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TFBM Magazine Issue 3 is LIVE

I invite you to come enjoy issue 3 of TFBM Magazine Spring 2014: The Photography Issue!

I couldn’t be more proud of an issue!  This is the prettiest issue yet as it is focused on product and fashion photography.  Whether you are a designer looking for tips on how to take photos for a line launch, a photographer looking for information on shooting an editorial, or a model looking for posing tips to show off product this issue has something for everyone!

AND I haven’t forgotten my followers that just appreciate the work of independent designers and love the opportunity to shop unique designs.  The online version of the magazine is FREE and all the company names have live links to take you directly to their shops!

Come see for yourself and don’t forget to let me know what you think.  🙂  CLICK HERE OR ON THE COVER BELOW


TFBM Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2014


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Fashion Freeze TFBM Magazine Editorial

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From Issue 2 of TFBM Magazine
Photography by Tawny Horton Photography
Clothing by Designs by Olga Assayah for Zaiya Collection

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Come view the full magazine HERE                                             VISIT US ON FACEBOOK!

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It’s here! The first Issue of TFBM Magazine is online!

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I am thrilled to bring you all my first issue of TFBM MAG! This magazine is packed with gorgeous editorials featuring independent designers (kids and adults), industry articles to help designers run a successful business, and shopping guides to encourage people to shop indie! The magazine is fully interactive so you can click away to designers shops and to industry sites!

Here is the mobile friendly link to check it out! Enjoy and if you want to be involved in the next issue please see the back cover for details.

BONUS For the first issue launch there is also a $500 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway!

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Designer Call Out: Beauty of Movement

I am very excited to share this opportunity with my followers!   Kimberly Hicks photography is starting a beauty of movement photography series.  In this series she is capturing the beauty of movement using dancers and fashion.  She has photographed two sessions so far and you can see them on her blog but here is a peek.
Skirts by Amanda Rose Studios
DESIGNER CALL OUT:  Kimberly is looking to work with designers to create long and short dresses that capture the beauty of the dancer as well as the clothing.  She wants to use spring and summer colors. They can be patterned or solid.  Her next model is a 12 year old girl.  Other models will be casted based on designer sign ups, women, teens and children can be casted.
This will be a trade for photos project.  Here is from Kimberly’s own mouth what she will provide in return:  I will give credit to the designer in every image that I post on Facebook and I will write about his/her loveliness on my blog as well. The designer will have access to the entire gallery and will be able to download all of them images. I will include both action and still shots so that the designer will have images that are not only the dancer jumping but also product photos that can be used to sell items in a shop.
If you are interested in designing or sending clothing for this project please email Kimberly at
My name is Kimberly Hicks from Kimberly Hicks Photography. I’ve been in the photography business for about 2 years now. I specialize in general portraits, seniors, engagements, bridals, and weddings. I have been taking pictures for about 4 years now and have fallen in love with creating art. It has been my creative outlet and my passion. I’m located in Fayetteville, Arkansas and do portraits all throughout the state of Arkansas.

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Photog/Designer Spotlight Galpin Studios

I met Ampy of Galpin Studios last year online.  She invited me to take part in her annual holiday giveaway.  One of the best.  I am currently taking part in this year’s and you can check it out and enter here:
Then come back and read my interview with Galpin Studios.
What is your primary focus in photography (types of photography/subjects?events?etc.)
 My Primary focus is faces. I love faces, big , small faces, wee faces, all faces!  I photography them to capture their beauty.  My favorite face is a newborn face, whether sleeping or awake I just melt.  My clients always bring me newborns to photograph in my Famous Pea Pods.  Together the Pea Pod and the newborn are a perfect fit.
How often do you do fashion clothing/accessory shoots? 
often! My daughter models there for I am always on a runway and always inspired to create beautiful headpieces that can be walked and sold at the events.
How do you prepare or photograph differently for fashion shoots?
Fashion shoots are all about the model and the clothing or headpiece they are showcasing, therefore the focus is on those items.
How do you feel about the designer giving you direction on a shoot?
I don’t mind my designers giving me direction I work with so many and am a rep for a few. My very favorite one is Melissa Jane Boutique we have been working together for years she designs the outfits and I sometime make the headpieces, then we walk them both down the runway.
Here are some photos she did of a Melissa Jane Dress.
How many pieces do you photograph in one session?
It depends on the model and time but quite a few. I design headbands and headpieces therefore many can be used.  Below is a crown designed and sold by Galpin Studios.
How many photos of each item do you take? How many get edited and returned to designer?
I look through all the images and edit the very best ones then they are placed in a private gallery where the designer may choose what he/she would like to use.
How many hours do you invest in a typical session?
2-4 hours depending on style, set and wardrobe changes.
What are the biggest challenges in photographing product on a subject?
The biggest challenge has to be capturing the product as it’s used. You have to really try to get the model to sell it for the company.  often a location or studio set needs to be showcased to enhance the product.
Please share any advice you have for designers or photographers regarding photographing fashion products.
 I would advise all photographers to use props that work for them and the clients. Many photographers make the mistake of trying  to hard to make a prop or outfit work, if it was not ment to be move on and choose one that does. Try find a nice team to work with like a makeup and hairstylist. also a clothing stylist helps if you are struggling to put your mode together seek their advice.  I have partnered with the best NY stylist and that make all the difference.
Do you offer sessions on trade for product? If not how can a designer get pricing?
I do offer trades from time to time, depending on what the product is, because consider having a child model that owns a ton of tutus, a tutu at this point would not be a great trade, however if I do have the time I’ll do it.  I also get asked to shoot her with headbands, I will consider it if it is a very different style. I am a headband designer so it make it difficult for me to choose.  I often use a simple flower if the outfit pattern is elaborate or busy in color. I want to showcase the outfit and complement it with my headpiece.


