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Birfday.

New York, NY.

New York, NY.

Yep, that’s my arm in one of my favorite places on earth on my favorite New Year’s Eve of. all. time.  That day is a whole ‘nother story and is best done in person for the facial expressions and accents.  Also, it’s not the point of today’s blog.  What’s written on my arm is the point.  I got this tattoo (my only…so far) in my own handwriting because I wanted a daily reminder of what my life was supposed to be about.  Like all of us, sometimes I forget.  And, sometimes, I chase my Momma around the kitchen pointing at my ink to point her back to what it’s supposed to be about.  She laughs, but it works. 🙂

My daily hope is that you won’t see my brokenness or all the ways I am messed up, which are many.  I know you will see these things, but my hope is that you will see that Love is what holds me together.  It is goodness and joy and patience and gentleness and kindness that are woven throughout me and that is not my own doing, no, not at all.  I call the type of love I have received “Love with a capital L” because it is that grand.  And didn’t God say that’s what He was?  So, I capitalize it, like a name, because it is one.

Today’s giveaway is my favorite one yet, all wrapped up in love and tied with a pretty string.  And though I, typically, loathe over-processed and insanely marketed holiday hoopla, I hope you’ll indulge yourself just a bit with me.  For today’s giveaway is, count ’em folks, one-hour sessions – with a couple of catches (that I don’t think are all that big!).  We will be hosting all of the sessions together, on Saturday February 22nd, at one location in Raleigh, NC.  Please keep this in mind when you enter!

This is where you come in.  We want to see who you love and WHY!  Send us a photo of someone you adore and tell us all about what makes them special.  We will choose five of these folks and each will spend an hour with us laughing as much as I can get them to and feeling as special as we can manage.  Husbands, show us your wives who need some gorgeous photos to remind them how beautiful they really are.  Wives, tell us how much you love your husband and let us show him, too!  You can nominate your best friend, your daughter, your co-worker, it is entirely up to you.  You’ve got three ways to tell us all about them and you can start now and cannot be any later than 11:59pm on February 1st:
*Share the photo and story on our Facebook wall: www.facebook.com/AmarisPhoto
*Send us an email with the photo and story here: talktous@amarishames.com
*Send us a real live letter with your photo and story to here:
Amaris Photography
514 Daniels St.
#137
Raleigh NC 27605

Winners will be announced on Thursday, February 13th right here in this space.  Don’t ask us how we are going to pick because, frankly, I have only a small idea.  It will probably require other people because I would want to pick ALL OF YOU.  True story.

Speaking of winners, let’s chat about yesterday, shall we? 🙂  Yesterday’s giveaway was four full sessions at half off 2013 rates.  Sessions must be used during the 2014 calendar year and are limited to within 300 miles of Raleigh, NC unless you’re willing to pay travel expenses.  Because, let’s be real, I l.o.v.e. to travel!  All of these sessions include at least 36 edited images with rights to print for personal use and should be FUN!  With that, Jon Schweitzer, Amanda Millard, Bissy Cook and Clare Sifford, get in touch with us!!

Every day, as I’ve gone to choose winners, I’ve been downright GIDDY to do the random number generator and figure out who got picked.  THANK YOU for spending time with me these past few days and I look forward to reading your stories!  Weddings, we’ve got a special something for you tomorrow, so be on the lookout.

And yes, it’s my birfday today.  So, go share this blog with everyone you love so they can brag on people THEY love and I’m going to have my portrait captured by a great friend.  Let’s get real, there will probably also be bourbon involved today.  Because it’s my birfday and I can do what I want. 🙂

Tons of Love,
amaris

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Happy New Birthday – day 2!

Y’all, I am already in love with this process.

I generated a number from yesterday’s entries, went to the spreadsheet to see who that was, and did a little EEP when I saw that it was Amy Phillips Smith!
Why I haven’t done this before is beyond me. 🙂
So, Amy, shoot us an email and we’ll get you all of the details for your full session.  If you’d like a certificate to give away, just let us know!

This whole idea has had two side effects I just didn’t see coming.  First, my Facebook exploded!  The second has been all the kind words written over the past 24 hours.  You all are incredibly generous with your praise and I’m so stinking grateful for such love.  For real.

