The BEST studio planner just got even better

Posted on November 18, 2014


2015 is your year to organize and achieve! Turn your ideas and goals into actionable accomplishments with our simple and effective system for getting things done.

Other planners on the market just don’t take into account the specific needs of photographers and their businesses. Our expanded 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! Use this planner in 2015, and set yourself up for success for many years to come.

With a 100% customizable format, start planning with The Big Picture right away, for a fresh design that allows you to fill in your own dates for any year. What’s more, we’ve even added new features for 2015, including all new covers and daily pages, successful marketing resources, blog and social trackers, and a bucket list for everything from daring travel to tiramisu.

Then, once you’ve personalized The Big Picture with your choice of cover and other customizable components, keep yourself accountable by joining our exclusive 2015 Big Picture Facebook community, included with your purchase!

The Big Picture at a glance:

  • 40+ printable and fully customizable PDF pages (binder not included)
  • 16 page how-to tutorial, Setting Yourself Up for Success, guides you through our proven method of transforming your goals into achievements
  • Dozens of smart tips for living more productively
  • 8 brilliantly designed sections tailored for today’s professional photographer: Daily & Weekly Planner, Monthly Planner, Contacts, Workflow, Marketing, Financial, Resources, Inspiration, and Notes
  • 3 unique, brandable cover options
  • 6 smart worksheets for strategic planning: plot your Big Picture goals, goal actions, annual marketing goals, current and future marketing campaigns, social media tracking, and website & blog analytics
  • And so much more...

New for 2015:

  • All new cover pages with quotes and images
  • Updated Blog & Social trackers
  • 2016 Year At A Glance
  • Expanded 2-Page Week-At-A-Glance
  • My Bucket List Page
  • Extra Daily Page option (with To-Do & Personal sections)

BONUS: Access to the exclusive 2014 Design Aglow Big Picture private Facebook community to keep you on track, motivated and supported 24/7

Click here to get your own Big Picture Planner and get organized today!

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Win a Seat to the Develop Retreat!

Posted on November 14, 2014


A unique three-day photography retreat for women hosted by Kat Theis of Mustard Seed Photography and Katie Lamb Photography, designed for photographers who are looking to transform their business, develop meaningful client experiences, and strengthen their brand - all while creating a strong sense of community among their fellow creatives. 

January’s workshop has a new and unique focus, diving heavily into the business side of our industry. Our retreat will uncover all of the hidden challenges we face when we are not behind the camera. From profit to pricing to taxes and savings, this exclusive retreat is perfect for any photographer looking to transform their business into a profitable profession.  With group activities, breakout sessions, games, brainstorming, lots of informative speakers and so much more – no stone will be left unturned during these exciting three days!

WORKSHOP DATES: January 10th through 12th, 2015

LOCATION: Hardy Bottom Ranch in New Waverly, Texas

Nestled between acres of Texas countryside and a picturesque tree farm, the New Waverly Ranch House offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Texas landscape. With plenty of rolling plains and rustic scenery to make any photographers heart flutter – it is the perfect home for 2015′s Develop Retreat – Business Edition.

GIVEAWAY: One lucky winner will gain free entry to attend this incredible workshop - A $1500 value, including all meals and sleeping accommodations. (Transportation costs to the retreat not included.)

TO ENTER: Contest is now closed.

CONGRATULATIONS to Lynzy Coughlin of Sparkling Footsteps Photography for winning the free seat to the Develop Retreat! Enjoy!

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Follow Design Aglow on Instagram and be inspired!

Posted on November 12, 2014

For almost a decade, Design Aglow is staying deliciously and delightfully ahead of the times. And while our methods and products are still setting the standard for smart business and design, we’re continually driven to providing the quality, service and value we’ve been celebrated for as an industry leader for years.

Thanks to overwhelming feedback, we’re even sharing the 411 from the 503 (our Portland headquarters!) with your very own backstage pass to what we’re up to behind the scenes. Whether we’re setting up photo shoots, peeking in on industry events or discovering new inspiration (and culinary adventures), join us on Instagram and let us inspire you toward a few of your own!

Our Instagram feed aims to put a smile on your face and the love of the photo business in your heart. #smile #wevegotthis #instagram #designaglow

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Congratulations to our Baby Week 2014 Image Contest winners!

Posted on November 10, 2014

Design Aglow's Baby Week 2014 has come to a close and we are thrilled to have received over a thousand entries in our inspiring image contest!

Design Aglow chose the final winners based on originality, composition and technique, while also taking number of votes into account.

See our top 3 winners below, as well as some of our favorite images that deserve an honorable mention for making us smile big.

Grand Prize: Brianna Shortreed ($300)
2nd Place: Andrea Martin Photography ($200)
3rd Place: Kim Hildebrand ($100)

If you are one of our three lucky winners, please contact us at to claim your Design Aglow gift certificate!

