Comment #9! ALISSA BOLLES….come on down! You are the winner!! Congratulations! Check your inbox.
Thank you all very much for participating in our giveaway! I had 20+ emails from etsy sellers and other photographers wanting to join in while this giveaway was live, so keep checking back…I’ll be doing another giveaway in the future for sure! Vendors, if you are interested in joining my next giveaway, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “giveaway vendor”.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
It’s time!! I’ve wanted to do one of these giveaways for a long time, and I thought what better way to start someone’s week on Valentine’s Day (a Monday this year!) than to announce a winner? I love giving the love.
I’ve teamed up with a great group of women business owners, and we have an AWESOME giveaway for one lucky winner!
WHAT DO I WIN? (photos below)
Christie Brown Photography: $25 gift card to GAP (can be used at babyGap, Gap Kids or Gap)
Paisley and Posies: rainbow tutu and legwarmers
Sharon Neves Photography: 8×10 Organic Bloom frame
Jewelia’s Closet: $50 gift certificate (excludes bling converse)
Baby K Designs: $50 gift certificate
Braggin Baby Boutique: 20×20 shag rug (newborn photography prop)
Rockin’ Cali Girls: $50 gift certificate
Olive to Sew: your choice of monogrammed bloomers or a zebra pettiskirt
Pokadot Imagination: baby owl hat
Quite the prize package, eh? And you thought roses and chocolate would make your Valentine’s Day this year.
HOW DO I WIN?
1) Visit and check out each of these great shops, and please try to leave each vendor some comment love on their facebook wall and also tell them how you discovered them… (i.e. ” New fan from Christie Brown Photography’s giveaway! http://christiebrown.com/fabulous-february-giveaway “) Feel free to cut and paste!
2) You must click “like” on all facebook fan pages (including yours truly):
3) Then come back here, leave ONE comment on this post letting us know you did so and where you found out about the giveaway. Really, it’s that easy!
Cross your fingers. Hang tight. Winner will be announced on…Monday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day! Winner will be chosen by Random.org based on your comment number on this blog post.
Please note that all comments are moderated by me. If you do not see your comment right away, please do not post again. I will moderate all comments as fast as I can, ladies! Thanks for the love! Good luck!
**Giveaway will end on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm pacific time.**
I’m teaming up with a group of vendors to host a giveaway! Whoo hoo!! I will be announcing more details soon….Should I include more exclamation points in this post? Okay, fine….!!!!!
I’ve called these two “little ladies” since their first photo shoot last June when we first met. Eva and Nyah were only two weeks old. Wise old souls. They have such a 1920s classic beauty to them. Those sparkly blue eyes. Sweet little faces.
After that, Layna decided to do a first year package with me (3, 6, 9, 12 months). So I got to see them again in September. And then after a month or so of travel, sickness and re-scheduling, we met up at 7 months – January! What a HUGE difference from 3 to 7 months makes. They sit up and crawl now! I’ve so quickly forgotten about the first year and all the rapid changes. Sad.
My days are no longer spit-up and sleepless nights, but rather potty training with my youngest, and learning to read with my oldest. I have to say I MISS the spit-up and sleepless nights. But I embraced every moment with baby #2, knowing it was our last time around. I think I’ll still miss it in 30 years when my daughter has her first.
And yes, I will most certainly be the crazy grandma always wanting to hold the baby in the room.
I’ve loved watching them grow up, and I can’t wait to see them on their first birthday this summer. It’s funny…I was telling Layna how when you first look at them, they are SO identical; it’s hard to tell them apart (umm, they’re twins). But after spending an hour with them, you really learn and note each of their characteristics and oh my…how much they adore each other. They are such lovely little ladies. Here’s a few from our session… see you girls in March!
Saturday morning, I drove up to the city; all the way up until the end of 280, made a few turns and landed right at our meeting spot. The cool foggy air of the city smelled and felt like home. I spent a lot of time in SF as a child (my grandmother lived there), so as I drove up and down the hills, I saw the park that I used to play at, and the flower shop my dad used to stop at every time we visited her. It’s so close by, yet we never venture up there. I had little flashbacks while sitting at traffic lights – I’d close my eyes and I could picture my sister and I playing, laughing and gathering mustard seed flowers for my mom (we thought they made fancy yellow bouquets – which in reality, probably gave her allergies….she was always so grateful and would just smile. Bless her).
