We are so happy to have EW Couture as a vendor on The Bloom Forum! Their products are so gorgeous and chic, you cant help but love them. I asked Elena to tell us a bit about herself and her company, so keep read ahead to learn about her!
Hi! I am Elena Wilken. A graphic designer by trade and education, and a photographer at heart. I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband and 2 little ones, but I was born and raised in Eastern Europe, in a communist Romania. I went to school here with the intention of taking my graphic design skills back to Romania, but met my future husband while doing design coursework. I have been in the United States since 2000 and I’ve come to deeply value the freedom to follow and live out the dreams that I’ve been given.
I have a passion for what I do and while it is more than a job for me, it is being a mom and a wife that my life seems to revolve around, during this season. I enjoy cooking – it makes me feel alive :) and I love the bounty of flavors in Italian food!
I can’t wait for my 16 month old mellow little guy to actually start using his words so I can hear his little voice. I am still fascinated with the ways my feisty little girl experiences and discovers life every day – she came to us an early evening on a late October day, in 2007.
… A full time, stay at home mom – that’s what I would love to be if our family would not have to be a 2 incomes family. The kind that maybe home schools, and cooks every meal from scratch. Being a homemaker fits me. I find cooking, folding clothes, washing dishes relaxing and rejuvenating. Crazy much?
…meantime, I change the world of professional photographers one design at a time :)
As the creative mind behind EW Couture Collection, I design an exclusive line of products through Miller’s Lab Design Market. The templates are layered, customizable Photoshop files and are designed to market your business in style, while they save you boatloads of design time, increase your sales and wow your clients.
This is an excerpt from a client email, making reference to the Christmas templates in the Miller’s EW Couture Line: ”I just wanted to let you know that I am selling a TON of cards using your templates!! EVERYONE is ordering 50, I normally only sell 25 when I do sell them! All my clients love them :) Jason“
Increasing your sales and making you look good with your clients, is what success means to me as a designer. You’ll look like you spent a lot of time working on a custom project just for your client, while in reality you’ll be done, start to finish, with time to spare for other things that make you come alive and you’d rather spend more time doing. Like, shooting new clients, networking, or maybe editing. …Or maybe cooking, folding clothes and washing the dishes in your kitchen sink? :)
“Everything is stunning with a touch of modern high class and a bit of retro charm.”, as another EW Couture client put it.
I invite you to take a look and judge for yourself :)
I started creating photo templates as little thank you gifts at first, to share with the photographers who have offered me inspiration and help in my journey in photography. That’s how EW Couture was born. While the exclusive line through Miller’s Lab keeps expanding every month, I continue monthly to make available free templates and resources for photographers through my newsletter.
To enter the giveaway for the chance to win one of the two prizes, write in the comments on this post your best tip or advice on balancing life and work from a home office. Share your “best” tip on increasing productivity or getting into “work mode”.
I would like to take some of best suggestions and combine them into a post, since many do not read through comments. So by participating, you are agreeing that I may use your ideas in a future article in the Tips and Tutorials category on the EW Couture News and Musings blog.
Good luck, you have until Friday the 23rd at midnight to enter.