10,000 Fan Giveaway!

 Win an iPad mini from Photo Card Boutique! #PCB

I can not believe we are here at the 10,000 fan milestone! I truly love the photography industry and having the chance to work with so many amazing people is an enormous blessing. THANK YOU!

When I saw this milestone coming I knew I wanted to give something back to the people who have helped make this ride so worthwhile. I wanted to chip in with something that is both fun and a business help too. I wanted it to be full of purpose, both people and products I have gotten to know and made a difference to me. So I decided I would reach out to a few of my favorites and create something spectacular!

It is simple to enter, just follow the directions in the widget below! Sorry, all entries must be in the continental US. I will do something for our supporters from other countries in the near future.

Check Out These Great Prizes!

We have put together a collection of wonderful prizes from great vendors. Please take a moment and visit their business page. I will be doing a feature post on each vendor over the next few days so you can get to know these wonderful people and their products. Please help support small business! Without further ado the prizes included are:

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WINNER ANNOUNCED Giveaway - Epiphanie Camera Bag

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Congratulations to Rachel Plemmons comment #697

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Hi, my name is Angie.

I have an addiction to Epiphanie bags.

There I said it, I've admitted it for the entire world to read. Oh dear, I hope my husband doesn't read this. You will not find a bigger fan girl then me, it's true. I love, adore, treasure my Epiphanie bags. This is not a paid advertisement, in fact I have purchased all 3 of the bags I own. When I was contacted to do a giveaway there was no need to ask twice, I whole heartily endorse their products!

Let me begin by telling you I am hard on my purses. By hard I mean they go to county fair, get flung around at lamb shows and covered in dirt and shavings. The great thing is they do the most important job, protect my gear but in addition to that they wipe off and look new! I have 3 different styles and I love them all.

 Lyric Mustard 400 Front

My Clover bag is my big gear bag. I keep my camera gripped in it along with a minimum of 3 lenses including the big daddy 70-200.

My everyday bag is the Lyric (pictured above). I tote around everything; my iPad, camera with 2 lenses and all my important "necessities".

Finally I have a Stella bag. This is my go to town, light bag for when I am stepping out for the night. I love each and every one of them for different reasons. You can't go wrong with an Epiphanie purchase!

 Lola Black NEW gear 400
 Ginger Bisque strap 400

Who wants to win one?

Well the question really should be who doesn't want to win one? Now is your chance because I'm giving away one bag of the winners choice!!!

  1. Mandatory - Leave a comment below letting me know what your bag of choice is for the summer season.
  2. Extra Entry - "Like" Epiphanie on Facebook & leave a comment letting me know. Please leave a comment on their wall so they know we sent you!
  3. Extra Entry - "Like" Photo Card Boutique on Facebook & leave a comment letting me know.
  4. Extra Entry - Follow Epiphanie on Twitter and tweet this message: I just entered to win an Epiphanie Camera Bag from @PhotogBoutique & @EpiphanieBags. You can enter too! http://wp.me/p2aWT8-2zr
  5. Extra Entry - Follow Epiphanie on Pinterest

Winner must be over 18 and a resident of the United States. Giveaway ends May 23 at midnight. Winner will be selected via Random.org and contacted by email.

now if you will excuse me I think I am going to purchase the plum Lyric for my summer bag :)

Soul 4 the South Fundraiser - Valued at $3,816

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The news in recent weeks has shown unforgettable images of the devastation the south has been experiencing. First the tornadoes that ripped lives apart followed by the historical floods now engulfing homes, land and most importantly lives. Not to mention the horrendous tornadoes last night that hit Joplin Missouri with 89 confirmed deaths. Drew Bittel from Mom*tog contacted me a few days ago and asked if I would like to help her coordinate a BIG fundraiser. We have both been watching the news and it has touched our hearts, we wanted to find something we could do to help. Naturally we came to our own community, the photography industry, as you are some of the most caring individuals we have ever seen.

Together with nearly 30 generous sponsors we have joined together  to form Soul 4 the South. This virtual gift basket totals over $3,800 in prizes!!! We have brought some of the biggest names in the industry together in a huge prize package for one lucky winner. But the big winners are not the people that win the package. It IS the people of the south who will receive the gifts you are giving them and benefit during their time of need.

We have chosen Beremedy as the charity, which will benefit from the fundraiser. Beremedy is located in Atlanta, Georgia. They are close to the destruction and are able to assess who urgently needs aid. 100% of the donations will go directly to the flood and tornado victims!

