what I am

virtual insanityRobyn L. Pollman owned Buttons and Bows Photography, LLC, in Orlando, FL. She has been in business for over 7 years and specializes in maternity, newborn, infant, and baby portrait photography in both studio and natural lighting settings. Robyn is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA) and has been a member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and was named the 2009 “Best Family Photographer” winner for Orlando by Parents Connect and goCityKids.com (a national city directory owned by Nickelodeon / Nick Jr. and MTV / Viacom through Parents Connect).

Robyn and her family moved to Atlanta, GA in the summer of 2012. There are no plans to relaunch Buttons and Bows Photography, LLC at this time.

Robyn worked as a Contributing Editor for Professional Photographer Magazine writing freelance for “The Goods” & “Profit Center” columns for the June 2010 – June 2013 issues. As part of her duties as Contributing Editor, in the summer of 2011 she also began writing as an online columnist for the “Web Exclusives” section of the Professional Photographer Magazine website as well. Robyn’s articles appeared in summer, fall, and early winter 2010 issues – she appeared in all 12 issues for 2011 and 2012 as a Contributing Editor – and will continue to appear as a Contributing Editor / columnist in 2013 through the June 2013 issue.

Robyn started Paperie Boutique on July 18, 2009, as an expansion of her popular Fit to Print set on Flickr. This set featured favorite packaging photographs, marketing ideas, and new photography-related product shots. Since the first full month of posting in August ’09, Paperie readership has increased over 900%.

Robyn was a professional photographer presenter at the May 2010 PDN Virtual Trade Show / Photo District News Wedding & Portrait Expo. Photographer Robyn Pollman, Paperie Boutique, and Buttons and Bows Photography, LLC, were featured in the May 2010 issue of Rangefinder Magazine. Paperie Boutique was also featured in Issue 4 of The Fort Magazine in December 2012.

Robyn is published in the book “Ideas and Inspiration“, one of her newborn photographs now appears in a greeting card line by Susan O’Hanlon Fine Cards (currently available in the UK and Australia), and her theme park photography appears in “A Scrapbooker’s Guide to Walt Disney World“. Robyn was a featured photographer at The Knot / The Nest Baby’s maternity “Bump Contest“.

the family 2012Before starting Buttons and Bows Photography, LLC, and Paperie Boutique – Robyn and her husband of 17 years, Todd, had two sons – now ages 9 and 8. They are Robyn’s biggest accomplishments in life.

Prior to becoming a mom, Robyn graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1995, created a website called “Wholly Matrimony!” and did web design for Sekimori Consulting.

Robyn blogged first at “Ain’t too Proud to Blog” at tampatantrum.com and then over at “Shutterblog” at shutterblog.com. Her blogs and websites were featured on MSN, MSNBC.com, The Today Show’s “Wild Weddings“, Lockergnome, CNN.com, on Tech TV (now G4 Network), and in Newsday Magazine and Vibe Magazine.

During this time Robyn also founded the annual “Blogger Boobie-Thon for Breast Cancer Awareness“. Robyn owned and coordinated the event from 2002-2006. Robyn and the ‘Thon were featured in Self Magazine, The New York Times, Wired News, The Chicago Tribune, Salon.com, and on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Robyn appears in the book “The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie“, and together with her husband Todd, co-wrote a section of the book “Online! The Book” by Chris Pirillo and John C. Dvorak.

Robyn’s hobbies include photography, cooking, dusting the house in her tiara, the OU Sooners football team, and hoarding pretty packaging supplies. (Not necessarily in that order.) She has a passion for politics, the inability to return e-mails in a timely manner, and an irrational fear of mariachi bands that dates back to childhood. And she was the type of mom-to-be that not only played classical music, but also Weezer, to her babies in utero. You know, for balance.

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11 Responses to “what I am”

  1. 1
    bchia  on June 7th, 2010

    hi Robyn!
    Your blog is nothing short of AMAZING!I noticed that you work a lot with packaging and wanted to know if you knew of a place that I could find a square 6.5 dvd presentation box? I’ve been searching online for hours and haven’t found the perfect one. I figured I might pick your expertise brain =)

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    ashiraphoto  on June 9th, 2010

    I love this site, over the last 2 years this site has really help me with Branding myself and my photography, just want to say thank you.


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    mojaphoto  on August 6th, 2010

    I LOVE your blog and check it daily. It has really helped me start to take my business in the direction it needs to be going. I have a question…do you have any info on music usage for websites? I know that some photographers use music with words and some recognizable songs, while others, (like myself) use music from free websites and are instrumental. I am wondering if there are any copyright laws about usage of music on a web page…any idea??

  4. 4
    robyn  on August 6th, 2010

    Thank you! This old post should help!


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    Jessie Emeric  on August 11th, 2010

    thanks for starting this site! it’s so helpful right now as i’m looking to restructure and streamline our packaging! it’s also great that your from my old hometown of Orlando! i miss it so much and can’t wait to go back to visit.

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    nicole  on August 26th, 2010

    Today is my 1st day on your blog and i love. Thanks for the great ideas!!!

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    amy  on July 21st, 2011

    Hi Robyn…i’m having trouble posting a valid fb link on the bonne fête – giveaway 13…can you please email me….thank you!! loving your site, btw!!

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    Weddings  on July 28th, 2011

    Thank you for this article. That’s all I can say. You most definitely have made this blog into something special. You clearly know what you are doing, you’ve covered so many bases.Thanks!

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    Rodney Wartzok  on September 3rd, 2011

    Hello there,
    A while back, you had a Halloween Marketing kit. Is this still something you have available? If so, I am very interested. I believe it was a kit that helped you work with pumpkin patches in your area, ect.

    Thank you so much!

    -Rodney Wartzok

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    SLPHOTOGRAPHY  on November 15th, 2011

    Thanks so much Robyn – I can’t wait to start workign with BrandSushi! I held off on making a logo for my business ( just wasn’t in the budget ) so to win the Grand Prize! Amazing and I can’t wait to see what it looks like and to get moving on my new biz cards, stationary and more! – Thanks so much for what you do – Your blog is my go to place for inspiration and ideas – just love it!

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    Jen St. John Photography  on December 20th, 2011

    Hi! My name is Jen St. John from Monrovia, Calif. I am a NEWBIE to the photography business, just starting out. I have 2 neices graduating from HS this coming year :) and want to wow them and tap into their network of friends!