Featured Vendor + Giveaway: DigiLuxe Design

We are so thrilled to welcome DigiLuxe Design to the Rock the Shot Blog today! Learn more about their beautiful templates and enter to win a $150 shopping spree to their store!

About DigiLuxe Design

Having been in business for myself for over 6 years, I know first hand, that you can’t do it all. Your love is photography, my love is design – let me design so you can have more time for photography! DigiLUXE Design specializes in creating deluxe photoshop templates, print design, & branding. Our PSD templates are easy to use and fully customizable. We offer professional design at an affordable price. It sounds like such a simple choice and guess what, it is!


About Brandi: 
Hello, I am Brandi, the designer behind DigiLUXE Design. I am a freelance designer & illustrator working from the Midwest. My husband and I live in the city with our pup Chloe. I spend most days designing or hanging out with my hubby. I love coffee, sweets, music and TV shows. Design has always been a great a joy for me and it is even more rewarding when I can be a part of helping to grown another artist’s business. So nice to meet you!

Visit DigiLuxe Design at their WEBSITE | FACEBOOK pages today!

Enter the Giveaway using the Rafflecopter appbelow for a chance to win a $150 shopping spree!

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Hurry! Giveaway ends Tuesday, October 7th . Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 11th .

LEGAL STUFF: This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You will NOT be notified publicly via Facebook if you are a winner. You MUST be 18 to participate. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Rock the Shot and NOT to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

Photographer Spotlight: Lindsay Alexander

We are so thrilled to welcome the fabulously talented  Lindsay Alexander to the Rock the Shot Blog.  Take a moment to learn more about Lindsay and visit her website. Thanks so much Lindsay for sharing your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?

I have degrees in vocal performance and communications and after working in the advertising world and singing on the side for years, God opened the door for my photography through the birth of my first son. Yes, I am one of those typical mommy photographers who grabbed a DSLR after her first kid was born, learned to shoot in manual and then BOOM, started a business a year later. The truth is, I have been studying photography and had fascination with the art since I was a young girl but it did take the deep desire to capture my child to bring that love to the forefront. I think as an artist, having a deep connection to your art based on your deep love for someone or something keeps your imagery authentic and true. As a business owner, it certainly keeps you humble. I have never had the desire to “be” some great photographer. I just wanted great images for myself and doors were opened because of that.

 How would you describe your photography style?

Sunkissed, Authentic, and Emotional

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?

I like to say it “took a village” to raise up this photographer. While I technically sought out my education myself through online classes, tutorials, seminars, workshops and LOTS and LOTS of studying- I also had an amazing mentor who guided me each step of the way.

Do you shoot Canon or Nikon, and what is your favorite lens?

I am a Nikon girl and currently have two D700’s on my hips. When it comes to capturing my favorite images you will find my 85mm f/1.4 on my body. Its my go-to!

Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?

I try really hard to have consistency in my art. I used to shoot at all times of day to work with my clients schedule and now I will only shoot sunrise or “golden hour” sessions. I love to achieve that golden, sunkissed look to my images and have found that timing is everything. More often than not I backlight my subjects and use a reflector to highlight their face. When the sun is not being my friend, I work with even light or even dramatic shadows to create mood.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing families?

Depending on the age of the kids involved, its keeping everyone happy and in the moment. I tell my clients at the start of each shoot that “kids run the show” and I truly mean that. Having three little ones myself, I can completely relate to what it took to show up to the session. Getting dressed, buckling everyone in the car, driving to the location, the bribes and incentives for good behavior that are thrown out as a final hope and then….voila….they pile out of the car and are expected to be perfect for ONE HOUR! No way!!! I tell my clients that life is not perfectly staged and flawless and their images will not be that either. I want to capture authenticity for my clients- the good, the bad and everything in between. We do a song and dance to keep everyone positive and the momentum moving forward. My reward candy treat bags that I pass out at the end help too:)

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?

To keep the main thing the main thing. For me, the main thing is “why I started my business in the first place”- to stay home with my kiddos and have an wonderful creative outlet to grow my art personally. Its so easy to get caught up in the cat and mouse chase of “being the best” at something. I know Who I am doing this for and if I keep that at the forefront, everything else falls into place. This has been a growing year for me and a year full of changes. Faith in the midst of uncertainty has been a powerful thing.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?

