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Check Out the Fotor Shape Collage #Sponsored #Review

Sponsored PostDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by Fotor. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

It’s hard to find someone who loves photos as much as I do. I won’t tell you how many boxes of photos I have (from before the digital age) or how many external hard drives I have that are full of photographs of family, clients, nature, and just about anything else you can think of. (All family friendly, of course.)

That’s why I was so excited to learn about Fotor. Fotor is a free, online photo editing website.

For this review, they asked if I would try their online shape collage.

Oh my goodness! It is SO much fun to use, and it is by far the easiest online photo editor I have ever used. It literally took me less than 2 minutes to have this image saved to my computer:

heart collage

And I had so much fun making that collage that I decided to create another photo collage with my favorite fall photos from this year:

photo collage

Isn’t that fantastic? I just love it! And it was so easy to create. Then, once I was done creating, I could decide if I wanted to save it to my computer or if I wanted to share it on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media networks. I saved it to my computer, and then I decided to share it with all my Facebook friends. (You can see the Facebook post here: Sharing on Facebook.)

I am really impressed with the Fotor Photo Editor, and I cannot get over how quick and easy it is to use! In moments, I had exactly what I wanted saved to my computer. I just love it! Even uploading the photos only took a few minutes. I didn’t use huge files, but it still seemed to move super fast!

Another great feature of the photo editor is that you don’t have to be a graphic design artist to make it work. They have all the templates and layouts you need to create until the end of time! You’ll never run out of ways to share your photos!

The best part about Fotor? It’s completely free to use! LOVE that!

If you love sharing your photos with the world, and if you love being creative, I highly recommend you check out the Fotor website. Your friends and family will love seeing what you come up with.

Have you tried Fotor? Do you love it as much as I do?

A Sweet 16 Birthday Cake {Photo Overload}

Last week, my oldest daughter turned 16. The only thing she wanted for her birthday was a party with our closest friends and family. Let me tell you, that doesn’t sound like much… until you start planning a party for 50 people. I.AM.EXHAUSTED.

But, she had an amazing time, and I was so blown away by her cake that I just had to share the cake pictures with you.

Sweet 16 Birthday Cake

Beautiful, isn’t it? I’m certain it is a million times more beautiful than my wedding cake was. A friend of ours did it all by hand, and we were all truly blown away. Oh, and if you were wondering, the damask tier at the bottom is a box I found at Hobby Lobby. :)

Here are a bunch more pictures:

Sweet 16 Cake


Sweet 16


Sweet 16



Every flower was handmade and placed perfectly on there. 16 flowers for her 16th birthday.

Isn’t it beautiful? Wish I had known the wonderful lady that made it back when I got married. She did such an amazing job.

What do you think?

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Do you love instagram? I do! I share at least one picture every day on there – sometimes even 2, 3, 4, or more pictures. :)

Some of my very favorite pictures that I have taken have been put on instagram. (You can see all my pictures here: Angie Vinez on Instagram)

One thing I would love to do is get my favorite instagram photos and compile them into a book. Then, I could quickly and easily show off my favorite pictures to friends and family, and have them safe and secure all in one place. It would be so great to make them every year and watch how the kids have grown and changed. (And hopefully how my iPhone shooting skills have improved as well.) :)

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SanDisk Shows You How to Take Better Baby Photos

I’ve got a new baby in the house, and being a photographer, you can bet there will be lots – and lots – of pictures to share. In fact, as I type this, I’ve got my living room transformed into a studio so that I can snap a few more shots of her whenever “the moment” arises.

But what if you’re not a professional photographer? What if you need some tips on getting those perfect shots of your own sweet little one?

Thanks to SanDisk, you don’t have to look any further!

Photographer, author, and educator Erin Manning provides her Top 3 Tips for capturing better baby photos. She will give you advice on setting the scene, getting close to the baby for those perfect images, and why she uses a SanDisk Ultra SDHC card to be sure she never misses a shot.

Take a moment and watch the video below to learn how to take better baby photos.

Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for SanDisk. I received a product sample to thank me for participating.

