A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

As I’ve mentioned before, I love to take photographs. As I’ve also mentioned before, I am far from a profesional photographer. But I still fall in love with some of my pictures sometimes. And lately, I’ve been noticing more and more that I am relying on my iPhone camera more than my DSLR. It’s easier to take with me when I’m on the go, and I always have my phone with me, so I naturally use it more often.

I am particularly in love with the iPhone app Instagram. I love being able to apply different filters to my photos, and Instagram makes it insanely easy to share your photos via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and email.

After the jump, I’ll share some of my favorite Instagram photos, and then I’ll give you the details of an awesome photography inspired giveaway!

If you’re not using Instagram yet I put together a slideshow to show you how I’ve been using it to capture some significant moments in our lives over the past year. These pictures will all be front and center in any photo album or calendar I make.

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  • Cute Baby 1 of 17
    Cute Baby
    I just love this sweet little face
  • Ollie and Me 2 of 17
    Ollie and Me
    There are so few pictures of me and my kids. It's so much easier to take a self portrait with a phone than an actual camera.
  • Baby Hand 3 of 17
    Baby Hand
    Chubby, dimpled baby hand.
  • Chubby Firefighter 4 of 17
    Chubby Firefighter
    The baby insisted on the boots and the hat. Boy knows what he wants.
  • Beach Boys 5 of 17
    Beach Boys
    This is one of my most favorite pictures ever
  • 4th of July 6 of 17
    4th of July
    The boys were able to ride on the firetruck in the local 4th of July parade. They had so much fun.
  • Allergy Test 7 of 17
    Allergy Test
    I didn't have my camera with me, but the results of Dylan's allergy test were so extreme, I had to document it.
  • Baby Gate 8 of 17
    Baby Gate
    Locked out and not happy about it
  • Big Boy 9 of 17
    Big Boy
    The first few moments on his first big boy bed
  • Bowling 10 of 17
    Bowling
    Working on his technique. To cute to miss.
  • Homework 11 of 17
    Homework
    He rarely lets me take his photo, I have to sneak them in when he doesn't realize it
  • The boy with many hats 12 of 17
    The boy with many hats
    This photo pretty much sums up Zachary perfectly
  • Imagination Movers 13 of 17
    Imagination Movers
    A date night with my big boys
  • Brotherly Love 14 of 17
    Brotherly Love
    It happens so rarely, I have to document it when I have the chance.
  • First Swing 15 of 17
    First Swing
    An impromptu first swing ride. No way I could miss documenting that!
  • Stitches 16 of 17
    Stitches
    Bound to be a common occurrence in this household.
  • The View 17 of 17
    The View
    You never know when nature will inspire you

I’ve partnered with the lovely people at Keepsy, who have offered to give one custom 30 page photo album and one custom 2012 photo calendar to Kid Scoop readers! Keepsy  makes it almost too easy to take your photos from Flickr, your computer, Facebook, Picasa and even Instagram and instantaneously turn them into a photo album or calendar. The best part, though, is that you can even make a gift calendar for a friend or family member of their Instagram photos! As long as you follow them on Instagram, their photos are available for a surprise gift! How cool is that?!

Keepsy Instagram PhotoAlbum

Keepsy Calendar

The Details (This Giveaway is Now Closed):

For your entry, leave a comment here telling me how you’d use the photo album or calendar if you win. A coffee table book of your favorite scenic shots, a calendar of baby pictures for new Grandparents, or a surprise photo album for your best friend…the possibilities go on and on! For an extra chance at winning, you can “Like” Kid Scoop’s Facebook page and/or follow Kid Scoop on Twitter. Just be sure to leave a separate comment for telling us you’ve done each of those things.  You can leave one extra comment per day for an additional entry.

The giveaway is open to everyone, although Keepsy can only ship internationally to the countries listed here. Contest runs until 8pm PST Monday, November 7th. At that time, two winners will be chosen from all qualified comments using random.org. The first comment number generated will win the photo album and the second number generated will win the calendar. In the interest of fairness, only one winner from each household will be chosen. If a duplicate winner is chosen, another number will be drawn. Winners will be announced and notified on Monday, November 7th and must respond with their contact information by Wednesday, November 9th or another winner will be chosen. Please be sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you!

The Winners:

Winners were chosen from all available comments using Random.org.

The winner of the photo album was Comment #31 – Kaitlyn M!

The winner of the 2012 Calendar was Comment #15 – PB and Jazz!

Congratulations! Check our inboxes for information on how to claim your items!

 

 

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