Calling all faces…

This blog will be about something unprecedented for me… and I’m super excited about it.  🙂

In lieu of a Surprise Session this month, I am on the hunt for a few fresh faces to participate in a studio casting call!

Ten (10) lucky peeps will be selected for  mini-sessions are available for this week & next week (weekday evenings only).  And the best part?  No session fees. Yep, you heard me right.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Sessions will last approximately 15-20 minutes per child.
  • Children must be sitting unassisted (but not yet walking) OR over the age of 4 years (HS seniors & adults are welcome, also).
  • NO SESSION FEE!
  • 10 individuals will be selected based on need for age/gender – additional sessions may be added at a future date.
  • Those interested in attending, please click here to utilize the CONTACT FORM to apply.
  • Prints/Digital will be available for purchase following your session.

This is a perfect opportunity to grab a quick updated shot of your little nuggets – and maybe circumvent the need for those hideous upcoming school photos (ew).  🙂

What are you waiting for?  CONTACT ME to be selected!

Drumroll, please!

The grand prize winner of last week’s photo block image contest is…… Caster Creations (95 likes)! Here’s the grand prize winning image, in case you missed it:

Congrats, Donna – you’ll be receiving an email from me soon requesting images for your free sample set! 🙂

Two additional winners, based on votes are… Amy Shepherd (72 likes) & Krista Campbell (32 likes)!

And my pick for Wild Card? It HAS to be Alexandra Delatorre. I love this… and I know there are countless others out ther who love it even more than me.

Congrats to all my winners!!! Thanks so much for playing – we’ll have to do it again soon! 🙂

Photographers – It’s Contest Time! – And a SALE!

As promised last week, it’s contest time!  🙂

Big thanks to those of you who sent in images – can’t wait to see who wins (or what ideas your images will inspire for others)!

Here’s the scoop…  all contest images have been posted in an album on My Facebook Page (click the link & it’ll take ya straight to it).  The album is titled “Photo Block Contest Images” (original, right?).

Voting will be tallied by number of “likes” on your image – simple enough, huh?  Just “like” the photo you want to win – feel free to have your friends & family “like” your image, as well!

Voting ends on Saturday, April 2nd at Midnight CST.

As a reminder, here are the prizes you’re playing for:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:  Chosen based on votes, will receive a full Photographer’s Sample Set of photo blocks, as well as your submission image on a large single-sided block.

TWO RUNNERS-UP:  Chosen based on votes, will receive your submission image on a large single-sided block.

WILD CARD:  Chosen by me… which is going to be a super hard task for me, I’m sure.  Will receive your submission image on a large single-sided block.

For those of you who didn’t get your submissions in, you’re in luck!   I’m also including a little sale, just for you!   🙂

There are 15 Photographer’s Sample Sets currently available at a 25% discount.  These will be up until they’re gone or until the photo contest ends – which ever comes first!   So if you’re considering the sample set, now’s your chance to grab it up at a discounted price!

Discounted sets can only be purchased via the following PayPal button (items purchased through my Products page will still be full price, so click HERE instead!)


Discounted sets include USPS Priority Mail shipping within the United States. For international buyers, adjusted shipping amounts apply.

Let’s See Your Ideas | Photographer’s Photo Block Contest

This post is specifically for my fellow photographers…  but clients, never fear!  I have a SURPRISE coming your way soon, also!  🙂

Since the beginning of the year, I have had hundreds of images come through my inbox from other photographers (amazing, talented photographers) for photo block orders.  And every time, I get so excited to print your images and create your items…  and what gets me REALLY excited?  When one of you has a unique idea for what to put ON your photo blocks.

I’ve seen baptismal announcements, birth announcements, storyboards… you name it.  All in just a few short months.

To add to that, I can’t believe how YOU have all helped spread the word about my little blocks.  And I’m thinking a contest is in order… yes?

Here’s how to play:

1.  Create a  file (specs:  6″x8″ / 300dpi) in Photoshop or another application, whatever you’re using.

2.  Put something on that file… anything you can think of that incorporates your images.  There are no rules here, anything goes! (provided it’s family-friendly, of course – you know I have to add that).  🙂

3.  Save it as a JPG & email the file to me (melissa@preservedphoto.com) with a subject line of “IMAGE FOR CONTEST”.

 

How about a little example?  This is one I just put together as a birth announcement for my nephew…  JPG file is on the left, finished product on the right!  🙂


 

I’ll accept images from today through Saturday and after they’re all received, we’ll have a big vote over on my Facebook page throughout next week with FOUR winners being selected.  Prizes are as follows:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:  Chosen based on votes, will receive a full Photographer’s Sample Set of photo blocks, as well as your submission image on a large single-sided block.

