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Are you ready for a NEW round of Five Inspiring Finalists?  Here we go friends!  We had two Photo Contests run simultaneously.  Both Photo Contests had a theme of COMFORT.  One Photo Contest challenged you to focus on using BLUR/Low F-stops = buttery, blurry backgrounds.  The other Photo Contest challenged you to use the theme of COMFORT combined with a BACKGROUND that has PURPOSE.  This second focus is what our Five Finalists have accomplished at INSPIRING levels!   Coming to you from a remote island in Thailand, where I only have electricity from 6pm to 6am, here are your FIVE beautiful, inspiring Finalists!  🙂

but wait!  There is a second chance to win a CAMERA for voting??!!

Yes, you heard me right!  It’s the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220/P 12.1 MP Digital Camera!!! And it’s PINK!  Can you get another color?  I guess, but why would you!  :)

We almost did it last week, and so here’s the deal for this week!   If we get 600 plus votes, yes 600 by this Monday (at midnight PST), we get to give one of the Random Voters a hip, new, Sony Cyber-shot!  Not to bad for taking the time to cast a vote, huh!

Can you believe that?!  I’m so pumped!  But that means you’ve got to tell ALL your friends, family, even wake up Granny, and get them to post their vote in TODAY’s comments! I know this contest is going to get crazy real fast with the voting, so we are going to close the voting this Monday night, February 22nd, at midnight PST.  That means you have from now until midnight on Monday to vote!

Q:  How do you vote?  What do you win? See the FAQ below! (It’s super easy.)

Q:  What does the winning Finalist get?  Ooooh, that’s good and juicy!  See below for those details!

Q:  What are we voting for?  Check it out…

Without further delay, I’d like to introduce you to the TOP FIVE FINALISTS for the COMFORT and Background Photo Contest! Notice how they specifically used the background to enhance the overall story of their images.  You were also asked to put our Depth of Field conversation into practice with an overall feeling of COMFORT in your theme.  And wow!  Your images are amazing!

1. Turning Three! by Keilah Engstrom in Washington state.

The background action around this little birthday girl is CLASSIC!  Every kid wants a chance at blowing out those candles, and it’s all over the little guy’s face behind her. And then I love the framing of this image.  I’m assuming Keilah got down to eye level with her birthday girl because of the adults we see in the background. It’s such a classic image that deserves to be celebrated for the timing, the framing, and more!  Thank you for inspiring us Keilah with this image!  Click on Keilah’s name to see more of her work!

2.  Everyday Beautiful by Ashley Julian in Washington state.

And then I got to Ashley’s image.  Her baby in the highchair, and the word Beautiful written above him…it made my heart go “ahhhhh”.   She said in her email that the word beautiful just happened to be there, and she saw the shot.  Everyday beauty brings her comfort, and this is her everyday beauty. I’m inspired by this image to see the Beautiful in the every day around us.  Ashley wasn’t tight framed on this shot, but everything in the image enhances the story of this lovely little one and this, particular moment.  Thank you Ashley for this image.  We loved it!  Click on Ashley’s name to see more of her work!

3.  The Sweetness of Girls by Summer Davis in Great Falls, Montana.

The power of this image is in the background.  It’s those two heart cut outs right above the girls’ heads.  I just love how those hearts make this moment so sweet.  It sends me back to memories of childhood when summer afternoons were spent with my girlfriend, our dolls, and talks on the daybed.  Framing this image so that the hearts were above the girls is genius!  I also love that Summer made this image black and white because it adds a timeless feel to this moment so we can all remember our childhood memories.  Thank you Summer for this image.  The sweetness just oozes out!  Click on  Summer’s name to see more of her work!

4. Grandbaby by Amy Schuff in Sacramento, CA.

At first glance, I’m caught up by the new grandma’s joy at seeing her grandbaby.  But the story keeps going when I see the background.  The background enhances the story of this image with such power.  Talk about incredible timing!  The proud dad smiling, about to be embraced and patted on the back.  You can almost hear the joy in this image.  Amy, timing is everything on this type of image, and you nailed it!  Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful moment with all of us.  It is truly inspiring!  Click on Amy’s name to see more of her work!

5.  Sleeping with His Two Buds by Sara Kelly in Seattle, WA.

This is another image that drew me in to surprising depths.  At first I see this sweet little toe head asleep, and I’m caught up in all that beautiful hair he has!  And then I see dad’s feet blurred in the background.  And THEN I see the dog’s pointed ears in the background, and I’m thinking “Oh my goodness!  There is so much to this story that it keeps going and going!”  This is the type of background we strive for in our images.  Background that doesn’t distract but enhances the story to surprising depths.  And wow, Sara, you did an AMAZING job!  Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

There it is!  Your new Fabulous Five Finalists! Didn’t I tell you they were AMAZING!  Click on their names to see more of their work!  But vote before you go b/c whoever gets the most votes will WIN!!

And all of you, plus the winners, have the opportunity to win a Sony Cyber-shot Camera! All you have to do is post a comment and vote for your favorite finalist. Leave a few words about why they were your favorite, and you are entered into the Sony Cyber-shot Camera drawing!

Let’s go!  We got over 600 last week!  We only need 600 this week!   HERE WE GO!


FAQ #1: How do you vote?

Answer: Just click on the pink word “Comments” at the end of this blog post. Put the # of photo your voting for first (it makes counting the votes way faster), and then add a few words about why you like their image the most. Remember, your comments and feedback give to the Five Finalists more than any prize from us. Please be kind, encouraging, and share all that you can with these wonderful Five Finalists! Your feedback on their images is priceless! That’s why we do the Random Voter Awards, because we appreciate your voting and feedback so much. So spread the word to family and friends! And ask them to vote! We need 750 VOTES to give this camera away!

(Please vote one time for one image. Thanks!)

FAQ #2: Is there a new Photo Contest happening right now? And when is the Deadline?

Answer: Not yet!  After we finish the voting for these two contests, we’ll announce the next Photo Contest Theme.  It’s one my favorite Photo Contest Themes so far!

FAQ #3: What are the prizes for the Random Voters and the Finalist?

Answer: Scroll on down!!

Prizes for the Winning Finalist and the Random Voter Winners!

In the last couple of contests, we’ve broken our record for votes received!  You all spread the word, and the votes came rolling in! If we clear 600 votes on this contest, we are going to pick a Random Voter (not necessarily #600, but a RANDOM Voter) to win the Sony Cyber-shot camera!!!

And then we’ll keep going and pick one more Random Voters to win a $25 customized, cool looking Starbucks card! So that’s one Random Winner of a new, slick Sony Cyber-shot camera, and one MORE random winner of $25 customized Starbucks cards, if we clear 600!

Deadline for all voting is this Monday night, 4 days from now, 2/22, at midnight PST!! That means we have to clear 600 votes by that time for two Random Voters to be picked and win a pink (or different color:)) Sony Cybershot Camera!

Prize for being the Winner of the Five Finalists!!!

Now what about the finalist’s prize! What will they get?  Well first, each finalist should vote too so they get a fair shot of winning the Sony Cyber-shot camera!  And then the Winning Finalists gets THREE SPECIAL PRIZES!!!

1. Get Girded Up with Award Winning Resources! Their choice of one of our popular 101 Kits: The Essentials to Starting a Photography Business OR the Downloadable version of our Award Winning Refuse to Say Cheese/Beyond the Green Box DVD series.

