Category newborn & baby

$5000 Baby & Child portrait contest

Attention past & current 2010 child portrait clients!

One of my print suppliers, Miller’s Professional Imaging, is holding a nationwide baby & child portrait contest in which the Grand Prize winner will receive $5000! Any past 2010 portrait client of mine is also eligible to enter an image taken from earlier this year.

I will be holding a few dates during the next three months where new clients can sign up for a in-studio session also. I am limiting the amount of sessions to ten per month. First come, first serve basis. Clients will have the option of in-studio or on-location sessions. Sign up below!

Here’s some info regarding the contest:

There are three rounds left for submissions: April 1-21, May 1-21 & June 1-21. Each round will last for one month.

For each qualifying round, the top five winners will be selected from the four categories and will receive a studio sample of their winning image. These winning portraits will be entered into the Final Round, which takes place during the month of July. The Final Round will be judged online by a panel of esteemed photographers. First, Second, and Third places, as well as two Honorable Mentions, will be announced for each category! Cash prizes for these winners include $2,000 for First, $1,000 for Second, $750 for Third, and $500 for each Honorable Mention. One portrait from the Final Round will also receive the highest of accolades — Grand Prize Winner. The cash prize will be $5,000 for this lucky winner! All cash prizes will be given to the families of the winning portraits.

Miller’s Baby & Child Contest Rules

-All portraits taken January 1- June 21, 2010 are eligible for entry into the 2010 Baby & Child Contest.
-Voters will have the ability to flag any image they feel does not meet the guidelines of the contest. Flagged images will be reviewed prior to the announcement of round winners to ensure the winning images do meet contest standards.
-Participants may post one image per child from each photography session. Miller’s reserves the right to delete multiple submissions from one session.
-Participants are not limited on the amount of images they can post.
-It is the responsibility of the participant to format pictures correctly and according to the category prior to posting the image. Miller’s will not reformat images once submitted and reserves the right to delete any submission that fails to meet these requirements.
-Miller’s reserves the right to delete any submission that is inappropriate in nature.
-Miller’s will not use any participants’ images without prior consent.
-We ask that all images remain anonymous. Please refrain from placing studio logos or text on any images.
-Children age 12 and under can be entered into the contest.
-Maternity shots do not fall within any of the available categories.

Sign up your child for a in-studio portrait here!

See my past child & family portrait sessions here!

October 2009 Family Portrait Special

Family Portrait Month

I thought you would want to know about a very special family portrait promotion we will be participating in with an elite group of photographers around the country.  This October, we will celebrate “Family Portrait Month,” a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait (or portraits of your children), and support Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Along with other studio members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we have pledged to contribute $25 of your session to PPA Charities, which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable partner.

What’s more, we want you to benefit from this special offer:

15-20 minute studio session on white background (indoor only – perfect for those holiday cards) and your four session options consist of the following:

#1 – $50 & buy prints separately through online ordering gallery
#2 – $100 & get $50 print/product credit through online ordering gallery
#3 – $150 & get disc w/personal use release (allowing you to print your own)
#4 – $250 – disc w/personal use release & a 16×24 canvas (canvas alone is a $259 value)

Recording the faces of children and their families is our greatest pleasure. That’s why we believe so strongly in the work of Operation Smile. Each year this incredible organization of volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, and specialized health care professionals, performs free reconstructive surgeries for children suffering with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity each year in Operation Smile’s partner countries.

We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible. Don’t forget that the holiday season is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for a family portrait, which is always appreciated as a gift for family and friends (and to send along with holiday greeting cards).

As always . . . we look forward to creating some truly wonderful portraits of your family.

With warm wishes,

porter ; )

Please inquire on availability by email to info [at]

newborn baby portrait…

I had the pleasure taking newborn baby portraits for a past wedding client. Their newborn daughter is my youngest client to date – 15 days old. Bright-eyed at the beginning of the session. Took a break for some cozy time with Mom and fell asleep. She was absolutely precious too… as most babies are! Here’s a couple pics…

Holding mom’s thumb…

Minnesota baby portrait photographer | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

…and just flat out CUTE!! Look at that head of hair!

Minnesota baby portrait photographer | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

This was actually my first newborn shoot and I look forward to more! They don’t stay this size for very long! Contact me if you or someone you know is expecting or have recently given birth to a beautiful baby. This is a wonderful way to capture them at this beginning stage of life…

PS – these were taken in the studio. If you’ve been following me on Facebook – you may have heard some exciting news. More on that coming soon to the site!