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Families with Pets Contest! | Snohomish Washington Family Photographer

It’s definitely contest time again!! I love shooting newborns, children and families so much but often times we leave out our furry friends that are definitely part of the family, so lets celebrate them by doing a contest for best family with pets! First place winner will receive a vintage style family shoot including your pets! We all know there are more details and rules to this so here they are :

* Submit your (non professionally taken) best family photo with your pets in the picture too! It can be a picture of your kids with the pets, you with your pets or the whole family with your pets. You don’t have to have children to enter so ENTER!! Send your photo to rusticstarphotography@gmail.com to enter the contest

* Get your friends and family to hop on over and “LIKE” Rustic Star Photography facebook fan page and THEN vote for your image by “liking” your image, remember comments are welcome but not counted. Please have them “LIKE” the fan page before voting to ensure their votes count, this is important!

* Contest will start today and end April 9th winner will be announced April 10th

Rules:

*One image entered per household

*You must live in Washington State or be traveling here within the next month and want to win a shoot from Rustic Star Photography

*The picture you enter must NOT be a professionally taken image, if I think in anyway the image you send me is professional I will NOT enter it.

*This contest is voter won, I do not pick the winner so make sure you have the most votes/likes on your picture to win. The easiest way to get votes is by posting the contest on your facebook wall and telling your friends and family about the contest and giving them a reminder every once in a while because not everyone is on facebook at the same time. Or you can share this post on your facebook page by clicking “share on facebook” at the bottom of this page this way everyone gets to see the the details and rules to the contest:)

 Prize:

* Winning family will win a vintage style full family shoot, this is big, winners of my contests usually win a mini shoot and this will be a full shoot, you will get the full Rustic Star experience!! Shoot will be stylized by yours truly in a vintage fashion and will include your pets!!

 

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

 

 

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Prayers for Sweet Ana | Seattle Washington Photographer

This story is very close to my heart, not only because Amanda is one of my very best friends but because this little girl here is a fighter!! She was born a twin at 29 weeks by C-section. Babies weighed in at 2lbs and 2lbs 10 oz and were totally healthy and very happy. Two weeks into their lives Abree contracted a flesh eating virus and within 3 hours it claimed her life. Then one week later Ana caught it and thankfully was saved from it. The effects for Ana because of this virus have been devastating. She no longer has a large bowel and a 3rd of her small bowel was taken, she also suffers from cerebral palsy. When Ana gets sick it’s an immediate trip to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her intestines swell and shut down, her fevers spike to numbers over 104, this last time she became tachycardic (that’s what happens before a stroke or heart attack) and was in so much pain she couldn’t stop screaming. When they finally stabilized her she then contracted Parainfluenza and is very sick again. Ana is on a central line and gets her nutrition through an IV. She only gets about 8-10 oz of food by mouth per day but her tummy isn’t being able to handle it so the majority of her food is given interaveinously. Ana is nearing her 3rd birthday next month and we are asking for prayers that this little girl would become healthy enough for her to be able to come home. The family is a one income family and is suffering in numerous ways financially as well, they just lost their home because of Ana’s astronomical medical bills, diapers for Ana because she has no bowel she doesn’t have formed stools she has to be changed a lot, so the diaper bill alone is huge, the gas to and from Seattle, food at the hospital, child care for her other two children and the list goes on… Ana is a light and the happiest baby you will ever meet even through her life long pain she smiles!  If you feel inclined please pray for this family and if you heart is moved and you would like to donate to this family in this time of need please click the convenient Donate button at the bottom of this post.

 

 

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Confessions of a Hero’s Heart | Monroe Washington Photographer

We are nearing Valentines day and there is so many reasons to brush this holiday aside and call it a “hallmark holiday” but to me there are so many more reasons to take all the love  we have in our hearts paired with all of the inspiration around us and make this year different! I was inspired by a very touching, creative project that Oh Penelope Photography did that you can see here. I am in no way trying to copy her but I was very inspired to do a similar project for a very deserving Hero and his family. Most of this post will be the words of this amazing couple and their sacrifice for our country. The images are a gift from Kristina for her husband Doug for Valentines Day. Here is their story,  meet Doug and Kristina…

Hero (he·ro) a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

I call him sugarbee and he calls me baby doll.

