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October 25, 2016

The Future of The Shoppe

I'm sure you have all noticed the following message at the Shoppe

Why are we closing the store?

The answer is we don't want to close the store.  We are doing everything we can to keep it up and running.

  • The main reason The Shoppe, at least in its current form, is closing is that it is built on an ancient eCommerce platform.  Over the last year it has required more and more support from developers and programmers.  Not to mention many clever workarounds to provide customer support at a level that you deserve.  It is now taking much more money to keep it running then we generate.  Honestly, it has been that way for several months now. 
  • In order to upgrade to a modern system that provides an awesome user experience and keeps up with the constant changes in both development and security will take many thousands of dollars.

What is the Plan?

We are evaluating two eCommerce platforms as I write this.  However, in order to cut expenses we are doing almost everything manually.  I have learned a lot about transferring a massive amount of data and coding over the last few months. 

We would like to be fully transferred to a new store by the first of the year. 

What does this mean for Subscribers?

First, I want to thank all of our subscribers who have stuck with us over the years.  You guys are awesome and the reason why we are trying so hard to keep the site alive.  Your letters, and appreciation are what lets us know our products truly make a difference, help you save time, and grow your business.  Again, Thank You!

If you were one of the remaining subscribers when we cut off access in August you will get all of your credits on the new site when/if it goes live.  You earned them!

We plan to update you again soon.

May 5, 2016

Adding Images Into A Template

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to place your images into the spaces provided by our templates at The Shoppe.

When you open a template from The Shoppe you will see something that looks like the image below. The dark grey area is the area designated for placing your images.
Open Document

Once you have your template file open it’s time to get an image into it. Go ahead and open an image that you wish to place into the template. After the file is opened you need to select the entire image. Do this by navigating to the “Select” menu and choosing “All”.

Select All

You will know that your image is selected when a moving dotted line appears around the entire file. This dotted line is commonly referred to as “the marching ants”. When you confirm that your image is selected it is now time to copy that selection. Navigate to the “Edit” menu and choose “Copy”. Nothing visible will happen but rest assured that your image has been copied and we will call on it later.


You are now finished with that image. You can close the file if you desire. At this time, move back to the template file and focus in on your “Layers” panel. This panel is usually located on the far right side near the bottom of the screen. Once you have located the “Layers” panel you will see a grouping called “Images”. Clicking the arrow to the left will expand the group and reveal the layer containing the grey area. This is where you will be placing your image. Right click the layer thumbnail as seen in the image below.

Click Layer

When you have right clicked the layer thumbnail you will receive a menu. Choose the “Select Pixels” option and you should see the grey image placement area become surrounded by “marching ants.”

Select Pixels

With this area selected navigate to the “Edit” menu followed by the “Paste Special” sub-menu and finally select “Paste Into”. If you are using an older version of Photoshop the “Paste Into” option may be directly inside the “Edit” menu. This is not a problem and will merely save you an additional step.

Paste Into

As soon as you select “Paste Into” you should see that the image you previously copied has appeared and is shaped and sized just like the grey image placeholder area. You will also notice in the “Layers” panel that a new layer has been created with your image and a mask. The mask is just a component that works to show or hide a portion of the image. In this case it is allowing your image to show through in a very specific area. Our original grey image placeholder layer is undisturbed beneath our new layer and will be ready to access again if you decide to change the image.

New Layer

All that is left to do now is to position your image appropriately. Do this by selecting the layer thumbnail that includes your image and simply drag the image around on the canvas. You will notice that your image is not cropped but is merely being hidden from view except in the grey area. (Thanks to the mask) Feel free to scale and move the image as you normally would. When you find a position you like you can hide the layer with the grey image placeholder. Do this by clicking the eye to the left of the layer. It is a good idea to do this before printing as it will keep the grey area from being visible.


This concludes the tutorial. I hope this was informative and easy to follow.


November 22, 2015

2015 Black Friday Weekend Deals

The Shoppe Design Black Friday Sale

$1,600+ Worth of Savings Nov 27th - 30th Now!

This year’s holiday sale includes huge bundles jam packed with templates designed to save you time.

After 6-years of data we've created a list of proven products (determined by total sales and customer feedback) that had the biggest impact on time savings and customer conversion. The result? Value packed bundles that are one stop solutions for your design and management needs.




