Our newest vendor, Brandexterous, is giving away a $275 gift certificate to their shop to celebrate the new year! What do they do? Brandexterous is a design studio that focuses on complete branding solutions. What I love most about their business model is that once they sell a branding kit, it is not sold again on their site so it remains completely unique to you and you only! Pretty cool, right?! Get on their site right now and imagine what you could do with $275 to start the new year!
Have a look at some of the kits available on their site:
Harley West Kit
Hello IMB fans! This week we are giving away one free subscription to the Backlighting Workshop from Digital Darkroom Secrets! If you’ve been wondering how you can harness backlighting to create those dream-like images you’ve always wanted then you’ll definitely want to check out this giveaway.
What’s included in the workshop?
- A 26 page PDF of instruction including tons of backlit images to inspire you
- 6 Location Videos (privately hosted on YouTube) that show you how to place your subject in relation to the sun and what to look for when location-scouting
- 9 Editing Videos using Adobe Camera Raw and CS5 that include how to edit your backlit images and even how to create your own sunflare in Photoshop
- 1 Custom Backlighting Action
- 2 Sunflare Actions
- PLUS a sun texture freebie!
Although it isn’t part of our official Photographers Who Inspire series, we have a special interview this week with Jen Carver from Jen Carver Photography along with a one of a kind giveaway for a chance to attend her online workshop for free!
Who or what was your original inspiration when you started your business? Who inspires you now?
Definitely my kids certainly pushed my hand in moving forward with my business, there is no question about that…but I had been in the industry in some capacity most of my career.
I started out in visual merchandising, then became Director of Marketing for a few retail companies and Brands. I spent many years directing and managing our advertising campaigns. However, I was not behind the camera I was beside it, spending lots of time with creative agencies, models, producers, makeup artists , stylists and very high end commercial photographers. When I left the industry after having my second daughter, that is when I decided to take that experience and start a business.. I am a 100% self taught in terms of my camera, but I have many years of experience working with so many talented people learning the art of lighting, styling, marketing and concepting.
I knew when I left the industry, I would have to find something as creatively challenging to feel that void. One of the former commercial photographers that i had worked with suggested I try this. I recall hanging up the phone that day, making a large purchase on Amazon and the rest is history!
In terms of who inspires me now, so many people, I find inspiration in so many different places, through day to day experiences mostly, I also really admire work outside of my own specialty, when I feel I can step out of the area of children and look at other areas of work it really helps me push the envelope creatively. I try to take little pieces of how I might interpret that particular image and apply it to what I do with children.
As promised, we are doing a giveaway including prizes worth $275 to celebrate the recent achievement of 10,000 fans on Facebook! We have just been so blown away by your support and contribution to the success of IMB, and this is just a small token of our appreciation. You guys rock!
$40 gift certificate to Bluebird Chic
Maternity and Newborn Posing Guides from Laurie L Photography ($70 retail value)