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Saturday, December 1, 2012

.:Shutterfly GNO - Giveaway CLOSED:.


I was fortunate to be invited to a GNO that was sponsored by Shutterfly last night. The fabulous Heidi of Honeybear Lane hosted the event at a restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City called Settebello.


What a good looking group of ladies, right?

We had the opportunity to learn more about Shutterfly’s new Family Photo Day micro-site.

The idea behind this concept is that you make the most out of your pictures. You can have props, invite other families, anything goes really! There are tons of creative ideas on how to make the most of your picture time. There are lots of great tips, like having your kids play games, or look through a big empty picture frame. An idea that I know would be a big hit with my girls is to have streamers to twirl. We love to twirl around these parts.

Another tip that really reminded me of my middle daughter was for kids who are camera shy. She has a fear of the camera, and it doesn’t matter who is behind the camera; she is not having it! So a tip on the site is to use an object to obstruct their face to help them feel ‘invisible’. Remi is a firm believer in the “if I can’t see you, then you can’t see me” concept. Think this about captures it?


Another tip on the site encourages you to just keep clicking. Even if a child is being difficult, is camera shy, or whatever the case may be, if you keep clicking, you might just end up with a good shot! Case in point:


She may not be smiling, but it’s still a beautiful picture of my feisty gal!

Photos should capture your family’s personality, too. Remi is a bit moody and doesn’t like to have her picture taken. So these pictures are going to be true to who her sweet little spirit is at this point in our lives!

Shutterfly also introduces a fun concept about having a Family Photo Day. You invite other families to participate, and you have props and decorations and opportunities really, to get some unique, fun shots of your family.

We are traveling to Oregon for Christmas this year, and all of my family is going to be there – my siblings, my parents, and all of the cousins. Wouldn’t it be fun for us to have a Family Photo Day?

We got this shot this past summer (which is already outdated, by the way) and it was tricky to get a shot of all of us looking in the general direction of the camera, kids smiling if we were lucky, and no one crying too badly!


Wouldn’t it be fun to throw out some props, maybe some Christmas themed ones like some stockings, reindeer antler headbands, and some Christmas ornaments and see what happens? My parents have a barn with a Christmas tree in it, so I’m sure that would make a great backdrop to the photo taking. I can just see us having a hot chocolate station, with some yummy Christmas treats, some Christmas stories, props, and a bunch of kids (14 kids ages 6 and under) making the most of it! These little cousins love to play with each other, and it would be a great time!

I think Shutterfly is on to something here.

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For this upcoming holiday season, Shutterfly would like to offer one of you a $50 gift credit to Shutterfly (total must be at $50 before taxes and shipping).

I’m thinking Christmas cards, or maybe some sort of photo gift? Whatever you choose to use it for, it’s a huge score!

All you have to do is leave me a comment and share some ideas of what you would do for a Family Photo Day.


This giveaway will run through next Friday, December 7th. I will announce the giveaway winner on Saturday, December 8th.

Good luck!


  1. I think a cute idea would be in a park with a rocking horse, rocking chairs, and older props like that would be cute!

  2. In front of a decorated tree (indoors or out,) snow, decorating cookies would be really cute.

  3. It would be fun to gather with families in a provincial or national park nearby (or any park, if the others aren't available), and take some family photos with the awesome scenery. :) Another idea is photos with old farm buildings - something about the weathered siding really looks neat!

  4. I've seen the Christmas beach scene and I think that's neat. I would like to get our family out on the sleds in the snow for a holiday card, but it always snows too late in the year!

    Thanks for running the contest!

  5. I love outdoor pictures, and ones where you are capturing the fun that your family can have together. I think props that show what you like to do as a family really make for fun pictures!


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