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Best image(s) of 2011 winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered this contest. You have all created some incredible images!

Here were the guidelines for this contest:

  • Enter your best image(s) of 2011.
  • Entries were due Wednesday, February 29th at 6pm CST.
  • Images must be accompanied by a 50 word (or less) description. This can include why you are submitting the image, image details (ie – lighting conditions, lens used, after capture information, etc), or any other information you may find relevant.
  • Limit 5 entries per person.
  • All images must have been taken in the calendar year 2011.
  • All images entered must be with permission by the creator of the image.
  • Any subject is acceptable (wedding, family, child, newborn, senior, landscape, etc). Images can be a professional portrait or a personal project. Family friendly please.

While trimming the winners down to 3, I didn’t feel it was fair to leave out giving credit to some of the close runner-ups. So let me highlight a few of these great images (in alphabetical order).

Abby Hacker

Abby Hacker Photography for The Collective

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February submission contest. 1 week left!

Time is quickly slipping away! You have 1 week left to get your top images of 2011 into The Collective. Share your best work of the year and win some awesome prizes!

2011 fave image by Andy Bondurant for The Collective

The Collective’s January/February submission contest:

  • Enter your best image(s) of 2011.

Here are the prizes:

  1. Grand Prize – Build Your Senior Studio package ($519 value).
  2. 2nd Place – spa Event DVD training series ($299 value).
  3. 3rd Place – Fast. Easy. Marketing training ($29 value).

Last month, I offered a gift to everyone who entered, and I loved it. This month, I’ll give every studio that enters a copy of spa Notes 1 ($5.99 value).

2011 fave image by Andy Bondurant for The Collective

Here are the guidelines:

  • Entries are due Wednesday, February 29th at 6pm CST. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 6th.
  • Images must be accompanied by a 50 word (or less) description. This can include why you are submitting the image, image details (ie – lighting conditions, lens used, after capture information, etc), or any other information you may find relevant.
  • Limit 5 entries per person.
  • All images must have been taken in the calendar year 2011.
  • All images entered must be with permission by the creator of the image.
  • Any subject is acceptable (wedding, family, child, newborn, senior, landscape, etc). Images can be a professional portrait or a personal project.Family friendly please.
  • Submit all entries to submissions@photo-collective.com.

For a list of the winners of past submission contests – take a look at the Submissions page.

Good luck!

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Dream of being published? Tips and tricks to get it done!

A few tips & tricks to get your images published.

Lara White's image on the cover of The KnotIf you dream of seeing your gorgeous wedding images printed in a glamorous wedding magazine read by all your potential clients, read on to learn how to do it. Our studio has been published in over 70 magazines and wedding blogs, and I have learned a thing or two along the way. Here’s my best tips on how to approach the process.

Where to Start

The first thing to focus on is learning how to get “magazine quality” images. By this I mean images that are well-lit, clean, bright and illustrate the wedding theme by capturing all the details of the day.

If you’ve already got this covered, great. If not, here are a few pointers:

  • Take a moment to stylize details when necessary-arrange the details in a visually pleasing way, remove clutter, make sure there isn’t any random items in your shot like plastic bags or other distracting elements.
  • Make sure you have great lighting-magazines can’t use images that are too dark as they simply won’t print well.
  • Shoot details with the lowest f-stop possible (2.8 or lower) to spotlight certain elements while blowing out the background.

Advance Planning Goes a Long Way

Lara White is published in The KnotPlanning is key so that you have a good understanding of how the day will unfold and exactly where you need to be to capture certain details. If a wedding is detail heavy, you’re  going to need some extra time prior to the ceremony and reception to capture all those beautiful details the bride has planned for many months.

Speak with the planner and florist before the wedding so you can understand the scope of décor and make notes about what you’ll want to capture. Contact the venue in advance and ask them to have the reception room set prior to the guests being let in, and most importantly, to hold the doors closed to make sure the room is not cluttered with purses, jackets and half empty glasses placed to hold a seat. We always offer to give the venue with these shots if they will help us clear the room of waiters and such for a few moments.

