Friday, November 20, 2009

{vendor week...day 5}






Firefly Frames and Design was created in 2007 with a touch of whimsy, beautiful materials, and attention to detail. We are Steve and Emily Formsma. We are blessed to be able to combine our skills in the creation of gorgeous frames for your studios, homes, and customers. Firefly Frames are now available in three collections; Straight, Curved, and Round. Firefly Frames are created with beautiful pine carefully selected for character and quality. No two frames are ever alike as the knots and grain pattern of each piece of wood is enhanced to display its unique character. The finishes created for our frames range from a distressed shabby chic to metallic glazes elegant enough for the finest of homes. We believe frames shouldn't distract from the artwork it surrounds but should rather be an accent that enhances it's beauty. We have worked hard to create unique and timeless frames to help you do just that with your artwork whether it be photographs or paintings. Firefly Frames are also used to frame mirrors for interior design use. We are confident that you will enjoy our frames as much as we do.

We are offering all Savvy followers 20% off with the following discount code: savvy
This discount code will be good through November 25.

Firefly Frames and Design

{I hear they have found a lab ProLabExpress that is now offering round prints to fit their frames...how cool is that!}




503 online Workshops

As if any of us have extra time we need to do the things we want to. Ahhhhh .... the internet. It opens doors far and wide! Click here, stretch your creative wings and do it all on your own schedule. No set classes, no dress code. All you need is a beating heart, a camera (preferably a DSLR!) and a desire to no longer be a wannabe. It's a photography workshop at it's finest (and funnest)!

503 online Workshops



Beyond Red and Green

Order 10 Christams templates...and get them for only $55.00! You choose your favorite 10 from 2008 or 2009.
Mix and match if you please! This sale won't last long!
Check out the site for the all the templates to choose from.




http://www.martalocklear.com/

The next WS is Jan 10-24 (only a couple of spots left) $500
Opening soon will be March (dates TBA) $500

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"What is included in this e-course anyway (and what is not)?
For starters...me!

Ha. Really...what I mean by that is just straight up me. I am not stuffy, I am not all "business", I will be straight forward and honest, and just tell it the way I do things. I do not pretend to know it all...at all! I am still learning too...as is every artist and business person out there. For example, I am not a technical shooter...so if you are looking for that and are looking to crunch numbers...this is not the place. I do shoot manual and I do know what I am doing, but I break a lot of rules (as I have been told). I consider myself a feel shooter. I know what I want, what I like, and I do whatever I have to do to my camera to get the results I like. Its kinda liberating.

So...back on track. The workshop. It is a creative one...and a touch of a business one.
It will be a very "real" e-course.
-video tutorials
-live streaming video chat
-7 creative lessons to get you to push your boundaries, see the ordinary, not so ordinary.
-forum based center for questions, lesson plans, postings, critique, and just sharing
- me online daily to join in chat discussions and answer forum questions
-my personal vendor lists and discounts

Topics to be taught
-Finding the light (indoors & out)
-Backlighting
-Composition
-Perspectives
-Creativity (pushing your own boundaries)
-Posing
-Processing
-Growing your business as boutique or couture

I will touch a bit on my business and how I market myself. This is not a business workshop though, I will only touch on business bit.
Since it has been asked by many...how I handle being a busy mom of 3, run several businesses, and still sleep (a little). I want to push others to see this as more of an art than just a job...it will not only push your creative eye, but help your business, and separate you from the growing number of photographers out there.
And once we are in the forums and live chats...you ask...I will tell."





These images were taken on a day that we normally would have rescheduled the session. With the clients blessing and upcoming arrival we decided not to hide from Hurricane Ida but to face her head on. This just goes to show, with a little creativity and determination to step outside the norm...you can achieve awesome images in even the most unlikely of situations. We had winds of 10-15 mph, constant rain (even in the umbrellaless images) and a natural light studio with cloudy day lighting.

I will guide you on how to achieve this for yourself, your clients and your business. But you have to want it and work for it!



How to win the online workshop giveaway...

Spread the word about the Savvy Photographer to enter! One lucky winner {really lucky winner} will win. You may enter until midnight pacific time on Sunday, November 22, 2009.

