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If you followed Paperie Boutique on Facebook one of these could be yours. (We continuously run giveaways day or night, weekend or weekday, rain or shine!)

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facebook birthday giveaways

  What Facebook giveaways have you missed lately? Let’s see:

  1.   HB Photo Packaging and Amazon.com gift cards
  2.   WHCC Custom Cover Image Box
  3.   “Full Demo Pack” from “The Shop” at AMSW
        Photography
(x3)
  4.   Jo Totes Allison Camera Bag
  5.   ”1-year subscription” to Click Magazine
  6.   JewelBeat.com 2-disc CD / DVD set
  7.   LOKTAH CD/DVD cases
  8.   Fit to Print – entire “Buy the Store” package (x6)
  9.   HB Photo Packaging Sampler
  10.  “It’s Not Just a Click – The Complete Guide for
         Photographing Your Kids!”
by Mesmerizing
         Moments Photography
  11.  Newborn Prop and Hat Gift Set
  12.  Graslon Insight Dome Flash Diffuser


   What are you waiting for? “Like” us
here and be the next winner!
   -Robyn & Todd


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Paperie Boutique fourth birthday
Happy 4th birthday to Paperie Boutique!
Visit PaperieBirthday.com for all events!

Welcome to Paperie Boutique’s FOURTH BIRTHDAY Celebration Round II – sponsored by HB Photo Packaging, Kelly Moore Bag, Animoto, Click Magazine, Sassy Designs Inc., Artsy Couture, Prairie Sweet Boutique, Black River Imaging, Clickin Moms, Simply Color / Simply Canvas, Kraft and Jute, Modern Album Designs, Full Color Lab, CPQ Professional Photo Lab, Photographer Cafe, Nations Photo Lab, Paint the Moon Photoshop Actions and Textures, Hardwood Frames, and Birdesign. We had so many gifts donated from our vendors to our readers this year that we unexpectedly had to split the event into two partsRound II will run until all prizes have been awarded!

Our U.S. readers can win thousands of dollars in prizes and merchandise directly from our incredible sponsors and vendors! Our family of merchants also provided several discount codes and promotions for our audience. All of these giveaways and special offers will be posted multiple times each day during the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. EDT – so you’ll want to check back, and check back often! Thanks for four great years and Happy Birthday Paperie!

We’ll also do flash giveaways on our Facebook page – “Like” us there!


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Have you tried to win “THE GISÈLE” camera bag by LobLee Camera Bags?

LobLee Gisele Camera Bag Giveaway
You have FIVE chances to win it here! What are you waiting for?

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Just a heads-up that contest winners are being posted to Facebook so make sure you follow us there for the most recent announcements. Contest winners #13—#17 have been selected and are now posted below, as well as on Facebook.


Giveaway #13 – *emera messenger bag

emera messenger winner


Giveaway #14 – Chic Critique Forum

chic critique forum


Giveaway #15 – Kelly Moore Bag / My Funky Camera

Kelly Moore Bag My Funky Camera


Giveaway #16 – Full Color, Inc. / The Album Cafe / Kraft & Jute

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Giveaway #17 – Galpin Studios

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Paperie Boutique fourth birthday

A birthday party so nice – we’re having it twice! Who’s ready to start winning stuff again!?! Watch this space because new giveaways are now underway and we’ll also announce more prize winners from the first seventeen giveaways!

We’re building up to the GRAND FINALE this week so check back often!
Robyn & Todd

P.S. If you’re a vendor who would like to sponsor the event, donate a prize,
        and / or provide a discount code for our readers please contact Todd:
        todd AT paperieboutique DOT com – we’d love to have you join us!

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P.S. Don’t forget to visit PaperieBirthday.com and see what you missed!

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Jul201330

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button birthday – Colorvale & Galpin

HEADS UP: Paperie’s Birthday is a crazy time of year and our inboxes overfloweth. Please follow us on Facebook for frequent announcements!

Happy 4th birthday to Paperie Boutique!
Visit PaperieBirthday.com for all events!

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Paperie Boutique fourth birthday

Welcome to Paperie Boutique’s FOURTH BIRTHDAY celebration – sponsored by HB Photo Packaging, Kelly Moore Bag, Animoto, Click Magazine, Sassy Designs Inc., Artsy Couture, Prairie Sweet Boutique, Black River Imaging, Clickin Moms, Simply Color / Simply Canvas, Kraft and Jute, Modern Album Designs, Full Color Lab, CPQ Professional Photo Lab, Photographer Cafe, Nations Photo Lab, Paint the Moon Photoshop Actions and Textures, Hardwood Frames, and Birdesign. The party runs from July 19th – July ??!

During the celebration our U.S. readers can win thousands of dollars in prizes and merchandise directly from our incredible sponsors and vendors! Our family of merchants will also provide several discount codes and promotions for our audience that will be posted at PaperieBirthday.com throughout the week-long event. All of these giveaways and special offers will be posted multiple times each day during the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. EDT – so you’ll want to check back, and check back often! Thanks for four great years and Happy Birthday Paperie!

P.S. We’ll also do flash giveaways on our Facebook page – “Like” us there!


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In case you missed the announcement, we’re here for another week handing out birthday goodies ’til the very last giveaway has been awarded! NOT including the complimentary “50 Business Cards from MOO.com” for everyone – we’ve made it possible for our vendors and merchants to give out over $6500 in prizes to our readers! And believe it or not, that’s not even HALF of it!