Family Portraits – A Day at the Waterfalls

This has been a very busy week for the Vinez clan. We have family in from out of town, and it seems like the entire week has been full of doctors appointments, meetings, and things to do. To top it off, it was Fall Break for my kiddos, so I had all all 6 home, and had to keep them all entertained and happy. Whew.

On Thursday, hubby had the day off. Because the weather has been absolutely gorgeous around here, we decided we would take the kids to a local waterfall and get some family pictures. After all, it’s about time to get our Christmas cards ordered.

The falls were breathtaking, and since it was a Thursday, they weren’t crowded at all. At times we had the whole place all to ourselves. It was wonderful.

The kids had a blast at the falls, and I was able to walk away with some really great portraits of the kids, and of hubby and I. The only thing I couldn’t get was a family shot with all of us in it at one time, but I am really happy with what we did get.

I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. As a warning, this may be picture overload, so just bear with me. Hopefully this will help you get to know my family a little better, and maybe it will even give you a few posing ideas for your own family photographs.

Ready? Here come the photos…….

all the kids

all the kids

all the kids

Hubby and the kids

Me and the Kids

Me & Hubby

almost 25 weeks

all the kids 4

all the kids 5

all the kids 6

What do you think?

I’m having a hard time picking which one to use for the Christmas cards this year. Which one is your favorite?

How hard is it for you to photograph your own kids? I’d love to hear your experiences!

NAPCP Photography Tips & a GlVEAWAY! {Ends 11/9}

As a photographer, I could not be more excited about getting the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and share this giveaway with you on behalf of the NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers).

First, let me tell you a little about the NAPCP.

The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is an association whose mission is to promote and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. The NAPCP connects parents searching for child photographers in their area with its professional members by providing a comprehensive directory of photographers and informative articles on what to expect from their professional photography experience. Serving as a valuable resource for both photographers and parents, NAPCP continually strives to raise industry standards in child photography.

The holidays are just around the corner, and I am sure you are already thinking about and planning your holiday family portraits for your holiday cards, right?

Here are the top 10 tips for taking photos of your children, courtesy of the NAPCP. (I will also be adding my thoughts and/or examples to these tips.)


1. Get on their level: Lay or sit down on the floor to capture the perfect picture. Not only will you be able to see the world from their vantage point, but you’ll also have better perspective and angles when shooting.

In the picture above, Lucy was lying flat on her belly, so I got flat on my belly and shot right at her level. This has always been one of my favorite portraits of her.

2. Lighting is key: Most parents think that having great lighting can be replaced with a camera’s flash, but the flash can actually make children appear washed out. Instead, utilize indirect, natural lighting by shooting near a window in the house or under the shade of a tree.

There is so much you can do with lighting. You can create cool silhouette effects, or you can move to the shade to get away from the harsh sunlight. Below are two photos that show the different ways I used the same natural outdoor light, first as a silhouette effect and then with a flash to see the family:

3. Never stop shooting: For every good shot, there are typically about 8-10 bad ones, but that’s the beauty of having a digital camera! Change the setting to continuous shooting mode to capture lots of shots in the midst of action. Even most standard point-and-shoot cameras have some sort of “sport mode” that can accomplish this task.

I couldn’t agree with this more! Even the very best photographers get shots that aren’t very good, and that’s why we take so many pictures and only show the very best ones. :) Continuous shooting mode will eat your battery a little faster, but you can get some incredible sequence shots, and you may just get that perfect shot with your little one looking right at your camera.

4. Get to know your camera: Consult your camera’s manual or look up the settings online so that you can take full advantage of all of its different settings. Three key ones to experiment and get comfortable with are the aperture setting, the shutter speed and the ISO setting.

Yes, yes, YES!!! There is a reason your camera comes with a manual. It is full of tips, tricks, and “how-to”s for you to learn how to make your camera function to the best of its ability. If there are things you aren’t sure of, get online and google “how to use xx camera” – you may find forums, tips, and other ways that will help you out even more.

5. Consider black and white: Black and white photos are not only timeless and classic, but they can also easily cover up the redness and blotchiness on newborns and babies. Adjusting the black and white settings is usually easiest to do after the photo session in photoshop or picasa.

