When you walk into the studio, there’s a larger-than-life black & white triptych of a newborn baby in his father’s hands hanging on that first wall.  Every time I see that photo (which is still truly one of my favorite newborn shots) I am blown away by how lucky I am to be doing what I do.  :)  And every time that little boy comes into the studio I cannot get over how much he’s grown!  As you will see below.  ;)

I know I’ve mentioned many times how much I enjoy seeing my clients’ families grow.  It’s definitely one of the benefits of being a maternity and newborn photographer!  So when the T family came back in this summer I was beyond thrilled to not only get to see them again but to also meet their new baby girl.  These kiddos (and actually the entire family!) are just adorable and picture perfect.  See for yourself!

Just look at those big blue eyes!  And I love W’s curly blond hair.  :)

Yes, she is just this happy.  Look at that grin!

Father & Son

Naked baby in a basket…gotta do it.  LOL

Aren’t they a beautiful family?  And they are the sweetest people on earth.  :)  I am truly blessed to have such wonderful clients and friends.  :)

Those of you who know me know how much I love the Christmas season.  I’m already giddy with the holiday spirit since Hallmark and other stores have already started to send out their holiday mailers.  And I would play Christmas music year round if I thought I could get away with it.  :D

So I’ve decided to hold my first ever Christmas in July contest!  Are you intrigued?  Don’t worry…I won’t make you watch A Christmas Story for 24 consecutive hours.  I did consider it, though.  ;)

Here’s the deal…I’m basically holding a blog post comments contest during the month of July.  What does that mean exactly?  The blog post with the most LEGITIMATE comments wins!  What do you win?  A gift certificate for 50 custom designed 5×7 holiday cards.  Oooooh, fancy!

Here are the official rules:

1.  Only blog posts from 2009 are eligible.
2.  Blog comments must be received by midnight EST July 31, 2009.  It’s ok if I don’t approve them by this deadline.  As long as the comment is submitted by midnight on July 31 it counts.
3.  Comments must be legitimate comments from your friends and family.  Please don’t post to forums asking strangers to leave comments on your blog posts.  :)
4.  One blog comment per friend/family member, please.  Please note:  due to the HUGE amount of comment spam out there, people are required to enter a name and email address in order to comment.  I do not use this information for anything other than to validate the comment.
5.  Holiday cards will be credited to a future portrait session in 2009.  They may not be applied to previous sessions.

And just for the heck of it I’m going to give out a special prize to the most “creative” blog comment.  :D

So spread the word!  Find your blog post using the date archives or categories list.  Post it to Facebook and let your friends and family know about it!  And for those of you with unblogged sessions, don’t worry about it…I’m catching up this week and will get them all posted.  :)

Happy (early) holidays!!

Eclectic Photo is proud to announce our first annual Baby & Child Portrait Contest!

Eclectic Photo has teamed up with F-Stop Studios and Miller’s Professional Imaging to bring you this year’s Baby & Child Portrait Contest.  And it couldn’t be any easier to enter!  Simply book a portrait session with our studio and we’ll take care of the rest.  All sessions must take place BEFORE June 10, 2009 in order to meet the submission deadline.

We’ll choose our favorite photo from your session and submit it to the contest.  There are four different portrait categories including:  Color, Black & White/Sepia, Special Needs, and Humorous.

The online contest will consist of four different qualifying rounds and one final round. Each round will last for one month.  Be sure to tell your friends and family about the contest so they can vote!  Voting deadlines for each round are as follows:

  • Round 1 (March):  Vote on Entries – March 22 – 31.
  • Round 2 (April):  Vote on Entries – April 22 – 30.
  • Round 3 (May):  Vote on Entries – May 22 – 31.
  • Round 4 (June):  Vote on Entries – June 22 – 30.

For each qualifying round, the top five winners will be selected from the four categories and will receive a studio sample of their winning image. These winning portraits will be entered into the Final Round, which takes place during the month of July. The Final Round will be judged online by a panel of esteemed photographers. First, Second, and Third places, as well as two Honorable Mentions, will be announced for each category! Cash prizes for these winners include $2,000 for First, $1,000 for Second, $750 for Third, and $500 for each Honorable Mention. One portrait from the Final Round will also receive the highest of accolades — Grand Prize Winner. The cash prize will be $5,000 for this lucky winner! All cash prizes will be given to the families of the winning portraits.

And it’s as simple as that!  Please note:  we will NOT automatically enter portrait clients into this contest.  You must request to participate in the contest, and you will be required to sign a model release giving us permission to enter your child’s photo into the contest.

Here are the official rules:

  • All portraits taken January 1- June 10, 2009 are eligible for entry into the 2009 Baby & Child Contest.
  • Participants may post one image per child from each photography session. Miller’s reserves the right to delete multiple submissions from one session.
  • Miller’s reserves the right to delete any submission that is inappropriate in nature.
  • Miller’s will not use any participants’ images without prior written consent.
  • Children age 12 and under can be entered into the contest.
  • Maternity shots do not fall within any of the available categories.

So give us a call at 770.475.2030 to schedule your child’s portrait session today.  Your portrait could win you up to $5,000!