With that, let’s get to today’s giveaway!  If you shared the link after midnight last night, I saw you!  You’ve been entered for today.  Remember that sharing on Instagram or Twitter gets you an extra entry!  However, you have to link back to our Instagram or Twitter accounts to be counted as we otherwise have no idea you’ve shared.  Additionally, please use the “Share” button on Facebook.  We want to make sure everyone gets entered that wants to and, if you want to make sure, just shoot us a message once you’ve posted!  I hope that works for everyone.

Fine print, as promised:
*To be entered for the day, simply share the post!  On Instagram and Twitter, be sure to link back to our accounts.  If on Facebook, use the “Share” button.  We’d love to save you a *lot* of notifications.
*You’ll have until 11:59pm EST of that day to enter.  On the next day’s blog, we’ll announce the previous day’s winner!  We’ll be using a random number generator to pick a winner (because I would want to pick all of you).
*If you win, get in touch with us here: talktous@amarishames.com

For day 2, we have 2 mini-sessions for the grabbing.  Hey ohhhhh!
Our mini-sessions are up to 1 hour in length with 1 look at 1 location.  They include at least 12 edited images with rights to print for personal use and were priced at $180 during 2013.  These are most successful for families with wee ones, as they’ve got limited attention spans and I can only chase a 2 year old for about an hour before I’m just exhausted. 🙂
*One session to be redeemed between Feb 1 and June 1.  The other between Sept 1 and Dec 1.  Location is limited to within 150 miles of Raleigh, NC unless you’re willing to pay travel expenses.  We will always travel!*

The images here are some of our favorites from mini-sessions this past year.  Incredibly grateful for the clients that brighten our days. 🙂
Share away, y’all!

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Happy New Birthday!

Hi, friends!

It’s officially 2014 and I absolutely love this time of year.  We have all survived the holidays (don’t lie, the stress got to you at least once, too) and it feels like a clean slate with new beginnings.  I am a firm believer that anything and everything is capable of redemption.  A new year is always a new chance to do things better.  With all this newness also comes my second favorite day of the year – my birthday!

On January 5th, I turn another year older.  Yep, I was one of those kids in school whose birthday sometimes fell in the midst of the Christmas break and, quite often, I wasn’t really able to have parties due to where it was on the calendar.  Everyone’s recovering from the Christmas mayhem, still out of town, broke, the list goes on.  When I turned 21, I decided to change things and make each year amazing, somehow.  As I get older, each year is my favorite.  This one is no exception.

For a few great people are coming to eat great Mexican and drink tequila with me and a dear friend is road tripping to hug my neck.  I’m excited!  However, my way of making this year really great is to bring all the goodies to YOU.
Whaaaaaaaaa?
Crazy, right?

We’ve got a lot of newness around here ourselves, and you’ll see some noticeable changes starting January 6th.  We will also be announcing one of my most favorite ideas ever on Monday (and it’s about weddings!).  However, in these first few days of a brand new year, the presents are all yours.

Here’s the fine print (skimmers, pay attention starting now!):
*Each day, just after lunchtime, we’ll post a blog with the days giveaway on all of our social media feeds.  We’ll be using a variety of images representing all the kinds of portraiture we love to capture.  All of the information about that prize will be listed.
*To be entered for that day, simply share the post!  On Instagram and Twitter, be sure to link back to our accounts.  If on Facebook, use the “Share” button.  We’d love to save you a *lot* of notifications.
*You’ll have until 11:59pm EST of that day to enter.  On the next day’s blog, we’ll announce the previous day’s winner!  We’ll be using a random number generator to pick a winner (because I would want to pick all of you).
*If you win, get in touch with us here: talktous@amarishames.com

And don’t worry, we will make sure to post this fine print every day, just in case you want a reminder.  If you’re curious, yes, a twitter share and a Facebook share count as *two* entries!

Still with me?  I hope so. 🙂  Because today is day one!

We decided to start the New Year off right by gifting one full session.  Our full sessions include 2 hours of time & talent, 2 looks, 2 locations.  We use these for individuals, families, and engagements, amongst other things!  Included with the session are at least 36 edited images with rights to print for personal use.
*Session must be redeemed between February 1 and June 1.  Location is limited to within 300 miles of Raleigh, NC unless you’d like to pay travel expenses.  We will always travel!*

The images below are some of my favorite in 2013 from a few of our full sessions.  We have some great clients that aren’t afraid to laugh!

Thanks for all of the support.  It means so so much.  Have a gorgeous New Year’s Day, wherever you are. 🙂
Now, get to sharing!

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