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Let’s do something to help — Winner announced 1.28.10!

January 22nd, 2010 , Posted in Special Offer

 

[Click HERE to see who won and how much was raised!!!]

Much like when Katrina happened, watching the news on the horrible situation in Haiti saddens and frustrates me. There are many incredibly brave men and women who are out there volunteering their time and risking their lives to help. I wish I was in a position and of strong enough constitution to do the same.

But I’m not.

So instead, I’m teaming up with my dear friend, Lyndsay Stradtner of Life in Motion Photography, and together, we’re going to try to do something to help. But, we need you, too! Here’s the deal:

You and your sweetheart could win a romantic photo session at dusk in the heart of downtown Austin!

  • This session will be photographed by myself AND Lyndsay and will be held the evening of Friday, February 5th.
  • Session is for up to 2 adults and will last between 1-2 hours.
  • Winner will also receive 25 fully processed, high resolution images on CD. Print to your heart’s content!
  • Remember what we did here and here? Yup…just like that!

How to win:

  • Make a MINIMUM donation of $10 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.
  • Forward a copy of your receipt to michele@pinkletoes.com.
  • Donation receipt must be dated between 1.22.10 and 1.27.10.
  • All entries must be RECEIVED by midnight (Central time) on January 27th.
  • Winner will be drawn at random and announced on January 28th.
  • Like Lyndsay said, that gives you a week to shop and find a babysitter, if need be. ;-)
  • You can enter as many times as you’d like, but each entry must be the minimum $10 donation.

Other details:

  • Session participants must sign a model release.
  • Session must be held in Austin on Feb. 5th.
  • If the winner does not claim his/her prize by Feb. 1st or cannot claim the prize, then another winner will be drawn.
  • This program is not sponsored or promoted by the American Red Cross and we are not receiving anything in return for this effort.

Photographers: your response to this effort was incredible! At this time, we have reached our capacity and cannot take any more applications. But of course, you’re welcome to do something on your own to help.

Meanwhile, here are some romantical pics from a recent session to get you in the spirit:

 

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“Smile, sweetie.”

January 19th, 2010 , Posted in Austin Commercial Photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Kids Photographer, Special Offer, austin childrens photographer, sneak peek

I love this moment caught where mom pleads with her son to relax a little and show us his beautiful grin. He negotiated with us and agreed to participate in the session only *if* I let him take a picture of his mommy. I can’t believe this, but I agreed and handed him my camera [photographers across the world groan in disdain]. And after I saw this shot from him, I quickly wondered if I had just put myself out of business. ;-)

A little "behind the scenes" for you while I’m working behind my computer.

[Several families have already taken advantage of this special offer down here. There's still time for you, too!]

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Repeat.

January 17th, 2010 , Posted in Austin Commercial Photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Kids Photographer, Special Offer, austin childrens photographer, sneak peek

I’m always so honored when I’m asked to photograph a family again. I love to see how everyone has grown and changed.  Plus, there’s none of that "getting to know you" stuff…you can just pick up where you left off.  But most of all, when the kids jump out of the car and run up to me and say, "Michele! Michele!" excitedly…wow. Now that will get ya. 

This is only a small peek for you guys, but the whole session was awesome! 

[And to the blogstalkers: if you haven't arranged a 2010 session yet, don't forget about the special offer this week.]

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After nearly 1,400 votes, we have our first ever Pinkle’s Pic of the Year Winner:

January 16th, 2010 , Posted in Austin Baby Photographer, Austin Bridal Photographer, Austin Commercial Photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Kids Photographer, Austin Maternity Photographer, Austin Newborn Photographer, Austin Pregnancy Photographer, Pic of the Month - Austin Photographer, Special Offer, austin childrens photographer

This beautiful mommy-to-be (who is due to give birth any day now) will receive and 11×14 canvas of this image AND a $500 gift card for a 2010 Pinkle Toes Premium Session.  Congratulations, J! 

We also have two runners up, who will each receive $100 gift cards for a 2010 Premium Session:

and

Congratulations once more to winners and all of the nominees who ran a very close race.  Thanks so much to everyone who took time to vote and help make this tough decision. I can’t wait to see what kind of images 2010 turns out for us!

To help get YOU motivated to be the 2010 Pic of the Year winner, I have a VERY limited time special offer:

Book your Premium session by NEXT SATURDAY to be held in April or May 2010 and receive a complimentary leather accordion album featuring 14-4×6 images from the session! (Not valid with any other offer. While supplies last.) Contact me to set up your session now!

