We are thrilled to announce the new Face of Design Aglow! Over the past three weeks, we have received over 100 submissions from inspired photographers from around the planet in response to our Face of Design Aglow and Ultimate Studio Makeover competition. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, your beautiful images and your kind words. We loved “meeting” all of you! It was no easy task for our team, but we have selected a winner. Drumroll…….
Say Hello to April Zelenka, the new Face of Design Aglow!
Name: April Zelenka
Location: Madison, WI
Website URL: aprilviolet.com
About April: Hello! I'm a graphic designer by weekday and wedding photography by weekend. I'm an antique hunter, flea market fanatic, and creative junkie. I never leave my house without my sketchbook or my camera. When I was 14 I was diagnosed with a heart condition and became an advocate and media spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Being able to share my story with other people was one of greatest privileges and experiences. I love to share my journey of ups and downs, hopes and dreams of my photography business. The past three years have been a roller coaster of emotions and tough decisions, but I'm learning as I go. My passion for photography and being creative runs deep in my veins and each day I learn something new. I aim to be an open book to struggles and successes of a young ambitious business owner. And yes, I may crack a few jokes along the way. I pride myself in being pretty funny :-).
How long have you been a professional photographer? 3 years
Favorite Design Aglow product: Modern Minimalist Welcome Packet
If you could shoot anywhere in the world, where would it be: Ireland. On the cliffside. At dusk.
Dogs or cats: Dogs. Big dogs!
Where do you see yourself in one year: There have been quite a few changes in the past year. I bought a house. I quit a job that restricted creative freedom. I discovered a love of iced coffee & muffins. I became a godmother to the sweetest little girl. With all of the said, I'm ready to make some more changes in life, especially in my business. I'd love to plan out the next year so I can do wedding photography full-time and make a profit! I love my job as a graphic designer, but more so I love working with my brides & grooms! I am a hopeless romantic after all. In a year I hope to have a gorgeous website full of amazing blog content, have pricing I can feel confident in, and create work that I truly feel proud of. I want to kick self doubt to the curb! It's much easier said than done, but one day at a time.
As our way thanking April for jumping on board as our featured photographer, avatar, and all-around go-to up and coming pro photographer, we are investing in her success. She will be receiving this fantastic Ultimate Studio Makeover courtesy of some of the best brands in our business:
Design Aglow —
• Shopping Spree at designaglow.com ($1000)
• Frame Shop Show & Sell Kit ($100)
• Prophoto Blogsite Design ($85)
• Paper Shop Packaging Starter Kit ($35)
• Design Aglow Profile Picture for at least one year (priceless!)
Clickin Moms —
• 2 year Subscription to Click Magazine ($30)
• 6 month Clickin Moms Forum Membership ($30)
• 1 Click Away Registration ($399) Kelly Moore Bag —
• (1) Kelly Moore Bag (up to $249) Preveal —
• Preveal iOS App ($75)
• Salesographer ($129)
• Lab Credit ($250)
• (1) 12×12 Sample Playbook album with 10 spreads/20 page sides ($100)
• (1) 11×14 Sample Marilyn Image Box with 10 Matted Lustre Prints ($100)
• (2) 8×10 Fine Art Xhibit Prints mounted in 11×14 mats ($100)
Holdfast Gear —
• Camera Strap
The Define School —
• Choice of any (1) class in the month of September (up to $400 value)
And meet our Honorable Mention Photographers, who we thought demonstrated lots of inspiration, talent, and overall awesomeness. Each will receive a $75 shopping spree to the Design Aglow Shop.
Pictured: Sam Anglin, Kara Mercer, Kelly Bowie, Karissa Van Tassel, Mary Schiavoni, Amanda Long, Erin Schmidt, Erika Blackwell, Brittny Debonis, and Shelby Schmidt Again, thanks to all who participated! We are blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community of artists and innovators. Cheers To Your Success!
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.
Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What was your road like to becoming a photographer?
Hello! I am a portrait photographer based south of Boston, MA. My passion is capturing mothers and their growing families. Maternity and newborn portraits are the foundation of my business, and I also capture baby milestones, children, and families. Fun fact: I returned the diamond earrings my husband bought me for our first Christmas as a married couple to buy a digital camera.