The winner will be announced Monday morning {November 23, 2009}

You must leave a comment here for every shout out...


{1} follow us on twitter and tweet about us!!


{2} become a fan on facebook and tell all of your friends about the Savvy Photographer {who cares if they think you're wierd...it's only everyone you've ever known...including all ex-boyfriends...right?}


{3} subscribe to our RSS feed


{4} write a post about us on your blog...an actual post about the wonderful things you can find on the Savvy Photographer {or anything nice you want to say about us!}...put a working link...and come back here and leave three comments...yep three...but I will check to see if you made a post...please put your website info in the comment.


{5} if you are a member in any forums~ tell all your photographer friends to check us out {let us know which forum you posted and post a working link to us}


{6} do a random act of kindness for someone...anyone...and come back here and tell about it! {make someone happy...we could all use a little happiness in our lives!}

Good luck!!! I hear this is a fabulous, life changing online workshop!

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Guess what...I'm announcing the speakers for the Savvy Sisterhood Workshop on the Waterfront tomorrow!!! I love the group of women we are bringing together to teach and inspire us! {i have hand picked these photographers that i adore and want to learn more from} This workshop is going to be an incredible three days of learning but will also be a place where lifetime friendships are formed. I want everyone to come together as photographers...and leave as sisters...sisters who share a mutual love for photography and who will continue to inspire each other long after the workshop has ended. I hope you join us!

{only 10 more days until registration opens! Due to the large response we have gotten, we anticipate the spots to fill quickly! Mark your calendars! I will answer the questions i have received this weekend on the blog...stay tuned!}

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373 comments:

  1. I am already a fan on FB and I gave TSP a Shout Out!

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  2. I already subscribe to the RSS feed. Can't go without my updates!

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  3. I posted in my forum.

    http://verdephoto.invisionplus.net/?mforum=verdephoto&act=ST&f=7&t=95

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  4. Oh how I want to do this workshop!!! I have subscribed to your RSS feed!!

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  5. For my random act of kindness, I offered a free maternity and newborn session to a single parent mother.

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  6. I subscribed to the RSS feed. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway for the workshop!

    tammons at triad dot rr dot com

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  7. I subscribed to your RSS feed! Off to tweet!

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  8. Oooh what a great giveaway! I'm a facebook fan.

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  9. I just became a fan on facebook!

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  10. I was all ready a twitter follower, but I just tweeted about you.

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  11. I'm a facebook fan and posted an update

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  12. Amy S...I am currently subscribed thru my email

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  13. I tweeted too.

    http://twitter.com/timeslidesby/status/5888693980

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  14. Amy S...just gave a shout out on my FB!!

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  15. Soooo can't wait to see the speakers for the sisterhood retreat!!!

    I'm a twitter follower. I'll be keeping an eye out tomorrow!

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  16. Amy S...just gave my tweet!!

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  17. OH man would I love to win this!
    Subscribed to RSS feed!

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  18. Shared with my photog friends on a forum (enrich)!

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  19. Tweeted! http://www.twitter.com/KarolQuinn

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  20. I called a friend and offered to help with her son's 10th birthday party with 19 kids instead of enjoying a quiet night while my kids are at the party.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. Gave a shoutout on FB! www.facebook.com/karolquinnphotography

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  22. Posted on Facebook! Fingers crossed!

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  23. Subscribed to the Rss feed. Love to win this one!

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  24. I subscribe to your feed through bloglines!

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  25. already got you on my google reader! would love to win a spot for Marta's workshop!

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  26. sent a tweet out this beautiful morning! @andreadphoto

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  27. Tweet Tweet!

    https://twitter.com/BreeRossphoto

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  28. I just subscribed to RSS feed!

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  29. Just became a FB fan! You rock!

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  30. I REALLY want to win this workshop spot!
    http://twitter.com/TammyLynMiller

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  31. Already a FB fan, as well as Twitter! Soooo, wanting to take this workshop online!

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  32. I'm a subscriber too! LOVE this blog!

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  33. Just tweeted about you guys! @KelseyBigelow

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  34. Following the RSS and Twitter, and a fan on Facebook!