TWO RUNNERS-UP:  Chosen based on votes, will receive your submission image on a large single-sided block.

WILD CARD:  Chosen by me… which is going to be a super hard task for me, I’m sure.  Will receive your submission image on a large single-sided block.

 

That’s it.  Easy peasy.  🙂   Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

 

**Note – contest is open to all US residents as well as my Canadian friends!  S/H is included with prizes won.**

 


 

 

Surprise Session!

Did you hear?  There’s a SURPRISE SESSION going on this Friday!

When:  5:00 PM (or earlier, if you’re available)

Who:  One subject – you, your dog, your kid, your butler (do you have a butler?  If so, I’m totally jealous) Beth M, you’re it!

What:  A FREE mini-session (includes 20 minutes of shooting plus 3 files on disk)

HOW?:  Just be the FIRST person to comment on this blog post (NOT on the FB link – comment must be HERE on the blog) and the surprise session is ALL yours!

**note that in the event of inclement weather, Surprise Sessions will not be rescheduled**

Well, how about that.

I can’t even decide where to begin talking about the outpouring of support that happened yesterday for Lacie & her family.  From her own circle of friends & relatives to perfect strangers – everyone who rallied around these amazing people – you guys are all awesome and I am SO happy to announce that we reached the $1,000 mark in donations for the Moores!!   🙂

As promised… a winner was chosen using random.org’s generator.  And that winner is………..

Congrats, Ashlee!!  Can’t WAIT to see what type of session you have in mind!  🙂

DO NOT stop spreading the word about this movement, guys.  Remember, Kenadee’s journey has really just begun and there are countless other stories like Kenadee’s out there.  Do what you can, when you can, and most importantly – SPREAD THE WORD.  Tell your friends, family, neighbors, postal workers… whoever you can.

GO HERE TO REVISIT KENADEE’S STORY

OR HERE TO MAKE A DONATION

Also, don’t forget that when we reach that $2500 mark, Ashlee will win ALL of her digital files for free!  So y’all help her out, mkay?  Spread the good word… you’re all amazing.

Asking for your help…

You may remember this precious little family from my blog a few months back.

This is Dennis, Lacie, and Kenadee.  Aren’t they the sweetest?

In all truthfulness (and if you know me at all, you know I wouldn’t say this unless it were 100% true), Lacie is one of the most sincere, caring, and STRONGEST women I have ever met.  She juggles things that I didn’t even realize were possible – all the while, with a smile on her adorable face.  She’s nothing short of amazing, and so is her sweet husband.

I asked Lacie to type up a few words for me – discussing what it’s been like to be Kenadee’s mom & go on this journey.  Here’s what she said:

“Kenadee was born in 2009 with numerous disabilities. My pregnancy was perfect for nine months, Kenadee arrived, and then our world shattered when we heard the words “there is something wrong with Kenadee’s brain.” Since that day, we have went through lots of tests, lots of surgeries, and a million specialist appointments. One thing I have learned to focus on is what I can do in caring for Kenadee, instead of what cannot be changed. Focusing on the obstacles means giving up, and that is not an option. Some days, I feel like the only thing I’ve accomplished is not falling apart. But I know that great things are built on a foundation of small, often unseen influences. Even something as small as hope can change the world.

My hope is that someday Kenadee will bring hope by rising above her physical limitations and the expectations set forth by her specialists and others who might not understand the unique world of special needs children. While Kenadee may never communicate her story, one thing is for sure….. She will navigate the world differently than everyone else, and I am along for the ride. My dream is that she will inspire me and I know this is a dream that has already come true, in so many ways, every day.”

I told you, she’s a rock.

This brings me to the reason for my post.  Lacie’s family needs our support.  Their crazy life has been throwing obstacles at them left & right and you know what?  It’s just time we all pitched in & did a little something to help them out – even if they don’t want to ask for it.

Here’s where you come in…  below is a link to a fundraiser that Lacie’s aunt has set up on Facebook.  Pitch in.  Donate whatever you can – if you can – even the smallest donation is going toward one of THE best causes you could ever give to.  And you can also help by spreading the word about this to everyone you know.  Let’s get Kenadee’s story out there and do everything we can to relieve a little bit of the tension that she and her parents so gracefully cope with EVERY. single. day.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FUNDRAISER

To sweeten the deal – when the fundraiser reaches $1000, I’ll give away a free photo session chosen at random (leave a comment on this post to be entered).  And if they reach $2500?  The winner also gets ALL of their digital images on disk – totally free.

