Featured Vendor + Giveaway: Magazine Mama

Today we are featuring the amazing Magazine Mama. Check out the fantastic templates they offer, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the ENTIRE Magazine Mama shop.

About Magazine Mama

Magazine Mama has helped hundreds of photographers save time with pre-made customizable welcome guide templates, pre-written marketing articles and curriculum for teaching basic digital photography classes.

All templates can be easily modified to fit most any photographer’s branding.  The recommended lab for printing is McKenna Pro Lab as a press printed brochure.  You can also opt to create a .pdf from the template and send via e-mail or upload to sites like issuu or magcloud.

These templates are perfect for photographers who want to show off their photos in professional marketing pieces but don’t have the time or resources to design them on their own.

Checkout the website for the latest freebie to download.

What other photographers are saying:

I am so happy I went for it and purchased the whole shop!  It may seem daunting to purchase the entire shop but the value is well worth it.  Each of the products are really well made and easy to use, and though some of them will lie in my bag of tricks for a while, I know when the time comes I’ll be ready! -Britain E.

I love the template of the Studio Welcome Guide. I am not much of a writer so having something written for me is amazing! I would recommend this to anyone!! Thank you for the time saver and the headache of making/designing/typing my own!” -Jessica S.

The Magazine Mama magazine templates have been a lifesaver for me. The headshots magazine is an easy way for me to look professional without having to do a ton of work. Customization is easy and the end result really wows my clients. -Stacy J.

SPECIAL OFFER EXCLUSIVELY FOR ROCK THE SHOT READERS: Save 30% off using code RTS30 at checkout.

About the Designer: Cindy Reeves is the “mama” of Magazine Mama.  She has 10 years of experience as a wedding photographer, as well as a background in publishing local wedding magazines. She decided to combine her love for both industries to create Magazine Mama. Her work has been featured in several publications including Arizona WeddingsArizona Bride, People Magazine, and East Bay Bridal Guide.

Visit Magazine Mama at their  WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

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Hurry! Giveaway ends on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Winner will be announced on Saturday, April 4th, 2015.

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: Kathleen Amelia

We are so excited to welcome the wonderfully talented Kathleen Amelia to the Rock the Shot Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful wedding and portrait photography, and be sure to visit her website Kathleen Amelia Photography. Thank you so much Kathleen for taking the time to share your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
When I was in the 8th grade I was part of the yearbook class.  We were working with photographs on the computers all day.  While every one of my classmates were bored, I was intrigued.  I loved looking at all the memories that were captured on film, and the fact that they could be remembered forever.  Shortly after yearbook class started, my father bought me my first camera.  A Canon.  I was hooked, taking photos of everything in sight.  It was so fun for me, and thats when my passion started for photography.

How would you describe your photography style?
I wouldn’t say I have a particular photography style, per say.  I just enjoy watching the scene unfold in front of my eyes, and be the one who captures the sweet moments that happen.  I enjoy photographing real moments.

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I wish I could say that I went to photography school.  I would still love to!  There is always so much to learn.  Maybe someday. =]

What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
I am still a Canon fan, even from the beginning.  My digital camera is a Canon 5D Mark III, and my film camera is a Canon 1v.  I have a few different L series lenses that are my favorite, but if I had to choose, I’d have to go with the 35mm 1.4L & the 85mm 1.2L.

Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Lighting was always an intimidation for me.  I was only ever comfortable in shooting in open shade.  However with more and more experimentation and practice, I learned to love shooting in different lighting situations.  My advice would be to practice shooting at different times of day in different locations.  An open field at sunset with the beautiful backlighting, or through a window during mid-day.   Its so fun to try out new shooting techniques with different lighting.  And be confident!  Confidence is key to taking beautifully lit photographs.

What is most challenging thing about photographing weddings?
From a personal standpoint, my favorite subject is my daughters!  I just had another baby in August, and I love watching my 6 year old and now five month old interact together.  Also, street art and graffiti.  I love the creative mind process that goes behind it. From a professional standpoint it would have to be love.  Either between a newly married couple, or a family.  I just love love.

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
I have learned to encourage your fellow photographer.  I have made so many amazing friends in the photography community and it really is an incredible thing!  I love helping other photographers with questions that they might have, taking photos together, or even grabbing a cup of coffee and chatting about our photography inspiration.  Its fun and I encourage everyone who is in this industry to make friends who are in the same job field.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
To photograph what your heart desires.  It took me many years to only photograph what I wanted to photograph.  When I first started out in photography back in 2007, I shot anything that would come my way!  From birthday parties, to newborns, to dinner parties and weddings.  But I wasn’t happy.  Now I only photograph what makes me happy as a photographer and as a human.  I think it also makes my clients happier, knowing that I am shooting from my heart and soul.

