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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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Smile for a Cure Portrait Contest: 2013 Finalists!

Each summer, we run an annual portrait contest called Smile for a Cure to benefit the 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, almost $5,000 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 26 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! The Grand Prize Winner will also receive a cover shoot with baystateparent Magazine!

Now it’s up to YOU to select the final three! Online voting is open now through Monday, September 9, 2013. One vote is allowed per household. 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.

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR VOTE!

Good Luck to ALL of our finalists!

BABIES CATEGORY:

TODDLERS CATEGORY:

BIG KIDS CATEGORY:


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With Easter being only 9 days away, we wanted to post some adorable bunny photos from the past couple of weeks. The bunnies this year are cuter than ever and have been working very hard to bring smiles and laughter to all the children that have visited us so far! We are keeping our little friends for one week following Easter, so you still have time to book your session and join in on the fun!


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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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spring 2012 captured

    
With the excitement of our new studio opening in the Garden State Plaza and the bunny rush, we’ve fallen a bit behind on weekly pics wednesday… so hopefully this post will make up for lost cuteness! Here are some of our favorite captures from the past few weeks. It’s been a great spring so far! Don’t forget, Easter is Sunday but we have the bunnies for another week. Don’t miss your chance if you haven’t been in already!
   


   


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bunny video contest

    
Last week, we asked you to share our bunny video with your kids and submit their reactons on facebook. We decided to make a contest out of it, and we have finally voted on the 3 cutest/funniest responses — winners get a voucher for 6 free easter cards!! Here are all of the replies, with the winners at the end, mixed in with some of our favorite bunny portraits so far this year.
    


    
“My 13 month old called it a dog”
    
“Good…… I had my pictures with the bunny too….. Mommy whistle” – Maddie-almost 3yrs old
    

    
‎”‘hop hop’ and started jumping around like a bunny! My daughter is 2″
    
“That was weally cool! I love the doggies!” -Jude age 3
    

    
“Crazy , then asked if he could have one too!”
    
“My 2 year old daughter pointed to each one she wanted. And then when I asked her what she thought she said ‘hmm, that’s a silly bunny'”
    

    
“My 13 month old kept saying ‘oooo wow’ and then pointed to the pictures of him and his brother with the bunnies from last year.”
    
“While my daughter is watching the video she’s picking her nose, then uses a tissue. Didn’t say a word until the middle part and said ‘what about the poop, I don’t want them to poop and pee on me!’ Then cracked up at the end when the bunnies knocked down the blocks.”
    

    
“Megan said..’Mom when the bunny comes home with us where are you going to sleep…your bed is bigger than mine so he gets yours……'”
    
“Robert said..’wow that bunny must be really soft….you know mommy..like your hair before you made it that funny color….'”
    

    
“‎(we did our Easter shoot w the girls, plus the baby AND our new baby cousin so we decided the bunnies would be too much this year) so, ella just said -‘ But you said the bunnies were sick this year and no kids get to hold them?!?!’ :( Oops!”
    
“My son Ethan says ‘aaaawww that’s the cutest most fun video I’ve ever seen!!!!!’ age 11.”
    

    
“My daughter Elsey says ‘omg those bun buns are sssoooo adorable and cute!!!!! ‘ Age 8.”
    
“My 1 1/2 year old said, ‘Ooooooh wow! Oooooh….big… tasty….’ The thinks that they are the chocolate easter bunnies! Really, I do feed him! HaHa!”
    

    
“Kendall: ‘AAAAmazing, I wanna pat him.’ Me : ‘We’ll go in a few days’ Kendall: ‘When I wake up from my nap?’ Me: ‘No Kendall in a few days.’ Kendall: ‘Alright, alright.’ Can’t wait to come in Friday for some pics!”
    
“ZACH my 2 1/2 y/o said ‘look bunny'” and poked every bunny. then when the video ended he started crying and saying ‘video, video'”
    

    
“At first my three year old had her typical reaction to seeing something soft and cuddly. She said, ‘Oh, how sweet.’. Then, several minutes later she said, ‘I want to go to the rainbow.’ I said, ‘What do you mean? Where’s the rainbow?’ She replied, ‘Where the bunnies live.'”
    
“My 1.5 year old screeched and said ‘key’ which is 1.5yearold for ‘kitty or anything with four legs and fur.'”
    

    
~ And the three winners…. ~
    
“My 4 year old told my 7 week old ‘don’t worry, bunnies won’t bite your fingers because your fingers aren’t carrots'”
    
“After commenting on how cute the bunnies are: ‘Mommy, if I hold them they’re not going to poop on me right? Cuz, then, that would be sort of gross.'”
    
“LOL, our bunny session isn’t til April so I’m learning that we have to practice our animals soon! My 2-yr old son ‘Why is her sleeping on that doggy, him’s not a pillow.'”
    
Too cute!! For updates on our latest contest and giveaways, head over to our facebook page and “like” us. Check out our video and share the reaction of your little ones!
    


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the buns have hopped in!

    
As I’m sure you have heard, this year’s litter of baby bunnies have arrived in our studios for springtime portraits! Are you a part of this fun & furry tradition? If not, call your studio today to book a session. If you are, check out our newest option: knit bunny hats and diaper covers!

  
We posted our favorite bunny portraits of year’s past on facebook–click the image below to see them all.
  

  
While you’re there, “like” our page to become eligible for fan-exclusive giveaways!