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Happy New Year!!!

To kick off 2018 (I know it’s a few weeks in 😄) we’re giving away a UE MEGABOOM!!! The UE MEGABOOM is the ultimate companion to any photographers bag of tricks. Whether you pop it in your camera bag along with your camera and lenses and head out for your shoot, or you keep it stashed on your desk in your office. Either way, you will want to win this to add your shot kit.

On a shoot!

The UE Boom has become my favourite thing to take on shoots this season. We all have the usual bag of tricks like jokes, epic dance moves and go to poses up our sleeves to get our clients to relax during the sessions, but music has been a great accompaniment. Either play it from your phone, studio speakers, your laptop or the awesome MEGABOOM that you might win.

Bridal portrait sessions work great with music. The classic dance songs like Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi or Thriller by Michael Jackson will surely relax your bridal party and get them moving. Everyone can’t keep still when those classics come on, the urge to tap your foot at least is too strong. Just wait until “WOAH” starts playing in Living on a Prayer, no one can resist the arm going up and singing to the sky. Living on a Prayer also works for group photos too because every generation knows it 🕺

Family sessions are also a great session to take music along to. Create a playlist that has the latest kids music. Parents might cringe at you because they’ve heard it a thousand times already, but the kids will love it. When music plays children love to shake their tushies, it also provides laughs for the parents, helping them to relax as well.

Derrick Ruf says “shooting without music is like starting your day without caffeine”. You can check out the awesome article he wrote on Fstoppers explaining the benefits of music on a shoot.

Photo by @kristinemay

In the office!

As a creative, it is a guarantee that music will be playing while you are working. Be it while you’re editing, doing your accounts, updating your website or emailing your clients, music seems to keep you from procrastinating on Facebook (will it does for me). It sets the tone of the office and can either invigorate you to do more or make you want to go and have a nap, so choose the right playlist :).

A few photographers have public Spotify playlists that you can listen to. Ben Sasso has a playlist called “Shoot”. This is the playlist he plays while shooting, and so many other photographers have benefitted from it too. He also has a playlist called “Me With You” which has inspired some of his work. Jonathan Suckling’s “The ultimate wedding dancefloor playlist, results guaranteed” is an upbeat playlist which is great for getting through your editing, it’s my go to playlist at the moment.

So get your music playing and head to our Facebook and Instagram pages to enter the draw to win the MEGABOOM, you know you want it 😉 Also if you purchase one of our products before the 25th of January 2018 you will get an extra five entries in the draw.

Happy Stomping!!

Last Minute Gifts for Photographers! 🎄

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With the holidays just around the corner we’re doing a wrap up of last minute gift ideas for photographers!

Sometimes you may find the hardest person to buy for is your loved one who is a photographer. So we’re doing a list to help your purchase a gift if you haven’t got one just yet. (But you totally should have because it’s only 3 days until Christmas!)

BlogStomp, AlbumStomp, AlbumPrüfr

Such a great idea! BlogStomp will help them blog their sessions easier, and size them correctly to make them look sharp and beautiful. AlbumStomp will enable them to design an album in 20 minutes instead of 4+ hours! They then can sync it to AlbumPrüfr and send the proof directly to their client without leaving AlbumStomp. These are MUST haves ☺️

Camera Straps

Camera straps are a must for photographers and their are so many to choose from. Some photographers will prefer the standard camera supplied strap. I personally hated it and thought it was chocking me.

Camera Scarf Straps
I LOVE these, super comfy and so stylish as well. They don’t choke you and they add that extra element to your wardrobe. I own two from The Original Photoblocks Props 🙌

Camera Harness
These have become very popular in the last few years and I still need to get one. Instead of having your camera hanging from your neck, it’s supported by a harness that goes over both shoulders, reducing neck and back strain #ftw because every photographer will at some stage come across these issues with being hunched over a computer and carrying heavy camera gear around. Cyrissa from Sparkle Society has a GORGEOUS pink one.

Now camera straps will not arrive in time for Christmas but why not purchase it and make a gift card 🤷🏻‍♀️ they’ll love you a long time.

Camera/Camera Lens

You will never go wrong it you buy them a new camera or lens (unless you buy a cheap kit lens 😂). Find out what camera or lenses they are dreaming about, I’m sure it won’t be hard to fit out. The new gear list is never ending for a photographer. The Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fuji, 35mm, 85mm, 135mm 100mm macro are all great! But they are expensive…

Holiday!

Every photographer would LOVE a holiday, time off, a vacation. Take them somewhere where they won’t have to think about their clients, blog posts to write, social media accounts they need to keep up with, booking clients, getting work. It will be super refreshing for them especially if it is somewhere sunny ☀️

Spa/Massage

Oh this would be bliss! Somewhere to relax, someone to work out the knots in your neck. This is the MOST REQUESTED present from photographers. After photographing a wedding, then editing the whole thing, blogging it, uploading to galleries, designing albums, proofing albums, shipping products and then multiply that by 20, no wonder photographers need some pampering. Treat them they will love you for it. Head to your local spa or hotel and get a gift voucher for it. You won’t go wrong.