Honorable Mentions:
Image Credit (left column, top to bottom): Jamie Nourallah, Angie Menos, Melanie Ludlow, Jeanni Dunagan, Linda Otterstedt, Jennifer Lee Heap, Natalie Adams, Jody Crane, Robyn Kilponen, Beth Carter Photography, Rya Duncklee, (right column, top to bottom): Peta Nikel Photography, Kristen Beinke, E Schmidt Photography, Lora Moy, Keren Vered, Elizabeth Reeves, Johanna Mcshan, Melanie Carlo, Aubrie-Legault

In case you missed all of our featured interviews, studio tour and new Baby Plan, Baby Announcements and more, simply scroll back in our blog, or come over to our Facebook page or Instagram feed! Big thanks to all who made #BabyWeek2014 a big success~ let’s do it again next year!

Looking for more inspiration? Sign up for the Design Aglow Newsletter to receive an instant download of our Success Guide, Flawless Client Communications: Best Practices for When Things Go South. 
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Design Aglow's Baby Week 2014: Meet Allison Corrin

Posted on November 10, 2014

It’s bittersweet, but like all good things Baby Week 2014 has to come to an end. To conclude our roundup of the most inspirational baby photographers in the industry, we’re thrilled to have Allison Corrin with us.

And, if you haven’t entered the Design Aglow Baby Week 2014 Image Contest yet, today is the last day! Submit your three most creative baby images now on Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #BabyWeek2014. You’ll be entered to win one of three Design Aglow shopping sprees. (Click here for more info.)

Hi Allison, how did you get started in photography?
The hubs and I fell in love and got married as dreaming twenty-one year olds and, in a way, have grown up together over the years. It’s not been a perfect journey, but the valleys have made the peaks just that much more worthwhile. Days with our four littles, Ellie, Tristan, Judah and Lucy, are equally as loud as exhausting as exhilarating as humorous as humbling. I share a great number of these stories here.

Photography has always been a part of my life, my way to savor the simple, as far back as filling rolls upon rolls of film, even if it was just the hundreds of dollars I spent for the disposable cardboard boxes that housed them, swirling them in coldness, peering through the filmy liquid for that moment when the expressions, the emotions, the details become tangible.

And, yet, when I became a momma, my passion for this immortalization of our memories deepened as I began to more deeply see the fleeting nature of the things that make each of our lives so uniquely beautiful…the creamed up coffee, steam floating softly into the untouched morning, the fresh mornings’ first rays singing of the the purest sense of new beginning. I felt so much more deeply the precious nature of barefoot muddy toes in the summer’s warmth and in the crispest of winters, cozy fireplace blazes under piled worn blankets next to the one who knows how to hold you just right. I began to realize the significance of the “in between moments of life”…the gooey homemade cookies scorching eager lips, the Elizabeth Mitchell melodies played loudly in an afternoon needing redemption, freshly cut flowers, dew still lingering and the stacks and stacks of richly vibrant children’s books we’ve all heard since our youth and now read out loud again and again, the finger-running tousle through the locks you nuzzle in, breathing the loveliness of what only you two share. See, my hope is not just to snap a quick photo of bodies posed, eyes pointed forward, but to let my lens share the words of a story only you can write, the story of your one beautiful life.

Tell us you approach a newborn session.
I want a newborn session to feel like what those first few magical days feel like. Sleepless nights and exhausted days have run together into one symphony of newness.

What is your typical newborn session flow like?
I like to begin with a few simple poses with just baby. I have parents feed their baby while I am setting up. This first hour or so I spend with them allows me to connect, hear the birth story, sometimes crying along with them. We bond over the simple joys, confusing doubts, answered prayers and creeping fears we all pass through as new mothers. Then, I spend time with any siblings. Typically I will ask parents to give us some time together and many times they will peek in on us, but I love to keep it quiet, gentle and low key by working with them individually and capturing their wonder and tenderness. Lastly, I help them cozy as a family in areas with beautiful natural light or otherwise how their space lends itself to authentic connection and great story-telling.

Any tips for photographing newborns in an authentic, lifestyle way?
My newborn photography has been a journey but the more I've watched my own children grow, the more appreciation I have for the simple. I love soft neutrals and cozy textures and soft backlit situations make my heart sing, but my greatest joy is capturing their wrinkly fuzzy tenderness that will never again be the same.

How do you prepare the family for investing in products like albums, wall galleries and larger items?
Another reason I love working with babies first individually is it allows me to hold conversations with them about how they will display their finished portraits. I keep an eye on how they utilize art and photographs in their home and love to discuss what they are drawn to in dreaming of the images I will give them. All of this help me create photographs that will be even more meaningful to them as they will suit the way they hope and plan to cherish them.

What are your favorite products to sell for newborn sessions?
I love gallery walls. I have several in my own home. I love anything that presents itself to story-telling and I believe displaying photographs in groups allows you to reminisce the joys and memories of the life you've built every time you pass by them.

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