October Photo Challege: Halloween Costume

Photo Credit:  Laura Farris Photography

Halloween ranks as one of my most favorites holidays each year – and for good reason… candy and Halloween Costumes, what could be better??  This month, get creative, think outside the box and capture an amazing “HALLOWEEN COSTUME” image.  Your submission this month must have someone dressed in a Halloween costume, there are no other requirements.  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:  $200 Gift Certificate to Pretty Presets for Lightroom


Pretty Presets for Lightroom is excited to support thousands of photographers around the world.  Their goal is simple: To make you work smarter, not harder.  They have so much to offer photographers through their Lightroom Presets, Brushes, Workshops and Free Tutorials.  They are known for their renowned customer service and support and look forward to working with you.  You can visit them at their website Pretty Presets.

 2nd Place PRIZE: $150 Gift Certificate to Bittersweet Designs


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.

3rd Place PRIZE16×24 Canvas from Canvas by Blossom {$137 Value}


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 submission, you must submit a photo with someone wearing a Halloween Costume, there are no other requirements.

2. Include the Rock the Shot Button and type the link www.rocktheshotforum.com 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 www.rocktheshotforum.com 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 Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at 11:59pm (CST).
6. The winners will be announced on Thursday, November 7th, 2013.

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.

September Photo Challenge Winners

We are so thrilled today to announce the WINNING photos for our September Photo Challenge.  Our theme last month was “BLACK & WHITE PORTRAIT”, and the images were truly magnificent!!   We want to thank all of our readers who submitted entries for the challenge, and a HUGE  THANK YOU to our fabulous sponsors SmartAlbums; Birdesign; and Canvas by Blossom for their generous prize donations to the challenge this month.

Here are our winners for the “Black & White Portrait” photo challenge:

1st Prize: #44 “Moonlight Sonata” Amy Booker Photography

2nd Prize: #133 Creative Expressions Photography

3rd Prize:  #176 Lindy Pfaff Photography

Honorable mention 1: #1 Jessica Caso Photography

Honorable mention 2:  #74 Just Gaba Photography & Design

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 karlen@rocktheshotforum.com

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

New “Members Only” FREEBIE Packet {V42}

SahWEET!!  The newest “Members Only” FREEBIE Packet {Volume #42} is now available for download in the forum!!  This month’s packet is filled with the FANTASTIC goodies from our amazing vendors!  We want to extend a HUGE thank you for their generosity and support. Special thanks to EW Couture CollectionGaller.ee; and Designs that Inspire 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 TODAY, and get exclusive access to all our FANTASTIC FREEBIES!  Plus… for a limited time, save 30% off any level membership using code OCT30 (new/inactive members only: expires on October 12, 2014).

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

Exclusive Mini-Session Marketing Set from EW Couture Collection {$24 Value}


You want to show off your photography and delight your clients. You also want to use templates that complement your work without overwhelming it. EW Couture creates rich, elegant, and classic templates for photographers like yourself.  Whether you’d like to save on design time, increase your sales, wow your clients, or market your business, EW Couture Collection can help.

  •  Compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Creative Cloud, and Photoshop Elements

Holiday Card Ordering Kit from Galler.ee {$45 Value}


Galler.ee provides the best design templates and writing for professional photographers in the industry. We are proud to offer unmatched pricing, quality, and customer care for essential tools to help you grow your business and keep your clients coming back for more. For $20 per month, professional photographers have unlimited access to our weekly-growing library of work.

  •  Compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Creative Cloud, and Photoshop Elements

“Simply Elegant” Wedding Marketing Collection from Designs that Inspire {$70 Value}


  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Creative Cloud and Photoshop Elements

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 save 30% off any level membership using code OCT30 (new/inactive members only: expires on October 12, 2014).