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See you on the Phippside:On the Phippside Photography

My relationship with Amy Phipps from On The Phippside Photography began with a photographer call on my Facebook page.  I had a Baby Gown I needed photographed and she responded to help.  I was excited to work with Amy because not only is she from the area I grew up in but she has an accessory line in addition to being a photographer which means she knows how to shoot product and she knows it is different than other types of photography.  Here is a bit more about Amy in her own words and then we will move on to some eye candy and some great tips from Amy!

I am a mother of 4 children, ages 15, 12, 11 and 9 and for the next 9 months, a 5th child, who is a 17 year old exchange student from Colombia.  This December, my husband and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.  I live in Central California and love it here!  I have always wanted to be a photographer.  I worked at my kid’s school as an aide and when the state budget cuts got so bad that all aides had to be cut from the classroom, I decided it was time to pursue my dream.  I started my business, On the Phippside Photography, 2 and a half years ago.  I also own a hair accessory business that launched just a few short months ago, called Fancy Me.  This is a project I work on with my daughter, who seems to be taking after her mother creatively!  I love to wear flip flops all year round, drink Dr. Pepper, listen to Colbie Caillat on Pandora and sing in the car, even though I am completely tone deaf, and I’m pretty sure I own 34 black shirts that pretty much look alike.   Follow me on pinterest here:


1. What is your primary focus in photography (types of photography/subjects?events?etc.)

My primary focus in photography is people and capturing emotion.  That may sound silly, but at the end of a session, I go home, download the images and look for a couple photos that stood out during our session.  Those are the ones I do an edit on right away and post on facebook for a sneak peek.  I have often thought of narrowing down what I photograph, but the truth is, I love it all.  If I was forced to choose one type of photography to specialize in, it would be seniors.  I love their confidence and that chance to have all the focus be on them for the 2 hours we are together.

2. How often do you do fashion clothing/accessory shoots?

I do freelance photography for 2 local magazines, so I generally shoot fashion/accessories/products for them 3-4 times a month.  I have my own line of headbands and bows, called Fancy Me, which is a company I started with my 11 year old daughter, so I do my own shoots for my products, and then I have vendors that contact me to do trade shoots for them (they will send me products wanting quality photos in exchange for letting me keep their product).

3. How do you prepare or photograph differently for fashion shoots?

It’s a different mindset doing a fashion shoot.  Rather than capturing emotion, which is what I primarily do when working for my own clients, I am focusing on the details.  Bringing out the colors, shooting at different angles and not having distractions in the background are all things I keep in mind.  I also find that I am not as emotionally invested when shooting fashion shoots because I generally am not trying to capture the love between a child and their mother, but more focused on how the purse looks or how the pants fit!

4. How do you feel about the designer giving you direction on a shoot?

LOVE when the designer gives input!!!  I have had negative experiences where there wasn’t any input given and in turn the vendor didn’t get what they wanted, but got my vision of their product.  Creative people tend to have an idea of the finished photo in their mind, or at least the direction they would like it to go, so the more direction a designer gives, the better.  After all, you are capturing their product and it should be represented in a way that they feel proud of.

5. How many pieces do you photograph in one session?

This all depends on what has been discussed ahead of time and what there is time for.  I have done fashion shoots with 4 models and each had 4 outfit changes, which took a little over 2 hours.  I’ve done other shoots that involve jewelry, food or hair accessories and those take less time.  When I’m photographing for my own line, I use the same background each time (burlap with old vintage books) so that all I have to do is pull it out of the basket, set my products up and shoot.  I can shoot 30 headbands in 20 minutes because of being organized.

6. How many photos of each item do you take? How many get edited and returned to designer?

This really depends on what the product is and how creative I feel I can be with it.  I recently did a shoot for Kangacoo Desings with 3 girls modeling socks.  The designer and I discussed wanting a sports theme involved.  So, we went to the local high school football field, the lockers, roamed the campus and then headed over the school the girls attend and took photos on the playground.  The girls were fun, we had several different looks/poses and I was able to send the designer appx. 20 photos.  I’m sure it was more than what she needed, but it gave her options.  If I’m doing photos of a still product, like a necklace, I will provide 4-5 photos at different angles.

