Contest Rules & Entry Info.

Together we have reached 500 fans! I am so excited to see how much exposure my page has received since I started it a mere year ago. I have been doing a lot of giveaways and think that after this last one, it will be a little while until I do another one since I am also volunteering a session to You Deserve A Photo. So, be sure you take advantage of this opportunity!!!

There will be 2 prizes and 2 winners!

The first prize is a Free Mini Session. And the second is a $20 Gift Certificate to Willow Boutique.

FREE MINI SESSION: $75 value. 30 minutes, 8 edits.

Valid until the end of April, 2013 (Rexburg/ Idaho Falls Area ONLY) May not be used for Weddings, Bridals, Newborns and family groups larger than 6.

To Enter:

1. You MUST LIKE my FB page

2. Email your entry to

Entry needs to include:

Name & Age (age will not be shared)

Location (will not be shared, just helps me know where you are!)

Picture of you/your family (whoever you’re entering) This WILL be shared.

Why you would like to win (doesn’t have to be a novel!)

What type of session you want to win (Family, Portrait, Maternity, Engagement etc.).

Entries will be accepted until February 10th at midnight.

Entries will then be posted on my FB photography page (Name and Picture) on February 11th.  Voting will begin as soon as images are uploaded. Share my FB page and your picture with your friends and ask them to vote for you! Voters must have ‘liked’ my page for their vote to count!

Voting will END February 17th at midnight.

The Winner will be posted February 18th!

$20 Gift Certificate to Willow Boutique.

Find them on Facebook or check out the blog. Valid until the end of February, 2013. (Any State)

To Enter:

1. You MUST LIKE my FB page

2. Share my FB page on your Wall.

3. Comment on this blog post with your email stating you have done so,  OR like the image on my FB page, and to be entered to win!

Entries will be accepted until February 10th at midnight and the winner will be posted the next day!

Winners have 48 hours from the time they are notified to set up their shoot and to claim their prize.

Free Session is valid until April 30th, 2013.

$20 Gift Certificate is valid until February 28th, 2013.

The calming affect of friends & horses

Tonight I was desperately missing my loved ones back home and across the country, particularly some of my best friends who always know what to say!  I got the sweetest text tonight from one of them when I needed it most.

“Just read your blog post {the one I posted earlier today}. LOVE IT. Jo, you are so amazing and so talented. I love you so much and I am so lucky to call you my friend! YOU ARE AMAZING. Love you.”

Sometimes when the storm is raging around us and within us, we just need the calming influence of a loving friend.

And with that, some horse pictures. No, the two topics really aren’t related, but I found a calming influence in editing tonight as well. It was amazingly calming and refreshing. And I realized I desperately need to get out and shoot some more pictures, and go riding!

I believe that next to humans, horses are some of the most beautiful creatures that God created. My heaven will be filled with them.


The following image was edited using a texture from Jessica Drossin Textures. The image on the left is the original, SOOC (Straight out of Camera) image. The Image to the right I added a texture and did some other editing with.


365 Project: Day 1

This wasn’t originally one of my goals, but I’ve been inspired by so many to give it a try this year. A photo a day, for 365 days. I’ll experiment, I’ll fail, I’ll accomplish, I’ll create, I’ll learn, and in the end, I’ll have  taken something meaningful away from it all – I’m not sure what yet, but I will find it.  And, hopefully, in the process I can help inspire others, while being inspired myself!

Day 1: 1 Thessalonians 5:5 – “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”