Customer Appreciation Week and Giveaway

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Why a Customer Appreciation Week?

The EW Couture Collection Customer Appreciation Week is a celebration and a thank you to the many photographers who support EW Couture Collection, vist the blog and also make it possible for me to create and offer all the EW Couture goodies.

How do you enter to win the giveaway?

Prizes 1 through 10 and the prizes from Miller's Lab require 2 separate entries.

Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win any of the prizes numbered 1-10. Should you win, you will also be given the privilege to nominate a photographer you would like to share with one of the items in the prize package you won.

For the 2 prizes from Miller's Lab - 100 Folded Luxe Cards print order & the 20x30 Gallery Wrap - SUBMIT A PHOTO:
* Every photo you submit of your creations using EW Couture products from the EW Couture Miller’s Exclusive Line counts as an entry. Submit product images of more than one product for multiple entries and chances to win.
* Every different product (photo) using templates from the EW Couture Miller's Exclusive Line will also receive a $25 credit redeemable towards templates from the the iPhone/iPod Cases line and the Blog Boards.

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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. 

• 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.)  
• The giveaway starts now and will close on Friday, February 17th, at 10pm PST. The winners will be announced on Saturday, the 18th. 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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Professional Photographer Magazine kindly offered a Free 4-month Trial Subscription to Professional Photographer Magazine to all EW Couture visitors. Thank you Professional Photographer Magazine!
* 4 FREE issues - Photographers outside U.S. applying, will receive 4 free digital versions of the magazine instead of print. ** This offer is for new subscribers only. PPA members receive the magazine as part of their dues so this offer does not apply.

To receive a FREE four-month subscription to Professional Photographer, simply fill out the form under the Professional Photographer magazine description, below.

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Free 4-month Trial Subscription to Professional Photographer magazine – a monthly must-read to unlock the secrets to success in photography …one page at a time.
Grow your business. Find inspiration. Learn about the latest technology & equipment. Enjoy!

Click here to receive 4 FREE issues of Professional Photographer Magazine.

* This offer is for new subscribers only.
* PPA members receive the magazine as part of their dues so this offer does not apply.

* Non-domestic applicants will receive 4 free digital versions of the magazine instead of print.

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Natural Enlightement Photography //Audrey Woulard

ActionFire // ActionFire on Facebook (Polished Picture)

ColorRight Pro Portrait // ColorRight on Facebook

HeARTy Action Collections by Michelle Kane // HeARTy Actions on Facebook (Michelle Kane Photography)

The National Association of Professional Child Photographers // NAPCP on Facebook

The Studio Inspiration Guide: Enhancing your Home-Grown Studio

Senior Portraits 101 Guide // Senior Portraits 101 on Facebook

Bohemian Symphony Collection // Oh So Posh on Facebook

Accounting for Photographers // Accounting for Photographers on Facebook

The Everything Bloom blog // the Bloom Forum on Facebook

Be Extraordinary Bloom Workshop

Miller's Professional Imaging // Miller's Facebook page

 

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About the Author/Photographer :: Audrey Woulard is a natural light photographer based out of Chicago, Illinois.  She works on location indoors and out, as well in her 2200sq natural light studio. She also works as a commercial photographer for clients national brands such as Pottery Barn Kids and Iams pet food. In addition to her photography career, she also enjoys her life as a happy wife, and a mom to 4 beautiful boys.


What other photographers say about "Natural Enlightement Photography" ::

I just had your book delivered all the way to the UK. Many thanks, you actually made me change my mind completely about how I pick a location. Available light first, background second. I was always doing this the other way round. Thanks ~ Joe Scrivens

I just want to thank you so much for your awesome book!! I got it yesterday and haven't had a chance to read through the whole thing yet but I wanted to share these 2 pictures.
They were both done at the same location at the same time of day, 1 before reading your book and 1 after reading a few chapters. Needless to say, you're amazing!! Thanks so much for the help!! I can't wait to finish the book and keep practicing :) ~ Emilie Dowd

Hey Audrey, got your book last night and just finished reading it. Loved it, thank you so much ~ Aseya Ahmed

My Natural Enlightenment Photography book arrived yesterday and I can't put it down.. Absolutely fabulous.. ~ Monica Brigden

adoring your book.......so when's the next edition coming?? Cannot wait! ~ Kathryn Staron