Mom*tog and Photo Card Boutique have two separate virtual gift baskets, which are similar, but do contain some different prizes. You can enter both PCB's giveaway and Mom*togs giveaway, but they do require two separate entries (click here to go to Mom*tog's blog to enter Drew's giveaway).

The donations do not stop there. Katie and I both believe in this cause and will be donating 20% of all sales from Photo Card Boutique directly to Beremedy.

How to enter

  • Contest ends June 1st at midnight PST.
  • 1 winner will be picked at random and announced June 2nd.
  • Use the "chipin" widget below or click here to donate. All donations go directly to Beremedy.
  • Every $10 you donate is 1 entry into the giveaway. You can enter as many times as you'd like! All entries will be verified!
  • For each $10 you donate, leave 1 comment. If you donate $50 you will leave 5 comments. It is very important that you leave separate comments for each entry! Each comment is your entry into the giveaway!
  • Entrants from outside the United States are welcome. However, you will be responsible for shipping!

The Prizes & Vendors

Adobe · Website · Facebook One copy of Lightroom software

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BadSass Backdrops · Website · Facebook $50 gift certificate

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Bloom · Website · Facebook One year membership to the Bloom Forum

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Brand Camp Blog · Website · Facebook One copy of Circus Circus

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Click Workshop · Website · Facebook A seat in intro workshops at any location (Birmingham, Atlanta or Philadelphia)

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Clickin Moms · Website · Facebook Lifetime Membership, Mom's Gonna Snap Shirt, iPhone Case, CM's Paparazzi Presets & Inspire book

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Crave Photography · Website · Facebook A seat in group online Photoshop mentoring session

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Lil Blue Boo · Website · Facebook Entire collection of PDF patterns

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Michelle Kane Photography · Website · Facebook A complete bundle of both sets of actions

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Mom*Tog · Website · Facebook One copy of the UNmanual

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Mom*Tog · Website · Facebook One copy of the UNposing Guide

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New Vintage Designs · Etsy Shop · Facebook One button visor hat and one diaper cover 0-3 months

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The Organic Bloom · Website · Facebook One 8x10 of the winners choice

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Photo Card Boutique · Website · Facebook Our entire photo card template collection

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Pink Ink Studios · Website · Facebook $50 gift card to the Pink Ink Store

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Rock the Shot Forum · Website · Facebook One year membership

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Savor Photography · Website · Facebook A seat in an online class, Photoshop or Lightroom

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Shootsac · Website · Facebook One Hip Slip

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SmileBooks · Website · Facebook A 12x12 deluxe album

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Tara Staton Captivate Photog · Website · Facebook A copy of The Workshop Book, business forms and actions

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The Joy Bag · Website · Facebook Bag of choice

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The Savvy Photographer · Website · Facebook 25x60 Barnwood Rug and an 8x10 Bungalow frame of choice

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Wall Display Guides · Website · Facebook One copy of set I, II, and III

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Wordsmith · Website · Facebook Guide of choice

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Enter to Win Amazing Photo Veils from Love that Shot!

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One of the things I love about the photography industry is the amazing people you get to meet! Michelle and Misti over at Love that Shot are nothing short of amazing, inspiring and truly kind.  Have you seen the great photo veils they offer? I am thrilled to be giving away two sets of their newest collection, botanicals.

What are photo veils?

Inspired by the colors, scents and textures of the botanical world, comes the Botanical Collection Photo Veils from Love that Shot. This set of 30 original veils allows you to change the mood of a photo in as little as 5 minutes. Go from cool and flat, to bright and vibrant with a few clicks of a mouse!

Photo Veils work much like textures, apply them to your photos using blending modes to achieve your desired effects. They are compatible with most photo editing programs, including Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

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Enter for your chance to win!

Contest runs from Tuesday May 3, 2011 to Saturday May 7, 2011. Entires must be received by 12:00 MST. The winners will be drawn via random.org. The first entry is required, all others are optional. Make sure you leave one comment for each action you complete.

Requirements:

  • Like both Photo Card Boutique & Love that Shot on Facebook, leave wall love too if you have a moment. (Required)
  • Tell your friends about the contest on Facebook, feel free to tag us in those posts!
  • Let your favorite communities & forums know so they don’t miss out.
  • Blog or Tweet about the contest.

Get to know Michelle and Misti

Michelle and Misti are the co-founders of Love that Shot. They teach photography and photo-editing workshops and create fun products to enhance your photos. While they're not busy creating, they love to be outdoors looking for inspiration!

Learn more about their workshops and products at Love that Shot. Get to know Michelle and Misti at their Blog and Facebook!

Winner... Winner....

