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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


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



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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



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Your summer social media - DONE for you! Introducing Socialites!


Senior Photographer Social Media Templates from Amanda Holloway and The Modern Collective Socialites Summer Style Posts



12 weekly posts of pre-created social media content… created for modern senior photographers.


This product is all about the long game. If you’re sick of living booking to booking and only posting sneak peeks on your social media account, it’s time to invest in becoming a resource for the current and next generations of target clients. Imagine future clients hiring you not only because they want senior pictures, but because they’ve been following and consuming your brand for YEARS. Why would they do that? Because you’ve become a RESOURCE that they can use to stay on top of fashion, beauty and so much more. And in becoming that resource, they trust you to give them an incredible experience with the latest and greatest trends. Take it a step further and educate your audience on your best selling products, session ideas and so much more.

Included in this incredible product is 65 individual designs inside 12 incredible sets to save you time and the stress of “what to post” during the summer months. Imagine having weekly posts ready for you to add images, publish, and then move on with the rest of your life. You don’t even have to worry about researching a topic and adding text because it’s all been done for you. Pre-created content… all summer long.



What's Included:

+ 12 sets of fully customizable social media post templates including all text

– BEAUTY: “How to Bare the Heat” (6 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– BEAUTY: “Summer Beauty Trends” (6 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– CLIENT EDUCATION: “Session Availability” (4 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– CLIENT EDUCATION: “Summer Session Props” (4 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– PRODUCTS: “Grad Card Showcase” (4 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– PRODUCTS: “Luxe Product Showcase” (4 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– STYLE: “Bold Resort Wear” (4 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– STYLE: “Summer Florals” (4 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– STYLE: “Summer Pastels” (4 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– STYLE: “Summer Session Wear” (5 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– STYLE: “Summer Shoulders” (4 post templates + 1 story sneak template)
– STYLE: “Summer Stripes” (4 post templates + 1 story sneak template)

+ 30 minute video tutorial on how to customize templates and elements


Buy Socialites | Summer 2018 Now


Buy Socialites | Summer 2018 Now

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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The Modern Collective Holiday Collection for

The Modern Collective Gold Foil Holiday Card Mpix

Modern Holiday Card Mpix

Festive Christmas Card The Modern Collective

The Modern Collective Holiday for MpixHoly Holiday Card for

Gold Foil Christmas Cards




“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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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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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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Win a Free Digital Copy of Mozi Magzine's New Family Issue!



The talented crew over at Mozi Magazine just released their family issue! WOW is all we have to say. We got our hands on the digital copy this morning and the pages are filled with so much inspiration! They were even kind enough to feature our very own Canvas Collection Templates in the vendor section! (p.s. The Canvas Collection Templates are on sale thru 8/16!!) Thanks Mozi! 



But guess what? Mozi is offering one of our readers a free digital copy of the Family Issue! Just use the gadget below to Like The Modern Collective and Mozi Magazine on Facebook, share the giveaway on Twitter, and post a comment to the blog to tell us why YOU want the free issue! 


Giveaway ends tomorrow at 11:59PM on 8/16! Winner will be notified by email! Ready, Set, Go! 


P.S. Don't forget to check out the Canvas Collection Templates if you want to change the way you sell wall art! They are only $75 now thru tomorrow, 8/16! Don't miss this!



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I have a confession... // A Look Inside The Modern Collective Design Process


I, Adam, have a confession to make... it's messy, it's a bit dirty, and it's not my finest quality but today I'm sharing it with all of you. So here it goes..... 


I am a packrat! Now, hold on a second. I'm not to the stage of being featured on TLC's show about hoarders or to the point where I need an intervention! I just like my stuff and I struggle with parting with some things from time to time. Especially things that I know could be useful in the future, and for once my inability to throw things away actually worked in my favor. Let me explain! :)


It all goes back to my 9th Grade Art Class. Our assignment was to make a layered "tape" painting. Although the painting as a whole was a horrendous mess, certain areas had a lot of potential! Many opportunities came to throw this painting away over the past few years, but I just couldn't part with it. The painting landed on a shelf collecting dust... that is until the other week!


While flipping through the mail, a new GAP flier caught my eye. The paint styled text sparked my creativity and I instantly had the perfect plan for a new template design! It was the perfect project to incorporate my 9th grade art! I went to work, combining my old "hoarded" painting with a little digital magic and TAH DAH the Modern Artistry 4x8 Accordion Book was born! From 2004 to 2013, this template design has been a work in progress! I'm so glad I didn't throw that painting away!


Here's a look at how it all came together! 


Want to see more photos of the Modern Artistry Accordion Book? View it IN THE SHOP.

Introducing Urban Crossroads // New Product


Say hello to Urban Crossroads, the new senior layflat book design from The Modern Collective! Need that perfect product to impress your senior guys? This 20 page book design will do the trick! Included with the design is theMC's exclusive Album Splitter Action. The Album Splitter Action allows you to export your design for any of WHCC's square book designs in less than five minutes! Sizes include 5x5, 8x8, 10x10, and 12x12 books! Easy, simple, done! 


You can see larger images of this design's layouts, HERE.


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Our New Shop is Here!

March 22, 2013   //   POSTED IN: SALE, theMC NEWS

Today is a big day for us! Our new home here at theMC is LIVE! We've been actively working on this new site since December 2012. It's been four busy months filled with head scratching, mock up designing, and we will admit there were a few drinks too! All of the hard work was worth it and today we get to share the new site with YOU! 


Here's a short list of some the things that our new site offers our customers! We encourage you to look around and click on things. We promise it won't bite! 


- Easier navigation. Browse by Category or Browse by Product. Then narrow your search with the category filters!

- Download links are now available immediatly following checkout. No more waiting for emails! Yay! 

- Larger product photos! Need we say more? 

- Integrated product videos (check it out on the Quoteables or The Canvas Collection Templates listings)

- Customer account area. Always have access to your orders + download links whenever you need them!

- Integrated blog. The shop and blog are all in one place to make it easy for you to find what you need! 

- FAQ page to answer our customer's most common questions.

- and an About theMC page so you can get to know us - the crazy people behing theMC! :) 


All of this was not done alone. We need to say a big thank you to our coding genius Zak Hardage for making our design and crazy ideas come to life and then adjusting them until they were exactly how we wanted them, Zoe Rooney for her valuable design input, and Keenan and Arianne from Aeolidia for connecting us with such a great team and for their help along the way! AND a big thank you to all of our customers who always push us to keep creating more fun + modern templates! YOU . ALL . ROCK! (how's that for an award speech?) 



Enjoy the new site, let us know what you think, and thank you for all of your support so far! 



Adam + Amanda // The Modern Collective


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We can't launch the new site without a little Grand Opening Sale! Now thru April 1st, use code LAUNCH for 30% OFF your entire purchase! 


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