Monday, December 28, 2009

Giving is awesome winner!

I had 7 great families nominated for the giving is awesome 2009 giveaway! I know I promised I'd pop in last week to announce the winner, but you know how crazy Christmas week gets! I was so impressed with everyone's nominations this year. Stories of single parents working so hard to get by, sick babies, nurses who meant the world to people and neighborly love were just some of the letters I received. I assigned a number to each family and then had a random number generator pick the winner.....
drumroll please....

Carly R and family nominated by Kristy R!

Congrats Carly! I will be in touch to set up your session. Kristy you also get a credit so I will let you set that up as well!

Thanks to everyone who nominated families this year. Your love for those you nominated shone through and touched me in a great way.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Waiting on a baby :)

This family is waiting on a new addition, well, any ol' time now! I am so excited to go back down and meet their new little girl, and I wanted to get them a little sneak peek from their last session. I will have the rest of the gallery up by the end of the weekend, D family! I wonder if the baby will beat me to it! :)

On other notes, quickly, the studio will be closed next week. While I will be sporadically checking email and voicemail, I will not be holding any sessions and the majority of things will be picking back up in the wek after Christmas. I do have several sessions booked for January already and I will be opening the schedule through March after the first of the year. I will be back one more time next week to announce the winner of the giving is awesome contest (which you can read about in the post below this one). I have 5 fantastic nominees so far, and it's not too late. Just get your emails in to me by the end of the weekend to have someone you know entered into this great opportunity.



This was an "oh my soul" moment




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Monday, December 14, 2009

Giving is Awesome 2009

You know someone. You know someone who's experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can't afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family's spirit, love, and beauty.
You know someone. I guarantee it.
I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography -- $1500 worth, to be exact. Whether it's canvas or albums, prints for Grandma, or a slideshow to watch over and over, it's in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.
Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a $250 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?
The rules:
* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)
* The nominee must reside in Tampa, FL. Tell me who you know, what they're experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well. Please make sure that they are available for a session in January or February of 2010. I will need to complete the session during one of those months ONLY.
* You must e-mail me the full story :
The winner will be announced during the week of Christmas -- get nominating! I can't wait to read all of your entries!
Open your heart to someone this holiday season -- and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Seventh Heaven

Yep. Little "O" is number 7 for this adoring family. I photographed his big brother "A" a mere 20 months ago, right before I had Finn. I personally start to hyperventilate at the thought of babies 20 months apart, but this mommy and daddy take the chaos is stride and even embrace it! The other kids were'nt up to joining in on the session this time, so little "O" and I got some quality time alone. What a sweet and mellow guy he was, and so patient with me.
Mama has been waiting for a sneak peek, so I had to take a moment away from the frantic end of the holiday season madness and show off this squishy guy.







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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Everyone likes a freebie!

It's giveaway time. No, it's not a free session or a canvas, BUT it's just as good. My girls at the mommyista are having an event this Thursday night (Dec. 3rd) and I am giving away two spots to go to it. One for you and one for a friend.
From The Mommyista :

Fete De Glam
Get your glam on…holiday style! Enjoy an evening of make up, makeovers and prizes as you relax with friends and allow a team of experts to pamper you! Come in your little black dress (or shop for a new one) and learn from a professional stylist how to use accessories to get ready for all your holiday parties. Always wanted a head-to-toe makeover? Two ladies will be chosen at random to be totally glammed-up! Of course, there will be prizes: (2) $100 shopping passes from Dillards and a $200 fragrance basket! You’ll look so good, after this event, you just may have to hit the town with the girls!

This event will be taking place at the Dillards in the shops at Wiregrass mall in Wesley Chapel. It will be such a fun moms night out! Now, I know you're very excited to win some tickets for you and a girlfriend, so here's the info.

1. Call your husband and let him know he's in charge of dinner and bedtime on Thursday night.
2. Call a pal and see if she wants to go with you.
3. Be the first to leave a comment on this post, with your name and your friend's name and I will sign you up to go!
4. Find me there and say hi! (Ok, you don't really have to do this but it would be good to see you)!

Please really check that you will be able to make it before commenting on the post. Thanks!

And because I am not going to leave you without a couple of pics. A couple more from the holiday mini sessions...

A2 copy