Camera Bag

Every photographer needs one and the more gear you have the bigger one you will need. Consider multiple bags. And go for one that don’t look like camera bags, there are some functional and hip ones out there. I own TWO gorgeous Kelly Moore bags. I absolutely love them. The Libby carries everything for a wedding shoot for me. The Westminster is my travel one, looks like an everyday handbag but fits my camera and other stuff.

The camera bags may also not arrive in time for Christmas but still purchase it.

Gadgets

Now gadgets are fun and can be anything from a lens for your phone (the moment ones look great, anyone used one?), to a Go Pro 6. Or if you want to help them out photography wise why not look at a Palette Lightroom Controller. This will enable them to edit faster and spend more time with you! Who wouldn’t love that?

Happy Holidays & Happy Stomping!!

Black Friday Sales!!! 😱

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We put together a list of some of our friends and their Black Friday Deals! 😌 You might want to go shopping!!!

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This Thanksgiving you can get 40% off BlogStomp, AlbumStomp and AlbumPrüfr. Or buy the All Inclusive pack!! Our range of Apps help you to get out from behind your computer faster, and enjoy the things you really want to do in life #Happy Stomping. Purchase today from the Store!!

ShootProof offers gorgeous galleries, contracts & invoices, integrated print labs, cloud archiving, mobile apps, and MORE – all with no commission fees! #FocusOnWhatMattersMost and let ShootProof do the rest. New customers save 40% on yearly plans and existing users get 40% off plan upgrades. Plus, receive a FREE studio success bundle packed with templates, how-to-guides, and more. Offer ends 11.27.17. Check it out here!

Design Aglow, Everything you need for a successful photography business. Stock up on your packaging and album needs for the new year before 2018 pricing kicks in. No exclusions, no limits! Nov 22 – 24. Just head to Design Aglow and apply the following codes during checkout: Packaging & Albums: THANKS20 and Sample Albums: THANKS30. 

DVLOP is a new platform for editing, built from the ground up. We have reimagined presets as they should be – a tool that not only speeds up workflows, but one that also spurs creativity. From Wed, Nov 22 – Mon, Nov 27, all DVLOP preset packs will be 40% off ($45). Purchase from https://dvlop.com/shop

Iris Works. Get your business in order with Iris Works, your new assistant. Iris is the simplest studio management system made for portrait photographers. Don’t miss out on the biggest sale of the year. Save 30% off any annual subscription for your first year with the code BlackFriday30 valid 11/24-11/27. You don’t want to miss this opportunity! Sign up today!

Palette is made for creatives. Quickly sort & develop photos, edit & color correct video, create the perfect audio tracks – all with intuitive physical control. Receive a bonus dial with an Expert kit purchase, and two bonus dials with a Professional kit purchase. Expires 11.27.17 at 11.59pm. Buy Now!

Swift Galleries makes In-Person Sales simple, intuitive and profitable for photographers around the world. Purchase The Black Friday Business Bundle. Save $502 on everything you need to get great clients and sell more prints in 2018! You also get 21 Days to Your First In-Person Sale” IPS course, your “Social Spark” social media marketing course from Immerse Workshops, your $50 lab credit from Artsy Couture and your “Olivia” Pricing Guide Template from Fotovella! Expires Nov 27, 2017.

Studio Ninja: Get 50% OFF our user-friendly studio management software! Studio Ninja is an all-in-one photography business software that streamlines your workflow, frees up your time, automatically keeps in touch with your clients and makes sure all your jobs stay on track! Sign up at www.studioninja.co and use the promo code BLACKFRIDAY17 to get 50% off.

SLR Lounge take control of your photography career with the best education for wedding and portrait photography. $100 Off SLR Lounge Premium. All of this education is valued at over $1,500, but with Premium, you can access it all for $348. Additionally, the Black Friday sale gives you $100 off your annual subscription, so you only pay $248. Existing Annual Premium Members – You can use this code for your next billing cycle! 30% Off All Workshops and 45% Off Select Specialty Workshops. Check it out here!

The Law Tog protect your business with 20% off photography contracts. business tools, education, and more in TheLawTog® Shop! Sale begins Wednesday, November 22, 2017 and ends Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. not valid on consulting services, online courses, prior purchases, or with other discounts/offers. Use code STOMPBF20 at the store https://thelawtog.com/shop

The Life Boss Society. You didn’t become a photographer so that you would have to spend all of your time on blogging & social media. Photographer & best-selling author of Blogging Brilliantly, Christine Tremoulet will help you put together a marketing plan that will enable you to book more clients & have the success you desire! Includes a six week course, live Q&A sessions, mini-courses, guest speakers, a community for support, and more! 27% off the regular price thru Tuesday, Nov. 28. No code required. Join today!

Thirst Relief is changing the world through clean water. We encourage you this Thanksgiving to give a little towards Thirst Relief. We’re really grateful for access to clean drinking water and love how we get to support this charitable organisation. Share the love around and donate some of your savings through Black Friday sales to help Thirst Relief with their mission 🙂