Black and white is an excellent option for a more “elegant” look… or to hide those blemishes. Look at the difference between this newborn picture in color and then in black and white:


6. Make it fun for them: Kids love to play with their parents, so turn a photo session into play time! Play games, tell jokes and sing songs with them – pretty soon, they’ll forget that you’re taking pictures.

I had one family in Ohio that actually requested I take photos of them dancing. We turned the music all the way up and they danced their hearts out. It ended up being their favorite portraits, and they had them blown up and put all over the walls of their house. Another tip: If you are taking photos, and you cannot get the kids to look at the camera and smile, take a break and allow them to take a few “funny face” pictures. It gets the smiling, and it helps them understand that the sooner they look and smile, the sooner they can be done. ;) 

7. Get up close and personal: Get close or zoom in to capture all of the small details that make your child unique.

I am all about the super closeups. I’ve got tons of them of my kids. The first example above is one of my favorites, but here’s another one:

8. Pay attention to the background: Before you start shooting, make sure that any unwanted or distracting items, like a vacuum cleaner or piles of clothes, are out of the way and out of the shot.

Sometimes this can’t be helped, especially if you are shooting candid shots. But, if you are actually stopping what you are doing to take photographs, take your child to an area with a pretty background, or remove unwanted objects from your line of vision.

9. Bring your camera everywhere: You never know when inspiration will strike. Camera phones make it easier to capture the everyday moments with your children – they can take decent pictures, but don’t always print well because of their low resolution.

I have 2 cameras, my professional camera and a point and shoot that fits in my purse or the diaper bag. While my point and shoot is always on hand, 99% of the time, I have my professional camera in the trunk or car, just because you never know when you might happen along the perfect setting or lighting for that “must have” shot. And, yes, I do use my camera phone for some shots, but only to upload to Instagram or Facebook – never to print.

10. Show off their personality: Standard portrait photos are parent favorites, but don’t hesitate to shoot pictures of them in their natural settings and behaviors. Their quirky and adorable habits today can usually create the best photos that you’ll treasure years later.

I love natural, candid photos. And when I think of grabbing shots of my kids as they are, I have one photo that stands out in my mind, and always brings a smile to my face.

The photo above is of my son, Jace, when he was a little over 18 months. That’s just him, playing in the yard, clothes off, pretending to be a cowboy. It’s a shot I will treasure forever… and will someday use to embarrass him if necessary. ;)

What do you think? Helpful tips? Anything you would add to them?

What if you’re still unsure about taking family photographs? Then, I’d highly recommend you check out the NAPCP website to find a professional child photographer in your area.

Whether you choose to use the photography tips above, or decide to contact a photographer through the NAPCP website, the NAPCP wants you to walk away with a way to “Fill your frames.”

To help you do just that, the NAPCP is offering one lucky Blessed Beyond Words reader a uniquely beautiful picture from from The Organic Bloom. Normally, these custom-designed frames are sold exclusively to professional photographers, but now you have the chance to win one of your very own!

To enter, use the rafflecopter gadget below.

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Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and have not been influenced away. Tips provided by the NAPCP. The NAPCP and The Organic Bloom will provide one winner with a picture frame. I will also receive a picture frame of my own as a thank you for sharing this post. 

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Guest Post: Controversial Art by JAN Art Prints

A Note From Angie: Before I put up this post, I want to preface: This is not the typical type of post you will find here on Blessed Beyond Words. And it may stir up some controversy. However, the author of this post – and the artist behind the artwork seen in the post – is special to me, and I wanted to give him a platform to share his passion for his art. I hope that you will take a moment to read his thoughts about his piece entitled IOU. If you agree – or don’t agree – please keep your comments tasteful and respectful. I do not take kindly to mean, slanderous, or profanity-filled comments, and those will be deleted. I appreciate you taking the time to read about the piece this artist has created, and that you’ll check out his facebook page.

Every time I create a new picture I have some sort of ideal that inspired me. Sometimes it’s as simple as music or poetry, sometimes it’s other great artists, and sometimes it’s merely shock value. With “IOU” (also known as “I Own You”) it was a combination of the discontent of our country at the current time and politics in general as well as shock value. Like any artist, I want people to think when they look at a piece of my art. I would love to explain every picture I draw, but I’m not out to write a book, I want to both put my feelings on paper and encourage the free thinking of the public.

