What an amazing, amazing grand opening!!! I am overwhelmed with the wonderful response I have gotten since the store opened up! I have literally been working non stop on new products every week, working on lots of custom business & marketing sets (waitlist is now 3 weeks), and completing even more headband orders... not to mention trying to keep up with my own sessions and editing! It's been a lot of work, but I am so thankful that everyone has had so many great things to say... really makes all those hard weeks leading up to the opening TOTALLY worth it! So, thank you SO much for making my launch 10 times better than I thought it would be!
Take a look at some of the new products that have been put in the store since launch:
I'm trying to add items every week, but there is only so much time in each day! I'm starting to work on some image boxes, more business sets, logo's, and these ADORABLE storyboards... oh, I wish I could share, I think these storyboards will be one of my favorite products ever! So cute :) Hopefully in a couple of weeks I will have them all ready to go!
In the meantime.... I do have a set of DVD/CD Single Cases ready to go in the shop this coming Monday! Since I'm so happy with how they have come out, I decided I would give away a couple of sets prior to their release!
There are 4 different designs, 6 cases total. Since a couple of the designs aren't gender neutral, I figured I would go ahead and offer both the girl and boy versions! Also, they are totally customizable, you could always recolor them yourself to match your branding or colors from your session, your clients nursery colors, etc!!! AND, I normally offer the PSD files only, but this time I went ahead and made a PNG file that is Photoshop Elements compatible! Simply drag the file into PSE, place photo under the image window, then add your text, flatten and send right to the lab! Super easy :) You wanna win a set?
Here are the details:
#1 Become a fan of Corina Nielsen Designs & Photography on Facebook if you aren't already. I post lots of coupons, specials, and announce all of my promotions and giveaways there, so its the best place to keep track of "me"!
As if I wasn't busy enough, I busted out my glue gun, some feathers, tulle, and some silk last week and this is what I came up with:
I kinda fell in love with them, especially after I got to test drive them on baby Maddie here, how squishy and adorable is she?!!! I had first intended the headbands to be used only for newborns, but thanks to the wonderful world of Facebook, I received lots of requests for little AND big girl headbands too.
All sizes will be available on August 5th in the store, BUT I have decided to do a pre-release on them this Sunday (August 1) and you will be able to purchase them as a bundled set OR individually at a special introductory price!!! These 4 colors shown are the first to be released (dark pink, rose, teal, and gold). I have 4 other colors in the same style releasing the following week in yellow, gray, ivory, and maroon!
So... who is up for a giveaway? Wanna win ALL 4 of these headbands shown here?
Here is how YOU can win a set of NEWBORN headbands:
Choose any FOUR colors you want!
#1: Become a fan of Corina Nielsen Designs & Photography on Facebook. I will be giving away lots of coupons, announcing all of my promotions and giveaways, and will be having more session giveaways therefirst so this is the best place to stay in the loop! (not mandatory, but posting on your Facebook account will give you another chance to win- 3 chances total)
#2 Follow me on Twitter (not mandatory, but posting on Twitter will give you another chance to win- 3 chances total)
#3 And here are your 3 chances! Go to your blog, Facebook account, and/or Twitter account and post the following:
I want to win these adorable headbands from Corina Nielsen Photography & Designs– win at www.corina.typepad.com by @corinanielsen
Post the URL(s) to your link(s) in the comments for THISENTRY. Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 31, 2010
You can enter up to THREE times total – one entry each per blog / Facebook / Twitter account. Please post each link separately!!!
Please come back HERE and post your URL's (please note that if you have a private blog or it is password protected, those entries will NOT count. Only post links to valid URL's that I can verify! Also, duplicate links will be removed.
Comments on THIS entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by www.random.org and the winner will be contacted within 24 hours of contest’s and will be asked for the snail maid addy and shipping info!