To take risks and give something scary a try. You truly never know where it may lead you.

What do you love most about being a photographer?

Honestly, its the look on my clients face when I turn my camera around and let them see what I just captured in the viewfinder. It’s like they are shocked every time. I think as an artist its so much fun to see people differently then they see themselves. To show them beauty they maybe didn’t recognize before. It’s powerful, emotional and why I keep doing what I am doing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Well I will have been married for thirteen years and will have a eleven year old, a seven year old and a five year old. My world will be wonderfully busy with the things that matter most to me:) With my business I just pray that I am doing exactly what God wants me to do. I wouldnt have thought five years ago that I would be where I am now. His plans are way cooler than my biggest dreams. I am just going to let Him drive this ship.

About the Artist: Born a California girl but raised in the south, Lindsay Alexander now calls Fort Mill, South Carolina home. Lindsay is a singer, aspiring writer, former professional blog owner, wife to her hubby of eight years, and mommy to three. A longtime lover of the creative arts, it was after her first son was born that the passion for photography was ignited. With encouragement from friends and family, Lindsay embarked on a journey to begin a tucked away dream of starting her own photography studio. Now, almost six years later, Lindsay has established a natural light lifestyle photography business specializing in seniors and families. Traveling the Low Country and across the U.S., Lindsay’s art is known for its authentic editorial style imagery wrapped in gorgeous light. When she’s not spending late nights editing or writing, Lindsay can be found playing with her kids, singing at her church, or sipping sweet tea on the porch with her hubby.

Visit Lindsay at her WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER pages today

Featured Vendor + Giveaway: Bittersweet Design Boutique

We are so excited to welcome Bittersweet Design Boutique to the Rock the Shot Blog today! Learn more about their beautiful templates, get a coupon code for their shop, and enter to win a $200 shopping spree!

About Bittersweet Design Boutique

Bittersweet Design Boutique is a design studio dedicated to creating unique photo card templates and marketing materials for professional photographers. We take care of the design work so our clients can focus on what they do best–capturing amazing photos & creating memories that last a lifetime! Our templates are easy to use and high-end, targeting your ideal client as a photographer.

SAVE MONEY WITH EASY-TO-USE TEMPLATES:

Get the high-end look at a fraction of the price! Our modern templates allow you to change the colors to match your branding and easily drag and drop your logo directly onto the PSD templates.

You’ve mastered the art of photography, now it’s time to show off your work with beautiful packaging and marketing materials. Make a great first impression with gorgeous design work that features your best work. By making a small investment in design templates, you can create a seamless brand in the matter of minutes, showing potential clients that you carefully plan out every little detail.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR ROCK THE SHOT FANS:

Special 50% off promo code for Rock the Shot followers (valid through 10/23/14): ‘RTSFANS’

About Rose: Several years ago, while browsing the Craigslist ads one afternoon, I noticed a local photographer’s need for a second shooter. On a whim, I made a quick phone call to the photographer and learned that I was the only person to call out of the hundreds of email responses that they received. Several cups of coffee later, I was designing photography goodies and marketing resources instead of second shooting, which was exactly what I had hoped for all along. It didn’t take long before other photographers started contacting me about my work, and Bittersweet was born.

 

I currently live and work out of a (teeny) 650 sq. ft. home office in San Antonio’s Pearl district with my husband and two Boston Terriers, Pepperoni and Meatball.

Visit Bittersweet Design Boutique at their WEBSITE | BLOG | SHOP | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST pages today!

Enter the Giveaway using the Rafflecopter app below for a chance to win a $200 shopping spree!

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Hurry! Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 30th. Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 4th.

LEGAL STUFF: This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You will NOT be notified publicly via Facebook if you are a winner. You MUST be 18 to participate. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Rock the Shot and NOT to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

Too Cool For School Giveaway: Win a Canon 5d Mark III

School is in full swing, and what better way to CELEBRATE than by winning a Canon 5D MARK III camera!! This year we’re teaming up with Pretty Presets for Lightroom to make this giveaway one spectacular celebration. Don’t wait any longer! Enter our giveaway below for your chance to win this incredible camera and get an AMAZING jump-start on your photography career!


Be sure to check out these awesome offers, too!

