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PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT | CHIFFON GAUZE RIBBON

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Chiffon Gauze Ribbon. Be prepared for this to be your new favorite ribbon that will pair perfectly with your gorgeous wedding and portrait photography. Our new ribbon is 2″ wide, 6.5 feet in length and includes a wooden spool with each purchase. Available in 3 colors: Coral, Dusk, and Lavender.

Which color are you most excited about using? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram!

Photographer Spotlight | Nicole Rodriguez Photography

Business Name:   Nicole Rodriguez Photography & Design

Website:    http://nicolerodriguezphotography-design.com

Where are you based out of?   Indiana & Michigan

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?   Part-time. I am a full-time graphic designer for a non-profit.

What is your predominant photographic specialization?    Weddings, portraits, creative

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?   Canon 5d Mark III
 
 
How would you define your style?
It’s hard to say, I think sometimes my style fluxes unintentionally. But I’m mostly inspired by documentary and lifestyle photography. I’m more interested in moments that are actually happening without being posed. Obviously shooting weddings, families, and portraits, there is some posing that has to occur, but when I do pose, I try to recreate moments that would naturally happen. I think those moments are the most beautiful.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I used to have a distaste for photographers because it became such a fad for anyone to pick up an expensive camera, make a facebook photography page, and just like that be labeled a professional photographer. I went to school for Graphic Design and took a photography film class per requirement my freshman year. Against my will, I fell in love with the art behind photography. From then on I set out to perfect both the art and technical side of photography. I realized that most people only know the technical side of the camera, so I figured if I could master both, then I could really encapsulate what photography was at its core. By the time I moved to digital, I already knew manual mode pretty well since I started from film.

The following summer, I went to Kenya for a mission trip and I think that was the defining moment for me as far as my views on photography and style. I mean, I think that any foreign country or city is a photographer’s dream set, but there was just something so beautiful in the rawness of everyday life. I came home and researched documentary photography and photojournalism like a maniac, and finally felt like I could pinpoint what I wanted my audience to feel when they saw my work. I wanted my audience to feel when they saw my stuff. I wanted them to feel like they were there too or at least like they could envision what was happening outside of whatever was captured within the frame.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I try to convey the little moments that go missing. Obviously, there are moments at a wedding or shoot that you have to catch, but the ones in between, those are the sweetest because sometimes only the photographer sees them.

I don’t think a lot of photographers really take the time to think about the meaning of what they’re creating and tend to just produce without intention, which is easy to do. Ever since I had that breaking moment (overseas) so to speak, it’s difficult for me to not shoot without intentionality. For most of my shoots, I plan what mood I’m trying to portray and how I’m going to achieve it.

How do you accomplish that?
To achieve that, I plan. I draw out sketches of what things I want to try, poses, hand placement, etc. Sometimes I refer back to them, sometimes I have thought through them so much that I have them memorized in my head. I look for things happening behind the chaos and right before or after posing.
I think about the way that I want to move into certain poses, sometimes the flow of a shoot can help so much. It’s really easy to schedule a shoot, shoot, collect your check, edit, and return the photos to your client without thinking about the process. I do my best to evaluate post shoot what I could have done differently to make things go better, or what opportunities I missed, so that next time, I can work on those things. Likewise, I also attempt to do something new every shoot, so that I’m developing a style that’s unique to me, and always innovating-staying true to the art side of photography.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I tend to be more attracted to photojournalists or photographers with a similar cinematic style. The obvious Ansel Adams comes to mind, but who isn’t inspired by her work? Even more so, I’m intrigued by Stephanie Sinclair and the content of her work. I don’t know that these necessarily pertain to the content of most of my work since I’m mostly shooting weddings and portraits, but I have a passion for the kind of work they do.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I’ve won a couple of awards at the local level, and honorable mentions at the national level. I’d like to do more exploratory stuff and enter competitions and what not on a more consistent basis. It’s hard to make time for the creative stuff sometimes when you’re trying to make a living too.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
There are a lot of other photographers out there. Good ones. It’s hard for me to accept that sometimes, but I think it’s helped me focus on the individuality of my own work, and helped me try to somehow bring something different to the table.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I currently use the wooden USB drives and wooden boxes for client packaging.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
I believe that everything visual makes some sort of statement. Packaging and delivery is one way to endorse your style and quality. When people are paying good money for something, they would much rather see something delivered in a pretty package it show that you as the photographer also value the investment as well.

7 Reasons It Rocks to Be a Photographer

I’ve been calling myself a photographer since 2008, but it was more of a hobby then. It wasn’t my main source of income, and to be honest, I was simply an amateur. I photographed anything and everything just to get my name out there. It wasn’t until 2013 when I started to build a consistent clientele that I decided to quit my day job and work full time towards my dream of being a professional photographer. Here are my 7 Reasons:

1) Living the Dream.

Being a Photographer is something that I’ve always dreamt of being. There were a ton of struggles along the way, but I feel like I can finally say “I made it”! I get paid to do what I love. My passion puts food on the table. It’s a fantastic feeling.

2) Being My Own Boss.