I was totally shocked that I received such a wonderful response from my MOO Mini Cards and stickers shown HERE! I mean, I really loved how they came out, but I didn't think anyone else would love them as much as me! Apparently, a few other people thought they were pretty neat... I was even asked for them to be featured in a couple of places (will have to chat more about that later though :) )! Anyways, after I posted them on Flickr, nobody really posted any comments BUT I had a ton of traffic on my websites and some Flickr/Emails... I couldn't believe it!
One of the emails I received came from Mark (you have to check out his gorgeous work). He loved my MOO stuff so much, he asked for a set just like mine... what a wonderful feeling I had! I created this set for him which is fairly similar to mine, just a few tweaks here and there:
and the coordinating sticker set:
Luckily, Mark liked what I came up with and has already placed his order with MOO! I have decided that this set will also go up for sale in the store on July 14th when it officially opens :) If you are interested in purchasing this set or a set of your own before the site opens, please contact me at customdesigns AT corinanielsen DOT com.
And on to the giveaways!!!!!!! First up we have the winner of my photo session! I know that quite a few people had posted the giveaway on their Facebook profiles and Twitter... I tried to personally contact as many of you as I could to make sure you also left the comment here with a link or at least post on my blog where you linked, but not everyone came back to do that. Unfortunately, since the "rules" were to come back to my blog post to link, I have to be fair to the others :(
So, the winner of my 1st Session Giveaway is.....
and that means...... Marcia Lopez YOU are the official winner!!!! I will be in contact with you in the next couple of days to talk about the details :)
And now the winner of the Pretty Presets HUGE giveaway! I cannot tell you how exciting is was to see all of those entries and comments about the handful of products I have in the store (since I have only uploaded about 1/4 of the total products and no photog stuff yet). I woke up every morning, went straight to Laura's site and read the comments that were left! I got out of bed feeling so happy and ready to start my day! I wish I was able to share ALL of the pro photog products that will be sold... it's been killing me not being able to show them off lol! They are coming... soon!!!!!
The official winner of the Custom Business Set is......
Katherine Forbes!!!!!!!! Congrats!!! You can go ahead and email me at customdesigns AT corinanielsen DOT com and if I haven't heard from you by the end of the week, I will track ya down to discuss your set! I really look forward to working on your business set and helping you take your business to the next level!
Thank you to EVERYONE who entered... your comments really made me smile and really gave me extra pushes to get more products finished for the launch! I appreciate all of the kind words about the products that are currently in the store and hope you join me when the site officially launched on July 14th!
To show my appreciation to everyone that entered the contest giveaway, I will be offering a 20% off coupon to all of Laura's Pretty Presets readers! It can be used anytime from now until August 31st and is good on everything except the following:
special use licenses
custom design work
Everything else is fair game :) The coupon code to use is:
I am also opening up my wait list for custom business sets... for more details, you can go HERE! Regular price on these sets will be $425 (logo not incuded), but Pretty Preset readers WILL receive a 10% DISCOUNT (total will the be $382.50!!!) but must book and make a deposit by July 14th when the store opens and the regular wait list opens!!!
Thanks again and a special congrats to Katherine! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!!
In the midst of designing and my brain running wild with ideas, I have also had a few sessions that I am trying to catch up on! I think I am almost caught up, just a few hundred more images and I will be good, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel anyways... until Friday that is when I have another maternity session! I wanted to share a few of my favorite images from my last picture party a couple of weeks ago.
I LOVE picture parties! Of course, I love all my sessions but picture parties are great because I get to see a big handful of kiddos at one time! They are always so different and I never know what to expect, but they are always such a blast! Anyways, I picked a few favorites from one I did in San Diego:
Meet these beauties... Naima, Alice, and Patricio!
And Maya, Lucian, and Alexis!
Too cute..... some of the images I got this day have officially made it to my all time favorite's! Can't wait for my next one :)
Oh and while I am here, if you are interested in a custom business set, take a trip over to the Pretty Presets blog HERE for some info and a treat! I just happen to be sponsoring a little something with Laura!