2.  Continue Your Creativity After the Shooting! Their own copy of Adobe’s Lightroom 2.0 Software!!!!  (thank you Adobe!)

3.  Don’t Hide Your Winning Photo!  Show It Off!!! And the newest addition to our Winning Finalist prizes, their winning photo will be printed on a beautiful canvas!  Our SOAR! Partner, Pixel2Canvas, has joined the Photo Contests as of this year!   And we are so excited b/c now your winning image will be on a BIG, Beautiful Canvas for the wall!

So get all your friends and family to jump on here and vote before this Monday at midnight!




  1. Carmalee

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    #5 I had to spend a lot of time on this photo to take it all in; this is the kind of image I love on my walls. Well done Sara! I also think the story that Amy caught in #4 is amazing; there is so much happening in such a small space following childbirth, it definitely takes some talent to capture such an image! Thank you to Keilah, Ashley & Summer for bringing back fond memories!

  2. Rachel Anderson

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    My vote is for #5! Love it!!

  3. Gina

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    all beautiful, but #2 pulled me in. great job, everyone!!

  4. Andria

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    # 4 is beautiful.

  5. Terry

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    My vote is for #3. I can feel the carefree love just shinning through this picture. Oh to be that innocent age again! Love the black and white and love the light shinning through the hearts over the girls heads. Summer did a wonderful job capturing the moment in this picture!

  6. jeramy

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    congratulations to all the finalists! “comfort”…..what a truly inspiring theme for the photo contest. absolute brilliance! well…let’s see….my vote….hmmm…..i choose #5. fantastic shot sara. nothing says comfort like a sleeping child, warm and safe in their dad’s arms. great job! and the blurry feet…well, that’s just text book i say. text book! i hope you win!

    mera and b-money….send some thai sun rays my way! 🙂 it’s raining like seattle here. cheers!

  7. Amy N

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Love #1!!

  8. Jennifer Richins

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    #4. Totally tells a powerful, happy story in one picture. Timing could not have been more perfect.

  9. Rachel Healy

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I vote for number 3! So cute and sweet! And Such rich Composition!

  10. dana j

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    #2 Everday beautiful is AWESOME!!!! They are all wonderful, truly and it is hard!

  11. April

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    #2…it is simple and perfect. I love the color and the composition..lovely!

  12. Noelle J.

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    #3–wow–the placement of those hearts is perfect and speaks so much!

  13. Lila

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    #4 – what awesome timing!!

  14. Katie

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    #3 absolutely awesome!

  15. jess

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    #1 – it was SO hard to choose just one! They are all amazing and beautiful and great examples of perfect timing. But #1 just made me smile 🙂 It is such a classic shot, and I love how it’s framed and the little boy helping her blow out the candles in the background. Great job, Keilah…and all the ladies!

  16. Kristy Freeman

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    #5 – I love the muted colors, the line is clear and smooth, you flow right through the image.

  17. Christine

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    #3, because it made me pick up the phone to call my childhood friend and tell her how much I loved memories of us playing dolls together

  18. michelle sidles

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I’m torn between two photos. But I’m going with number 3. I love the retro timeless feel of this image of young friends. It takes me back to my own childhood. And the fact that the closer one is in her swimsuit just totally adds to the story in my head. Nice job! 🙂

  19. Dawn Newton

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I love this! It reminds me of more carefree days with my best friend! It is a quiet restful theme.

  20. Dawn Newton

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Ooops!! #3…..ditto above comment, I made it, for got the voting #

  21. Sarah

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    #3 – the picture is timeless & just so precious

  22. Michelle Gjerde

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    #3 It really portrays innocence of childhood and the friendship that goes with it. WOW great job!

  23. lynda

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    #3 … love the sweet look on the little girls face, the light … everything!

  24. Kim S.

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Number 3 is the sweetest picture I have ever seen!

  25. Nicky

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    #4 makes me so happy!!

    All are beautiful!!

  26. Stacy

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    #3…what wonderful memories this photo brings back! Absolutely gorgeous!

  27. Jamie

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    #1. This picture tells a wonderful story and I love that it’s from the birthday girl’s level. You can see that this is a celebration and catching the little boy blowing out the candles too is just priceless. Love it!

  28. Michele

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    All the images are amazing! Very hard choice 🙂 Kudos to all.

  29. Hailey

    February 18th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    My vote is for #2. I love the simplicity of this picture.

  30. John W.

    February 18th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    i like #3 the bestest.

  31. Nicole

    February 18th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    #1 – This is one of the best birthday photos I have ever seen. I feel like I’m there helping to blow out the candles.

  32. michelle

    February 18th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    #3- I love them all, but this one made my heart melt a little.

  33. Dani

    February 18th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    #3 – Beautiful work Summer! I love the detail you always pay attention to in you photography!

  34. Mara

    February 18th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    #3 I love this picture Summer! It takes me back to childhood; I want to jump in a bathing suit and run through the sprinkler or hide under the sheets and share secrets with my sister after looking at this beautiful image 🙂

  35. Jenn

    February 18th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    #3 – love it!!!

  36. Jennifer

    February 18th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    #3 Captures the timeless beauty of friendship! Way to go Summer!!!

  37. Karen

    February 18th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    #3 great shot!

  38. jennifer

    February 18th, 2010 at 11:39 am


  39. Lynn

    February 18th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Can someone please tell me why I cant see the pictures?

  40. Sybilla F

    February 18th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    #5 now that’s comfort

  41. Wenmei

    February 18th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    #5 – I love the depth of the photo, the peace on the little boy’s face, and the beautiful tone!

  42. Sarah Mc

    February 18th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    #4. this is a winning shot. you can feel it, hear it, smell it. i love it.


  43. Robin Fuehrer

    February 18th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    #4- the emotion of this moment just comes right through! It made me long for another turn in the delivery room… just the blissfull after part mind you, not the labor part:)

  44. MommiePie

    February 18th, 2010 at 12:35 pm


    It was a very difficult decision, but I choose it because I have a physical & emotional response to it when I see it. That’s the power of a great photo!

  45. Teri Bigio

    February 18th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    #2 I love the quaint feel of it, the composition, which draws me all the way back to the blackboard with the writing. I keep moving my eye from the child to the word “Beautiful.”

  46. CA

    February 18th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    #3 Again my vote is because it brings back such sweet memories for me. I remember those times when my best girl friend was called my “sister” and we would play and play and play until someone had to go home. Such a sweet moment caught!

  47. Rach S

    February 18th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    #2. love the colors…cute baby too

  48. C. WA

    February 18th, 2010 at 1:15 pm


  49. Jocelyn Lykken

    February 18th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    My vote is for #1 Turning Three! It is difficult to shoot in the madhouse that can be a birthday party. In the day & age of affordable DSLRs getting a photo without seeing other people ‘getting a photo’ in your frame can be challenging. Then to be able to capture such a fleeting moment without influencing it? Kudos!

  50. Nancy B

    February 18th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    #3 – There is something so heart warming about this picture. Amazing job! All the pictures were great!

  51. Ashley

    February 18th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Aaaahh…you totally made my day MeRah and Brian to see my photo and my baby on here:) Thank you!
    hmmmmmm…I’m going to go with #2!!!

  52. Christi

    February 18th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    2. Everyday Beautiful by Ashley Julian in Washington state.

  53. Jamie

    February 18th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    #5 Wow great shot!