What do you love most about being a photographer?
I love being able to watch love unfold behind my lens.  A newly engaged couple is an incredible thing to witness behind a camera.  A family that is so in love with each other and their kids is amazing to watch.  I love being able to watch it, capture it, and keep it forever.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I see myself more steadily employed.  My goal is 30-40 weddings a year, and hopefully I can make it happen! =]

About the Artist: Kathleen Amelia was born and raised in Humboldt County, CA.  She fell in love with photography after her father had given her the first camera she would ever own as a young teenager.  She married her Marine Corps husband at 18, while soon after started her own photography business in the state of North Carolina.  Kathleen became a mother at age 20 to their daughter Allyson, and age 26 to their second daughter, Pyper.  They now reside back home in Humboldt County, CA where Kathleen is a full-time wedding & portrait photographer.

Visit Kathleen at her WEBSITE | FACEBOOK pages

New “Members Only” FREEBIE Packet {V46}

YIPPEE!!!  The newest “Members Only” FREEBIE Packet {Volume #46} is now available for download in the forum!!  This month’s packet is filled with the most FABULOUS goodies from our amazing vendors!  We want to extend a HUGE thank you for their generosity and support. Special thanks to Lovely Days CreativePosy Prints Design and Tiramisu Design for this month’s contributions to Rock the Shot Forum members!

You can find the download link in [the Forum] under “Freebie Packets”. New members, don’t forget to download the other available issues of our “Members Only” Subscriber Packets as well! You’ll get HUNDREDS of dollars in FREE photography products.  Hurry, these packets are only available for a limited time!

Not a member of our forum yet?? JOIN TODAYand get exclusive access to all our FANTASTIC FREEBIES!  Plus… for a limited time, save 30% off any level membership using code MRFB30 (new/inactive members only: expires on March 22, 2015).

And now….on to the goodies! You will receive the following freebies:

Set of FOUR Birth Announcement Cards from Lovely Days Creative {$20 Value}

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Lovely Days Creative is a template boutique featuring high-end designs to help photographers market and promote their business. The templates are easy to use and come with clearly written instructions so everyone can use them with confidence! In addition, Lovely Days Creative features a high-level or customer service after purchase to ensure complete satisfaction every time. You can visit Lovely Days Creative on Etsy.

Photography Marketing Brochure from Posy Prints Design {$74.99 Value}

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Posy Prints Design offers Photoshop templates and marketing materials for professional photographers. Our templates are created to help you increase your sales, market your business, and save time. All of our templates are fully layered PSD files allowing for unlimited customization to suit your brand or image. With our coordinating suite of products, you can quickly and easily put your welcome packet together while staying true to your unique branding and color scheme. Best of all, we offer customization services and will put your product together for you!
  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Creative Cloud, and Photoshop Elements

Six Blog Board Templates from Tiramisu Design {$15.99 Value}

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Good day to all of you lovely photographers! Do you ever get the feeling that there are just not enough time in the day to complete everything? At Tiramisu Design, you can purchase beautiful professional products templates (photo books, cards, blog, facebook timeline covers and lots more) at the very affordable price!

Not a member of Rock the Shot Photography Forum yet? Come on over and JOIN our fun and friendly community TODAY!  Plus… for a limited time, save 30% off any level membership using code MRFB30 (new/inactive members only: expires on March 22, 2015).

And… don’t forget to stop by these wonderful vendors websites and Facebook pages and check out all the FANTASTIC products they have to offer. Remember to download all of our currently available packets in the forum. Here is a list of all the fantastic freebies available for download.  Hurry, these packets are only available for a limited time!!

Volume 45:

  • Love Notes Marketing Templates from Galler.ee {$35 Value}
  • Modern Baby Birth Announcement Collection (4 Templates) from Hazy Skies Designs {$30 Value}
  • Senior Facebook Timeline Bundle (5 Templates) from Paper Lark Designs {$19.95 Value}

Volume 44:

  • Mini session marketing boards (4 templates) from Little Sweet Designs {$24 Value}
  • Mini Session Welcome Guide from Magazine Mama {$99 Value}
  • Save the Date Overlay Collection (7 Overlays) from Sweet Little Muse {$18 Value}

Volume 43: (expires March 22, 2015)

  • Facebook Timeline Collection (10 Cover Templates) from CRAVE Photography & Design {$29 Value}
  • Holiday Card Collection (4 Card Templates) from Hummingbird Press {$32 Value}
  • Christmas Overlays Collection from 7th Avenue Designs {$20 Value}

Photographer Spotlight: Laura Nelson

We are so excited to welcome the fabulously talented Laura Nelson to the Rock the Shot Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful fine art film wedding and portrait photography, and be sure to visit her website Laura Nelson Photography. Thank you so much Laura for taking the time to share your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?

