2014 Connection Portrait Giveaway
I want to say thank you to all my family, friends and amazing clients for their support this year. I have had such an great year with wonderful clients, new experiences, and great sessions. But most importantly, my clients and I created some images that will last for generations to come. I couldn't ask for more. I am so excited about 2015 and what it will bring. You may have noticed my new logo above, and I'm thrilled to share that my work and website are taking a new direction. I am going to begin to focus on what is the most meaningful for me - photographing mothers and children. This is not to say that I won't include dads - it's just that capturing that incredible dynamic between moms and kids is where my heart lies and it's what I'm going to pursue in 2015. I truly cannot wait to see where this takes me.
To conclude 2014 and to celebrate reaching 500 likes on Facebook, I offered a Connection Portrait Giveaway this December. I tasked my 2014 families to send in their favorite image from our session this year and to say WHY it was their favorite.... what was it about the connections they saw in the image that made it stand out above the others?
The results were incredible. People opened up, shared their stories and tears were shed. I choose one entry - based on the words written and not the image chosen - to receive an absolutely gorgeous 11x14 fine art print matted and framed. Except I couldn't choose just one, so I also am giving an 8x10 framed fine art print to a second entry, too. These fine art prints are truly gorgeous and I hope will become family heirlooms. I am looking forward to offering them to all my clients in the coming year.
As it turns out, this giveaway was more than just giving away a fine art print. The true gift was being able to see my work through my clients' eyes and feel what they feel when they see their images. What an incredible experience.
I'm thrilled to share the winning entry from Whitney Hines. Whitney wrote,
"I love this photo of Bear in my arms. From the moment he understood the outdoors, the trees, the freedom to follow our beloved dog, Sugar, around the yard, Bear has always longed to be outside. We live on a small dirt road hidden in the tall pine trees that fill the village of Kitty Hawk. This photo completely captures daily life for us. On our dirt road we walk to see the horse next door, play in the grass, pick up leaves or rocks, and then, of course, there is the occasional fall and prick of a pine cone in Bear's hand. Sometimes he's unaffected as a great blue heron flies by and distracts him, other times, he needs his mama.
There is nothing sweeter than your son reaching out for you to grab hold of him and comfort him. I know it won't be too long before the embrace of our toddler becomes the side-hug of a teenager, so I cherish every moment that he is in my arms. I am thankful for this photo that will forever remind me of the gift of our son, and the true honor it is to be a mother."
Whitney's words so resonated with me and I think they would with any parent - especially moms. That bond we have with our children, how we balance being supportive with allowing them to stumble and fall, how we feel time slipping away all too fast while we try to remain in the moment and appreciate the now... Whitney expressed those feelings so beautifully. I'm thrilled to gift her and her family this heirloom print.
And because I simply couldn't pick just one entry, I am also excited to gift a framed 8x10 fine art print to Susie Davis for her incredible words about her daughter, Paige.
To see all the entries, please visit my Facebook page. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. See you in 2015!