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Ooh La La Complete Marketing Bundle




Posh Wedding Studio Marketing Bundle




Complete Paris 1900 Boudoir Photography Studio Bundle




Ultimate Overlay Bundle




Wish From the Heart Holiday Card




Bridal Show Marketing Set

Platinum Membership







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Why did we create these giant bundles to save you time?

I talked to a millionaire a few weeks ago at an industry event and he offered me some advice that was surprising.

The #1 Mistake business owners make

“The number one mistake I see is messed up priorities with time.  If  you want to grow your business spend your time doing what makes you 80% of your money. I promise you, there isn’t a millionaire in this room that will say they  are glad they spent 5-hrs figuring out how to configure a subscriber widget on their website.”

This conversation made me think about The Shoppe Designs and the products we offer.

Saving photographers and designers time is why we are here. We love providing high quality proven products that help photographers market their business and wow their customers. 

Making you look good in a crowded marketplace is our number one goal. 

Uncle Sam Studio Complete Marketing Bundle

Uncle Sam Bundle

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  • Uncle Sam Web marketing Pack ($10)
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  • Uncle Sam Branding & Marketing Kit ($49)
  • Uncle Sam Branded Pricing Set template for photographers ($10)

All of these products together would normally be $129, but get them this weekend for $49. $80 Savings!

Ooh La La Complete Boudoir Studio Marketing Bundle

Ooh La La Complete Boudoir Studio Marketing Bundle

Our complete Ooh La La Boudoir Studio Marketing Bundle includes everything you need to market, prep, and shoot the perfect boudoir sessions.

Don't spend hours creating contracts, FAQ, templates, ads, and marketing materials.  Use our beautiful designs so you can focus time and creative energy where it's needed most!

  • Ooh La La Boudoir Business Kit ($29)
  • Ooh La La Boudoir Magazine & Welcome Guides ($59)
  • Ooh La La Boudoir Mini Sessions Marketing Set ($10)
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Buying each of these 5 products would normally be $160. This weekend they are only $49. $111 Savings!

Posh Wedding Studio Marketing Bundle

Wedding Studio Welcome Guide

Our most frequently purchased wedding marketing tools are now in one bundle. Dazzle your clients with our high quality studio marketing set just for weddings.  Your time is your most valuable resource so why spend it creating contracts, FAQ, marketing materials, and wedding albums when we can do it for you?

  • Posh Weddings Welcome Magazine ($59)
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Each item totals $98. Get them all this weekend for $39A total savings of $59!

Complete Paris 1900 Boudoir Photography Studio Bundle

Paris 1900 Sale

Everything you need to send your boudoir photography sales to the stratosphere.

We've combined our top rated Paris 1900 boudoir marketing materials into one GIANT package. Dazzle your prospects with your professional marketing materials and layouts. Save time with pre-made contracts and FAQ. Dominate social media with beautiful templates. Let these materials speak for you so you can focus on providing the best customer service and most professional photos in town!

  • Paris 1900 Boudoir Photography Business Kit Photoshop Templates ($29)
  • Paris 1900 Boudoir Photography Magazine Photoshop Template ($59)
  • Paris 1900 Boudoir Photography Branding Pack Photoshop Templates ($49)
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  • Paris 1900 Boudoir Photography Mini Sessions Marketing Photoshop Templates ($10)
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The entire package retails at $169. Yours this weekend for $49. An amazing $120 savings.

Ultimate Overlay Bundle

ultimate overlay bundle

Customers love overlays.  They are the perfect way to add a customized touch that your clients will never forget. We compiled a list of ALL of our top selling photo overlays and put them in one Giant package just for you. Add a special touch to your clients photos and make them come back for more!

  • Holiday Love Photo Doodles ($10)
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  • Lovebird Word Overlays ($10)
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  • Forever with you Wedding Overlay Card Set ($15)
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  • Gender Reveal Photo Overlays ($10)
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Normal pricing for all of these sets would be $126.  Get them during the holiday sale for $29.  That's a $100 savings!

Bridal Show Marketing Set

Bridal Show Marketing Kit

Wedding photography is a competitive market and bridal show season is coming!

Make yourself stand out as better than the rest with these strategically designed marketing tools.

A first of its kind for wedding photographers!

There is nothing on the market like this complete bridal show marketing kit. It was designed in classy yet neutral style to not distract from your branding. Simply add your logo, change colors if you wish, add your images, edit any information you like and send off to print!