Now, click this link and let’s do our part to support this gorgeous girl and her mom & dad.. here it is again, in case you missed it:

MOORE FAMILY FUNDRAISER

And The Winner Is…

#4, PARKER!!!

This little Iron Man stole the show, for sure, with a whopping 48 votes!  Way to go, P-man!

Kids Are Funny v1.0 | NWA Photography Contest

UPDATE – keep the votes coming, everyone!  I’m amazed at how many fans these amazing kids have!  For my own counting sanity, please only one vote per person.  🙂

It’s been, as my niece would say, so “really really very very” long since I held a contest… (she likes adverbs, it’s her thing).

As promised, the photo contest is ON.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick your favorite silly kid below.
  2. Leave a comment (here, on the blog) with the number of the photo you’re voting for (see comments for example).
  3. Wait a week & see who wins!  Voting ends at midnight on Friday, September 24th.

The winner will receive FOUR mini-sessions in the year 2011 – that’s right,  mini-sessions for every season.  Gosh, that’s fabulous.

And the contestants?  Drumroll, please…

#1 – Landon

Landon’s mommy says – “Landon needed to poop but didn’t want to miss his show… So, as any resourceful boy would do, he carried his potty to the living room to do his business!”

#2 – Marlow

Marlow’s mommy says – “Marlow almost forgot to blow dry her hair before she headed out.”

#3 – Brooklynn

Brooklynn’s mommy says – “Brooklynn was playing and refused to take a nap so I let her stay up and the next time I turned around she had crashed sitting up.”

#4 – Parker

Parker’s mommy says – “No joke he came into the bathroom while I was getting ready one day and said “mom I ready to go”. He had no pants on, shoes on the wrong feet, an Iron mask on and an toy gun in his hand. He was so serious!”

#5 – Alis

Alis’ sister Sindy sent in several funny photos – I chose this one because it was the one that made me laugh the hardest.  🙂

#6 – Ben

Ben’s mommy didn’t include a quote about the photo… but it looks to me like he had a good time playing with his big sister’s things.

#7 – Kylee

Oh, Kylee.  You slay me.

#8 – Quinn

Quinn’s mommy says – “Nothing like listening to a few tunes while on the toilet….”

#9 – Lorelei

When Lorelei’s mommy sent this to  me last night, I quite literally laughed out loud.  And when I re-opened it this morning to put it in the blog post, I laughed out loud again.  This image makes me maniacal.

#10 – Ashlyn & Lauryn

Ashlyn & Lauryn’s mommy says – “Since I have twins, they now fight over toys. This is Ashyln guarding the toys from her sister Lauryn as she plays with what she can pull out from under her butt.”

#11 – Owen

This is a move from Owen that I’m pretty familiar with… 🙂

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Let the voting begin!  🙂

An important note – if you’ve never commented before on this here ol’ blog, don’t be alarmed if your comment doesn’t show up right away.  Pesky spam guard wants me to “approve” things… no worries, I’ll be ready & waiting to approve each one that comes through!

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Game On | NWA Children’s Photography Contest

A few weeks ago, I posted on Facebook for some contest ideas.  There were several good ones, but my favorite one (worst school photos, LOVE this idea) would require me using another photographer’s images.  That’s no bueno.

Then, a baby boom happened, and I *almost* forgot about the contest.  Until today, when I miraculously remembered it.  Yay, me!

So, who wants to win a YEAR’S worth of mini-sessions for their kid?  That’s right.  I said it, a year’s worth.

Here’s how to play…

Dig through your snapshots and send me the funniest photo of your kid doing whatever it is your kid does that’s funny.  Little Jimmy likes to play in the sandbox in his diaper while wearing a paper crown and fake mustache?  Awesome.  Send it in.  Suzy thinks it’s funny to put on all your makeup while you’re in the shower?  Superb.

Here’s an example:

This is her idea of “hiding” from me during a game of hide-n-seek. I did NOT teach her how to play this game, I would just like to note that.

I’ll be accepting entries until midnight on Friday, September 17th, with a week-long voting contest (here, on the blog) to follow.  Entries MUST be photos taken as a snapshot (i.e., no professional images from other photographers) and must be emailed to melissa@preservedphoto.com.

The winner will receive 4 complementary studio mini-sessions for the year of 2011.

How ’bout that for a contest?  Hmm?  Game on, my people.

*note* – Studio Mini-Sessions are booked per child and each mini-session includes 2 fully-edited digital files on disk.  Additional prints/products purchased separately.


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