Mother’s Day Photo Contest!!!!

Sometimes, as I look back through my own pictures that I have of my family, I notice something disconcerting.  I am not in any of these pictures.  

Its not that I really LIKE having my picture taken….surprisingly I don’t…which is probably why I rarely ever ASK anyone to include me.  When I sift back through my memories, however, I am a bit troubled by the fact that SOMEDAY, when it may be important to them,  my children will not see me in any of these pictures.  There will be but only a few pictures of me throughout there lifetimes.  Why is that, I wonder?

I know the simple answer.  Its because I am the one always taking the pictures.  At first, I was convinced that this was because I am a photographer, and that I have a rather expensive camera that no one in my family feels comfortable touching.  As I talk to more of my friends (also moms, I must add)…it seems that this is common in most households.  Millions of pictures of the kids.  Lots of pictures of Dad and the grandparents, several of aunts and uncles at family holiday get togethers, and one or two of Mom.  Period.  If you are lucky.  Most of the time, only if you asked.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I would like to offer the local moms of Erie PA the opportunity to change that.

I am offering a Mother’s Day Photo Contest.  Check out the rules below.  But its simple:  have a friend, your spouse, or a family member grab your camera or cell phone and take a snapshot of you (mom) with your kids.  It can be silly, it can be sweet, it can be anything you want it to be.  Email that to me at:  christine@christineerin.com by Monday…and you will be entered into the contest.  How do you win?  With votes (see below).  The winning prize??? A free session with me on Presque Isle in June.  But the beauty of it?  Even if you don’t win, you have a picture of you and your kids.  It captured you and them at this exact moment in time.  They will have that picture to remember you and them, and where you were at this moment in time, and they will have it (hopefully) forever.

Looking forward to receiving your submission!  All submissions will be posted here for voting beginning on May 1st.

Christine Erin Photography – 2012 Mother’s Day Photo Contest – Rules and Details

1.  You will need to submit a photo of yourself with your children to be entered in the contest.  Please submit with the tag line you would like used to represent your photo. (ex:  Susan, Mary, and Margaret…etc)

2.  The photo you enter in the contest must be taken by yourself or a family member… And you must have permission to use the photo. (no copyrighted or professional photos, please).

3.   You can not currently owe Christine Erin Photography for any past sessions due.

4.  Email photo to :  christine@christineerin.com.  Photos will be collected from now through April 30 (only 2 days!!!) .  Photos will be posted on Christine Erin Photography’s BLOG (https://christineerin.wordpress.com/) on May 1st.  Voting will begin May 1st and run through May 12.  Winner will be announced on Mother ‘s Day (Sunday May 13th).

5.  You can vote for your photo once per day, each day, from May 1st through May 12.  Tell your friends, post to Facebook, tweet it…..the person with the most votes wins the contest.  It’s that simple!!!  So rally your team and have everyone vote once a day if they can for these 12 days.  I will post a direct link to the page for voting on May 1st.

Grand Prize Winner:  FREE session with Christine Erin Photography in June on location at Presque Isle.

BONUS!!!!!  If we get 20+ photo entries, I will offer a MINI session day in June to ALL participants of the photo contest for $50.00 per session, and each family  gets a free 5×7 print of their favorite “pose”from their session with me.  So spread the news…tell everyone about the contest!!!  Then you can either win your FREE regular session, or get a $50.00 mini session with Christine Erin Photography!

HAVE A WONDERFUL MOTHERS DAY!  YOU DESERVE IT!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

Through a few months of computer crashes, new hard drives, more computer crashes, and finally a new computer….I have decided to show my face again and get back to the weekly photo challenges!  My, how I have missed the creativity they seem to inspire!  This weeks photo challenge was “Two Subjects”.  I find myself having a bit of spring fever on a day like today, and seem to have “silly” in my bones after being outside with the kiddos for a good part of the afternoon, so here you go:

 

What could be better, right after Easter break, than two delicious candies battling it out in the field?

Certainly two of the easiest subjects to photograph as they bask in the sun.

This one was still on my camera card from a few weeks ago, and it seemed fitting for the challenge. My friend and I enjoying the day in New York.