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  35. My RAC for the day .... I let my 3 and 4 year olds sleep until 9 AM so my hubby could sleep in peacefully. I will pay for that when they don't nap and when 5:00 rolls around ... = )

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  36. oooh, i would love to win! I am RSS subcribed!

    tamsen

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  37. I invited a woman in my neighborhood over for later this morning for a chat so she could get out of her house and let her daughter play with my daughter. Sometimes we just need a friend to pull us out of a rut, right?

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  38. Posted about you on my blog too:
    http://blog.kelseybigelowphotography.com

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  39. Posted about you on my blog too:
    http://blog.kelseybigelowphotography.com

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  40. oh, i love you guys. i am a facebook fan and posted about ya on my page! as well as the great giveaway! thanks!

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  41. And for the third and final comment:

    Posted about you on my blog too:
    http://blog.kelseybigelowphotography.com

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  42. i tweeted about the giveaway @littlebites

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  43. i posted on facebook as well http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=690362088

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  44. Already subscribe to your RSS - can't go without my daily dose of Savvy!!!

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  45. tweeted, and following on twitter!

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  46. Just subscribed to your RSS feed!

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  47. gave you props on facebook, and are following you as friend

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  48. I posted your link on facebook page on my status!!

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  49. Just posted your link on my blog!! Would love this workshop!! Pretty please!! THis is one of three posts

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  50. This is three of three posts!! Thanks
    Carlee (rumorhasitphoto@me.com)

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  51. For my random act of kindness, I did a free session for a family where the father had lost his job and they are just barely getting by. These are the only photos they have of their 6 month old that they haven't taken themselves!

    I would love to win!

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  52. I am a fan on facebook and just posted about you!

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  53. I follow you on twitter @momandcamera and just tweeted about you!

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  54. For my random act of kindness, I did a free session for a family where the father had lost his job and they were just barely getting by. These were the only images of their 6 month old that they haven't taken themselves.

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  55. I also blogged about you!

    http://julieuhlphotography.blogspot.com/2009/11/savvy-photographer.html

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  56. I'm subscribed to your RSS feed!

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  57. I also tweeted about it (jaideanbaker)

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  58. I also blogged about you!

    http://julieuhlphotography.blogspot.com/2009/11/savvy-photographer.html

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  59. Following you on Twitter and tweeted by MelissaYocum

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  60. I already follow your blog and ADORE it!

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  61. I just became a facebook fan (just signed up w/FB) woohoo!

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  62. As I said before I truly love this site. I have subscribed to it, I am a fan , and I now follow you, I blog about the site. Now all of My fans and followers know about you to.

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  63. I'm a facebook fan and posted a link to you.

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  64. For my random act of kindness: I gave up on my birthday party so that my son could have one on my birthday.

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  65. Would love to win! I subscribe to your RSS.

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  66. So excited I have been dying to take her workshop. I am already a fan but I just left a shout-out to all my facebook friends and family.

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  67. you're already in my bloglines reader, but now i also subscribed to your rss feed!

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  68. posted about you in the clickin moms forum!

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  69. Now subscribing to your RSS feed. :)

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  70. Following on Twitter, off to Tweet!

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  71. Subscribed to your RSS feed! I would LOVE to be able to attend this workshop! I have only been in business for 1 yr and this is right up my ally! I cannot afford at this time to pay, otherwise I would hands down.

    amberoschwald@live.com
    www.amberoschwaldphotography.com

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  72. My coworker came in sick today so I ran to CVS for her so she could hide out in her office. It's all about karma baby! :)

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  73. I follow you on twitter and I just tweeted!

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  74. my good deed: i ran to walmart and bought diapers for a friend home sick with her kids. and because walmart was sooo awful, i stopped by starbucks and bought us both a caramel brulee latte. yay!

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  75. subbed to rss feed! you guys rock!

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  76. Oh wow! What a giveaway, count me in please!

    My RAK is actually tomorrow morning. I am taking pics of a family who is taking a huge pay cut and can't afford photos of their only child.

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  77. http://clickinmoms.com/forums/showthread.php?p=460486#post460486

    Posted this giveaway to Clickin Moms forum!!!!

