March 15, 2012
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Quarterly Top 5…Coming Soon!

It is hard to believe that it’s mid-March and we’re asking you to prepare for the first Quarterly Top 5 Photos (you’ve taken of your children or pets) of 2012.

Actually, let me take a step back. Soon after Courtney of Click it Up a Notch announced that she was expecting her third child (and taking a step back from a few link ups), I was asked if I would join Amber of Click Pray Love and Sarah Halstead, as a host for the Quarterly Top 5 moving forward. As it turns out, I was just finding out that I was expecting my first child in August…so I was thrilled to share pictures of both Kitty Paw and our little girl once she arrives in August. Of course I said yes and I’m so glad to be joining these talented ladies…and of giving away some really cool stuff!

If you participated last year, you know the routine, but if you’re new, here are a few things you should know:
  • Linky begins Wednesday, March 28th through Tuesday, April 3rd
  • Go through your January, February and March 2012 photo archives
  • Choose your favorite FIVE photos and post them to your blog or Flickr account beginning March 28th
  • PLEASE only use photos that include your CHILDREN and/or PETS
  • Accompany each photo with a short explanation (or caption) of why it was selected
  • Link up with Amber at Click.Pray.Love, Sarah at NapTime MomTog, or me at Ramblings and Photos

Be sure to include the Quarterly Top 5 banner or button in your post and you will be entered to win one of these gifts:
    Shutter Buddy of your choice ($23 value)
    I don’t own one of these, but Amber owns the Frog and the Caterpillar. They work so well with children who you just can’t seem to engage with the camera. Be sure to click over and check out all of Leora’s products. I think I’ll have to get one of these as my little girl grows up and realizes her mother is a photography nut…and to use with my young clients. 

    Camera Strap from Chic Homeschool Mama ($25 value)
    You guys all know Gina…and like the rest of us, she loves photography. In addition, she does a wonderful job making the rest of us shoot in style with her “stylish beach bum” camera straps and lens bags. Actually, she’s offering a 15% discount right now – you can use the coupon code  top5Q1. Be sure to check them out!

    A Spot in Natural Light-Creative Basics For Any Camera from Bella Pop ($60 value)
    The next class begins Thursday, April 5th, the day after the winners are chosen. You can begin that class immediately or Brandy said you could join when it is offered in May or June.

    Here is what BellaPop.com says about the class, “With any camera… point & shoot, cell phone, DSLR… natural light can make a world of difference. This class is for beginner shooters with little or no photography experience who would like to understand the basics of natural light and how it can make or break a photograph. In just 2 weeks you’ll learn how to use natural light photography tips to take better pictures with any point and shoot camera.” 

    Be sure to check out Bella Pop. Brandy offers a variety of classes, tutorials, fun photos, recipes, etc.

    Remember THIS IS NOT A CONTEST. Anyone can enter and you do not have to have the best photo to be considered for the giveaway. It is a random giveaway, as we want to encourage people to share their memories. One person will be chosen for each gift.

    Let the fun begin!!! 

    Start searching through your archives and be ready to share your Top 5 with us beginning March 28th. One last thing, if you would be so kind to add our button to your side bar to help spread the word we would appreciate it.
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