While I was away on vacation, I got an e-mail about a national “cute kid” model search. Now, I don’t really do these (I DID have the model search for the commercial job last year, but that was done by the clothing designer), because I think ALL kids are pretty darned cute! And I could NEVER be the one to pick the winner!
However, this one stood out for me. The reason? It is a charity model search. And I don’t have to pick the winner! LOL! The money raised for this search goes to the very special organization called NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep – www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org).
So, here is the “official info” for the America’s Cutest Kid in the Nation contest!
Is your child America’s Cutest Kid?
JPSearcy Photography is participating in the National Charity Model Search to select “America’s Cutest Kid” and to raise funds for charity.
We’re looking for cute children ages 18 months to 14 years old who want to prove they could be a model! Grand prizes include a $5000 US Savings Bond, a Canon G10 digital camera, and the opportunity to model for the upcoming Tots2Teens tour. (I will also be throwing some prizes in the mix too, at the local studio level! I will let you know those prizes soon!).
Models Search Special:
$25 entrance fee, which includes a 15 minute model session and one image submitted to the national gallery. (No separate sitting fee). If you wish to purchase prints from the “model shoot”, you will be able to (I will have special packages for this event). The special “model shoot sessions” will only be available on a few select days in January. No sibling shots for this special, only individuals (each child has the $25 entrance fee) in the age range of 18 months to 14 years old. *If you want a full session in January, and want to include your child/children in the model search, no separate entrance fee is necessary. You will just pay the standard family sitting fee, and I will cover the entrance fee for you!* THIS IS ONLY OPEN TO PHOTOS SHOT IN JANUARY, unfortunately, no previous sessions are applicable.
Finalists will be determined by online votes. Anyone may vote. Each vote is $1, and all proceeds from votes benefit the non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org.
Grand prize national winner will be determined from the 50 city finalists. Winners selected by photography and modeling industry experts.
If you’re interested in entering your child(ren), please call the studio at 407-977-6296, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the contest, go online to http://www.sandypucmodels.com/models_home.html.
Now, doesn’t that sound like a fun way to ring in the new year?! E-mail or call soon, I expect these slots to fill up quickly (because we know that we have the cutest kids in the country, right?!).
I love it when families work me into their travel plans. I am always so touched that they would want to give up a day at the theme parks, just for photos. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think it is a FABULOUS idea to do family photos while on vacation. I just always am a little surprised that people think of it in advance!
Now, this family actually booked me a long time ago. This session has been in the works for about a year! They were all so excited to have them done. It was so much fun! This was actually a session and a half. They wanted lots of family shots, but also lots of the daughter, because this is part of her 13th birthday present! Isn’t that sweet?! So, I have lots of sneaks for them.
And then one “funky grunged up one” for the ultra cool 13 year old birthday girl!
Thanks for including me in your vacation, guys! I will do my absolute best to get these ready for you before Christmas.
This little cutie that I photographed this past weekend was just too much fun. He was dressed in the tough guy role, with his skull T, and his hat, and his shades, and shooting downtown. But no one would mistake him for a tough guy in person! He was so precious, he was literally laughing and jumping the ENTIRE session! Even when he tried to do a mean face, it lasted only a millisecond, and then he was back to cracking up laughing! It is pretty common for a 3 year old to be so “over” the session after 15 or 20 minutes. But this sweetie, probably could have gone on all day! How could I not just LOVE that?!
So, we played mostly around Church Street Station downtown. We played around the train, the train tracks, and just anywhere that looked interesting. I have so many great shots of him, it is going to be SO hard to narrow them down!
But here are a few sneak peeks that I just loved:
And while this little rockstar was the star of the session for the day, we did get a few family shots in too. I just loved that mom and dad came dressed the part too! LOL! And I can’t decide which of these I like better. Sometimes I “play” with the photo more in editing, giving it a more unique look. Here is one of their family shots with my “normal” processing, and then one with a little “rougher” processing (without going over the top grunge because it IS a family session, afterall!). *Now that I am looking at them side by side, I think I could probably go a little MORE grungy. What do you think?
Thanks guys for a very fun session. I will get the rest ready for you within about a week!
Yes, I am convinced that all of the seniors in high school are just gorgeous. I swear, every single one of them that I have had the pleasure to photograph, have been beautiful. Inside and out! My latest senior was no different!
We had a fun time at Leu Gardens this past weekend. What I just loved about her, is that she was there to have fun. Yes, we had “normal” poses, but she could also bust out her America’s Next Top Model poses, just like I asked. She wasn’t afraid to be silly. She just let loose and had a good time. THAT is what I loved most! And her photos will show that. They will show her wonderful personality!
And this last one, just because I LOVE jumping shots! They are just so much fun. LOL! And I just love it when my CLIENTS are the ones that suggest it (like she did at the end!).
I’ll have the rest to you within a week! Thanks for a great session!
We spent Thanksgiving up in Atlanta, due to my little sister being not-so-little right now! She still has a little over 5 weeks to go, so driving in a car for 8 hours wasn’t going to work. So we all went up and had turkey up there! Turkey aside, it was a perfect time to do her maternity session!
Now, my sister isn’t a fan of the camera, but this was something that she wanted. She also wanted to include her dogs in the photos. Well, dogs can be so much harder than kids to photograph! Especially one of her dogs! So, we split up the session and did some with the dogs, and the rest with just her. I am partial to the ones without the dogs, but I know she will be opposite of me, so I will put one peek with the dogs in, just for her! The rest of the peeks are ones that I liked!
Not too much longer now! Then I will have my first little niece! And yes, she will be just as photographed as my own boys! LOL!