Check back throughout the week for more giveaways, pop-quiz prizes, and Facebook flash giveaways – and you DON’T want to miss the “grand finale“!

Curious what prizes we have left? We put up this sampling on Facebook!

This post has a feature by Colorvale™ and envi photoshop actions that includes a freebie download – followed by a fun Famous Pea Pod prop giveaway by Galpin Studios! Be sure to read ’til the end so you don’t miss anything!


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Our birthday “Pop Quiz #4” featured a $150.00 gift certificate from Colorvale™ and envi photoshop actions. We invited Stacie Jensen from Colorvale™ to do a guest / vendor post and tell everyone a little bit more about her company and products. She even let us know about an amazing “freebie” that is getting killer reviews – you can see more about it at the download link below!

Why purchase Photoshop Actions from Colorvale™?

The answer to this is very important. Because we are backed by well over 13 years of Photoshop experience. Stacie’s background in Photoshop extended back when Photoshop was in its infancy. Stacie’s graphic design & photography have been published nationally in magazines. Your edits are in the hands of a professional who knows Photoshop inside and out! You have spent tons in gear, choked down a ton of learning and now you need to invest in what will help you save time & product quality products to your clients each and every time!


please click on each of the images below for a larger pop-up version


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Colorvale™ Gems Photoshop Actions$17.00


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Colorvale™ Everyday Clean by Colorvale – on sale for $47.00


colorvale envi actions

Colorvale™ Ultimate Web Enhancer & Resize ActionFREE download link:
colorvaleactions.com/shop/social-friendly-photos-action-by-colorvale/


There is nothing more annoying than uploading your amazing photos onto Facebook just to see them compressed and pixelated. The dimensions for a perfect Facebook photo are always changing but we are trying to keep up with this crazy social world. After many tests these seem to be a beautiful size to use.

Colorvale™ is here to make your editing effortless & save you time!

Actions Included:

•  Perfectly resize for best Facebook quality. Use with Portrait
   or Landscape photos

•  Ultimate Web Sharpening – your photos will look beautifully
   sharp every time

•  Clean white 5 px border for professional matting

•  Action to quickly save your image as PNG before uploading
   to Facebook

•  This action does NOT harm the layers of your edited image
   or resize the original. It will make a duplicate file before
   making the necessary changes for Facebook quality.

Compatible With: Photoshop CS3 & above and Elements 8 & above

Thanks Stacie and Colorvale™—we’re so excited to have you with us here on Paperie! Please follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@ColorvaleEdits)!


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And now to the giveaway! Up for grabs is one Famous Pea Pod prop (size Medium) from Galpin Studios in the color of your choice! The Famous Pea Pod is one of the most sought out props of newborn photographers! These precious pea pods are darling and a must have in your studio. (Value is $150.00.)

Galpin Studios has spent over three years working on the Famous Pea Pod design (trademark pending) – perfecting both the shape and the size.

Galpin Studios sweet peapod prop
Galpin Studios sweet pea pod prop
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How do you win this cute bundle of joy prop (baby not included)? It’s easy!


THIS GIVEAWAY’S WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED ON FACEBOOK!


U.S. RESIDENTS: All you have to do is post in the comments here and tell us what your favorite Galpin Studios prop is! That’s all there is to it!

For BONUS chances to win: Go to your Facebook and / or Twitter accounts and post the following (then tell us where you did):

I want to win the @GalpinStudios Famous Pea Pod prop now at @PaperieBoutique / PaperieBoutique.com — PaperieBirthday.com has prizes!

You can also follow Galpin Studios on Facebook and / or Paperie Boutique on Facebook (or state that you follow one – or both already, in separate comments here).

Each entry requires its own separate comment here. (In simple terms: If you want FIVE chances to win, you have to do all five things listed above, and then make five separate comments here telling us how you did them.)

Comment that you have posted to your Twitter or Facebook account(s) – with a link to where you did it – in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

ATTENTION: All links you post must direct to public-access accounts. We cannot verify links on private, friends & family only, or passworded accounts and they will not be eligible to win this item. If we have to subscribe to your feed, a website, or forum – or request permission to see them – your entry will automatically be disqualified.

Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 2nd. You can enter up to five times total. Post that you have met each of the requirements in separate comments to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to five times total – one entry each for both the options listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have five chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win!

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize. See official rules for more details.

Huge thanks to Galpin Studios for this great prop / prize – visit them on Facebook and Twitter! Good luck!

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Don’t forget to visit PaperieBirthday.com and see what you missed!

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The birthday party is now in its second week and started on Friday, July 19th – it will run until we run out of prizes on July ??!

More giveaways posted on Tuesday – see you then!
Robyn & Todd

P.S. If you’re a vendor who would like to sponsor the event, donate a prize,
        and / or provide a discount code for our readers please contact Todd:
        todd AT paperieboutique DOT com – we’d love to have you join us!



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Nov201220

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We’re excited to have GO{4}PRO Photos back for another fantastic GIVEAWAY and guest / vendor post! They’re here to debut their new Product Guide Look Book – Paperie readers get a $50 discount, and one lucky Paperie viewer will walk away with a Product Guide Look Book of their very own!

Product Guide Look Book

The Pricing Product Guide
THE PRICING PRODUCT GUIDE is designed to solve two problems that photographers face. The first being that we want to inspire our clients to do something amazing with what we’ve created for them. What we don’t want to see, is them framing an 8×10 and calling it “huge”.