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Hook ‘em!

January 7th, 2010 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam, Random Ramblings, Special Offer

We’ve got spirit!

Yes, we do!

We’ve got spirit!

How ’bout you?

Breakfast this morning complete w/ burnt orange eggs. Yummo!

Go Horns!

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PINKLE TOES PHOTOGRAPHY: Be Merry. (and lots of announcements) ♥ Austin Maternity Portraits

December 14th, 2009 , Posted in Austin Engagement Photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Maternity Photographer, Special Offer

They just GLOWED the entire session…so much love between them, so much excitement about the journey ahead. Their connection is going to serve them well as they become parents.  As you will be able to tell from the images below, I didn’t really have fun at this session at all:

There. I believe that will get you through the next few weeks while we shut down for a bit to recoop and regroup. This will probably be my last post for a while (unless I get *really* inspired over the holidays). 

I *will* be announcing the winner of the Heartsong drawing on Wednesday via Twitter and Facebook…it’s not too late to enter. Oh, and don’t forget about the Bump Mini Maternties at Baby Coco on January 9th. If you’re pregnant in Austin and due in February, March, or April 2010, you can get a FREE mini maternity session with me when you book your newborn or birth photography session.  Even if you’ve already booked a birth or newborn session with me during those months, you can still come play! Please, take advantage of me ;-) and sign up quickly because once the spaces are gone, that’s it for this round.

When we return in 2010:

  • we will start the voting for Pinkle’s Pic of the Year!!!!!
  • clients and clients-to-be will be able to check out our rockin’ new collections and products
  • we will announce the 2010 Xpressions dates
  • and there’s some even *bigger* stuff in the works, but my lips are sealed for now!

Oh, I’ve been having so much fun looking at all of your beautiful holiday cards.  I was hit with the holiday spirit something fierce this year. Maybe it’s because my boys are finally at an age where they get it, but they don’t fully get it? Or maybe it’s the unusually cool weather? Whatever it is, I’m feeling very blessed and very joyful and I hope that you, too, have an AMAZING holiday season with friends and family.

Happy Holidays and since I’m no longer in school and technically shouldn’t do this anymore because I’m a grown up: "See you next year!"

Love,

Me

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PINKLE TOES PHOTOGRAPHY: Music Together (Winner Announced 12/16!) ♥ Austin Baby and Child Photographer

December 8th, 2009 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam, Austin Baby Photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Kids Photographer, Special Offer, austin childrens photographer

[Note: This is long, but I encourage my clients to read through to the end for a special offer! - scroll down to see who won!]

I love music. All kinds. It’s universal. It’s fun. It feels good. It unites. It relaxes. It moves you in every sense of the word.

For the past several months, I’ve had the privilege of taking my baby girl to Heartsong Music and I have loved every minute of it. And so has she. It has been an incredible experience to have that one hour dedicated to just the two of us, singing together. I love that she moves along and claps to the beat of any song now. I love that she rests her head on my shoulder when we sing lullabies in class (and I, of course, tear up). And that she points to the drum with such emphasis that I’m sure she might burst with excitement. Or that one of her first words was "guitar" or close to it (right, Michelle?). But what has really surprised me has been during those beautiful moments in class when I look around at all the other moms, dads, nannies, grannies, aunties, etc. that have been brave enough to open their minds and voices and I realize that we’re all harmonizing. Music…together.

Tomorrow, we’ll have our last class of the semester and I’m very sad to see it come to an end. But the good news is that just means we’re a little closer to next semester when all three of my children will be enrolled. Yes. It’s that good. And I strongly encourage all moms and dads and anyone who works with children to consider signing up for a semester, too. Just to see what all the fuss is about. I’ve seen the bonds that exist between my clients and their children, and I can assure you that an experience like this will help you connect with your child like you might never have imagined.

One of the best parts of class has been our wonderful teacher, Michelle Jamail. Warm, funny, sunny, energetic, friendly, patient, talented, and with an incredible voice, Michelle (and the rest of the Heartsong teachers) has made the experience something I look forward to every week. Michelle gets so enthusiastic when she speaks in class about the power of music and movement on early childhood development, I decided to invite her to "speak" on here to you:

 

Can you give us a little bio/musical background?

