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Fun with Floral prints | Fashion Friday

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

My friend talked me into buying these floral sunglasses and they make me feel like very youthful because they are so fun!

Pair them with some floral skinny jeans and you have a fun, feminine summer look.

P.S. I’m obsessed with moto jackets right now and this one is perfect for summer because it’s white and not too heavy because it’s denim.

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SHOP THE LOOK:

floral pants | Amazon

ankle boots | Target

sunnies | Forever 21

v necklace | Forever 21

white denim moto jacket | American Eagle OR Nasty Gal (similar)

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SUMMERANA | VOGUE VENDORS

We would like to welcome Grace Trudeau of Summerana as one of our new Vogue Vendors!

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Grace describe your business for us:

Summerana.com is a professional, friendly community and shop for Photographers. We are here to create helping tools for the creative and modern photographer so that photographer’s may grow effortlessly as a business and double their sales. Our products include fun, user friendly actions, textures, templates, brushes, and more for both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements users.

 

What makes your product/service unique?

Summerana is passionate in helping you grow no matter where you come from and no matter how busy you might become with the daily hustle and bustle. Whether you are using speedy actions on your photos, inserting images into fun templates to up-sell to clients, or need help creating a more efficient studio workflow, Summerana is there to help you grow your business through her products, tutorials, and exceptional customer service.

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Tell us how your business/product came about:

Summerana came about when I, Grace Pamela, had a hard time finding a “normal” job. I was a young stay at home mom who ended up dropping out of college due to not having baby sitter and was barely making it by. You couldn’t have told me this at the time, but it was a blessing in disguise. One day I sat down and thought, “What could I do with my own two hands?”. I then picked up my very first DSLR, and pulled many all-nighters studying and learning how to become a photographer. Once I started to get the hang of it I knew my TRUE passion was to help others. I started by mentoring and shooting for local charities but I knew I could help in more ways. I started designing templates, textures, etc. from scratch in PS and PSE and Summerana.com was born.

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The BEST part of about Summerana is that not only can I help other photographers who share the same passion as I do, but I can also help raise funds and awareness to help many charities around the world all while being able to be a mommy at home to my little girls. What is your most popular product/service? Currently our most popular products are the new Colorosity Lights Action Collection and the Mood Stone Texture Overlay Action Collection for both PS and PSE.

We would love for you to explore Summerana for yourself and fall in love with all they have to offer!

Website: http://summerana.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/summerana.photography.design

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WALL GALLERY INSPIRATION | EYE CANDY

We are always looking for new ways to display our art work either in our studios or our homes.  So we wanted to share some of our favorite wall galleries from Pinterest.

FOR THE STUDIO: {image via Maggie Hendrix}

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FOR THE OFFICE: {image via melangephotographyblog}

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FOR THE NURSERY: {image via Pottery Barn Kids}

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FOR THE TV ROOM: {image via Brooklyn Limestone}

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FOR THE STAIRWAY: {image via Styleberry}

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THE MASTER BEDROOM: {image via Kikilota}

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FOR THE LAUNDRY ROOM: {image via LifeasaThrifter}

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FOR THE ENTRYWAY: {image via Adam Hommerding

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FOR THE MUD ROOM: {image via Cindy Cieluch}

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FOR THE END OF THE HALLWAY: {image via BeckyHiggins}

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SIMPLISTIC CREATIVITY | ONLINE WORKSHOP

You will not want to miss out on this fabulous 4 Week Online Workshop! Both celebrity photographers Lindsay Silsby of Pied Piper and Summer Murdock of Summer Murdock Photography are going to be showing you how to get your creative juices flowing again. ONLY 1 SPOTS LEFT! SIGN UP HERE!

 

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What you’ll learn during this 4-week Online Workshop:

Week 1 | Creative Lightinglearning how to spot meter better than you have before, maximizing light in the darkest of places to create the right mood, how to use sunflare and backlight to enhance your own style

Week 2 | Being Creative with Nothinghow to use what you have at home to enhance your shoots without breaking the bank and how to shoot anywhere versus location scouting only to have some other photographer shoot the heck out of it!

Week 3 | How to photograph children and still be creativehow to work with the emotions/personalities/temperaments of children and still create the images you want

Week 4 | Finding your own creative voicelearn how to take the right steps how to find your own niche, style and NOT be like every other photog in town

ONLY 1 SPOTS LEFT! SIGN UP HERE!