The second struggle that I know many photographer’s face is getting consistent good sales. You have bills to pay and your time is valuable. When one sale rings up at $100.00 and the next rings up at $1,000.00, It’s pretty hard to plan a monthly budget.

Your personal Pricing Product Guide can be shared with clients as an online magazine or a PDF. So you can share a digital version with clients through your email correspondence.

In addition to sharing it as e-magazine, it can also be shared as a book! So when you get into that ordering appointment, you actually hand over this beautiful BOOK for your clients to peruse, and it happens to be identical to what they saw in your online version!

Product Guide Look Book
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INCLUDED:
   ○ All product photography
   ○ Wall art examples (showcasing canvases, frames & large prints)
   ○ Thirty pages, each can be customized for your brand / pricing
   ○ Fully layered PSD files with simple clipping masks
   ○ Instructions for creating your PDF
   ○ Instructions for preparing Pricing Product Guide as e-magazine
   ○ FAQ for ordering in book, magazine & digital magazine
   ○ Instructions for all fonts used
   ○ Information for all of the vendors showcased
   ○ Grey masks indicate clipping masks to drop your images

PRODUCT COMPATIBILITY:
This product has been designed and developed for professional photographers. A basic understanding of Photoshop clipping masks is expected. Compatible with all version of Photoshop CS.


Product Guide Look Book

Through Tuesday, November 27th all Paperie readers can get $50 off the Product Guide Look Book with the code PAPERIE50.

And scroll below for details on how one lucky Paperie reader can win it all!


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Do you remember our cute FREE client-gift onesies and baby tees template from Christmas 2011? We’ve updated the graphic for use again in 2012!

Buttons and Bows Photography t shirt baby newborn infant Orlando Florida

You can go to last year’s entry for the updated 2012 files. You have the option of downloading the .psd file and adding in your logo first to print on your own, or printing the onesie or tee design without your logo directly from Zazzle.com.

Paperie Boutique custom design Zazzle Christmas shirt

Just visit this entry for more details on how to download, edit, and order!


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Paperie Boutique Packaging Giftwrap Battle 2012

Last night the vendor e-mail blasts were sent out regarding the 2012 Wrap Battle. The newsletter describes how to become a Wrap Battle sponsor and / or donate a prize or discount code for our readers. If you would like to receive a copy of this e-mail, please let us know!

We are also offering deep discounts for new advertisers just before the Wrap Battle kicks off! This year’s contest is going to be epic – as will the opportunity to reach your target market. We averaged roughly 8 million initial page hits per month between November 2011 and January 2012, and over 737,000 unique visitors during the same timeframe. Last year our grand prize winner walked away with over $2000 in prizes, and over $4500 in total prizes were awarded!

The 2012 Wrap Battle comes hot on the heels of our third birthday celebration where over $16,000 in prizes was awarded in just one week!

Contact Todd if you are interested in a custom advertising plan, a Paperie sponsorship, a Wrap Battle sponsorship, or a prize donation. Or you can choose from one of our standard advertising plans and pay instantly:


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Once payment has been made, write todd @ this domain and include a copy of your receipt and attach an image for the ad-size purchased.


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Win an ONA Brixton Camera Messenger Bag (color smoke) valued at $269!
ona brixton camera messenger bag giveaway

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Black River Imaging is offering a special giveaway for Paperie readers. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $250.00 Black River Imaging gift code! The two runner-ups will each receive a $100.00 Black River Imaging gift code!

Black River Imaging giveaway
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You can also win a $100.00 gift card to Prairie Sweet Boutique – just click here!

Prairie Sweet Boutique 100 gift card

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Paperie Boutique free Moo downloads Christmas

Visit this post for FREE MOO postcard, minicard, sticker, gift & address labels!


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Product Guide Look Book
Want to win the Product Guide Look Book from GO{4}PRO Photos? Here’s how!

All you have to do is post in the comments here and tell us what your favorite GO{4}PRO Photos product is! That’s it!

You can have an additional – optional – “bonus” entry if you “like” the Go4Pro Photos Facebook fan page – just comment here that you’ve done so, or that you’re already a fan.

And another additional – optional – “bonus” entry if you follow @go4prophotos on Twitter – just comment here that you’ve followed or already follow them.

Each entry requires its own separate comment here. (In simple terms: If you want THREE chances to win, you have to do the THREE separate things listed above, and then make three separate comments here telling us how you did them.)

Comment with your favorite GO{4}PRO Photos product here – or that you’ve liked Go4Pro Photos on Facebook – or that you’ve followed @go4prophotos on Twitter – in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, November 26th. You can enter up to THREE times total. Post that you have met the individual requirements in three separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to three times total – one entry each for all of the options listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have THREE chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win! See official rules for more details. Please note that Paperie Boutique hosted events are open to U.S. residents age 18 and over only.

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Good luck to everyone who enters, and thanks to GO{4}PRO Photos for this amazing giveaway!


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And here’s one more holiday gift wrapping photo from Pinterest to inspire you! Pinterest user “Our Bower” has a great “wrapping ideaspinboard!

Christmas wrapping gift

The original photo is by Charrisa Pomrehn for the Los Angeles Times.

Don’t forget when you’re wrapping up client orders and holiday packages to take photos for the 2012 Wrap Battle!

Gobble, gobble!
Robyn & Todd



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Oct201202

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The digital edition of the October 2012 Professional Photographer Magazine is now online for digital subscribers.