  54. Davy Goetze

    February 18th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    #2 is so beautiful! The colors are so refreshing, I love the footies of the baby’s sleeper, the crackling paint of the chalkboard frame, the retro feel of the highchair and kitchen tiles. It’s just great, it all comes together to look both modern and timeless, simple and intricate, deeply thoughtful and at a glance, sweet! #2 Should win!!!

  55. Sonya

    February 18th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Grandbaby is fantastic. I’m emotional today, and that was the last straw that put me into a crying fit. (good thing) What a gorgeous photo!

  56. I’m a finalist!!! ? Sacramento child and family photographer « Amy Schuff Photo Blog

    February 18th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    […] my goodness I am just walking on air right now! I submitted a photo to be judged on Me Ra Koh’s photography blog. The photos were supposed to center around “Comfort” and tell a story in the background. […]

  57. Veda Penick

    February 18th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    # 4 for sure! There is nothing like a grandmother’s heart and smile!

  58. Tina

    February 18th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Oh, they are ALL so great! I really had a tough time between #2, #4, #5…

    But #4 – Grandbaby is my fav! Amy has a unique way of capturing emotions “in motion”, that is to say that a still photo (like #5) can be beautiful, but it takes a keen eye to see the possibilities of a shot while everyone is moving about. #4 is my vote.

  59. Rebecca

    February 18th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    #3. Brings back good childhood memories 🙂

  60. Kylie

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    #4. Love Amy’s style and the timeless image she captured. Such an important moment 🙂

  61. Sandy

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    #5 Safe and secure! What a story this picture tells!

  62. Misty

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    definitely #4…nothing like seeing the joy everyone feels with the arrival of a new little one.

  63. Hildegunn

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    #4 – for capturing a moment so bursting with joy and new life! I love the grandbaby-grandbaby-parents connection, the relationships of three generations in that one shot.

  64. Amy

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I feel so honored to see my photo here! I’m going to go out on a limb and say #4 🙂 🙂

  65. Rhonda

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    My vote is for #4

  66. benjamin

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    #4 is amazing! good job Amy!

  67. Jeremy

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    #4 for sure…the timing is just amazing. Great job Amy!

  68. Linda Mae Churchill

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I am going with #4. I love how the light from the window shines on everyone and the smiles that you can see on their faces shows the joy for the arrival of the little one. Excellent job Amy!

  69. Kelly

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    #4!!!! I love it!!

  70. Maya

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    #3 – They’re all great but this one just hit the “comfort” button… bringing back great childhood memories. 🙂

  71. Stacy Land

    February 18th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    #2 – Too cute!!!!!

  72. Amy

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    #2 Everyday Beautiful for sure! It gave me chills when I read that Beautiful was already written there. Love the colors, love the sun shining on him, love it all.

  73. Brea

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    #4 — such a beautiful moment captured. 🙂

  74. Heather

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    #4 gets my vote!

  75. neely

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    all beautiful photos but #2 gets my vote!!

  76. nicki smith

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    #4 Grandbaby- What a precious moment captured!

  77. Ellen Eichelberger

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I would have to say #2. everyday beautiful is my vote. I love how the baby is looking onto the floor to find her cheerios! The colors are amazing! I just think that that one deserves to win.

  78. Kathy Jenkins

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    #3 is my favorite. The girls are beautiful and so typical of best friends. The picture is very well laid out. Just nice!

  79. Tara

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    #4….it sums up the joy and excitemement of a new baby in one click!! Just gorgeous!!

  80. Summer

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I cannot believe I am a finalist! That was so exciting to see my photograph there. But I have to admit, I’m a bit shocked because I think the other finalists have such beautiful pictures. I really love the expressions in #1, and I love the colors and composition in #2, and the joy in #4 and the security in #5….they are all amazing!

    But am I allowed to vote for myself out of sheer shock that mine is in there? If so…#3. 🙂

  81. Jenn

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    #4 What a great moment! Absolutely beautiful!

  82. Kristen

    February 18th, 2010 at 4:55 pm


    my littlest is just about this size & the moment captured of him peering over the seat to the floor is just too sweet. Love the mood of the colors & lighting & beautiful on the chalkboard… Perfect!

    Seriously, ladies! All these images are gorgeous. Great job. So many sweet emotions captured. Fabulous job.

  83. Sadie Arnold

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    #2 Everyday Beautiful by Ashley Julian in Washington state. Truly beautiful!

  84. Brooke Kasper

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:02 pm


    Although all are great…. #2 took my breath away! When I scrolled down I said “Ahhhhh” so loud my husband came in the room to see if I was alright! LOL
    It is a CLASSIC and Beautiful it is! The way it was framed, the fact that the little one is not looking straight ahead but down at the floor at whatever he has thrown on the floor…. how could your be a mother and this one just one make you SMILE so big and make your heart warm! I love how the window light is directly on the baby from the window. This couldn’t be better! Again… a complete classic! It makes your heart happy! Composition perfect! LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!

  85. Josh

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    #2 by Ashley Julien. Love it!

  86. Marie

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    #2 LOVE everything about his photo…I can barely wait to re create the framed calkboard. I too say “ahhhh” 🙂

  87. Alyssa McPherson

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:07 pm


    I have seen Amy’s work before and I LOVE it. Amy always seems to capture the moment.

  88. Bonnie Koons

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I have to go with # 4. I love this photo because grandma’s awe, joy, excitement, and overflowing emotion is depicted in this photo and is the essence of what every grandmother must feel when seeing their precious grandbaby for the first time. At least I did!

  89. Jen Rockwell

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    WOW! #4 is an amazing shot! What a precious moment captured for a lifetime!

  90. Ron

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Summer did a great job! #3.

  91. melissa

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    #4 Beautiful!

  92. Sara

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    #4 is wonderful

  93. Mary

    February 18th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Love #5!

  94. Sunni

    February 18th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    #4. What’s not to love? I got all choked up looking at the Grandma’s face. It reminded me of my own mother and mother-in-law when the nurse handed me my baby for the first time. Plus, Amy is really awesome!!!

  95. Amy

    February 18th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    #3 really captures the simplicity of young girls and their friendship. The hearts above the two girls were perfectly placed adding more depth and a warmer feeling.

  96. Amy C.

    February 18th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    #2 Everything about it is beautiful

  97. Sherry

    February 18th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    This was a hard one. There are some beautiful pictures #2 and #5 were my favorites. But I can only vote for one so I am going to have to say #5. I love the little boys hair!

  98. Julie

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    #3 is my favorite…the rush of feelings and memories it brought out in me was unbelievable!

  99. Kayla

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I love #2! This picture absolutely glows!!! He is beautiful and so is this shot!

  100. Meredith

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    #2!!! Pick #2!!!! I think the colors make the image have a vintage feel.

  101. Alyssa

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I know this boy! he is sooo sweet and i love picture 2!!!!!!

  102. s.patel

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    love them all, but #5 screams comfort!

  103. Connie R

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:19 pm


    I love the simple beauty in this shot. The colors are great! Frameable! Good handwriting on that chalk board by the way!

  104. Deanna P.

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    #4 … Amy, you have talent! Wow — such timing, such joy captured — fantastic!

  105. Tammy

    February 18th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    #3—— I love how this photo captures the sweetness and innocence of childhood friendship.

  106. Chelsea P.

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    #2 Everyday Beautiful is my favorite. All of the photos are so sweet and moving, but I like the light coming in from the window shining on the baby, the colors and the simplicity of the image. Thank you for sharing!