As soon as I had the idea of a Pop Art style picture of Uncle Sam and changing his typical “I Want You” moto to “I Own You,” I knew a lot of people were going to take offense to it. I put off doing the picture for a while, but I just couldn’t shake the idea. I even went as far as taking an unbiased poll on how the picture should be done, giving people three different ideas to choose from. Much to my surprise my original idea, the current picture, won by a landslide. That’s when I knew I had to get my message, and many other people’s feelings, out there for the public to see. Sadly, a strong political message turned into a strong showing of discontent and quick judgment by ignorant Americans.

Few know the history of Uncle Sam. Even fewer know the history of Brother Jonathan.
“As early as 1835 Brother Jonathan made a reference to Uncle Sam implying that they symbolized different things: Brother Jonathan was the country itself while Uncle Sam was the government and its power.”
(Morgan, Winifred (1988) An American icon: Brother Jonathan and American identity University of Delaware Press pg 81)

What I found really shocking though, was that no one mentioned the lack of our countries symbolic colors – red, white and blue – in “I Own You”.

“Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated: “The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

Also this from a book about the flag published in 1977 by the House of Representatives…
“The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.””

With that said, I would like to explain the artists’ interpretation of this picture, and I must warn you that if you dislike the picture you will most likely dislike the explanation. Now that we have viable sources to relate to, we know that Uncle Sam is more a symbol of the government and its power, not the country itself or the military. That has been a huge misconception with this piece. In my opinion, the government has been striving to prove their power over the American people. Controversial laws have been presented and some even passed (i.e.; NDAA, SOPA and PIPA). I was overwhelmed with joy when the American people stood up against SOPA and PIPA, but at the same time I tend to wonder if it wasn’t because Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other internet powerhouses pushed them to. I say that because I was saddened when the updated version of the NDAA was passed and no one seemed to notice or care. I even wonder how many people know what the NDAA is and what it implies. It is apparent to me that the government is slowly making its way to gaining as much power and control over the people of this great Nation. That sets up a perfect segue to the explanation of the colors used in “IOU.”

I don’t believe that most people would hesitate to admit that the purity of our country is fading. That’s why I used very little white in the picture. I was not as hesitant to use red, because there is plenty of valour shown everyday through those bold and brave enough to fight for our freedom. The original pictures of Uncle Sam show him parading a blue jacket. I chose to blacken the jacket as symbolism of a lack of vigilance, perseverance and justice in today’s society while leaving hints of blue in hope of regaining what we once had. Uncle Sam’s hat, as portrayed in this picture, is black and blue, with blue highlights as the shading, adorned with a single star rather than multiple stars. The purpose behind this was to make a clear statement that the Chief should never be placed above the “symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial” which to me means not only the religious and other freedoms our country was founded on, but also the Constitution. I feel like the “divine goal” is the Constitutional rights on which our country was based and is slowly being ignored or forgotten.

All I can ask as an artist is that people look at all art with an open mind. With “IOU” it is imperative for me that people understand the symbolism which I attempted to portray; our government is getting too big and too powerful. I consider this message even more important with this being an election year. My hopes are that people around the country will keep their future as well as the future of their children and grandchildren in mind and do their own research on the political scene and our constitutional rights, and base their electoral decisions on what they find and what they feel when casting their ballot this November; not just what they hear on the news. Big government is not the answer, our freedom from a “Big Brother” is.

John Adam Nichols

The Year in Pictures…. So far…

I know, I know… it’s only April. But, I wanted to share a special project that I’ve been working on for the past few months. My goal is to take a photo every day of 2012 and document it. So far, I’ve done really well. I’ve taken at least one photo every day, and I’ve uploaded it to an album on Facebook. It hasn’t been easy. And I don’t always use the same camera… sometimes I use my phone, sometimes I use my crappy little point and shoot, and other times I use my professional camera. {You can tell by the variance of the quality of the photos.}

Are you participating in a Project 365 {ummm, guess it would be Project 366} photo challenge? Are you keeping a record of all your photos for the year in one place? At the end of the year, I’d like to put together an album of all the pictures I took. I think it would be a great way to remember this year.

