Giving is Awesome!



So this holiday season, we are giving away a portrait session to a deserving person/couple/family! I need YOUR HELP finding candidates! Do you know someone who cannot afford to have their family photographed? Someone who has lost their job? A family with a member serving in our country's military? Someone with an illness, or difficult circumstances this holiday season? I want to hear about it!

If you would like to nominate someone, please email me at Danielle@brightphotosbydanielle.com, and tell a little about the person(s) you are
nominating, and why they deserve this gift!

The details:

*You cannot nominate yourself! Please nominate people who really need it!
*The deadline to nominate is December 22nd 2012 at midnight.
*The story will help us choose a winner. Share the details to help us choose who is most deserving and why, along with what they are going through, and where they are located.
*This is limited to the state of Arizona this year.
*The nominated winner will receive a free portrait session, a disc of the images with print rights and a framed 11x14* print, valued at $175. If you nominate the winner, you will also receive a free session, at a value of $80!
*I will announce the winner on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2012.

So get nominating!!! And spread the word! I need your help to share the love this holiday season!

-Danielle :)

Visit the website to nominate someone:
http://brightphotosbydanielle.com/events-and-specials.html

Pet Funeral- printing class assingment "Mood"

I am uncomfortable with death, more specifically funerals. They are far too depressing for me. I prefer weddings and family portraits. As a baby step out that mindset, I chose to do a whimsical shoot of children at a pet funeral. As we grow and mature, we realize that death is a normal part of life and pet shop rodents are easily replaced.  This collection explores the high drama of the juvenile mind. The classic black is the cohesive element, but the style choices of the children are highly individualized as is appropriate for their age group. The setting is a community park and playground. Each image has been given a dark vignette to make the colors more bold and the blacks darker, which add to the theme of whimsical sadness.
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 








And the winner of the Cutest Kid EVER contest is.....

Gabby, with a whopping 34 votes! Congratulations cutie!

Let the voting begin!

We have 19 super cute kids to vote for in our first "Cutest Kid EVER" contest! The winner will receive a Free Photo Shoot, Print Credits and a Custom Crocheted Gold Crown provided by Naturally Sweet Surprises. Voting ends October 1st and the winner will be announced on October 2nd. All you have to do is click the Cutest Kid EVER Voting Page and comment on the kid you think is the cutest. The photo with the most comments wins! It is that easy. Good luck!

Special prize announced!

Naturally Sweet Surprises is providing a gold crown for the winner of the Cutest Kid EVER contest! You can check out their Facebook Fan Page or Etsy storefront at http://www.etsy.com/shop/koreakids. (note: this photo was not taken by me)

It is about time we had a contest!

The “Cutest Kid EVER” Contest!
Win a FREE session,  print credits and a special gift—a $120 value!
Deadline for Photo Entries is  September 15th 2012 @ Midnight

Parents, you get to be the photographer. Submit one photograph of YOUR cutest kid for a chance to win a free photo session and a little gift for the child (A $100 value)

 Email me (danielle@brightphotosbydanielle.com) one image of your child. On September 17th I will post a link to an album of all the entries on Facebook entitled “Cutest Kid EVER”. You will have two weeks to get as many votes as you can. How? Tell people about it on Facebook, Email your friends, Blog about it, Tweet about it…or get creative-just make sure it’s not illegal.
 Get people to vote for your picture by clicking the link provided on my
Blog  (http://daniellebrightphotography.blogspot.com/)   or
Facebook Fan Page (http:www.facebook.com/BrightPhotos) and leaving a comment on your child’s photo on the link provided. If they want to become a fan of Danielle Bright photography on Facebook , well that would be awesome!
 The “Cutest Kid EVER Winner” will be announced on October 2nd.
 Because every contest has some rules:
1. Email photo entries to  danielle@brightphotosbydanielle.com. Please refrain from sending them via Facebook. Please include their first name and age-this information will be posted for viewing during the contest. Please put “photo contest” in the subject line of the email.
2. Please only submit photographs that YOU have taken so that we are not violating any copyright’s of other photographers or studios. Photos submitted must have been taken within the past 6 months. Entries must be of children 17 years and younger.
3. Deadline for entering your child’s photos is: September 15th, 2012 @ midnight. Deadline for voting will be October 1st, 2012 @ 9pm.
4. The winner must be able to travel to Maricopa County for their shoot before the end of  December 2012.
5. The session is valued at $100 and cannot be altered or changed in anyway, cannot be redeemable for cash and cannot be transferred. No additional promotions, coupons or discounts can be applied.
6. You must be the legal guardian of the child(ren) you are entering. (Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and well-meaning friends-please send the parents the link so that they may enter them themselves.)
8. In the event of a tie-the person who submitted their photo first will determine the winner. This will go by the time stamp on the email.

The winner will receive an email and also be announced on Danielle Bright Photography Facebook Fan Page and Blog.

Seattle Summer 2012

We just got back from Seattle, WA. Amelia did great sleeping through the MRI. Just 2 days before her 1st birthday!

 

We visited Curtis's missionary trainer out on Vashon Island. He took us to see the Bicycle in the Tree. A bicycle was left in a little sapling which grew around the bike.




There is a local burger shop on the island where they grind their own meat and have fresh cut fries. Can you guess what the theme of the place is?

  

 Even the menu is zombie themed!


We couldn't leave without buying a couple zombie hunting permits.


Check out this fun little zombie themed bowling toy set.