Professional Photographer Magazine October 2012 cover

In this issue Robyn featured “favorite” gifts from professional photographers to their clients – Karen Leslie Photography (Miller’s Professional Imaging), Stylized Portraiture (Impecca USA), Buttons and Bows Photography (Artsy Couture), Simply Baby Photography (Cupcake Keepsakes by January Hart), Lens and Ladle Photography (MOO.com), Whitney Scott Photography (Black River Imaging), Jessica Feely Photography (Printstagram), Hot Mama Boudoir (ProDPI), and Kristen Caldwell Photography (WHCC).

Professional Photographer Magazine October 2012 client gift ideas
Professional Photographer Magazine October 2012 Robyn Pollman photography column

Click the magazine pages above to read a larger .pdf version of the article. You can also find the article on page 64, page 65, and page 66 of the print-version when it hits mailboxes. Plus you can download the digital edition now if you’re a PPA member or digital subscriber.

Don’t get Professional Photographer Magazine yet? Subscribe here!


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There’s a great Q&A going on over at the Paperie Facebook page:

I’m ALWAYS at a loss for packaging LARGE prints and I’ve followed you for a long time but can’t seem to find much highlighted with that…wondered if you could share or ask for people to share how they package wall prints sometime? Every idea I’ve found is really not affordable. Would love help doing that as it’s most of what I sell.

Anyone have ideas or a vendor / product recommendation? Thanks!


Please drop by and join the conversation!


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Until next time…
Robyn & Todd


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Aug201211

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Happy weekend! This post will answer several “hey, where did you get…?” questions. But first we have a winner to announce in our Paper Source gift card giveaway…and it’s scraphappyrhodes!

paperie boutique paper source gift card winner

Congrats and thanks to everyone who entered / gave us suggestions for vendors to feature here at Paperie! We’d love to hear more of your ideas and suggestions so please leave them in the comments. If your vendor is featured, we’ll give you a little something to say “thanks”!


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newborn peapod pea pod baby prop

I’m constantly e-mailed by photographers wanting to know “where did you get the peapod?” I actually hand-painted it myself after finding something I thought would work – it was hidden back in a clearance bin.

galpin studios peapod

I found this one for under $40 $50 on eBay – don’t suspect it will stay there long.

But never fear! I have found a vendor that makes them, and they are almost identical to mine – you can see / order them here at the Galpin Studios Etsy store, or request an order here at Galpin Studios on Facebook.

      I think if you made a bright fabric triangle sail and attached it to a dowel
      rod on the brightly colored ones, it would make a cute “sailboat”, too!

(The precious little peapod hat of mine is from Knitty Bitty Apparel on Etsy.)

Atlanta newborn photographer photography

If you’re looking for a mossy or grassy blanket similar to the ones I use in my peapod and nest, I bought the one shown above from Baby P Designs on Etsy. I highly recommend them! The “nest” is a simple grapevine wreath from JoAnn’s.

newborn holiday photography snow

As Christmas approaches each year, I’m bombarded with e-mails asking “where did you get the sleigh?” I honestly don’t know because it was a surprise from my mom in Oklahoma. I have seen some almost identical – albeit slightly smaller – in Hobby Lobby so bring your tape measurers and see if you can make it work! The adorable hat shown is by Fuzzy Lumpkin Crochet on Etsy. The blanket shown is similar to the Plushy Pom Pom by Ooh So Chic Boutique on Etsy.

newborn bicycle basket hat stocking cap

Another photo I’m asked about a lot is the baby on the bike. I bought the bike on clearance at Hobby Lobby. The hat shown is from Knitwitwoolies on Etsy (love her!). And the background is a canvas Bad Sass Backdrop by Heather Green Designs (#HG006).

pink suitcases infant portraits

Last but not least, the #1 question I get is “where did you get the suitcases?” That one is not so simple to answer…

First I had Tiffany blue and Christmas red sets from Paper Source. I lost both of those sets when we lost our house. (Gabi of My Funky Camera gave me one of the best gifts I have ever received when she realized they were gone, and she had one of the large Tiffany cases herself. After coaxing it away from her kids and removing the Barbie clothes inside, she sent it to me and gave me hope again in the human race!)

Right after we moved, I found similar cases at Land of Nod in pink (shown) and powder blue. I put the word out on forums, but they quickly sold out and discontinued the items.

However, as I recently shared on Facebook, Kate’s Paperie just started selling two similar sets – red large / small and blue large / small. You will need the large size to hold a newborn or baby!

If you’re sitting there thinking, “Those are cute, but they sure are pricey…I don’t know…” Yeah, they’re not cheap. (You can get a 20% off code mailed to you immediately if you sign up for the newsletter first though.) Now where were we? Oh yes, the price. If you don’t buy them, and you really want them, you will regret it. Trust me on this. I always thought I’d get another set…one day…and never did. And it seemed every session I styled after that, the color I didn’t buy was the color I would need to make it work. They are HARD to find, and they sell out quickly once word gets out. Do I like these as much as my original Paper Source sets? Not really. But would they be a good enough substitute? Yes. It’s your call!

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page lately, I’ve also been sharing holiday gift ideas for your clients this year. Do you know what you’ll be giving yours yet?


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And don’t forget MOO.com and Paperie Boutique are giving out 100 FREE MOO.com MiniCards! Here’s an example of how I used them for my business:

Buttons and Bows Photography Atlanta Moo Minicards


To take advantage of this offer, click here. FREE MiniCard offer is open to new MOO.com customers only. Offer expires August 31, 2012. One pack per person. Excludes S&H.

