Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fun Photos + A New Giveaway!!

We have been so blessed by so many people since our babies were born. You name it and we've probably had someone come help us with it: laundry, meals, middle of the night feedings, help during doctor's appointments, gifts of diapers, clothes and other baby things, yard work...heck, there was even a woman who came over and gave me three private cooking classes so that I would have some easy family-friendly recipes that would work for company too! Seriously, we have some of the best, most genuine friends in the world!

But I have to say that some of my most treasured gifts are the gifts of photos.  There have been a couple of friends who have taken photos for us at different points during the first year of the babies' life, but there is one set that I haven't shared with you yet! I've been sitting on them for a few months, and I've been so antsy to get them up on the blog!!

I originally met Rachel of Salt and Light Photography back when we were both still in high school. My first memory of her involves driving her home after she came over to hang out at our house. We lost touch after that as I moved to Illinois for a short stint as a live-in nanny and then moved back to Kansas City for college.

We eventually reconnected when FaceBook recommended that we be friends (does anyone besides me find it weird that FB does that?!). That was several years ago. I'm so glad that FaceBook reconnected us! :)

She emailed me at the beginning of the year and said that she would like to give us a first birthday gift of photos of the babies! I was so excited since having the babies pretty much nipped all discretionary income in the bud. What a spectacular gift! One of the reasons that I blog is because I want to freeze these quickly passing days so that I can look back on them in the future. And to have professional photos to help me save the memories? Priceless!!

The kids were still on lockdown at the time, but they really wanted us to have the photos, so they made it work. Rachel and her husband Austin loaded their portable studio into their car, drove to our house, and set it up in our living room.

Official First Birthday Photo!
Abby, Caleb, Ellie, and Elijah

And one that is all personality! Hehe!


Caleb




Abby



Elijah




Ellie




Aw! I'm impressed every time I look at these. If you didn't know that they were taken in our living room with VeggieTales playing in the background to keep them entertained, you wouldn't have a clue!

One of the things that I appreciated the most though, was the patience that Rachel and Austin had while working with our family. Rachel completely let the kids decide how the session would run, and Austin jumped in where necessary to entertain and redirect kids back to the set. We even had to completely stop the shoot at one point because Ellie needed a sensory break, and Rachel and Austin played with the other babies while we waited for Ellie to calm down. Taking photos of four one-year-olds isn't easy, and that's why I so appreciated the thoughtfulness and work that went into this gift for our family.

And now they want to extend it to you and your family!

Rachel of Salt and Light Photography is giving away the following:



1 Hour Photography Session and CD
Includes up to 75 images and Rights to Print
Session at one location within 25 miles of zipcode 64055 (Independence, Missouri)
(traveling an additional distance is available for a nominal fee)
Must redeem by January 1, 2013

So what are you expected to do if you win? Show up and smile! That's it!

The session, the images on CD, and the rights to print are all part of the giveaway! You can take your CD and make as many copies of the images as you want (I'm thinking Christmas cards!!)! Rachel, can make the prints for you at a nominal cost, but there is no obligation or expectation that you buy prints from her. They're yours! Go have fun with them!

Rachel is also leaving the giveaway open ended so that you can choose the session that fits what you need. Classy senior photos? Perfect baby pictures? A gorgeous fall session with the whole family? Or maybe just candid shots of the crazy multiples that run in your family? She has the experience to take on any of those! Head over to her blog to get more inspiration for your shoot!

And if you are one of our awesome readers who is unable to drive within the 25 mile radius, make sure you keep an eye on our blog over the next few weeks! We have some fun national giveaways (meaning you can be anywhere in the US) coming up that I think you will enjoy!

Enter below! Once you complete the first two mandatory entries, more opportunities will unlock to give you a greater chance at winning! We will contact you by email if you win. All entries will be validated so make sure you fully complete each entry opportunity that you want to do.
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Do you have a giveaway that you would like to sponsor? Send us an email at theishumquads "at" gmail.com, and let's talk! :)

49 comments:

  1. Oh, this is great! A family photo shoot would be fun :)

    ~Sarah S.

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  2. Would love a shoot at the end of the year once baby #2 has arrived! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! :)

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  3. Beautiful pictures! I would love to win a shoot for my family. :)

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  4. Wonderful giveaway! Would love to have a family portrait.

    Kim Brown

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  5. I would probably do a child or family session for our Christmas cards!

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  6. Pictures ARE a priceless treasure and going to church with Austin as he was growing up... He is an amazing guy, anyone who wins this will be blessed by the Holt family! Beth P.

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  7. We would love, adore, be grateful, elated and more for a fabulous family photo session! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  8. It would be totally awesome to win this session. Hubby & I just adopted a precious baby boy after struggling with infertility for 5.5 years. We would love to have special pictures of our special little guy.

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  9. O I so need this. Thanks for the chance!!!

