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Friday, January 29, 2010

For a Beautiful Cause!

Remember this beautiful family?
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Early last year they adopted a brother and sister from Ethiopia. The kids just happened to be almost exactly the same ages as my oldest two; and since then, we've done play dates and become good friends. Watching this couple up-close, I cannot tell you what a fabulous job they are doing as parents!

Well, the reason for this post is that they are adopting from Ethiopia again! They are looking to adopt a 5 year old boy and a baby, and I'm SO excited for them!! But as anyone knows, adoption is not cheap; and right now they are in the process of the trying to raise the money.

So, here's the plan- I am doing a drawing for one photo shoot AND the cd of the processed pictures for just $300. A sitting fee is usually anywhere from $75-$175 and a cd costs $400. So it's like getting your session for free and a $100 discount off of your cd!
The best part is that EVERY PENNY will go toward the adoption fund for this family.

Okay, now the details and rules. Please read them carefully before submitting your name:
*If you are interested and want your name put in drawing, email me at: alyssa@alyssaannephotography.com
*All names must be entered by midnight on Friday, February 5th.
*The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Saturday, February 6th.
*By entering your name in the drawing, you are agreeing to pay if you are chosen.
*The $300 is due within two weeks of announcement of the winner. If winner does not pay in this period of time, a second name will be drawn; and the first will no longer be eligible.
*After you have paid, you will be mailed a gift certificate for a session and cd for you to use at your convenience. There is no expiration date.
*Clients whose appointments are already scheduled are not eligible.
*New and returning clients alike are both welcome to submit their names.

So start submitting those names, and let a friend know about it, too. It's all for a great family and beautiful cause!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Matt & Christy- Engagement

Every couple has something that brought them together: college, a blind date, a mutual friend. Well how about dancing; can you really get more romantic than being brought together by dancing? That's exactly what did it for Matt and Christy. They both separately discovered a love for dancing two years ago; and there, on a Spanish dance floor, they met one another. Excuse me for a moment while I let out a deep romantic sigh...
So we revisited the gorgeous park/community center where they first met and later became engaged. Matt had lots of tricks up his sleeve getting private access to different fun spots. Here's just a small sampling of the photos.
If there are 25 comments on this post within a week, Matt and Christy will receive a free 5x7 of their choice. So show them some love!

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Let me tell you, these two can do some seriously good dancing!
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Kids on a carousel :o)
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And finally, this is the bridge where Christy promised to be Matt's bride:
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Friday, January 15, 2010

And the Winner Is...

The winner of the "2009 Favorite Photo Contest" is...
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Congrats, Nicolette and Paul!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Nate & Michelle Wedding

Just the second day into this new year, I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Nate and Michelle. This adorable couple loved to laugh and were so full of joy over the idea of marriage. Nate and Michelle began their relationship years ago and at first it seemed to go nowhere. They broke up and Michelle moved to India...yes, India. All definitely seemed to be over. A few years later when she was back on a summer break, she and Nate hung out together with friends; and Nate was officially re-smitten. After Michelle got back to India, he faxed her a handwritten note telling her how he felt and asking her to consider moving back home to give him a second chance. So a second chance he got which was obviously quite fruitful! So congratulations, Nate and Michelle; thank you for allowing me to document your wonderful day (even if it was freezing :o)!

As usual, if there are 25 or more comments on this blog post within a week, Nate and Michelle will get a free 5x7 of their choice.

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We had to get creative indoors since the wind outside was so bitter!
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

2009 Favorite Photo Contest!!

Who's ready for a photo contest? Woo-hoo!

I have chosen 12 of my favorite photos from last year; and you, my dear reader, get to be the final judge. Merely cast your vote at the bottom of this post. The prize for the winner is a 16x20 mounted printed (usually sold for $65) of the winning photo or any other photo from that session.

YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED ONE VOTE PER PERSON. PHOTOS THAT RECEIVE MULTIPLE VOTES FROM A SINGLE PERSON WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

The contest will run for 10 days closing at midnight on January 14th.

So here, in no particular order, are this year's nominations:

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Mom of four, genuinely happy wife, photographer (though who's not these days), decorating wanna-be, coffee addict, laundry mountain climber, recipient of grace through faith.