easy as Pie pricing guide ($349).

Connect with Alicia through Easy as Pie Facebook page, and make sure to go and get a free chapter of EAP from her website!

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Michelle Kane is perhaps best known for her in-depth one-on-one editing mentoring where she teaches photographers how to truly understand and utilize the tools available in Lightroom and Photoshop to create stunning works of art. Now, she's taken her signature editing approach and translated it into a fantastically versatile and extensive set of Photoshop actions.

Michelle's actions were specifically designed to give you amazing control over color, tone and detail. By combining multiple actions, the creative possibilities for defining your look are endless. Best of all, the wide variety and ease of use will help to quickly and easily refine your editing, reducing valuable time spent behind the computer. From deep, rich and vibrant to light, airy and faded, Michelle's complete action sets work together to compliment any photo editing style to create an array of yummy customized results!

Two lucky winners (prizes 4&5) will each receive the pre-release of Michelle's 2 hearty action collections.

Look for the highly anticipated wide release of Michelle Kane's Signature Actions at the end of January. Be sure to visit her on her blog and Facebook page and subscribe to her newsletter, "In the Know," to receive valuable tips, tutorials and discounts.

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See the info on prize n˚4! ;)

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"Talent is absolutely necessary, but it can only take you so far. The Workshop Workbook will help you turn that talent into a sustainable and enjoyable career by arming you with the knowledge you need to become the amazing, successful photographer you know you can be.

The Workshop Workbook will help you turn that talent into a sustainable and enjoyable career by arming you with the knowledge you need to become an amazing, successful photographer. The Workbook shares my personal process and shows you how I have made a successful career as a child photographer. I share my secrets and strategies, in both business and creative inspiration, to help guide you. Everything that I taught in my Soulographer workshops is now right here at your fingertips, for you to work through at your own pace and always have at your disposal to refer back to."

~ Skye Hardwick Edmonds of Work of Art Photography

The winner of this prize will receive a copy of the Workshop Workbook ($399).

Connect with Skye through her Soulographer Blog - featuring giveaways, articles, interviews and more, or through her Facebook page.

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Discount Code Offer - the first 15 people to use the discount code " ew " will get the Workshop Workbook for $199 (reg. $399) - this includes the free goodies such as the Posing Guide (reg. $125) for free. Offer ends 1/4/11

Find the Workshop Workbook here and the Posing Guide here.

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Ready to take your post processing to a whole new level?  Andee of CRAVE PHOTOGRAPHY will be giving away a FREE mentoring session! 

You will be able to view her computer screen and watch her go through her editing process live!  Everything will be explained and demonstrated step by step!  You will learn how to get creamy skin tones, razor sharp photos, beautiful eyes, deep rich shadows, juicy light, vivid colors, vintage looks, work with textures, etc.....  The mentoring session will take place in January.

Connect with Andee through her Facebook page and learn more about her work on her blog.

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Discount Code Offer - "I will be offering an exclusive discount to Crave Photography and EW Couture fans. Receive $50 dollars off when you book a group online or private one on one mentoring session. Offer expires February 1st 2011.  Just make sure you mention EW Couture to receive the discount. You may contact me to learn more about the details at andeet8@gmail.com"

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Shaun Paul, is a well established cellist, performer, and composer of contemporary music and music for film. His compositions span a wide range of styles and emotions and are eclectic and powerfully visual and emotional. His imaginative, emotional, and thought provoking melodies feature the cello and are accompanied by a wide range of instrumentation, very often the entire symphony orchestra. Shaun's music has received numerous accolades from those attending his live performances and is turning heads of film producers and photographers worldwide.

His intent is not only to offer original music for license, but also to work with and support those businesses and organizations who's intention are to inspire, enrich and serve their surrounding communities through there visions, creative endeavors and services.

Connect with Shaun Paul and learn more about his work through his Facebook page.

