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18 months of complete studio organization is yours

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Imagine every aspect of your photography business, completely organized.

No matter what month it is, it’s never too late to get organized. Just because it’s August doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of your summer and year has to fit within the confines of sticky notes and smartphone reminders. You still have goals to fulfill this year!

The Big Picture Planner planner spans 18 entire months (and onward!), so why not get a jump start on setting yourself up for complete studio organization today?

Introducing The Big Picture: An Essential Planner for Studio and Personal Success, which will make (the rest of) 2014 and 2015 your year! Turn your hopes and dreams into real accomplishments with our innovative system for getting things done. Other planners on the market don’t take into account the specific needs of successful photographers and their businesses; The Big Picture’s gorgeous aesthetic and practical approach will change your life.

Let Design Aglow set you up for success in workflow, planning, marketing, and your unique “big picture” goals every single day.

Start planning with The Big Picture on any day you wish, with a clean design that allows you to fill in your own dates for 2014 / 2015 and beyond. Once you’ve personalized The Big Picture with your choice of cover and other customizable components, keep yourself accountable by joining The Big Picture Facebook community and enjoying our time management newsletters, motivational content, and additional downloads for your planner for the next 18 months, all included with your purchase.

The Big Picture includes:
• 40 printable 8.5×11” PDF planner pages to assemble in your choice of binder
• Customizable, layered Photoshop & InDesign files to completely change the colors, text, and overall look
• 16 page how-to tutorial, Setting Yourself Up for Success, guides you through our proven method of transforming your goals into achievements
• Our favorite ideas for customization and best practices
• Productivity tips for getting more done, in less time
• Innovative design that allows you to begin the planner on any day of the year
• 8 sections to keep you flawlessly organized and on task: Daily & Weekly Planner, Monthly Planner, Contacts, Workflow, Marketing, Financial, Inspiration & Education, and Notes & Ideas
• 3 unique and customizable cover options
• 6 smart marketing and goal achieving worksheets for strategic planning
• Cut lines on corners of the pages keep today easily accessible
• Inspirational, educational newsletters with bonus content, updates and worksheets for the remainder of 2014
• FREE BONUS: Access to The 2014 / 2015 Big Picture private Facebook community to keep you on track and supported.

Buy your Big Picture today, then email us for the bonus access to our private BIG PICTURE: Planning for Studio & Personal Success community on Facebook. To join, reply to your receipt email with your Facebook name AND include the email address you use to to sign in on Facebook, then look for our invite within 2 business days.

Get ready to achieve your goals every single day of 2014 and beyond!

CATEGORIES: The Big Picture Planner

Blog & Print Layouts: Geo Modern

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Get ready to implement stylish branding into your workflow, without sacrificing smart business practices! Show off a unique modern look and delight your clients with our new Geo Modern Blog & Print Layouts, a collection of 16 fresh collages complete with unique sizing and versatile watermarks to prevent sneaky right clicks.

These thoughtfully designed geometric templates will add visual excitement to your blog and marketing materials, creating a buzz that will draw new customers and get your existing clients excited to see (and purchase products from!) the rest of their session.

Print these designs as big as you like… use for album pages, framed prints, or even giant size canvases, our products are meant to be 100% versatile for any project you can imagine.

Click here to check them out in the shop with introductory pricing today!

Special thanks to Hatch Photography, Kallima Photography, Katch Studios, Rachel Devine Photography and Milou + Olin Photography for the lovely images in our samples.

CATEGORIES: Design Templates

clean and simple packaging for your photography studio

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Today Maria of Camomint Photography shares her recent packaging success, “For my packaging I was looking for clean and simple design, just as templates that Design Aglow offers. I always felt a bit sad looking at the packaging photos Design Aglow provided, understanding that once I get a template I will have a headache of where and how to print it. So when Design Aglow offered a Packaging Starter Kit, I knew I had to get one.

This is my first attempt to use Design Aglow packaging. At first I was going to use only a small welcome folder, since it has these nice little compartments on the sides. I put a Thank you note in one of them, and referral cards in another. Prints fit wonderfully in the middle. After I got the folder set up, I’ve realized, that it perfectly fits into 8″x10″ charcoal print box and looks much more worthwhile.

I like that the welcome folder has two small pockets, in which a Thank you note and referral cards fit nicely. I really didn’t want them to be lost among the prints. I like that the client has to open it, and take some time to see, what’s inside, check all the pockets and enjoy getting all the small gifts out.

I like the print box, because it’s not too thick. It is perfect for prints or a welcome folder wrapped in tissue paper.

I like the variety of boxes Design Aglow offers. They are good quality, clean and simple. Various thickness and sizes allow you to choose the perfect option! And since there is logo embossing offered, well, this is my number one packaging choice! It is not so easy to find the perfect packaging. I’m so happy that there is someone out there creating just exactly what I’m wishing for! Thank you!