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Please don’t blame us if this post costs you money! It’s worth it, right?
Robyn & Todd



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We’re excited to have a new vendor / guest post from one of our favorite advertisers at Paperie – The Wedding Photographic Society.

Wedding Photographic Society

Welcome to The Wedding Photographic Society (WPS)

Welcome to The Wedding Photographic Society (WPS)! We’re a network of professional wedding & portrait photographers who come together to collaborate on photographic ideas, thoughts, and information in an attempt to elevate the artistic, technical, and business standards of the wedding photographic community. Membership in the WPS offers many professional & personal growth opportunities via bi-monthly educational meetings, networking, critiques, and general camaraderie during such gatherings. WPS meetings, forums, blog submissions, & web pages are open to any and all professional wedding photographers throughout the world.

The WPS’s origins date back to 2005, when Raleigh, NC wedding photographer Christobal Perez organized quarterly photography meetings in an effort to help build relationships, share knowledge amongst peers, and help create a competitive, yet supportive photographic community. The spirit of Christobal’s movement has grown exponentially since that time and has since evolved into the WPS (which became official in 2009) with the further support of other local photographers, Martha Manning, Stacy Borelli, & Brian Mullins. Leaders & members of the WPS donate their time to organize topic discussions with guest speakers, collaborate on ideas and offer guidance, all without compensation.

Membership
To join the WPS, you need to meet the following minimum criteria:

– Actively pursuing business as a professional wedding and/or portrait photographer (or aspiring to be a professional wedding and/or portrait photographer).

– A professional photography website showing your current work.

– Willingness to share your knowledge with others (we don’t ask for state secrets but a general willingness to be open and help others when possible).

There are two levels of membership in the WPS; aspiring and professional.

Aspiring
An aspiring member is someone who is not yet a professional photographer but looking to gain knowledge in photography, learn about proper business practice and grow as a photographer. Typically these are newer photographers in the field of weddings & portraits. Membership grants permissions to attend the monthly meetings and have limited access to the forums. This insures an open environment to ask questions in without fear of hostility.

Professional
A professional member has all the rights of the aspiring member, but has full access to the forums. A professional member will be actively pursuing business and working in the field of professional wedding or portrait photography.

The review process
Each application is personally reviewed by a WPS board member to determine which classification the applicant will be granted. Any photographer granted “aspiring” status can petition, at any time, for “full” or “professional” standing at which time their application will be reviewed again.

Application
To officially become a member of the WPS please first read the FAQ then register here.

Meetings
So as you enter into the WPS, you will undoubtedly see and hear about local meetings with some really cool topics and opportunities to network with other photographers in your area. These meetings are the true essence of the WPS and we HIGHLY encourage your attendance. If you don’t have local meetings in your area, then contact us at admin@weddingphotographicsociety.com to aid in assisting in starting a group local to you.

Forums
The WPS forums are our home away from home. As we started our organization based on face to face meetings, we quickly realized we needed a place to compile information such as emergency shooter lists, buying and selling gear, meeting announcements, etc. You can use them to get help with a sticky situation, help resolving a client issue, to vent or just to network. In the WPS, you definitely get out of it what you put into it so contribute whenever possible.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the WPS and we look forward to your future contributions to the society.

Stacy Borelli
WPS Executive Board Member
www.TheWPS.com
919.602.1050


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PAPERIE BOUTIQUE spring banner ad sale

Last but not least, in honor of “springing forward”, all new Paperie advertisers will receive a huge discount off the published rates. By request / popular demand, we’ve extended our “spring forward” ad sale through April 15th. What the tax man giveth, you can taketh to boost your site traffic and SEO with Paperie Boutique!

2012 is already off to a great start – on the heels of our 2011 Wrap Battle in December, we logged 453,452 unique page views in January and 8.34 million hits as the winners were announced!

Anybody wanting to advertise really should. I love browsing your ads to find new vendors and resources.” –Kim, momtriedit.net

I’ve received triple the amount of traffic from your site than any other site I’m advertising on! I’m so pleased with choosing to advertise with you!” -Kathy, boudoirbusinessboutique.com


In addition to the deep-discounts off our normal ad rates, we are also going to feature each new vendor (that signs up between today and Sunday, April 15th) in a blog entry for better Google indexing through text links!

Sound good? Here’s all you need to do to sign up. Just select your ad-purchase in the pull-down menu ↓ below ↓ , send your payment via PayPal, and voilà!

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Miss the sale? Go here to advertise with us!

Once payment has been made, write todd AT paperieboutique DOT com and include a copy of your receipt and attach an image for the ad-size purchased.

If you are interested in being a sponsor + advertiser, please e-mail todd AT paperieboutique DOT com for the additional discounted rate. And if you are a current vendor who would like to renew, please contact Todd for that as well – we are currently offering 15% off renewals!

We look forward to having you join the Paperie family!


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Photographers for Baby Safety

I’d like to share a group I recently “faved” on Facebook – the Professional Photographers for Baby Safety:

“We (as a concerned creative collective) have started watermarking/stamping composite images with a ‘seal’ of sorts as a ‘best practice’.

This seal lets everyone know that the image is two different photos edited together to create magic.

Both photographers and parents alike will see it and instantly know when an image is a composite without reading (nobody reads the fine print anyway). And will be educated that these are composites and photographers who offer/attempt the poses without compositing are working outside the generally accepted safety norms.”


For more information, and to join the cause, please visit their Facebook page!


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We have a winner in our ribbon iron / ribbon cutter contest – it’s Dana at createlittlejoy.com!

ribbon cutter iron contest

Congrats to Dana and thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned this week for more fun!

