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2019 Bring Your Own Prop Contest

This is such a fun contest for us! We ask our clients to use their creativity and bring in a prop or something personal for their shoot. We always love seeing what they come up with! Here are this years winners!


Maverick from Woburn, MA. Winner of a $250 Portrait Simple Gift Card.


Dawson from Pelham, NH. Winner of a $100 Portrait Simple Gift Card.


Vincent & William from Milford, CT. Winners of a $50 Portrait Simple Gift Card.


Thank you to all those who participated! Here are a few more of our favorites!


2018 Smile for a Cure Portrait Contest


Every July, we run an annual portrait contest called Smile for a Cure to benefit JDRF (formally known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). For a $10 donation, you get a free 5×7 and a chance to enter your child’s portrait in one of the 3 age groups in our contest (babies, toddlers, and big kids).

This July, over $2000 was raised for this wonderful cause. A big “thank you!” to all who entered!

Our judges have selected the top image per studio in each category, totaling in 20 finalists. All will receive a gift card to Portrait Simple for at least $100. If they make it to the top 3, they’ll win a $500 or $1,000 gift card instead!

Now it’s up to YOU to select the final three! Online voting is open now through Friday, August 31st. Once voting is closed, and the top three are determined, the panel of judges will rank them, choosing a first and second runner up, as well as a Grand Prize Winner.

Please select your favorite image below in each category (don’t forget to click ‘VOTE’ at the bottom of each category.) You can click on each image to make them larger.


Thank you for all your support and best of luck to all our finalists!!!!






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2018 Bring Your Own Prop Contest-Winners!

The winners have been chosen for this year’s Bring Your Own Prop Contest! Every June, we ask our families to bring in a prop from home to use in their portraits. We always love seeing what they come up with! Its a great way to personalize your portraits for a gift, or to document what your child is into at this point in their childhood. You don’t need to wait until next June to bring something in though–we are happy to photograph anything you bring in for us! We love the creative challenge!

First Prize Winner of a $250 Portrait Simple Gift Card: Liam from Woonsocket, RI


Second Prize Winner of a $100 Portrait Simple Gift Card: Avianna from Bridgeport, CT


Third Prize Winner of a $50 Portrait Simple Gift Card: Joseph from Newington, CT



Congrats to all our winners! Here are a few of our other favorite entries! Thanks to all that participated!

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Happy New Year!

With the holidays now behind us, we are looking forward to a great 2013 and lots of new, exciting things for everyone.

The first thing we are looking forward to is our LIVE BUNNIES!
Over the years, we have heard from many of our Portrait Simple families that coming into our studios for spring portraits with our bunnies has become a favorite tradition in many households. We have already been getting calls and emails asking when they would be arriving in our studios! Bunnies will be hopping in on Saturday, February 16th, 2013. Appointments with our favorite little friends fill quickly, so make sure your book yours soon. Its not too early!Easter2013

Last year we had a Bunny Naming Contest among all ten of our studio locations. The bunnies and their names were posted on our Facebook page and voted on by you! Stay tuned for this years bunnies and the creative names our photographers have come up with. Our studio in Westfarms, CT won last year with their Dr. Suess themed names!

WF Bunnies 2012

In the meantime, we have stocked our studios with fun and creative ways to say Happy Valentine’s Day to those you love. We have 20 designs for Valentine’s Day cards that are a great way to send a personal greeting to your children’s classmates, or grandparents! cardsamples

Need a little something more? This year we are also introducing our Sweetheart Collection, which includes everything you will need to spread the love this Valentines Day!


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Bring Your Own Prop Contest: Winners!

Earlier in the summer, we ran our first ever “bring your own prop” contest. Judging was tough… but the results are in!! We picked a finalist from each studio, and from those finalists a Grand Prize and Second Place Winner. Here are the 8 runner-up finalists, each winning $100:

NATICK: Yuliya A. ~ photographed by Amika

TRUMBULL: Joanna M. ~ photographed by Dysha

GARDEN STATE: Attallah B.~ photographed by Teresa

EASTVIEW: Maureen S. ~ photographed by Lauren

SOUTH SHORE: Evelyn M. ~ photographed by Sarah-Lynn

ROCKINGHAM: AnnMarie C. ~ photographed by Amanda

ATRIUM: Lori S. ~ photographed by Thomas

WARWICK: Chandra B. ~ photographed by Vanessa

(and recipient of a $500 prize):

EMERALD: Ashlie C.~ photographed by Sarah F

….and finally, the


WESTFARMS: Sara S. ~ photographed by Amanda D!

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners, and thank you for all the amazing entries! So many great ones, we just had to share…

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Lots of winners and an atrium announcement!

First order of business–we got over 200 votes on our last blog post, for best Portrait Simple employee personal prop! There are lots of opinions out there but our winner by a landslide was….
Maddy from Westfarms!

Over 60 people picked this hilarious and genuine
peek into her personal life.. and everyone loves Maddy!
Congratulations to Team Wesfarms for taking home the prize.
We randomly selected 3 voters to win a free 8×10:
Congratulations to Donna B., Claire H., and Bianca G!
Please check your emails for your prizes.
We thank EVERYONE who voted and wish you luck in our 2012 Father’s Day Prop Contest!
And now for our big announcement:
Atrium is moving!
Don’t worry, we’re not going far. In mid-August, we are leaving the Atrium mall and taking a very short trip across the street to The Mall at Chestnut Hill! 
We’ll be right next to Papa Razzi on the upper level, just inside the north parking lot.
This means easier access to our studio!
To locate Chestnut Hill:
If you usually come via Route 9 Eastbound, just take the turnaround immediately following the Atrium and Chestnut Hill will be your first exit on the right. If you follow Route 9 West, Chestnut Hill will be on your right. Atrium is on the corner of Route 9 (Boylston St) and Florence Street. Chestnut Hill is slightly east on the opposite side of Route 9.
We are still taking appointments for August. Exact date of the move TBA!
Finally, we’d like to congratulate Amanda F. for winning our $200 Gift Card Giveaway at the Burlington Mall Baby Expo this past Sunday. We look forward to seeing you soon!