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INTERVIEW WITH JANE JOHNSON | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

We are so excited to have Jane Johnson as one of our November Celebrity Photographers.

Sign up to get your images critiqued by Jane Johnson this November.  Only 9 Spots Left!
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As an established graphic designer and art director, Jane Johnson brings a depth of media expertise to her work. In addition to being a highly sought after photographer, Jane has extensive advertising and publication design experience. Her current focus, logo & brand development and custom blog design for photographers, has added another genre of creativity to her growing list of successes.

Jane’s client base is internationally spread, representing countries that include the United States, Spain, Australia, and Dubai.

Based in Bend, Jane splits her time between Central Oregon and Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?

Split 50/50 in both

Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Photography nearly ten years ago, and the image critiques were possibly the most influential (and most important) part of those classes. Honest critique pushes photographers to produce their best, most creative work that’s also technically correct, and consistent across all sessions.

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What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

Canon 5D, 35mm 1.4

What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?

Make sure horizon lines are always straight!

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What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

rich, joyful, vibrant

 I tend to be inspired by fashion magazines and beautiful architecture. But I’ve made a diligent effort recently to allow inspiration to come from my own creativity. To be aware of the moments. To think outside the box. And to push myself to do things I’ve never seen before.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
Leaving the house for regular date nights with my husband. Since we are doing this business together, and we work from home, the easiest way for me to turn my brain off is to go outside our house for dinner. As soon as I have one sip of wine, I’ve trained my brain to turn off. The work day is over.
Best biz/photo advice?
Whenever possible, pay cash for everything. Do not go into debt.
What have you learned the hard way?
Working for free doesn’t pay the bills. For awhile, I was doing more free and discounted sessions for friends and family than I was normal paying clients. Learning how to say no was a necessary discipline.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
I’ve worked hard to find shooting locations that aren’t typically used. And I spent quite a bit of time when I first started out creating a unique editing style so even if a location is used by another photographer, it has my own spin on it.
Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?
If a client doesn’t come from word of mouth, it’s usually from a google search. But 99% of the time, it’s all word of mouth. The clients that brag on you and your work are like gold!
What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
Learnfest – a business-changing in-depth workshop taught by Audrey Woulard, Tamara Lackey, Laura Novak, and Lena Hyde I attended.
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What is your most popular product?
Canvas Prints
Sign up to get your images critiqued by Jane Johnson this November.  Only 9 Spots Left!

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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
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Owner/Designer
Leslie Vega Design, LLC
Brand Design for Photographers & Wedding Professionals
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ANIMAL PHOTOS | CONTEST WINNERS

Here are our 5 Faves from our Pet/Animal 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. Cindy Robbins Photography

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2. Kiss Photography

Pets - Kiss Photography by MJ

 

3. Kristi Chapman

Pets - Kristi Carr Chapman

 

4. Maureen Petru Photography

 

Pets - Maureen Larsen Petru

 

5. Missy Moo Studio

Pets - Missy Moo Studio

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Then & Now, Part 6 | See How These Photographers Have Evolved

We asked our blog readers to send in Then & Now photos to see how they’ve evolved. The slides below show photos of photographers’ photos from when they first started out compared to where they are now.

We wanted to show how much you can improve with hard work and persistence. Thank you everyone who was brave and sent in photos for us to use.

WANNA SHOW OFF YOUR THEN & NOW PHOTOS?

Simply send your Then & Now images to chiccritiqueforum@gmail.com. We’ll be featuring different photographers each week.

Michelle Montero of https://www.facebook.com/MichelleMonteroPhotography
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Monica Day of https://www.facebook.com/monicadayphoto
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CRIS PASSOS | EYE CANDY

Today’s Eye Candy come from Cris Passos of Cris Passos Photography.  Her outdoor newborn images are absolutely gorgeous!

Adorable baby Hadley came to the studio 13 days new! Grandma and Mommy planed this session for almost a year when they find out about the pregnancy. We started the session early in the morning and Hadley was very sweet, she slept the whole session and rock all the poses. The swing shot was a special request from grandma, she saw one of my images using it and love it!

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crispassos-bio CPP_Logo Cris Passos is a natural light photographer located in South Florida and specializes in newborn, babies and maternity. Since launching her business in 2011, she has rapidly gained growth and respect throughout the photography community. Cris has been featured on various well regarded blogs and photography magazines. Magical settings, golden light, hand crafted props, all set the tone for her whimsical and romantic.

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TOP TRENDS | VOGUE VENDORS

We are so excited to have our Vogue Vendor Sallyann Ralph, Creative Director/Owner of Little Sweet Designs

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Sallyann, please describe Little Sweet Designs for us: Little Sweet Designs helps photographers with their design solutions and marketing needs to aid them in taking their business to the next level without the ‘designer’ price tag. In my shop you’ll find a range of beautifully designed studio templates and marketing ideas (that you can use in Photoshop and Elements), which will attract new clients to your business.
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What makes Little Sweet Designs unique? My focus is all about helping photographers grow their business and be successful by providing them with current marketing material and resources that they can use to make additional income from. Additional income in the form of packaging up products and services, add-on sales after a session, along with up-selling to larger packages. Little Sweet Designs has a range marketing products to suit these needs and are regularly adding new designs and concepts to our shop.
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Tell us how your business idea came about? The idea for Little Sweet Designs came about when I decided to combine my degree in photography with my love for graphic design and typography. I entered the photography industry 17 years ago as a Photojournalist, which then shifted into fashion portraiture and commercial photography. Following this I entered the corporate world in a marketing field where I’ve been a marketing consultant and strategist for the past 13 years. So Little Sweet Designs was a natural extension to my worlds combining. Developing and growing Little Sweet Designs has been a wonderful and exciting time in my career, allowing me to mix all of my passions and expertise into one – offering a whole range of products to Photographers from all around the world!
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What is your most popular product? My mini session templates for occasions and seasonal shoots are quite popular. Photographer’s are able to promote themselves very cost effectively via Facebook, Pinterest and in other forms of social media with my mini session templates. This style of mini marketing allows them to fill up vacancies in their studio shooting schedule very quickly. My personal favorite {and very popular} is my Maternity Mini Session design: http://tinyurl.com/moah3vp
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By the way, if you haven’t downloaded the Christmas Holiday card freebie on my Facebook page you can do so here: http://tinyurl.com/lyyavsc

We would love for you to discover Little Sweet Designs for yourself at:
Website www.etsy.com/au/shop/LittleSweetDesigns
Facebook www.facebook.com/LittleSweetDesigns

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