Tuesday, May 15, 2012

S {Bella Valentina Photography, Zanesville, OH}

During high school I spent a lot of time with my friend's family, practically living with them for a time of my life, so when I decided to giveaway a newborn session, I KNEW I wanted to give it to this high school friend. My own little way of saying thank you, & giving back.

If you're a photographer reading this then you already know just how difficult newborn sessions can be. You're on THEIR time! If they're fussy you wait it out.... they might need changed, they might need to eat, then you need to let them get nice & comfortable again, or wait for them to sleep. This can require blankets, noise machines, heaters, & lots of patience lol! Did I mention it can take 2 to 3 hours?! This sweet baby made it sooo easy & our time was enjoyable. Maybe it helped that Mom knew me, so she trusted me to do what I needed & control the session. whatever it was, we were lucky ;) And so, I had to share!

Thank you Shala & Andy, for giving me your time that day, & trusting me with her. She's beautiful, & I'm honored xox!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fairy Tale/Super Hero Session Giveaway! {Bella Valentina Photography Zanesville, OH}

Calling all Fairies, Princesses, & Super Heroes!

Fairy Tale: a : a story (as for children) involving fantastic forces and beings (as fairies, wizards)

Let your little ones run away with their imaginations! Woodland Fairies, Princesses, Wizards, old fashion little ladies & gentlemen, & Superheros! See my Pinterest Inspiration board for ideas here - & then stop by 21 Third Street Couture to see what she has for costume ideas for your little ones!

One lucky winner will receive a full, free themed shoot on a day of their own, separate from the mini slots I'm offering! 

For everyone else, I'll be doing the themed mini sessions all day  Saturday June 16th at a wooded location to be announced. Each session is $100 & includes the cd of image files with copyright release. Large wall prints & canvases offered at discounted rates. Session fee must be paid in advance to hold time slot. 20 minute mini sessions scheduled from 9 - 4:30! 

To Enter: there are two mandatory steps to enter, as well as some optional steps for additional entries.

  1.  MANDATORY - You must Like Bella Valentina Photography's Facebook page. If you're already a fan, that's fine.
  2. MANDATORY - You must make a Facebook update about the contest. You can copy & paste this example to use, or make up your own, as long as it tags my page in the post. For example..."I just entered @Bella Valentina Photography's Fairy Tale/Super Hero Photo Session Giveaway!  check out her page to enter a free Session!"
  3.  OPTIONAL - Subscribe to my blog updates, then comment here letting me know that you did so for an additional entry!

The Deadline to enter the contest is 10am on May 9th, so this is a quick one! Good luck!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

UPrinting Business Card Giveaway! {Bella Valentina Photography, Zanesville, OH} says comment #10 is our winner, which meeaannsss......

Congratulations Kina Williams!!!

Your information will be forwarded on to the company who will then provide you with follow up instructions!

Thanks to the few of you that participated in this giveaway!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Beautiful You {Bella Valentina Photography, Beauty Photographer Zanesville, OH}

beau·ty [byoo-tee] 

noun, plural beau·ties.
1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
2. a beautiful  person, especially a woman.
3. a beautiful  thing, as a work of art or a building.
4. Often, beauties. something that is beautiful  in nature or in some natural or artificial environment.
5. an individually pleasing or beautiful  quality; grace; charm
When I'm shooting a woman, her beauty lies in the soft curve or her neck, the way the light hits her eye, glistens on her hair, or even her shoulder. 
Its the way her face lights up when she laughs, or smiles. 
This is what I want to photograph. These are the things I want her to see, & come to love. 
As spring moves in & the sun starts to warm my skin, this is what I feel more & more. This is  what moves me, what pulls me. Its where I'm heading.
Looking back, words like Glamour & Boudoir have carried feelings of cheap, tacky &/or overly sexual, which makes it hard to coin a term without evoking these feelings or images . Beautiful portraits are much more than that . I want to find what makes YOU feel beautiful. Maybe its nude. Maybe its lingerie. Or a vintage slip. Your boyfriend's button down shirt. Or even your favorite little black dress. 
Experience it. Pamper yourself. 
Leave the hair & make up to us, just relax & let us make you feel beautiful. THIS is my Beautiful You Session.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Senior Spokesmodel Session Giveaway! {Bella Valentina Photography, SEnior Pictures, Zanesville, OH}

As I part of my previous New Beginnings post, as Spring warms the air, I'm inspired to start new projects, build new client relationships, & apparently GIVE THINGS AWAY lol!

I want to give away a free Senior session in celebration of Spring! I'm currently seeking a few local spokes models & thought this was a perfect way to find my first! The winner will receive a free full Senior Session in our area, which will include a free brag book! I request that the shoot be scheduled no later than May 30th. This contest will begin today & will run for the next 3 days so anyone currently seeking Senior Photos can enter!

Entering is simple! You MUST do both of these in order to be eligible to win!
  • You must first Like my Bella Valentina Photography fan page & leave a comment there that you are a new fan & are entering my Senior Session Giveaway. If you are already a fan & like my page, let me know you are already a fan, & are entering the giveaway.
  •  Make a Facebook status update linking to & sharing this giveaway. For example, "Check out this great Senior Session Giveaway by Bella Valentina Photography! Go to her blog for details!"
  • After, completing the required steps, come back to my blog, & leave a comment letting me know that you completed both steps! Don't forget to include an email that I can reach you by if you win!
My contest ends April 19th at midnight! Congratulations & good luck!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

UPrinting Business Card Giveaway!

Some of you might remember all the UPrinting giveaways I used to do, offering postcards, canvas prints, business cards, etc. They're back! And this time they are giving away 250 customizable die cut Business Cards!

 250pcs Customizable Die-cut Business Cards for one winner
2x3.5" Rounded Corners, 2x2" Rounded Corners, 1.75x3.5" Rounded Corners,
2x3.5" Leaf, 2x3.5 Rounded one corner, 2x3.5" Half Circle Side, 2x3.5" Oval, 2.5" Circle
14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
6 Business Days Turnaround time
Free US shipping only

How to enter!

** First entry is Mandatory! All others are optional for even more chances to win! For each thing that you do, come back here & leave a comment saying that you did so! Don't forget to include your email address so I can notify you if you win! Contest closes Tuesday April 17th at midnight!
  1. Like UPrinting on Facebook
  2. Follow UPrinting on Twitter 
  3. add UPrinting to your Google Plus Circle
  4. Like Bella Valentina Photography on Facebook  
  5. Share this contest on your Facebook

1.       This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years old and above.
2.       No prize substitutions allowed.
3.       Winners are allowed to win once over a six-month period.
            4.       Only email addresses used for the giveaway will be eligible to claim the prize.

  You should assume that the owner of this blog will receive free print products in exchange for the post. Any and all reviews posted are based solely on my own experience and may be atypical. Please practice due diligence in making any related purchase decisions.

Winner of the Love is in the Air Engagement Session Giveaway [Bella Valentina Photography Zanesville, Ohio]

Everyone who entered will be offered $100 off their wedding package if they book their wedding with me!

We only had 4 entries for this giveaway! The winner was chosen randomly at, & Logan was the lucky number drawn!!! Congratulations Logan, I look forward to working with you & your fiance! Please send me a message letting me know when you'd like to schedule!