Monday, December 27, 2010

Giving is Awesome 2010

You know someone. You know someone who's experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can't afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family's spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography -- $1500 worth, to be exact.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a $200 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The rules:

* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)

* The nominee must reside in Columbus,Ohio. Tell me who you know, what they're experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* You must e-mail me the full story :

The winner will be announced on 1/4/2011 -- get nominating! I can't wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season -- and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

To check out the families who won last year go here: 2009 Giving is Awesome


Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Faves!

Thank you so much to the following wonderful vendors for participating in the last two weeks of giveaways!
The Village Merchant
The Candle Lab
Be So Beautiful  BSB Facebook
Maya's Curls
Bead-Jeweled Facebook Page
Have your cake and party Too
Citefuzz Citefuzz
Twister Sister Hair  Facebook
paisley Belle Tutus  Etsy

My favorite gift to give!

During the holidays the #1 gift I give to my close family and friends are pictures! This year I focused on albums. One is a 5x7 album and the smaller one is what I call a brag album. The brag album is very easy to make and is perfect for the purse. I love carrying my own little brag album and pulling it out when I want to show off my kids.
 The inside of the brag album (2.5x2.5)

For the brag album I add about 8-10 pictures to a 11x14 print layout and send it in for printing. Once it arrives I cut everything out and round the corners. Then I use 4 adhesive dots on each picture to stick on each page.

Monday, December 13, 2010

14 Days of Christmas- Giveaway day 9

What is it that every girl would love to learn at some point in their life? How to apply their own makeup properly! This giveaway is one of my favorites because I need a little help. :)
Anyway Kelli is a wonderful makeup artist with a variety of experience.
Kelli has had a lifelong passion for beauty and making people FEEL beautiful! She has been trained by several celebrity makeup artists, such as Jon Hennessey who has worked with celebrities such as Alicia Keyes and Cynthia Nixon. Kelli also spent time training with MAC Pro artist Matthew Militello. Her focus has always been making skin look luminous and flawless. Kelli is available for weddings, family photos, professional portfolios, commercial, and print. She also loves doing makeup lessons. Kelli will help you utilize what makeup you have by learning proper techniques, tips and secrets to flatter YOU!

So what is Kelli giving away? An in-depth makeup lesson for 4. Value of $300. In studio or private home within Columbus. She will go over each person's 'perceived problem' area, color theory and application. Kelli will also give product suggestions from my vast knowledge of most professional product lines.

How to enter: Go to BeautimarkedbyKelli and become a fan. Comment on her page that I sent you and then head over to my facebook page Melissa Jones Photography to leave a comment stating you like her page. Winner will be announced tonight at 10:30pm.

Friday, December 10, 2010

14 Days Of Christmas Giveaway- Day 6

I apologize for the lack of blogging these features.
Today is an awesome giveaway from CaleCamo. It is a sterling silver initial pendant. This is a classic gift anyone would love to wear! Shelly describes her designs as modern and organic focus on jewelry with meaning. Her inspiration came from her second son Cameron and his strength and courage during his health battle. The jewelry is created from rough metals and texture. All of the pieces are custom and made for the person purchasing.

So you want to get in on the giveaway today? First become a fan of MJP (ME) MJP FACEBOOK then become a fan of CALECAMO CaleCamo and finally go back to the MJP fanpage and find today's post to comment on. Winner is announced on facebook at 10:30pm.

Monday, December 6, 2010

14 Days of Christmas- Giveaway #2

Paisley Belle Tutus- Paisley Belle Tutus (etsy) and (facebook) fan page. Become a fan on her page and then head over to the MJP fan page facebook and get entered to win one of 2 tutus.

A little about Cassie:
I'm the mom to one little guy and three little chicks. I began making tutus for my girls after I searched all over for an affordable tutu for my youngest to celebrate her birthday in. I could not find something we loved that was priced within my budget. And so it is...Paisley Belle Tutus! My girls give me fun ideas and are happy to act as my models or "safari girls" as they call themselves"... =)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

14 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day 1

Just to refresh everyone's memory about this designer! Perfect gift for your own little girl, a friend or yourself!
Maya's Curls Hair Bows and Accessories

Don't you just get excited when you find a product you love! As always my search for fun accessories never ends. I found designer Juliet and her amazing talent through Maya's Curls Hair Bows and Accessories facebook. The best thing is...she is local!

Juliet describes her accesories as modern and chic. her designs are versatile. You can use her clips on headbands, bows, hats or even pin them to dress up a shirt! She loves to mix and match or even make to match. She adores color and you will notice how beautifully her accessories pop with color in pictures. She expresses herself through art and her children. Juliet is always looking for ways to incorporate color in her life. As any small business owner she hopes to have her designs in boutiques VERY soon!
Who inspired her designs? You got it...her beautiful daughter Maya!

Check out the website . Get entered to win by becoming a fan on her facebook Maya's Curls and let her know I sent you! Then head to my fan page  MJP Facebook and comment on the post! Winner announced tonight!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Emma turns 7!

I remember being told over and over again how special your 1st child is. You truely don't understand until they are in your arms. Emma was a blessing in many ways to us. We are thankful for such a beautiful, healthy and high spirited child. Happy 7th Birthday princess!