What a great idea for your winery wedding, heck your wedding with any theme!
This is a great way to update your child(ren)’s photos, have a an opportunity to win amazing prizes for your family and have your votes go to an amazing organization.
One year we had an Idaho winner!!! One year the prize was a car!!!
Here is a little bit about the charity, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, in which this model search was created as an annual fundraiser:
(below is copied from NILMDTS.org/About Us and is only intended to inform reader and is in no way intended to violate copyright)
To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture.
NILMDTS trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy.
Maddux Achilles Haggard was born on Feb. 4, 2005, with a condition called myotubular myopathy. It prevented him from breathing, swallowing or moving on his own. On the sixth day of his young life, his parents had to make the excruciating decision to take him off life support. But before they did, they called photographer Sandy Puc’ to take black and white portraits of them cradling their son. Puc’ photographed the couple with Maddux at the hospital before he was removed from life support and after — when he was free from the tubes and the wires that had sustained him.
“That night was the worst night of my life. But when I look at the images, I am not reminded of my worst night. I’m reminded of the beauty and blessings he brought.”
Cheryl Haggard, Maddux’s mother and co-founder of NILMDTS
Those tender photographs documenting Maddux’s eternal connection with his parents inspired Cheryl Haggard and Sandy Puc’ to begin a nonprofit organization that has provided thousands of families of babies who are stillborn or are at risk of dying as newborns with free professional portraits with their baby.
Sandy and Cheryl founded the organization in April 2005 and called it Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) after the children’s bedtime prayer.
OneWed is an amazing resource for all things wedding. One I direct clients to on a regular basis. I didn’t think it could get better until now. They just launched an iPad App! You can view it here and click the link to download it direct from the App Store!
Our gorgeous new iPad app has arrived, and many of our readers received tablets over the holidays. So if you have an iPad (or mini) and have yet to download our app, head to the App Store now and download it free. Then get ready to paaartay!
written/publish courtsey of Photojojo.com
As soon as the ball drops and you’re done kissing your sweetheart, you are probably already wondering: What in the world am I gonna do in 2013?
How about starting one of these seven photo projects with the New Year? Project 365 is a classic choice, but you might want to peruse these twists on that classic long term photo project as well.
Find something just right for you this year, no matter what sort of commitment you’re looking for. Take a peek at these ideas and select the perfect one to help your creative juices flow like champagne on New Year’s Eve.
1. Project 365
Never fear though, we’ve got lots of tips on how to do it. If you’re in the habit of taking pictures all of the time anyway, and you take your camera with you everywhere (and yes, phone cameras are REAL CAMERAS!) why not give it a shot?
Some ideas to make it less daunting:
- Phone-ograph your days. Commit to an Instagram or Hipstamatic 365, and odds are you’ll never be without your camera.
- Pick a theme. Photographer Kelly DeLay honed in on clouds, with beautiful results.
- Look at details. Even the mundane can become interesting from the right perspective, like this yarn that’s part of Mark Seton’s 365 collection.
- Project Film! Pull out the ol’ analog cam and becoming a better digital photographer by mastering shooting with film, like our pal Joe plans to do.
2. PROJECT LIFE
If you’re crafty, this might be just right for you. Project Life is a scrapbooker’s answer to documenting your days. It’s almost like a grown up yearbook!
- Instead of whole pages for a single event, a binder full of divided pages marks weeks as they pass.
- look at the pictures on your camera and create your pages based on what you’ve shot during that time period.
- The great thing about this is that it can be done in retrospect.
3. PROJECT 52
- A jumping off point if you’re a newbie looking for photographic goal this year.
- If you’re looking for inspiration you should check out Lucia’s collection of unexpected self portraits.
- Melia also has a set of colorful and fashion-y pics, check her out if you want to be influenced.
4. PICK AN OBJECT
- Use cameras specifically made for time lapse shots.
- For another spin on this idea, pick a public place to photograph and follow it as it fills and empties of people.
5. LOOONG EXPOSURES
Try your hand long (we mean LONG) exposures like Michael Wesley has in New York. He captured 3 years of construction in a single frame!
- Learn how to shoot low light long exposures with this tutorial.
- Shoot long exposures with your camera phone (apps like Slow Shutter help).
- Try layering with double (or triple, or more!) exposure images.
6. EVERY HOUR
Instead of shooting every day, make it your goal to collect a picture from each hour of the day. This will flex your photographic muscles, and make you work with all sorts of conditions, like low light.
- Explore what photographs can look at at any time, light or dark, rain or shine.
- Give yourself a week or a month or even a whole year to do it.
- Establish as many (or few) rules as you want!
7. DO IT DIGITAL
There are so. many. apps. that can help you stay motivated to keep up with these new projects.
Here are just a smattering:
- Get blasts from your photo past with Timehop and the Photojojo TimeCapsule.
- Collect is an iOS app that helps you track a photo a day.
- If you want to go the self portrait route, don’t forget Everyday app.
- For journaling, Day One is a great alternative to a diary that lets you attach an image to your recollections.