When Dejana and I were discussing possible locations during our phone consultation, she mentioned nature and San Francisco. I mentioned a few spots I had been to, and then she emailed me a few too. After researching them all, and then meeting her and her fiance Dzevad “DZ” (which I kept calling him DJ….clearly I had Full House on the mind, being in SF and thinking about my childhood…lol) We laughed at my silly American self. Anywho, as I waited outside the entrance, they both walked up and I was excited to start.
These two were so fun to work with – DZ works for Google, and D at Tivo, so we discussed everything from tech support to SEO to marketing. We also jumped fences, waited for the swarms of tourists for shots, tried to not fall in the water and braved the 45 degree temps. It was on!
You wouldn’t be able to tell by this photo, but there were probably 30 people on these two foot wide walkways and all over this bridge attraction. Cool bridge and reflection though – worth the wait!
I’m not one to suggest jumping shots. It’s sort of cliche, and let’s face it, no one really looks great while jumping. However. If a client suggests it, I’m game. I’m especially game to capture one (ahem…DZ) looking this thrilled to be jumping. We three amigos LOL’d it up when we were doing look-backs on my camera.
You are what you wear.
A little cliché? Perhaps. But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product. I mean, you are paying to be photographed, yes?
Before I go all Stacey and Clinton on you – let’s be clear what your clothing DOES NOT NEED TO BE:
1. Brand New
I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band T’s, and worn converse shoes – as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.
2. Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive
Unless it’s your thing (If it’s really your thing, then by all means baby, bring on the bling). If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session.
No need to focus on matching everything from the color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks. In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t. If you’re heart is set on everyone in white button downs and khaki pants, I’m probably not your girl!
No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory. This is supposed to be fun. If you’re unsure – call me, and together, we’ll make sure you look fabulous. I promise.
I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take the time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiancé, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably.
As for the kids? Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.
Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective – right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend or your trusty photographer (that would be me) who knows about such things and has plans in place to help.
Sometimes last year’s of-the-moment dress has already become hopelessly untrendy. Sometimes the current fashions just don’t look or feel like you. Sometimes outfits that look good in the mirror might not be ideally suited for photography. If you’re really looking for extra help, I can put you in touch with some incredible folks who make people look good for a living.
If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result – and I’m all about you love, love, loving the end result.
Here’s where we pull it all together. It’s not just enough that everyone look good and feel good – you’ve gotta look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits.
Glup. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick – revisit #4 in the top list, and remember, don’t stress).
Before you even begin figuring out your wardrobe, we’ll have an in depth consultation to narrow down what you really want for your pictures, choose the perfect location and make sure you have an understanding about how that all comes together in the finished photograph. I’m with you every step of the way.
It’s easier than it seems.Think twice about having Emma in a lace prom dress if you can’t get Tommy out of his spider man cape and favorite Star Wars pajama top. If we’re going to be running around in a park, you’ll likely not decide to wear your starched Sunday best. Hate the way stripes and plaids look together but Dad has his favorite stripped polo ready to go? Best steer mom away from her beloved family tartan. Easy-Peasy. [unless Mom is really attached to that tartan, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it).
If you’re still not certain, and you can’t decide between the yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple belted shirt – I’ve got good news. You don’t have to decide. Bring lots of options. Heck – throw your whole wardrobe into the back of the car. When we get to the session we’ll wing it all with fabulous results. Trust me.
Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine how blow-everyone-away-fabulous-ready-for-America’s-Next-Top-Model you’re all going to look in those pictures….
Can you see it yet? I totally can. You look INCREDIBLE!
I can’t wait for your session.
(article used with permission from the amazing Phoenix photographer, Jeanette LeBlanc – check her out!)
Loving the flat ankle boots!