 

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HOW TO ADD A “PIN IT” BUTTON TO YOUR IMAGES | TEACHING TUESDAY

by Rachel Nielsen | Guest Contributor

I am going to walk you through how to add a Pin It button to the images on your blog. It is really easy and will take you under 3 minutes. Maybe even less.

On the admin side of your blog, look on the left side for the tab that says ‘Plugins’. Click that and then at the top of the list of installed plugins, click ‘Add New’.

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That will bring up a search box. The one I use is called ‘Jquery Pin It Button for Images’. Type that into the search bar and then click the ‘Search Plugins’ button.

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It will pull up a list of plugins that match what you typed in and ones it thinks are relevant to what you are looking for. Find it on the list and you will notice that each one it pulls up has a ‘Details’ button and a ‘Install Now’ button.

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Before installing plugins, make sure you click on the ‘Details’ tab to make sure it is a plugin that is compatible with your version of WordPress. Also it is a good idea to look for ones that have been updated recently too. You can see in this screenshot below that this plugin has been updated recently and also works with the latest version of WordPress.

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Next step is to click the ‘Install Now’ button. It will pop up a little box to make sure it is something you really want to do and when it does, go ahead and click ‘ok’. This will install it on your blog.

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Once that has installed, click on ‘Activate’ so that we can go in and adjust the settings (if needed).

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Now go back to the Plugins tab and you will see the ‘Jquery Pin It Button for Images’ in your list. Just underneath it, there is a little tab that says settings. Click on that and it will bring up a bunch of options that you can customize for your blog.

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On the settings page, you will see lots of options as you scroll and to be honest, this plugin works great as soon as you click activate. There are a couple of places worth noting as you go through them though. The first is where to display the button on your blog. You can choose to have it display on posts or pages or both. Make sure to check the ones you would like it to show on and uncheck the ones where you do not want it to be.

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As you scroll down, you will also see a place to make your own Pin It button too. You can upload a custom image you create and that will be your hover image. Make sure to check the little box that says to use the custom image. This is really fun because you can make something to match your blog if you would like.

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Most of the settings on there are pretty self-explanatory. Some of the other options there are things like only showing the Pin It button on a certain size image and up, the transparency of the hover, and the position of where you would like the button to be on your images. There is also a place to preview the image hover.

And….thats it! You should now have a ‘Pin It’ button when you hover on all of your blog images. Here is an example on my blog of the image before hovering my mouse and what it looks like when I hover over the image.

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Rachel Nielsen is a professional photographer specializing in modern weddings and she is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves her supportive hubby, their 5 little ones, buttery backlit images and staying up late to read. She has an on-going love affair with Photoshop and almost loves it as much as she loves taking photos. Almost. She also is the co-owner of Digital Darkroom Secrets which teaches online, Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials.

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Upcoming Workshops & Books from our Celebs | Celeb Buzz

WANNA KNOW WHAT OUR CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE UP TO? HERE’S THE BUZZ:

Celebrity Photographer, Lena Hyde is releasing, The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography on sale August 27 (available for preorder on Amazon). 

In the book, Lena and many of today’s industry experts share their innovative posing ideas and advice in this dynamic guide that illustrates over 100 fresh posing concepts for photographers of all levels.

GET YOURS HERE

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Check out upcoming workshops from Celebrity Photographer, Jean Smith here: http://www.hesaidshesaidworkshop.com/
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Celebrity Photographer, Heidi Hope, is thrilled to be opening their new 3,000 square foot dream studio in Rhode Island on August 1st while adding a third full-time photographer to their talented team! In October 2013 Heidi Hope and her team will begin hosting their Boutique Baby Workshops out of their new studio. These 3-day workshops focus on running a successful boutique photography business while encouraging your creative voice and honoring your personal life. Heidi shares how she grew one of the country’s leading photography businesses in a saturated marketplace, works with a creative team, collaborates with other businesses and creates her recognizable portraiture, all while raising two young daughters!  2013 is sold out however there are still a few seats available for the 2014 dates.http://www.heidihope.com/blog/workshops/ hhp-workshopgraphic

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Celebrity Photographers, Jennifer Nace and Caralee Case are easily recognized for their vibrant, colorful and timeless styles of photography, and have been teaming up to teach photographers from all over the world how to improve their photography skills, pose newborns, work with children, and how to use color and pattern to create unique imagery at the Creative Captures Photography Workshop.  Their next two-day educational and portfolio building workshop will be held on September 13th & 14th, 2013 at Jennifer Nace’s beautiful 2,000 square foot studio in Waseca, Minnesota (located 60 miles south of Minneapolis/St.Paul).  Their goal is for you to leave with a good understanding of how to achieve consistent, quality, creative images for your own sessions.

