Featured Vendor + Giveaway: The Album Cafe

We are so thrilled to welcome our friends from The Album Cafe to the Rock the Shot blog today! Take a moment to learn more about all of the FABULOUS templates they offer for photographers.  Also… be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY for a package worth more than $175 – how COOL is that?!

About The Album Cafe

Have you ever wished it was faster and easier to use Photoshop templates?  The Album Cafe has pioneered the user-friendly Photoshop template. From our AMAZING, FREE Image Loader® plug-in that sizes and adds your images to the templates for you, to our super handy “preview layer” feature that shows you how the final piece will look after printer trimming (which is ultra helpful when placing images so that nothing unintended gets cut off on your final printed piece) – our templates are set up to be quick, easy and fun to use.

The Album Cafe is merrily approaching 7 years in business, and we’re still having a blast creating gorgeous, timeless, easy-to-use designs for photographers. Feel free to drop by and download some FREE TEMPLATES and give ‘em a try!

Hey! Be sure to enter the awesome giveaway below!!

Did you know that Rock the Shot readers can take 25% Off all purchases ALL MONTH with the promo code RTS25 at checkout?!?  Go get some fun new templates and create something  beautiful! :)

Hello there!  My name is Brandi Cameron and I am the owner & principal designer over at The Album Cafe. Despite above appearances, I do not always live life in a straw hat.:o  I am wife to the crazy guy pictured above, mother to two teenage girls (help me!!) and pro ball thrower for two wiggle-tail boxers.

Visit The Album Cafe at their WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER pages today!

Enter the Giveaway for a chance to win a Multiplicity Wedding Album, Facebook Cover Collage Set and a $100 gift card to The Album Cafe! 

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Hurry! Giveaway ends on Tuesday, July 15th.  Winner will be announced on Saturday, July 19th, 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 Meredith Hogarth on winning the Multiplicity Wedding Album, Facebook Cover Collage Set and a $100 gift card to The Album Cafe! Meredith, please 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!

Photographer Spotlight + Celebrity Mentor: Taryn Boyd of Blu Hippo Photography

We are thrilled to welcome the amazingly talented Taryn Boyd of Blu Hippo Photography to the Rock the Shot Blog.  Her beautiful work radiates happiness and joy and we are so excited to share her with you today!  Take a moment to learn more about Taryn in our Photographer Spotlight.  The best news… Taryn will be featured as our “Celebrity Mentor” in the Rock the Shot Forum for the entire month of July so come on over and ask her anything you like.

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
I’m not sure I could pinpoint an exact time I fell in love with it. My grandpa was a hobbist photographer so that could’ve been what sparked it. But for as long as I can remember, I always loved the way a photograph made me feel.

How would you describe your photography style?
This is a hard one for me. I guess i strive to be timeless. But others words that might describe my work are slightly moody, emotive, dreamy, and romantic.

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I am self taught.I took some black and white film courses in college but it was more about learning manual (which I later had to re learn) and developing film.

What camera do you shoot with and what is your favorite lens?
I have a Nikon D700. I want to upgrade but Nikon (IMO) hasn’t come up with new camera that really meets my needs. I am waiting patiently (sort of). My favorite lens is my Tamron 70-200. I took a chance on Tamron a few years ago. I tested this lens and the Nikon version and for the money it was a no brainer. I did just get a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 that I am currently falling in love with.

Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
It’s everywhere. Study it. Practice shooting in all kinds of it. I am currently doing a blog circle this year and every month we pick a different kind of light. It is amazing practice and a great way to think outside the box from what I normally do.

What is your favorite subject to photograph and why?
GAH…hard one. I guess maternity. I hated the way I felt I looked when I was pregnant but now I regret not getting in front of the camera. What a magical time in a person’s life!