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 41:

  • Mini-Marketing Collection from Kimla Designs
  • Facebook Timeline Collection {5 Timelines) from The Album Cafe
  • Vintage Frame Bundle from Indigo Boutique

Volume 40:

  • Exclusive Photo Overlay Collection from Click and Blossom
  • “Back to School” Marketing Collection by Cherry Bloom Design
  • Exclusive Cloud Overlay Pack from Photographer Depot

Volume 39: (expires October 12, 2014)

  • Summer Marketing Bundle {4 templates} from Paper Lark Designs
  • Facebook Timeline Cover Bundle {6 templates} from Marketing Mall
  • “Owlsome” Texture Pack {12 Textures} from Owlsome Boutique

Photographer Spotlight: Jayme Ford of Paper Deer Photography

We are so thrilled to welcome the amazingly talented Jayme Ford of Paper Deer Photography to the Rock the Shot Blog.  Take a moment to learn more about Jayme and visit her website.  Thanks so much Jayme for sharing your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
My Dad had a canon A-1 when I was a kid and it rarely left my side. I guess you could say that it was something i’ve always been very interested in and when I was old enough to harness the ability, my obsessiveness took over and that was it!
How would you describe your photography style?
My style is very honest and organic. I strive to create photographs that tell stories of individual connections, emotions and love. I want my clients to feel these emotions long after the photos have been taken, years into the future.

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

All self taught for the most part. When I bought my first professional camera (2006) I tried to teach myself by reading ALL the books but being more of a hands on learner, I found that very difficult. I have zero patience and wanted to learn everything immediately, so I decided to take an intro course at our local college and that helped solidify everything for me. I also did a few online courses, and lots of internetting! which I totally recommend for any aspiring photographers. After I nailed down shooting in manual, I started doing a couple in person workshops. Some are hit and miss and some are completely amazing. Make sure to do your research and read reviews before hand so you can make sure you are taking the right one for you. I did Joy Prouty’s (Wildflowers Photography) workshop in 2012 and all us girls that met at that workshop get together every year for a little photography retreat/inspiration renewal.
Do you shoot Canon or Nikon, and what is your favorite lens?

Canon for my digital gear and for film I have plenty but my main babies are my Leica M3 & Mamiya 645 Pro TL. My favourite lens has to be the 85 1.2, but a close second is my 35 1.4, both of those are my go-to session lenses

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

This is something I struggled with a bit when I was first starting out. With loads of practice, I managed to figure out the sunrise/sunset light but that darn midday sun was tough. Now it might sound silly, but my phone really helped me….we all have cell phones and with communities like Instagram (@thepaperdeerphotography – shameless plug haha), finding that swoonable light was a driving force and pushed me to look for it in any situation. Once you start chasing that light, you will never stop.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing lifestyle/film?

Patience. And like I stated before, patience and I are not the greatest of friends, but both of those elements of photography require A LOT of it, so we’re working on it;)Film has really forced me to slow down and in doing so, i’ve to really learn and hone my craft.

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

This year I really started coaching my clients. I made a little magazine exclusively for them, filled with information about their upcoming session; from what to wear to what to expect after the shoot, it’s all in there …and let me tell you, it has helped TONS! Coaching my clientele was the best thing I could have done for my business and brand.

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

Don’t get too caught up in trends. When I first started 8 years ago, I thought I needed to have every actions, texture, this and that and then realized that that wasn’t the style I wanted to convey through my work…be patient (there’s that word again) and understand that everyone started somewhere, even your favourite photographers were not the greatest when they first started out. I found this quote a while back and it completely resonated with me.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, its just not good. Its trying to be good, it has potential, but its not good. But your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have the special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close the gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone i’ve ever met, Its going to take while. It’s normal to take awhile. you’ve just gotta fight your way through” – Ira Glass

What do you love most about being a photographer?

Being able to experience genuine connections between loved ones. Showing those images to my clients and watching their eyes swell up is probably the most rewarding feeling….oh and the fact that I pretty much own a time machine and can travel back anywhere in my life, any time I want!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully we will be back in our home province of British Columbia (currently in Alberta) doing what I love, building our own repurposed barn and enjoying time relaxing by the lake with my boys.

About the Artist:  HI! My name is Jayme Ford and I am a Lifestyle/Film Photographer based in Red Deer, Alberta. I am a married momma of two of the sweetest (yet lively) little boys; Jensen, my free spirited muse and Hudson, my little heart warrior. Growing up in British Columbia, I knew no other lifestyle than that of a creative one. Time was spent running through the forest, making forts out of tree branches, riding horses up the mountains and documenting it all with my little “camera bug” 100 camera (that I still have to this day!). Photography was a big part of my life when I was younger and continues to be, even more so now as a mother.

Visit Jayme at her WEBSITE | FACEBOOKINSTAGRAM pages today

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.

Congratulations to Kim Boucher on winning a $150 Shopping Spree to DigiLuxe Design! Kimplease 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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