Friday, 3 May 2013

Tugging at My Heartstrings and a Giveaway

So let me just start this by saying that I was given a complimentary photo shoot and a pile of beautiful digital images for participating in this giveaway. With that being said, my thoughts and words are my own.

The lovely Amy Lee of The Connection We Share offered to take photos of me and Grady to promote a new photography session she is offering called Just: Be Portraits. The idea behind Just: Be Portraits is to give mothers or fathers an opportunity to connect one-on-one with their child and come away with a tangible expression of their love. Given that Grady is changing so much and every day he seems more like a kid instead of my teeny little baby, I jumped at the chance. (Real talk: I also - vainly - really wanted some photos done before my surgery marred my neck for life.)


Amy sent me a questionnaire so that she could design a personal session just for us. I loved going through the questions because it gave me time to really reflect on who Grady is right now (something I should be doing more often but it gets pushed to the side in our busy everyday life.) My favourite question was "if your child was a colour, what colour would he be?" I was initially stumped by this question but as soon as I started the thought process it became crystal clear. Grady is orange. Bright, vibrant, a little bit fiery, unstoppable orange.


The session itself was so fun. I was worried that Grady would be shy or uncooperative (he'd had a bad sleep the night before) but Amy was so patient with him. She got down on his level and really drew him out of his shell. I was so impressed by how comfortable she made both me and Grady feel. It didn't feel like we were posing for photographs. It felt like we were just hanging out and chatting with a friend (who happened to be snapping photos of us.)


I was surprised by how emotional I became when I first saw the images Amy captured. The image of me laughing with Grady is a perfect representation of what life with Grady is like right now: a cheeky grin, curls everywhere, a bit messy, and so many laughs. I'm so glad that I have these treasures to share with Grady when he's older.


Amy is generously offering a giveaway to one lucky reader. The winner will receive a Just: Be Session (one parent and one child) and one 8x10 print with the digital negative ($200 value.) To enter, all you have to do is subscribe to Amy's emails (which are super fun and include goodies like a free teeth brushing chart and a guide to writing letters to your children) and like her page on Facebook. Leave a comment here to tell me you've done both and let me know why you would like to win. I will pick a winner on Friday May 10th.

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To celebrate the launch of Just: Be Portraits, The Connection We Share is offering the first 5 readers who book a session a $100 credit towards any purchase. Just in time for Mother's Day! Click here to book a session and for more information.

11 comments:

  1. These are great photos of you both!

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  2. These are amazing photos! I love the one where you are laughing. You look gorgeous and Grady is getting so big, totally coming into his own.

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  3. I don't need to be entered into this contest, since I'm not a parent, but I just wanted to say that you both are stunningly beautiful, and I LOVE the photos! Very cool.

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  4. Just signed up for Amy's newsletter and 'liked' her FB page as well. Funny, we were just saying the same thing you mentioned about how our 18 month old is morphing more and more from the baby version to the boy version of himself. I love the candid moment she captures and would LOVE some professional shots!

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  5. OK done and done. I look at your pictures and I hear beautiful music. That's why I'd like to win.

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  6. I've done both. Love your photos...so beautiful...

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  7. Oh, these capture you both so well.

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  8. Oh my GOODNESS- Hillary, these are AMAZING. I love them.

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  9. Done both - I hope I win because your photos are amazing and I am MAD JEALOUS! Really, I hope I win because having spent the last 8 months working while Dad was the at-home parent, I am really looking forward to building a stronger connection with my little guy. I miss him so much while I'm at work, so I've planned lots of fun for us this summer. I'd love to have some photos of us as we start out on this adventure!

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  10. done! also, when i read the question "what colour is Grady" my immediate answer was orange. he's so orange.

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