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
Since this year had only just begun I am going to say what I am currently working on and I hope I can say I learned by 2015. I am trying to back away from the “noise” on social media. I get so hung up on the numbers. “why didn’t I get more likes on this photo? what did I do wrong? Is it not good or something?”. you get the idea. I need to concentrate more on the people who have taken the time to “like” my photo, comment on it an continue to be my cheerleaders. I know in my heart that as an artist there are going to be people who love your work and those that don’t and I need to to be okay with that.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
Take you time getting in to the business. I see so many photographers popping up everywhere and that’s great. But to go into business is a completely different thing. It isn’t all sunshine and lollipops. Make sure you’ve done your research and know that it is okay to be a hobbyist.

What do you love most about being a photographer?
I love to be able to have a creative outlet and to express myself through photos. It is also pretty great to make my own schedule.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Every year my business grows. In 5 years my kids will both be in school fun time so I will have a little more time on my hands to devote to the business. I do hope in 5 years that I have expanded the business to either mentoring, teaching, commercial work etc. Every year has presented it’s self with more opportunities and I welcome them with open arms!

About the Artist: Taryn Boyd, owner of Blu Hippo Photography, lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and their two boys. Blu Hippo Photography has been in business since 2011. Her style focuses on the emotions of childhood using only natural light.

Visit Taryn at her WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER pages here

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

July Photo Challenge: Summer Vacation

Summer is finally HERE – time for some fun in the sun.  This month, share one of your favorite “SUMMER VACATION” images with us!  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: One-on-One “Radiant” Online Editing Webinar from blahblah bebe photography {$380Value}

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2nd Place PRIZE:  $100 Gift Certificate to Photo Deal Cafe

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Photo Deal Cafe brings the power of group buying to photographers. Save up to 90% off the BEST Products and Services for Photographers.

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’s submission, the only requirement is that the image relates to “SUMMER” in some way.
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 July 31st, at 11:59pm CST.
6. The winners will be announced on Thursday, August 7th.

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. Photo Credit will be provided.

June Photo Challenge Winners

We are so excited today to announce the WINNING photos for our June Photo Challenge.  Our theme last month was “FUN AT THE BEACH”, and the images were AWESOME!!   We want to thank all of our readers who submitted entries for the challenge, and a really BIG  THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors ShootProof; Galler.ee; and Canvas by Blossom for their generous prize donations to the challenge this month.

Here are our winners for the “Summer Fun” photo challenge.

1st Prize: #55 by Tammi Ambrose Photography

2nd Prize:  #34 by Shannon Renee Photography

3rd Prize:  #72 by L&L Photography

Honorable mention #1:  #50 by Jennifer Sharp Photography

Honorable mention #2:  #42 by Renee Hall 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 karlen@rocktheshotforum.com

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

Featured Vendor + Giveaway: CG Pro Prints

Today we are welcoming back our friends from CG Pro Prints to the Rock the Shot Blog.  Learn more about all of the fabulous products they offer. PLUS… enter the GIVEAWAY for a chance to win this AMAZING Canvas Gallery Wrap Grouping {$185 Value}.

About CG Pro Prints:

CG Pro Prints provides wholesale pricing exclusively for professional photographers and artists. We create a unique business opportunity to pass a great value onto your clients while adding to your bottom line. Our product line varies to suit every photographer’s style, from Premium Gallery Wraps to Fine Art Giclee prints. Each medium is custom developed to beautifully showcase all of your images so your creativity and skill are first and foremost in your client’s mind. Best of all, we stand behind our product with a 100% quality satisfaction guarantee.


EXCLUSIVE ROCK THE SHOT BONUS OFFER

We will also be offering a $10 discount on our 16”x20” or larger canvas gallery wraps for all first time customers using code: RTSTRIAL through July 31, 2014!

About Megan: Megan Sievert, eCommerce Marketing Manager, Consumer Prints Division. Megan was born and raised in New England, is a left-brained creative thinker, and holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. She currently works in the Marketing Department at CG Pro Prints with a focus on Social Media and Advertising. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Colorado wilderness on foot, bike or skis.

 

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Enter the Giveaway using the Rafflecopter app below for a chance to win a canvas grouping valued at $185.61.

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Hurry! Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 8 . Winner will be announced on Saturday, July 12, 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 Erica Oakley on winning a canvas grouping valued from CG Pro Prints! Erica, please 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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