  107. Sharon Bluemel

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    #4 is the one for me!!! Amy has an amazing ability to capture the unposed moment and emotion.

  108. Kristin Bluemel

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I vote for #4…awesome talent!

  109. Lynn Schuff

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    #4 — A touching glimpse of the joyous interaction between the generations!

  110. Jessica Hills

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    #3 the sweetness of girls

  111. tracy

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    #3 … i love this picture

  112. Daniel Roberts

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    This is a great shot! It captures 3 special moments in one.

  113. Kevin Stebbings

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    #4- captures the emotion of a beautiful moment

  114. Keri

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    #2….love love the simplicity of this shot, the colors and of course, “beautiful”

  115. Cortney

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    #3 I think this quietly shows the nervous uncertainty of a new friend ship. Yet the joy in your heart of the connection you feel with a treasured girlfriend.

  116. Mell

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    #3…Summer you do excellent work. Really a blessing. What a sweet depiction of childhood and simply being a girl

  117. Sandi B.

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    #3 — What a picture. I can almost step into it. I see two future “soar sisters” sitting there. Brings back such great memories of being young and full of dreams and hopes. Beautiful!!!

  118. David McPherson

    February 18th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    #4 I love this photo, it reminds me of the joy of childbirth.

  119. Fawn

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    #2 I love this photographer’s eye for a good shot! It is in fact “beautiful!”

  120. Jen MacNiven

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    #5…comfort of a lap, a snuggly pet…so sweet

  121. Tammy

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    #4……Priceless…..what Grandma’s joy….all in her face!

  122. Juanita

    February 18th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    #4 Tells the story on so many levels. It’s just perfect!

  123. Tracy

    February 18th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    #4 Amy you are awesome…beautiful picture to go with a beautiful moment…

  124. mummydr

    February 18th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    #4 perfectly capturing an amazing moment.

  125. Hanna

    February 19th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I just love the face of the Grandma!

  126. Hanna

    February 19th, 2010 at 12:19 am


  127. Alicia

    February 19th, 2010 at 1:28 am

    #4 – What an unforgettable moment captured perfectly!

  128. sarah

    February 19th, 2010 at 1:42 am

    #5- this is sooooo tough, because i also LOVE the second one. but children sleeping with their parents touches my heart like nothing else.

  129. Jane

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:07 am

    #5 – nothing says comfort with a cozy background as this image. And it is so beautiful !

  130. Megan

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:30 am

    As a mother, there is nothing more beautiful than your child. I absolutely LOVE this picture!

  131. Jill

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:39 am

    #4 – A great moment captured forever. Beautifully done Amy!

  132. Jessica Svoboda

    February 19th, 2010 at 6:05 am

    photo #4…Amy Schuff’s image

  133. Katie J

    February 19th, 2010 at 6:37 am

    #1 – Adorable!

  134. Sara Elliott

    February 19th, 2010 at 6:43 am

    #4 – Amy Schuff’s – it’s a priceless moment. So much is captured and felt when reviewing this photo…the joy, the love, the wait, the arrival. It’s just beauitful!

  135. Daisy Reyes

    February 19th, 2010 at 6:56 am

    #4 – a split moment of joy and comfort as these new parents are congratulated by their own parents. Perfect timing.

  136. Kelly

    February 19th, 2010 at 6:57 am

    love that she captured so many emotions in one image. Well done!

  137. Lilianna Story

    February 19th, 2010 at 7:33 am

    #3- good capture

  138. Angie D.

    February 19th, 2010 at 7:42 am

    #4- Being a mom, I know all too well those feelings and emotions of having a new baby. Seeing Amy’s picture brings back a flood of emotions for me and can feel those same emotions for the family in her picture. Great job Amy!

  139. Marisa Butterworth

    February 19th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I LOVE picture two. I don’t know what it is but it makes me feel nostalgic and hopeful and it is just a gorgeous shot. I love it and keep wanting to look at it!

  140. Betsy Luoto

    February 19th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    #2 is just gorgeous and reminds me of when my babies were little. The colors are perfect!

  141. Jesse Buttonworth

    February 19th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    i am struck by #2!! classic shot.

  142. janessa

    February 19th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    photo number 4 🙂 That made me relive my own experience 😀

  143. Anne-Marie

    February 19th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    #5 – Comfort at it’s finest!

  144. Christina

    February 19th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    #3….Sweeteness of Girls. So adorable, reminds me of past times with good friends 🙂

  145. jeanette

    February 19th, 2010 at 8:10 am

    #4. What a capture! I adore the expression and the excitement that are contained in this photograph! Nice job Amy! xoxoxox

  146. Mrs. Johnson

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    #4. You are amazing, Amy. Grandma’s and Dads get excited, don’t they!

  147. Chris

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    #4 One of life’s most amazing miracles, and Amy captured it.

  148. Ashley Schrage

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:32 am


    I LOVE this photo! wish I had taken it 🙂

  149. Terry Thompson

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    #3 gets my vote! Makes me want to revisit my childhood!

  150. Dawn S.

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Amy, you captured so many wonderful emotions. Great job! This is a photo that will be cherished by many generations and for years to come. Way to go!!!

  151. Sarah

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    3… the use of black and white and the placement makes the photo so innocent and beautiful.

  152. Charlotte

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    #4 The others are great..but timing is priceless.

  153. Katy

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    #4……I love the joy it captures.

  154. Michelle

    February 19th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Voting is getting harder and harder with each contest! The images all talk to my heart.

    I went back and forth (a lot) and think I have to go with #2.

  155. Jon N.

    February 19th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    #2 gets my vote. It looks like a shot right out of a magazine. Very cool!

  156. Kari at MamaBloo

    February 19th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Oh, this one was really hard. Sigh. Okay, I am gonna vote for #1 (but #2 was my runner up).

  157. John Schuff

    February 19th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    #4 was my favorite. I like the way it portrays a family setting. And that must be grandma smiling at her son or daughter’s child. Black & white makes you focus more on the emotions and less on the clothing worn, etc.

  158. Courtney

    February 19th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    LOVE #2. It is amazing!

  159. Christina B

    February 19th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    #2 LOVE IT

  160. Alisa

    February 19th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    #4 (with #5 a very, very close second)….both these photos really captured the exercise – the backgrounds speak so loudly in each photo. Great job!

  161. Loryn Tuani

    February 19th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    #4 What a great shot! It is full of Joy…captured all around in this photo. No better occasion then the gift of birth:) Great job, Amy!

  162. Samantha

    February 19th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    #1 I love the combination of a tight shot and a great, emotional background!

  163. Beth Dachenhaus

    February 19th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    #5!!!!!! I cherish every nap i get w/ my little one b/c i know that all too soon she won’t want to have anything to do with that…TRUE comfort!!!

  164. Kelly McP

    February 19th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    #2. I really like the combination of the muted tones in the photo and the word beautiful. I think we often get caught up by glossy magazine photos and think that in order to appear beautiful, something needs to be bold and bright. Ashley has perfectly captured the truth that beauty is all around us. Beautiful, even the ordinary aspects of life that may lose their luster after awhile, such as when our child has dropped bits of food onto the floor for the last twenty minutes of a meal.

  165. Nalva Reed

    February 19th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Amazing work of art!!!!!! Just love it!!!