Make yourself stand out at the show and be remembered after the show with marketing specifically designed to do just this. Includes pre-written text for the FAQ trifold on hiring a wedding photographer, saving you time and giving brides something useful to take home. Every bride wants to show off that she is the bride, so give them the included stickers to wear around the show sporting your name as well. Show them that you offer quality unique products in the included product guide. Print it as a magazine or at home to use at booking meetings as well as the show. Run a free engagement session promotion and get bride's contact info with the included information gathering card. Show off your work and how much your past clients love you with the testimonial portfolio album and the storyboard.

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The holidays are here and the subscriber discount is back just in time.  Get access to over $10000+ worth of designs and editing tools for the lowest monthly price that we will ever offer.  Marketing materials, Photoshop templates, and actions available on demand when you need them. 

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Happy Thanksgiving Freebie

Wish From the Heart Holiday Card

Here is a freebie to thank you so much for being our customers!  Bring the happiness in the form of a rainbow and the iconic heart all bundled in this year’s season’s greeting. This design gives you the opportunity to feature not just one but three favorite pictures to share among friends and family.

November 16, 2015

Review Iris Works Studio Management Software

Systems for Photography

I was sitting under an avalanche of sticky notes and partially used notebooks. I knew I had an important call today. However, somewhere between responding to a customer complaint and spending three hours on the phone with my credit card processor the exact meeting time slipped through my neurons and splashed into a puddle of soup at the base of my brain.

I was managing three businesses (too many by the way).   Managing them all with three Gmail accounts, 15 email addresses, four notebooks (the paper kind), and a rainbow of sticky notes. The sneaking suspicion I was already too late churned in my stomach as I flipped through the purple notebook trying to remember if I wrote down the phone number before or after my notes on next month’s social media strategy. For some reason the voice of Mr. Ralston,  my middle school teacher,  was on a loop in my head saying, “Organization is the key to success,” over and over and over….

The Breaking Point

That early afternoon wasn’t the first time this scenario happened. Luckily, something snapped and it was the last.  I somehow beat the “but” voice.  You know the one I’m talking about.

But! I don’t have time to research a better way of doing business. I can hardly keep track of stuff now.

Really? How much more time would you have if you weren’t sifting through a billion sticky notes each day?

But! I don’t have time to learn a new system. That takes a ton of time.

Yes it does. Once the system is in place though you will free up hours

BUT! I love my art. Can’t I just focus on that!?

Yes, full time if you aren’t suffocating under a pile of notebooks from your desk.

So why am I telling you this?

We don’t sponsor affiliate products often here at the Shoppe. But when Meredith Graddle approached me a few weeks ago with information on her studio management software I was intrigued.  Creating systems in your business is probably the most valuable tool for saving time and money. If her product could bring that kind of value to our customers I figured  I had to try it out.  So I took her up on her offer and logged into the software to see what it was all about.

Iris Works Features

The integration and tools were pretty amazing. I have evaluated a lot of business management software and I really wish something like this had been around back when I was sitting under that pile of notebooks. It was pretty apparent as soon as I saw the dashboard that this software was created by a photographer for photographers.

The Dashboard is a clean minimalist design that gives you an overview of everything from your schedule to the weather. All of the dally information is in one place which is priceless if you are used to juggling multiple calendars.

Iris Works Dashboard

Another priceless feather is the client portal. The client portal is split between current clients (which you can segment for mailings and promotions) and prospects. Never lose track of new prospects or forget to send out a client email again.

Iris Client Dashboard

Probably one of my favorite features of the software is the workflow checklist. Iris Studio comes with workflow templates and you can create your own.

Need to shoot a wedding? Assign the wedding workflow to your client. The software takes the date and creates a daily checklist leading up to and after the event. Each task is added to you schedule so you don’t miss a thing!

  • There are a ton of other features that makes this software a photographers dream.
  • Automated messages
  • Customer Questioners
  • Invoicing and billing
  • Contracts and documents
  • Customer photo galleries – for an additional fee customers can review and download photos

Everything is customizable!

Iris Works Video Review

If you are interested in trying Iris free for 30 days check out our affiliate link (you will not pay extra for using this link).

With 30 days FREE you can’t lose.