Robyn & Todd

P.S. Check out just-completed Panache Collective packaging sets on Facebook!
Paperie Boutique photographer gift package



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Nov201125

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We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! To show you how thankful we are for our Paperie readers, we’re offering up this free baby tee design for use at Zazzle – it would make the perfect client holiday gift!

Buttons and Bows Photography t shirt baby newborn infant Orlando Florida

UPDATE: The design has been updated for the year “2012“. You can now see how the shirts look when you get them from Zazzle here. Try finding a Zazzle coupon code at retailmenot.com before making your purchase!

You can either download the .psd file below and move things around to add your own logo — or if you prefer to just print the design as-is, use the Paperie Zazzle Store and choose between a baby onesie, an infant t-shirt, an infant organic creeper, or a baby long-sleeve tee in sizes 6, 12, 18, and 24 months.

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  → download link ← (please note this file was designed in CS2 and you must have Photoshop or Elements and know how to edit a .psd layered file — I do not provide technical support for this download)

You can edit the background color in this .psd file and move layers around. However, you cannot edit the text as-shown or make changes to the graphic. If you choose to print the design with a vendor other than Zazzle please make sure to check the size and crop guidelines first! Paperie is not responsible for mis-prints.

If you prefer to print the shirt without a logo, or do not have the ability to edit .psd layers, you can order it directly from Zazzle here.

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PLEASE MAKE SURE when ordering your shirt(s) that you use the Zazzle “Customize It!” tools (as shown below) to correctly place the “Santa baby / camera” graphic on the various designs / styles so the entire graphic appears and is centered! It will change size and placement depending on design selected and it is up to you to confirm proper placement on your item before ordering!

Zazzle customize it

Click the orange “Customize It!” button to get started and use controls shown. Make sure you also select the “Santa baby / camera” image in the “Customize It!” section because it will not move or resize until the image is selected to edit.

Here are the onesies I got from Zazzle for Christmas 2011 and they turned out so cute! I customized them for my Buttons and Bows Photography clients:

Paperie Boutique custom design Zazzle Christmas shirt

Buttons and Bows Photography t shirt baby newborn infant Orlando Florida

I added a smaller version of the Santa-camera with my URL on the t-shirt backs.

And here is a similar onesie that Buttons and Bows Photography gifted to clients in 2008. They were a HUGE hit!
newborn baby infant onesie

Template is ©Robyn Pollman, 2011. All rights reserved. Templates may not be copied, resold, made available for download or given away elsewhere, or redistributed without my written permission.


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We also have a couple of winners to announce! First up, the winner of the Martha Stewart heat embossing tool is…Tatiana Fowler!

martha stewart heat emboss winner

And the winner of the ONA Venice camera bag is…Jennifer Stuart Photography!

ONA Venice camera bag winner giveaway contest

Congrats to both of our winners, thanks to everyone who entered, and a huge thank you to ONA Camera Bags for such a fantastic giveaway!

I’ll be e-mailing both winners this weekend so make sure to check your e-mail soon!


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Check out our Facebook page if you haven’t seen it already – both Amazon and B&H have been running huge specials on Adobe’s Lightroom 3 today! It’s been as low as $89.99, and as of 2:45 p.m. EST on “Black” Friday, November 25th it’s still on sale for as low as $149.00!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
Robyn & Todd

P.S. The 2nd annual “Wrap Battle” kicks off a week from today on Friday, December 2nd – get ready!



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I’m so excited to bring our Paperie readers one of my favorite new vendorsCrowned Embellishments – for a guest post / giveaway!

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Anything beautiful is always my inspiration…and what is more beautiful than a brand new babe! I have found my home in portraiture at Meg Fish Photography for newborns and I am always looking for something new and exquisite to use with my clients’ babes.

As a very picky (borderline perfectionist) artist I am very selective in props and set-ups. The crowns were inspired by the metal ancient looking head pieces from Spain…rustic and antique. Crowned Embellishments was born out of this inspiration and now offers stunning hand made crowns and headwraps for photographers that mirror these qualities while being completely safe and weightless for tiny heads.

crowned embellishments infant crowns tiaras
crowned embellishments newborn crown tiara

I love that these tiny creations are works of art by themselves and also that they add an old-world magic to portraiture. The crowns come in seven different colors, and some are also available in larger sizes. I love clients with ideas for a custom crown…because one of a kind is always a treasure.

The Winter Collection will launch on November 1st, but until then the shop is currently fully stocked with crowns…including the best-selling ‘little prince’ crown.

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crowned embellishments baby crown tiara

I am a mother to a sweet 1-year old and wife to the man of my dreams. I appreciate the support and love from all of you who have and will place orders. Your business truly blesses us and allows me to keep bringing new creations to you! –Meg

[ Note from Robyn: I added hand-sewn beading and seed-pearl detail to my crown. You can see the details larger on Flickr. ]

my crowned embellishments

And now one lucky Paperie reader will win the crown of their choice from the Crowned Embellishments shop (including S&H)! How do you win? It’s easy!

1. Go to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and post the following on either or both (then tell us where you did):

Win your choice of baby / newborn crowns from CrownedEmbellishments.com at PaperieBoutique.com / @PaperieBoutique – http://is.gd/pTRkNW

2. Friend / Like / Follow Crowned Embellishments on Facebook and come back here and let us know (or tell us you’re already a fan)

3. Post your favorite item from the Crowned Embellishments shop in the comments here

Each entry requires its own separate comment here. (In simple terms: If you want FOUR chances to win, you have to do the FOUR separate things listed above, and then make four separate comments here telling us how you did them.)