Tuition includes 2 full days of instruction (9am to 4pm each day), breakfast items, lunch and snacks, take home material, and a special surprise. Topics covered include natural light, studio light, newborn posing, working with children, cake smashes, post processing, using color and pattern to create unique imagery, and how to make each session special.  There is a private Facebook group for all the workshop students so they can get to
know each other and coordinate travel arrangements, car pools, or share rooms at the hotel. They will also use the private Facebook group to keep in touch after the workshop.  Tuition is $1500.00.

Contact us:  creativecapturesworkshop@gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/creativephotographyworkshop

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This Fall, in conjunction with the I Heart Faces Convention in Ohio, Celebrity Photographer Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman of JellyBean Pictures will be teaching a small, intimate workshop to help you capture awesome.

In Jennifer’s 4 hour Capturing Awesome workshop, she is going boot camp style to get you to the next level of your photography experience. Her workshop will be small and intimate which will allow her to get up close and personal with each and every one of you that signs up. The goal of this beginner worksop is to have you walk out feeling inspired, motivated, and armed with more tools than you ever could imagine. From understanding your camera, to working with indoor and outdoor light, working with children for natural results to having your images tell a stronger story, if you are just starting out, this workshop is for you. Also included is a breakout session shooting with Jennifer to put you you learned into play immediately. Finally the workshop will wrap with a ask my anything Q+A.

When:

Friday, October 4th

1 pm – 5 pm

Where:

Cost:
$500
Contact:
email info@jellybeanpics.com for more information.
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Make your blog rock with Celebrity Photographer, Laura Winslow, who is offering Blog Mentoring.
When you choose to reserve your exclusive spot, we tailor your Skype Mentor session to YOU.  Some of the topics we might cover are:
  • Tips for Making Blogging Faster and Easier
  • Marketing
  • How do you Connect with Your Audience?
  • Vendor Relations
  • Social Media
  • Finding Your Ideal Client
  • Client Relations
  • Ways to Network
  • Packaging + Branding Resources and Ideas
  • Portfolio and Website Critique
  • Gaining Confidence in Yourself and Your Business
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Seniorologie + Get Schooled Photo Image Contest – Senior {Photography} Superlatives
If you are a senior portrait photographer then this is the contest for YOU!!  With 8 categories, you can enter your best photos from the Class of 2013 or 2014.  Our judges Caitlin Lazo of Pro DPI, Courtney DeLaura of Get Schooled Photo, Lexi Vornberg of Lemonade & Lenses, Ryan Towe of Ryan Towe Photography, Amii Wroblewski of Amii Wroblewski Photography and Leslie Kerrigan of Seniorologie will select a winner and a runner-up in each category, Best All Around, Best Senior Girl, Best Senior Guy, Best Use of Light, Best Use of a Prop, Best Group, Best Styled/Concept and Most Inspiring.  Submissions will be accepted until August 18 at 11:59 p.m.  Do you have what it takes to be the best?Link to contest - http://www.seniorologie.com/seniorologie-image-contest-senior-photographer-superlatives

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Seniorologie Tour Virginia – October 20-22, 2013
The fans voted and Seniorologie listened.  Our next tour stop will be in Alexandria, Virginia on October 20-22.  With five speakers, two shoots and two days of classroom learning, you will get all the information you want to know about Senior Portrait Photography.  Seniorologie will be joined by Lexi Vornberg of Lemonade and Lenses, Ryan Towe of Ryan Towe Photography, Amii Wroblewski of Amii Wroblewski Photography, and Courtney DeLaura of Get Schooled Photo to share how to market to seniors, posing seniors naturally, editing and finding your style, how to shoot for publication and for your client, the truth behind sales and making money and much, much more.  Included in the workshop is a meet and greet, breakfast and lunch, a Seniorologie workbook with information from each speaker to take home and review whenever you need it, goodie bags full of our favorite vendors, two completely styled photos shoots to build your portfolio and much more.  Join us in Virginia!!  To sign up, visit http://www.seniorologie.com/seniorologie-tour-alexandria-virginia-2013

 

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