Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Photos By Colleen...Review & Giveaway


 When Baby R was born I knew I wanted some newborn shots taken of her.  I knew just how quickly those early days flew by with the boys and I wanted to capture images of my baby when she was still baby....those toes, that wrinkly little body!  I began my search for a photographer and when I spoke to Colleen Dever I knew she was "the one". 

I have actually known Colleen for several years (she is a mom with children close in age to A&W so we would run into one another in "mom spots") and I was thrilled to know she has started her own photography business, My Photos By Colleen.  Colleen is incredibly kind and has dynamite knack with children....this all goes a long way when it comes to taking photos!  I want to share something from Colleen's website which I think will help you to understand why I knew she was "the one"...

I have always had a passion for photography. My father taught me how to use a camera at a very early age and I have always enjoyed taking photographs and seeing what I could capture. Once I had children I discovered that photography was a way to capture those moments in time I would never get back. I like to catch the little, everyday things, as well as, the big milestones.

Colleen just gets it.  Yes, those "posey" shots are nice to have but I also wanted the moments like this one...

And even this one...

Because I knew all too soon, it would be a distant memory.  Let me tell you a little bit about the day Collen came over to take Baby R's pictures.  It was early in the morning, the boys were CRAZY, the baby was nursing every 5 minutes and the house was a mess.  In came Colleen like Mary Poppins...calm, cool and collected.  She amused the boys, set up shop with her suitcase of props and handled Baby R like she was the baby whisperer.  Colleen made what I thought was going to be stressful (think standing in line at SEARS for photos....blech, blech, blech) and turned it into an enjoyable experience.  For those of you who have had a new baby, you know someone who is patient, kind and can get cute shots of your baby is a true gold mine.


I don't want to give the impression that Collen does only baby shots.  She takes pregnancy photos, family photos....anything you could need or want.  She will come to your home (within 30 minutes of Gorham, Maine) or will meet you at a chosen location.  Colleen loves to work outdoors when it is feasible and takes AMAZING outdoor shots.  Now, I could post pictures from Baby R's photo shoot all day (I seriously love them all) but I want to share some of Colleen's other works as well...

Beautiful, right??  And now let's talk price....Colleen is incredibly reasonable.  She charges $50 per hour as a sitting fee at the location of your choice.  You then have the option to buy your prints from her (again very reasonable!) or you can buy a CD of your session with the rights to print for only $15!!!  I can assure you there is nobody in town with prices this good at Colleen's level of quality!  There is also a Baby's First Year package and special packages with different sized prints. You can check out the full price list on Colleen's blog here.


With the holidays coming up I am already thinking about setting up a time with Colleen to for some family photos.  I know in her capable hands the experience will be enjoyable, the pictures beautiful and the whole ordeal will not break the bank!  Seems like a no-brainer, right?  To set up your own session with Colleen you can e-mail her at myphotosbycolleen@gmail.com or give her a call at 207-409-7789.  Tell her I said hello!

Guess what?  Colleen is giving one lucky Reviewed By Mom reader a free photo session at the location of your choice (within 30 minutes of Gorham Maine)!  Thanks, Colleen!  Here is how to enter...


Mandatory Entry: Tell me who you would like Colleen to capture on film for you.  Is it your whir of a 2 year old?  The whole family?  Your brand new baby?  I want to know!  You must complete this entry for all other entries to be counted.

For Extra Entries:

1.  Follow this blog= 1 entry
2.  Like Reviewed By Mom on Facebook =1 entry
3.  Like My Photos By Colleen on Facebook =1 entry
4.  Enter one of my other giveaways & let me know you have done so = 1 entry per giveaway entered.
5. Stop by My Photos By Colleen's Facebook and leave a comment saying hello= 1 entry
6.  Follow Reviewed By Mom on Twitter = 1 entry
7.  Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway & let me know where to find it = 1 entry
8.  E-mail a friend about this giveaway (with a link) and cc me (reviewedbymom@hotmail.com) = 1 entry

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail.  Contest is open to residents of the continental US and will end on October 31st.    The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on November 1st and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post . The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

32 comments:

Welcome To My Kitchen said...
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Anonymous said...

I would love to have a holiday picture of my whole family!

Nana said...

I would love to have all my grandkids in one professional photo !

Souza Sisters said...

I would love to have a family photo of me, my husband and my 3 year old twin daughters!

Souza Sisters said...

I am a follower of your blog (souzasisters).

Souza Sisters said...

I went to Facebook and "Like" your blog page.

Souza Sisters said...

I also "Like" Colleen photo page on FB.

Souza Sisters said...

I also left a comment on Colleen's FB page. My email is souza777@msn.com

SARAH and JASON said...

Would love to get some professional pics of my twins!

SARAH and JASON said...

I liked you on Facebook!

SARAH and JASON said...

I liked Colleen's Facebook page as well!

SARAH and JASON said...

I commented on Colleen's FB page!

SARAH and JASON said...

I'm following your blog now!

Amanda said...

I would LOVE to have Colleen take my children's winter photos for our Christmas card this year!

Amanda said...

I would LOVE Colleen to take our Chrsitmas card photos this winter. Hopefully we'll have some snow before then too!

Anonymous said...

I follow your blog.

chefinheat said...

I liked your FB page.

chefinheat said...

I follow Colleens page.

chefinheat said...

I would love Colleen to take baby pictures and family pictures before the holidays. She has amazing pictures.

Jenn said...

I would love to have professional photos of my little man Will. He is 7 months old and cute as can be, but so far I am his only photographer :(

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a holiday picture of the family! Nellie savagedvm@gmail.com

Carrie Smith said...

I am a follower of your blog, Carrie Smith smithbscl@gmail.com

Carrie Smith said...

I "like" Reviewed By Mom on Facebook.

Carrie Smith said...

I just entered the Sesame Street giveaway. Smithbscl@gmail.com

Carrie Smith said...

I "follow" Reviewed By Mom on Twitter. CLSmith77
smithbscl@gmail.com

Carrie Smith said...

I left a comment on My Photos by Colleen's facebook wall.

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Carrie Smith said...

I "like" My Photos by Colleen on Facebook.

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Carrie Smith said...

I just "tweeted" about your giveaway.

Carrie Smith said...

I just emailed my friend Kristen Brown and copied you about your giveaway and blog.

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gumbygoogoo said...

I challenge Colleen to capture my crew! Hubby & I plus boys ages 7, 5 & 5!! :-)

gumbygoogoo said...

Plus I retweeted you via @gumbygoogoo.

Anonymous said...

I would love Colleen to photo my whole family and also my 3 girls (6, 6 and 4). She sounds like a great photographer! CJ