March Photo Challenge: Landscape

This month, get creative, think outside the box and enter your favorite “LANDSCAPE” image.  There are no specific rules for this challenge, you may interpret the theme in any way you wish. Everyone is invited to participate!

Special thanks to our very generous sponsors for the FABULOUS prizes for this months challenge!

Here are the prizes you can win:

1st Place PRIZE:  Canvas Cluster Connectible from Simply Color Lab {$229 Value}



Canvas Connectibles
The wall collage has never been easier. Canvas Connectibles are made from our Canvas Blocks and connected with sturdy aluminum hardware. Choose from several arrangements.of 4, 6 or 9 canvas Blocks. You or your customer hang them as one piece for a perfectly symmetrical display that will never go out of alignment on your walls.

*Enter code RckCon25 in the Discount Field in ROES to receive 25% off Any Canvas Connectible.  Code expires March 30th, 2015. Use this code as often as you’d like during the promotional period…this code does not apply to shipping charges but does include any options or rush fees.   You cannot apply to this to previous orders, and cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or gift certificates, and cannot be used with Simply Cash™ or Canvas Cash™ or New Product Cash. If you have any questions, please contact customer service at 877.803.6366.

 2nd Place PRIZE$200.00 Gift Certificate to PepperLu Photo


Pepperlu photography backdrops and floordrops give your photos more flair, more spunk, and more you. Create a style all your own by submitting your own designs to be turned into backdrops. And guess what?  If other photographers buy your design, you earn commissions! Yep, that just happened. Visit and make a scene.

3rd Place PRIZE$150.00 Gift Certificate to Magazine Mama


Magazine Mama helps photographers save time and grown their business with beautifully designed templates complete with professionally written text.  She also sells customizable curriculum for photographers to make extra income in their off season teaching basic digital photography classes.  Use code RTS20 and get 20% off your next order in our shop.

Here are the details for entering your submission:

1. Create a post on your blog and include ONE photo submission for the challenge. If you like, include some fun facts about the photo, and any tips or tricks you might like to share about how you captured and/or processed your image.  For this month’s submission, the only rule is that the photo you submit must include a landscape.  There are no other requirements!
2. Include the Rock the Shot Button and type the link in your post. DO NOT include http://
3. You can also link your submission from public Facebook pages, Flickr, Pinterest, etc. Just be sure to include the link within your post. If you are having trouble with this method, check out our step-by-step video tutorial HERE 
4. Submit the link to your post using the InLinkz button below. You must submit the actual post link (permalink), not just your website URL. NOTE: do not include http:// in your link
5. You may submit your photo at any time during the challenge – the deadline for this month’s submission is Tuesday, March 31st, at 11:59pm CST.
6. The winners will be announced on Friday, April 3rd, 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.

By submitting your photo, you grant Rock the Shot permission to re-post your photo on our blog and/or Facebook page.

February Photo Challenge Winners

We are so thrilled today to announce the WINNING photos for our February Photo Challenge.  Our theme last month was “Friendship”, and the images were absolutely wonderful!  We want to thank all of our readers who submitted entries for the challenge, and a HUGE THANK YOU to our fabulous sponsors Simply Color Lab; Birdesign; and Pretty Presets for Lightroom for their generous prize donations to the challenge this month.

Here are our winners for the “Friendship” photo challenge:

1st Prize: #11 Gianna Grace Photography

2nd Prize: #34 Janelle Rideout Photography

3rd Prize: #52 The Great Vine Photography

Honorable mention 1: #67 Applewood Photo

Honorable mention 2: #46 Jessica Caso Photography

If you’re one of our top five, proudly display the button “Top 5 Photo” button on your blog and Facebook pages. This button can be found HERE.

Winners, please contact Karlen at

Thanks to everyone who entered, and STAY TUNED for our next Photo Challenge…

Featured Vendor + Giveaway: Hummingbird Press

We are truly pleased to welcome our friends from Hummingbird Press to the Rock the Shot blog today! Take a moment to learn more about Hummingbird Press and their fabulous templates for photographers.  Be sure to enter their GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $200 Gift Certificate to their store.

About Hummingbird Press

At Hummingbird Press, we realize the importance of keeping up with current trends, providing easy to use templates, and saving you time.  That’s why we offer a full range of products to fit your needs.  Want to save time and money?  Checkout our Membership options!  Get unlimited downloads for 12 months at a price you can’t beat!

All of our templates are well structured with named layers, making it easy to find what you need within a design.  Everything is layered; you don’t have to worry that you’ll open a template only to find you can’t change the color of the background pattern or the flowered wreath that doesn’t match your photos.

Have an idea for a new product?  Please share it!  We are always open to custom design or adding new products to the store.  We’d love to hear from you!

