Giveaway Day | Houston Portrait & Wedding Photographer

Whew, what a weekend! We just returned from Austin where I photographed the wedding of a dear Family Friend at a really cool, vintage spot. My whole family was invited to attend, so we drove up together and shared a condo on Lake Travis. We made it into a long weekend. Sunday we woke up and, woo-hoo! What do you know, it was my Birthday!…It kind of crept up on me! We went to an awesome breakfast spot touting organic coffees and sublime omelets made with eggs from free-range, blissfully happy chickens, and cheese from extremely wise and peaceful milk cows. Something like that…Needless to say, it did not disappoint. We also checked out a Farmer’s Market on our way out of town. Let me say that Austin is high, high on my list of places I’d love to live. The people, the environment, the scenery, the vibe…I just love it. Note to self: Go more often.

All this to explain why I’m posting a short & sweet one today. Sunday afternoon I had Baby O help draw names out of a hat…This was my first Giveaway on the blog and, although we didn’t have a ton of entries, I was excited to try something new & think it was well worth it (i.e. We will probably do it again in the future, perhaps prior to Mother’s Day). In case you didn’t see last week’s posts about it, I advertised that readers could enter for a chance to win a $25 credit towards Stella & Dot, through my sister’s business. I was determined to have the winner truly chosen at random and Baby O was very interested in helping me with this task.

I put all of the names in her Dad’s hat and let her pick one out. I decided the winner would be the first one that she unfolded. So, here it is…

…And the winner is… And, I swear the winner’s name is just a coincidence…I laughed after posting this picture (above)…I count four “Marie”s in this photo…yikes! Well, it’s a good name, what can I say…I really like it.

So, congratulations Marie Green!! Contact Carolyn at your convenience (she will also be sending you an email) to learn about redeeming your $25 credit.

Thank you all for entering. I do hope you’ll enter the next time as well. And thank you all for reading this fun, silly little blog. It’s become a real joy for me, as a place to share my love of photography as well as my interest in all things handmade. I’m so glad to share this with others. Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

XOXO

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MarieFebruary 20, 2012 - 8:25 am

Yay! I am so excited!! Thank you so much. Love your blog!

adminFebruary 20, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Oh how fun! I’m so glad you’ll get to enjoy it! Thank you again for entering. Love your blog too!

Baby M is Turning One | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

This was such a fun session! In the process of planning it, I felt like M’s Mom became a friend. She shares my love for Anthropologie clothing (yes!!), themed kids’ parties, and is herself a relatively New Mama (to a super cute about-to-be-One-Year-Old). Indeed, we have much in common. We texted back and forth a dozen times, sending phone pics of props and clothing ideas prior to the session. Then, come session date, it was FREEZING out (Okay, well, freezing by our Houstonian standards. Let’s just say it was COLD.).

We rescheduled for a warmer day and I’m glad we did…because it was gorgeous out!…The kind of weather you dream about when you think about a family photo session in the park…

Ooo la la, I love these next two (below). I was so excited to find this perfect sunlight…

Okay, so Baby M is having a “Cowboy” Birthday Party, or at least that was the main idea at the time we planned the session…M’s Great Grandfather passed down these awesome cowboy boots and M’s Mom had this idea for a cute photo of him holding a “Happy Birthday to Me” sign (I think the original idea came from this blog post about a first birthday party.). I got the hay bales at the local feed store (and then carried them around in my car for a week…I’ve grown accustomed to the smell…It’s like the smell of Tea X 1,000) and I made this little bunting banner out of quilting fabric. Fun! But, best of all…Check out this handsome Birthday Boy…Talk about a cutie!…

By the way, M’s Dad did not condone us putting Baby M in only a diaper and boots. Poor little guy…Good thing he was modest and hid behind the chalkboard for the most part! See the blue diaper cover (above)…It’s from Mother Earth Baby, a great online store for cloth diapers and more. Sorry Dad, I just couldn’t resist these last few…Look how happy Baby M is when Mom tickles his belly…

Well, I had a great time working with this sweet, loving family! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and keep your fingers crossed for more lovely weather. XOXO

{p.s. Don’t forget about the Stella & Dot Giveaway ($25 Credit) – Two quick clicks to enter & the winner is announced in Monday’s post.}

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Mariellen RigbyFebruary 17, 2012 - 8:14 am

JANE I LOVE THEM!!!! I think you captured his personality PERFECTLY!!! I cannot wait to see the rest. You were so amazing to work with!! Thank you for being so accommodating and totally feeling out my ideas. I look forward to many more photo sessions and possibly mom/baby outings!!

Debbie BishopFebruary 17, 2012 - 2:25 pm

So cute! Baby T can’t wait for his photoshoot!

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bobbijoApril 24, 2013 - 9:51 am

what a cute session!

It’s a Family Affair | Houston Portrait Photographer

Yes, I was channeling the song lyrics when I wrote the blog post title just now….”It’s a Family Affair…”. I don’t know why, it just popped in my head. So, it’s Valentine’s evening as I type this. Time’s gotten away from me this week, so this is just a short post…

I had an amazingly fun photo session in the park just now with a lovely family. The weather (a far cry from this past weekend’s chill) was gorgeous! I hope to do a sneak peek from that session on Friday.