I get to set my own hours and make sure everything is done just the way I like it. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a workaholic. I regularly pull 12-15 hour days. It’s not just shooting. That’s the easy part! Then comes the editing, client communication, marketing, scheduling, meetings, etc. And that’s on top of creating a comfortable work-life balance. But because I’m in charge of all that, I am able to still be able to spend time with family and friends. Working in pajamas doesn’t suck either!

3) Traveling.

Going to new and exciting places has always gotten my heart racing, even when I was younger. Pair that with photographing people in love and getting paid for it? Score! Because of my job, I’ve been able to travel all over Texas, all the way to the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to plantations in Louisiana, and even the snow-capped mountains of British Columbia.

4) Meeting Other Like Minded Creatives.

My focus is Wedding + Portrait photography, so a good majority of my time is spent around Wedding Planners, Venue Owners, Florists, Videographers, and DJ’s. The people I’ve met are so unbelievably talented and creative. It’s fun to not only to work with them but to be able to spend time in such a positive, artistic atmosphere.

5) Being Surrounded By Love.

I photograph people at their happiest moments. Being around that kind of joy is infectious.  It’s not just the engaged couples either, but the parents of the Bride & Groom, the best friends, the families too.

6) Making Memories Last.

This one might be a tad bit cliché, but it’s a HUGE reason why I love being a photographer. Everyone has heard the phrase, “Take a picture, it’ll last longer” and how true it is! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sat back and gone through pictures from when I was younger, or even my own wedding day. Most of my favorite memories were captured by a camera, frozen in time, where I can hold onto them and look back on the good times. Couples spend thousands of dollars on planning their wedding to make sure everything is perfect. At the end of the day, they have their marriage, the memories, and the photographs. Photos are so precious to me. My Dad struggles with Alzheimer’s, so his room in his nursing home is covered in family photos, pictures of my sisters and I with him when we were younger, him dancing with me at my wedding, him with his best friends at his own wedding. I have friends and clients who have lost a parent after their wedding. Sometimes, all that’s left is a photograph, and it’s invaluable.

7) Finding Inspiration In Everyday Things.

Since becoming a photographer, everything is beautiful to me and just about everything inspires me. Coffee shops, art galleries, the way the light streams through my living room window at sunset, textured walls. EVERYTHING. I call it my “photographer brain” and it pretty much never turns off. I always envision posing a couple dressed in their best wedding attire or how I would light a certain scenario. Once I was walking around downtown Provo, Utah with my sister and yelled, “Stop!” just so I could look at this really cool wall. She just laughed at me, but it’s always nice to slow down and enjoy the little things and how beautiful everyday life is.

There are a bunch more reasons than the 7 I listed, but those are why I LOVE what I do.

 

Beth Swan is the Owner/Photographer of Swan Photography based in Fort Worth, Texas. She specializes in Wedding + Portrait photography that’s a combination of candid + posed photos paired with a clean, vibrant editing style. She loves light, love, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son. Beth has been documenting love stories both in the metroplex and internationally since 2011.

 

Photographer Spotlight | Aanna Chase Photography

Business Name:   Aanna Chase Photography
Website:   www.aannachasephotography.com
Where are you based out of?   Chicago, IL
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?   Full-time photographer
What is your predominant photographic specialization?    Weddings, Engagements, Families
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?    Canon 5D Mark III

 

How would you define your style?
My style is founded on story-telling–an intentional balance between refined and classic as well as candid and journalistic, all working together to encompass the unique milestones and personalities involved. I strive to create fresh, bright, and invigorating photographs–in both emotion and aesthetics. I am constantly exploring and embracing minimalism, intriguing depths of field, and emotive light.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
When I was 7 years old, my parents gifted me with a tape recorder (yes, a cassette tape recorder!). It was then my aim to document life in my home. An ongoing narration. When I was 12 years old, I spent my carefully saved money on a digital camera and took my story-telling to a new level. I created visuals to go with the stories I was experiencing and observing around me. I was–and continue to be–fascinated by people and that which drives them. In college, I combined these two loves of mine and studied both journalism and photography. This worked as a catalyst to turn what was once a hobby into a career–a career that combines my love of people with my desire to create and tell stories.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
With every session and wedding that I photograph, my aim is to create images that accurately capture and express the relationships, experiences, and emotions involved. Whether it’s a bride and groom’s first look on their wedding day or a family welcoming a new little one into their home, I strive to take photographs that not only embrace the present moment but will also be images that my subjects and subjects’ family cherish for generations.

