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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?

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Send a Little Joy - The 2019 Holiday Card Collection for Mpix.com

November 22, 2019   //   POSTED IN: INSPIRATION, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS, theMC NEWS

Joy Draft Christmas Photo Card for MpixJoy Draft Illustrated Christmas Photo Card for Mpix

 

 

The holidays are filled with many traditions that we look forward to each year  decorating the tree, spending time with family and friends, drinking cheery cocktails while wearing ugly festive sweaters adorned with tinsel and blinking lights! Although all of those are great, there's one thing I look forward to the most during the holiday season - opening the mailbox to see it filled with holiday cards from friends and family! 

 

As a stationery designer, I spend much of the year designing holiday cards. Spring, summer, and into fall, those holiday cards grace my desk and computer screens as we prepare them for their delivery to mailboxes all across the world. One of the biggest design projects is for our partnership with Mpix. I'm so excited to share our 2019 Mpix Holiday Collection with you today!

 

This year's christmas card collection has a design for everyone! Whether you love clean and simple sentiments or you have a fondness for illustrated greetings of joy and merriment, you'll find the perfect photo card to spread good cheer to all your loved ones.  

 

Not familiar with Mpix? Well, take it from us. You'll love them! Here's why we suggest Mpix to everyone we know:

 

• As professional photographers we have a high standard when it comes to quality photo products. Mpix offers top-notch professional cards. Only the best of the best here, folks!

• They have THE BEST customer service. Have problems? They have peeps to help! 

• Their elves are just as fast as Santa's! Order your cards from the comfort of your home and have them delivered to your door in just a few days (honestly, probably overnight because they have some kind of Christmas magic)

• Still not convinced? Watch this video. They're awesome people, creating great things, and supporting independent artist like myself! 

 

It's been an honor designing Holiday Cards for Mpix for the past five years, but the real thrill comes when seeing our cards being used by our friends, family, and strangers on the internet. From this tiny little design studio to tens of thousands of mailboxes this holiday season, it brings us great joy knowing that our designs are putting smiles on faces one card at a time.

 

Wishing you good cheer,

 

Adam + Amanda - The Modern Collective Team

 

 

Shop Christmas Cards     Shop Holiday Cards

 

 

CLICK ANY IMAGE TO SHOP THE 2019 HOLIDAY COLLECTION

Gleeful Holiday - Mpix.comGleeful Holiday Card for Mpix

 

 

North Pole Stamp Photo Christmas Card for MpixNorth Pole Stamp Photo Christmas Card for Mpix

 

 

Wrapped in Love Photo Christmas Card for MpixWrapped in Love Photo Christmas Card for Mpix

 

 

Merry Maze Silver Foild Holiday Card for MpixMerry Maze Silver Foil Photo Christmas Card for Mpix 

 

 

Trimmed Hedges Photo Christmas Card for MpixTrimmed Hedges Photo Christmas Card for Mpix

 

 

Colorful Waves Color Block Photo Christmas CardColorful Waves Modern Photo Christmas Card for Mpix

 

 

Gold Foil Polaroid Frame Christmas Photo CardGold Foil Vintage Frame Christmas Photo Card for Mpix

 

 

Heaping Joy and Love Photo Holiday Card for MpixHeaping Joy and Love Photo Holiday Card for Mpix

 

 

Modern Green and Red Christmas Photo CardModern Green and Red Christmas Photo Card for Mpix

 

 

Merry Dash Christmas CardMerry Dash Artistic Gold Foil Christmas Card for Mpix

 

 

Light Snowfall Holiday Card for Mpix Light Snowfall Holiday Card for Mpix

 

 

Merry Berry Photo Christmas CardMerry Berry Photo Christmas Card for Mpix 

 

 

Heritage Crest Illustrated Christmas CardHeritage Crest Illustrated Christmas Card for Mpix

 

 

Shop Christmas Cards     Shop Holiday Cards

Oh By Golly! The 2014 Holiday Collection is here!

November 13, 2014   //   POSTED IN: INSPIRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS, theMC NEWS

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. 

 

INCLUDED WITH YOUR DOWNLOAD //

(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

September 17, 2014   //   POSTED IN: INSPIRATION, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS

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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Eight Holiday Printable FREEBIES // Wrap Gifts in Style

December 12, 2013   //   POSTED IN: FREEBIES, INSPIRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES

 

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! 

Finally! The 2013 Holiday Collection is here!

November 21, 2013   //   POSTED IN: INSPIRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS

‘Tis the season to spread good cheer in STYLE with the 2013 Holiday Card Collection from The Modern Collective! The collection includes numerous styles and card designs to please any client! All cards are fully layered and customizeable for those that desire to mix it up! These designs will thrill your clients and make them come back year after year for more! 