  166. sonya

    February 19th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    #1 – LOVE this photo…it’s so innocent and right in the moment!! It is a beautiful memory to have captured for your child! love it!

  167. Susie

    February 19th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I have to say #5 is my favorite. I love everything about it!

  168. Heather

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    #2 for it’s uniqueness.

  169. Holly

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    #2 is BEAUTIFUL!!! That picture really speaks. My vote is #2.

  170. Bobbi Maxwell

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    #4 Because it captures so many family dynamics at such a monumental time

  171. Carolina

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    #4 shows the joy of a new child. Everyone is so happy when a new baby arrives, this picture does an awesome job of showing that.

  172. Kendra

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    #4 This photo really captures the feelings and emotions transpiring in the room. It’s priceless!

  173. Stacy

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    #4 for sure!

  174. Lora

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    #4 – Timeless capture of genuine expression – I couldn’t help but smile along with it.

  175. Robin

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Amy’s photo totally nailed what it’s like to introduce a new baby to your friends and family. Good job Amy!

  176. JC

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    #4 – beautiful picture!

  177. CJRB

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    #4 – priceless image!

  178. Sophie Hoffman

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    #4 tells the amazing story of a new life. I love it. 😀

  179. Alejandra

    February 19th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    5. Sleeping with His Two Buds by Sara Kelly

    Awesome shot! You’ve gotta love the hair! and you forgot to mention in the post that you can also kind of see the dad’s face which is out of focus in the front!
    Great shot!

  180. Shirley

    February 19th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    #4 captured a beautiful moment.

  181. Joseph

    February 19th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    #4 for a simple reason: it makes me happy

  182. Josh

    February 19th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    #4 is full of smiles. That’s what I needed today. Thanks, Amy.

  183. Nalva Reed

    February 19th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I am definitely voting for Amy Schuff #4

  184. Andrea

    February 19th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    #4 – Perfect timing along with black and white capture the true spirit of those witnessing the miracle of a new baby.

  185. Kenneth

    February 19th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    #2 What an amazing picture. It just goes to show us that even in the simple everyday things that we do there is beauty all around us.

  186. Kimberly

    February 19th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    #4 what a touching scene!!

  187. Shannon Summers

    February 19th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    #4 A joyful scene — the miracle of new life!

  188. Chris Whiddon

    February 19th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    #3 is amazing! Good job Summer!

  189. Sherie

    February 19th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    #4, Amy’s Grandbaby is the most precious photo…I do love the new dad and the new grandpa in the background!

  190. Marty

    February 19th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I like #3.

  191. Linda S.

    February 19th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    #5 I just like the softness and sweetness of this photo from Dad’s bald head, to toddler curls and on down to Dad’s toes. So safe, so cumfy, sooooo cute.

  192. Melinda

    February 19th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    #5 – I think this one really captures the theme best for me. The cozy comfort of being safe on your dad’s chest with your best 4-legged fuzzy friend close by. I love all the images though. Great entries! Can’t wait for the next contest.

  193. tish

    February 19th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    #2 love it but #4 is fantastic as a second!

  194. Holly

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    #2 – its the simple things in life, where did all the Cheerios go?

  195. Stacie

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    #4- Nothing says comfort more than being able to hold your long sought treasure in your arms! AND on top of that you get introduce him to the world! Amazing job Amy!

  196. Jen Sharon

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    #5 was the clear choice for me. The photos were all wonderful, so I went with the one that best fit the comfort theme.

  197. Fatima

    February 19th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    number 4 by Amy Schuff gets my vote….it was a wonderful and original picture!! congratulations!!

  198. Edgar

    February 19th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    #4 grandbaby is my favorite…..

  199. Jasbond

    February 19th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    #4 the background and grandma make this shot, the rest look staged, not a fan of staged photos

  200. Jay Kenson

    February 19th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    #4 great b&w

  201. Olly Polly

    February 19th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    #4 was the clear choice for me. The photos were all wonderful, so I went with the one that best fit the comfort theme. Amazing job

  202. Bob Shimokaji

    February 20th, 2010 at 3:49 am

    #2 I have twins a boy and girl. The photo is a wonderful reminder of life.

  203. ken Bluemel

    February 20th, 2010 at 5:05 am

    #4… I love the generations of love that are expressed in this one shot. The focused mom and grandma and the out of focus son and father is masterful.

  204. mirela

    February 20th, 2010 at 5:23 am

    It was so hard to pick a favorite, I love them all! #5 will get my vote, because the softness and peaceful feeling in this story is just amazing! The background only enriches the wonderful moment caught on camera, and what can be more wonderful and touching than a sweet child sleeping? I simply adore this shot!

  205. Beth

    February 20th, 2010 at 5:25 am

    #4. I too love this photo.

  206. Vickie

    February 20th, 2010 at 5:38 am

    #4 I love this photo, you can see the joy and excitement of all family members faces. The beauty of a new life.

  207. Lisa Madruga

    February 20th, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Great picture. That towhead id beautiful.

  208. Sabogl

    February 20th, 2010 at 6:28 am

    #4 because the timing is perfect.

  209. Laura

    February 20th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    #4 Because it reminds me of when my son was born and just that happiness that everyone feels after a baby is born.

  210. Amanda

    February 20th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    #4…what an amazing & intimate moment for a family to share and to capture it forever on film, priceless:)

  211. Jennifer

    February 20th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I love #4 it is wonderful such an exciting happy moment you can feel just by looking at the picture

  212. Javier Payán

    February 20th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    #4 cute picture!!!……. because this is a wonderfull and special moment!!!

  213. Delia Ustick

    February 20th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I vote for #4, Amy Schuff

  214. Christian

    February 20th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    #5 This is the winner Hands done
    The rest are nice but Sara’s captures what the theme was
    Excellent work
    I am hanging this one on my wall

  215. Diane Mintz

    February 20th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    #4 Such JOY

  216. Sara

    February 20th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Wow I am so honored to be chosen among all these great photographers! All of the photos are great and capture a special moment, but I guess I’m going with #5

  217. Josh

    February 20th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Classic picture with great depth and colors! Way to capture the moment!!

  218. Sue

    February 20th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    #4 Beautiful!! Amy you did a great job of capturing the precious first moments…

  219. Stewart

    February 20th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    #5 This Photograph says more than you see at first glance

  220. Fiona

    February 20th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    #5captures the innocence of childhood,,,complete trust in the budds.

  221. Alisha h

    February 20th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I loved #3 it brought me back to my childhood.

  222. maria de lourdes mendonça cavalheiro

    February 20th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I loved #4. It’s really a very special day. Great!

  223. Mel

    February 20th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    #4!! So perfect.

  224. Christie

    February 20th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    #5 – Such a beautiful photo….it just makes me feel good inside. Great job everybody!

  225. Julie Staub

    February 20th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Love them all, but #2 is my favorite. So simple and powerful all at the same time!

  226. Jennifer

    February 20th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    #5. I LOVE #4 — but I keep coming back to the layers in #5 and how it just seeps “comfort.” While #4 is stunning and captures pure unadulterated joy — the quiet of #5 resonates with me.

  227. Shannon

    February 20th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    #4 for sure!!

  228. Robin

    February 20th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    #5 made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. just a precious photo

  229. victoria

    February 20th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    5 is the hands down winner! Its total relaxation, perfectly captured.

  230. victoria

    February 20th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    #5 gets my vote!