Facebook Contests

Facebook Contest Rules and Terms of Service


1.  Promotion Description: The ‘Gift Card for $100 with 3 winners (“Sweepstakes”) begins on 10/13/2015 at 12:00 AM (Pacific Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 10/13/2015 at 12:00 AM (Pacific Time (US & Canada)) (the “Promotion Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes.

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Keeping Perspective With Gratitude

Today I am grateful for those who made sacrifices for our country and our freedom and I pray for the families they leave behind. When my husband was on the road all the time the military families were what kept things in perspective for me. Spouses, sons and daughters…not knowing when or if they will come home. At least I knew when John was coming home. I knew he was not in immediate danger, and that I could say goodnight to him on the phone most nights.

vintage photography, vintage americana

vintage photography, vintage americana

Confessions of a Recovering Workaholic: Blogs for Photographers, Blogs for Artists

I have been a Workaholic most of my adult life. It started in college with a double major and 2 jobs and just never stopped. Part of it is in my nature, something I was born with, I am a Capricorn, a mountain goat, always pushing up and up. I also know I am a product of my western environment and our addition to productivity. It is all around us, coming from so many different directions. There is even this sense of guilt when we try and be still, to the point that for a very long time I didn’t know how to simply relax. I forgot how to enjoy something simple, to feel the joy in the little things in life. And you know what? Maybe they really are not the little things in life, maybe they really are the big things, the important things. Sitting and talking with each other, having coffee and listening to the stories, the laughter, the pain and the everyday life of those around us. Being with others, helping others, loving them really well. This is made up of all of those “little things”. But us productivity addicts tend to put those things below the work, below accomplishing things, and building things.


Enter Motherhood…

 Children make you slow down in this way. On so many other levels they make you much busier than you have ever been, but in this way, they slow things down. They are learning the most basic of things, and you have to be in that moment with them. I am no longer able to work constantly the way I used to; no longer able to make work the main priority in my life. Gone are the days I could put in 16 hours a day on a regular basis. Part of it is that I have a new very important job helping to shape another human being. The rest of it is that I know that eventually, you burn out, it is not a sustainable way to live. If you think about it, it ends up not being the most productive option if you get burnt out and are not producing your best work anymore anyway.


My Progress…

I have come a long way in the last 3 years since my daughter was born, and since we moved from the coasts to the south where there is a different pace of life. The addiction is still there in many ways. It is something I fight almost every day. When Fiona wants me to watch her jump on one foot over and over again, and I struggle not to pick up my phone and check my email. I really do. But other times I am actually able to sit and play with Playdough and actually enjoy it. I have found some things that we can do together that don’t make me crazy. Stay tuned for part two of Confessions of a Recovering Work-A-Holic where I will tell you about some of these activities if you are struggling with the same thing!


Just a few years ago I couldn’t even sit on a beach without thinking what is the point of this, and now I cherish the few moments I can relax watching my daughter dig in the sand. So only God knows the progress I will make in a few more years. Maybe I will even leave my phone at home sometimes…maybe. 😉


Look at that face! Play with me mommy she says. Well I suppose work can wait…



Edited with Hot Air Balloon from the Americana Lightroom Presets Collection


Natural Remedy for Tummy Aches and Other Problems

Today Fiona had a tummy ache. She eats a lot of beans and broccoli which is fantastic, but sometimes gives her a bit of a tummy ache! She was literally screaming. I think she might be in some phase where she is uber sensitive to the sensations of her developing body because she is so dramatic about everything from a splinter to a hang nail! This can get a little exhausting for mommy, so I am always excited to find ways to help her though these terribly dramatic situations with a simple natural solution.
Anyway so I gave her some probiotics ( I use Udi’s infant powder and put it in some water for her). Then I rubbed a drop of my doTerra peppermint essential oil mixed coconut oil (Costco has a great huge tub of organic extra virgin for $14 will last you forever) on her feet. Literally within 30 seconds she was fine. From screaming to fine in 30 seconds flat. Essential oils on your feet for those of you that don’t know will service all the cells in your body within 30 seconds. There are pressure points on your feet that go to every organ in your body. It is called reflexology if you want to explore it more. My mother is certified in it so you can do extensive study on it, but you can get a simple chart online in many places easily to just use while doing yourself and your family’s feet with essential oils.
I was so amazed that this actually worked that well! My husband affectionately makes fun of me and my natural ways by saying that essential oils are for leprechauns and unicorns. Can’t really deny results like that though baby!  I am so excited to continue to learn daily about new ways to help my family!
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