Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Choose your favorite photo from 2009 and you and someone else can win a fabulous prize!

I had an amazing year.  I met so many wonderful people, I got to share in some very special moments and in the process I hope that I captured some images that will be treasured.
  Here are just a few (a panel of people narrowed it down to these images) The panel = my family.
So, you can vote now until Jan 15th for your favorite picture of 2009. 
There will be 3 winners:
#1 -   A Free Portrait Session with all photos on disc with copyright release.

#2 - A Free Portrait Session with a $25 Print Credit
#3 - A coupon for $25 towards their previous session

ALSO if you take a minute to vote - please comment on this post and I will also be choosing a winner at random from the list of comments.  So be sure to leave your name and email.  :)
**You may give your free session to a friend or family member if you would l ike
**Session must be used from January 16th - April 15th

#1. Caldwell Triplets 

#2.  Dylan and Crystal

#3.  Bald is Beautiful

#4.  Holdin' Hands

#5.  Ugh!  Boy Germs

#6.   Double Vision

#7.  First Easter

#8.  Silhouette

#9.  St. Pete's

#10.  Save the Date

#11. The Lord's Prayer

#12.  Albion

#13.   Baby Sister

#14.  Let them Eat Cake

#15.  Classic Beauty

#16.  My Old Yellow Car
#17.  Life's a Beach

#18.  A Hero's Welcome.

#19 Old Main

# 20.  Beautiful Bride

#21 Gettin Ready

#22.  Hanging out at Racoon Park

Please feel free to recurit to people to vote for your favorite photo!  :) 

Thanks for voting and be sure to check back on January 15th to see who the lucky winners are!


grandmabish January 7, 2010 at 2:08 AM  

These are all gorgeous pics. But....nothing beats the emotion in #18 "A Hero's Welcome".

Angelina January 7, 2010 at 6:26 AM  

#11 The Lords Prayer.. Do you see the cross in the field light? Way to go couch for praying with the boys..

BTW, very hard to choose which one is a favorite when they're all so beautiful.

Shannon January 7, 2010 at 6:49 AM  

So hard to choose. Voted for Lord's Prayer but it was also between Hero's Welcome and Boy's Germs. Having 3 brothers, I loved that one too! Beautiful work as always Katie.

Sanna January 7, 2010 at 6:54 AM  

Fabulous photos....they are all awesome! =-D

Norma January 7, 2010 at 7:37 AM  

I love them all - it was hard to choose, but had to go with the Hero's Welcome.

Very nice work!

martha January 7, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

# 2 Dylan and's the dog that got me!

Kari January 7, 2010 at 8:08 AM  

Katie, the work you do is stunning! It was really hard to choose. You have a gift for capturing peoples emotions.

I did vote for Hero's Welcome. It brought tears to my eyes sums up very well the way 2009 was for way too many families.

Becky Hosack January 7, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

Katie - You know I love your work and there were so many nice ones it was very hard to choose. I loved the angle of the Military wedding one and the boy germs was a great catch of emotion, but the one that got the most emotion out of me and makes me cry every time I see it is the one I voted for, A Hero's Welcome. True emotion captured in action. Thanks for always sharing your artistry with us.

Darlene Derrow January 7, 2010 at 8:23 AM  

They are all gorgeous. And that's from a fellow photog. I had to vote for "A Hero's Welcome". The emotion the picture evokes is too overwhelming for words. Keep up the great work in 2010. Darlene

Valerie January 7, 2010 at 8:40 AM  

I wish I could have voted for 3! I did choose one though. All of them were wonderful! Your work is AMAZING!

Lisa B. January 7, 2010 at 9:00 AM  

Well - I voted twice.....and as much as I love the Hero's Welcome shot (and all the others....) I think Double Vision is extremely creative.....but The Lord's Prayer is so rarely shared without fear of public critism on political correctness these days..... let alone, be PHOTOGRAPHED and promoted - that I have to vote for that one.

To see a group of young boys bow their heads and give heartfelt prayers, in a public setting and for the coach to lead them, is without a doubt, beyond words.

Thanks for all of your 'kodak moments' Katie. You better still be taking pics when Kayla is ready for her senior portraits! (A short 6 1/2 years from now!)

Lisa B. January 7, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

Oops! Make that "criticism'!

Heather January 7, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

Katie, they are all unbelievably beautiful photos so it was really hard to pick the top photo! You're an awesome photographer!

zbaby January 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

I love holding hands! She has the prettiest eyes and I love that it has a vintage vibe with the coloring! It was a toss up, love hero's welcome too...