  231. Dayna

    February 21st, 2010 at 1:30 am

    # 4 – What a beautiful picture, capturing such a joyous moment. Nicely done!

  232. Patricia

    February 21st, 2010 at 6:44 am

    #4 This pic will be archived in the soul of this child for an entire life time. LOVE captured on film. It’s not just “cute” like the others…it is a” No words needed” picture! GREAT JOB!!

  233. Rosemarie Seppala

    February 21st, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Number 1 is the best, a wonderful capture of life and of children in a special moment in time. It makes you go back in time when you were the child, then as the parent when your own children were in that same special moment.
    Thank you for this Great Shot.

  234. Jenny

    February 21st, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I vote for #4. Beautiful!!!

  235. Kara

    February 21st, 2010 at 11:27 am

    #1 caught my eye immediately – i LOVE the how the little girl is caught with her cheeks full of air – and right behind her the little boy has equally full cheeks – just in case her first breath of air doesn’t quite do the job =D

  236. kelle

    February 21st, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    #5 – that kid should be a baby model 😉

  237. Marla-Dee

    February 21st, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    #3 – This image is simply beautiful. I love how the girls are deep in conversation and the hearts are behind them. This is what friendship is all about! ?

  238. Nicole

    February 21st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    #5 – There is warmth not only in the subject of the photo, but in the tone/colors as well.

  239. Alaina

    February 21st, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I vote for #1-Turning Three. The picture captures the essence of childhood. This makes me think of my daughter’s 3rd birthday party this past August. Heartwarming!

  240. Photo-a-day: Day 21 ? Sacramento child and family photographer « Amy Schuff Photo Blog

    February 21st, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    […] take a moment to vote for my photo on Me Ra Koh’s photography blog! You have until tomorrow (Monday the 22nd) to vote. My photo is #4 titled “Grandbaby”. A […]

  241. Lauren M

    February 21st, 2010 at 10:13 pm


  242. Keilah

    February 21st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Wow! I am so surprised! Thank you so much!

  243. Lauren

    February 21st, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    #5 All are wonderful though!

  244. Genie

    February 21st, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    #3! Love those hearts!

  245. KarenE

    February 21st, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    #1 – I love this shot for many reasons – the expressions, the angle, definitely the little helper in the background. But most of all because my 16 year old daughter Keilah captured the beauty of my 3 year old’s candle-moment forever. And that’s what good photography is all about.

  246. Elisa

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:14 am

    The anticipation of that held breath makes me draw and hold my own.

  247. Katrina

    February 22nd, 2010 at 6:27 am

    They are all wonderful but I think #5 really catches the theme of comfort.

  248. Hannah

    February 22nd, 2010 at 6:41 am

    #1. Keilah is amazing and the picture is beautiful–holds a piece of childlike innocence and whimsy.

  249. Sara

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:27 am

    #1 What a wonderful moment to capture on film. I love the little guy in the background,, all ready to help.

  250. KimC

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:33 am

    #1. With a houseful of kids including a 3yo, the happy crowd feels like our own home at its best!

  251. Jeananne

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:34 am

    #1 Totally love it!!! I think it is great that you are at eye level with Abby!!!!

  252. mike

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:35 am

    #1 Great shot!!!! Looks like fun

  253. Bonnie

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:36 am

    #1 So cute!!!!

  254. AmyP

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:36 am

    #1 – LOVE it! And that cute little guy in the background itching for a shot at those candles is my adorable brother!!! Great job Keilah!

  255. Judith

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:38 am

    #5, I am in love with this shot. I have tried so many times to get this shot with my hubby, kids and dog, but never had the right lens. I do now!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  256. Michael

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:38 am

    #1 should win

  257. Stephanie Edwards

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:40 am

    #1 is my favorite – I love that she captured the little guy wanting to blow the candles. I also love the birthday girl’s “blowing” face – so typical for a 3-year-old. 🙂 Too cute!

  258. Lindsay

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:41 am

    #1 – I love it… so cute!!! 🙂

  259. Josh

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:13 am

    #2…oops, i forgot to say earlier that #2 has my vote.

  260. Vote for Keilah; win a digital camera for yourself! | Life In a Shoe

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:19 am

    […] any rate, Keilah has a great eye and superb timing, and she is one of 5 finalists in a contest on Me Ra's blog right now.  Her photo is #1 in the lineup and is clearly the best, but this contest could be just […]

  261. Debbie

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:20 am

    #2. I love this picture because often we don’t see everyday tasks as beautiful until something drastic happens. The simplicity of this photo gets me. Love the chalkboard, the light coming through the window and touching the baby. Great job!

  262. jen

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:23 am

    1 – such sweet concentration on both faces

  263. Melody

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:27 am

    #1. So sweet! And I love the intentness of both the kid’s faces. 🙂 Birthdays are a big thing for 3-year-olds!

  264. Chickadeeva

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I vote for KEILAH. I’ve seen some other photos she’s done – and they all have a haunting quality – they capture a moment and freeze it in such a way you can almost hear the sounds of the background image.

    She deserves the boost both to her courage and her talent! SHE IS THE stand out.

  265. Janet

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I vote #4. Maybe because the place I’m at in my life right now but I FEEL the emotion in that picture.

    Love it!

  266. PerryC

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:34 am

    #1 all the way!

  267. Ruthanne

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:44 am

    #1 — I love the close view of the children’s faces. You can see the whole picture at once, which makes it very rich.

  268. Kathryn

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:48 am

    2. I love the gorgeous coloring on this one.

  269. Ceci

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:51 am

    #5 love it!

  270. Erik

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:57 am

    #1 is my favorite for sure. 🙂

  271. Jennifer

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:01 am

    #1 is the best! I love both of their faces and the people in the background.

  272. Jare

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I vote for #1!

  273. Libby

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Whoa, all of those are really beautiful- such talent.

    But I must vote for #1 – the birthday wishers are so darling.

  274. Bekah

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I vote for #1–the concentration on the kids’ face is PRECIOUS! And I love how Keilah got down to the little kids eye-level…adds so much to the picture. 🙂


  275. Marilee

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:16 am


  276. Karen

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I vote for #1 I think she has a good eye for her subject and it captures something that we all know and love…

  277. Michelle Balog

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:22 am

    #1. Like you said, the background is perfect and frames the birthday girl beautifully. I also love the candles, how the flames are blown off to the side just like her hair wisps are. Its a beautiful picture.

  278. Ruth Ann

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:24 am


    I love the expressions, the setting, the black & white, the children! It’s an adorable shot of a 3 year old’s birthday party ~ a type of shot I would love to get at every birthday party I’m at!!! 🙂 happiness…

  279. Theresa

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:25 am

    #1 – Love it.

  280. LadySnow

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:28 am

    #1….it’s so precious!

  281. Karrie Z.

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:47 am

    #1. Love classic blowing out candles look and the little boy in the back ground! Priceless!

  282. Tracy Engstrom

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:48 am

    #1….has my vote. She is a very talented photographer.

  283. My Boaz's Ruth

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:49 am

    #1 I love the boy in the background trying to blow them out too!

  284. andrea J

    February 22nd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I love #1, although the others are really great also!

  285. Meghan

    February 22nd, 2010 at 10:15 am

    #1!!! I love pictures of kids birthday parties.

  286. Holly

    February 22nd, 2010 at 10:32 am

    #1 – so cute!

