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6th Annual Bring Your Own Prop Contest

Every year, we run a contest where we allow our clients to come in with a special item from home to incorporate into their session. The idea originally came about because we thought “What better gift for Dad than seeing his kids photographed with his favorite item??” It was a way to make Father’s Day even more special for Dad. We’ve had a lot of fun with these submissions over the years. Below is a collection of a few examples of our contest submissions. You can also view last years contest, and the year before! As you can see, it doesn’t even have to be “Dad” related. It can just be something fun that is special to your child at the moment that you want to remember forever. Use your imagination!

We would love to see what you come up with this year!! Call to book your appointment today!


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5th Annual Bring Your Own Prop

June is here and that means our Bring Your Own Prop Contest is underway. This is a great opportunity to make your portraits personal by bringing in something that is extra special to you and your family. Or, you can finally execute that Pinterest idea you’ve been thinking about!

Three winners will be chosen from a panel of judges. First Prize will get a $250 Portrait Simple Gift Card, Second Prize will get a $100 Portrait Simple Gift Card, and Third Prize will get a $50 Portrait Simple Gift Card.

Here are some of last years entries! As you can see, you can be as simple or elaborate as you want! Need more inspiration? Click here to view some other entries from the past.

HAVE FUN! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

 

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4th Annual Bring Your Own Prop

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we want to officially kick off our 4th Annual Bring Your Own Prop Contest. This month, we encourage you to bring in something personal from home that will make your portraits with us extra special. It can be something Father’s Day related to make Dad’s gift that much better, or it can just be something meaningful to the family.

Three winners will be chosen from a panel of judges. First Prize will get a $250 Portrait Simple Gift Card, Second Prize will get a $100 Portrait Simple Gift Card, and Third Prize will get a $50 Portrait Simple Gift Card.

We love this month because it gives us a chance to really get to know our families!

Here are a few of our favorite images from years past!


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We need your vote!

  
It’s our turn to get in front of the camera!
  
Since employees are not allowed to enter the official father’s day prop contest, we decided to run a special contest just for our own photographers. We gave them until the end of May to bring in their own props: some stuck with the Father’s day theme, some brought in items that represent their own personal lives; some dressed up in costumes and some even brought in their loved ones. But we need YOUR help with awarding the prize!
 
All of these fantastic entries are shown below and labelled with the photographer pictured. Click on an image to view it larger, or start with the first and scroll through as a slideshow. To vote, leave a comment on this blog post naming your favorite. Be sure and leave your own information because we’re giving YOU a prize, too! Once the contest is closed, we’ll randomly select three voters and give them each a free 8×10.
 
Voting is open now through Wednesday at midnight (June 6 2012). May the best prop win!
 


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Because Every Dad is a Hero

  
This year we decided to do something different for father’s day. In addition to offering these fabulous savings for Rewards Members, we wanted to encourage you to bring home a gift for the head of your household that’s both memorable and personal. We took inspiration from clients who have done it on their own in past portrait sessions: dress up like Daddy!

                                                        
So from now until the end of June, we’re hosting our first annual Bring Your Own Prop Contest. We encourage you to make it about Dad — bring in his clothing, accessories, tools, or any other item personal to his life story. This is a great idea for Grandpa too! If you have something else in mind, it doesn’t have to be dad-related.. any personal item brought from home will do. Include it in your portrait session from now until the end of June and your favorite image will be entered to win a $1,000 cash prize. Now that’s a great Father’s Day gift!


The first week in July, a panel of judges will narrow down one winner for each of our 10 studios. From the 10 runners up, a Grand Prize and Second Place Winner will be selected. All ten will receive prizes: Grand Prize Winner gets $1,000, Second Place gets $500, and the 8 remaining runners up get $100.  Entry forms can be filled at your portrait session or ahead of time (download below). Don’t forget to call ahead for an appointment!
 
Bring your own Prop Entry Form 2012
 
Official Rules & Regulations
 
While you’re in the studio, check out samples of our adorable new Father’s Day cards. Printed on the spot with colorful envelopes included, these are sure to bring a smile to Dad’s face on his big day.

           
Click here to view pricing and browse all of our snazzy designs!


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a month for dad


It’s Dad’s turn! Father’s day is just around the corner, and we have tons of adorable options for personalized portraits of your kids. Our studios are loaded with ties, shirts, jerseys, footballs, baseballs, basketballs, and more (call your specific studio for an exact list). You’re also welcome to bring in your own personal items, like Dad’s work uniform or shoes! On top of all the cuteness, we’re running an amazing promotion all month so you can get him the perfect gift!

We made a tribute to Mother’s Day a few weeks ago with our favorite Mom portraits, so here’s an ode to Dad with our favorite portraits with fathers. Enjoy… and don’t forget to call ahead. Appointments are filling up quickly!


“By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in the fact. But I am prouder, infinitely prouder, to be a father.”
-General Douglas MacArthur
“And you will always have a part of me
Nobody else is ever gonna see but you and me”

-From “Gracie” by Ben Folds
“No matter what mistakes I make
you’re there for me
You kill my disappointments
and you heal my pain
You understood my fears
and you protected me
I treasure every irreplaceable memory”
-from “Daddy” by Beyonce
“There are three stages of a man’s life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.”-Unknown
“I know you were on my side
Even when I was wrong
And I love you
for giving me your eyes
Staying back
and watching me shine
And I didn’t know if you knew
So I’m taking this chance
to say that I had
the best day
With you today”
-From “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift
“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.'” – Harmon Killebrew
“Then the light begins to shine
And I hear those ancient lullabies.
And as I watch this seedling grow,
Feel my heart start to overflow.
Where do I find the words to say?
How do I teach him?
What do we play?
Bit by bit, I’ve realized
That’s when I need them,
That’s when I need my father’s eyes.”

-From “My Father’s Eyes” by Eric Clapton
“A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.” -Albert Einstein
“A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.”-Unknown
“Your faith, your love
And all that you believe
Have come to be the strongest part of me
And I will always be your baby”

-From “Always Be Your Baby” by Natalie Grant

“A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.” -Knights of Pythagoras


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• check out what’s up our sleeves

Lots of great props and products have just come in for the father’s day season! Check out these adorable ideas…

You can use our jerseys, shirts & ties, or bring in your own!

Yes, that’s right! The panoramic desktop collage is back… AT LAST!!! And, yes.. it’s on sale!

Another fun addition to our studios is this amazing chalkboard paint. A section of our wall was covered in each location, and it acts just like a real chalkboard. The possibilities are endless..

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