Oh my goodness, this may be the longest I have ever kept a secret from you, internet. I wanted to clue you in, really I did, but my mom reads this blog, and since she was the one I was most concerned would find out, I held my tongue. But, OH, it was hard to do. So here's the deal:
Back in October, I won a contest on one of my favourite blogs, Whatever. The prize was a free canvas-wrapped print, up to 20 x 24 inches, from Color Incorporated Digital Pro Labs. I've thought for a long time about getting high-quality prints made of some of my favourite of my photos, so I immediately started looking through my files for the perfect one. It was hard, and I'm crap at making decisions besides (seriously, come with me to a 7 Eleven sometime and watch me spend a year in the candy aisle). During this decision-making process, it dawned on me that this FREE thing would make a great gift that I wouldn't have to pay for. Who do I know who likes to hang things on walls? Well, my darling mother, of course. So I returned to my files with her in mind. This, as it turned out, was even harder. Weeks went by, with no decision in sight.
Then I had a thought. When I was in 8th grade, we won in a contest (at Bingo Night or something along those lines) a free portrait from a painter/photographer. From that session, there's a print of my brother and me with our two dogs at the time, Patch and Mariah. What if, I thought, I updated that photograph? In our grand tradition of getting portraits for free. And the idea stuck. I prevailed upon my good (and mucho talented) friend Marley to take pity on me, and she totally did. So on a sunny day in November, Marley and I drove down to a little town called Remington, VA, dogs in tow, to meet my brother (who drove up from UVA) and have ourselves a photo shoot.
Marley took some fabulous photos, but in end, Casey and I agreed upon this one for the big print:
ROES software until I found a size that fit the photo best, and here's the finished product:
So, thank you Marley, Meg, and ColorInc for giving me a perfect Christmas memory.