Comment that you have posted to your Twitter and/or Facebook account(s), with a link to where you did it – or that you’ve liked Capturing Couture on Facebook and/or Twitter – or your favorite Capturing Couture product – in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

ATTENTION: All links you post must direct to public-access accounts. We cannot verify links on private, friends & family only, or passworded accounts and they will not be eligible to win this item. If we have to subscribe to your feed, a website, or forum – or request permission to see them – your entry will automatically be disqualified.

Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 28th. You can enter up to FOUR times total. Post that you have met the individual requirements in separate comments to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to four times total – one entry each for all of the options listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have FOUR chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win!

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Good luck to everyone who enters, and thanks to Crowned Embellishments for such a beautiful prize / giveaway!


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We’d like to extend a big welcome one of our newest advertisers…Blank Media Printing!

Blank Media Printing provides fast, high quality custom printed CD-Rs, DVD-Rs and USB Drives.

Our mission is to provide High quality, cost effective, fast printing service of blank CD or DVD discs for photographers, religious institutions, medical imaging facilities, musicians, wedding favors, sports, graduations, radio & TV stations, theme parks, businesses, etc.

Our specialty is custom low volume (50 – 5,000) CD printing and DVD printing. We use UV-cured ink when printing your CD or DVD. This means the ink will not rub or scratch off. We also offer CD duplication and DVD duplication. We can print your design or you can choose to add your text and information to any of our prepared designs.


If you’re interested in being an advertiser and / or sponsor at Paperie Boutique and having your business featured on our main page like Blank Media Printing, check out this post!

We are currently running a fall special with ad rates up to half-off (or more) — and we’d love to have YOU join us!

From Paperie reader / contest winner Kim Young:

I love your site. And not just for the fantastic giveaways, but for the introduction of all of the fabulous vendors. I have seen new companies and products that I have bookmarked and ordered from. Without Paperie Boutique I am not sure that I would have known about them. So thank you (even if my husband would like you to stop sharing all of this cool stuff).


Don’t miss this chance to connect with our readers! Offer ends October 15th.

Have a great weekend everyone!
Robyn & Todd



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Recently I shared my purchase of the Design Aglow “Essential Birth Announcement Worksheet“. Even if you’re not a newborn photographer, if you sell press-printed cards, this post is for you!

Since that original post I have added to my purchase with birth announcement quotes and religious phrases I have collected, and the press-card print release form I have created, during my five-plus years of being a newborn photographer. (Read to the end to find out how to win!) This makes a stunning presentation to your clients, and also makes their ordering much easier, sparing you both countless time spent back-and-forth during the design process.

Buttons and Bows Photography Orlando Florida birth announcement pack newborn baby infant

my announcement guide that now goes in my welcome kit

I have designed the following as a supplement to the Design Aglow “Essential Birth Announcement Worksheet” (although it can certainly be purchased / used stand-alone with much more limited function). The Design Aglow “Essential Birth Announcement Worksheet” includes one full page of birth announcement quotes and phrases for boys, girls, twins / multiples, sibling-welcomes, religious-themed cards, adoptions, and all-purpose introductions.

My new four-page supplement includes three pages of additional quotes and phrases – plus religious quotes / scriptures – for baby boys, baby girls, and seasonal / holiday-themed birth announcements (Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, Fourth of July, fall / autumn, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). And a one-page release for your clients (see below) saving you from expensive reprint costs due to their errors, omissions, or typos on press-printed cards.

Included in this supplemental packet:

1. Press-printed card print release for clients (applicable to
    announcements, invitations, seniors, etc.)

2. Boy-themed birth announcement quotes and phrases
    (including religious and scriptures)

3. Girl-themed birth announcement quotes and phrases
    (including religious and scriptures)

4. Holiday and seasonal quotes, phrases, and scriptures for
    birth announcements


additional girl boy birth announcement quotes
shown above – Baby Girl Quotes (left) / Baby Boy Quotes (right)

Announcement Card Signoff and Holiday Quotes
shown above – Press Card Release (left) / Holiday & Seasonal Quotes (right)

In addition to that, I have included my “Press Printed Card Release” (wording included). This is a form I make all of my clients read and sign off on before their cards and announcements go to print. It eliminates reprints at my expense for their misspellings, typos, and failure to include information. Once this form is signed off on, the customer is liable for the cards or announcements as they approved them (unless the error is a print lab defect or I failed to order the cards as they were approved, for instance if I accidentally submitted the lo-res version for print).

Announcement and Press Printed Card Client Signoff Print App

If you’ve ever been burned with the reprint of an expensive card order – this form is for you! And if you haven’t, you need this now before it happens!

This form wording will work for birth announcements and / or any kind of press-printed card you sell (Christmas / holiday card, birthday invitation, wedding announcement, graduation announcement, etc.)

I use the “Press Printed Card Release” text in an online web form that my customers sign off on digitally. You can print and use the text as presented if you do ordering in person, or convert it for online or e-mail use.

These forms are bare-bones to work within the template by Design Aglow (which I highly recommend purchasing). The one .psd file is divided into four folders of text. The only graphic included is a division line. There are no additional graphics or design-elements. Just the text, ma’am! If you choose to use them as a stand-alone product rather than a supplement, space has been left at the top to add your logo / letterhead to each of the pages. See below for excerpts from the different pages.