Thanks for sharing, Maria! We love your approach and are so happy for your success. Enjoy your $75 shopping spree on us~

Have you created something awesome with Design Aglow products? Feel free to send us images here. If we feature it on the blog you’ll get a $75 shopping spree at Design Aglow!

CATEGORIES: Marketing, Paper Shop, Success Stories

how a photographer sells frames to 75% of her clients, the easy way

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Gorgeous, modern photography deserves an equally gorgeous, modern display. Design Aglow believes that there is great value–both for your clients’ walls, and your business–in selling a polished final product. We understand that professional wedding and portrait photographers need sleek frames to enhance their clients’ imagery, and simple solutions for selling those frames to their clientele. Our frame shop offers both. We provide affordable, California-made frames to elegantly present your finished work, and support them with resources to help you earn additional revenue on every sale, with minimal work.

Elizabeth of Elizabeth Clark Photography shares, “When Design Aglow debuted their Frame Shop last year, I was immediately intrigued. I knew there was a desire from clients to have me frame their pieces, but I couldn’t figure out a financial and time-efficient way to deliver what they wanted. But I had a feeling that these frames would work really well, and I was right!

For my sample walls I used two grab-and-go wall collections – one in Gold Bella and one in Barn Grey Woodworks. I also use the Frame Shop Catalog & Lookbook, which I printed through MagCloud. All the frames along the wall are for two client orders that I am about to fill!

Since putting them up on my studio walls and creating a catalog from the downloadable template, I have sold frame collections at 75% of my client sales meetings. I have also used some for my own home. Selling these has allowed my clients to receive a product ready for the wall, instead of having to do the extra step of going to a framer themselves or settling for mounted prints (most of my clients tend to like the more traditional look of prints matted in frames, which is my personal favorite display option for photographic art as well).

One little sales tactic I use with these frames – I only sell them in sets of three or as the other pre-made wall collections. This way, I don’t have extra frames sitting in storage… but even better than that, I get more images up on my clients’ walls. All of my sessions are taken with the goal to tell a story, and I mention that putting up frames in a triptych or collection is the best way to do this in a home. It has worked so far!”

Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth! We love your approach and are so happy for your success. Enjoy your $75 shopping spree on us~

Have you created something awesome with Design Aglow products? Feel free to send us images here. If we feature it on the blog you’ll get a $75 shopping spree at Design Aglow!

CATEGORIES: Frame Shop, Success Stories

Photographers: Let’s Create Your Very Own Custom Packaging

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So many photographers have been asking for it…..and today, we are happy to announce the Design Aglow Paper Shop is now offering beautiful, affordable, custom embossing for our entire modular line of eco luxe photo boxes, bags, and presentation envelopes!

That’s right, friends. We are up and running and even offering you a sweet deal to get started today. For the next 7 days, you can create a free custom studio die ($50 value) with your first embossing purchase of $50 or more. Your custom die will allow us to customize all of your packaging in the future, with your very own studio name or logo.

Have questions? Learn what embossing is, how it’s different from letterpress, and how you can get all your packaging embossed for one low price in our Embossing FAQ Guide.

Ready to create your free studio logo die ($50 value) for free? It’s easy (and fast too)!

1. Add the Embossing Starter Package to your cart

2. Add any products (bags, boxes, folders) you would like embossed to your cart. The Embossing Starter Package includes unlimited embossing for your first order, so add to your heart’s content! You can also add non-embossable products like tissue and ribbon.

3. Apply code “EMBOSS” during checkout. This code will discount your order by $50, making the creation of your die absolutely FREE!
(note: the code will only work if you have the Embossing Starter Package in your cart)

Ready? Click here to get started and create your own custom luxe packaging today!

CATEGORIES: Paper Shop, What's New & What's Hot

Design Aglow brings home FIVE Hot One Awards for 2014!

We are so excited.

The Design Aglow Paper Shop AND The Design Aglow Frame Shop have both been recognized by PPA’s Professional Photographer magazine as 2014 Hot One award winners for the categories of photography packaging and framing. Woohoo!!

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Given to products that exhibit “exceptional quality, innovation, design and performance as judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts,” Hot One Awards represent the best of the business, and we’re honored to be recognized as such.

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Additionally, the Design Aglow Posing Guide has also won for best photography book. If you have not already snagged a copy, you can grab it on Amazon or in your local bookstore. We are super proud of it.

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The Modern Minimalist Studio Magazine won the studio marketing category! This is a fantastic marketing asset, professionally written and designed, to be used in print or online.

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And finally, our Modern Minimalist Welcome Packet won for best presentation template. We are so happy to have this Design Aglow original product recognized as the critical resource it is for thousands of pro photographers around the world.

Giant thanks again, to PPA’s Professional Photographer Magazine for recognizing our hard work and efforts! Like PPA, we aim to support photographers with a myriad of exceptional resources and elevate our industry to the highest possible level.

We are going to celebrate with some ice cream now~

CATEGORIES: Design Templates, Frame Shop, News, Paper Shop
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