Day 10: Carl Sandburg Home – Connemara

The first time I visited Carl Sandburg’s North Carolina mountain home, I wasn’t quite sure who he was.  I had been told repeatedly, though, that I needed to take my kids up to see the goats at Connemara, and to walk the trails offered for enjoyment there.  It was free, with a small fee being charged only to tour the home.  Here is a link with more information. http://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm

Since the first time that I went to Carl Sandburg’s home 2 years ago, we make it a “must see” place to visit each time that we come.   The kids DO love to interact with the goats (especially in the spring when the babies are born!), but they also love to walk the trails, look at the waterfall, and see glassy mountain when they are there.

Now that our “baby” is almost 3  (too big to carry, yet too small to walk the 3 miles round trip)….you will not see images of the views of Big Glassy Mountain here today.  But here is a little bit of eye candy of what Connemara farms has to offer, should you ever decide to make the trip.  Enjoy~

The bridge onto the property

An interesting tree stump. I saw a lady in a dress floating...what do you see?

Another interesting tree stump.....or is this the BEST hide and seek spot EVER?!?!?!?

One of the descendants of Mrs. Sandburg's prized goats.

The Sandburg's NC Home

Main Street USA – Hendersonville, NC, part 2

How could I write a post about Historic Hendersonville without including some of the following images??? Chosen in black & white, as so to reflect the timelessness of the town.   Come and take a walk down main street with me……

A view of Main Street, from the intersection of 6th and Main

An ICON. The Mast General Store. Here you can find things from UGG boots, to fashion clothing, to old fashioned toys and candies, to candles, cookware, and books.

The historic old courthouse, now a museum

The Old Apothecary sign. Now "Mikes on Main" (an ice cream and soda shop---with some pretty good diner food as well!)

The clock above the current gem and mineral museum

The Black Rose Pub. Tasty Irish food (including good old bangers and mash) is served up here.

McFarlans Bakery. If you have never been, you are missing out on one of the best bakeries in the south!

I couldn't do McFarlan's justice with just a sign. I had to show some of their yummy treats!

Main Street USA….Hendersonville, NC – part 1

One of my favorite parts of downtown “Historic Hendersonville” is Main Street.  It was established in the 1840’s, and still remains quaint and timeless in its beauty.  While many (if not most) of the buildings on the main 7 block stretch are original….they are all transformed into a cultural and diverse display of modern tastes.  One does not need to walk far to find fantastic food, chocolates, art, clothing, and trinkets of any kind.  And I can’t write about downtown Hendersonville without mentioning the bears.  No…not real bears, but the bear statues that are painted by local artists each year, and then auctioned off for local charities.  You can read more about that here, if you like.  http://www.hendersonvillebears.com/about/

One of the Bears on Main Street in Hendersonville, NC

I walked down Main Street a few days ago, camera in hand, to take pictures of a few of my favorite spots.  I ended up coming home with over 150 pictures.  Just of 6 blocks.  As I poured over them, I couldn’ t decide which to share.  There is a place in my heart for every store that I love on Main street.  Every historic thing.  The kind store owners who always have time to talk, to help… to share their knowledge or their recipes or their directions to the best hidden spots to visit in these mountains.  So rather than post over 150 images of the entire street, I decided to do a 2 part series, and narrow it down to my favorite three places in part 1.  The places I always visit when I walk these streets, because something always draws me back time and time again.

Now….I am sure I would get arguments from many on what THEIR favorite haunts are in Hendersonville.  And they would all have their points, as these places  all have special enticements to each unique individual.  However, these are my PERSONAL favorites…and I am glad to have the opportunity to share them with any of you who are reading.  I hope you all have the chance to visit someday……there really is no place like Main Street.

My Favorite Art Gallery

WICKWIRE fine art / folk art

WICKWIRE's street sign

One of the many displays of beautiful art at WICKWIRE

Another WICKWIRE art selection, which speaks for itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Restaurant

Never Blue tapas bar and grille


 

Ahhhh…..the Never Blue. While there are many fantastic restaurants in town, this one is a “MUST VISIT” for me, every time.
While I STRONGLY encourage you to take a look at the specialty drink menu from Never Blue (if for nothing else, for entertainment)…my favorite is the tried and true margarita.
” The Brownie”. Takes 20 minutes to make….you need to order it with dinner. Try one, and you’ll know why…..

Kids Top Pick:  The Toy Store!

Dancing Bear Toys

Dancing Bear Toys...the most fun your kids will have on Main Street!

....and this is only 1/4 of the store!

