Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Meet and Greet Ana Brandt



Finding what you love to do and making a career out of it is something Ana Brandt knows a lot about.

After attending six different schools in New York, New Jersey and California and taking the same photography courses at each of them, Ana finally met a professor, who at the end of the semester, gave her the push she needed to do what she loved.

By photographing pregnancy and newborns, Ana found her passion and created her businesses, Ana Brandt Photography and TAOPAN – The Art of Pregnancy and Newborn.

“I am a strong believer in finding what you love and specializing in that,” Ana says.  “Clients can come to you for all types of photos but be known for something specific.”

Ana has lots of things she loves that all go hand in hand with her love of pregnancy and newborn photography.  She teaches workshops, write books and has a store that sells baby clothes and pregnancy gowns.  Ana is definitely someone who has made a success out of something she loves.

Below is my interview with Ana Brandt.  Be sure to check out her websites, www.anabrandt.com and www.theartofpregnancyandnewborn.com.



How did you get into photography?

Somewhere, a long time ago, in my teens, I was given a camera. I never thought much about it, except that when I picked it up I thought it seemed to freeze time. From that point on, I have never been without a camera.  As an adopted child I have no photos of my early childhood or my biological siblings. I know now, that that it is why I was so fascinated with the little black box. I feel like my photography career just kept evolving. For ten years, from ages 18-28 I was  "Aunt Ana" to the constant flow of new nieces and nephews. Everyone I met...every flower I loved...and every sunset I envied were my subjects. I spent years just perfecting my exposures and techniques and just learning. I took little money here or there and never really thought of it as a profession until one of my jobs as a web designer prevented me from shooting during the day. When I realized that staying in the web design world would prevent me from photographing, I quit my day job and never looked back.


How long have you been a photographer?
12 years as a pro.



What inspires you as a photographer?

Oh wow, well several things…When I know I am capturing a moment in time that can never be replicated. The trust my clients have when they hand me their 7-day-old baby and say, “we trust you.”  And lastly, when the light falls just right on a subject and I am a witness.

Photography is what I love and do with my life, so I honestly find inspiration anywhere. I am a very visual person as well and I love well-decorated homes and colorful clothes on children. I love to just grab my camera and shoot away.



What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

Personally, when my now 8-year-old wrote me a note of how much she loved me and how great of a photographer I was. Career-wise....when Ian Ziering’s (actor-90210) wife said she loved my work after photographing her pregnancy pictures, and I was the baby photographer for them. I have photographed other celebrities however it was just nice to have them put their trust in me.



Were there any books, classes or workshops that helped you in the beginning?

I used to be a big Barnes and Noble person because back in the day there were very little workshops or classes. I was a big Ansel Adams and Anne Geddes fan, so I bought all of their books and studied them. I have pretty much read every child photography book or other business book I could get my hands on.



What do you think makes your business so successful?

I would say my patience and marketing efforts, and they do go hand in hand! I market constantly and I mean constantly. I am always on the lookout for new opportunities. My clients also refer many people because they know I am very patient in any type of session. I also think, more than anything, it is because I know my craft. I have spent a solid 12 years working on pregnancy and newborns, trying to continually challenge myself in my work. My clients know that I am confident in my work. Confidence in photography is a big thing and it draws clients to you if you have it.



What has been your best marketing idea?

My OB Displays. My first display was 10 years ago, and I had no idea people even did that. I asked my OB if I could do a model call.  I wrote on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper a request for models. I told the OB I would give her wall art from all of the patients they sent to me. No one had ever taught me about displays so at the time I thought it was my best. I still think it is, because I have had OB displays for a solid 10 years and I am currently working with 3 hospitals on providing artwork for their OB wings.



What is your favorite part of photographing pregnancy and newborns?

Well for pregnancy, its showing the true beauty of the woman by the right angles and clothing, and if possible the relationship between her and the father - if I can capture that, it’s a good day. For newborns, anything really! They are all consuming and take all of my energy. When I am in a newborn session, nothing else exists, nothing else matters…I am fully absorbed in the session and so anything I capture that makes the parents smile is good for me. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE holding newborns so I think that maybe that is my favorite part!