  287. Shanna

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:19 am

    #2 grabs my eye and my heart. The picture tells a story of isolation, if only momentary, as if the baby is looking around to ask the question, “Why am I alone and becuase I am alone am I still beautiful if there is no one here to appreciate me”?

  288. Kristin

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:31 am

    #1 – I like the look of wishful thinking as the little girl prepares to blow out her candles.

  289. Cheryl R.

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:35 am

    #5 I just think the picture captures the theme that was to be photographed. How much more comfort can be found but to fall asleep safely in the arms of someone who loves you, with your best friend beside?

  290. TreeHugginMomma

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I love #1. So cute!

  291. Cindee

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:43 am

    #1. I love the little boy in the background trying to get in on the action and those great 3-year-old cheeks blowing out her candle. Love it! I also like the faint color in the flames. Great pic!

  292. Elizabeth R.

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 am

    #2 I cannot get past this photo. No matter how much I look at the others, this is just too wonderful. It looks like the cover of a magazine.

  293. Nicole Handfield

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:51 am

    #1. I am sucked in to the emotion of the birthday party. Love it!

  294. Sarah

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:52 am

    #4 I just liked the joy and comfort of the family in this photo.

  295. Allison

    February 22nd, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    #5 – what a great shot! So caring. I’m sure she had to be quiet to not disturb anyone! I can hear the tip-toeing now!

  296. Lucy

    February 22nd, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    #2 It is lovely.

  297. lynn mccoy

    February 22nd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    i vote for # 1. I love it.


  298. Jennifer

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    this photo depicts comfort at it’s finest. there is so much to observe in this photo. It really draws you in.

  299. Sarah

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Number #1 is the best! 🙂 Great Job, Keilah!

  300. Anita

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    #1—it’s loverly!

  301. Miriam

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:07 pm


  302. jean villagio

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    #1 The kids are so cute. not a posed picture at all

  303. Jaye Jaye

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    #1 The grubby faces remind me of my own kids. And how perfect to get just a hint of flame, what timing!

  304. Cindy

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    #4 – what a perfect moment.

  305. Briana Brown

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    #1, for sure.

  306. Bethany

    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    #4! Such an amazing photo, the photographer captured such a precious moment.

  307. kimberly

    February 22nd, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    #1, I love the little boy’s classic face in the background. It always happens at birthday’s, but you rarely capture it just at the right time.

  308. Olivia T.

    February 22nd, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    #1. I love it, it brings back fond memories. 🙂

  309. Lulu

    February 22nd, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    # 1, it’s soooo cute Keilah!

  310. Karen Hunter

    February 22nd, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    #1…love the little guy in the back!

  311. Corrie

    February 22nd, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    #1, just love the reality of kids’ relationships and friendly “helping” at birthday parties!!

  312. mpp

    February 22nd, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    #5 – i love the peacefulness of the photo

  313. Marni Moore

    February 22nd, 2010 at 3:24 pm


    To capture multiple family interactions, all at different levels is awesome!

  314. Doug

    February 22nd, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    #1… Great Shot!

  315. Rebekah

    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Number ONE!!!!

  316. Rachel

    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    #3 — Just so sweet and innocent.

  317. Kristen

    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:28 pm


  318. Tanya

    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    It’s such a close call, but #5 is my favorite.

  319. Natalie

    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    #5. The composition and coloring is beautiful, and that child is precious!

  320. petersonclan

    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    #1 is wonderful.

  321. Marilee Messing

    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:59 pm


  322. Jen

    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:59 pm


  323. Matt

    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:59 pm


  324. Abby

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I vote for number 4

  325. Lese

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    #4 – tender moment never to be captured again..

  326. Lincoln

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I pick #4

  327. Jennifer

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    #4 is the BEST!!

  328. Jason Stewart

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    #4 –

  329. Cathy

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    #4 – This is priceless!

  330. Amy S.

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    #4 Because the look on Grandma’s face is priceless!

  331. Ashley

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:22 pm


    What a wonderful, beautiful day!

  332. Danielle

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    # 4, There is nothing more beautiful then the birth of a baby!

  333. Zoe M

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    #1….love the boy in the background who wants more than anything (i imagine) to blow out the candles & the color of the candle flames.

  334. april ausdenmoore

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    #1 is my vote. It is a darling picture. They all are great and did a good job.


  335. Cindi T

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    #4 takes my breath away!

  336. abigail

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Go #1!!

  337. Jonathan R

    February 22nd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    yeah I like the colors in #4

  338. Jenna R

    February 22nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Number 4! Beautiful moment, the grandma is just glowing.

  339. Leah S

    February 22nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    #1. 🙂

  340. Kelly Fox

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    #1 love the black and white. love the feeling of “being there”

  341. KB

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:11 pm


  342. Sarah in MO

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:18 pm


    I love the childhood innocence, excitement and joy in this picture! Sweet childhood days. Beautifully done!

  343. Lana

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:20 pm


  344. Rayne

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I love #4. You can almost feel the excitement in the room just by the expressions captured on their faces. It’s beautiful.

  345. shannon

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    #5. They are all so good, but I love the focus of the little guy on dad’s lap.

  346. Cathie

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    #1 – wonderful shot, makes you wish you were three again!

  347. Amy

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    #1 – It’s got the simplicity of concept to keep it from being crowded, but also the
    details keep you seeing something new and wonderful every time you look at it. Plus
    kids are just cute, especially at birthday parties!

  348. Jim

    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    #1 – I love the light of the candles in the center, and all eyes are on those candles. There’s such expectancy. The familiarity and simplicity of a child’s birthday party conjures memories of childhood and brings the viewer right into the scene. I love that the picture is in B&W. It allows the vitality, anticipation, and wonder of children be on stage … rather than any vivid colors of the scene.

  349. Karen

    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I love #3

  350. JenC

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    #1 – Anticipation. Determination. Excellent timing, just before the candles are blown out. You can tell what comes next, not b/c you know the candles will be blown out (obviously) but b/c you can just imagine the little girl’s wish! Love it all!

  351. megan vanderwal

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I vote #4! It takes me back to thay exact moment with all three of my boys’ births! Amy is soooo talented

  352. Nicholas Richard

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I love #4!! Gets my vote.

  353. RSong

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Vote for #4! Love Amy Schuff’s photo! Wonderful photo taken at the perfect time;not easy to do! Love her work! 🙂

  354. Erika

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    #4 – I have a new baby and this photo made my heart melt thinking about a similar moment in my life. Amazing.

  355. melissa

    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    #4 Amy’s photo is beautiful

  356. ula

    February 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    #4 i love this photo! well done Amy c:

  357. Renee

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    #4 – It holds so many emotions

  358. raeh raeh

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    #2 all the way…simple and oh so sweet.

  359. Analise

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Amy, you are amazing! Every singly picture you take I love. And this one is priceless. Love you!

  360. Sara

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    #4 I love all of the joy and emotions you can see in every person in this photo. What a happy day!

  361. Shawn Lockhart

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    #4 Is a great moment to capture. Perfect timing in getting everyone Smiling and so happy. Family memory that will be forever remembered.

  362. Wendy Lockhart

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    #4 The Picture reminds me of the time of my little babies. Oh the Joy! Great moment to preserve. It shows so much joy!

  363. Jojo

    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    #5 – i love the colors and the composition. (I think I may be a few minutes shy of midnight Monday the 22nd PST? I’m Tuesday almost 4pm Taiwan Standard Time, so I’m not sure – worth a shot, since I really like #5!).