Announcement and Press Printed Card Client Signoff Print Approval
Birth Announcement Boy Quotes
Birth Announcement Religious Scripture Quotes
Announcement Holiday Seasonal Christmas Quotes

My holiday / seasonal wording quote sheet helped a customer create this design:
Christmas birth announcement wording example

Purchase this now at a special rate before it’s available on Fit to Print:


Purchase this four-page kit:

This is a layered .psd file design created in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and should work in Elements, but I cannot provide technical support for Elements purchases. The background color can be changed from white with just one click. Purchases will be e-mailed the download link during “normal waking hours” (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time). Please ask any questions before you buy! You are responsible for checking these files for spelling and formatting before presenting to your clients.


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And just because we care, three lucky Paperie readers can have a chance to win the card / announcement four-page supplement. If you buy it and win it, we will refund your purchase!

1. Go to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and post the following on either or both (then tell us where you did):

Win birth announcement / holiday / religious card wording & press card release @PaperieBoutique / PaperieBoutique.com http://is.gd/KPTM5W

2. Friend / Like / Follow Paperie Boutique on Facebook and come back here and let us know (or tell us you’re already a fan)

Each entry requires its own separate comment here. (In simple terms: If you want THREE chances to win, you have to do the three things listed above, and then make three separate comments here telling us how you did them.)

Comment that you have posted to your Twitter and/or Facebook account(s), with a link to where you did it – or that you’ve liked us on Facebook – in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

ATTENTION: All links you post must direct to public-access accounts. We cannot verify links on private, friends & family only, or passworded accounts and they will not be eligible to win this item. If we have to subscribe to your feed, a website, or forum – or request permission to see them – your entry will automatically be disqualified.

Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 10th. You can enter up to three times total. Post that you have met each of the requirements in separate comments to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to three times total – one entry each for each of the options listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have three chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win!

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Good luck!
Robyn and Todd



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Aug201125

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I love it when Paperie gets to do a vendor giveaway / guest feature for a product I have, use, and love! Today we’re welcoming “Shoot Baby!™”

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Founded in 2009, SHOOT BABY!™ has been providing photographers with specialty products to use when photographing newborn babies. Their professionally made Ottoman Posing Beanbag (pictured below) has been enormously popular in the newborn photography industry.

SHOOT BABY!™ beanbags are used by studios such as Baby As Art, Kristen Cook and Little Posers Photography.

shoot baby ottoman puck

Photographers love it because it provides a large, flat and firm (but still soft) surface on which to pose newborns. Traditional beanbags are difficult to use because the baby tends to sink into the beanbag and it’s hard to position their little bodies.

shoot baby

The Vinyl Ottoman is made from a soft faux-leather and is very convenient for cleaning up little ‘accidents’. With it’s large, flat and SAFE surface area, it provides the perfect ‘canvas’ on which to create your art and gives you unrestricted creative control over posing (with and without rolled up bunny rugs / receiving blankets, boppy pillows, etc).

• Diameter: 100cm (approx. 40″)
• Height: 30cm (approx. 12″) – more like 45cm (approx. 17″-18″)
  once the beanbag is full and rounded out.

shoot baby

SHOOT BABY!™ sells other products that are incredibly useful to newborn photographers (like the Single Backdrop Stand), and a little birdie also told me they are introducing some new, exciting products later this year!

shoot baby backdrop stand

SHOOT BABY!™ has 2 stores, one based in the USA and one based in Australia. Check them out at shootbaby.com -and- shootbaby.com.au.

And now Paperie readers have a chance to win a VINYL Ottoman Posing Beanbag (valued at $95 USD) all to themselves! (See website for filling information.) How do you win? It’s simple!

1. Go to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and post the following on either or both (then tell us where you did):

Win an Ottoman Posing “Puck” Beanbag from SHOOT BABY!™ / ShootBaby.com at PaperieBoutique.com / @PaperieBoutique – http://is.gd/C6YphA

2. Friend / Like SHOOT BABY!™ on Facebook.

Each entry requires its own separate comment here. (In simple terms: If you want THREE chances to win, you have to do the three things listed above, and then make three separate comments here telling us how you did them.)

Comment that you have posted to your Twitter and/or Facebook account(s), with a link to where you did it – or that you’ve liked the vendor on Facebook – in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

ATTENTION: All links you post must direct to public-access accounts. We cannot verify links on private, friends & family only, or passworded accounts and they will not be eligible to win this item. If we have to subscribe to your feed, a website, or forum – or request permission to see them – your entry will automatically be disqualified.

Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 29th. You can enter up to three times total. Post that you have met both requirements in separate comments to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to three times total – one entry each for both the options listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have three chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win!

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Good luck! And thank you Shoot Baby!™ for the amazing giveaway!

my shoot baby

(the above photo is my Shoot Baby in my shooting spaceRobyn)


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Earlier today I posted on the Paperie Facebook account about a new trend in newborn photography – baby crowns / tiaras. “Baby as Art” recently posted a beautiful example here. The vendor they used, megfish.com is now accepting pre-sales.

If you just can’t wait that long, Queen Bee Designs on Facebook now has an Etsy shop with several adorable little crowns for sale. Check them out!

queen bee baby crown

(Queen Bee Designs image by Melinda Elin Burg Photography)


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We have a winner in the Photographer Cafe $100 shopping spree and it’s…Melanie Ashcraft Photography!

Photographer Cafe Winner

Congrats to Melanie and thanks to Photographer Cafe for the awesome shopping spree!

Check back Friday for more!
Robyn



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