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Sweetheart Giveaway

Monday, February 6th, 2012

So here it is! The Sweetheart Giveaway!

To open the new site with a bang and celebrate Valentine’s Day with some sweet gifts, I worked as fast as I could to pull together a faboo little giveaway for you guys! I started off wanting to give away a mini-session and a few photos on cd, and then more ideas just kept coming to me and I wound up having a lot of details to pull off in a few days! (I had fun though!) I have this friend Michelle, see, and she owns Iron Bear Jewelry. She makes über cute pieces and I’ve talked to her a few times about wanting to help get her name out there. When I thought about doing the giveaway, I thought “Hey! See if she wants in on it!” and sure enough, she did! After getting the “Yeah!”, I thought… how can I showcase some jewelry to give away?? A mini-shoot with someone wearing it, that’s how! But who?? I needed a cute couple and fast! Luckily the hubby is smart on a whim and said “Look through all your facebook friends”. Lol. So I totally did! And guess who I decided to email in hopes that she was free with no real notice??  The lovely Missy David (aka Honey Bee Mama, who is a well-known blogger for, a doula, and a maker of baby carriers!) Fortunately for me, Missy and her hubby Marc were free for a mini-shoot this weekend! Yay!

So I had my cute adult couple to shoot to help showcase the jewelry and go with the whole “Sweetheart” theme for Valentine’s Day. Next, since I do actually shoot more children than anything, I decided I had to also do a mini-session of some sweetheart kiddos… but who?? Teeheehee. My son and his future-wifey Gabby, from his pre-k class! (They’ve been sweet on each other since last year.) I asked Trent very politely if he would do a shoot with Gabby for me… and let her kiss him on the cheek, lol. He blushed and agreed. Fortunately for me, again, Miss Gab and her mama were free this weekend too, so I got to squeeze in a ton of planning and two mini-shoots in a couple of days!

I know, I know… get to the good part, right? Ok so here are the details!


The Prizes:

 A 30 minute mini-session with me, for either 1-2 kiddos (does not have to be Valentine-oriented)

Shannon Hall Photography

or 1-2 adults (If you choose this one, be prepared for some lovey-dovey shots! I had fun with this shoot!)

Shannon Hall Photography

 6 fully edited, high-resolution photos on cd with reproduction rights (additional photos can be purchased at $8 each)

 One 8×10 print of your choice

 And a SUPER cute jewelry set from Iron Bear Jewelry!

Iron Bear Jewelry

(This is Iron Bear’s all-original “Sweetheart Line”, made with Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystals.)


The Details:

 The contest is based off of comments in this blog. You have 4 chances to comment by following the rules below. Each comment will increase your odds of winning, so if you do all 4 things, you get to comment 4 times! (Random comments will be deleted. You must post only comments pertaining to the options below.)

 The giveaway is open to comments from Monday, February 6, 2012 to Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 6:00pm CST, at which time, a random number generator will be used and the comment with that number is the winner (a screenshot of the generated number will be provided.)

 The winner must claim their prizes by the end of the following evening– Sunday, February 12th, 2012. (I will attempt to contact the winner. However, if the prizes aren’t claimed by the end of the day, another number will be drawn.)

 The shoot will be on Saturday, February 18th, 2012. The location and time will be determined by the photographer closer to the 18th. This is for an outdoor shoot so if the weather is terrible on the 18th, we will reschedule for a day that works.

 The prizes cannot be exchanged for money or any other items.

How to enter:

 For comment number 1: You must go to my Facebook page and the Iron Bear facebook page and “like” both of them with your own personal account (not your business page- though you can do that too!) Leave us some love while you’re on our pages and take a minute to look around at the Jewelry that Iron Bear has– she has some cute stuff!! (She also posts a lot of photos on Twitter, so be sure to check her wall for lots of links to photos!) When you have liked both Facebook pages, come back to this blog entry and leave one comment saying you have liked them both. (Yes, we will verify that the winner has liked both pages!) *Note: This is the only required step.

 For comment number 2: Share a link to this giveaway info on your own Facebook profile, being sure to use the link @Shannon Hall Photography in your post (Example: “Check out the Sweetheart Giveaway over at @Shannon Hall Photography!” Come back here and post one comment with a link to your status (you’ll have to make it public while the giveaway is going on!)

 For comment number 3: Tweet about the contest! (Be sure to tag @SHallPhoto in your tweet!) Come back here and leave one comment, letting me know your Twitter account name (a link to your direct post would be helpful!)

 For comment number 4: Mention the giveaway (link it with this address: on your favorite photography forums! Then come back here and leave one comment, giving me links to check out where you linked the giveaway!

That’s it! The first one listed is the only one required to qualify, but you can do all four things in order to help your chances of winning!


Good luck to all of you! :-)

Shannon Hall


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…and the winner is!


Ashley Estep!


Lucky Winner of the Sweetheart Giveaway!