Hiya Audrey, received yr wonderful book yesterday here in the UK and haven't been able to put it down, thanks for sharing how yr talented mind works, i love the color and real emotion yr images bring and could look at them all day... I've been struggling with RAW images for a while now and feel so sad when watching them import into LR and that beautiful color just zaps away b4 yr very eyes, so I... ~ Nicola Thomas

I got your book the other day and just wanted to tell you - ITS AWESOME! thanks for putting out such great work! ~ Kathy Wolfe

Got my book!!!! Loving it already! ~ Lynn Lorenz Berger

Greetings from Melbourne, Australia. Happiness is ...I just received my book today the 22nd July (received a mail from ups on the 13th july). I loved reading it, The tips were so simple and tremendously helpful. Beautiful work Audrey....I am so loving the book... you have a great talent and thank you for sharing it..... ~ Bebeasart portraits | newbornbaby photography

Hi Audrey! Got your magnificent book yesterday (was sent on 6th I think) and I'm in rural NSW Australia. Love the book! One thousand Thank you's for sharing your talent x ♥ ~ Libby Morris

I have read your book about 6 times already....thanks for halving my editing time and tremendously increasing the quality of my output! The tips were so simple and obvious, but made a world of difference. I am loving the book... ~ Vicky Gwosdz

I just received my book today and loved reading every single page! Now I can't wait to go out and practice, practice, practice! Thank you from somebody (who isn't pro) but still has tons of passion, heart and hopefully soul to capture the same level of beauty with the camera. ~ Bonnie Block

My beautiful copy of Natural Enlightenment arrived yesterday! I dug right in reading, can't wait to put all the wonderful advice into action. A truly wonderful and totally simple/easy to understand format. ::LOVE it!:: Looking forward to meeting you in October! Thanks - Audrey! ~ Amy Moore

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As photographers, we are always looking for ways to save time.  Have you ever considered how much time you spend scrolling through your Actions palette in Photoshop when you're processing a session? What if you could quickly run your actions by name instead of scrolling through that long list of actions every time? With ActionFire, you can do just that!

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ActionFire is a simple Photoshop script. After it is installed, you simply set up a shortcut to run ActionFire. When you want to run an action, simply hit your shortcut key, type in any part of the action name, and hit Enter. Your action is run without ever having to open your Actions palette. This can dramatically speed up your processing time, and photographers are loving it.

See what others are saying about ActionFire...  

"...It's amazing, I don't know how I could work without it. For the price, it is the best tool I have purchased this year by far."

"Simply stated...I am in love with ActionFire...my editing time has been slashed... It’s on the top of my must-have list for photographers.”

"I LOVE ActionFire! It has been - hands down - the best investment I have made in speeding up my workflow... You really can't afford NOT to get it!"

Read more testimonials and watch ActionFire in action. Time to speed up YOUR workflow!

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What's your color?  Get your color right with the original ColorRight white balance products. No more "guessing" what the color was while editing in post. Save hours and gain money by using ColorRight products, and spend more time where you want to be ...behind the camera, in the surf, hiking a mountaintop trail, or catching a show. The ColorRight Pro Portrait gives you all the benefits from the original ColorRight Pro white balance filter, however, you get results with a slightly warmer touch. Discover even more at ColorRight Pro Portrait, or email us at info@colorright.com.

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What other Photographers say:
"I've only just heard of your tool and am desperate to get it. It is JUST what I need for a project I am doing now, a photo book of antique white jade carvings, which is particularly sensitive to color balance.  I was told to accept no ColorRight imitations, as they would be just a waste of time.  I am still shocked by HOW MUCH different it made.  Not only does it save me hours upon hours of post-production adjustments, the final photos bring out all the subtle and beautiful qualities that are important to the expert eye, that no amount of adjusting could yield before.  The results are stunning!" -Renee C.

"Tired of nerve-fraying whine of "it's too red, too blue, or too green,"...ColorRight, a quick and easy way to get spot-on color balance better than 95 percent of the time." -Jackson L.

"VERY IMPRESSIVE!  The white balance is perfect and eliminates the need for setting up a white card.  Why anyone would shoot without it is beyond me." -Art P.

"The results are absolutely spot-on.  In instances like weddings and receptions where many photos are shot in varying lighting conditions, ColorRight pays for itself in post production time savings the first time you use it." -Kerry G.