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Well hey there! A little late, today has been nothing but busy, dishes, dishes & more dishes. SO blessed to with my family yesterday so I won't complain at all! The winner of the seat in Rachel Durik's editing class is comment #59, Melanie Connor!

Congratulations Melanie, Rachel will be in touch soon!

Giveaway - Win a Seat in Rachel Durik's Online Editing Course

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Are you new to Photoshop or Lightroom? Perhaps you are more experienced and want to learn  new techniques or speed up your workflow? Maybe you've even tried reading tutorial after tutorial online without much luck? Have you ever thought to yourself "if only I could sit down with someone and watch them edit?" Yeah me too! And I've got some good news for you!

I am thrilled to be giving away one seat in Rachel Durik's online classes for Photoshop and Lightroom!

How It Works

Using software that allows you to watch her screen in real time, as she is working, you'll be able to learn new editing techniques, finally figure out how to use lightroom, and best of all - you can ask questions along the way. Seats in her fantastic workshops are a mere $55 each, it doesn't get more affordable! But as a PCB Blog reader you have the chance to win one spot in an upcoming course!

How to Enter

Contest runs from Tuesday April 19, 2011 to Saturday April 23, 2011. Entires must be received by 12:00 MST. The winner will be drawn via random.org. The first entry is required, all others are optional. Make sure you leave one comment for each action you complete.

  • Like both Photo Card Boutique & Savor Photography on Facebook, feel free to leave wall love if you like. (Required)
  • Tell your friends about the contest on Facebook, feel free to tag us in those posts!
  • Let your favorite communities & forums know so they don't miss out.
  • Blog or Tweet about the contest.
Learn More About Rachel

Rachel is a photographer based in Naples, Florida at Savor Photography. She teaches photography workshops around the country (and coming this July in England!) and is also a contributor for I Heart Faces.

To find out more about her online classes, you can go here.

Find Rachel at her website, Savor Photography, her blog, and on facebook.

Good luck everyone and have fun!

Tara Staton Winner!!

Thank you for all the entires in the giveaway and thank you again to Tara Staton for such a fantastic prize! Don't forget even if you didn't win you can still save 30% on her workshop book with coupon code PCB30

and now for the winner....

 Tara Staton Winner

Entry number 59 Katie H and she said:

I’m a fan of both of you on FB!! lemme win…lemme win!!!!!!!!!!

I sent your info on to Tara and she should be in touch soon!

Last Day To Save 33% or more!

Today is the last day of our 33% off sale so hurry over and snag all your goodies! Did you know you could save up to 48% off with our bundle and save option? We give automatic discounts when you have multiple items in your cart and they could save you up to 48% right now. This will return back tot he standard 15% tomorrow.

Have a great weekend!

Giveaway - Tara Staton Captivate Workshop Book - Value $269

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To start off this birthday week we have a fantastic giveaway for you from Tara Staton! Before I begin I wanted to congratulate her on the birth of her son baby Riley last week! Check him out over on her Facebook page, isn't he a handsome little man!

A Workshop Book That Will Change You

Do you love Tara Staton's style? Perhaps you stalk her blog (shhh don't tell her I do that). Maybe you want to attend her workshop but boo-hoo she isn't doing any again until 2012 (insert sad puppy dog eyes here) .... Well you are in luck! She is an open book. I mean literally an open workbook!

Had I known my purchase on March 6 was going to change me in so many ways I would have done it sooner! I am not a professional photographer, heck I am not even semi-professional. What I am is always learning, always growing and always aspiring to maybe someday be at a pro level and actually turn it into a business. BUT this book isn't just for the beginner aspiring like me, it is for the person in business too.

What's Covered?

The Workshop Book covers all of the basics; making yourself legal, respecting others work, getting to know your gear etc. Then it digs into the good stuff like exposure and metering coupled with Tara's own images showing you where she metered and what she does for different skin tones. Yeah I am saying she gives away her secrets... all the juicy little bits.

Then it's onto focus and what she does to nail that focus for e-v-e-r-y single shot. That coupled with even more images in different scenarios showing you where she focused to accomplish the shot. There are pages and pages of information on light and composition, portfolio building, finding inspiration and just being yourself (I think we all forget about that from time to time).

My favorite parts would have to be her post processing section, engaging the client and her amazing image guide at the end.  The image guide however takes the cake. I mean it is the crème de la crème of this book.

This image guide isn't just a bunch of images on each page, oh heck no! It is  one image per page and Tara proceeds to dissect it telling you all the little details. Everything from her camera settings to the lighting situation. Then she provides you with a little image showing you where the subject was positioned, where the light was coming from, where the camera was and any flash if she used it.