Autumn January 7, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

Great Job Katie!! What a fun contest :)

Maryalice January 7, 2010 at 12:18 PM  

Oh Katie ... they're all so good it's hard to pick one but boy germs is hysterical and you can almost here the baby saying it also. LOL

ladyammons on CF

AndieM20 January 7, 2010 at 12:42 PM  

Wow!!! So hard to choose... They are all so wonderful. Fantastic job, Katie! You're the BEST!!!

Becca January 7, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

Ok...This wasn't easy. I picked one, but I would rather have been able to vote for them all! LOL.
Katie - You have an amazing gift!

Becca Black

Minnie January 7, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

You always take such beautiful pictures. Like everyone else said, it is just so hard to pick one.

Keri January 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

All of your photos are amazing. Holding Hands was super cute and Boy Germs made me laugh. The one that made a tear come to my eye had to be the winner though- A Hero's Welcome. You are so good at capturing emotion.

Michele January 7, 2010 at 1:15 PM  

They are all absolutely beautiful! the triplets are so cute, but my favorite was #9 St. Pete's. The angles and the church are stunning.

Rikki January 7, 2010 at 1:22 PM  

ack Katie - this was tough! I love them ALL! Especially St. Pete (so beautiful and I love the angle, the look on his face!) and Coach Shaw and the boys - what an amazing moment! But, in the end, Boy Germs just made me laugh, and it's color and clarity are perfect!

You are a genius! And pretty!

Do I win?

Amy Pierson January 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

Through all the pictures you've posted (that I've had the pleasure to view)#18 has been the only one to make me cry - heart felt emotion wins every time. Best, Amy Pierson (

muggsy January 7, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

These are all beautiful pictures,'Heros' Welcome' touched my heart..'Boys Germs' is my next choice..

Anonymous January 7, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

'Heros' Welcome' has it !!

Abigail January 7, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

Hands down... #15 Classic Beauty. The subtle colors match the era of the car. But, hey... I may be a little biased. :)
Abby Stafford

Melanie January 7, 2010 at 2:06 PM  

as always Katie, INCREDIBLY HARD to pick a favorite since they are all incredible. I really loved #5, the two brothers kissing the baby girl, but the one that brought out the most emotional response in me (how I judged the "best") was, of course, #18 "Heroes Welcome". It made me get chocked much in that little picture! AWESOME!!!

Amanda Kifer January 7, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

#4 Holding hands :) Love it!

Erin January 7, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

All the picture are great! My cousins twins are in the Double Vision and I love their reflection in the water. However I am partial to the Classic Beauty will be a hard decision.

Leann Doritty January 7, 2010 at 2:26 PM  

I choose "Double Vision"!! Its beautiful!!!

Anonymous January 7, 2010 at 2:27 PM  

Katie, I LOVE the triplet photo! To get 3 babies to "pose" at the same time, all smiling, nobody crying, is a miracle! Don't know who the precious angels belong too, but they are adorable. And you did a teriffic job of capturing that.

I had a difficult time choosing! Hero's welcome,and The Lords prayer
were both right up there too.

zbaby January 7, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

forgot to put my name...
Jen Zeiner

Jillista January 7, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

Tons of beautiful pictures! Of course I had to vote for Classic Beauty - I love that picture!


scrappy survivor January 7, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

Katie they are all so beautiful. How do you choose JUST one??? I chose bald is beautiful. It is a timeless capture of the generations of family. One that many don't realize how precious that is. Besides.... I have special reasons to think bald is beuatiful.

Mikris4 January 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
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Mikris4 January 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM  

Katie-all were VERY hard to choose from, but I did vote! You have an amazing talent and I love your work!!! Keep sharing your pics-they ROCK! :)

Kristy Kibbe

shelly January 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM  

The Lords Prayer, my favorite.

Anonymous January 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

Great photos, Katie. Especially loved boy germs.

Michele Gausman

aspiresniper January 7, 2010 at 4:49 PM  

11... the lords prayer... lol im the only one ooking at the camera... lol... and i like the cross with the light.

Melissa January 7, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

I loved them all katie =] you do a beautiful job!

Marlene January 7, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

Katie, it's so hard to choose, everything you do is so awesome! Of course I love them all, but my top 3 are Silhouette, St.Petes, and the one I voted for, A Hero's Welcome. With the emotion you captured and the war still going on, I just don't think it can be beat!
PS.By the way, your "panel" did an awesome job! :)

Tracey January 7, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

I had to go with Holdin' Hands :) I don't think I'll ever be able to replace that photo above our mantle. You rock Katie!

