Holiday Mini Sessions from K Sue Photography {Giveaway}

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Where, oh where, does the time go? I can’t believe it is already mid-September, which means friends, the holidays will be here before we know it!

I start to think about scheduling our family photo session for our Christmas card about now because our weekends get so busy in the fall.  I really don’t like scrambling to get my holiday cards out. I would so much rather take our picture early and order my cards early so that by the first week in December, my cards are OUT and I can move on to the gazillion other things to do in December!

So now is a perfect time to officially introduce you to one of my new sponsors, K Sue Photography!  And, Krista (the “K” in K Sue”)  has a holiday mini session special going on for my readers {that’s you!} if you book your session between now and November 30th.  You might not believe this deal. Keep reading.

AND,  K Sue Photography is going to be giving away one of these mini sessions to one lucky reader, so make sure sure sure to read below and enter to win!

I have loved working with Krista on this post, we have not even met in person yet but her bubbly personality and passion for her business really shone through on the phone. Her work is absolutely beautiful.  Take a few moments to peruse her galleries and blog.

So, here’s the deal. Are you ready for her holiday mini session special?  For $75 (yes you read that correctly), you will receive a 30 minute photo session on location (within Orange County) and then after viewing your online gallery, you get your choice of 5 high-res digital images.  PERFECT for holiday cards!

When speaking with Krista, I sort of gulped when she told me the price.  After hearing the surprise in my voice, she said one of her motivations for pricing it so affordably is that she hopes to meet families that become clients for life. Wow.

But I would hurry and book your session now because I have a feeling her phone is going to be ringing off the hook!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky reader will win one free 30 minute mini session (OC locations only) and 5 digital images to WOW your friends this holiday with your gorgeous card!

Contest runs through Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 5pm PST. I will post the winner on my Facebook page the next morning.

You can enter up to 7 times. Please leave a separate comment (and email address, it won’t be published) for each entry.   Entry options are:

1. After visiting the K Sue Photography website, tell me something you learned about Krista on her “About Page“- 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} K Sue Photography on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Faceook – 1 ENTRY

4. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

5. Subscribe to my “New Post” updates via email (top right column) – 1 ENTRY

6. Comment or leave a new post in our Forum – 1 ENTRY

7. Tweet about this giveaway and link to this post – 1 ENTRY


{Disclosure: K Sue Photography is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Expert Advice – Taking Your Best Holiday Picture

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This expert advice comes right in time for the holidays…

Taking Your Best  Holiday Picture!
By Kristin Eldridge

This is the time of year that we start thinking about scheduling a portrait session with the kids or the entire family.  It can be stressful to decide on the location and clothing, not to mention getting everyone looking happy!

The process doesn’t have to make you feel like pulling your hair out!  With a few easy tips, you’ll be well on your way to a gorgeous Holiday picture!

1.     Location:  You should choose your location based on where you love to hang out with your family.  That may be the beach, a favorite park, a cute ice cream shop or even as simple as your big fluffy bed at home.  The key is to relax, have fun and be comfortable in your environment.

2.    Clothing:  Once you’ve chosen your location,  you can start thinking about what to wear.  Make sure your clothes have the same vibe as your location.   For example, if you’re at home, you might want jeans, a tee and bare feet…not your holiday best.   I tell my clients to choose two main colors- then mix and match subtle patterns and solids to create a casual, yet pulled together overall look.  I even create inspiration boards with clothes for the family as part of my pre-consultation.

3.    Be realistic, and make it fun:  During the photo session is not the time to discipline your children, or expect them to do things you don’t normally expect of them at home.  Also, a little positive reinforcement (like a special toy or a treat when we are finished) goes a long way.  A good photographer will be able to control the situation and get the best out of your kids.

Kristin Eldridge Photography

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Jenner Rose Photography

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Since the holidays are right around the corner, Jenny of the fabulous Jenner Rose Photography wrote me a guest blog on the importance of a holiday picture!  She is offering an amazing mini holiday session deal right now – details below. Here is what she writes:

The importance of the Holiday picture

“Ok I admit it.  I am a picture junkie.  If there was a twelve step program for this sort of thing I probably should have taken it a long time ago.  I guess it is only fitting that I ended up as a photographer.

December is a time for a lot of good things, but for me the best part happens to be the collections of pictures I get in the mail.  I get giddy every time I hear that magical little mail truck leave my house.  I run out grab the newest stack of holiday cards and rip them open as fast as I can like a little kid on Christmas morning.  When I open a Holiday card and there isn’t a picture I’m still like the kid on Christmas morning who is expecting that exciting, awesome toy but instead it turns out to be a shirt..

Most of us have facebook pages and e-mail accounts and now get tons of picture updates year round, but we never print them out.  I know some people think, ”I just posted pictures.  Why should I send one out?”  My answer to that is:  tradition.  I love the old fashion feeling of hanging all the pictures up in my house during the month of December (sometimes longer, for the ones I really like).  In today’s technical world sometimes it’s just nice to go back to the way things use to be.

So please, please, please….before you seal that envelope make sure there is a picture in there.  It doesn’t even have to be done by a professional (but it doesn’t hurt 😉 ).  I just want to see you, your kids, and even your dog, smiling back at me…  year after year after year. “

Jenny still has a limited amount of spots available for her  holiday mini sessions (but they are going quick – so book as soon as possible!)  The session is $100 and includes an online gallery and CD of 10 – 15 images.   For a full description of what this mini session includes, click HERE.  Make sure to visit her blog and check out her fabulous work!

For information on her packages all year round contact Jenny at or 949.306.1087.

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