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  78. I'm subscribed to you rss feed already!

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  79. I do random acts of kindess all of the time. I have 2 daughters in high school, and last year one of there friends couldn't afford to have their senior portraits done. So I started doing sessions for seniors for free whose parents might have lost there job, or simply do not make enough money to pay for pictures.

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  80. I just subscribed to the feed ... love this site. My new studio space was inspired by one of your design boards. Thank you!!

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  81. My random act of kindness for today was taking a box of hard to find Hershey Mint Chocolate Candy Canes to my daughter's dance teacher. Simple pleasures are the best!!

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  82. I'm not a twitter follower and I tweeted about you ... whop whoop!

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  83. I made a photostory book for my neighbour's sister-in-law. This lady doesn't have many photos of her 2 yr old boy because she doesn't own a camera. The photostory book is made up of a story and photos of her son.

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  84. I am now a facebook fan! What an awesome giveaway!

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  85. I just subscibed to the rss feed too :)

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  86. raved about you in my blog!

    http://gotmeswooning.blogspot.com/

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  87. 2nd time to tell ya,

    i raved about you on my blog!

    http://gotmeswooning.blogspot.com/

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  88. 3rd time to tell ya,

    i raved about you on my blog!

    http://gotmeswooning.blogspot.com/

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  89. posted on my blog!
    http://stephaniebowlingphotography.blogspot.com/

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  90. http://stephaniebowlingphotography.blogspot.com/
    Posted on blog comment #3

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  91. posted about you in my flickr group...babycenter-jsobiz group

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  92. My random act of kindness....made a batch of pumpkin bread and gave it to different people that we felt could use a small gesture of kindess.

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  93. Became a fan on facebook and posted about you on my facebook page.

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  94. Already subscribed to your RSS feed. :o)

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  95. Ooooooh, someone pinch me!!! I have tweeted, followed, fanned, status updated, blogged, subscribed, and RAKed! While I may be frugal with my business, I work... and I work hard at what I do! So while I don't have the money to throw into trainings and fancy logo designs and personalized stickers, I will work hard so my pictures speak louder than my logo and lack of stickers which I feel will eventually bring me the resources to address those needs in the future! Here's to hoping you give me a bit of a *bump* with this workshop!!!! :-) Twitter: @donnellprobst, facebook: donnellprobst, blog: www.donnellprobst.com. Will add links in following post! :-) THANK YOU!!!!

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  96. Yea! I am following you know on twitter and tweeted some love! Thanks for sharing about your awesome vendors! I just adore them!

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  97. Here are the links to my shout outs:

    Blog: www.donnellprobst.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/donnellprobst
    Twitter: @donnellprobst
    Forum posted: Clickin' Moms http://www.clickinmoms.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38043

    I also subscribed to you via RSS on Yahoo Reader, am following you on Twitter, and became a fan on Facebook.

    Next post: Random Act of Kindness!

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  98. Wait, I think I am supposed to post for each time I posted something about you! Shoot! Sorry - I am starting over because I don't want a technical error to disqualify me!

    I facebooked about you and became a fan! My profile: www.facebook.com/donnellprobst

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  99. I tweeted about your wonderfulness!!! My twitter name: @donnellprobst

    I am also following you and basking in your informativeness (I think I just made a word up)!

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  100. I blogged about all of your awesomeness!!! This really is a HUGE step for me. I have NEVER... and I mean NEVER blogged about anyone else on my blog except clients! I've never promoted another blogger, photographer, business, vendor, etc. THAT is how much I want this!!!!

    http://www.donnellprobst.com/2009/11/20/the-savvy-photographer/

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  101. Yea, I became a fan on facebook and shared about your site and the awesome giveaway! Would love to win it myself!!!

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  102. My random act of kindness: I found out today that I have a friend who now has to work on Thanksgiving, so she and her family (three kids/hubby) won't make it back to her hometown in time for dinner. I invited them to come share Thanksgiving with us, and since she ran out and got a turkey this morning, we decided that we would donate one of our turkeys to a food pantry for the holiday and go without leftovers. I will miss my day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches, but someone will get a turkey for dinner this year instead. Small payoff!!!!