 

INCLUDED WITH YOUR DOWNLOAD //

(1) 5x7 Boutique Tab Fold
(1) 5x7 Folded Wide Format 
(2) 5x5 Trifolds
(6) 5x7 Flat Cards
+BONUS: 10 Coordinating Return Address Label Designs

 

Get them for ONLY $39 during intro pricing now thru 11/27!

 

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Introducing // Taylor Made Gold Foil Marketing Set

October 01, 2013   //   POSTED IN: FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER, INSPIRATION, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS

It's Here! The Taylor Made Gold Foil Marketing Set has been one of the most requested templates since the release of our popular Taylor Grad Card design this past spring! Now the same design aesthetic found in the popular grad card spans this collection of marketing templates! 

 

The Taylor Made Gold Foil Marketing Set is all about glitz and glam! This set is the perfect fit for studios that have a desire to present themselves as classy and elegant with a touch of boldness and it includes everything you need to share your work and attract glamorous clients! This complete photography marketing set is only $39 during the introductory sale now thru 10/7 (retail $49)!

 

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Look What Susan Did! // Taylor Grad Card Design Remix

September 09, 2013   //   POSTED IN: FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER, INSPIRATION, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS, TEMPLATE HOW TO

Check out this all of this glam! Susan of Susan Dodd Photography gave us a little surprise in our inbox over the weekend with images of this stunning Accordion Book that she designed using our Taylor Grad Card template. Susan used all of the elements from the grad card to come up with this coordinating design and we LOVE it! Isn't it fantastic?!

 

 

Anything is possible with our layered PSD templates. With a little time and just a bit of creativity you can create numerous products from a single design! Thanks for sharing Susan! Click the image below to see the Taylor Grad Card in The Modern Collective Shop! 

 

 

 

Did you use our templates in a creative way? Send us photos and be featured on The Modern Collective blog too! 

A Senior Template for a One Year Old? // Design Inspiration

August 22, 2013   //   POSTED IN: INSPIRATION, Photog Quick Tips, PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS

Why not! We delivered this adorable album to its proud owner the other day! Just a few simple tweaks to the Modern Artistry Accordion Book design, this template was the perfect design for this adorable little girl! 

 

Don't forget to think outside of the box while browsing theMC Shop! With fully layered PSDs, anything really is possible! 

 

For more info or to purchase, click the link below! 

 

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Creative Funk Fix // Tip Tuesday

July 09, 2013   //   POSTED IN: INSPIRATION, Photog Quick Tips, PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES, Tip Tuesday

 

Being in a creative career where it's our job to constantly develop new ideas and new content can be a struggle. It's something we struggle with from time to time when working with clients at our studio and even when developing new products for The Modern Collective Shop. Over the last several years a few small tricks have helped us overcome our creative funk in a hurry! We share them below! 

 

FUNK FIX #1 // Start an inspiration folder or email account

When working on promotions and designs for our studio, we always want to make sure our message speaks to our target clients. To help us get inspired, we started an email designated just for junk mail. Now hold on... we are using the term "junk" loosely here! This junk mail is actually very useful! After setting up this email account, we joined all the email lists our target client would join. For example, our high school senior clients shop at PacSun, Hollister, American Eagle, Anthropologie, and Express just to name a few. By joining these companies' mailing lists, we can see how they are creatively catching the attention of the same market! We can take bits and pieces from their marketing efforts and apply them in our studio in our own creative way! Use it as inspiration to come up with something unique!

 

FUNK FIX #2 // Use your smart phone

Our smart phones are our favorite tool to categorize inspiration. We are always taking photos of things that inspire us while we browse magazines, shop, or when we are just out and about! We categorize the images we take into folders on our phone for easy access. For example, some of our photo folders on our phone right now are wedding, home inspiration, studio design, senior poses, marketing ideas, and design. We reference these all the time to spark our creativity. Struggling with posing a senior... We pull open our senior poses folder and get inspired between clothing changes. Need to figure out that perfect wall color... we open the home inspiration folder and look for some colors we love. It's easy access to inspiration that is usually always at your side! 

 

FUNK FIX #3  // Just walk away

Sometimes we are just trying too hard and our urge to think of something is getting in the way of our ability to actually think! Take a break. Go for a walk. Flip through a magazine. Talk to the neighbor. Soon your inspiration will reveal itself and you will be on your way to something great! 

 

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From Grad Card to Modern Bridal Shower Invite // Design Change Up

July 05, 2013   //   POSTED IN: FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER, INSPIRATION, Photog Quick Tips, PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS, TEMPLATE HOW TO

We love photographers that think outside of the box! Jodi and DeeAyna from JW Photography did just that when designing this bridal shower invitation for DeeAyna's daughter! With a few simple changes to the Taylor 5x7 Grad Card Design from The Modern Collective Shop, this duo created a modern and fun bridal shower invite that everyone is sure to love! How cute is that front image?! Thanks for sharing Jodi and DeeAyna! 

 

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