You can view all of my photos here:

Project 2012 – A Photo A Day

Here are a few of my favorites from the album {so far, anyway} :

If you’re participating in something similar, and you’re keeping your photos online, I hope you’ll take a minute and leave a link to your album here:

If You Were Attending a Photography Talk…

What would you expect the person speaking to discuss?

The reason I ask is because I will be doing the speaking at my local MOPS group next Thursday night, and I’m having a hard time narrowing down a specific topic to discuss.

In December, I gave a short photography “teaser.” I offered the moms at our meeting 7 tips for taking better photographs. It was short, to the point, and was a ton of fun. There were even handouts!

But now, I’ve got to come up with enough discussion to cover at least 45 minutes. I could talk about photography for hours on end, but I need to hone in on a specific topic.

So, I’m coming to my wonderful readers. You always have the best ideas, and I KNOW you can help me out.

I will not be standing in a room of professional photographers. I’ll be talking to moms who want to get better pictures of their kids. Most of them will be using point and shoot cameras. I want to be able to help them get the most from their cameras and take the best pictures possible.

So, if you were going to a photography talk, what would you hope the photographer would share? What questions would you ask the photographer?

Do you think it would make sense to bring along my 6 kids and use them as props? I can show different poses, and such. Would that benefit you if you were at the meeting?

Help me out, friends. I’ve got one week to come up with something awesome. :)

Tornadoes… In The Mountains!

My husband and I had been planning a date night for weeks. Last Friday night was supposed to be “our” night. We were going to head up to Murphy, NC and eat at Brother’s Restaurant. Then, we’d spend some time shopping – hitting the shoe stores, Big Lots, Walmart, and anywhere else we wanted to go. I was finally going to be able to swing into Cato’s and buy some pants that fit me. {Mine are so big now! Yay!}

I have no idea why, but hubby and I gave up our date night and decided to take the boys to see The Lorax that night… in Hiawassee, GA.

What we didn’t know is how one little decision to stay out of Murphy may have saved us from danger… or potential death.

Friday night, a tornado tore through Murphy, NC, destroying as much as it could. It ripped roofs off buildings, picked up semi trailers and threw them into fields, ripped houses apart, uprooted trees, and damaged buildings.

We live in the mountains. As gullible as I am, I assumed a tornado could never gather enough speed or strength to touch down in the mountains.

Boy, was I wrong.

Saturday afternoon, I went up to Murphy to see the damage. I wanted to visit the party store and grab a few items for Gage’s party, and I needed to run into Walmart to grab some essentials.

My heart broke to see the damage that happened everywhere. So many lives were changed in a matter of minutes. What scared me the most is that my husband and I could have been right in the middle of it. As I drove through, I couldn’t help but think of the phrase, “But for the Grace of God…”

But for the Grace of God, my husband and I were miles away from where the tornado touched down.

But for the Grace of God, not a single soul was killed or injured in all the devastation.

But for the Grace of God, everything will be ok again.

At Walmart, I got out of the car and snapped a few pictures…. look what happens when a tornado rips through the mountains:

On my Facebook Fan page, I’ll share a link to more photos of the damage. I couldn’t even get to where the party store was at, the damage was so bad. :(

I am so thankful that no one was hurt in the tornado. My thoughts and prayers are still with the families, employees, and everyone working to rebuild their lives, homes, and businesses after the storm.

Personal items can be replaced…. people can’t.

I know tornadoes ripped through much of the Midwest last week. Prayers to every person affected by the storms… whether you were actually involved in them, or if it was someone you love.

Artistic Letters Alphabet Photos Images Review & #Giveaway

This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on 10/29.

As you all know, I love photography. It’s a passion of mine. For Christmas, my gifts usually revolve around some form of photography. I love to use images and create collages and other special gifts.

If you haven’t heard of Artistic Letters Alphabet Photography, you have been missing out. I was introduced to them through Rafflecopter, and I have thoroughly enjoyed putting together projects that I’ll be giving as Christmas gifts to family and friends.