Music has always been a part of my life and I have been singing since I was a little girl.  I owe most of that to my Dad and his family who were always making music together.  Whether it be in the car to an 8-track tape or at our camp in Vermont, melodies and harmonies were the norm. I started singing in choirs as soon as I could and continued throughout high school.  After that I became more of a consumer of music, rather than a maker of music, but all that changed when I found Music Together.  I am now singing, playing the guitar and even writing my own songs!  I put out a CD, Places in My Heart, in February and am a certified Music Together teacher. 

How did you get involved with Heartsong?

I started taking Music Together classes because of my middle son, Jason.  I was so thrilled to find a program that allowed me to sing and dance with my child!  I was excited every week to go to class and I would even listen to the CD when Jason wasn’t in the car. Carey Youngblood, our teacher at the time and owner of Heartsong, noticed my enthusiasm and asked me if I would take the Music Together training and come teach with her.  I hadn’t every really imagined myself being a music teacher, but I decided to give it a try.  That was in 2005 and I have been teaching at Heartsong ever since. 

What are the benefits of a program like Music Together?

Music Together has so many benefits.  The biggest, of course, is the strong musical foundation that you are giving to your child.  Every child is born musical and therefore, every child can learn to sing in tune and march to a beat – we call this Basic Music Competence (BMC).  When you are involved with your child musically in a Music Together class or at home, you are supporting their journey towards BMC. 

Another wonderful benefit is the opportunity for connecting with your child in a fun, loving and meaningful way.  When my boys were young, I often felt challenged to find new ways of interacting with them.  Music Together gave me so many ideas!  It is such an inspiring program and this is confirmed to me every week when I hear the stories of how families are connecting through music.  It is music to my ears!

Adult interaction and camaraderie are yet another added benefit for the moms, dads, and caregivers that come to class.  It is important to me that we build a musical community in class, and there is a lot of sharing through song, dance and laughter.  Most of my families have relayed to me how good they feel after class. There is a physiological reason for this.  Singing in a group causes your body to release endorphines, the "feel good" chemical in your brain.  You get a "singer’s high"!

There are also social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language benefits for your child when taking Music Together.  It is important to note that Music Together is a research-based music program.  These benefits were documented in a recent study at Music Together’s preschool program in Bridgeport, CT.
 
What would you say to parents who are afraid to sing or feel like they can’t sing?

Well, that happens a lot, so I would say that they are in good company.  The whole reason there was a need for a program like Music Together is because people just aren’t singing at home anymore.  We have become a society of music consumers rather than music makers.  We have deemed only a chosen few to be worthy of singing in public, and the rest of us get to pay to listen.  For this reason, most grown-ups come to class without ever having sung in public and many feel shy or awkward about it all.  We are here to help bring music back into our homes.  Music Together helps parents and caregiver’s become more confident and skilled with their singing and dancing.  Why is this important?  Because YOU are your child’s most important music teacher!  Your singing and dancing are crucial to your child’s musical development.  So what do I say to the hesitant parent?  There is GOOD news!  Your skill is not what matters, it is only your disposition or attitude around music making that is important.  If you are excited about singing and dancing your child will be too, especially when it is part of their daily experience.  This excitement will fuel their desire to want to learn how to make music for themselves.  Once that desire is ignited, stand back and watch them go!  Just think about your child and language.  They are born into a world of language and learn very quickly that it is an important skill to have.  After all, everyone in their life that they love talks a lot.  Talking is a part of their daily experience and pretty soon they are talking too!  The same with music.  We expose our children to music and music making as much as possible and give them lots of room for exploration and experimentation.  We show them that it is fun and a part of everyday life.  The rest will unfold organically.  So you don’t have to be an expert to sing and dance…just have fun!  Music Together offers a loving and accepting environment for you and your child.  It is a great place for you to find your voice and improve your rhythm.  It is all about participation, NOT perfection or performance! 

What are some simple ways to incorporate music in the home?

I find that the best time of the day to start singing with your child is at bed time.  Lullabies are so connecting and so soothing.  You can also use singing and dancing to help with transitions – sing and march to the car, make bath time a musical, brush teeth to a tune!  Songs and chants are great for the changing table, as well.  Children just do not want to sit still while you are trying to tidy them up, but try singing to them or using a nursery rhyme chant.  It really works!  Also, don’t be afraid to put on a favorite song of yours, crank up the volume and dance or sing!  Let your child see you really enjoying yourself! 

Care to share a funny story?

