Thursday, October 27, 2011

Photo Contest And Family Photo Shoot Giveaway!

My kiddos having a great time with Jan.
I don't know about you, but I find it next to impossible to get a photo of our whole family together, let alone one with both my kids where no one is making a face or picking their nose. My kids are 4 1/2 so they tend to get fussy, lose focus and generally make getting more than one or two pictures really difficult. So, this year I decided to be a little smarter about it and hire a professional. After asking around, a few friends recommended Jan Birch Photography. I was so thrilled with the way my children responded to Jan, and so pleased with the resulting photos, that I felt I had to recommend her to friends. But then, Jan also offered to do a wonderful giveaway for my readers valued at $1000 so although I rarely write posts that are just for LA locals, I knew I had to post here for all of you who live in the greater Los Angeles area! 

My daughter giving a real smile instead of
her fake "princess" smile. A miracle!
Jan spent 10 years in the film industry before becoming a family photographer. She'll shoot pretty much anywhere: your home, a park, the beach, and knows how to make the best of all of them. Because Jan is a mother herself, and used to do children's theater, she truly knows how to bring out the best in your kids. Mine were laughing themselves silly and still talk about how much fun they had with her. 

I'm sure you're thinking "yeah, yeah...what about the contest and the $1000 giveaway?" OK. Jan is offering a 1 1/2 hour photo shoot (sorry, no weddings or events), plus the disk with all retouched digital images from the shoot. Additionally, she creates a customized slideshow of her favorite images from the shoot set to music with your own URL to share with friends and family. This package normally sells for $1000.

Our son, perfectly captured by Jan: shy, mischievous and sweet
So, here's how you can win!
  • We want to see a photo of your child that you feel completely captures his or her personality. 
  • Go to Jan's website: to check out her style.
  • Click on "call me" and then her email address to send her your photo entry (one per family please). Just put "The Twin Coach Giveaway" in the subject line. All photos must be submitted by November 5th at midnight PST.
  • I will post Jan's top 3 picks on my Facebook page on November 7th for you to help choose the winning photo!
  • The winner will be announced November 9th at noon on my Facebook page.
More Ways To Get In On The Action
If you happen to write a family oriented blog based in Los Angeles, Jan has offered to extend this giveaway to include you. If you post this giveaway on your blog and/or Facebook fan page and leave a comment here with the link, she'll offer you 50% off her sitting fee (normally $325) when you book a session with her.

So, what do you think? Would you like to get some great photos for your albums or holiday cards? Send in your photos to enter the contest and leave a comment below to let me know you did!

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