7. How many hours do you invest in a typical session?

From beginning to end, it can range from 4-6 hours.  What most people don’t realize is it isn’t just the shoot time for a photographer that is invested.  We communicate what is wanted with the designer, choose locations, brainstorm for the shoot, if needed, gather models, do the actual shoot, download and edit photos and then send back to designer.

8. What are the biggest challenges in photographing product on a subject?

For me, it’s choosing how to have the product staged.  I like to get creative, do something different and not just have something sitting on a white backdrop.  I want a product to stand out.  Because I have my own line that I photograph, I know how important it is to have photos that truly represent your vision and have the focus on the product.  I am mainly a family/high school senior photographer, so I’m used to encouraging people to interact and capturing their time together.  Photographing products is very different.  You want the subject still, posed in a way that flatters the product.

9. Please share any advice you have for designers or photographers regarding photographing fashion products.

Designers should be  very clear with what they want-number of photos, deadline, ideas they have in mind, what they expect.  Never assume your photographer knows exactly what you want. Both are artists and art can be interpreted different ways.  For photographers, shoot at different angles.  Get low and shoot wide open to create that nice focus on the product, leaving a soft background.

10. Do you offer sessions on trade for product? If not how can a designer get pricing?

I do sessions for trade.  But, I only do session for trade for those designers that I truly believe in and would purchase from.  I have an established business and do not need to do any portfolio building.  So when I trade a product for photos and don’t receive any financial gain, I want the product to be something I can truly recommend to my friends, family and clients.  If the job is for something that I may not have a need or interest in and a trade wouldn’t be mutually beneficial, then I suggest a designer contact me with specifics on what they want and how much the job entails.  That would allow me to give them a fair quote on my time.


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Fashion Photography:What makes a Good Fashion Photographer

I wanted to take a quick break from interviews to address the purpose of this series.  I want to give you all some insight as to how photographers and designers think as they approach fashion photography.  That is the purpose of the interviews.  But I also want to take that information and my own experience and combine it to create some tips that will help you get the photos you need to sell product.

I have been lucky to work with some amazing photographers with some amazing styles.  In the last year I have moved from working with photographers all over the US to mainly working with local photogs so I can be present.  I want to inject my styling and vision into the shoots.  It’s something I am still defining but the goal is to create a more cohesive look when it comes to images used to represent my brand, kangacoo designs.

In the past month I have worked with a husband wife photography team, JT Pro Imaging, already we have 3 shoots under our belt.  Jennifer Tousey (wife and one of the JT’s in JT Pro Imaging) approached me to do our first shoot.  They wanted to expand their experience and offerings by adding product shoots to their portfolio.  Jen and I met at the Covenant House Fundraiser at Project Runway All Star Gordana Gehlhausen’s Shop earlier in the year.  Our daughter’s both modeled my clothes on the runway for silent auction and became fast friends.  Jen and I did too.  Josh (the second JT of JT Pro Imaging) manned the camera at the runway show.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Bella, their actress daughter, who also donned some kangacoo for charity.

Now that introductions are out of the way let’s talk photo shoots.

Our first photo shoot was of my first release of my wild child collection.    I wanted a fall look to the pictures in the dead heat of summer.  Jen said no problem and began preparing location and props. She was very organized and detailed communicating what props she had in case I wanted to bring along others.  She prepared one set of back to school props and another set of fall props.  She arranged 2 locations within walking distance that would provide different backdrops so I would have variation in my shots.  The day of the shoot she had everything lined up and kept things moving along.  Josh just took pictures.  Along the way Josh showed me what he was shooting and asked if it was what I needed.  I was able to instruct him what photos I liked and why.  I showed him the angles I wanted to show off the clothes and the detailed close ups I wanted.

After the shoot Jen organized some photos to be arranged in collages and edited by Josh so I could use them to market my collection.  There were in addition to the product photos.  Josh emailed me a couple test edits to get a feel for the type of finish that worked best for me to show off my product.

JT Pro’s motto is to showcase personality not poses and I love that!  I think kids clothes should be fun and kids should look like kids, not supermodels.  (Don’t get me wrong everyone loves a pretty picture but when a mom is shopping she needs to be able to say to herself, “I can totally see my child doing that.”)

Jen and Josh are a well oiled photography duo and gave me exactly what I needed!  Some may say they go above and beyond and I’m being spoiled.  I say, EXACTLY!  And that’s why I will use them again and again!  Can’t wait to share about our other shoots but first please enjoy some pics from our wild child shoot!


Be sure to stop by the JT Pro Imaging fb page and show them some love from The Fashion Business Mentor.


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