The Winners!!! {Birthday Giveaway}

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Birthday gifts make me want to twirl with excitement… so without further adieu…the winners!

Day 1 – $30 Starbucks Gift Card – Megan Ronecker
Day 2 – Sharpie Pens and Notepad from Red Lettered Goods – Chelsie Bartley
Day 3 – $30 Print Credit to Diversified Labs – Elizabeth Ashcraft
Day 4 – $30 Always in Bloom Gift Card – Cory Baker
Day 5 – One Hour Spring Session – Kinsey McKibbin

Winners, please send me an email sweetsarahmariephotography@gmail.com on the best way to give you your gifts!

Thank you again for all of your Birthday wishes… 30 will be the best year yet! Be looking for my 30th year checklist and if you haven’t seen my 30th Cake Smash, check it out!

Photography: Sketchbook Photography
Hair and Make up: Makeup by Liss Marie

 

30 & Fabulous . Cake Smash Session {Personal}

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Today I am 30.

I’ve been sitting on this incredible session for over 5 months! This year has been full of GIANT changes and I knew that I had to do a cake smash session. I’ve always admired the women who decided to celebrate getting older so stunningly, and I’m very proud of who I am at this fun place in my life. So let the celebrating commence!

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Maria, owner of Sketchbook Photography, was so kind in photographing this fun time. There was a moment during the session, I looked at her and said, “This is the first time almost a year that I actually feel happy.” And while joy is always an option, I felt so loved being surrounded by friends and hey- how can you not feel happy in a tutu?

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Now that cake was so incredibly delicious! It was made by Confections by Libby and I love how she is always giving back through her business.

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Every girl should feel like a princess once in a while. Twirling in a park with people staring at me would typically make me feel foolish, but that day, I just felt beautiful. This could have been due to an incredible photographer- but also because I chose to get my hair and make up done. It was probably the best splurge I could have done. Every woman has insecurities but Alissa, Owner of Makeup by Liss Marie, was so complimentary as we did make up. She rocked my hair and make up. Also shout out to Lauren who helped me set up all of the fun!

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If I could encourage you to do a cake smash session – do it. I’ve never felt so exhilarated, beautiful, and proud of exactly who I am.

Let me know what you think I should make sure I get done this year. I want my 30th year to be incredible!

This session we also did a few ‘normal’ headshots so be looking for those coming up later this month!

Thank you to all who entered the week long Birthday Giveaway. You can still keep commenting and on Monday I will pick the winners!


Photography: Sketchbook Photography
Hair and Make up: Makeup by Liss Marie
Cake: Confections by Libby

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Day 5 {Birthday Giveaway} . One hour Spring Session

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I feel like my love for photography goes without saying, but what you may not know about me is how much I love a spring session. Yes, I do about 60% of my family sessions in the Fall. And I understand people love the gorgeous cozy weather, I get so much more excited about Spring. The popping up red tulips, the blossoming magnolia trees, the wooded locations coming back to life. It is almost magical how nature renews itself each year. Sadly, though not very many people choose Spring for their session. Well, I want to help change that by offering an incredible (and expensive – $200) giveaway. Join me in loving the beautiful season of Spring!

That is why I want to celebrate my favorites with giving away a stunning 1 Hour Spring Session!
To enter comment below with what made your favorite photography session so amazing!

This is the last day of the Birthday giveaways! I will posting the random winners on Monday! I appreciate the overwhelming response and I want to say thank you for being incredible clients and friends! Also if you tell me to sign you up for my e-newsletter in the comments you will get an extra entry for each day!

Be looking out tommorrow for my full 30th Cake Smash Session! I would HIGHLY encourage anyone to do this… Do you know anyone about to turn 90? Grandma loves cake too!

It is not too late to win this week’s other giveaways:
Day 1    Day 2     Day 3     Day 4

Photography: Sketchbook Photography
Hair and Make up: Makeup by Liss Marie
Cake: Confections by Libby

Day 4 {Birthday Giveaway} . $30 Florist Gift Card

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I am a true believer in little luxuries. That regular iced coffee at work. Listening to my favorite podcast during my commute. A good smelling candle when I get home. And my favorite… fresh flowers every week.

And while I might just pick up a bundle of flowers from Aldis, they are still there sitting sweetly on my front table. When I walk into my home I always smile because I have decided to value myself and my home and not just expect someone else to bring me flowers. And if you have someone in your life that brings you flowers regularly – hug them tight because you are worth it with or without that special someone. It is ok- in fact encouraged- to enjoy a little luxury occasionally – or even daily!

That is why I want to celebrate my favorites with giving away a $30 gift card to Always in Bloom.
To enter comment below with your favorite flower!

Check in every day this week as I have a giveaway each day to celebrate my 30th birthday! Each giveaway will represent one of my favorite things and ultimately I want to say thank you for being incredible clients and friends! Also if you also tell me to sign you up for my e-newsletter in the comments you will get an extra entry for each day!

Enjoy this old but stunning post filled with stunning flowers!