The people at Dancing Bear are kind enough to have some "mommy seats" with local magazines, while you wait for the kids to decide what they want.

All in 12 hours: The Ever Changing View

It’s not often that I brag.  At least, I don’t think I do.  But when I have a backyard view that some people hike for miles to witness, I have to share it.  I am not trying to brag, but more to let others witness what I get to see in just a few hours.

One thing I always loved about living in the mountains of North Carolina, was the ever changing view that I got to experience.  Every day.  From the moment that you wake up in the morning until it gets dark at night, no matter when you look out that back window, SOMETHING is always changing.  Perhaps its the photographer in me that notices the light differentiation, the clouds moving, the mountains turning different colors….but I dont think so.  I think it would be something that would be hard for ANYONE to miss.

SO today I set out on a small personal challenge.  From the moment the sunrise cast its pink colors onto the Blue Ridge Mountains….until the moment it set underneath its beautiful peaks….I photographed it.  I probably took 20 pictures in all, of the same view, from roughly the same spot on my deck.  Here are some of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy todays view as much as I did.  🙂

Approx. 7:30 am, as the glow of the sunrise illuminates the clouds

8:00 am. Looks like its going to be a beautiful day!

9:00 am. Possible storm clouds rolling in?

9:30 am. God's sign of promise- the rainbow.

12:00. Clouds clearing back up. Blue skies rolling in.

2:00 pm and the rest of the afternoon. Not a cloud in sight.

5:45 pm. The sun setting over the beautiful mountains. I had to pull back a bit in this shot, to get the sun, but its still taken from the same angle. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

Hope – “to cherish a desire with anticipation”

While growing up, my one “hope” or desire was to have a child/children and be able to be a stay at home mom.  Once I achieved that goal, the word “hope” took on an entirely new meaning.

I hope they are healthy.  I hope they have a good life.  I hope they stay safe.  I hope people are kind to them, and that they experience as little heartache as possible.  I hope they find happiness.  I hope they find someone, someday, who loves them as much as I do.  I hope they have children of their own.  I hope they live long, prosperous lives.

I have so many hopes and wishes for my children, and every night when I pray, I always ask for these things for them.  Hope, I have found, is really all that I have.

 

Remember……

Every once in a while, you end up with a day that is almost perfect.

Today was that day.

We all need those days to hold on to.  For on those other kinds of days, the not so nice days, we need to have these pages in time to pull out…..to dust off ……and to remember.

Do YOU remember?

You have them, too.

If you close your eyes and let your mind go, you will find yourself there.  Back to one of those special places on a special day…..that day that was as close to perfect as days can be.

Today was day 4 of my visit to the NC mountains.  Today, not only did I get to have a fantastic visit with a dear friend, I got to go waterfall hiking with my most treasured of all people….my family. We went to Pisgah National Forest and hiked to Toms Spring Falls (a.k.a Daniel Ridge Falls).  One of the most beautiful places to be in WNC is in Pisgah, as no matter what you are looking for (vistas, waterfalls,streams, pathways, bridges)…it can be found there.

Here are a few snapshots into my day. And if I ever get lost, if I ever can’t seem to locate these images in my mind, thank God I can come back here.  Thats the beauty of photo blogging.  🙂

Enjoy!~~

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

This morning I awoke to my former life.  I was back in North Carolina.  Back in the mountains.  Back to the place I used to call HOME.

I made my morning coffee and waited patiently, looking out the window into the receding darkness.

The sun started to rise.  The colors emerged.   The peace in my soul started flowing again.

Nothing could be more simple than that.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

In light of the holiday season (the shopping, decorating, wrapping, and photo sessions for Christmas Cards), I have fallen behind on my blogging once again.  I was out on location for a couples session last night.  At the beach.  In the north.  In January.  Although we froze our tushies off, it made for some stunning images (which I hope to add to my blog later tonight).

As we strolled along the beach, we came across this tree.  I rarely pause a photo shoot to take a picture for myself, but I know this couple well…and I simply could not resist the stunning image this ice covered tree presented me with.  Its something that even my fancy camera couldn’t really do justice to.  But here it is anyway, as I am now able to happily post my “Winter” photo Challenge.

To quote something I saw a friend post on Facebook recently:  “The winters will drive you crazy until you learn to get out into them.”
― Parker J. Palmer

 

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