Anonymous January 7, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

Loved them all and it was a hard decision. I had to go with "The Lord's Prayer" after reading the comments and noticing the cross in the lights. God Bless!

Danine January 7, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

"The Lord's Prayer" is not my actual favorite picture but it speaks to you so it's getting my vote. You caught a moment of something and boys not being afraid to express themselves or what they believe in! That's AWESOME.

{and I know someone else mentioned but how the light shines like a star pretty great too!}

P.S. actual favorite is Military Wedding, love the angle.

Jeannie January 7, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

You have a real talent with your shots! But I must vote for the Caldwell triplets! They are just too cute for words :)

dawn woodard January 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM  

Katie -
i voted for double vision - creativity, beautiful background, great lighting and of course the two cutest little chickies around!!!
it has all a great picture should be.
all the pictures were great. you have a wonderful gift!

Noreen L January 7, 2010 at 8:29 PM  

It is a very hard decision to pick from the pictures because they are all so beautiful. I loved the double vision photo, which I voted for but I also love the Lord's Prayer because it is very touching and I know my son is in the picture somewhere. I think I will vote again, sorry Katie. I have to vote for two. As always, great job.

Leslie S. January 7, 2010 at 9:00 PM  

Too many amazing pics to choose from, Katie. I had to go with First Easter. Those eyes! Talk about innocence and hope. It would be interesting to see those eyes 18 years from now in a Senior Pic.

Anonymous January 7, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

Beautiful work! I will definitely keep your name on file if I need photos taken. Had to pick the triplets!!! Priceless!


Anonymous January 7, 2010 at 9:15 PM  




prettinpink171 January 7, 2010 at 9:34 PM  

The Caldwell triplets are beautiful!!

Connie January 7, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

very hard to choose...all were wonderful...god has given you a wonderful talent and I along with alot of others are very glad you chose to share it with everyone!!
Connie Long

Sally January 7, 2010 at 9:46 PM  

I must say Katie that it may be hard to beat three-babes in a basket--so adorable! But, I must say that "Bald is Beautiful" is my choice. If it were a question of just bald babes, the ones in the basket would have to take second place! Lol!! Great job.

Anonymous January 7, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

I had to vote for holdin hands. From the first time I saw this photo I was hooked. It's something about her holding her parent's hands while looking away from them with those big beautiful eyes. You captured her beautifully!

Edith January 7, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

The Caldwell triplets are just about the cutes little babies we have ever seen.
Wedding pictures are nice but baby pictures are priceless.

Edith & Pete Carroll

Debi Seneta January 7, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

Very hard to choose. The Lord's Prayer shows that God is with us everywhere even though we cannot usually see him...He used you, Katie, to remind us that He is always near.

Anonymous January 7, 2010 at 11:46 PM  

Classic beauty should win! Todd

Anonymous January 8, 2010 at 12:15 AM  

Your pictures are AMAZING! I can't wait til I can someday have you take ours!

-Jenny Proudfoot ....

Jenn Hebert January 8, 2010 at 6:56 AM  

Just had to vote for the Caldwell Triplets. You captured them so well!!!! You do amazing work, the angles and emotion you get are wonderful. So many other wonderful pictures.

Jenn Hebert

April Lewis-Gregory January 8, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

Katie - your photos are all great, but my favorite was A hero's welcome. It choked me up. It was hard to pick - I also loved the triplets' photo.

goober8506 January 8, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

WOW, your work is amazing!!! Good luck to whoever wins because that is a VERY difficult choice. God Bless and Happy New Year!

Ruth Ann January 8, 2010 at 9:23 AM  

WOW.....great pictures of everyone!! You are the best Katie!! Really hard to choose just one, but I chose the triplets!! Love those babies, don't know how you got them to sit there and not cry!! Double vision was a close second for me. (can you tell I love the little ones!) They were all beautiful. I have 5 grandsons and another grandbaby due in July or August.......have to get them up to beach for a pic by you!!! Thanks for sharing!

Patti Taylor January 8, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

Beautiful pictures! Good luck to the Caldwell triplets!

Patti Taylor

Cristin January 8, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

Fabulous work. The perspective in some of these really speaks volumes about you as a photographer.

KATH January 8, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

Katie, you are so talented. I loved all the pictures but #5 was my favorite. It brought back memories of my childhood & my two older brothers. We have a similiar picture of us - my brothers still make me cry! I guess that I need to get the "DINGO" after them!!!

