When the opportunity arose for a photography review I jumped. I love photography as an art, but even more than that I am seriously addicted to having photos preserving my children’s childhood.   Aside from the thousands and thousands of photos I take myself I have tried almost everything from studio photos at department stores to individual professional photographers.

Sophie at Raw Footage Photography has a style that is fresh and bright.  She is creative, but so laid back.  She comes to the session with a wealth of ideas, but let’s things flow in whatever way comes most naturally.   Sophie was a perfect fit for us because we needed someone relaxed to balance out my neurotic need for perfection:   I am that parent that wants beautiful smiling children in the perfect picture scene, with matching the outfits that manage to stay spotless before they step in front of the lens.  Sophie handled it like a prostar though.   She put our whole family at ease.   She got to know my children and somehow managed to capture exactly who they are.   My 3 year old did not want to sit still.  My eight year old wanted to pose like a true diva.  From one extreme to the other Sophie took it all in stride.   The pictures I am sharing with you today are just a few of my favorites and most of them are ones that would NOT have happened if I were doing things in my “perfect” way.

Sophie will meet you where you want to be photographed, but she also has some great ideas for local locations.  I would never have thought of the jewel of a location that she took us to!   She can take whatever concept you have in mind and put her own beautiful spin on it.  She spends the TIME needed to get to know you and figure out creatively how to best capture your vision through her eye.   Then when that is done she gets down to the real work making the pictures look just perfect and getting them back to you in a timely fashion.  I only waited 2 weeks for the masterpieces she created for me.   I was very impressed with the speed of return.   The best part?  You get a disk with your edited photos to use as you wish.  Just remember to give credit where credit is due.  I love that I do not have to decide how many and what size of what pose for what purpose.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in our case these pictures are worth so much more.  They are priceless.   As my children get older I will miss who they were today almost as much as I will love and embrace the wonderful people they become.  Sophie has managed to capture them in a way I will treasure forever.

Here is your chance to get the Sophie experience for yourself.  She is very generously giving a session to one of our lucky members! Enter below to win. Contest closes Tuesday, September 4, 2012 (the first day of school!) at midnight. Come back to enter daily for more chances to win. Good luck!



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23 thoughts on “Mama’s Got Swag: RAW FOOTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. Tracey says:

    Sophie’s work is amazing:) I find I am always the one taking the pictures and never in them with the kids, I would love a photoshoot with her!!

  2. Lisa says:

    We’ve never had family photos done professionally and were hoping to do some this year. It would be awesome to win this.

  3. Kristen says:

    I’ve had Sophie photograph my daughter twice now and absolutely love the pictures she’s taken. I am expecting my second daughter literally at any minute! I was due last Monday and am scheduled to be induced this coming Wednesday the 29th. I would love to have Sophie once again photograph my growing family.

  4. Allison says:

    Sophie has been taking my daughters picture since she was 5 months old! She is an amazing photographer and the nicest person you will ever meet! Her photography work is amazing and you will cherish the pictures she takes forever!

  5. CBA3C says:

    We try to get family photos done once a year, but we’ve only done them in department store studios. I’d love to capture our family in a private outdoor photoshoot!

  6. Tracy WG says:

    I’m usually the one behind the camera taking the pictures. This year I’ve made a resolution to be in more pictures with my family. This prize would be fantastic!

  7. Sandra S says:

    Honestly – for selfish reasons I would love a newer family photo. After being more than obese for 6 years, and now losing over 55 pounds – I’d love to have a family photos with me, my hubby and my girls that makes me feel proud of who I’ve become and not winse in embarrassment of my weight in all the past family photos.

  8. Bonnie says:

    We’re a relatively new family of three and with starting a new job in the past month, I would to commemorate this precious time with our little boy!

  9. Beverly B says:

    I would love to have a professional photo shoot for our family, that doesn’t involve the plain back-drops that are at the Superstore’s photo studio! I have my fingers crossed!

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