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Welcome to The Modern Collective blog! We are Adam + Amanda. We are photographers who love fun and funky design. We design modern templates for photographers and sell them in our shop! Cool, right?

Learn more about us, here.

Our Favorite Things - The Top Photographer Selected Products in 2016

November 23, 2016

Each year we compile a list of our best selling and favorite products chosen by photographers like you, and we are so excited to present our 2016 Favorite Things List! The list spans numerous products from studio marketing, to grad cards, to sales tools. Check it out below! 


P.S. Don't forget. You can stock up on our Favorite Things as well as all other designs in the shop right now during our Black Friday Weekend Sale! Use the code SAVEBIG to receive 50% off your order! (sale ends 11/29/16)

photography templates for photographers, photoshop designs, grad card templates,

ON THE LIST THIS YEAR:   .01 Botanical Summer Grad Collection  //  .02 Senior Session Planning Guide  //  .03 Berry Red Holiday Collection  //  .04 The Canvas Collection Templates and How-To Sales Guide  //  .05 Converge Grad Card Collection


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The Sale of the Year for Photographers is Here! // 50% off Everything in the Shop + Freebies!


It's the most anticipated sale of the year for photographers and this year's sale is BIGGER than it has ever been before! Now thru 11/29, receive 50% off all orders when you use the code SAVEBIG. It's the perfect time to stock up on holiday templates, marketing designs, and get ready for the busy senior grad card season that is just around the corner! 


But we have even MORE to share... keep reading ...


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Black Friday Sale for Photographer Templates PSD Photoshop template designs


We have FREEBIES! 

Spend $35 or more during this weekend's sale and we will email you a link to these wonderful freebies! 

Freebies include an 11x14 and 5x7 'year at a glance' calendar. These make perfect holiday gifts for your clients! Wrap them up and tie them with bow and top them off with one of the freebie gift tags that are also included!


PLEASE NOTE: Freebie download links will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your qualifying purchase. $35+ is after discount is applied. 


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The Modern Collective 2015 Holiday Collection for MPIX


It's holiday card season! Quite possibly our favorite time of the year as our love for photography and design collide! We are over the top excited to be designing for this year and being able to spread some holiday cheer from theMC even further! 


Here's a little look at our collection. Head over to, add your image into one of our designs, and have your holiday cards delivered to your front door! I don't think it could get any easier than that! 


**Disclaimer: Milk and cookies not included with your holiday card purchase! :) 


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“How does Amanda know?  Better yet, how did Adam from The Modern Collective know?  I needed to update my senior magazine.  I had a custom magazine made almost 3 years ago and I outgrew it.  The task was heavy on my mind.  I knew it would take a lot of time which I did not have.  And then this guide comes out!  Not only did it fit the look and feel of my website, but I am able to customize it to fit MY needs.  It has a gorgeous clean and modern feel to it. And it has room for all the valuable information you need to convey to your client!  Don’t know what that is?  Well the help is all here in this beautiful guide.
The videos are a bonus and a great way to know what to put in your magazine and if you are not comfortable with photoshop they hold your hand through the process.  My favorite part?  The pdf guide of a finished magazine to give you starting point.  This is not something you would want to copy but instead insert your own voice.  Sometimes just staring at those blank lines can be daunting but to gain inspiration to what others have put in there is super helpful so you can start typing and fill it with YOU!
This guide is so cohesive, well thought out and for more than just the senior photographer.  It could literally be all genres.  I’m going to make a separate one for my tween and teen clients! Grab this guide while you can and create your own one of a kind client guide.  Have fun with it and insert your voice, your style to make it all about YOU!”
-Vickie Black
Founder Senior Style Guide

“What can I say . . . Amanda Holloway and The Modern Collective have done it again!  Engage is NOT your average been-there-seen-that senior magazine template.  It is the most inclusive and informative client welcome resource I have ever seen.  
From inception to publication, Amanda & Adam share step-by-step instructions on how to make the perfect client welcome magazine for your business. Not only are the included templates gorgeous and easy to use, they have included a TON of educational information and instructional videos.  Amanda’s detailed .pdf regarding the whys behind what to include in (and what to exclude from!) the magazine are invaluable in determining what information is appropriate for your magazine.  Adam Hommerding’s how-to photoshop video is full of photoshop education and is a HUGE time-saver when it comes to actually creating your magazine!  Amanda goes above-and-beyond in her branding video to help you customize the template to your brand, including information on how to chose the best images for your magazine and how changing the details will help set you apart!  
And, the best thing about Engage is that the information is not exclusive to welcome magazines . . . the tips and tricks can be used for any and all marketing pieces!  Engage is a MUST HAVE for the senior photographer!”
-Heather Owens with Heather Owens Photography