"I received the ColorRight Pro in the mail this Saturday and immediately used it at my son's soccer game a hour later.  Wonderful, thank you." -Mitchell S.

"Wow, wow, wow, I stay awake at night trying to figure out why I didn't order this product sooner.  I love it." -Seirge B.

"This product is excellent, really impressed.  You don't realize what bad pictures you have been taking until you start using something like this!!"  -Mark J.

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Developed to be extremely versatile, the HeARTy Action Collections by Michelle Kane empower you to create nearly ANY artistic look in minutes. Whether your style is delicate and hazy or vibrant and rich, or somewhere in between, the HeARTy actions give you easy-to-use tools to express your unique and artistic point of view.

Here's what other photographers are saying about the HeARTy Photoshop Actions:
"I just wanted to tell you that I am loving your new action sets!  Thank you so much for the tutorials on your blog... I am loving them and I'm having so much fun revisiting some old photos that were "drab"...and couldn't figure out how to make them pop!  Now they look amazing.  Thank you!!"—Erin Cox

"Your actions save me LOTS of time and now I'm really understanding the power of masks. I just learned a few tricks in the past few days. Studying your actions, I'm learning more about how I can create specifically what I need and want. Thank you for your precious actions!!! Again, such a wonderful TIME SAVER at the best moment!"—Remi Lai

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The National Association of Professional Child Photographers is an association whose mission is to promote and support the artistry and integrity of the most talented, creative, and professional child photographers. To accomplish this mission, NAPCP provides the most comprehensive resources for its members, bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their skills, their artistry, and their businesses.NAPCP’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive resources for professional child photographers, while creating a community of artists committed to growth in their skills, their craft, and their businesses.

NAPCP.com (formally pronounced "NAP-C-P") is a place where professional child photographers can come and connect, learn, teach, aspire and grow. It is also a valuable resource for parents who are looking for a professional child photographer in their area, and want to be inspired and educated about our specialized industry. With your free membership you will have access to an ever growing community of inspiration and knowledge while also having a creative outlet to share with your peers!

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Membership Benefits Include (and are not limited to):

  • Listing in NAPCP’s Photographer Directory. A professionally maintained SEO directory for both parents and the photographic community.
  • Direct link to member’s web-based portfolio. Increased traffic and exposure to member’s business and work.
  • Opportunity to be FEATURED as an Award-Winning professional child photographer from NAPCP Member-only image competitions.
  • Full access to NAPCP Forums. Complete with a wide-ranging topic list and organized posting structure.
  • Opportunity to enter NAPCP’s bi-annual International Image Competition.
  • Dedicated resources for professional child photographers: workshop listings, expert articles, tutorials, photo critiques, product reviews, and more. Learn from the award winning, the published, the experienced, the most sought after child photographers in the country.
  • Hundreds of dollars of member-only Vendor Discounts.
  • Learn, grow, teach, aspire, give back, network & connect.

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Monica and Jake of Photoumbra Studios are giving away two copies of their The Studio Inspiration Guide: Enhancing your Home-Grown Studio. Their home-based studio was featured in the June 2011 issue of Professional Photographers Magazine article about home-studio design and with nearly 8 years of operating a successful portrait studio out of their home their website for photographers, StudioThoughtSauce.com was born.

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This 30 page downloadable ebook features six chapters full of great information for getting the most out of your home-based portrait studio including studio photos, individual exercises and checklists to help you identify where and how your home studio can grow. 

Chapters include:

  • ONE: The Client Experience {We take you step by step through 7 critical contact points to make your client's experience a positive and memorable one. We also share ideas on how to infuse each contact point with important information to maximize your selling potential and tips on how to do this from your home studio.
  • TWO: Space Wars {Owning a home-based business not only presents the challenge of balancing work and family, it can also put you in the middle of a constant tug-a-war for space. This chapter will help you determine which spaces are best utilized for specific functions and how you can creatively utilize your space to its max!}
  • THREE: Do-it-Yourself Tips and Tricks {We walk you through several DIY ideas on how to enhance your space and client experience such as how to make your own background studio system for under $50}
  • FOUR: Keep the Bottom Line in Mind {This chapter will provide specific activities to help you be more profitable in your spending and selling.}
  • FIVE: Defining your Success {Success is measured in many different ways. We'll help you explore your own definition of success and offer tips on how to better reach your goals.}
  • SIX: Our Favorite Things {This chapter identifies the the tools and vendors we find most useful in operating a successful home studio.}
  • BONUS: Enjoy some of the graphic elements we used to create the Studio Inspiration Guide. Get 7 Doodle Frames and an entire page of fun doodle elements.
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Get the Studio Inspiration Guide for the special price of just $19.99, regulary $39. Plus, get a bonus download of 7 doodle border frames used in the book as well as several doodle embellishments! You can purchase the guide HERE.