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Want to win a copy?

We are giving away one copy worth $269 to one random winner, contest runs from April 11, 2001 to midnight April 15, 2011. The winner will be announced Saturday April 16th. Make sure that you leave one comment below for each entry.

How to enter:

  • Be a fan of both Photo Card BoutiqueandTara Staton on Facebook. Feel free to leave a little wall love too!
  • Tell your friends about the contest on Facebook your page, you can @ us in the message too :)
  • Write a blog post about the contest and leave a comment with the link.
  • Tweet the following message to your fans: Did you see @PhotogBoutique is giving away a $269 Tara Staton work book? Hurry & enter! http://goo.gl/NV5VJ #photog
  • Post about the contest on your favorite communities and forums.

But it doesn't end there! Tara has offered a very generous discount to PCB readers! If you use coupon code PCB30 you will receive a 30% discount on purchase of The Workshop Book! That is a HUGE savings!!

Good luck everyone!

Freebies, Contests and Super Star Information

First, make sure you scroll to the bottom and read about the Facebook freebie! Let's start off the new year with a giveaway! Today on the Clickin Moms blog you can enter to win one of two gift cards to Photo Card Boutique! Swing on over there and enter, it's pretty easy. PSSTTTT There is a coupon code in the post too!

What is Clickin Moms you ask? Well it is a fantastic community of photographers. Sure the name says moms but there are men there too. I have been e member for several years and I do love it. If you aren't a member of Clickin Moms you should check it out. I have a coupon code for you good for 20% off your subscriptions! Just enter coupon code FRIEND to receive your discount.

A Freebie for you

Also, I have an EXCLUSIVE FREEBIE available on my Facebook page. This is something I plan to update on a monthly basis so make sure you become a fan and watch for new downloads on a regular basis! Get your download here and please tell your friends :0)

Thank you to all my supports I truly appreciate your encouragement!

Easy Accounting Solutions for Photographers on The Christmas Blog Train

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Day number 7 on the Christmas blog train is the fantastic Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographers, being hosted here on Photo Card Boutique the blog.

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Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographer is about to get even easier and better! It is a must have tool for every professional photographer.  Now a web based application that is a simple fill-in-the-blank system that tracks everything a photographer needs: from clients, to job status, to income and expenses! This organization system will allow a photographer to easily keep up-to-date with their bookkeeping and tax records as well as their clients and appointments.

New Features:

  • Now you can do a trial version before purchasing.  Simply follow the steps online to set-up your trial version, and take 48 hours to explore the product before making your purchase.
  • No longer a spreadsheet, but an easy to use and understand fill-in-the-blank system
  • You will now have access to your account wherever you have internet access: Your home  computer, the studio, your mobile phone, iPad! Anywhere you go you have instant access to all of your account information. Simply sign onto our secure site with your email address and password.
  • Enter an expense in the checkbook, and it automatically adds that information to the  expense screen.
  • Input the necessary information and it auto-generates the results
  • A calendar: track your appointments, events, and anything else you like
  • The help is defined at every step now! Just a quick description to let you know what you  should enter into the blank and maybe even some helpful tips along the way!
  • Each year you will easily be able to print the necessary tax information you need to take to  your tax professional – this even comes with a helpful reminder, at the end of the year, of  which items you’ll need to print!
  • After purchasing your authorization code, you set up your account in an easy step-by-step  process by just entering the information and clicking next! It’s super easy to go back and edit  any information if you decide    to change anything at a later date.

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Other Key Features:

  • All of the features that existed before are still there, but just so much easier to utilize and understand!
  • Entering products, prices, and determining prices is a cinch now.
  • The address book allows you to sort/and keep up with your clients, vendors, and others. You  can email them directly from the web application by clicking their email.
  • Track Jobs! Know exactly where you stand with each of your pending jobs – editing, ordering,  packaging, shipping/delivery, invoicing, etc. It’s all there!
  • Track your expenses, income, assets, and manage your checkbook.
  • Record your vehicle and home office expenses which are great tax deductions.
  • The income statement and product sales report will keep you up to date with the health of  your business and what products are your best selling and most profitable.

How to Enter

You have 2 chances to enter and win, all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (MST) on December 14, 2010. Three winner will be randomly drawn via random.org and announced on December 15. Please leave a comment for each one you complete.

Entry #1: Leave a comment below telling me how winning could help your business.

Entry #2: Follow them on Facebook and leave a comment below. If you already follow me on Facebook recommend me to your friends and leave a comment below.

If you want to keep up with the contest please follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I post regularly regarding the days contest.