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Meet Our Community Friends: HomeSewn Photography Props
If you've ever attempted to wrap a newborn, you know how hard it can be to get that perfectly smooth wrap! Photo Contest Community Friend, and owner of HomeSewn Photography Props, Leah Severson, turned her newborn wrapping troubles into a business.

Leah says her inability to wrap newborns well in her own sessions led her to design four wrap styles that make wrapped babies look perfect every time... even if you're not a great wrapper 😉.

Photo Credit: Leah Severson

Along with HomeSewn Photography Props, Leah also runs The Photographer's Co-op. Leah says the community is a place for photographers to learn. They have LOTS of free videos from industry leaders who share their knowledge on posing, lighting, marketing, and more!

What are you working on right now?

I'm super excited about some new things I'll be launching soon in HomeSewn.  We'll be offering a subscription service for our TuckWraps.  Subscribers will get first dibs on new designs each month.  I'm also adding lots of new floral fabrics and other fun designs to the shop - including a rainbow TuckWrap set that I'm working on designing right now.

What is the goal of your brand/community?

The goal of HomeSewn Photography Props is to help photographer "up" their wrapping game by offering unique, patent-pending newborn wraps that are easy to use.  The goal of The Co-op is to provide photographers with a wealth of free educational resources from industry leaders.
Photo Credit: Leah Severson

What do you hope that photographers learn/take away from being part of your brand/community?

Education and inspiration.

What is your biggest piece of advice for a photographer that is just starting out?

Set your prices and policies from the very beginning so that when issues arise - and they will - you don't have to try to figure things out as you go.  Price yourself appropriately.  Always always always treat your clients with kindness, even if that's not how they're treating you.  And remember that when you have an issue with vendors, to treat them with kindness as well.   They're people too, after all.

To learn more about HomeSewn Photography Props, check out their Facebook Page & their FB Community!

Voting is still open, CLICK HERE to join in!! See you in the community!!

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Meet Our Community Friends: Promptography

If it's an authentic connection you're looking for in your sessions, look no further than Photo Contest community partner Promptography!

Promptography was created by Holly Hemphill. She's been a photographer and re-toucher for nearly 8 years and is currently working on editing a backlog of personal images and trying to find a good printing lab! Like so many photographers, she believes it so important to print and display your work!!

Holly founded the Promptography community on the idea that you can have natural interactions with clients to create sincere and moving imagery and truly capture important moments. All levels of photographer are welcome and the resources are free of charge.

Prompt: "Kiss with your teeth" | Photo Credit: Emily Jackson Photography

Let's get to know a little bit more about Promptography!

What are you working on right now?

In our community we are working on creating even more prompt lists and guides, and creating more content for folks during the quarantine. We’ve focused on finding guided learning activities and resources to help photographers while they’re stuck at home.

What is the goal of your brand/community?

To provide a safe and creative space for photographers to learn how to interact with clients, in a way that elicits an authentic and intimate response. While we love posed imagery - we believe in capturing interactions between partners and making these fleeting moments timeless.

Prompt: "Drunk Walk" | Photo Credit: Steph and Taylor Photo

What do you hope that photographers learn/take away from being part of your brand/community?

We hope that photographers take away some various techniques to engage with clients in a way that feels natural and fun instead of stiff.

Prompt: "Ring Around the Rosie" | Photo Credit: Victoria Allen

What is your biggest piece of advice for a photographer that is just starting out?

Skip taking on work that doesn’t inspire you. It’s okay to not like a niche or not want to shoot a popular genre - it’s okay to not be skilled at everything.

To learn more about Promptography, check out their Facebook community!!

Voting is still open, CLICK HERE to join in!! See you in the community!!

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Meet Our Community Friends: HomeSewn Photography Props
If you've ever attempted to wrap a newborn, you know how hard it can be to get that perfectly smooth wrap! Photo Contest Community Friend, and owner of HomeSewn Photography Props, Leah Severson, turned her newborn wrapping troubles into a business.