How do you accomplish that?
I believe it is important, and critical, to be truly invested in my subjects and who they are as individuals. When people are placed in front of a camera, it is often a very vulnerable place. All focus is directed towards them and that can be very uncomfortable for many people. In order to accurately and sensitively capture my subjects, I see it as a mutual creative collaboration. Before weddings and sessions I have consistent and various forms of communication regarding who they are, where they are at, and what they’re looking for, as well as who I am as a photographer and individual.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I am constantly inspired by artists, both local and global. It can be hard to keep track of my favorites. I’ll share two long-standing favorites. Henri Cartier-Bresson has inspired me ever since I first poured over his work in my art history course. His commitment to capturing the perfect shot to encompass a specific moment is a quality I strive for in my work as well. I also appreciate how he paved the way for a more journalistic approach to photography. I have been avidly following Tyler Branch of Tyler Branch Photo. His work is stunning, emotive, and spot on with lighting.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I’ve sat long and hard thinking about my answer to this question. I keep trying to think of big accomplishments that would wow anybody reading my words. However, I keep coming back to the countless little things that add up to the biggest reason why I’m in this field. The people. I have gotten to meet so many incredible individuals through my work. I have photographed a mother as she marvels over the miracle of life and prepares to welcome a baby into this world. I have photographed a couple on their wedding day as ” ’til death do us part” sinks in. I have photographed individuals as they process past seasons of their life and prepare to embark on a new journey. All of these instances are pivotal and vulnerable places in a person’s life; it is my biggest accomplishment to create images that my subjects can look at and see the beauty that I have the honor of witnessing.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Deal with the what-if’s as they come. Don’t allow them to paralyze you before you even begin. Transitioning from hobbyist to full-time photographer is a big leap of faith. And I was no exception. I created lists–okay, honestly I created lists of lists. Yes, organization and brainstorming are key, but I eventually got to a place that a list in and of itself wasn’t enough anymore. As I was asking hard questions and taking real steps to make the change, I had to stop asking the what-if’s and start realistically dealing with them as I pursued my goal. I had to get up and DO. I had to start making those checkmarks and if obstacles came up along the way that wasn’t on my list, I would deal with them as they came. I will never forget the first time I woke up as the official owner of Aanna Chase Photography with the whole day ahead of me to pursue my business. I would never have launched my own business if I had continually dwelled on the what-if’s without taking action.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I use Photography Supply Company’s beautiful wooden custom USB’s.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Consistency in branding is so important. Photography Supply Co’s option to customize products is so great–it allows me to get high-quality products that line up with my brand. And in doing so, my clients are provided with a beautiful and long lasting product.

 

PSCO PRODUCT FEATURE | BOOK CLOTH 5×5 PRINT BOX

We have a new product that has hit the PSCo store for all our square format print fans. We have released the Book Cloth 5×5 Print Box that pairs with 5×5 prints or our 5×5 Instant Film Mats! Keep reading to learn more.

PRODUCT STORAGE:
Holds 80-90 loose prints or 10 of our 5×5 Instant Film Mats.

PRODUCT COLORS:
Currently available in two colors, Grey and Ivory.

PRODUCT DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 5.75” x 5.75” x 1.50”
Inside: 5.25” x 5.25” x 1.15″

BEST USED FOR…

– Portrait and Wedding Photographers who love shooting and printing in square format.
– Highlighting favorite images from a portrait session or wedding day.
– Client/Vendor gift featuring favorite images from a recent session or wedding.
– Sharing behind the scenes photos in our 5×5 Instant Film Mats with your clients

GOES WELL WITH…

5×5 Instant Film Mats
– Slipcovers
 USB Drives

 

Photographer Spotlight | Rachel Gabrielse Photography

Name:   Rachel

Business Name:  Rachel Gabrielse Photography

Website:    www.rachelgabrielsephotography.com

Where are you based out of?   Grand Rapids, MI

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?   Full-time

What is your predominant photographic specialization?   Weddings and Engagements

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?   Nikon D750

How would you define your style?    Bright, natural, authentic and timeless

 

What motivated you to become a photographer?

 When I was in 8th grade, I informed my Dad that I wanted to be a wedding photographer. He graciously told me that I could be whatever I wanted to be. That same year my Mom found a local photographer who needed an assistant and my passion only grew from there as I learned about light and editing and perspectives and lenses and all things photography. So I guess my motivation comes from a deep part of me that has always loved photography.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?

 I want to convey real love and connection in my work. I want to capture moments that not everyone sees, but that are incredibly meaningful, behind the scenes moments. I want to show two real human beings interacting in their unique relationship. I want to deliver timeless photos that will be cherished for a lifetime.

How do you accomplish that?

I often turn around during family pictures and not only capture the posed group in front of me, but the tears of the Grandma behind me so is secretly wiping her eyes. Or when I am photographing portraits of a groom I will turn around to capture the look of pure joy on his bride’s face as she gazes at the love of her life.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?

Jill Devries. Hands down. Her creativity and ability to capture small moments is insane. She sees things so many people skip over and captures them in the most unique way.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?

Having clients fly me out to California and Italy to photograph their weddings are probably my two most memorable achievements (but all praise to God and not myself).

What is one thing you have learned during your career?

Perfectionism is overrated. I am a Type A perfectionist who used to only post pictures that were flawless. For example, I used to edit out wrinkles, but honestly, wrinkles are a sign of a life well lived and are part of who a person is, so I’ve since stopped that practice. Or if the wind blew a bride’s hair and it covered her eyes, I wouldn’t post it. But those little imperfections are what life is all about and now I’m learning to embrace them.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?

I order their 16 and 32 GB wooden engraved flash drives every year – big fan.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?

 Receiving a package from your wedding photographer with all of your wedding photos is already an exciting event, but when I can deliver not only their photos, but also a beautiful keepsake, I think it only elevates their experience.