Growing up in a small town at the base of a mountain, I was surrounded by towering pines, indigo hills and waterfalls. I was captivated by natural beauty and had that innate desire to preserve the sights and senses that surrounded me. Wanting to be creative as a profession is often discouraged as a child though & taking to heart everything you hear at a young age as true, can sway you. It wasn’t until our wedding day, Billy, my husband, had bought me my first camera and suddenly it was like a door that I had forgotten was opened and a flood of possibility flowed. Billy has continually always been my support, love & encouragement. I would be no where without that man!:)

How would you describe your photography style?

I shoot with film, which has its own unique and beautiful qualities that only film can give. I would like to think my style is romantic, a collection of real moments & photographs that make you feel something…

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

Self taught! :)

What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?

I shoot with a Mamiya 645af with an 80mm lens  :)

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

Of course evening light when the sun is low & even as it has just set is the most beautiful light of all. During weddings, it can be a bit more difficult to find that soft light as you’re shooting at  noon part of the day. During those times, find shade, trees create beautiful filtered back lighting.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?

Probably a challenge that comes with every wedding is being able to adapt to situations that are out of your control. Like a hideous getting ready room, unfortunate weather and delayed timelines. So much is out of our control and being able to think on your feet, be an artist and create something beautiful in a setting that isn’t ideal, that is my biggest challenge and keeps me on my toes and I think doing this well is what makes you truly a wedding artist.

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

I hate to say it, but, have a winter/spring/fall baby, not summer haha! Here in Oregon, we have about 4 months for wedding season, not year round like other areas. Im definitely not complaining, but it is really hard turning down all these summer weddings, as our baby is due in the middle of wedding season this year. It’s been really challenging for me to not get down about having to turn away all these amazing locations, like Italy! I had a good cry about it the other day because it feels like I’ve worked so hard to get where I am and then having to say no to so many opportunities, it just feels like Im having to give up on my dreams. Then I realized, it’s just one wedding season and I am getting so much more this summer, a new kind of dream that I can’t even explain right now because I haven’t experienced this love yet. So, having a summer baby has a little more challenges and you cannot easily control when you get pregnant…but a baby in off season might be a bit simpler!:)

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

Take time to live, to really be present in every moment. It will inspire your work!

What do you love most about being a photographer?

I LOVE meeting so many amazing couples and sharing in their love for each other, it’s refreshing and inspiring!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hmmm….we just bought our first house, so Im hoping in five years it’s finished being remodeled and look less like a medieval dungeon! Haha… but on the businessy side, I see my self in Italy or France, tromping around with my husband & babies photographing tuscan hills, lavender, cobblestone streets and couples in love… and there will be wine.

About the Artist: Laura Nelson is a film wedding & portrait photographer based in Southern Oregon. I photograph weddings with film and my best friend, the husband! We are expecting our first babe at the end of June and just moved into our first home. We are feeling like real grown ups lately and finding that balance between starting a family & owning our own businesses, its pretty fun.:)

Visit Laura at her WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAMPINTEREST pages

Featured Vendor + Giveaway: SewTamz Designs

Today we are featuring the amazing SewTamz Designs, designer of beautiful camera straps, covers and wristlets. Check out the fantastic options they offer, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of {3} $50.00 Gift Certificates to SewTamz Designs.

About SewTamz Designs

SewTamz Designs specializes in custom photography accessories for all photographers.   Her designs offer a stylish way to accessorize your camera – Items include camera strap coverswrist straps and designer neck or cross-body camera straps.  Whether it’s choosing colors to match you’re branding, showing off your business logo, or adding your own monogram the possibilities are endless.

SewTamz  has created coordinating neoprene lens casesdrop-in-bags, and our new “thin” neoprene strap.  All of our products come in a variety of stylish designs and provides the comfort every photographer needs.

Beautiful classic, modern and simple designs in endless color options… you will win one of (3) $50.00 store credit to SewTamz Designs .

SPECIAL OFFER EXCLUSIVELY FOR ROCK THE SHOT READERS: Save 20% off using code ROCK20 at checkout.

About the Designer: Tammy is a wife and mom to two busy kids.  After leaving the corporate world as a “techie” to be a SAHM; on a whim she began designing camera straps for photographer friends adding embroidery for a personal touch.  Thus trading in the corporate job for a sewing machine; SewTamz was born and now products are distributed world-wide.  Tammy enjoys creating new products that are functional and fun, has a slight addiction to fabrics, social media and Pinterest recipes.

Visit SewTamz Designs at their WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | BLOG | TWITTER

Enter the Giveaway for a chance to win one of (3) $50.00 Gift Certificates to SewTamz Designs!

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Hurry! Giveaway ends on Tuesday, March 17th.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 21st.

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. Giveaway is open to US/CA residents only. 

Congratulations to Kristen Carter; Eileen Butler; and Haley Lewis on each winning a $50 Gift Certificate to Sew Tamz 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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