Lots of funny things happen in class, but the things that are the most amusing to me are the sweet babies’ bodily noises that happen right on the beat or the child that has the same answer to every question I ask.  What kind of animal should we be?  Cow.  What should we pick up on our train? Cow.  What’s your favorite food?  Cow.  What other body part should we wiggle?  Cow.  So cute!  I also had a little boy bring me to tears one day during the play along because I was laughing so hard.  The play along is a time when we put out many different instruments, and the children and grown-ups jam together.  On this day, the little boy picked out a guiro shaped like a bottle.  About a minute into the song, I noticed him walking around pretending to drink out of the guiro and saying "beer, beer, beer!"  He was just beginning to talk, but had obviously mastered that word.  We were all laughing so hard and, of course, the mom’s face was beet red.  I will never forget that class, and I am sure that is a story which will be told in his family for a long time. 

Care to share a success story?

Anytime I hear of a family making music together at home, I consider it a success.  And when I hear of families using their songbook at home, that is a HUGE success!  This is an inside joke with my families. :) More specifically, parents are always sharing with me how their children are constantly singing or dancing to music.  This program really meets the children’s musical needs.  I have watched many children go from barely sitting up to dancing to a beat and from cooing to singing melodies!  

On a personal note, both my younger boys have been through the program at Heartsong and are now getting Music Together at their Montessori school.  It is such a joy to be able to sing with them (in tune!) and to watch them dance. 

Anything else you want to add?

Thanks for having me on your blog.  I want to encourage any parents with children 0-5 to come sing and dance with us at Heartsong.  We are having many free demos at Heartsong and at other locations around town starting on Monday, December 14.  Please go to Heartsongmusictogether.com to learn more about the demo schedule and about us!  

Music Together believes that being able to sing in tune and march to a beat is a birthright for everyone…just like walking and talking.  I know from my own experience that music is a beautiful way to connect with your child and to connect your child to the world around them.  I hope that you are able to take something from what you have read today and incorporate it into your daily life.  Whatever you do…sing, dance and have fun! 

I wish all of you a happy holidays!

 

I’m not typically one to do a lot of "sales pitching," but when I see or experience something that like this, I feel obligated to share. What child wouldn’t benefit? What parent wouldn’t benefit? What teacher or child caregiver wouldn’t benefit? (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used these songs to engage children at my sessions).

Now for the special offer part: Carey at Heartsong was kind enough to give us a $50 gift certificate for me to give away! So, if you are a client who has booked a session with me (even if we haven’t had the session yet), please comment on here with name of your favorite song and I will enter you in a random drawing to win the $50 Heartsong gift certificate (be sure to leave your e-mail address in the form or I can’t contact you…don’t worry, I’m the only one who can see it)! Winner will be chosen Dec. 15th.

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Updated 12/16 – Congrats to Amy for winning the $50 Heartsong gift certificate!  You have this site to thank for randomly picking your number ;-)  ENJOY your classes!!!

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PINKLE TOES PHOTOGRAPHY: Featured Session ♥ Austin Newborn Photography

December 3rd, 2009 , Posted in Austin Baby Photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Maternity Photographer, Austin Newborn Photographer, Austin Pregnancy Photographer, Austin Video & Slideshow, Fashion Ideas, Special Offer, austin childrens photographer

The bad thing about blogging sessions is that it can be a little tedious to post images and in the end, there are so many that you don’t ever get to see.  I’ve been showcasing sessions here and there and I would like to try to do that more, starting with this newborn session. When I walked into their home, everything was crisp, clean, and modern. Mom happens to be a photographer herself and I know she must LOVE the absolutely perfect soft light that makes the whole living area glow beautifully. Of course, a perfectly snuggly, perfectly sleepy, and perfectly perfect little baby boy doesn’t hurt either.

And the full session: 

(Dying to see how your book turns out, J…you’ll have to send me some pics!)

P.S. Don’t forget about the FREE Bump Mini’s on Jan. 9th!