Words that describe my husband – My hero, strong, brave, reserved, loving, father, husband, solider, honor, smart, funny, caring, determination, commitment, moral, sense of duty and love of country, patriotic….

I adore my husband, he is absolutely amazing, wonderful, always makes me laugh, we are 2 peas in a pod, always thinking alike, he can be adorable at times, a pain in the butt at others, his smile and his eyes light up my heart, he has my all, my world, my heart my mind body and soul… he is my soulmate the love of my life

Douglas joined the army because it was in his blood and it was something he always wanted to do.

Doug: “I picked the infantry because I wanna be the one who actually made a difference…”

“The Honor guard was good for me at first..I was close to family plus I was honoring those who came before me and died for their country but even then it wore away any emotion I could have ever felt because I grew unable to feel any kind of pain when someone died. 4 funerals a day, 5 days a week for 4 years.”

“I was on full honors firing party for delta company, they sent me to the tomb of the unknown soldier then they sent me to honor guard company where I was full honors firing party again and did high visibility “missions” for the president and other foreign dignitaries..from there they sent me to caisson where I went through a 10 week training cycle on basic horsemanship and equestrianism…barrel racing, jumping..everything you can do on a horse pretty much passed that and got on a caisson team I earned my spurs right before I reenlisted to come to Ft. Lewis”

The honor guard is a selection of the best of the best that the US Military has to offer… only the finest sharpest soldiers are selected to do this job
Doug has guarded the tomb of the unknown soldier, performed his duty in funerals for President Ford and President Reagan.

Doug has served in Iraq and now Afghanistan, he has been in for 9 years and plans to retire in the Army. Thank you Doug and Kristina for your service to our country and thank you for sharing your story with us!!

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It’s Contest Time!!! | Snohomish Washington Newborn & Children Photographer

A few weeks ago I asked y’all for some suggestions for the next contest and I got some great ones too!! So I took your suggestions and I put my own twist on it and I also came up with a fabulous prize for the winner!! So are you ready? We are going to do a Silliest kids contest, I want to see  your kids just plain being silly so send me one silly picture to rusticstarphotography@gmail.com only one per family please,  must not be professionally taken, you must live in Washington State. Scroll to the bottom for all details and rules for the contest:)Read on for the fabulous prize for the winner!!

There is so much fun inspiration going around for Valentines day I have decided to do Valentines mini sessions, complete with kissing booth and treats GALORE!! Sign ups for that will be soon!! The winner of the Silliest kids photo contest will win a spot at the Valentines mini sessions!! So with all that being said hurry and send me your silliest kids photo and tell your friends and family to click “like” on the Rustic Star fanpage and “like” your picture!!

 

Rules for the contest:

 

*You must live in Washington or be traveling to Washington within the next month and you must want to win a free shoot.

 

*NO PHOTOGRAPHERS ENTERING PLEASE

 

*You may only enter ONE picture per household and you must have a facebook page. I will not accept more than one picture per household.

 

*If you are entering someone elses child you must have permmission to do so from the parent of the child you are trying to enter.

 

*Friends and family voting must click “like” on Rustic Star Photography Facebook fan page, we will be monitoring this, and then click “like” on your photo. Comments are welcomed but not counted and clicking “like” on the album is not counted they must click like on your picture to count. Please only vote one time, I can’t really monitor that but try and choose your one favorite. I know they are all the Silliest kids ever but we have to remain fair.

 

*The easiest way to get votes is by posting the contest on your facebook wall and telling your friends and family about the contest and giving them a reminder every once in a while because not everyone is on facebook at the same time:)

 

*The picture you enter must NOT be a professionally taken image, if I think in anyway the image you send me is professional I will NOT enter it.

 

*The picture with the most “likes” (comments do not count) on January 16th will win the Spot at the Valentines mini session.

 

Please send images to rusticstarphotography@gmail.com by Tuesday Jan 10th

 

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