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  103. I am subscribed to y our RSS feed. LOVE to wake up in the morning with Savvy in my inbox! Such a great way to start the day!

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  104. I can't remember if I did an individual post about my post on Clickin' Moms! Here is the link - already received a few comments about how they love and follow your blog! :-)

    http://www.clickinmoms.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38043

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  105. my good act of the day was gifting a photo session to my girlfriend who is 38 weeks preggers !

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  106. O.k...here is my sweet story until I can get to the other postings and whatnot.

    I had a gal e-mail me about two months ago. Her husband had lost his job 6 months prior and while they hoped he would find something it turned out that they had to sell their house and move into their grandparent's house. They loved the house they were in so much and its where they tried for years to have a baby (and finally did) where parents were lost, tears shed and laughter heard. She wanted me to capture some memories of her and her family in this house doing what they loved to do...be with each other.
    I was so touched that she wanted to hire me (even with their financial hardship). I took the pictures...and told her to pay me later when I gave her the purchased CD. When the pictures where done I sent them to her through the mail and told her it was my gift. pay it forward....

    http://rachaelmayphotography.blogspot.com/2009/11/goodbye-old-house.html

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  107. Oh my goodness!! Can you say dream come true?? I'm a twitter follower @launaann and I have tweeted about this awesome giveaway!

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  108. I'm a facebook fan and I have linked up to the giveaway!!

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  109. I'm an RSS Subscriber, I can't wait for my daily email!

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  110. I think there is nothing better than random acts of kindness. I really try to keep my ears open for ways to be able to bless people with the gift the Lord has given me.....it's not my gift it belongs to Him. Recently I was able to do a newborn session for a couple that has very little income because they are in ministry and donate most of their time. There would have been no way for them to get photos done of their precious new baby boy. I was so excited to be able to offer to gift them a session. You know, they are some of my favorite images to date. I think it was more of a blessing to me than them!

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  111. I'm a facebook fan and I follow my feed religiously!

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  112. Blog Post Entry #1 http://www.launavalentephotography.com/blog/2009/11/sharing-a-great-resource/

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  113. Blog Post Entry #2 http://www.launavalentephotography.com/blog/2009/11/sharing-a-great-resource/

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  114. Blog Post Entry #3 http://www.launavalentephotography.com/blog/2009/11/sharing-a-great-resource/
    Thank you....thank you....thank you so much!!

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  115. http://www.facebook.com/search/?init=quick&q=Search#/RClarkePhotography?ref=name

    Became a fan on facebook & told my friends about you guys!

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  116. I tweeted! :) http://twitter.com/RClarkePhoto

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  117. I posted a link on my blog http://kristacampbell.blogspot.com and follow your blog! Love your site!

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  118. I want to go to this workshop SO bad.... I've been dreaming about it! I'm a facebook fan and have a shout-out!

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  119. Wrote about your awesome site on clickinmoms. I actually learned of clickinmoms on your site. Love both of them!
    http://www.clickinmoms.com/forums/showthread.php?p=461103#post461103

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  120. My random act of kindness... I began a single parents group when my daughter was 5 months old. It was an awesome opportunity to connect with other single parents and lend each other support and encouragement. I am doing a free photoshoot tomorrow afternoon for some other single moms from my single parents group so that they will have pictures for their Christmas cards of their adorable little ones!

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  121. I had no idea you even existed. SO excited to be following you on Twitter...

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  122. My random act of kindness was to photograph over 40 dresses for a friend who is starting a modest dress company. She could not afford to hire someone to do this and needs to get this company up and running since she and her husband are both out of work. I think that I have spent about 30 hours on this to date.

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  123. Just fanned you on Facebook! Winning this could mean the difference between a hobby and a profession...SO excited to have stumbled on to you this day! But even if I don't win, I am sure that your information will be worth it's weight in gold!

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  124. NOW I am a subscriber...can't wait to get all of this info!

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  125. I subscribe & talk about you to my photog friends!
    Man, there is getting to be a lot of entries, so many I'll never win! :-) Oh well, congrats!

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  126. I am so excited. I am a facebook fan.