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PINKLE TOES PHOTOGRAPHY: Wow. In so many ways. ♥ Austin Family Photographer

November 22nd, 2009 , Posted in Austin Baby Photographer, Austin Bridal Photographer, Austin Engagement Photographer, Austin Family Photographer, Austin Holiday Pictures, Austin Kids Photographer, Austin Maternity Photographer, Austin Multiples Photographer, Austin Newborn Photographer, Austin Pregnancy Photographer, Austin Senior Portraits, Austin Twin Photographer, Austin Xpressions Photography, Fashion Ideas, Special Offer, austin childrens photographer, sneak peek

We held our last round of the Austin 2009 Xpressions Sessions today and all I can say is, "Wow!" I cannot even begin to tell you how beautiful all of these families were, how wonderfully charming the kiddos were, how kind and patient the parents were, and how absolutely outstanding my baby sis/assistant was. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who made these Xpressions sessions FANTASTIC!  As always, the images shown have only received basic edits to enhance contrast/color, but no full retouching.  I’ll show you an example of the difference at the end of the post.  Also, before I forget, if you’re pregnant in the Austin area and want maternity portraits and are due in February, March, or April of 2010, you can get a FREE mini maternity session (kind of like these Xpressions Sessions) in January. And, I *still* have a few spaces open for the Xpressions photo sessions in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA in December.  Meanwhile, to continue these awesome sneaks:

And to illustrate the difference between the digital negatives (the files that are sent on CD with the Xpressions sessions) vs. the files that are fully retouched (prints ordered through me or those that are available as part of a Premium Session):

Oh, I cannot wait to go through all of these images! Today was a great day all around. Thank you all again!  I’m so honored to get to do this for you.

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PINKLE TOES PHOTOGRAPHY: The Bump Minis are back *again* (and other random things) ♥ Austin Maternity Portraits

November 20th, 2009 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam, Austin Baby Photographer, Austin Birth Photographer, Austin Birth Photography, Austin Maternity Photographer, Austin Multiples Photographer, Austin Newborn Photographer, Austin Pregnancy Photographer, Austin Twin Photographer, Special Offer

If you’re pregnant in the Austin area and due in February, March, or April 2010, you can receive a FREE mini maternity session when you book your newborn session with Pinkle Toes Photography.  I’m so excited to be partnering again with Austin’s premiere baby boutique, Baby Coco.  What could be better than getting some amazing maternity images added to your newborn CD for FREE? If interested, please contact me ASAP because spaces (as always) fill up very quickly.

And now because I’m bummed that this afternoon’s session is going to be rained out and because I need a quick break from proofing, here are some completely random pics for you (and by random, I mean, 100% random):

1. Wreath-keh at my front door. ;-)

2. Miss November.

3. Catalog Choice – I don’t know how it happened, but overnight, I got on *everyone’s* catalog mailing list.  I abhor junk mail, in any form, but especially in paper form. Every day, my mailbox is stuff with a bunch of stuff that I will never look at and it just ends up in the trash.  Even worse, important mail gets mixed in with it and I have sift through everything oh-so-carefully so as not to accidentally throw away something I might need. So, for the past few weeks, I’ve been collecting these catalogs with the intention of calling/e-mailing each company individually and getting removed from the mailing list.  The pile on my kitchen counter started to get a little ridiculous and finally, I sat down yesterday to make the calls.  Instead, I stumbled upon Catalog Choice.org and hmph, within 1 hour, I had sent requests to 37 different companies.  If it works, it will be totally worth it (I’ve heard back from 6-7 already that I’ve been removed).  Amen!!!

4. However, there are some things I do enjoy getting in my mailbox, like the latest Boden catalog, Rangefinder Mag, and a beautiful necklace from my sweet friend and talented photog, Kristi.

5. This is Snippy.  Snippy is a Brazilian Rainbow Boa and was recently acquired during a "boys only" outing to a reptile show in San Antonio. I was not happy about it, especially considering the zoo that our house is already. But Snippy is sweet and Snippy is pretty and Tristan LOVES him, so I’m putting up with it for now.  Sadly, Snippy had an accident this morning involving duct tape [don't ask--you wouldn't believe me even if I told you] and got hurt pretty badly.  I am embarrassed to admit, I actually cried over the little guy. But if you’re a reptile-lovin’ kind of soul, please pray for a full and speedy recovery for Snippy.

6. My husband and I used to read a book series together by Robert Jordan. The newest book just came out (even though Mr. Jordan has passed) and while I haven’t been able to finish a book that doesn’t involve werewolves and vampires in forever, Virgil has been immersed.  But, we noticed something so funny. Amry was *really* into looking at the pages of the book…she was particularly fond of the symbol.  Every time Virge would sit down to read it, she’d crawl up to him and demand that he show her the symbol. When she’d spot it, she’d point and squeal with delight.  I found that terribly ironic since Amerlyn’s name was derived from The Amyrlin Seat in that very book series. 

Okay. That’s all I have. No brilliant words of wisdom to end this post. Guess I gotta go back to work now. Stay dry!

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