Leah says her inability to wrap newborns well in her own sessions led her to design four wrap styles that make wrapped babies look perfect every time... even if you're not a great wrapper 😉.

Photo Credit: Leah Severson

Along with HomeSewn Photography Props, Leah also runs The Photographer's Co-op. Leah says the community is a place for photographers to learn. They have LOTS of free videos from industry leaders who share their knowledge on posing, lighting, marketing, and more!

What are you working on right now?

I'm super excited about some new things I'll be launching soon in HomeSewn.  We'll be offering a subscription service for our TuckWraps.  Subscribers will get first dibs on new designs each month.  I'm also adding lots of new floral fabrics and other fun designs to the shop - including a rainbow TuckWrap set that I'm working on designing right now.

What is the goal of your brand/community?

The goal of HomeSewn Photography Props is to help photographer "up" their wrapping game by offering unique, patent-pending newborn wraps that are easy to use.  The goal of The Co-op is to provide photographers with a wealth of free educational resources from industry leaders.
Photo Credit: Leah Severson

What do you hope that photographers learn/take away from being part of your brand/community?

Education and inspiration.

What is your biggest piece of advice for a photographer that is just starting out?

Set your prices and policies from the very beginning so that when issues arise - and they will - you don't have to try to figure things out as you go.  Price yourself appropriately.  Always always always treat your clients with kindness, even if that's not how they're treating you.  And remember that when you have an issue with vendors, to treat them with kindness as well.   They're people too, after all.

To learn more about HomeSewn Photography Props, check out their Facebook Page & their FB Community!

Voting is still open, CLICK HERE to join in!! See you in the community!!

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Each year the Shoot & Share Photo Contest teams up with awesome businesses and friends from the photography industry to share joy AND give away thousands of prizes to the top photographers from around the world! (There are more than a million dollars in prizes this year!)

We'd like to take a moment to introduce you to. our community friends that help make the Photo Contest a huge success year after year!

ShootDotEdit is a Community Partner AND one of our Round Sponsors this year. They're graciously donating some epic editing packages to our top winners!

ShootDotEdit provides personalized editing for wedding and portrait photographers. They were founded by wedding and portrait photographers, and love being a part of the Shoot & Share family and community of photographers!



Let's get to know a little bit more about the ShootDotEdit brand and community!

What are you working on right now?

CULLING! For years, we've been focused on helping save photographers time by with helping with the color and style. And while that saves a TON of time, we've always known that culling is a painful part of the editing too!! We now have several options that include culling with a membership. That way you can literally just shoot the wedding on a Saturday, and send us everything as soon as you get home! That alone has been saving our members 1000's of hours a year.

What is the goal of your brand/community?

Our mission is to help wedding and portrait photographers be more successful in their business. Everything we do is designed to give photographers MORE time with their customers, and more time actually shooting. Our philosophy is that the more time a photographer can spend with their clients, whether it's connecting, or shooting, or just chatting with them, the more successful they are going to be. We want to relieve photographers of all of the things that have to be done, but take you away from focusing on what you love!

What do you hope that photographers learn/take away from being part of your brand/community?

Focus on what you do best, and outsource the rest

What is your biggest piece of advice for a photographer that is just starting out?

Your couples are booking you for YOU as much as they are booking you for your images!Most people don't get their pictures taken professionally frequently, so your couples are looking for someone they can trust and feel comfortable around. If you put your couples at ease and you make them feel confident, they are going to look confident and natural in front of your lens.  If they feel good, you'll get great images, AND your couples are going to LOVE you and recommend you to ALL of their friends.It took me personally a long time to learn that, and in the end, my connection with my couples was equally, if not more important to my business than my actual photography.

To learn more about ShootDotEdit, check out their Facebook community and the Shoot & Share Instagram account!

Voting is still open, CLICK HERE to join in!! See you in the community!!

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