Family Outdoor PortraitThese lovely photos are of Ryan & Kristi. I photographed their stunning wedding at Hotel ZaZa in November. These were from their Engagement Session earlier in the year. I just stumbled across them and realized I hadn’t posted them yet. I absolutely love how sweet they are with their dogs. I like that these look like proper Family Portraits, with their furry family members. What lucky dogs, and what a handsome, sweet, and generous couple. I hope to post photos from their wedding eventually as well…As you can imagine, it was Beautiful.

Outdoor Photo with Dogs

In case you missed Monday’s post, please check it out….We’re doing a Stella & Dot giveaway…One lucky reader will win a $25 credit toward a Stella & Dot jewelry purchase through Independent Stylist, Carolyn Holden. Check out Monday’s post for the details. It only takes two quick steps to enter and the winner is announced here on February 20th.

Well, that’s it for today…We’re walking to dinner with our little girl for a fun treat. I can’t wait…I think we’re having sushiiii!!! I hope you’re having a great week.

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A Valentine’s Day Giveaway | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Okay, who among you hasn’t had a creative idea before, only to have your best plans thwarted by events out of your control? I was bound and determined to photograph a Cupid & a Cowboy this weekend (milestone photo shoots for two very special clients’ kids), however the Houston weather would not cooperate. Would you believe it was too cold? Seriously, I can hardly believe it myself, but indeed it was. I guess that groundhog knew a thing or two afterall. Friday was miserably rainy and Saturday and Sunday were unexpectedly frigid. Why, it was downright winter-y (quite unusual for us this year). We brought Baby O to the park anyway, thinking I could manage to get a few cute Valentine’s-themed photos of her…

Valentine…You can tell from her facial expressions that it was a bit too cold for comfort, so we didn’t stay too long…still, what a trooper. I rather love this girl….

ValentineKnow who else I love? My awesome little sister! She is, among other wonderful things, a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist. She sells gorgeous jewelry and loves explaining the ins-and-outs to her customers…what piece goes with what, and how to maximize your purchase. This week she is doing a super cool giveaway here on the blog…

ValentineOne reader will win $25 Credit to Stella & Dot jewelry. The winner will be announced in next Monday morning’s post…Curious what $25 will get you at Stella & Dot? Well, a few of my very favorite items are near the price range…Birthstone charms for you or your babies are $19 each, and what about a “MOM” or “SISTER” charm? They’re $34 each. Perhaps best of all is the dress-up jewelry that packs a huge statement in one classy little box.

Valentine

To enter the drawing, simply;

1.) Check out the website here and email Independent Stylist, Carolyn Holden (annacarolina@comcast.net), to join her mailing list.

2.) “Like” my page on facebook or leave a comment here.

Winner will be chosen on Sunday evening and announced in next Monday morning’s post.

Simple as that….It’s Valentine’s Day (almost)….And you deserve something nice (If you’re a guy…Seriously, it’s a great way to get a gift for the lady in your life as well…).

XOXO

{Post Update: Also from Stella & Dot, sign up with Carolyn in the month of February to host a Stella & Dot party and be entered in a drawing to win a free bracelet. Hosts earn an average of $250-worth of Stella & Dot products simply by hosting the party. Email Carolyn for the details.}

{Resources: Headband by A Little Lady, Jean Jacket by Baby Gap, Skirt by Me, Tights & Shoes from Target, Twig Cupid’s Arrow made with twig & felt, Sweet & Snuggly Afghan Blanket from His Pearl}

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Zhanna KurmanovaFebruary 13, 2012 - 3:58 pm

That is a very cool promotional gift, very creative:) hope to get one of those and get to wear that amazing jewelery! ^_^

StephanieFebruary 14, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Best giveaway ever!! I love Stella and Dot! I’m crossing my fingers that my husband got me the “Love” pendant and my daughter’s birthstone for my birthday :)

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Jane MarieFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:40 am

Aw, how sweet! I have my daughter’s birthstone too…and the “Mom” charm. So pretty.

MarieFebruary 15, 2012 - 7:06 pm

I love Stella and Dot. What a fun giveaway!! Would love to win.

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Personalized Cupcake Flags | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Well, not a ton at once…I know they pack a punch!…But one special one here or there is a really nice treat, don’t you think? My husband has been particularly awesome lately. He is so supportive & encouraging. I felt the need to surprise him with something small and random today, so I left this cupcake by his computer (for when he got home from work). It was impulsive, so I just scribbled my personalized flag…cut it out freestyle, and then used double-sided tape to wrap it around the toothpick. I actually talked about it in a little more detail in this post from last year.

The thing is, I LOVE impulsively making paper flags for cupcakes, muffins (heart-shaped toppers here), even to label side dishes I bring to parties (so that people know what that funny-looking casserole dish is). I always do them by hand, but I thought I’d whip up some easy printables for ‘ya, in the event that you like the idea. One is blank, so you could easily fill in your own message. Bear with me, I was in a goofy mood when writing these.

Free PrintablesThis one is for Baby O (below). Don’t worry, I’ll only let her have a little taste. Otherwise she’d be bouncing off the walls…

Celebrity Cupcakes

These gorgeous cupcakes are from our local bakery, “Celebrity Cupcakes“. I just love them. If you live in Houston, you should check them out. {My favorite flavor is “hummingbird”.}

Download the free printables here for personalized cupcake toppers. Not just for cupcakes…Try them in pancakes as well!

Free PrintablesHave a great weekend!

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MaryFebruary 10, 2012 - 10:59 am

Adorable Jane!

Jane MarieFebruary 10, 2012 - 11:49 am

Thanks Mary!…Would be cute on Ava too!

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