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Jan 03, 2016

Thank you all for participating in the Best of 2015 contest! It is always so fun to go back and look at some of my favorite pictures again, and I know you all enjoy it, too. This year, we had two ways to cast your vote- Facebook and Instagram. We combined the totals of likes from Instagram with the number of votes on Facebook to get a grand total. The top 3 pictures with the highest totals and winners of these prizes are....

In 3rd place and the winner of a $100 gift card...

Wendy, Chris, Cash & Gwendolyn! One of my favorite beach sessions with a gorgeous family! I adore this picture and am so happy for this amazing family!!RA6A6743-Edit

In 2nd place and the winner of a $250 gift card, the Witherby family! I don't know that I have ever photographed a family that is so natural and at ease in front of the camera! I am really looking forward to our next session with this fun group!

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And in FIRST place, winner of a full session with all the digitals included -

Alayna!

This is really funny because we just completed the Gonzalez family's 2015 session and little did I know that day that they would be entered into this contest, let alone win! I photograph Alayna and her family a lot, so I know this will go to good use and am so excited for this VERY deserving family!

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Congratulations to everyone! THANK YOU to all the finalists for sharing this with your friends and family. I know it took work on all your part to get the amount of votes and likes you did- you all really worked it!

xoxo,

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Dec 30, 2015

It's time to vote for your favorite picture of 2015!

As I do every year, I pulled together a team of those I trust, including 5 other photographers, a handful of friends and my family, to help narrow down this year's finalists. They are impartial voters, who don't have the emotional attachment to the pictures that I do. I know it was a hard job for them, but I am happy with the results!

There are 25 to choose from, and they are all special to me! I wish I could include even more!!

The contest is being held on Facebook AND Instagram this year, so to vote you have to complete one (OR BOTH!) of the following steps.

1) Go to Amy Salessi Photography on Facebook. If you have not already liked my page please make sure to! Vote for your ONE favorite and share with all your friends! Even if you aren't on Facebook you can share this with your friends who are! The direct link to the contest is here.

2) Follow my IG business page Amy Salessi Photography Like your favorite picture. The likes each picture receives on IG will be added to the total likes received through the FB contest. Please share on your IG page too, but make sure to direct friends back to the original post to vote.

The prizes given to the family whose photo has the most TOTAL votes and likes:

1st place: A family session complete with the digital images! Normally priced at $1000!

2nd place: $250 gift card

3rd place: $100 gift card

All of the Top 25 finalists will receive a complimentary 8x10 with their 2016 session.

Good luck to you all! VOTING closes at 5pm on Sunday, January 3rd!!!

xoxo

Amy

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WOW! So many votes this year, so many pictures that were so close!!!

In 3rd place, winning a $100 gift card...

Abdul, Dahlia, Lamees and Zaina! I love this picture!! YAY!

RA6A2065-EditIn 2nd place, winning a $250 gift card is the Brang family! You know how much I love hospital sessions! YAY!

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And the WINNER is Abigail! I photograph sweet Abigail SO much and just love her to pieces! So deserving of this award!!

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Thank you all SO SO much for participating! Remember, all of the Top 25 finalists will receive a complimentary 8×10 with their 2015 session!

xoxo

Amy

 
Jan 04, 2015

It's time to vote for your favorite picture of 2014! What an awesome year. To see all the sessions I photographed in just one year, go here

As I do every year, I pulled together a team of those I trust to help narrow down this year's finalists. They are impartial voters, who don't have the emotional attachment to the pictures that I do. I know it was a hard job for them, but I am happy with the results! There are 25 to choose from, but there were so many of you I wish could have been included. I am so lucky to be a part of capturing your families memories every year, and I thank you all for letting me!

The contest is being held on Facebook, so to vote you have to go to Amy Salessi Photography over there. Please make sure to vote for your ONE favorite and share with all your friends! Even if you aren't on Facebook you can share this with your friends who are!

The prizes:

1st place: A family session complete with the digital images! Normally priced at $950!

2nd place: $250 gift card

3rd place: $100 gift card

All of the Top 25 finalists will receive a complimentary 8x10 with their 2015 session.

Good luck to you all!

xoxo

Amy

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Congratulations to the following winners of the Best of 2013 contest! I am so happy for you all!

1st place- Abigail

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2nd place- Audrey & Hannah

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2013 was another fantastic year! It still amazes me just how much this little business I started 3 years ago has grown into something so much bigger than I ever imagined it would. I have learned so much along the way, met so many amazing families and just feel so extremely blessed to do what I love.

This year's STATS:

Photographed 122 families, some of you up to 5 times!

107 mini sessions. WHAT??! Crazy!! Again, some of you booked every single one I offered. I appreciate you so much!!

I photographed 4 births this year. My passion lies here. They are tricky to schedule around the family, but I really hope to grow this more in the future.

I have some really great assistants that have helped me out a lot this year. Brittney, Monique, Nikki, Stacey...you girls are the best. And of course, Nick & Paul help me out when they are home and Paul just finished all of my 2013 accounting.

Thank you!

I have an emotional attachment to my pictures, as any artist does. So, when it comes time to pick the finalists for the yearly contest I just can't do it. I pulled together a team of those I trust to help narrow it down, and their favorites are all below. There are 25 this year, but really I wish there were 100! I love ALL your families, all your pictures, all the moments I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of this year. THANK YOU.

The contest is being held on Facebook, so to vote you have to go to Amy Salessi Photography over there. Please make sure to vote for your ONE favorite and share with all your friends!

The prizes:

1st place: A family session complete with the digital images! Normally priced at $950!

2nd place: $250 gift card

3rd place: $100 gift card

All of the Top 25 finalists will receive a complimentary 8x10 with their 2014 session.