We went for a walk around the town and found this.


And this fun bench.


 I have never seen a jellyfish in the wild before, 
there were lots of these little guys playing around the ferry.


Amelia is looking at our plane back to the Valley.  
We were all bummed to leave the nice cool weather.


Summer is here! Well, unofficially, but in the Sonoran Desert summer comes early. Here you can see Amelia enjoying her first taste of watermelon. The older kids are excited that they only have 6 more days left of school before summer vacation. I, on the other hand, just started another course, Electronic Design. So, what do the next few months hold for me and Bright Photography? Weddings, for one thing. Why people want to get married in the heat of summer is beyond me, but someone has to be there to take photos of it, and I am the woman for the job! Three of my kids have birthdays in the summer, so I have to figure out what to do for those. Clara is going to have a simple party at the city splash-pad. It should make for some fun photos.

Emily's Birthday

On Sunday my family got together to celebrate my sis-in-law's birthday. Emily works part-time as a princess for parties, so my mom made her a princess castle birthday cake. Photo provided by me!

Getting closer to the "Big Leagues"

So, I know I should have posted on the 19th when I did my first big event for Microsoft (program users group), but I have been so busy. Can you say "star struck"? OMGoodness! Ok, so I know it wasn't the biggest deal, but any affiliation with a big name like that is super awesome! They used my photo on their website the next day and also in their newsletter! Exclamation points!!! Here is the link to the discussion forum post http://www.mpug.com/Pages/MPUGForums.aspx/MPUGForums.aspx?action=ViewPosts&fid=7&tid=735&page=1&ref=replypost

That's right, I am going to be proud of this moment.

Pretty little bow...or not.

Sometimes my little clients don't want to cooperate and that is fine, because life isn't perfect.

 I know parents want the kids to behave and smile pretty for the camera, but then we would miss out on those moments where the child is acting, well, like a child!
I mention this because I recently had a family shoot where half-way into it, the little girl melted down. (I want to remind you that I have an Autistic son, so I am no stranger to melt downs.) Her mother was so upset with this behavior, after all it was ruining the "perfect" family photo session. I assured her that even though she was upset at the moment, she would appreciate the photos I took of the tantrum later. When she reviewed her images, she not only appreciated the images, she said  "We love them all! Even the ones where she is crying. You were right. My favorite is the one where the three of us are posing and she is off to the side, love it!"
I guess that is my job after all. Not only to capture what the client says they want, but what they really want and will love. Even if it isn't perfect.

Fighting Brides

Last night I had a back and forth with 2 brides over wedding photography on October 20th this year. It was first-come-first-served and the first bride made sure to schedule her consultation on Tuesday. The second bride offered to pay her deposit today, but I wouldn't have that. I try to keep things fair as possible. The first bride had the advantage of having her mother be the corespondent. Mothers of the brides (MOBs) can be ruthless, lol. I have to say, it feels good to be wanted and fought over.

Military Honor

I recently did a newborn shoot for a baby who's daddy is serving as a Marine in Afghanistan.
Mommy loved the photos so much she just invited me to photograph her husband's homecoming!
I am not sure if I will be able to do it as of yet, but I am still honored that she asked.

Happy Dance!

I got a new camera! Woohoo! I am so excited! It is the Nikon D7000 and it is fabulous! I can't wait to play with it. My husband is amazing for getting me the upgrade. Oh, and he also got me a 5-in-1 reflector set and a new flash. Thank you Curtis, you are the best!

Blood Lead

My Doc told me to go get my blood drawn first thing in the morning. So, after getting the kids to school I went to get poked. My phlebotomist was amazing! With 4 C-sections, I have been poked many times, but this is the first time in my life that I didn't feel the needle! Of course I had to give her my card. I mentioned that my session is only $60 and includes the CD and she got really excited. (At this point I should have looked at her name badge to get her name, but I had not eaten breakfast yet so I was too hungry to use my brain). This magical phlebotomist described to me her vision of the classic cowboy pose with her family hanging onto the corral. I would love the opportunity to get that shot!

In queue for editing, I have an engagement and a newborn shoot. This week I have a HS senior and a family for sure. I may be picking up another newborn on Friday, but the mom has not gotten back to me yet.

Next Saturday I have a wedding. I am so excited! I will post more details about that later.

Good News and Bad News...

 Bad news... my great-aunt passed away unexpectedly. She was such an amazingly talented artist and super sweet. It saddens the family that she snuffed out her candle too soon.   Good news, I get to do a military baby newborn session tomorrow. It all makes me reflect on life in all its phases. This is why I do photography, to capture the best moments to cherish.

Here is my Aunt Dee Dee's first painting. She had a knack for seeing the beautiful in everything.

Today, the terrible happened...

I realized that I accidentally double-booked a quinceanera and a wedding on the same day at the same time. I have been praying hard on this one. The bride had a garage sale to afford wedding photos has been through a hand full of photographers and sought  me out. The quinceanera was booked first and is a referral from a friend. Either way I choose, someone is not going to be happy with me. This is an industry faux pas, and I have been kicking myself over it. I make it a goal of mine to never leave a client stranded. If I cannot provide services for any reason, I make sure someone can. Right now I am searching for a photographer that does work comparable to my own, that I can trust to provide great customer service and will do the shoot for the price I have quoted.

Here and now, I vow to never, ever, EVER let this happen again. My clients deserve better and I don't need the added stress.