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  10. The pics of the kids turned out so cute! I would love to do a pregnancy photo shoot with Austin and Rachel!

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  11. Rebecca you are great! When I read your blog it helps me know I can get through it with my two! Thanks for the giveaway, Rachel's pictures are amazing!

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  12. Also, please note Lori S./Lori Strnad shows up as Lori J., also. (maiden name variation)

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    1. Thanks for clarifying, Lori! I've made a note of it!

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  13. I really need an 18 month photo shoot for my triplets – especially since they’re almost 19 months

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  14. Would love a 3-year-old shoot for my triplets or a shoot for all five of my kids!!
    Diane

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  15. With twins, I know how hard it is to get a good photo. They did a great job with quads! To be a fly on the wall to see that...

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  16. Would love a photo shoot with my almost 4 year old twins:). Bless you Rebecca for the great mom you are to your quads. Having 2 is hard. I can't imagine doubling that, but you are doing it with such grace and honor.

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  17. Definitely would do a photo shoot with the family! It's been about 10 years since we've had any taken together.

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  18. What a great opportunity to bless another family! I've found that it is those quality friends that really make the difference.

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  19. Rachel and Austin are so wonderful to work with! Your babies are beautiful!
    I'd like some fall photos of me and my kids...ones where I'm not the one taking the pictures!

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  20. I would love pictures of me and my husband for our one year anniversary! :)

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  21. So excited about this giveaway!! Love your blog Rebecca!!

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  22. I don't live in your area, but I must say these pictures are absolutely beautiful! Reading your blog gives me encouragement as I raise my own four children (ages 3-13). Blessings to you and your family.

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  23. How fun! Great photos! I would do a family shoot if I won :D

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  24. Love the pictures! Got a Senior this year, so perfect timing for senior pictures, but it's been ages since we've had a family portrait. Choices, choices... guess I'll have to decide if I win. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Tina Good :)

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  25. I would choose a family photo shoot. We have major changes going on these days–my twins entering big school all day, for for the first time, my middle one, entering well–Middle School and my oldest starting college!!

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  26. Rebecca- I just love reading your blog! You're babies are adorable and you're an amazing writer! I love all the funny stories! I think it's awesome you are doing all these give-aways, it's such a cool thing! I would love to get some family pictures done. It's been about 5 years or more since our last ones. :( I think it's time for some new ones!

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  27. Great photos & great give away! We still have not taken professional photos of our 2 year old twins. I need a good photographer that can work with one of our girls that has special needs & isn't sitting up yet. Maybe I could actually send out Christmas photos this year, too :)

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  28. I would love a fall photo shoot for our family!

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  29. I would love a family photo shoot or our daughter's second birthday shoot :) We LOVE their work! They shot our daughter's first birthday, our engagements, and our wedding!

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  30. I would love a family photo shoot or to have my daughters 4 year old pictures taken :)

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  31. A photo shoot with my family! We haven’t had professional photos done in at least ten years. This would be so awesome and Mom would love it.

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  32. I am soo behind on family photos. I have not done professional pictures in 3 years. I need to win this to actuallyake time to do it.

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  33. Michelle - New ZealandAugust 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    This is slightly off topic but my Mom and I were talking about multiples the other day and I mentioned that I follow your blog and she was so amazed that you have quads. I showed her these photos and her exact words were "Oh how gorgeous!". You now have two New Zealand blog followers! :)

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    1. Aw! Thank you mom for the sweet compliment about our kids! :)

      And I still find it incredible that people as far away as New Zealand read this blog. Tell your mom that I said, "Welcome!" (And if she ever leaves a comment, I hope that she will identify herself as your mom!) :)

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  34. Would love family pics with a Fall background. Your kiddos pictures were great. Couldn't miss signing up.

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  35. Great pictures and what a fun idea for a giveaway! I love the idea of a family photo shoot.
    Lisen :)

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  36. As always I LOVE your blog post and the pictures are absolutely darling. Your photographer is AMAZING and I love to win a family portrait session!

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  37. Hi Rebecca.

    The babies' photo shoot came out great! It is great to have such beautiful photos to capture memories of them at age one. I am glad you could not hold back any longer and posted them : 0 ).

    : 0 ) Theresa (Capri + 3)

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  38. How fun! We would love to win a family session. (It would be the first time my family has had one since my sister was adopted!)

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  39. My fiance and I are getting married in 2 weeks in Florida! His 3 kids will be with us and I’m sure we’ll have lots of great pictures of all of us together on the beach, but I would love to get some family pictures of us back home in Kansas City! Who knows – maybe by that point we could include a baby announcement??? :-)

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  40. We would love a family photo shoot :)

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  41. I would an outdoor session of much needed family photos and a few of for my daughters 2 year photos'

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  42. Definitely Family pictures!!

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