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Winona, Minnesota riverfront panoramic canvas

10in H x 43in W, 1.5in thick, ready to hang
One-of-a-kind, panoramic photo of Winona, Minnesota
with Julius C. Wilkie steamboat

To my knowledge, this is the only panoramic of Winona, Minnesota‘s riverfront as viewed from Latsch Island. It features a number of prominent Winona landmarks nestled under the bluffs: The Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Sugar Loaf Bluff, J.R. Watkins building, The Kensington, Winona County Courthouse and the Interstate Bridge – all of which are reflected by a calm, mirror-smooth Mississippi River – agruably the best feature of Winona, Minnesota. Even more unique, the Julius C. Wilkie steamboat, razed in 2008, is centered in the middle of the image.

The canvas comes ready to hang with a protective dust cover on the back as well as pre-installed mounting hardware. It’s small enough to fit over a couch, yet big enough to create a beautiful & artistic focal point in your home or business. This panoramic canvas would be perfect for the person who loves the little river city of Winona, Minnesota.

Regular price – $350+tax

Sale price through December 12th, 2013


10″ x 43″ canvas is only size available at this time.

$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!

Wedding Visions – Designing Signature Dreams

Are you or someone you know planning a wedding? Or maybe looking for wedding ideas? I invite you to attend this upcoming open house bridal event of where I will be one of the featured wedding professionals taking place at Signatures Restaurant & Visions Event Center in Winona, Minnesota.

Here is an open invitation to any of you currently in the wedding planning process:

Wedding Visions
Designing Signature Dreams

Planning Possibilities with Quality

Congratulations on your Engagement!!!
Signatures Restaurant and Visions Event Center would like to cordially invite you to an open house bridal event on
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
6:30-9:00 PM.

-Meet with professionals in the wedding industry
-View various types of décor
-Sample wedding cake, wine and hors d’ oeuvres
-Gain inspiration for planning bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, golf outings, receptions, and gift opening brunches.
-Register for door prizes!
-Take advantage of contract bonuses!

We look forward to helping you plan your
Signature Event!

Valentine’s Day studio portrait special

To help celebrate the love for Valentine’s Day, I’m running a studio portrait special starting today February 8th, through next Saturday, February 20th. All service options & prints from the session are 14% OFF. We can take photos of you & your special someone or the little ones in your life or the whole family!

Save 14% on my regular in-studio portrait pricing:

#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)

Sessions usually last around 15-20 minutes and can generate anywhere around 25 great photos to choose from. Sometimes less, sometimes more.

**registration is now closed**

{JANUARY child portrait contest} – kids in hats

With January upon us, it’s that time of year in our area – wearing winter hats. Growing up, I think I had a blaze orange hat and a black, frayed out face mask where it was torn around the nose. Not very stylish I’ll admit. These days, kids have some of the neatest & cutest winter hats. Does your child have a unique winter hat? Or perhaps they’re sporting one of those hand-me-downs that are now back in style? Or maybe they have a special handmade hat that a family member made.

Either way, that’s what will make up the first studio portrait contest – kids in hats! The top vote getter will receive a 11×14 canvas wrap valued at $150 or apply the $150 towards a larger canvas size! All entrants will receive discounted rates on print products.

This is how the contest will work:

  • Minimum 10 spots needed to fill
  • Bring a hat. Or two. Or more. Makes no difference to me. Scarfs, gloves, boots and any other winter attire is welcome!
  • Newborn through Elementary aged children
  • $25 entry/sitting fee
  • Entry into contest official once entry/sitting fee is paid. I will contact you for arrangements.
  • Schedule a portrait session (around 15-20 minutes) between January 11th – 22nd.
  • Once all children have been photographed, I will then create a voting post on my site with a chosen image from the session.
  • Each image of each child will be numbered – #1, #2, #3 and so on.
  • Votes will be cast & tallied by comments posted under the contest post. One vote per child allowed per person/email. I can also verify if voting has been abused. I’m kind of a computer geek, I know how ; )
  • Vote by typing the number of the image and feel free to leave a comment as well! Tell your family & friends to vote too! I will send all parents/guardians an email with the link for easier forwarding for family & friends
  • Number of votes for each photo will be updated each day on the contest post.
  • Voting will close on January 31st at 11:59pm.
  • Winner will be announced during first week of February.

This is the first contest of an ongoing series of portrait specials that I plan to offer throughout 2010! Get updated photos of your little ones with a lower priced in-studio portrait service with a chance of winning something wonderful!

**registration is now closed**

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 ; )

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