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Discount Offer -Shaun Paul is offering 20% off all music licenses purchased between now and the end of January, plus an additional 2 free compositions. That’s 6 beautiful, emotional, original, hand crafted compositions featuring solo cello written and composed by cellist Shaun Paul for $80 for the entire year! OFFER expires January 31st, 2011. Please contact Shaun Paul at info@shaunpaul.com to secure your license. Visit http://www.shaunpaul.com/licensing/licensing.htm to learn more about licensing, listen to clips and to sign up to receive a FREE full length demo album of his music!

Sound as good as you look with original award-winning compositions by Shaun Paul!

Where to purchase a license? (Be sure to contact Shaun Paul directly to secure your 20% off before the end of January before using the link.)

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photo credit - Brenda Horan Photography

The winner of this prize will receive a 16x20 frame - winner's choice of style and color.

The Organic Bloom - Spunky & Elegant Custom Framing available exclusively to Professional Photographers.

Make sure to check out Organic Bloom's Facebook Page to learn more about them and their fabulous products!

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Debi owns Life's Images Photography and has been photographing newborns for 9 years. After searching for unique props and marketing ideas for her own studio she decided to share these with other photographers.  At Marketing and Props for Photographers you'll find marketing guides and newborn props like beautiful antique bowl replicas and one of a kind finds from the local auction house.

The winner of this prize will receive a $40 gift certificate toward a newborn bowl at Marketing and Props for Photographers.

Connect with Debi through her Facebook page.

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Discount Code Offer - This link will take you to a secret sale page and give you 10% off your order.Offer expires January 6th 2011.

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The winner of this prize will receive a copy of the Posing Guide.

Connect with Skye through her Soulographer Blog - featuring giveaways, articles, interviews and more, or through her Facebook page.

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Discount Code Offer - the first 15 people to use the discount code " ew " will get the Workshop Workbook for $199 (reg. $399) - this includes the free goodies such as the Posing Guide (reg. $125) for free. Offer ends 1/4/11

Find the Workshop Workbook here and the Posing Guide here.

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The winner of this prize will receive a free order of Rep Cards and can also choose 1 of the Miller Lab's Exclusive EW Couture Senior Rep Card templates, available in Miller's Lab Design Market Store.

Connect with Miller's Professional Imaging through their Facebook page and learn more about them and their products on Miller's website.

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How do you enter to win?

There are multiple chances to enter - you can pick and choose, or use them all :) Remember to make separate comments for each one of the entries, so each comment counts as a separate entry!

First Entry:Leave a comment answering the question: "What are 1 or 2 of your main goals for your business in 2011 and what are you going to be doing to work towards achieving them?"

 

Extra Entries: (want more chances? here is a SUPER easy way) Give a shout out! Facebook, tweet, blog, post to a favorite forum… spread the love about the giveaway :) Come back here and leave a link to your shout out in the comments for each posting - each counts as a separate entry. 

NOTE (edit 12.31.10 // 11:51 a.m.) - Since it could so easily get out of hand, please keep the entries in the comments at one per each "venue" - one for the business FB page, one for the personal FB page, one for twitter, and one for each of the any other forums you might be a part of (i.e. ILP, clicking moms, groups on flickr...). please do include the links to the posts you made, in the comments.

Please read the details carefully before you enter, so you make sure your entries are qualified, if one of your comments is picked as a winning one. 

• To have your comments count as separate entries, please leave a separate comment for each one of the entries.

• If one of your entries is randomly picked as a winner, not having a name associated with the comment and/or a website address will cause you to loose the winning status. (if you choose to leave your e-mail address rest assured it is safe; I hate spam probably even more than you do. A name and website/blog address will suffice though.)  

• The contest starts now and will close on Thursday, January 6th, at 10pm PST. The 11 winners will be announced on Friday, the 7th. Good luck everyone!

Disclaimer: EW Couture Collection/Elena Wilken only recommends products that she believes are worthy of being recommended. (Elena Wilken does not receive compensation for recommending services or products and the opinions and views expressed on the blog are simply the blog owner's views and opinions.) However, any product claim, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or vendor. EW Couture Collection (Elena Wilken) can not be held responsible for products or services you are buying from other vendors.

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