Any tips for those starting out shooting newborns?

Yes – practice, practice, practice - and when you are done, practice some more. You need confidence. No one wants to hand their newborn to a nervous photographer. Be strong and be confident!  The parents will trust you and so will the baby and then you can relax and focus. Also, know all of the tips and tricks when working with a newborn.  And, there are many of them! Having the room warm and clean is crucial. Fresh blankets at EVERY session and disposable wet pads are essential. Music or white noise is important as well as educating the parents on what to expect.



What tips do you share with new moms on how to prepare for their newborn shoot?

First, we explain to them how bringing in a baby within the first 14 days is super important for the best images, however just as important as bringing in a baby early, is the baby’s weight. If someone has a 5 pound baby, I do not want them at 10 days, I want them to gain a little weight first. Whereas, if someone has a baby between 7-8 pounds, we will want them within 10 days. We basically tell them to call us within days of having the baby so we can discuss weight and any other issues that are important. This is such a sensitive time. Mama may be recovering or struggling with nursing, or the baby may have severe colic. We spend quite a bit of time talking to the parents before and after delivery. We also give them a list of foods NOT TO EAT at least 48 hours before the session. What a Mama eats can make a baby gassy, fussy and colicky. By helping them with a Pediatrician approved food list ahead of time, it will make for a much easier baby shoot.




How do you get newborns and new parents to relax and trust you for their shoot?

Most of my clients come from referrals so much of the trust is there. Way back in the day, that was a challenge. First, I looked really young and at 28, I was young, but I looked like I was 23. People would ask if I was the assistant or if I had just gotten out of college. I had to bump up my confidence level to let people trust me. I didn't have kids so I would just have to prove to them through my imagery and handling of the baby that I knew what I was doing. I was very comfortable with babies as I started babysitting when I was 12, so that was easy. I just would appear as confident as I could and take the baby from them as soon as they came in. This would allow me to talk to them while rocking and soothing their baby. I believe this helped a lot in the early years. Now I have a pretty solid reputation so it’s not an issue. Parents are usually dead tired so we give them drinks and snacks and tell them to just sit on our sofa and relax while I take care of the baby. I also never start with the family photos.  I always start with the baby so the parents can watch me and relax.



How did you come up with the idea of TAOPAN?

In 2007, I wrote a book called "The Art of Pregnancy and Newborn". I had been working pretty steady with pregnancy and newborns, and I just felt like I wanted to share what I knew. At the time there weren’t any books just on these subjects and so I wrote one. After that came requests for workshops and from there requests for mentoring. It all sort of evolved. I originally called it BStudio as in Brandt Studio, but then I received a call from a Yoga studio that was using the same name. I had to come up with a name super fast, so I just took the letters from the book title to form TAOPAN. We are still trying to switch servers so there are still references to BStudio, which I hope to get rid of.



When did you first write it?

August 2007



How has it evolved from then until now?

Well it went form just teaching a class of 6 photographers to working with thousands of photographers all over the world. We have a large network of photographers in over a dozen countries and a small group of over 600 members in our private mentoring/online workshop. I have also designed over a dozen Maternity Gowns and our full collection of Mama and Baby contain over 100 pieces. We have just recently added Reps in 5 countries that will help us expand our line and brand. I feel like I am only just getting started, as I have so many ideas.



Explain what TAOPAN is.

The Art of Pregnancy and Newborn, which encompasses tools and support for photographers through workshops and online mentoring.



How does one become a member?

They can go to our website and signup.



What do you get with a membership?

Hundreds of downloads for one. I have written books on OB Display, Portrait Parties, speaking to MOPS groups and more and all of this is included.  We continually offer fresh lessons, webinars, and personal mentoring.  New Members have access to over 250,000 posts and can always receive one-on-one guidance with building their business, pricing, posing, retouching and more. It is all focused on pregnancy, newborn and early childhood. Whether someone has been in the business 1 year or 20 years, if they want to strengthen these areas of their business, this is the place. It is an online community that is built around mentoring and teaching. Students also receive discounts to our clothing line and we love to do challenges so they can win free products.




