Category Archives: Children

First off, I was blown away by the response this year for the Best of 2012 Contest/Giveaway!  You all deserve to win!!!  Thank you to everyone who participated!  2012 was another great year and I am blessed to have met so many kind and genuine people.  To all of those families and friends who voted, THANK YOU!
And now for the winners!!
1st Place..
Molly, Jason, Parker, Riley and Brooks!
1st place receives one complimentary Portrait/Lifestyle Session + CD of their 35 favorites (valued at $400)!  
2nd Place..

2nd place receives a complimentary Portrait Session (valued at $125)! 

3rd Place..
Jan, Bryan, and Riley!
3rd place receives a $75 gift certificate towards any session or product! 

The Special Bonus…one lucky voter was randomly selected to win a Gift Certificate Portrait/Lifestyle Session (valued at $125)! That lucky voter is Julie Hosier!
Thank you again for voting and becoming fans of Lauren Tomasella Photography on Facebook! Continue following for future specials and contests! THANK YOU!

I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who stopped by booth D24 yesterday!  It was such a pleasure to meet and get to know so many wonderful people.  THANK YOU!  And if you are new to my blog, welcome!  Take a look around!  Leave some love 🙂  I would love to hear from you!

At the end of the post, there is a long list of thank you’s to everyone who made yesterday a success!  I am truly grateful for all of the help and support!  Be sure to also check out the winners of the giveaway!

I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed yesterday.  It was so exciting to be among so many wonderful local businesses.  I am just in pure amazement of the talent in Huntsville.

Without the following list of people, yesterday would not have been a success! They all contributed to making my vision become a reality.  I am so thankful.

First, thank you, Chamber of Commerce, for giving me this opportunity!  Since I moved here two years ago, the Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama have been extremely supportive of my business.  Not just my business, but all small businesses!  I highly encourage anyone just beginning, to contact them!  You will not regret it.

Krista and her family.  Krista is a fellow photographer and a good friend of mine in Huntsville.  I owe this girl so much!!! She kept me sane.  She helped me paint.  She offered her garage 🙂 And her Suburban for transport!  I am telling you, I am forever indebted to this girl!  Krista came with me the day of the Expo, helped me set up and stood by my side.  Thank you, Krista, for being there.

Krista and her husband, Daniel, also put me in touch with Travis.

Travis Boginski of GT Construction literally made this vision a reality.   I knew I wanted to construct a wall with hollow doors, I just could not wrap my head around how to do it.  While it would have taken me days upon days to build, he knocked it out in less than an hour.  He builds houses for a living, so my measly wall was nothing! 🙂  The best part, he made it easy for me to take apart/put together.  Amazing.  Thank you, Travis!!

Another thank you goes to my favorite printing vendors, ProDPI, Vision Art, WHCC, and Simply Canvas.  I have ProDPI and Simply Canvas to thank for my canvases.  I also have ProDPI to thank for my prints and 10×20 standout with my logo.  Another thank you goes to Vision Art.  Vision Art specializes in printing fine art books, which are my all-time favorite.  I love them because I love telling stories with my images and books are a perfect way to do just that.  Thank you Vision Art!  WHCC does all my printing for press products, including the 4.5×5 brochures I created to handout. They also make the adorable 3×3 brag books.  These vendors have the quality.  They have incredible customer service.  And they also make my work look good! 🙂  I could not be more pleased with their services.

Erin Lindsey of Erin Lindsey Images is another local photographer that I love and adore.  I highly recommend her!!  She was with me in the beginning stages of this project and helped brainstorm ideas for the living room concept.  She helped me shop, pointed me in the direction of some pretty fabulous thrift stores and antique malls (where I acquired the table and bookcase shelf). She was also kind enough to let me borrow those two adorable chairs and pillows.  AND the vintage camera and decorative books!  She is so awesome and would drop anything to help you.  Seriously, go check her out!

My mints!  As a gift, I handed out mini mint tins with my logo.  I kept a tin for myself, because they are so delicious!!  They were made by Forever Wed.  If you are ever in need of personalized gifts, wedding favors and more, I recommend them!

My sister and brother-in-law.  And I’ll throw my niece, Avery, in there too!  I don’t even know where to begin to thank them.  They are miles away, but I feel like they are right next door.  They are always there to offer advice, wisdom, criticism regardless of the time or day.  I am extremely grateful to have them in my life.

Morgan Trinker!  I have to give this girl a shout out!  Not only is she an amazing photographer, she is unbelievably kind and generous.  In this specific situation, she calmed my nerves and offered genuine advice on having a booth.  No exaggeration, she is a true inspiration.

My past clients.  Thank you for trusting in me.  Giving me opportunities.  Photographing you and your families.  Capturing and preserving your memories.  With every session, I am so honored.  Thank you.

To Krista, Luis, Maisee and Niroshen for helping me take down the set up!

To my parents, just because! 🙂

And Alex.  My best friend and love of my life.  He’s been in Hawaii the past two weeks… for work… (Not fair right!) 🙂  And even though he’s been gone the past two weeks, he’s been there every step of the way.

THANK YOU!!!!  AND now.. the winners of the giveaway!  Those who stopped by the booth had the opportunity to fill out a ticket or drop their business card into the drawing to win one of three prizes..

The Grand Prize..
Free Lifestyle Session ($285 Value)
The Grand Prize goes to Donna Cowart!

The Second Prize..
16×20 Gallery Wrap Canvas ($195 Value)
The Second Prize goes to Shari MacPherson!

The Third Prize..
$100 Print Credit (toward any product of Lauren Tomasella Photography)
The Third Prize goes to Erin Railey!

Thank you again to all of those who participated in the giveaway!

I am beyond excited to share this session! I had the honor of photographing Mandy of Mandy Owens Photography and her family!  It is always a huge privilege to photograph another photographer’s family.  I truly love being able to bounce off ideas and have their artistic vision come to life.   Mandy is an extremely talented photographer, a beautiful writer and an unconditional loving mother and wife.  Her and her family have so much fun together.  Her kids.. are made for the camera.  They are simply adorable.  And their eyes!  Holy moly their gorgeous!!  They welcomed me into their home which they recently moved into and showed me around their property. Ah.  It was breathtaking and I would have every session there if I could 🙂  Mandy, Steve, Ava and Alex, thank you for such a wonderful session!  I’m so happy you have met you all!

A quote from Mandy.. “I have always had a major hangup about getting my picture made. I LOATHE seeing myself in a picture… maybe that’s why I love the other side of the camera so much – it’s safe on my side. 😉 However, I had to get over myself because I realized there were hardly any pictures with me in them in the seven year history of our little family… and regardless of what i think about myself, my kids will one day grow up and treasure our family pictures, so it’s important to have them made.”

Meet Anne, Jon, their almost four-year-old son, Aidan, and their 10 month adorable baby, Ellis Anne! Our session started with a pop up spring rain and ended with sunshine and a rainbow 🙂 They came prepared with books, blankets, dolls and a red wagon.. there was never a dull moment! Below are a few of my favorites!

The rainbow came!

Thank you Anne, Jon, Aidan and Ellis Anne for such a fun session!! AND for making the most of the weather! 🙂 I’m glad we held out!