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As I was photographing these newborn twins…

One of the boys  s-s-s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d  his leg and stuck his foot right up in the air!

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This week’s I Heart Faces theme is “On Your Feet”.

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Gotcha!

Do you hear it?!!

I do.

There are photographs that make you feel something when you look at them.  And there are some that make you hear something.

This little boy’s laughter as his dad catches him… it’s so loud!

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This week’s I Heart Faces theme is “Bust A Gut”.

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Winners Announced for Color Me Beautiful Giveaway

As of 2 hours ago, the “Color Me Beautiful” Giveaway closed.  I pulled a couple numbers from random.org, verified that the entries qualified, and voila.  Here they are…

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CONGRATULATIONS to ROMEESA FORE and GAURI WEBSTER!!!

Please email me at annie@annietaophotography.com with your mailing addess in order to receive your BlackRapid limited edition RS-WS1 Color camera strap!  You have 48 hours to respond.  (If I don’t hear from you, a new winner will be chosen.)

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Color Me Beautiful! [RS-W1 Camera Strap Giveaway]

Be comfortable.

Be beautiful.

Be an individual.

With a BlackRapid limited edition RS-W1 color strap, you can have it all and a bag of chips.  (Well, you’ll have to supply your own bag of chips!)

Now you can win one of these limited edition BlackRapid RS-W1 camera straps (as shown in this post).  Read the entire post for the details.

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[If you haven’t read my review yet, click here!]

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Details to the “Color Me Beautiful” Limited Edition RS-W1 color camera strap giveaway:

* This Giveaway will end on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:00pm PSTYea, that’s right…on 11-11-11!

* Each blog comment counts as one entry.

* You can have up to 3 entries per person.  (See the rules below.)  The 1st step is mandatory to enter.

* At the end of the Giveaway, I will choose TWO lucky winners who will win one of the limited edition straps.

* I will contact the winners and they will have 48 hours to respond to my email with their mailing address.  Yours truly will be mailing the strap to you!

* Winning entries will be verified, so please follow the rules.  If an entry is disqualified, a new winner will be chosen.

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How to Enter:

1.  Go to my Annie Tao Photography Facebook page, “Like” it, find this Giveaway post on the Wall and leave a comment.  Tell me which color strap is your favorite (as your FB comment).  Then come back to this blog post and tell me that you did this step. *THIS STEP IS MANDATORY TO ENTER

If you want to increase your odds of winning, here are more entry opportunities….

2.  Go to BlackRapid’s Facebook page and “Like it”.  If you want, you can leave them some FB love on their Wall (optional).  Then come back to this blog post and tell me you did this step.

3.  Tell me your creative vision.  Leave a comment in this blog post with a color or design pattern you’d like to see on a camera strap.  Or, if there’s a camera strap that isn’t on the market yet that you’d like to see, tell me what that is.  I can’t guarantee it’ll be made (heck, I don’t work for BlackRapid), but you never know!

[Reminder: Be sure you are making separate comments for each of these steps.  Each blog comment is one entry!  If you do all 3 steps, you should have 3 comments (one for each step completed).  At the end of the Giveaway, I will choose two numbers, which will determine the winners.  Email me or write on my FB wall if you have any questions!]

Good luck, my friends!  And thank you, BlackRapid, for supplying the products for this Giveaway.

Annie

Review: Limited Edition BlackRapid RS-W1

STOP RIGHT THERE.  Yea, I mean you.  You’ll wanna hear this.

BlackRapid took my favorite single camera strap — the RS-W1 — and gave it a splash of color.  Now it is functional, comfortable AND fun!

What is BlackRapid going to think up next?!!

Last week, BlackRapid introduced their latest products:  The RS-W1 Colors.  These are limited edition straps, which means you shouldn’t wait too long to pick one up if you’re thinking about buying one.  Once they’re sold out, it’s hasta la vista, baby.

[If you aren’t familiar with these camera straps, read my latest post on the RS-W1 versus a split double strap.]

Limited Edition Colors

From left to right, the colors are:  Green Lake, Blue Ridge and Stone Way.

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Sleek and Tough

The Limited Edition W1 Color straps have the same top quality materials as the regular RS-W1:  Stainless steel hardware, ballistic nylon.

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Sexy Curves

Like the regular RS-W1 straps, these limited edition straps have the same sexy curves that are made for a woman’s body.

Let’s face it.  Most women want to be treated equally to men, but there are some things that make women different than men, like our bodies.

I am so grateful for companies, like BlackRapid, who have stepped up and embraced these differences by making products that are tailored for women.   

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On Real Women

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Product Review Summary

My Overall Impression: “Niiiice!”

Evaluation of the Limited Edition colors: The colors are even cooler than I expected.  For the same reason why I like Metallic Paper for my prints, I dig the metallic-like sheen of these colors.

