Thursday, December 16, 2010

Two For One Blog Post

So this post is going to be a 2 for 1 seeing as how tomorrow we hop on the red-eye to Mississippi for Christmas. First off, the final December Giveaway...

I know that those who voted on the Jaime Lauren Photography Facebook Page are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner of the Best Kiss of 2010 award--especially those couples whose photos were voted on. So I'll get to the winner without any further adieu: Seija & Josh, the $100 gift card to your online photo gallery at is yours! AND, since so many people got online and voted, I'd like to spread the Christmas cheer by surprising the 3 other couples with the most votes (Becky & Bryce, Brooke & Andrew, and Benita & Cory respectively) with a $20 gift card to their client gallery. I sincerely appreciate the turnout, the enthusiasm, and all the awesome feedback that came with folks commenting on their photo of choice. I've also been really enjoying the interaction that comes from comments and sure makes the solitary aspects of my job (posting, editing, etc.) much more fun! Keep the comments and feedback coming folks...they're what makes my work better!

Seija & Josh
Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino, BC
September 2010

All right, Numero Dos for today is one last fall-related post (yes, yes, it's December 22nd, but here in the Bay area it still feels like fall, so I'm justifying a final autumnal posting! Beside, yesterday was only the first official day of winter). This was a shoot for my dear, looong-time friend Skye and her fiance Wes who are getting married this spring. My absolute FAVOURITES from the shoot are the first ring shot which you'll see right away, and the middle photo in the second-to-last spread--Wes & Skye cuddled up in a Scottish tartan blanket purchased on the Isle of Skye. Skye's really proud of her Scottish heritage (and is the only girl I know who can pull off a pretty amazing Scottish accent) and I love that this prop was incorporated into the shoot. It's not cheesy or contrived--neither the kiss or the blanket. Anyway, we shot these in Kelowna outside of a little boarded up heritage church and I thought the colours of the building brought out all the fall hues really nicely. And of course, Skye & Wes looked mighty fine as well!

So, as we leave fall behind, here's one last look at a shoot from the year 2010. You'll hear from me next either from Mississippi if I get a chance, or from Switzerland which is where I'm heading for the New Year. I'll be ringing it in with my husband (who will be missing his team play at the Gator Bowl, bless his maroon & white heart) in Switzerland where I'll be shooting a New Years wedding for an old friend and his bride. I am having trouble containing my excitement even now, so beware, because by the time I get back to the blog I just might explode with a jumble of words and images!

Thank you for all your contributions to the blog throughout 2010. I can't wait to see what the New Year will bring but before I get ahead of myself, let me wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Here's to the next week filled with Mississippi family & friends, hunting for deer, and meditating on the birth of Christ!

And the Winner Is...

In my blogging/posting rampage this afternoon I forgot to announce that I'd drawn the winner of the Morocco photo book. Thank you to those who officially follow the blog and have for some time, as well as those new followers who've signed up recently...I really appreciate your support and would love to interact more with you through comments etc. Feel free to add your two cents!

Anyway, I know you're all dying to know who the winner is so without further adieu...

Elizabeth Klauer, (otherwise known as 'Biz') YOU are the lucky winner! If you could email me with your preferred mailing address, I'll have your Morocco coffee table book shipped off to you asap!

And to all you other fabulous folks, feel free to check out the giveaway posted below and vote for the Best Kiss of 2010!