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FLASH SALE | Video of Celebrity Secrets Live with Mary Marantz TODAY ONLY!

Did you miss the LIVE event with Mary Marantz of Justin & Mary? It was seriously SOOOOOO good! First of all, Mary’s voice is like butta and second, she was SUPA INSPIRING! It was a good kick in the booty for this girl and I promise you will love it too! In fact, I guarantee it or you can have your $ back. 
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In this 90 minute video recording download, you will learn about how to:

  • Define & attract your ideal “Lovemark Clients”, the ones who are most likely to rave about you in the first place.
  • Give those clients the stories you actually want them telling with a remarkable “Purple Cow” experience (because it’s not that they’re talking but what they’re saying)
  • Move on to building your “Secondary Circle” of followers in your tribe- an army of evangelists thousands strong out there saying your name, and
  • Become a company worth believing in by having something that you stand for

COST:

$79 Video Recording Download:

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You can check out more of Mary’s work at: http://www.justinmarantz.com and on Facebook here.

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PHOTOGRAPHING BUTTERFLIES | TEACHING TUESDAY

by Sarah O’Connor | Contributing Editor

Need a photoshoot project that your kids will have fun with this fall?  I’m always looking for something new and interesting to incorporate into pictures.  I had been wanting to do butterflies for a while now but was wondering how to get them to hold still.  So I did some research and found out it’s not too difficult.  If you get butterflies cold they go into a dormant state and will hold still long enough to take a few pictures.

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Here’s what you need to do.

1. Catch butterflies and put them in a well ventilated container

2. Put the container in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before you plan to leave.

3. Pack a small cooler with ice and put the container holding the butterflies in the cooler right when you are leaving for your photoshoot.

4. Pack some sugar water and a dropper or a cotton ball with you

5. When you get to your location put your subject where you want them and do your test shots to get everything ready to go.

6. Have the subject hold out her hand and drop some sugar water into it.

7. Carefully remove the butterfly  from the container. It will probably look dead, but it shouldn’t be as long as you didn’t leave it in the fridge for too long.

8. Set the butterfly in the subjects hand by the sugar water drop.

9. Get your camera in the ready position

10. Watch as the butterfly slowly starts waking up.  He will start to wiggle his legs and flap his wings to warm them up in the sun.  You should have about 5 minutes of picture time with him before he flies away.  He may drink some of the sugar water and stay longer too if he’s hungry.

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ABOUT SARAH:

 Sarah O’Connor is a creative portrait photographer in the Kansas City area and works mainly with families, newborns & children on location and in her home studio.  She lives in Lenexa with her husband, two little boys Rowan & Quinn and daughter Eloise.

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Booking Ideal Clients | LIVE with Mary Marantz of Justin & Mary

Want better clients?

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In this 90 minute video download, you will learn about how to:

  • Define & attract your ideal “Lovemark Clients”, the ones who are most likely to rave about you in the first place.
  • Give those clients the stories you actually want them telling with a remarkable “Purple Cow” experience (because it’s not that they’re talking but what they’re saying)
  • Move on to building your “Secondary Circle” of followers in your tribe- an army of evangelists thousands strong out there saying your name, and
  • Become a company worth believing in by having something that you stand for
  • COST:

    $79 Video Recording Download:

    Add to Cart

    You can check out more of Mary’s work at: http://www.justinmarantz.com and on Facebook here.

    mary collage

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LAURA WINSLOW | CELEBRITY SESSION

This past weekend Fall arrived.  It makes me sad to think the days of splashing in the pool, eating watermelon and long warm nights is gone! So this post is for one last HUR-RAH for the warmth that we won’t see till next year.  These lemons & watermelon mini-session photos comes from Celebrity Photographer Laura Winslow!  I am absolutely dying over all the bright colors and adorable faces.

copyright Laura Winslow Photography Watermelon Mini Sessions

 

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Laura_Winslow_Headshot-for-web Laura-Winslow-for-web Laura is a modern photographer known for her fresh and colorful approach to photography. Her work has appeared in such publications as BabyTalk magazine, HGTV.com, Celebrate Magazine and Child Style Magazine, among others. Laura is also currently being featured in Professional Photographer and Rangefinder magazines in ads for MpixPro. She will be offering workshops in 2012 for photographers and looks forward to sharing inspiration with her fellow photographers.

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Then & Now, Part 2 | 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 5 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 of 5 different photographers each week.

AMBER SNEAD OF http://www.ambersneadphotography.com/:
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YEHUDIS GOLDFARB OF http://www.yehudisgoldfarbphotography.com/
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DANICA WINBERG OF http://danicamichellephotography.blogspot.com/
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KORI ARNOLD OF https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simply-Graceful-Photography/147200752025503

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LAURA SWEET OF laurasweetphotography.com
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Shoes for Hondurans | Fashion Friday

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

I’m OBSESSED with shoes. They are such a fun way to make a statement or add a to your outfit. My rule for shoes is the same as Celebrity Stylist, Rachel Zoe’s: BUY THEM. So naturally I have a LOT of shoes. I’m bettin’ you might too.

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Recently, my Church group was asked to help gather shoes for people living without them in Honduras.
I was touched that some people there have never had shoes, or had to make shoes out of 2 liter pop bottles, like this:
I was also saddened to hear that kids there sometimes can’t even go to school because they don’t have shoes. I wanted to help.
I even got a fortune cookie this week that said this:
So I went through our home and found any shoes that weren’t being used, or were seldom used, and donated them.
I then felt inspired to ask YOU to donate yours too.
WILL YOU HELP?
Our neighbor is collecting all kinds of gently worn shoes for this project. Suitable shoes will be shipped to Honduras after Thanksgiving. Donated shoes that would be less suitable for use there (fancy shoes, high heels, etc.) will be sold and the money collected will be used to help cover the shipping costs.
WAYS TO HELP THE HONDURANS:
1. Please send your used shoes to the following address before Thanksgiving:
SHOES FOR HONDURANS
c/o Christy Bonham
295 S. 400 E. 
Springville, UT 84663
Text/call Christy at 385.204.1677 if you have any questions
2. Donate HERE
Their goal is to raise $8000 to distribute shoes to the needy in Honduras.  However, the cost of travel and shipment of shoes is expensive so any amount would be appreciated. 
Thank you for your help and donation!

 

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