Good luck to you all!

xoxo

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If you know me, you know I love my birthday week. To celebrate this and just how close to 2,000 fans we are we have decided to host a giveaway over on our Facebook fan page!

We will be drawing 2 winners everyday so keep checking back! The grand prize will be announced on Friday, April 19th- my birthday!

To enter:

1. Make sure you like Amy Salessi Photography on Facebook

2. Like the pages of the vendors below (and leave them some love, too!)

3. Enter here!

THANK YOU to all the vendors that donated! These are all products that I love and use myself. You are going to love them!!

The prizes:

1. An Epiphanie Camera Bag!

2. A year membership to Clickin Moms.

3. Blink Brand Makeover from Blink Branding + Design. This will include a consultation and analysis of the photography business and brand, development of 3-4 new logo concepts to choose from, a coordinating watermark, custom color palette, two custom patterns, a Facebook timeline image, business card, letterhead + envelope design. This awesome package sells for $875!

4. A 16x20 canvas from Linco Custom Framing

5. A $100 gift card to IE Photo Rentals

6. A $200 gift card from Amy Salessi Photography

7. A private mentoring session with Amy that includes a 2.5 hour workshop, going on a shoot with Amy & a one hour post processing workshop!

8. GRAND PRIZE!! A family session and a CD of 30-40 images from Amy!

Hurry and enter!!

xoxo

Amy

 

As most of you know, we are expecting our 3rd baby girl, Hannah Reese, any time now! Her due date is March 6th. I am ready to meet her now, but at the same time I know she is still cooking in there and will come when she is ready. So, I thought it would be fun to put a contest out there to guess when Hannah will be born and how much she will weigh! The prize? A 16x20 CANVAS with your 2012 photo session! AWESOME prize, right?

I will be giving away a total of TWO prizes, so here is how the winners will be decided:

  • The person that guesses her correct birth date will win one of the canvases.
  • The person that guesses her weight will win the other canvas.
  • If more than one person guess either of those correctly all of the winners from that category will be put into a drawing for the prize. Each entry will be assigned a number (in the order the guesses were entered) and a number will be selected using random.org.

Rules:

  • To make your guess, you must COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST with your guesses.
  • Once you have commented on the blog, go to Facebook and write a comment under the link to this post telling me you have entered the contest.
  • Once you guess there is NO going back and changing your guess, so make sure you are sure!

You need a little background on my pregnancies to make the best guess...

For those of you that don't know, I have type 1 diabetes. I wear an insulin pump to control my blood sugar every day of my life. A lot of you have asked about it on shoots before. My favorite is when I get asked if it is a pager. As much as I loved my pager back in 1997, no I did not hang on to it. What you see (clipped on my pocket most days) is my artificial pancreas. I was diagnosed at the age of 25- on the older end of the age spectrum for what is also referred to as juvenile diabetes. While there is a lot of information out there about type 2 diabetes, most people don't really understand type 1, since only about 5% of those that have diabetes are type 1. 95% of diabetics are type 2, which means it gets a lot more attention. Being a type 1 diabetic doesn't mean I can't eat sweets or that if I just exercised more it would go away. I pretty much eat what I want (within reason!) and my pump delivers insulin to me since my body doesn't make any on it's own. I am in fantastic control of my diabetes, and it is more just a part of my every day life than anything else.

When I am pregnant, though, it pretty much kicks my butt. It's an entirely different ballgame to be pregnant with diabetes. It means checking my blood sugar a LOT. Making sure it stays low overnight, but not so low that I go into hypoglycemic shock. It means that instead of taking around 20-25 units a DAY I am taking 25-30 units PER MEAL. Your body starts to resist the insulin, making it trickier to find things to eat that the insulin will still cover. With all that going on, there are added risks to carrying a baby full term, which leads most type 1 diabetics to be induced towards the end of their pregnancy. I was induced with both Sophia & Madison (at 38 and 39 weeks).

I hate being induced. It brings on harder contractions and increases the chances of a cesarean section. With both girls I was able to avoid this, thankfully, but my labors lasted a LONG time. Like 26 hours long.

So, my doctor isn't very comfortable with me carrying her past 39 weeks, which will be Feb 28th. Nothing is set in stone yet, no dates have been talked about. But his normal plan of action is inducing somewhere between 38 and 39 weeks, depending on how the baby is looking. I am scheduled twice a week right now for NST's (non stress tests) where they monitor the baby's heart rate and movement. So far, so good.

I would REALLY love to avoid being induced, so I am going to try everything I can to bring labor on myself once I feel like I am close and ready. A pressure massage on my feet, lots of walking, those little things. Maybe they will help, maybe they won't- but worth a shot! I won't be doing anything crazy like drinking castor oil (disgusting!) just normal, natural ways to get the body moving. I will probably start to try some things around 38 weeks, which will be Feb 21st.

So, even though my due date is March 6th, I probably wouldn't guess that far out if I were you...just a hint...

A few other little hints that might help you make the best guess...

  • Diabetics "typically" have larger babies. BUT, with as well controlled as I have been throughout this pregnancy my diabetes contributing to the size of the baby is not really a concern. With that said, our family still makes big babies. Sophia was 8 lbs, Madison was 8 lbs 8 oz. And remember they were both born early!
  • Hannah measured at 6 lbs 2 oz at our last ultrasound on Feb 2nd. Give or take a pound, I don't really stress out over the size shown on the ultrasound. They aren't always correct.
  • I have been having contractions, but nothing regular enough. They do hurt though.
  • I have dropped a little but not really a significant amount yet.

So, with all that information it is time to go make your guesses! Good luck- can't wait to see who wins! Not as much as I can't wait to meet this little girl, though.

Amy