Congrats Ashley! You have until tomorrow evening to claim your winnings and we will start working on the details of the mini-session!


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Thank you SO much to everyone who participated! This was a fun little giveaway and I’m sure I will do another one sometime! In the meantime, please keep those fans coming! We’ve enjoyed hearing from all of you guys!


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! :-)



If Nothing Ever Changed, There’d Be No Butterflies!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Do you ever look around your house and just stand there, wondering how you can rearrange to make things fresh and new again? More lively and exciting? And the more days that go by that you don’t rearrange, the more you come to dislike the current setup? Well… my old layout and especially the logo had been getting on my nerves for quite a while and I felt they no longer represented ME, so I started working on a makeover. I wanted something that was not only fresh and new but something that would reflect my business better than before and be able help it grow. I originally started out just changing the look and information provided, but wound up doing a complete overhaul and it took me a bit longer than I’d expected. Technically I had plans to go live at the beginning of January, but holy moly! Between the makeover, Christmas and my son’s birthday, my time was swallowed up more than I’d ever imagined! Whew! Anywho… I finally got it all finished up and I’m super excited about it! Especially the new logo… I’m totally loving it! Why the tree, you may ask? I thought and thought about something that said ME but honestly, I didn’t want a cliché logo that had anything to do with photography. The tree fits that. I’ve loved what I refer to as skeletal trees for as long as I can remember (I even used to stare out the window while riding passenger- just looking at all the trees and waiting to see a cool one!) and I love what trees represent. I wanted one that was a bit whimsical and fun, yet still professional enough. And the one thing it had to have was a big curve in the trunk. My birthday is on Halloween and I’ve always LOVED the way skeletal trees are portrayed during Halloween-time, with the big curvy bends in them. So I combined all of my thoughts into something cute that wasn’t SO cutesy that it lost the element of being professional. And I LOVE it! (I also want to give a shout out to my husband Harley and our friend Greg Tuter, aka Lil’ Toot, who helped me take the idea and turn it into a graphic!)


In addition to the new website look and logo, I also have a password-protected shopping cart now and can easily have clients order prints and products with the photos from their session! I’ve really been wanting to move towards prints for a while, especially knowing that some of my work was being printed at lower-end labs (totally understandable, but their colors are always off and they are usually really dark!) and I had some not-so-great representations of my work out there. But now, I can offer really beautiful prints to my clients and know that not only will they be happier with their prints, but my work will be shown as beautifully as possible! In addition to prints, clients will also be able to order numerous products as well, such as gallery wraps, print wraps, personalized tear-off notepads, magnets, keychains, dry-erase boards, etc. (I plan to add a lot of options!)


Another thing I’ve added is an information section and example section for the totally fabulous frames by The Organic Bloom! I can’t even begin to describe how much I love their frames and the wonderful people at the company! I’m a huge fan of supporting local businesses and it makes me totally giddy that such an amazing product is made right here in my own backyard! Not only that, but I get to sell them! So far I have sold an awesome variety of colors and sizes, from tiny ornament-sized ones to HUGE ones, and they all make me smile from ear to ear when I pick them up and see how beautiful they are! (And then again when the clients pick them up and they’re gushing over them too!)


Overall, there are a LOT of changes I’ve made and I’m really excited about them! From the obvious things like the face of the website, to the not-so-obvious like the adorable little boutique boxes I have for the prints clients will get. I’ve changed pretty much every aspect of my business (except for the field– still portraiture!) and I feel like this is such a positive step. :-)


When I was originally thinking about making the new site live, I wondered what I could do to make it more of an official deal and exciting for my fans, rather than just say “Here ya go!” So what did I come up with?? A giveaway! I am working on a ♥ sweet ♥  little deal for one lucky winner and I will be working super hard over the next few days to bring it all to you! You’ll just have to stay tuned for that, but don’t worry, you’ll be glad you did!


In the meantime, leave me some love down there in the comments section and on my Facebook page! Tell me what you think about the makeover!

New Blog Layout!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Yaaaaaaay! After gobs of hours working on the new layout (WordPress is a pain to customize!!) I finally got it ready! Over the past few months I grew to absoultely detest the last layout and I really think it kept me from blogging as much as I’d like to have (aside from the fact that I’ve been uber busy.) One thing I really wanted in the new layout was my navigation to be up top because being along the side, it really cut down on the room I had for photos. Now I have more room! I will have to go back and tell all my images that they can be their full blog-size now! I think the only thing irking me now is how I had MOST of my images as jpgs with black backgrounds (since my background was black) instead of pngs, and even though I know better now, it’s still kind of silly looking how the images appear to have little black corners on them. Oh well. Either way, I’m really digging the makeover and will be happier with it all from here on out! I know a few other things I am going to differently too, so better blogging, here I come!


Free free to let me know what you think about it or if you see any quirks or something you think would make it better!