Check out new designs and membership options at The Hummingbird Press.  While you’re there, don’t forget to download the Monthly Freebie and subscribe to our newsletter.  When you subscribe you’ll get word of upcoming deals, tutorials and more.  What you won’t get is continuous emails clogging your inbox; no one has time for that!


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! It was an absolute pleasure working with you. I love these and I will definitely be back for more!

Gorgeous! Worked perfectly! I am beyond happy with the product and services.

LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your products!!!!  Awesome colors and style. Just perfect.

Special Offer For RTS Fans

For one week, use code RTS35 to save 35% off all templates at The Hummingbird Press!  Valid Wednesday, March 4th – Wednesday, March 11th.  Simply enter the code at checkout.

About The Founder: I didn’t start out as a graphic designer; I began my creative career as a Web Developer.  I quickly realized I needed more room for creativity, so I taught myself graphic design (anything is possible!).  Everything about design makes me happy.  I get joy from the textures, colors and patterns.  When I’m not in my office creating something new, I love to sit down with a good cup of coffee and my latest book.  I feel very fortunate to do what I love everyday, and for that, I thank you!

Visit Hummingbird Press at their WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST pages today!

Enter the GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $200 Gift Certificate to Hummingbird Press.

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Hurry! Giveaway ends on Tuesday March 10, 2015. Winner will be announced on Saturday, March 14, 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 + Celebrity Mentor: Jamie Faulkner

We are so excited to welcome the fabulously talented Jamie Faulkner to the Rock the Shot Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful family photography, and be sure to visit her website Jamie Faulkner Photography.

The best news… Jamie will be featured as our “Celebrity Mentor” in the Rock the Shot Forum for the entire month of March so come on over and ask her anything you like. Thank you so much Jamie for sharing your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
It started in 2009 and nothing in particular started my inspiration. I just knew that I was always looking for opportunities to photograph, but not your “traditional” type portraits. I wanted to capture more real images, more candid images. So I guess you could say that real emotions started my inspiration and from there it just grew. And the birth of my oldest daughter in 2010 just intensified that desire.

How would you describe your photography style?
Very natural, lifestyle, real. I want that smile to be a real one, I want that interaction between families to be genuine.

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I am self taught other than some online workshops and in person workshops, I did not attend any school for photography.

Do brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
I shoot Nikon. I have a Nikon D4s with my D700 as my backup. I have the 50 1.4, 35 1.4 and 24 1.4 lens, all Nikon brand. I would have to say my 35 is my love. That lens is hands down a must.

Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Look for it everywhere. Even while out running errands, notice the light around you. How it bounces off the brick wall, the shadows on the road, pay attention to every little detail when it comes to light. I carry my camera with me. If the kids are in a good mood, and we are not in a rush to be somewhere, I stop and and I practice in that light. One of my favorite places that I have practiced light is in the post office. I know that sounds crazy, but I have a 16×20 collage hanging on our wall of our oldest daughter getting the mail out of our mailbox at our local post office. The light there is so amazing, the way it enters from the top of the windows and splatters all over the boxes and the shadows that it creates. My advice is to look for it everywhere. And not just what you would say would be the “perfect light”. I am referring to all kinds of light. The light that you are unsure of or even scared of, practice in it. You will find that light really does make any subject, a person or a thing, interesting. It is all in the way you look at it.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing children?
The parents, for me. And I don’t want that sound harsh at all. I am the challenging one when I have my kids photographed! That is why I have learned to step away, and not worry about if the hair is out of place, if she is listening, if her clothes are amiss. Really, leave the work to the photographer. It actually makes it worse when the parents are behind us saying “cheese!!!”. Your best thing to do as a parent is step away out of sight let the photographer do the work.

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
Lift your colleagues up. Network. Reach out and make friends and start a relationship with those that do the same work you do. It is so nice to be able to chat with someone that does the same kind of work you do. You can vent away to that person and they GET it, they get the struggles. They are in the same place as you, dealing with similar situations.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
Take business classes and/or marketing classes. Please. I did not do this right off (actually currently doing them now!) and I promise you, this is a must. If you are serious about being a photographer and being in business, please take these classes. There are so many options out there for business and marketing mentoring for photographers. It’s better to start out right and with the correct knowledge in this area. It will save you money and so much headache in the long run.

What do you love most about being photographer?
I love being able to stop moments in time for my clients and for myself. I love being able to paint a picture, so to speak, with my camera.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Running a successful photography business.

About the Artist: Jamie Faulkner is a natural light photographer located in Goreville, IL & serves the Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky area. She specializes in children and lifestyle family photography.  Jamie is also available for maternity and engagement sessions.

Visit Jamie at her WEBSITE | FACEBOOK pages

And don’t forget, you can ask Jamie anything you like in the Rock the Shot Celebrity Mentor Forum for the entire month of February!!

INSPIRE SHOOT-OUT: Chicago | June 2015








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