Monica and Jake will be doing a free webinar hosted by Photobiz on this exact subject on Feb. 15th. Here is the link to sign up for the webinar.

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Jessica of Jessica Feely Photography is giving away 2 printed copies of the Senior Portraits 101 Guide.
Find Senior Portraits 101 on Facebook.

If the winners of this prize live within a 3 hour radius of Sacramento (or live outside U.S.), new winners will be chosen randomly, from the comments entered. This guide will not be sold to anyone within a 3 hour radius of Sacramento, CA.

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Accounting for Photographers // Accounting for Photographers on Facebook

In Shannan Painter's own words:
"Tax-time doesn’t have to be daunting! It’s all about being organized – AND finding an easy-to-use product that works for you!

These tools have been designed with you in mind – the photographer. They are CUSTOMIZEABLE, and can be used YEAR AFTER YEAR!

Most photographers operate as Sole Proprietors or LLCs.  If you don’t know what that means, you may want to check out my booklet on Starting Your Business 101. If you don’t pay employees, keeping financial records can be quite simple. While expensive financial-tracking software is a necessity for some businesses, most photographers will benefit from this inexpensive, user-friendly tool.

  • Track income & expenses
  • Have the math done for you!
  • Gain a better understanding of your business finances
  • Organize & consolidate your useful information
  • Eliminate surprises at tax time
  • Reduce the cost when paying your tax preparer
  • NEW!!! Features a BONUS Client Tab to store Client Data
  • Store client name, address & other contact info
  • Drop-down tabs allow you to check tasks off your list of client to-dos such as editing, printing, mailing, etc.

Mileage Tracker

Did you know you can receive a business deduction for miles you travel for business? Did you know that you have to keep written documentation to support that deduction?

The MILEAGE TRACKER, an excel spreadsheet that will enable you to:

  • enter daily, weekly, monthly & yearly trip totals into a custom-made calendar
  • add notes about destinations
  • stay organized
  • skip doing the math!
  • have the necessary documentation to support your deduction
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Bloom's goodies include:
Joyce Smith' silent seat to her Be Extraordinary Bloom Workshop which is valued at $150.00.
A one year membership to the Bloom Forum, valued at $60.00

To find out more about the Bloom Forum, visit these links:
The Everything Bloom blog
the Bloom Forum on Facebook
the Bloom Forum on Twitter
the Bloom Forum on Pinterest

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Discount Code Offer - use code E5A1B for 15% offmemberships to the Bloom Forum  (excluding vendors)

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>>> To enter to win the FREE 100 Folded Luxe Cards print order - SUBMIT A PHOTO:
* Every photo you submit of your creations using EW Couture products from the EW Couture Miller’s Exclusive Line counts as an entry. Submit product images of more than one product for multiple entries and chances to win.
* Every different product (photo) using templates from the EW Couture Miller's Exclusive Line will also receive a $25 credit redeemable towards templates from the the iPhone/iPod Cases line and the Blog Boards.

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.

Printed on premium press papers and die-cut into stylish shapes, Miller's Folded Luxe Cards add an element of elegance to any photographer's product line.

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>>> To enter to win the FREE 20x30 Gallery Wrap - SUBMIT A PHOTO:
* Every photo you submit of your creations using EW Couture products from the EW Couture Miller’s Exclusive Line counts as an entry. Submit product images of more than one product for multiple entries and chances to win.
* Every different product (photo) using templates from the EW Couture Miller's Exclusive Line will also receive a $25 credit redeemable towards templates from the the iPhone/iPod Cases line and the Blog Boards.

Miller's gallery wraps are printed directly on premium canvas and wrapped around a stretcher bar. Sizes - 8x10 to 34x54, with custom sizes available.

© Kristi Hedberg

© Kristi Hedberg

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