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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.





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


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.
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.
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!
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:
By the way, if you haven’t downloaded the Christmas Holiday card freebie on my Facebook page you can do so here:

We would love for you to discover Little Sweet Designs for yourself at:



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Guest Contributor | Stacie Jensen

Macro Techniques: How To Create Crisp & Detailed Wedding Ring Photos


Macro photography is a passion of mine and I love to experiment with getting sharp, clean shots. Achieving the desired results however, was not as easy as I thought it would be. It wasn’t until I tested a macro light that I was awakened artistically.

“How in the world do you get those sharp & detailed shots?”

Who doesn’t want to hear that from someone, especial another photographer? But honestly, I didn’t know how to produce what I wanted my photos to look like. I had the vision, just not the technique. It wasn’t without trial and error that I learned the tricks to macro photographs.

Originally I was producing softer images that just didn’t pop. I knew I needed some reflective light, which isn’t usually my style but I had to step outside my comfort zone to get the finished product I was looking for. I didn’t want a “flash” so I started researching to see what else was out there. Of course during my experimental stage I didn’t want to purchase something too pricey so I went onto Amazon and found a simple Macro LED Light that attaches to my camera. I spent approximately $34 and transformed my photos into art.

Attaching The Light

Attaching the light to my lens was very simple.

  • First place your macro lens onto your camera.
  • Then place the attachment ring that comes with the light to the front of your lens just as you would a lens filter.
  • Next slide the light onto that attachment ring.
  • Connect the power source to your hot shoe mount and power on.

The amount of light given off by this product is perfect for diamonds but you also have the option to turn off half this light if it appears to be too much.




Setting Up The Shot

Start with a very clean ring. Macro photography will show water spots, fine lint attached to the prongs and even fingerprints. Inspect it carefully first. I like to take one test shot, zoom in on my LCD screen to see if the camera is picking up something I can’t see with the naked eye.

Setting up the shot is all about your artistic style. I like to find textured elements around me to set the ring on such as this decorative ball and patterned placemat underneath. You can use things such as flowers, candy, branches, rocks … the options are endless because when looking at these items through a macro lens they become a world within themselves.


I place my settings on the lowest ISO to ensure no grain, a middle of the road f-stop such as 3.5 and focus in manual mode. I just can not seem to get a sharp macro in auto focus, especially with diamonds.

Take your time slightly adjusting your focus ring to ensure you are getting tack sharp diamonds. Also play with the angle you are shooting, the great thing about macro photography is you are without a horizon so you aren’t controlled as much by the need to be level.



The difference

The difference speaks volumes to the detail. You get reflective sparkle and depth that you wouldn’t otherwise get if shooting without a macro light. Any wedding photographer looking to create a beautiful shot of their clients rings can use this technique to enhance their image. The added kiss of light transforms a thoughtful shot of your clients ring into a piece of art that truly reflects the memory of the day.


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Hello, I am Stacie Jensen and the owner of Colorvale Actions and I am also a wife to the coolest husband ever and a mother to four of the most fantastic children a woman could ask for. I am a professional photographer specializing in wedding & senior photography and love every minute of capturing moments in people’s lives. I get a little strange during my photo sessions … I am constantly saying “wow!” “crazy amazing” “wait, don’t move” “just one more shot” … it probably gets annoying but I am in the moment! I love what I do!

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Thank you,

Stacie Jensen
President & CEO, Colorvale, LLC





Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega




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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
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