What type of workshops do you teach?

Pregnancy and newborn only




What can attendees expect to learn from one of your workshops?

My workshops are hands-on and they are usually two days. So each day we have at least 2-3 models throughout the day. I usually lead the first session discussing my transitional posing methods and how I work with my clients. The students then get in teams and lead the remaining two sessions, with my assistance. They learn how to pose and wrap pregnant woman, as well as soothe and pose newborns. Students leave with hundreds or thousands of images and full model releases so they can use the images for their marketing and websites. We also sit down and discuss pricing and marketing. I have had brand new photographers in my workshops to 20-year veterans. It’s for any photographers that loves pregnancy and newborn imagery and wants to perfect their technique and business marketing.





Tell us a little about you...

Where are you from?

I was born in NY. I was abandoned by my birth mother at 2 and put in foster care. At 4, my biological mother received my brother and I back, only to leave us on a street corner in NYC and walk away. For 6-weeks, I was in the system classified as homeless and under state care, until they found my Foster mother who later adopted me. I am the youngest of 5 in my adopted family.

Are you married?

Yes for 12 years

Kids?  Ages?

Yes - 3 - Evan is 10, Olivia is 8 and Ava is 6 - 2 dogs and a turtle!



What is your favorite Savvy indulgence?

Hmmmm, I am a pretty simple person so my indulgences are very small. Going to the beach with the kids, a mani/pedi any day is a wonderful indulgence and a massage is the icing on the cake!


If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

Oh wow, loaded question - depends on the day. I don't think I would be any one thing because I like to do too many things. I love being creative. So I would most likely be a clothing designer or have a children’s boutique. I love to make anything. I could sit all day and do crafts. And I mean all day!  Martha Stewart’s job would be fun, but I also love being outside and riding horses, so whatever I would be doing it would be crazy busy! In another world, I would also have about 5 more kids and have us all running around barefoot, painting and making things! That would be heaven on earth.



Thank you Ana for a wonderful interview!

Also a big thanks to Leslie Kerrigan for interviewing Ana. I loved reading it!

Ana is such a gracious and sharing teacher in the photography community that has helped so many photographers reach the next level with their business.

We couldn't have such a great interview and tell about Ana's great products without having a giveaway, now could we?

One lucky winner will win the Baby Bean Bag set from TAOPAN!



Here's how to enter...

(1)Leave a comment here telling us your favorite product from the TAOPAN store...many goodies there to choose from!

(2)To earn another entry, head over to the Savvy Store and tell us your favorite product from there...them come back here and leave a comment.

(3) Also, sign up for the free magazine from TAOPAN at their site. Then leave your entry here!

Good Luck~ The giveaway ends tomorrow morning ~May 5th at 8am EST...hurry and enter!

Ana is also offering Savvy readers a special deal on the Bean Bag Set....use code savvy to get 20% off of beanbags!

Here's what Ana tells us about the Bean Bags...

Baby bean bags are for filling in those little areas when photographing newborns. Need to get a cheek out of a pillow? Place one of the tiny round pillows under the cheek. Need to lift the bum up, get the feet out? There are 7 different bags for you to tuck here and there during those newborn sessions!

{Sitting in a simple bag are 7 different bean bags. Filled with soft micro beads and the best material around}


Bags are waterproof and come in black and white.

Baby Bean Bag demo - http://www.b--studio.com/videos/babybeanbagdemo.mp4

Using the Baby Bean Bags http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe8NQCLnKcA

Bags are very soft and easily fits in the crooks and crevices to support the tiniest of babies.

square - 6 1/2" squared

small rectangle - 6 1/2" x 4"

rectangle - 10" x 6"

circle - 4" diameter

medium circle - 5 1/2" diameter

large circle - 8" and 2 inches thick

long and skinny 16"x4"

159 comments:

  1. Karidan ChapmanMay 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Loving the basket cozy's!! I need some of those!! But I need these bean bags MUCH MORE!!!