“Engage is a serious game-changer when it comes to marketing for your business. Most of us are familiar with Amanda’s genius “senior magazine” and we also keep up with Adam’s amazing designs so this is a win-win for everyone! I was able to take the easy-to-use PSD files and not only drop in my images to create a high-end magazine for my business, but I was able to fully customize it to fit my brand. They did such a great job making it user-friendly and if you do have any hiccups, the videos that came with the download are very intuitive and thorough. I also loved reading the PDF document that they added to the download because it completes the package by telling you WHY Amanda uses certain information in the magazine and it really allows you to understand the importance of the senior magazine on a conceptual level so you can truly customize it for you! “
-Dan Brouillette with LOOK Portrait

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10 Members Added to Our Team! (and they can be on your team too)

February 24, 2015

Every year we add 10 marketing geniuses to our shop... although they aren't living, breathing team members, they do just as much work as your sales team could. Introducing our 2015 Grad Card Collection


Why do we call them team members? Well, here the thing... Grad Cards can be your studio's top marketing tool and the best part is your clients pay for all of the marketing! Add your studio's web address and logo to each card you sell and your work is in the hands of all of your clients' friends and family. We can't think of a single free form of advertising that gets more personal that that!


With easy to use templates like these, providing graduation announcements to your clients could be the easiest marketing you do for your studio all year long! 


So what are you waiting for? Your clients are waiting to spread the word for you!


Graduation Announcement Grad Card Templates for Photographers From The Modern Collective

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Ziggy Zag // A Classy + Witty Marketing Set

January 05, 2015   //   POSTED IN: PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS

The new year gives many opportunities to revamp and reenergize your business. One of the biggest hurdles photographers face is creating a cohesive brand across all marketing efforts. Our Marketing Sets make that job easy and today we introduce yet another option, The Ziggy Zag Marketing Set


The Ziggy Zag Marketing set is perfect for photographers wanting a classy look with a taste of wittiness! The modern pattern with bold mustard accents next to crisp white layouts makes this set professional and memorable! Stand apart from your competition with the help of the Ziggy Zag Marketing Set. 


Included with the set is everything you need to present a professional and fun image to your clients. All templates are designed for Millers Lab's unique photo products! 


The Set Includes //

• Letterhead
• (2) Business Cards
• (5) Logo Lockups 
• Luxe DVD Case
• DVD Label
• Studio Investment Guide (8x10 Folio)
• Client Investment Guide (5x7 Wide Pano Card)
• Promo Card (5x7 Flat Card)

• Custom Wood Box
• (2) Wood USBs (Classic + Luxe)
• Thank You Card (5x7 Flat Card)
• Packaging Hang Tag (5x5 Circle Luxe Card)
• Gift Certificate (5x5 Flat Card)
• Tear-Off Notepad Design
• Studio Contract + Client Info Sheet
• Facebook Timeline
• Facebook Profile Logo + App Images
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Oh By Golly! The 2014 Holiday Collection is here!


Introducing the 2014 Holiday Card Collection - 10 stylish holiday card designs that your clients are sure to love! The collection includes numerous styles and card designs to please any client! All cards are fully layered and customizable for those that desire to mix it up but simple and easy to use for those that don't. 



(1) 5x7 Folded Wide Format 
(2) 5x5 Trifolds
(7) 5x7 Flat Cards
+BONUS: 10 Coordinating Return Address Label Designs


See the designs larger by clicking, HERE.


Get them for ONLY $35 during intro pricing now thru 11/20!


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Redefining Storyboards // Introducing The Image Block Storyboards


A Modern Collective Original, the new Image Block Storyboards for WHCC are the perfect product for any client and any photography style! With five different image block size options,  eight customizable edge patterns, and fourteen image layouts; the options are endless! Get your client involved in the design process with the included custom image box order form and create portrait art that is as unique as they are! 




Download Includes //

- Image Block designs for WHCC 2" Image Blocks

- Sizes include 20x20, 16x20, 16x16, 10x20, and 12x12

- Each image box design includes four image layout options and eight edge pattern options

- all colors are completely customizable within the layered PSD templates

- download also includes a comprehensive order form


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Graduation Announcements that don't suck! | The 2014 Grad Card Collection is here!

February 15, 2014   //   POSTED IN: PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS, theMC NEWS

Designing senior graduation announcements has never been easier! The new 2014 Grad Card Collection from The Modern Collective includes ten easy to use layered photoshop templates that will thrill your senior clients and their grad party guests! 


Included with the collection are five senior guy grad card designs and five senior girl grad card templates, each with our signature Modern Collective design style! Drag and drop your images into the template, and send it off to your client!


Browse all of our grad card designs, HERE.


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Eight Holiday Printable FREEBIES // Wrap Gifts in Style



Last week we cranked up the holiday tunes, found our jolly, and launched the 2013 Holiday Collection! The festive designing didn't stop there! Today we are sharing eight holiday gift tag freebies with you! Print, cut, and attach to all of your holiday gifts! Because everything wrapped with cute packaging is always more fun to open! 


Download the gift tag freebies HERE


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Need more creative ideas for your holiday gift or client packaging? Visit our favorite inspiration blog by the talented Laura Winslow Photography! Her weekly lovely packaging posts are filled with inspiration! 


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The 2013 Holiday Collection is now available in the shop! 

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