Enjoy $10 off any $30 over at Pretty Presets for Lightroom during the giveaway with the code “toocool“.

AND… sign up for Rock the Shot Forum Membership and save 30% off any level membership using the same code “toocool“.


More about the Canon 5D Mark III {$3400 Value}

  • Full-frame 22.3-megapixel sensor
    Capture high-quality images that are full of detail with a 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor. Colors are bright but natural, and fine detail is preserved even in dark shadow areas and bright highlights.
  • High-quality performance, even in low light
    The EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb picture quality whatever the lighting conditions. Keep shooting hand-held even after the sun goes down, thanks to an ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity range.
  • 61-point wide-area autofocus
    Focus quickly and accurately, even on off-center subjects, with a 61 point wide-area autofocus system. 41 cross-type points ensure highly accurate tracking of moving objects.
  • High-speed continuous shooting
    Keep up with the action at 6 fps, recording up to 16,270 continuous JPEG images to a UDMA mode 7 card in a single burst.
  • High dynamic range imaging
    Preserve detail in highlight and shadow areas with in-camera HDR image creation.
  • Full-HD video with manual control
    Enjoy high quality Full HD video at 1080p resolution. Use manual controls and Canon’s comprehensive EF lens range to achieve cinematic visual effects.
  • Great quality sound
    Give your video footage the soundtrack it deserves. The EOS 5D Mark III records digital stereo sound at 48KHz and offers manual control over audio level. A standard 3.5 mm microphone socket enables the use of third-party microphones; a headphone socket permits audio monitoring while recording.
  • In-camera editing functions
    Begin your digital editing workflow before you arrive back home. Rate your images on a scale of one to five and compare two images simultaneously on screen. Use in-camera raw processing to explore creative possibilities – such as black and white conversion and retrospective white balance.
  • Built to go anywhere
    A magnesium chassis provides strength and durability without adding weight. Weather sealing offers protection against dust and moisture.

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Featured Vendor + Giveaway: Paper Lark Designs

We are so excited to share the amazing Paper Lark Designs with you today! Learn more about their beautiful templates, get a coupon code for their shop, and enter to win a $200 shopping spree for 3 lucky winners!

About Paper Lark Designs

Tis the Season for a Fabulous Fall Giveaway!

I want to make this a very special giveaway as a way of saying thank you to my amazing, lovely, and talented customers. Yes that’s you!I have been so overwhelmed by the support and great feedback from Photographers that I wanted to offer 3 x $200 vouchers for a let loose, no holes barred spending spree at Paper Lark Template Shop! Because I believe you deserve it!

I know how hard you work creating beautiful photos, perfecting your craft and ensuring your clients and their families treasure their photos for years to come. I also know how darn tricky it can be to find time for all the seasonal marketing, social media and even to source lovely printed products for your clients. That’s where I hope you will find a friend in Paper Lark. With so many fun ideas and events throughout the year to design for, Paper Lark is charging ahead at full steam to create cute and stylish solutions for the modern photographer.

Come and visit Paper Lark Designs or the join in and share with us on our Facebook Page to see the latest designs, current sales and a few freebie templates! You may find the perfect template:)

Be sure to enter and…..Good Luck!

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR ROCK THE SHOT FANS:

20% off ALL templates during the giveaway using Promo Code: YOUROCK

More About Paper Lark Designs: I’m Alys, the designer behind Paper Lark Designs. My HQ is a bright and breezy studio and here I spend the day charging ahead at full steam to create cute and stylish solutions for you, the modern photographer.  Feel free to get in touch or even better to make a suggestion on what you need designing. I am all open to ideas for my next product!

Visit Paper Lark Designs at their SHOP | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST pages today!

Enter the Giveaway using the Rafflecopter app below for a chance to win one of three chances for a $200 shopping spree.

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Hurry! Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 23rd. Winners will be announced on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

LEGAL STUFF: This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You will NOT be notified publicly via Facebook if you are a winner. You MUST be 18 to participate. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Rock the Shot and NOT to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

Congratulations to Spring Davison; Heather Radtke; and Jan Westerlund on each winning a $200 Gift Certificate to Paper Lark Designs! Winnersplease email me at karlen@rocktheshotforum.com in the next 48 hours to claim your prize. Thank you all for participating and have a wonderful weekend!

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