Archive: ‘Giveaways’

Announcing CDP Seniors…and a Giveaway!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Not so long ago, I promised a big announcement, and well…the time has finally come. Gah! I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!!! So without further ado (can I get a drumroll please?)…I’d like to officially announce our new brand — CDP Seniors — and our senior spokesmodel program, The Senior Exclusive. And to celebrate, we’re giving away a Charlotte Russe gift card to help one lucky someone put together the perfect look for their portrait session. Just scroll on down to the bottom of this post to enter…easy peasy! (I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, July 1st.)

I love shooting high school senior portraits! It’s such a blast to get to know these incredible young people and challenge myself to capture their personalities. High school seniors bring great energy to their sessions and inspire such creativity with their sense of adventure, and I always leave a session feeling honored to have gotten to capture a glimpse of what is such an exciting time in their lives!

This summer, we’re looking for a few fun, friendly, outgoing gals to represent us at local St. Louis-area schools and in the community. If you’re a member of the Class of 2015, we know you’re going to have a blast with your CDP experience, and we want you to share like crazy with your friends! When you sign on for The Senior Exclusive, we’ll love on you with all sorts of extra perks…head on over to the site to check them out, or get in touch with me…I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Big Changes Ahead…and a Giveaway!

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Dear Bloggy-Blog,

I have something to confess. I’ve been keeping a secret. It’s a secret so exciting that I’ve been bursting to share it with you, but the time just hasn’t been right…until now.

When we moved back to central Illinois two and a half years ago, it sure was nice to be home. In fact, Dorothy said it best — “There’s no place like home!” After a couple rough years away and so many major life changes (two kids in diapers at the same time is not for the feint of heart, people), we were ready to be loved on. And that’s just what we found here in Charleston. The warmth and generosity of our amazing family. The friends — old and new — who have reassured us that we are indeed perfectly normal, because after all — crazy IS normal. The daycare staff who love our kiddos like they’re their own. And the incredible, wonderful, splendiferous Cheryl McKee, Kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, who has guided us through the wondrous (and at times mind-boggling) world of having a “school-age” child. Oh yes, Charleston — we’ve certainly felt the love, and this is where I’m proud to say we’ve built our first real home as a family.

But Kirk and I have always said that our stay here in Charleston wasn’t permanent. We needed some love, and we needed some time — some time to figure out how to be the best spouse/parent/sibling/daughter/son/friend/photographer/small business owner/etc. each of us could possibly be. I’ll admit, we still haven’t quite figured that all out yet, but I think it’s safe to say we’re well on our way. And today…TOGETHER…we’re better than ever. So it’s time. Time to acknowledge that stirring in our souls to get back to a more metropolitan area; time to move on and write our next chapter.

We’ve had countless conversations about the merits of Denver vs. San Diego…mountains vs. the ocean…St. Louis vs. Chicago…city dwelling vs. life in suburbia. But when we came down to it, the answer was really quite simple when you consider our top two priorities: 1) putting down roots near our family, so our kiddos can know their grandparents and cousins, and 2) access to a major airport, since Kirk is still doing lots of traveling for work and we both have a crazy case of wanderlust. So I’m happy to announce our next chapter finally has a setting, and that setting is… (drumroll, please)

 (ding, ding, ding…you guessed it!)

 St. Louis!!!

 (cue pyrotechnics)

My parents recently relocated to the ‘Lou thanks to a new job opportunity for my dad, and we’ve spent quite a bit of time down that way lately. We’re excited to get to know the city and make it our home — the place where we’ll set down roots and raise our family. We’ve hit most of the major attractions and fallen in love with the City Museum. We’ve had a blast taking the kiddos to the zoo and the Science Center. And the kids have had infinite amounts of fun hanging out at the Magic House with Grandma and Papa. It’s going to be wonderful to have easy access to these attractions and be able to say to the girls on a beautiful Spring day, “Let’s head over to the zoo and see what the giraffes are up to today!” And we’re also excited to find those neighborhood restaurants and coffee shops, boutiques, and music venues that make a big city feel like home. It’s going to be amazing, and I can’t help but do a little happy dance in my mind every time I imagine what life will be like for us a year from now, five years from now, or even ten years down the road.

(This is one of my all-time favorite images of our oldest daughter, taken at the St. Louis City Museum.)

But I think one of the things I’m most thrilled about is to get back to a world where there’s a Target…not an hour away from us, but just down the road. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Target…and I have very little love for the world of Wally, even though that’s all we have here in Charleston-Mattoon. So to celebrate our big news and upcoming move, let’s do a giveaway!

We’ll be giving away a $10 Target Gift Card to one lucky reader chosen at random. All you have to do is leave us a comment. If you’re in St. Louis, share your favorite local restaurant or shop; if you’re not in St. Louis, tell us where your wanderlust will be taking you next (be it a real vacation, dream vacation, or cross-country move)!

Target Gift Card Giveaway

We’ll choose a winner on Friday, March 15th, so enter now (and tell your friends, too). Can’t wait to hear from you!




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