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  2. Oh, I definitely need those bean bags!! Would be so helpful during sessions.

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  3. The rectangle bean bag is my fav

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  4. The Gray Barnyard flooring at Savvy is really cool!

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  5. I signed up for the Taopan magazine

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  6. Really really love the bean bags...could definitely use one of those in my studio, would be so helpful in helping get the babies into a good position.

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  7. My favorite item is the bean bag set

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  8. Just signed up for the Magazine Subscription

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  9. LOVE the beanbags! LOVE LOVE LOVE that they are waterproof ;)

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  10. I really love the bean bag set that is just what I need the small pillows and blanket i've been using aren't cutting it anymore.

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  11. I've been eyeing the barnyard rugs from savy for a long time it will definitely be my next studio purchase

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  12. I LOVE the tutu dresses!

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  13. I signed up for the TAOPAN magazine

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  14. I love the Northern Barnwood at The Savvy Store!

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  15. My favorite item in the savvy store is the whitewash flooring!

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  16. I love the TAOPAN Pink Baby Blooms! So cute!

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  17. My favorite product in your Savvy Store is the frames ~ esp the beachy blue color.

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  18. I signed up for the magazine!

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  19. signed up for the Taopan Magazine ~ TY!

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  20. I love the Savvy Northern Barnwood flooring.

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  21. Ooooo. From your store it's hard! I love all the flooring. Mostly the Northern Barnwood!

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  22. Love her store! I love the petal bloomers for diaper covers.

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  23. I absolutely love the Angel baby tutu

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  24. Love the barnwoon floor by Savvy

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  25. I love the Baby Bloomz in pink! So cute!

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  26. I love the ruffled mama at Taopan.

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  27. I love the Savvy Whitewash flooring.

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  28. I am signed up for the Taopan magazine ;)

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  29. I love the mini bean bags. BUT I have been looking for plain cotton diaper covers!!! So excited that they have them in the TAoPan store.

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  30. I am saving up for the Distressed Spice Oak and the Brown Wooden Planks flooring in the Savvy store.

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  31. Signed up for my free subscription to TAoPaN magazine.

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  32. I adore the Baby Bean Bags! Must have these!!!

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  33. Favs are the whitewash flooring, they came in a few weeks ago and i LOVE them!

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    So many cute items to chose from, but the bean bags look like a must and that is why they are my favorite pick from the store!

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  35. I'm loving the pink blooms set! So sweet!!! And those bean bags are a must have!!!

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  36. I absolutely love the pink whitewash wood floor in the Savvy store!

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  37. Debbie FulginitiMay 4, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    I love the barnwood flooring from the savvy shop!

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  38. Debbie FulginitiMay 4, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    I like the Baby Boy Stripe hat! So cute!

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  39. Debbie FulginitiMay 4, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    I signed up for the free magazine

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  40. I love the little bean bags! But I also love the gowns for mommas. Unfortunately I don't think my clientele would like them sheer :(

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    I LOVE the Mama Thredz collection from TAOPAN!! I would love to get any one of the gowns for pregnancy photos!

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    I am already signed up for the free Magazine, and I love it!

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    I Love the barnwood flooring from the Savvy Shop!! :o)

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  44. Jessica HilbornMay 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    The beanbag set is my favorite! I definitely could use something like that!

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  45. Jessica HilbornMay 4, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Already signed up for the free magazine! Thank you for the opportunity to win this give away! =)

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  46. Jessica HilbornMay 4, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Love the Savvy barnwood flooring!!!

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  47. I am in love with these bags, have been drooling for a long time.
    SO thank you for the chance to win them.
    I also love the mama threadz at TAOPAN's site. I have the hot mama. But have my eye the skirt and tube top.

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  48. my favorite product is the tutu dresses.

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  49. I love the whitewash savvy floors

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  50. I already have subscribed to the magazine and love it! Thanks!

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  51. Love all of the barnwood flooring from Savvy:)

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  52. Love the basket cozy's and the bean bags:) Definitely need those! Thanks for the chance to win:)

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  53. Krystal MarcouxMay 4, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    already subscribe to the TAOPAN magazine

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  54. i LOVE the maternity dresses and skirts...very classic!

