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TOP TRENDS | VOGUE VENDOR

We are so excited to have one of our Vogue Vendors spotlighted today!  Magazine Mama!
Cindy, please describe your business: Magazine Mama helps photographers “turn pages to profit” with beautifully designed studio magazine templates, professionally written articles to promote their studios, and workshop curriculum to teach basic DSLR photography to kids and adults.

What makes your product/service unique? Our focus is helping photographers be successful by providing them with marketing materials and workshop curriculum that they can use to make additional income during the off-seasons.

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Tell us how your product/business came about: The idea for Magazine Mama came about when I decided to combine my love for photography with my love for publishing. At the time I was publishing two local wedding guides and had been photographing weddings for 10 years, so it seemed like a natural transition. The curriculum side of the business was started by my husband who is also a photographer. He used to be a teacher in Japan (which is where we met and got married), so he combined his teaching background with his love for photography.

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What is your most popular product/service? Our most popular products are a toss up between the wedding magazine template and our teaching curriculums. My personal favorite is our Basic Digital Photography Curriculum for Kids. By the way, if you haven’t downloaded the freebie on the website you can do so here:http://www.magazinemama.com/collections/all-templates/products/5×7-flat-card-engaged

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We would love for you to become acquainted with Magazine Mama for yourself:

 

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JEAN SMITH | EYE CANDY

Today’s Eye Candy come from Jean Smith of Jean Smith Photography.  This session is amazing.  The emotion and interaction you can feel from this family is so fabulous.  It reminds me how priceless family portraits are! Family Season is soon approaching and we will all be up to our eyeballs in shooting and editing so many precious moments!

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Jean is an on location photographer living in New Hudson, Michigan with her husband and four little boys. She loves all “genres” of people and therefore photographs them all…babies, kids, high school seniors, and couples. She likes to consider herself a natural light photographer, but madly loves incorporating off camera flash into her work as well. Jean is incredibly passionate about photography and teaching others. She, along with her rad husband, Travis, teach photography workshops in Michigan and around the country.

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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.

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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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