It is not too late to win this week’s other giveaways:
Day 1   Day 2   Day 3

Photography: Sketchbook Photography
Hair and Make up: Makeup by Liss Marie

Day 3 {Birthday Giveaway} . $30 Print Credit

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I believe it is a statistic somewhere that this generation is the most photographed generation but the least likely to print their photos. And while that it great that photography is precious to them, however, those photos don’t necessarily last or mean what they have in the past.

Think about a time when you were little and sat in a relatives lap ( I always think about a grandparent) and looked through old albums. The memories that are shared in those moments are priceless and they were brought together via printed photography. I want to help you create those memories or in the very least decorate your walls a bit more.

That is why I want to celebrate my favorites with giving away a $30 print credit to Diversified Lab (this is specifically for a past or present client!)
To enter comment below with your who is in your favorite old printed photo.

Check in every day this week as I have a giveaway each day to celebrate my 30th birthday! Each giveaway will represent one of my favorite things and ultimately I want to say thank you for being incredible clients and friends! Also if you also tell me to sign you up for my e-newsletter in the comments you will get an extra entry for each day (please make sure you include your email address in your comment)!

And I am still offering a great #ShopSmall discount for gift cards that include printed photos!

It is not too late to win this week’s other giveaways:
Day 1    Day 2

 

Photography: Sketchbook Photography
Hair and Make up: Makeup by Liss Marie

Day 2 {Birthday Giveaway} . Sharpie Pens and Beautiful Stationary

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Typography – defined as the style and appearance of printed matter. If you know me well, I am so picky about fonts and design. So I wanted to spoil you with some pretty items that I love.

First of all- Sharpie Pens. I almost exclusively use sharpie pens. I have them at work, at home, and in my camera bag. They are always with me. I often cringe when one of my student workers borrow one of my pens… and I’m temped to mark them with glitter or something so I know they are mine. I will now stop this confession as your probably question my sanity.

Secondly, supporting local businesses is super important to me. I have seen Megan’s shop Red Lettered Goods many times on Instagram and then when I saw her at Tower Grove Farmers Market this summer I might have fan girled a bit and introduced myself- I’m not sure if that was me networking well or just creepy. If it was creepy then I apologize Megan. Her work is simply stunning. I have few pieces in my home and loved her collaboration with a local apparel company. So I wanted to share my love and send a piece of her work your way!

That is why I want to celebrate my favorites with giving away a Sharpie Pen and pretty paper goods!
To enter comment below with your favorite local small business!

Check in every day this week as I have a giveaway each day to celebrate my 30th birthday! Each giveaway will represent one of my favorite things and ultimately I want to say thank you for being incredible clients and friends! Also if you tell me to sign you up for my e-newsletter in the comments you will get an extra entry for each day!

Be looking out soon for my post – 2017’s Photographers Wishlist. Just in time for that shutterbug in your life.

It is not too late to win this week’s other giveaways:
Day 1

Photography: Sketchbook Photography
Hair and Make up: Makeup by Liss Marie

Day 1 {Birthday Giveaway} . $30 Starbucks Giftcard

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What goes well with cake? Champagne… and if you don’t have that than coffee will always work.

That is why I want to celebrate Monday with giving away a $30 Starbucks gift card!
To enter comment below with your favorite coffee order!

Check in every day this week as I have a giveaway each day to celebrate my 30th birthday! Each giveaway will represent one of my favorite things and ultimately I want to say thank you for being incredible clients and friends! Also if you also tell me to sign you up for my e-newsletter in the comments you will get an extra entry for each day!

Be looking out soon for one of my favorite sessions that incorporated coffee!

Photography: Sketchbook Photography
Hair and Make up: Makeup by Liss Marie
Cake: Confections by Libby

Happy Two Years + {giveaway}!

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I cannot believe it. Two years ago, my then boyfriend (now husband) challenged me to take a hobby and make it something more.  With a ton of doubt and hesitation, I created a facebook page to show friends and family a bit of my prouder photos. Then slowly those friends and family, gave me a chance and asked me to take some photos. And at times, the photos were not the best, but I learned from them. We also upgraded our gear and expanded to create a website in March of 2013. Since then each year we have doubled the amount of photo sessions we have.

Thank you to those who believed in me two years ago and continue to do so now!

I have met so many incredible people through this journey. It has been a true joy to celebrate birthdays, weddings and new babies with you. And in order to thank you I have a little giveaway for you!


Giveaway includes:
30 minute mini session
15+ Edited photos with rights to print


To enter, simply write a short comment below. If you have a favorite photo that SSMP has taken over the past two years let me know! Winner will be chosen at random on 12/7/14!

4th of July {Giveaway}

The temperatures are rising and baby fever is spreading… well that may be a horrible correlation, but SSMP loves our new babes and mommas-to-be. We love them so much, that we are giving away an one hour newborn or maternity photoshoot (approx. $125) . So share the news to your new or soon to be sleep deprived friends.

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Click the Link below to enter the giveaway!

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