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  55. Krystal MarcouxMay 4, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    fave item from Savvy is the Northern Barnwood flooring

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  56. Krystal MarcouxMay 4, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    my fave item from TAOPAN is the bean bag set

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  57. My favorite item from TAOPAN by far is the bean bags! I will be using the coupon code if I don't win! For sure :)

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  58. I love the bean bags! They would be so useful :)

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  59. I love the baby bean bag set! Perfect thing for all those poses that require rolled up blankets and such!

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  60. I love savvy's barnwood floor!

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  61. My fav from Savvy is the barnwood flooring :)

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  62. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bean bags....I follow TAOPAN religiously and have been drooling over them!

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  63. Favorite savvy product would have to be the flooring...love them all! :)

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  64. already subscribe to taopan!

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  65. Love the Cottage Collection Frames....seriously perfect!

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  66. I already subscribe to the TAOPAN mag and am a member of the forum. :)

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  67. favorite davvy item is DEFINITLY the rugs. I want them ALL!!

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  68. my fav item?
    the BEAN BAGS!! SUPER IDEA!!

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  69. 3) I signed up & receive the taopan free magazine!

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  70. 2) Secondly, I’m absolutely in LOVE with the Barnwood Cottage Collection Frames

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  71. 1) My favorite product would be the pink baby blooms :) I’m loving them a lot and really would like to get them before our little girl is due in July :)

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  72. (1)Leave a comment here telling us your favorite product from the TAOPAN store…many goodies there to choose from!
    (2)To earn another entry, head over to the Savvy Store and tell us your favorite product from there…them come back here and leave a comment.
    (3) Also, sign up for the free magazine from TAOPAN at their site. Then leave your entry here!

    1) My favorite product would be the pink baby blooms :) I'm loving them a lot and really would like to get them before our little girl is due in July :)

    2) Secondly, I'm absolutely in LOVE with the Barnwood Cottage Collection Frames

    3) I signed up & receive the taopan free magazine!

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    I LOVE the baby bean bag set!!! :)

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  74. Have to say I love the bean bag collection. Especially with my own newborn on the way! Would be perfect for posing.

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  75. I love the TAoPaN "Ruffled Mama"

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  76. My favorite item in the Savvy store is the barnwood floor! I could really use one!

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  77. I looked around the TAOPAN store--there are so many great things! I think my favorite is actually the bean bag set because I had a newborn session yesterday where I really could have used them!!

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  78. From saavy I love the brown barnwood floor. Just beautiful!

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  79. I'm also lovin' Savvy's "Green Whitewash Wood"

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  80. YAY! I've wanted this bean bag set for a while now...definitely my fav from TAOPAN. :)

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  81. Already a TAOPAN mag subscriber.

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    I LOVE the baby bean bag set!!

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  83. My fav from Savvy would most definitely be the barnwood flooring! Love how they transform a photo.

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    I really love all of the TAOPAN bean bag newborn posing props. But if I had to pick one it would be the large circle.

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  85. Just signed up for the free e-mag! What a great resource!

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    My favorite thing would have to be the beach house collection templates

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  87. I love all of the flooring options that the Savvy Photographer Store has. I sent you all message also :)

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  88. My favorite thing on Taopan is the bean bag set! I could really use that!

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  89. I really like all of the TAOPAN Bean Bag Newborn Props. If I had to pick just one it would be the large circle

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  90. Already a Taopan magazine subscriber!!! Love it!

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    I've signed up for their magazine :)

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    I am a new subscriber to the TAOPAN magazine :)

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  93. My favorite thing in the Savvy store is the barnwood flooring!

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  94. Would love the bean bag set!

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  95. Savy : Love the grey barnwood

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  96. Love the MamaLove gown in the Taopan Store. Or the baby blooms. Hard to decide! :)

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  97. I'm signed up for the Magazine! My fingers are crossed now - I could REALLY use those fabulous bean bags :)

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  98. In the Savvy store - I think the barnwood floor is my fav...