Kelly January 8, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

Katie, seriously how does one pick just one photo? You have such an amazing talent. I am voting however I can not pick just one at this time.

I just wanted to let you know that I watched Cooper's video that you made the other day and you did such a wonderful job on it.

Thank you,

JGreaves January 9, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

Katie, these are all so great!!! You have a true talent and the passion for what you do. I chose the Hero's seemed to be just so heartfelt! I thought they were all great...THanks Katie for all you awesome work!

Anonymous January 9, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

The Caldwell Triplets get my vote - it looks like an Anne Geddes photo!!

Maria January 10, 2010 at 7:18 PM  

I like no LOVE a Hero's Welcome..It just seems fitting with all that is happening to our soldiers and families..It's a reminder of what we should be thankful for..It express all emotions...LOVE..HOPE..FEAR..SADNESS..THANKFULNESS..
most of all FREEDOM!!

Janet January 11, 2010 at 9:02 AM  

Great photos, Katie! They all were wonderful. Can I vote for more than one??? Too hard to choose just one! Janet

Beth January 11, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

They're all wonderful. Impossible to REALLY chose a favorite :)

Linda January 11, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

The eyes have it ... First Easter. What a pure, innocent child, full of vitality and curiosity. You portrayed the soul of this little girl. Her face shows the hope of all things good in life. What a beautiful, God-given, talent you have, Katie, to capture beauty and grace in pictures.

Anonymous January 12, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

I really enjoyed these photos they are beautiful. I love the Holding Hands it is very innocent and sweet, however all the photos are great.

Laura January 12, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

Beautiful pics!!

Anonymous January 12, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

They are all excellent! Always impressed with your work!
Lee & Sara Alexander

Anonymous January 12, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

Hi Katie, I just read the comment I submitted on Jan.7th--you must think I stutter!! "I must say", (lol), I did get distracted at one point and should have proof read my message before I hit "enter". Anyway, When I checked the results, I noticed that "Bald is Beautiful" has no votes, where-as, the last time I checked, they at least showed a few. What happened? Regards, Sally Keep up the terrific work.

Renee January 13, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

Katie all the pictures made you feel like you were seeing these people first hand.Looking at each picture you felt like you were standing right next to them. But I would have to say my favorite would be the double vision. I loved how you captured the water vision in addition to the twins. You do great work. Thanks Renee -

Beth January 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

Voting for holding hands.....

Katie Wadding January 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

I love classic beauty. It looks just like a post card.

Katie Wadding

Laura January 14, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

The Caldwell Triplets are my pick, to capture those girls like that you are an amazing photographer. What a big difference from their first picture in a basket together!

Jill Caldwell January 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM  

I am biased and voted for my girls, the Caldwell triplets. However, all these are amazing and Double Vision makes me smile. Of course I have a thing for multiples;) Great work Katie!

Karen D. Fischer PBC January 14, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

The picture with the Bride and Groom kissing the bald head of their loved one is priceless. I am a true believer of incorporating Grandparents into the specialness of the wedding day, because after all, if it's weren't for them, there would be no other to follow. Great shot, I bet that couple cherishes that moment.
Time is the essence, and memories are moments captured.

Kathleen January 14, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

Katie - you are so absolutely talented! Thank you for allowing us to see the world through your eyes! PS: I voted for "The Lord's Prayer".
Kathleen Peterson

lisa January 14, 2010 at 8:19 PM  

SO hard to choose!!! I had at least 4 favorites from these!!

Can't wait to see your new blog!

Lisa Baldwin

Katt January 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM  

#2, so natural, and I love the rows of trees. Screams at home and in love to me! Great work!

JeNn January 14, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

I like #9 St. Pete's. Such a great angle, I love it. I actually love them all, you do awesome work!

Rosemary January 14, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

wow!...all are gorgeous; so hard to pick one, but you had me sold on the first photo, Cadwell Triplets..just melt my heart!!

Rita January 14, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

All are wonderful but I pick #18 "A Hero's Welcome".

wilsonklughphotography January 15, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

#18.. A Hero's Welcome...

This picture depicts so much emotion. There are no words for what someone would feel during this moment... but this picture grabs the viewers soul and touches hearts in ways that only those going though this situation could feel. Congrats on capturing such an AMAZING, AWE-INSPIRING moment. Amen to all those who fight for our freedom! Thank you for sharing this picture.. thank you for reality.

grammyscraps January 15, 2010 at 2:46 AM  

#4 That sweet face is just precious...Hard to choose just one, tho. They are all beautiful.