Flourish Emporium :: Resources for Professional Photographers :: August's Giveaway

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

I am pretty sure that each one of you can remember which was the first set of actions or textures you have ever bought, or who was that introduced you to the magic of post processing. I think that is one of those things that one won't forget, especially when it turns out to be an awesome experience and makes you feel better about yourself, as a artist.

I 'heart' this giveaway, and the person behind it a whole lot. Nichole Van and her color pop actions (and several other textures and actions later on) were the first to take me to the magic land of post processing. But what's even more important than that, it is what I was able to learn about post processing (level, curves, adjustment layers and so on) just by dysecting and paying attention at how she built her actions.That's one thing that I liked a lot about her from the beginning - she seems to be a teacher at heart.

The prize for this giveaway is a $75 gift certificate to Nichole's Flourish Emporium website.

Flourish offers actions, presets, templates, textures, borders and brushes for professional photographers. Most importantly, Flourish gives you solutions to workflow problems. All Flourish products come with detailed instructions and some even come with video tutorials, walking you through how to get the most out of your purchase. Flourish products have been repeatedly praised for being easy to use, highly versatile and delivering consistent results.

Recently, Flourish launched their 2010 Holiday Template collection, featuring charming, unique templates like the Autumn Sparrow set, which features vintage drawings of birds and trees. The sets offer clean, simple layouts which will compliment your photos, not compete with them.

An international award-winning photographer, Nichole Van Valkenburgh has repeatedly been recognized for her artistic style and creative vision. She won the prestigious International 8x10 Portrait of the Year Grand Award from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) for 2007. Her work was featured on the cover of Rangefinder magazine in August 2009 and she was featured in Professional Photography magazine in March 2010. She has also taken First, Second and Third place honors from WPPI in international print competitions and has received numerous Accolades of Excellence. Nichole currently holds an Accolade of Photographic Mastery from WPPI.
In addition to her love for photography, Nichole loves teaching and enjoyed being English faculty at Brigham Young University for nearly 10 years. As the best of both worlds, teaching photography to others is her passion. Nichole currently offers international photography workshops focusing on helping others enhance creativity and artistry in their photos. Combining her excellence in teaching with her photographic knowledge, her {Life as Art} Workshops are quickly revamping industry standards for photographic workshops.
Nichole lives in southern Utah County, Utah with her husband and three children. You can see her work at www.nicholeV.com.



How do you enter to win the $75 gift certificate?

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: Join the Flourish Emporium: Resources for Professional Photographers Facebook Page then come back here and comment to let me know that you did that. If you are a "liker" of their page already just leave a comment stating so.

Second Entry: Leave a comment sharing what were the first actions you used in your post processing (if you use/have used actions). What would you say that determines your post processing style? Do you do much post procesing on your images?

Third Entry: Leave a comment answering the question: "Do you find yourself going through phases and trying different processing styles on different images, or do you keep the same consistent workflow for all your images?"

Extra Entries: (want more chances? here is an 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. 

win a $75 gift card from Nichole Van's Flourish Emporium :: Resources for Professional Photographers! on EW Couture http://bit.ly/a6jIzM

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 Saturday, September 4th, at 10pm PST. One winning entrie will be randomly chosen from all of the comments. The winner will be announced on Sunday, the 5th, in the morning. Good luck everyone!

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