Final comments/Suggestions: I think it’s fantastic to offer the W1, a woman’s strap, in colors other than black.  What was a surprise to me was that the colors were all gender-neutral.  I would love to see some colors or patterns that are more feminine, like red and purple.  Maybe even a soft pink!  I can’t speak for all women, but sometimes, I enjoy being a girlie-girl.  :)

[Pssst!  If you'd like one of these limited edition straps, I will be giving some away next week!]

Weeeeeeee!

Being little means having simple pleasures.

A plastic lid, a shoebox, a stick and tape are not ordinary things.  They are things that make noise, hold precious objects and start adventures.

This little cutie found a bench to be a fun ride!

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…

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This week’s I Heart Faces theme is:  Let Them Be Little.  It’s fun to see how other photographers interpreted this theme!

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Bossi Bag Giveaway Winner

There were 235 entries in the “Hot Mama!” Bossi Bag Giveaway, which ended Saturday evening.  Thank you to all who entered!

Don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom for a special gift from Nicole!

My little dude with the broken sunglasses wanted to announce the winner…

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CONGRATULATIONS, Katelyn!

I will email you and you can get started with shopping at THEIT‘s site to pick out your favorite color The Bossi bag!!!!

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***A GIFT FOR EVERYONE***

There may be only one entry that got chosen for this Giveaway, but Nicole (founder of THEIT) wants everyone to walk away a winner by getting 15% off your next order!  (Nicole, you are too good to my readers!!!)

Just punch in the discount code upon checkout:  LOVEANNIE15

Discount code is good until October 31, 2011.

I know they have new Fall colors just in too.  Ooh, the Gravel one looks mighty sweet!

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This is one of my favorite editorial shots.  And it still cracks me up when I look at it!

There are 3 people in the shot, but no faces are showing.  They are the hands that tell the story.

[Photography Tip:  You don’t always need to show faces when shooting people.  When it is a body part that is doing something interesting, focus on that.  Decide if it’s better to tell the story zoomed into that body part or zoomed out to capture the scene.]

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This week’s I Heart Faces challenge is “Raise Your Hands”.  Feel free to check out the other submissions.

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Hot Mama! [The Bossi Bag Giveaway]

I love The Bossi bag sooooo much that I asked THEIT if I could give one away!  (Thank you, Nicole!!!)  I mean, how can I not share something sooooo beautiful?!!

This bag will cheer you up… be the statement piece to an outfit… AND keep your camera safe.  How many bags can do all of that?!!

[If you haven’t read my review yet, please check it out.  I have lots of photos of this beauty!]

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Details to the “Hot Mama!  The Bossi Bag Giveaway”:

* This Giveaway will end on OCTOBER 15, 2011 at 11:00pm PST.

* Each blog comment counts as one entry.

* You can have up to 3 entries per person.  (See the rules below.)  The 1st step is mandatory to enter.

* At the end of the Giveaway, I will choose ONE lucky winner randomly.

* I will contact the winner either via Facebook or the email address given in their blog comment.  (It’ll be a surprise!)

* The prize:  THEIT will give a $150 merchandise credit to the winner, so she (or he) can choose their favorite bag!!!

* THEIT will inform the winner of the details (and restrictions, if any) to using the merchandise credit.

* If the chosen commenter does not correctly enter the Giveaway, the entry is disqualified and a new winner will be chosen.

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How to Enter:

1.  Go to my Annie Tao Photography Facebook page, “Like” it, find this Giveaway post on the Wall and leave a comment.  Tell me one thing you love about photography or why you want to win this bag (in the FB comment).  Then come back to this blog post and tell me that you did this step. *THIS STEP IS MANDATORY TO ENTER

If you want to increase your odds of winning, here are more entry opportunities….

2.  Go to the THEIT Facebook page and “Like it”.  If you want, you can leave them some FB love on their Wall (optional).  Then come back to this blog post and tell me you did this step.

3.  Both Nicole, the Founder of THEIT, and I believe moms have one of the toughest “jobs” in the World, and they deserve to be stylish too!  So this step is dedicated to all the moms!  :)  Leave a comment in this blog post about being a mom (or about a mom that you know). It could be something funny (ie, “I wore 2 different shoes to the store after I had my baby, so please let me win this bag.  I need it!”) or serious (ie, a parenting tip).  [Please note:  you do not have to be a mom to enter.]

[ADDITIONAL NOTE (10/1/11): Be sure you are making separate comments for each of these steps.  Each blog comment is one entry!  What I’m seeing is that some people are doing all 3 steps, but mistakenly enter only 1 comment.  That will be considered 1 entry only, not 3 (even if you stated that you did all 3 steps in that comment).  At the end of the Giveaway, I will choose a random number, which will determine the winner, so the more entries you have, the better your chances.  Email me or write on my FB wall if you have any questions!]

Good luck!

Annie

A Touch of Sun

This week’s i heart faces theme is:  A Touch of Sun.

It was a cold and overcast morning.  Just when my clients were about to start some family hoppin’ fun, the clouds cleared.  You could almost hear the “ommmmmmmm” from the sky!  :)

I love that the touch of sun highlights the kids in the middle as they jump in unison.

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