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  99. I LOVE TAoPaN! Just signed up for their magazine. I LOVE their Pink Baby Blooms! Adorable!!
    What a wonderful giveaway you are hosting, Savvy! Thanks!
    Joanne

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  100. Sign up for the magazine. Always inspired by TAoPaN! Love love love their pink baby blooms!

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  101. The bean bags set look so great for posing the little ones.

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  102. I go between the frames and the "wood floors", from the Savvy store.

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  103. I;m already a subscriber to the newsletter.

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  104. I love the bean bag set...very useful I'm sure :)

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  105. Savvy's barnwood flooring...I really need to get some!!

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  106. I subscribed to the TAOPAN magazine

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  107. I love the bean bag set! Would come in GREAT use with all the babies I'm waiting on being born over the next few months!

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  108. And I'm coveting the Savvy Barnwood floors. They're very high up on my shopping list!!

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  109. Signed up for the free magazine..

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  110. I love the bean bags and sure could use one.

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  111. In the Savvy Store, the barnyard flooring and coastal frames are my favorite. Saving up for them as we write :).

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  112. I already get the TAOPAN magazine and it is great!

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  113. From the TAoPaN store, I love the little pom pom hats. I'm always a sucker for cute hats.

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  114. From the savvy store I love the white wash flooring! Someday I will buckle down and press the buy button!

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  115. I really love the blooms sets. Any of them are adorable!!

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  116. Michelle SchrieberMay 4, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    I LOVE those beanbags!! I have been using cloth diapers. I saw one of you videos on Youtube a couple of weeks ago and was wondering where you got those bags. So glad I saw this!

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  117. Michelle SchrieberMay 4, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    I signed up for the magazine!

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  118. Michelle SchrieberMay 4, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Savvy Store....definitely the flooring!

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  119. Easy peasy - those bean bags rock!!!!!!

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  120. signing up for the magazine- yipeee

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  121. from Savvy - I love the boat house collection

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    I really like the blooms hats and diaper covers!

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    Signed up for the Topan magazine!

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    I really love the Cottage collection of frames at the Savvy Store!

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  125. I love the bamboo flooring in the savvy store. and the white wash.
    Thanks again for the chances to win.

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    Wow! Great interview and wonderful giveaway. Thanks so much for the opportunity. I'm just getting started and would love to win those bean bags--they are my fave product in the shop!

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    I love the whitewash flooring from Savvy!

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  128. [MARKED AS SPAM BY ANTISPAM BEE]
    Just signed up for the free mag--what a great resource. Thanks!

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  129. The baby bean bag set is my current fav item - had my eye on them for a while:) Thanks for the chance!

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  130. Those baby bean bags are genius!

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  131. I subscribe to the TAoPaN magazine.

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  132. I love the Northern Barnwood flooring in the savvy store:)

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  133. Signed up for the magazine!

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  134. LOVE the flooring in the Savvy Store!

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  135. 1. Love the baby bean bags! Definitely need a set of those!

    2. Love the canvas templates at the Savvy Store!

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  136. Definitely love those bags on their site the best!

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  137. Love the bean bags ...Such a good idea!

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  138. Barnwood flooring is so nice...My fav savvy product

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  139. I am already receive the Taopan free email magazine!

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  140. The baby bean bags are brilliant and unusual. Very cool!

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  141. From the Savvy store there are loads of cool things but my eye was drawn to the barn wood frames. Love those colors!

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  142. Signed up for magazine!

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  143. I love the white or black halter gowns Mrs. Brandt provides.
    I think they are very classy looking.

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  144. Marsha from your store I love the flooring but also your frames.
    Sorry couldn't just pick one =)

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  145. I already receive the magazine and notices from the TAOPAN site.
    Thank you.
    I loved reading your article about Mrs. Brandt.

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  146. I don't care about winning a prize, I love her story. Her passion truly speaks for itself. That is what I hope people also see in my work.

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  152. Definitely the baby bean bags. Thanks so much for posting such an inspirational interview!

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  153. I really love the Love blocks, so vintage and Cute

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