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  127. YAY! I can post again :) I also follow your RSS feed.

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  128. My husbands job is to walk the dog before we go to bed. Well, he was out with "the guys" tonight and was dreading having to come home and walk the dog....so I surprised him (he doesn't know it yet!) and walked the dog so he can come home and crawl right into bed. :)

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  129. I subscribed to your feed! Love your site - very, very informative

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  130. I posted on facebook about all the cool featured vendors.

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  131. I am already subscribed to your RSS feed...look forward to seeing what the daily post will be as soon as i log on.

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  132. I also follow you on twitter...(can you feel the love?)

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  133. one more for me...i subscribed to your email posts as well.

    I am so hoping to win because #1 Monday is my birthday and this would be the most fabulous birthday present and #2 i love marta, i stalk there regularly too!

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  134. Subscribed to the RSS Feed, thanks.

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  135. I just became a fan on FB--would love this workshop!! :)

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  136. Also put a note out on my FB page.

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  137. I blogged about you! I've really been loving "Vendor week" -- great idea!!

    http://cmlphotography.blogspot.com

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  138. Entry 2 - I blogged about you.

    http://cmlphotography.blogspot.com

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  139. Entry 3 - I blogged about you.

    http://cmlphotography.blogspot.com

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  140. Entry 1 Subscribed to RSS feed

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  141. Thanks for the great information. I just subscribed to RSS feed!
    Jennifer Officer

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  142. Oh, would LOVE to win this workshop!!!

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  143. Tweeted about you! www.twitter.com/sjfroh

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  144. So I decided last night to bake cookie for the neighborhood kids...one child's grandmother was very thankful for my family being their neighbor and always including her grandson in what we do.
    amy simo

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  145. Wow......I subscribe to your feed and LOVE your site!

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  146. Please enter me again.....I'm a facebook FAN...I get so excited when I see a post from you there!

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  147. Finally...random act of kindness.....
    I was in a supermarket yesterday with my 10 year old son. The young man stacking the limes in the produce section must have put one lime to many and ALL the limes (hundreds of them) came crashing to the floor in a waterfall cascade. He was in shock. My son and I began picking up the limes en mass and laughing and making a game of it...the young man was so thankful and so happy. We had it cleaned up in a jif and the young man realized that sometimes mistakes happen and its no big deal.
    We were all smiling when we were done and my son was so proud that he helped someone out...he couldn't tell enough people about our escapades last night!

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  148. My RAK was helping out my pregnant neighbor get her kids where they need to go. She is due any day and fairly miserable.

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  149. Yesterday, I helped a woman at my daughter's school who just had surgery. I offered to take her son to school and bring him home, as well as take him to the school's movie night. She told me how appreciative of my acts because not only does she have this little boy, but a 1 year old and a disabled 18 year old son as well. It made my heart feel so good to know that I helped out in the small way that I could.

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  150. OMG, what an amazing giveaway, I've been wanting to take Marta's workshop for the past couple of months!!!! Thanks for this great opportunity Marta and Savvy Photographer!!! :-)

    I posted in the 503 Forum (which by the way another great workshop)!

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  151. My act of kindness: donating family sessions to the church to help raise money for them.

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  152. Love your website...I have an RSS feed to your site! Dionne

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  153. My RAC for the day! Every year a local radio station DJ goes up on a lift and does not come down until he has reached a certain number of bikes. It is called Bikes or Bust. I donated my bike today.

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  154. Huge fan on facebook and posted status update for y'all :)

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  155. Not really a random act of kindness, but a deliberate one. Today, I gave my daughter's crib to a mother with a 8 month old baby that was sleeping on a mattress on the floor.

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  156. Just posted about this blog in flickr's "Starting a child photography business." lots of talent in that group. It is private so you can not go see the post...but join the group, I promise it is there with a working link :)

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/startingachildphotographybusiness/discuss/72157622851063558/

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  157. RAK - On Friday I was at the park with my mothers group. One of the mums has a 10 month old son that she has NO pictures of! She said she couldn't afford to hire someone and with three other little ones, she just never takes any pictures herself. I had my camera in the car and spent the morning taking photos for her.

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