Tuesday, January 24, 2012

we're having a baby

As in we are adding a new addition to the family.

And as in I am going to be an Auntie again very soon.

Nothing was going to keep us from this photo shoot.

 Not a little rain.

 Not a little cold.

And I am so glad!

Andy and Nikki we are so excited and happy for you and can't wait to welcome the newest Peterson to the family very soon.



Monday, January 23, 2012

win a free mini-session with me

It's been a while since we've had a giveaway... I think it's about that time!!

I really do have the best clients and have been so blessed to be able to do what I love and call it a "job."

So I want to give back.

Win a free mini-session!!

Here are the details...

1. Contest will run from Saturday, January 28th, 2012 through Sunday, February 5th, 2012 until 8pm.

2. To enter choose your favorite photo (this can be of your kids, family, whatever really). Just as long as it's yours.  

3. Email your photo to me along with your name to michelle@michellepetersonphotography.com with the subject being Photo Contest.

4. All photos will be added to an album on my facebook page where voting will take place. The photo with the most "likes" wins. It's that easy. To vote and for votes to count you will need to "like" or have already "liked" Michelle Peterson Photography on facebook.

Winner will be announced on Monday, February 6th, 2012.

The fine details...

***This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with facebook. Participants are providing information to Michelle Peterson Photography and not facebook. By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. No purchase is necessary. The total prize package is worth $200, but holds no cash value. Session includes a 45 minute session, up to 5 people and 15 images on  CD. Must take place locally of  Michelle Peterson Photography or travel fees may apply. Must redeem between 2-11-2012 and 9-29-2012. Can not be used on already booked sessions.***

Good luck!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

for the love of photography: a workshop

**Workshop will take place at Erin's home in Beaumont, Ca. A conformation will be sent to you within 24 hrs of you registering along with the address and all the fun details for the workshop.** 
Hope to see you there...it's gonna be good!!!!

March workshop

Thursday, January 12, 2012

oh the sweetness

This little guy was as sweet as could be at just a few days old. All he wanted to do was sleep...and who could blame him!  


A big thank you to the amazing Julie Rollins for showing me how the magic is made!! ;)

Monday, January 9, 2012

I know how you feel {my family session}

A few months ago my own family had our photos taken. I was so excited! It had been a little over a year and a half since our last family photos, I know...gasp, but my kids were just at ages where they wouldn't even look at the camera. Maybe cause they were sick of mine. ;) 

So the planning began. Much talking, texting and messaging between me and my incredibly talented friend and fellow photographer Mandy Lowe. She lives in Texas and was going to be out for a visit so I begged her to fit us in...so glad she did. So location is set and photographer is set. Now to find outfits, well all my original thoughts went out the window and I was getting the final touches a day before the session. Yea, not what I planned on!

 The day of our session my son hates his shirt because it's a button up and doesn't have a cartoon character on in. My daughter who NEVER gets sick is sick. As in...I don't want to get out of bed, move, get dressed, I'm not walking or brush anything sick. ;( Poor thing!! 

We get ready and head out. All I need is just one family photo I tell Mandy and my grumpy kids. I thought we were doomed when Chloe wouldn't let daddy put her down, but that quickly changed. She began to perk up and my sweet girl shined through. She may not have worn her shoes, custom made hair band or accessories, but she was happy and herself. Can't ask for anymore than that.

So when I say that "I know how you feel"...believe me, I do!! And although it didn't go the way I planned in my head, it was beyond perfect. Our family was captured as we really are and those moments are captured forever to enjoy. I will forever have my kids frozen at this very special time in their lives.

I know what it feels like to anticipate my photo session, wait for the preview, anticipate the package in the mail and cry viewing the images with my family.

To Mandy I say "thank you!!" You have given me a priceless gift that I am forever grateful for and I love you.

To all of you who have let me do that for you...I am honored.

Here is just a peek at some of my favorites... 

I am so in love with this next one.

This next one captures her perfectly. She LOVES flowers and make-up.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Welcome 2012....so glad to have you!

There is just something about a new year that gets me all tingly inside. Silly I know! I love looking back on the past year and examining it..for both it's good and it's bad. And I love learning from both and striving to do better. I am a firm believer that the more you know, the better you do. With anything. So you should never stop learning. And this year I learned a lot.

2011 has been an amazing year for me! Both in my work life and my personal life. I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love for a living and so grateful for all your support. Michelle Peterson Photography had an amazing past year and got the chance to meet and work with so many awesome people. Thank you, thank you for always supporting me, trusting me and cheering me on!!! I appreciate it more than I can express!

So although 2011 was great...like all good things it has to come to an end. Or does it? 

To 2012 I say "bring it!!" So many great sessions are coming our way. Some new projects in the works. A little cosmetic work. And always lots of fun for sure!!

So I hope that you will join me welcome in 2012 and then join me for the ride! 


**Thank you to Mandy Lowe for above picture.**

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