Here’s a picture of what I will be ordering for myself:

family collage

I’ve already placed my order with my photo lab, and I can’t wait for it to come in. I ordered it mounted on a 10″x20″ on a double weight matboard, and have a pretty cast iron stand I will put it in. I can’t wait to have the print in my hands so I can show it off.

I love the alphabet letters and numbers. There’s just so much you can do with them!

Here are a few example of other projects that have been done:

family sign

scrapbooking page

wedding present idea

So unique, so beautiful, and so easy to put together!

Also be sure to check out all the project ideas on the GET IDEAS HERE page.  These images can all be used for so many things – custom artwork, scrapbooking, digital design, announcements, greeting cards – the possibilities truly are endless.

Jodi has partnered with me and has created Exclusive Discounted Pricing of up to $4 select packages PLUS a bonus Freebie Damask Alphabet set of your choice with any purchase.  After you’ve checked out the website and browsed around, come back here and click on THIS LINK  to see discounted pricing and Freebie Choices.  This page is only available here to my readers and you won’t be able to find it on the website menu. :)  This sale and freebie set expires after Tuesday, November 1, so be sure to take advantage of this exclusive promotion while it lasts!

For this giveaway, Jodi is offering up a download of over 400 numbers and letters for you to use to create your own special gifts and projects. You will have Christmas gift covered if you win this giveaway!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter Gadget below:

And, remember: Even if you don’t win, you can still get the Exclusive Discounted Pricing and Freebie with purchase through Tuesday, November 1.

Disclaimer: I received a set of images to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. The sponsor, www.buyalphabetphotos.com, will fulfill the prize as stated above to one winner.

Wordless Wednesday {9/28} – My Six Loves

Here are the results of the “photo session” I had with my kids…. And, yes, the tall girl in the middle is my daughter. People ask my husband if that’s his wife every time he shows off the photos. Sigh….

my kids

Gage - 6 months

Parker - almost 3

Lucy - 5 years

Jace - 7 years

Zander - 8 years

Sigh… they get too big too fast.

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8x10s are 50% off at @mpix Right Now!

I’m a HUGE fan of Mpix. In fact, when I need photos printed for myself, they are my first choice. They print and ship fast, and their customer service can’t be beat.

mpix rocksRight now, they are having a sale on their 8 x 10 prints.E-Surface prints are just $.99 {regularly $1.99}, or you can upgrade to Metallic or True Black and White prints and pay just $1.24 each. It’s an amazing deal.

To get the discount, you must enter promo code mpix8x10 at checkout. And you have to hurry, because this offer ends Wednesday, September 28th at midnight.

For more info, click here: 50% off 8×10 Sale at Mpix

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post in any way, and there are no affiliate links included in this post. I love Mpix, and when I found out about the amazing deal on 8×10 prints, I had to share it with my readers.

Wordless Wednesday: He Just Screams Rotten {Linky}

Gage - 6 months

I took Gage’s 6 month portraits the other day, and that’s just one of them. It cracked me up so much, I just had to share!

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Free 8×10 Canvas from Canvas People

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Wordless Wednesday: Perry Cupcakes Before & After

Before the Party:

After the Party:

Definitely gave my 14 year old an unforgettable way to blow out her candles, didn’t I?

More about the party later! (Including how I made these cupcakes.)

Guest Post: Win a Tamron 70-300mm Lens

Tamron 70-300

TakeGreatPictures is giving away a Tamron 70-300mm Lens to one lucky winner in their summer contest giveaway! The Tamron SP designation is reserved for lenses developed with special emphasis on extraordinary photographic performance. Engineers are free to innovate in an uncommon atmosphere where optical performance comes before price, resulting in lenses that satisfy the demands of discerning photographers. In addition to entering, contestants will also be automatically become subscribers to TakeGreatPictures.com’s monthly newsletter to stay up to date on all their contests and prizes.

The contest is open now and runs through to the end of August.  Entries must be received before September 1, 2011.  For more information on how to enter, please visit http://www.takegreatpictures.com/photo-tips/contests-shows-workshops/win-a-tamron-70-300-mm-lens

Disclaimer: This is a guest post sent to me on behalf of TakeGreatPictures.com. I was not compensated for this post in any way, but thought my photography-loving readers would like to know about the contest and enter.