Charlotte-Area Spring Photography GIVEAWAY — Winner!

It’s Spring, everyone, and the Queen city is showing off with dogwoods, pear trees, and tulip trees in bloom. What better way to capture the beauty than a sweet photography session with your loved ones?

My friend Heather Fink is debuting her new website this week. Heather is the talented photographer who captured these great shots of my family:

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You can see our full session here.

This week, in celebration of her new site, Heather has a generous giveaway for us!


Heather is offering to ONE lucky winner:

A 30 Minute Mini Session – Valued at $150

The session includes:

30 minutes of shooting

Location of choice within 25 miles of business address

Online gallery

5 files with digital printing rights and social media posting rights

*Must be used before September 1, 2015. Blackout dates are June 30th-July 11th due to maternity leave.

In order to enter to win this great giveaway, you only need to fill in the entry form here. Pay careful attention — there is one option that you can use to enter every day until the giveaway is over on Tuesday, March 31st.

And the winner is…Karla S.! Congrats Karla! Contact Heather at her website to set up your free mini session!

More Proof of Life

maddie with beads 3Well, friends, last Monday was pretty darn fun.  I opened up Instagram several times to see strollers full of sticks, broken Christmas ornaments, and all other kinds of reminders of the joys and challenges of having kids in the house.

Let’s keep it going, shall we?  I for one could use the encouragement that these things happen in your life, too.  And don’t feel limited to Mondays — please feel free to use that hashtag whenever or wherever Proof of Life happens to you.  I wish I had snapped a picture of the living room on Saturday, for instance.  It was a colorful explosion of Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving leftovers, and puzzle pieces…and dirt.

How ‘Bout a Little Proof of Life?

Back in the dark ages of this blog I had a weekly series called “Proof of Life.”  It was a photography series that captured all those delightful, bizarre, and sometimes disturbing moments in motherhood.

For example:  finding a golf ball dipped in salsa on your kitchen counter.

Here’s the original thought behind the series:

“Proof of Life” is a photography series chronicling the little (& big) things that I see as a mom of young children that other people might not see every day.  They are usually funny, sometimes poignant.  They are scenes that, upon encountering them, I might freak out and pull my hair due to the inconvenience to my control of my little world.  But they are Proof of Life.  Proof that where there once were no children, there are now five healthy, strong, funny, sometimes exasperating but always lovable children.

The title is inspired by Caedmon’s Call’s song “Sacred,” in which is found the lyric:

this house is a good mess
it’s the proof of life
no way would I trade jobs
but it don’t pay overtime…
Could it be that everything is sacred?
I find that if I take the time to slow down and take a picture, I’m more likely to give thanks for the little scene and the person behind it.
So here is your inaugural Proof of Life picture.  I’ll keep the captions short…no story.  Just see it for what it is.
Golf ball dipped in salsa on kitchen counter

Seeing as technology and social media has progressed as it has, I have decided to revive this series as an instagram festival.  You are all invited to join me next Monday as we chuckle and give thanks for the weird, sometimes infuriating, sometimes delightful things that children do.  If you have kids in your life — at home or elsewhere — capture a picture, throw it on IG, and hashtag it #proofoflife.

If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, you can find me at @kellkelldotcom, or just click on my images in the sidebar.

In the meantime, would you be so kind as to grab the button below and IG it today? I’d be ever so grateful.

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