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TOP TRENDS | VOGUE VENDORS

Today our Top Trend comes from Vogue Vendor Bumblejax!
Who is Bumblejax? Bumblejax specializes in transforming digital photos into gallery quality wall art using unique materials such as bamboo, acrylic and raw aluminum. Each piece is carefully hand-crafted in Seattle.
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What makes Bumblejax unique? The materials we use to create a high quality photo mount makes our products unique. Photographers we have worked with are able to really stand out and create a dialogue with potential customers at photo shows and galleries. They want to know how it was made and what the material is. In an extremely competitive market such as photography, standing out is critical. On the service side, I feel we set the standard for customer service in an industry where it is often an afterthought. It’s been a big focus for us from Day 1 and our customers appreciate it.
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How did Bumblejax come about? As for the name it’s something that just came to mind one day. There was really no thought into it! The idea for Bumblejax came about after a trip to Thailand and trying to come up with ways to display the photos that really brought them to life in a unique way.
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What is your most popular product? Our most popular product by far is the acrylic face mount. The acrylic has unique properties over glass in that it refracts light within the acrylic, illuminating the image. It really enhances the image and creates the wow factor many customers are looking for. Most of the companies you see offering the acrylic product now are printing directly to the acrylic because it doesn’t require highly skilled labor and the success rate is much higher. The price point is lower, but the full color gamut and vibrancy isn’t there. We believe photos were meant to be printed on high quality paper. The old school acrylic face mounting process is a dying art and there are just a handful of companies in the US who offer it.
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We would love for you to discover the joys of Bumblejax for yourself.  Please visit them at: 
Website http://www.bumblejax.com

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/Bumblejax

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CHIC CHALLENGE

Have you entered the October’s Chic Challenge???  We have monthly Chic Challenges for our fabulous Chic Members.  Stretch your creativity and win a prize at the same time.

Our Lovely sponsor this month is:  Prairie Sweet Boutique, they are donating $100 gift certificate to their SHOP.  While you are thinking about what to shot for this challenge go and check out their 2013 Holiday Card Collection: http://www.prairiesweetboutiqu…..collection

And don’t forget- the winning image will be entered for a chance to win our grand prize “your image in our Winter issue of CHIC magazine”

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Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids & Moms

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I love coming up with crafts for the kids, food for parties and the best part is “THE COSTUME”.  Finding a Halloween Costume can be really fun…especially with Pinterest! Gotta love all the unique and fabulous ideas other people come up with!

COSTUME IDEAS FOR KIDS:

1. Lumber Jack:

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2. Charlie Brown:

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3. Homeless Kid:

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4. Vintage Circus Strong Man

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6. Good Egg

 

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7. Raining Cats & Dogs

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COSTUME IDEAS FOR TWO:

Minions:

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Legos:

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Bandits

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COSTUME IDEAS FOR MOMS:

Paper, Rock, Scissors

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Sponge Ball:

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 Mary Poppins:

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Paper Doll:

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Dora the Explorer:

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JENNIFER TONETTI-SPELLMAN INTERVIEW | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW

Want Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman of JellyBean Pics to critique your business? Sign up for her Chic Critique Here!

 

Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman is an on-location, natural light children’s photographer based out of NY. Her work has been featured on strollertraffic.com, scootertraffic.com, and in Professional Photographer Magazine and New York Family Magazine. Jennifer is also on the Creative Team for I Heart Faces and has been featured on inspiremebaby.com and letthekidsdressthemselves.com. She recently completed a manual titled {don’t} say cheese which is filled with tips + tricks for shooting lifestyle images in natural light.

Jennifer, what camera do you use and what is your favorite lens?
Nikon D3s and Nikon D700- fave lens 85mm 1.4

Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?
You cannot expect to grow in photography without some constructive help along the way. By being open to receiving critiques, you will not only grow, but realize you truly never stop learning no matter what level you may be at in your photography journey.

What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?
Color critique. So often you stare and stare at images until you are blind so I always love a fresh set of eyes. Especially when the grass is greener than green and your mind tricks you!

What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
fun. colorful. unscripted.

Where do you pull your inspiration from?
Street photography/photo journalism, a child’s spirit and music. I’m drawn to the ‘real’ images so that is where the street photography comes in. I never want to film weddings because I’m too in love with filming the unscripted child and music is always playing in my head when I shoot! It’s like a constant soundtrack in there.

What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
I carve out special time for my girl. We used to have Mommy/Daughter days every Thursday (clients knew this/I’d post it on FB) where I was not allowed on the computer but since she entered kindergarten that will be a little more difficult.

Best biz/photo advice?
Best business advice is to divide the week. Ex. Monday/Thursdays are edit days, Wednesday is order fulfillment day, Tuesday/Friday/Sunday are shoot days etc. It really helps you not get overwhelmed when the to-do list spills over and makes scheduling shoots so much easier!

What have you learned the hard way?
No matter how hard you try, you will never gain respect from a client who does not respect you or the fact that photography is a trade. And you usually can’t change the person- so move on. Celebrate the clients that DO ‘get it’ and treat them like gold.

How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
I don’t compete. I sell my strengths. From my personality and ability to relate to children, to my customer service, to my top notch products, to my quality of work, everything is a reflection on the overall product. There will always be better photographers, but you are your unique self, and no one can compete with that.

Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?
I do editorial work for strollertraffic.com that garners me new clients every year but WOM does make up about 90% of my business.

What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
I love attending the Photo Plus Expo in NYC every year with my photografriend Kara. You get to touch and feel the new products coming out, see the new cameras, lenses etc. It’s like two kids in a candy store! This year however I’m attending and presenting at the I Heart Faces Conference in Texas, so I’m sure that will be right up there when it’s complete!

What is your most popular product?
Digital files. I’m a believer in selling them if priced accordingly.

Want Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman of JellyBean Pics to critique your business? Sign up for her Chic Critique Here!

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SPARKLE SUNDAY

Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega

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Inspiring quotes by Leslie Vega for Chic Critique Form
Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com
Leslie Vega
Owner/Designer
Leslie Vega Design, LLC
Brand Design for Photographers & Wedding Professionals
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FALL LEAVES | FB CONTEST WINNERS

Here are our 5 Faves from our Fall Leaves Contest on Facebook:

They each won a 1-year membership to Chic Critique Forum {$78 value!}

Email us at chiccritiqueforum@gmail.com to redeem your prize

THE WINNERS:

1. Captured By Carrie Photography

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2. Chelsea Atkins Photography

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3. Megan Haley

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4. Melissa J Photography

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5. Sandy Le Photography

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