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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

streamline your design process

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Crafting beautiful designs from scratch takes time and energy that you could be dedicating to other important areas of your business, so why not let us do the work for you? Jessie of J. Passon Artistic Portraiture shares, “When I saw the Hand Lettered Posters I loved them at first sight and thought of at least 10 ways I could use them. I have been dragging my feet on designing cards for a new referral program I am creating and the Hand Lettered Posters were just what I needed for the extra push to accomplish my goal. I created a 4×5.5 card and on one side was able to put just one image with one of the Hand Lettered Poster sayings. On the back of the card I created a gift certificate and used a couple elements from the Client Care Cards to bring in some of my branding style and colors.

The words from the Hand Lettered Posters are perfect for any image and I think having the combo of the words and one image makes a powerful statement about my style and brand. These cards will go to new prospective clients so it was important to communicate and keep consistent the style and branding of my work and studio.

I was able to design the cards and have them ordered in a short amount of time. Rather than dreading the design process for these cards, it came to me so fast once I knew which of the Hand Lettered Posters I wanted to use. Right now I am getting ready to send several cards out and I know my clients and prospective clients will love them! Thanks again Design Aglow for giving my creative juices a little fuel and tools I need to pull together my vision.”

Thank you for sharing, Jessie! Enjoy your $75 shopping spree on us~

Have you created anything lately from 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: Success Stories

the time to get organized is now!

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Are you struggling to stay organized and achieve your goals? With a 100% customizable format, start planning with The Big Picture Planner on any day you wish, with a fresh design that allows you to fill in your own dates for any year.

Anita Cheung of Rhythm Photography shares, “I knew I needed to get organized and get my workflow down pat and The Big Picture Planner came at just the right time! I was floored when I saw this planner and I just had to have it! For the past two years I’ve been struggling to come up with an action and yearly plan because honestly, I just didn’t know where and how to start!

I was so excited when I got this planer that the first thing I did was to search through my sea of images to find ones that I could use to customize the planner. I selected images from my honeymoon to Maldives because I wanted the planner to bring me peace and serenity and also to remind myself of my traveling goals (hence motivating me to work harder and smarter).

What I love best about the Big Picture Planner is the Daily Section! I love being able to create my to-do list and physically cross it off so that I can see what I have accomplished each day. It keeps me accountable and I’m always motivated to work harder just to be able to ‘cross off’ the next item on the list! The Workflow Section is awesome because that’s where I organize my client contracts and I can see the deliverables that are still outstanding. The Big Picture Planner is basically what I reach for first each morning and the last item I put down just before heading to bed!

The Big Picture Planner has guided me through this process and I feel so much better now that I have a solid action plan for 2014! My daily workflow is now so much more efficient and I can actually keep track of my progress easily! 2014 will be an awesome year thanks to Design Aglow!”

Thank you for sharing, Anita! Enjoy your $75 shopping spree on us~

Have you created anything lately from 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: Success Stories, The Big Picture Planner

organizing your business (and personal) life

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One of the keys to a successful studio is staying organized behind the scenes. It’s easier than ever with The Big Picture Planner. Sonia of Sonia Bourdon Photography shares, “I love this planner so much it’s crazy!!! I’ve been using this planner since January and this is an amazing tool for me. I am so organized now, which is wonderful because organization doesn’t come naturally to me at all! I have already accomplished so many of my goals that I planned for this year and I have to say it is in part because of this planner. I also love it because it’s a cute binder with my pictures in it and I can bring it everywhere. I made some changes in the sections, like turning the contact section into my blog schedule. The thing I love most about this tool is now that all my stuff is in the binder I don’t have to look everywhere to find what I need. Thanks Design Aglow, you seriously rock my world!!”

Thank you for sharing, Sonia! Enjoy your $75 shopping spree on us~

Have you created anything lately from 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: Success Stories, The Big Picture Planner

modern minimalist wedding invitation & packaging

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The ability to use a template for a multitude of projects is one of the things our customers love about Design Aglow templates! Rya Boyce of ryaphotos shares, “I love using the Design Aglow templates for my personal use as much as I do for my business. When searching for the perfect destination wedding invitation for my own wedding, it made perfect sense to incorporate some creative ideas from my Design Aglow arsenal. One of my favorite features of the Design Aglow templates is the ability to mix and match ideas and styles to suit your needs. I used a variety of Design Aglow’s templates to create a unique destination wedding invitation suited exactly to my taste. To give guests wedding day details and destination information, I used the 8-page brochure template from the Modern Minimalist Marketing Suite. I wanted to present my wedding invitations in an organized way so that guests could easily refer back to their packet in the months leading up to the wedding to help answer any questions they may have so I packaged it all up neatly using the small white welcome folders from the Design Aglow Paper Shop, then sealed the package with a sticker I created using a template from the Modern Minimalist Packaging Accessories.

Creation was a breeze and it suits my style and gives our guests a taste of what their wedding experience will feel like. I couldn’t love the new Modern Minimalist suite of products more. It not only conveys exactly the brand identity that I want my clients to associate with ryaphotos, but it transfers to my personal style as well- making the Design Aglow Modern Minimalist product suite the perfect fit for me and my business. And I was THRILLED when the Design Aglow Paper Shop opened up! I had been searching for a one-stop-shop for all of my marketing and packaging needs forever! Wait is over. Design Aglow rocks!! Thank you! Thank you!

Since some of my invited guests are also studio clients, I love that my wedding invitation carries the same clean, modern, professional look as my brand. Wedding guests are going crazy over my invites using phrases like “Your wedding invite is flipping amazing!!”. Thank you Design Aglow for constantly helping me set my studio (and now my personal style) apart from the rest! I will use your products ’til the end!!”

Thanks for sharing, Rya! Enjoy your $75 shopping spree on us~

Have you created anything lately for your clients from 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: Success Stories

want to be featured on the design aglow blog?

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BECOME A DESIGN AGLOW SUCCESS STORY CONTRIBUTOR!

Want to be featured on the Design Aglow blog in all of your creative glory? Well we want to feature you and love to see what you are creating with our products!

Please send your 8h x12w @ 72 dpi images of finished products to us here. If you have more than one image, we would like you to put it in a zipped folder before you upload. The best part? If we use your images on the blog, you will receive a $75 credit.

Here are some great tips for successful product photos:

• use good, natural light, a simple background and avoid glares
• prop up flat pieces, like cards, instead of laying them flat on a table
• use a variety of angles and crops
• sharp, sharp, sharp, sharp. oh, did we say sharp?
• avoid using too many props; some props can add a nice pop of color, but products can get lost very fast with tons of props

We can’t wait to see what you have to show us. Get sharing!

(Images courtesy of Austyn Elizabeth Photography. Learn more about this success story here!)

CATEGORIES: News, Success Stories
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