Lara White on how to get published for The CollectivePlan to arrive early at a wedding so you have plenty of time to capture all the little details available in the bride’s room, plan in your timeline to capture the ceremony details prior to guests arrival if possible, and finally to have some time in the reception room prior to the guests coming in. This time for details doesn’t automatically happen without advance planning.

Coordinating this in advance is key, as you may otherwise get caught up with cocktail hour family photos and forget to take a few moments in the reception room, which is typically where you will find the bulk of décor. It really only takes a few minutes, and sometimes the catering staff will even hold the doors closed for a few extra moments while you capture those details. As a last resort, you can always run in while the guests are finding their seats, and move quickly to capture tables in the back corner of the room that guests haven’t found yet. From there, make your way to the head table, as the bridal party is not announced until the guests are seated.

Put together a solid game plan to ensure you will be where you need to, so you can capture those gorgeous magazine quality images.

Next week Lara will go over the submission process so all the beautiful images you’ve taken will see the light of a magazine!

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{REMINDER} January/February Submission Contest

Entries have rolled in for the past couple of weeks, but you still have plenty of time to get your top images in to The Collective. Share your best work of the year and win some awesome prizes!

Instagram image by Andy Bondurant

The Collective’s January/February submission contest:

  • Enter your best image(s) of 2011.

Here are the prizes:

  1. Grand Prize – Build Your Senior Studio package ($519 value).
  2. 2nd Place – spa Event DVD training series ($299 value).
  3. 3rd Place – Fast. Easy. Marketing training ($29 value).

Last month, I offered a gift to everyone who entered, and I loved it. This month, I’ll give every studio that enters a copy of spa Notes 1 ($5.99 value).

Instagram image of the Florida coast by Andy Bondurant

Here are the guidelines:

  • Entries are due Wednesday, February 29th at 6pm CST. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 6th.
  • Images must be accompanied by a 50 word (or less) description. This can include why you are submitting the image, image details (ie – lighting conditions, lens used, after capture information, etc), or any other information you may find relevant.
  • Limit 5 entries per person.
  • All images must have been taken in the calendar year 2011.
  • All images entered must be with permission by the creator of the image.
  • Any subject is acceptable (wedding, family, child, newborn, senior, landscape, etc). Images can be a professional portrait or a personal project.Family friendly please.
  • Submit all entries to submissions@photo-collective.com.

For a list of the winners of past submission contests – take a look at the Submissions page.

Good luck!

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January/February submission contest!

2011 is history.

2011 favorite image by Andy BondurantNo matter what you thought about 2011 (good, bad or ugly), it’s now officially over.

Have you gone back to catalog your favorite images of the year? I did when I created a calendar for family and friends as a Christmas gift (actually 2 calendars – 1 family and 1 personal project work).

Here’s your chance to share your best images of the year with The Collective and the world.

The Collective’s January/February submission contest:

  • Enter your best image(s) of 2011.

Here are the prizes:

  1. Grand Prize – Build Your Senior Studio package ($519 value).
  2. 2nd Place – spa Event DVD training series ($299 value).
  3. 3rd Place – Fast. Easy. Marketing training ($29 value).

Last month, I offered a gift to everyone who entered, and I loved it. This month, I’ll give every studio that enters a copy of spa Notes 1 ($5.99 value).

Here are the guidelines:

  • 2011 favorite image by Andy BondurantEntries are due Wednesday, February 29th at 6pm CST. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 6th.
  • Images must be accompanied by a 50 word (or less) description. This can include why you are submitting the image, image details (ie – lighting conditions, lens used, after capture information, etc), or any other information you may find relevant.
  • Limit 5 entries per person.
  • All images must have been taken in the calendar year 2011.
  • All images entered must be with permission by the creator of the image.
  • Any subject is acceptable (wedding, family, child, newborn, senior, landscape, etc). Images can be a professional portrait or a personal project.Family friendly please.
  • Submit all entries to submissions@photo-collective.com.

For a list of the winners of past submission contests – take a look at the Submissions page.

Good luck! I can’t wait to see what you have to enter…

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