  364. Carrie

    February 23rd, 2010 at 2:48 am

    #4 all the way. Nothing replaces that first moment of pure joy with a new little life.

  365. Marnie

    February 23rd, 2010 at 3:33 am

    #1 – I love how she captured her sister blowing out her candles, not easy to do.

  366. Megan

    February 23rd, 2010 at 4:32 am

    #4 has my vote. I am also a new Mommy. . .the love and excitement caught in this shot brought tears to my eyes and took me back to the moment we first met our daughters. Beautiful shot. . . what a great memory caught.

  367. Tracy

    February 23rd, 2010 at 6:18 am

    #1 birthday surprise. I love how the details are so clear behind her and add to the theme of the picture. The little boys cheeks are precious as is the birthday girl.

  368. Vera

    February 23rd, 2010 at 6:21 am


    so sweet in so many ways.

  369. Laura

    February 23rd, 2010 at 10:15 am

    #5 is so beautiful, it took my breath away.

  370. chelsea hudson

    February 23rd, 2010 at 11:30 am

    #2 – love it. what i love is the spilled food on the floor. as a mom, i can go through my days seeing only the messes, the extra work kids inevitably bring to the table. but when i stop and survey the messes, i need to see through the lens of THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. THIS IS PRECIOUS. these moments will be gone in a flash… and i will miss the beautiful moments AND the beautiful messes and messy kids.

  371. Elizabeth Hall

    February 23rd, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I vote for #4 – Grandbaby! One of the first and one of the best moments of being/becoming parents! Love it!

  372. Patti

    February 23rd, 2010 at 11:36 am

    #1 – don’t know why, I just love it, and that’s all!

  373. Anna

    February 23rd, 2010 at 11:39 am

    # 4 soooooo cute

  374. Kimberlyn Totten

    February 23rd, 2010 at 11:53 am

    #2 Everyday Beautiful…I just love this capture Ashley, it’s so fresh and pure. It inspires me to look around my life and see all the simple beauty all around me everyday. Great job everyone…every single picture has captured the story of such sweet and precious comfort!

  375. Jamie

    February 23rd, 2010 at 11:56 am

    #2. Precious. I love the combination of the large, shabby chic chalkboard & retro highchair… As Moms, we’ve all been present for this state of affairs, and usually we just see the mess our little one is making. I love that baby is looking down at the food he’s thrown on the floor.

  376. Eileen

    February 23rd, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    number 1. I love the puff of her cheeks, and the boy trying his hardest to encourage her by blowing from behind her.

  377. Jenn

    February 23rd, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    #3! Beautiful and I love that the background enhances the sweetness.

  378. Roberta

    February 23rd, 2010 at 5:15 pm


    I love the way she captured the birthday girl and the life of the party surrounding her. The little guys face is priceless too.
    Each of the pictures are precious with their own story.

  379. The Vote’s Back On! | Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

    February 23rd, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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  380. Beth

    February 23rd, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    #4 has my vote
    Oh, how in the world do I pick only one?!

  381. Sir John

    February 23rd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I vote for #1. The moment of capture was perfectly timed.

  382. lewsta

    February 23rd, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    #1 is the best one.. perfectly captured the MOMENT, and the commotion of all around the Birthday Girl is perfectly balanced with the primary focus on our Princess…..

  383. Wendi Solari

    February 23rd, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    This was a tough choice. All wonderful shots. I like number 5 because I feel like that little guy was zonked and literally fell over in place because of his position…and then to see the dog sleeping and dad too…I think they must’ve had a great day together! Besides, I can’t resist photos of sleeping babies. 🙂

  384. Angela

    February 23rd, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    They’re all great, but I DO love #3. So sweet and tender, reminds me of my daughter. The heart shapes with light pouring through. The stuffed animals and bare feet.

  385. Sydnee

    February 23rd, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    #4 All the way!

  386. mindy b.

    February 24th, 2010 at 5:56 am

    #5 I love the color and the simplicity of the image. If I could, I’d vote for all five – they’re all amazing in their own unique way!

  387. Susie

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:03 am

    #3 for the girls with sweethearts ! Go Summer!

  388. Ranette

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I vote for #3. It is such a sweet image of girlfriends, something we women could never do without.

  389. Suzanne

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:17 am

    #5. What a sweet photo. There’s nothing like a nap with dad and the dog. I love the background blur.

  390. Sherry

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:23 am

    #2 I loved the way the baby is sleeping in the high chair. It is nostalgic.

  391. Chandra

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I love #3!

  392. Terri

    February 24th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I vote for #1

  393. Alisha

    February 24th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    #3 Reminds me of the innocence of childhood. Something so many girls don’t have today!

  394. Jay

    February 24th, 2010 at 8:07 am

    #3 Reminds me of my daughters

  395. laurie hausler

    February 24th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    #5. That photo says so much – an afternoon nap, the comfort of family. Just love it.

  396. Ellie

    February 24th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    #3 Oh to be a child again!! Slow afternoons sharing all your secrets with your best friend.

  397. Kristin

    February 24th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I love #1! It reminds me of my little sister!

  398. Melissa Keyser

    February 24th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I vote for picture #4. The photograph really captures the feelings of amazment, joy and love when a new little baby is born into the world!

  399. Bryan

    February 24th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    #3 gets my vote! To capture the girls in a shared moment without their knowing is priceless!

  400. Kayla

    February 24th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    #3 because the girls are so sweet

  401. B.A.T.

    February 24th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    3 gets my vote, because the blonde reminds me of my little sister

  402. Brian

    February 24th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    #3 because it truly does spell out comfort. What is more comfortable than two little girls sharing their secrets?

  403. Melissa

    February 24th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    My vote is for #4. It took me right back to being a little girl.

  404. Michelle

    February 24th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    #3. the sweet innocence and diversity of this picture is timeless.

  405. Christine Barker

    February 24th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I am voting for #2. Beautifully done!

  406. Hannah Paige

    February 24th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    #1! It is a well captured image….great job, Keilah!

    ~Hannah Paige

  407. Gabrielle

    February 24th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I love #1!!! Thats my vote.

  408. Janice Hodge

    February 24th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I had 2 daughters and the sharing of secrets was a big thing in their relationship. This epitomises that friendship.

  409. Kristen Fergeson

    February 24th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    #4 for sure. What a great moment to capture!!

  410. Genie

    February 24th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    We’re hearing some are still having a problem, darn! It’s being worked on. Good thing I picked Sunday! It’ll be worked out soon, so check back! 🙂

  411. Laura beth

    February 24th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    #3. Time with girlfriends is always good…

  412. Hannah S. Chen

    February 24th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    #3 – it captures comfort and has a greatly purposeful background. Nice work.

  413. Jessica Hills

    February 24th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    #2 Everyday Beautiful

  414. Rachel W.

    February 24th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    #5! Super adorable kiddo who is clearly so safe and relaxed!

  415. Leslie

    February 24th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    #5- Security……

  416. Aimillia

    February 24th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    #1 Definitly

  417. Rebecca from Texas

    February 24th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    #1 You’ve just gotta love the intensity in those cheeks.

  418. Lauren Anne

    February 24th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    #1 🙂

  419. Jessica

    February 24th, 2010 at 2:11 pm


  420. Joanna

    February 24th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    #1 – So sweet!

  421. Kiah

    February 24th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I’m gonna vote for #1. It’s such an adorable shot!

  422. mc

    February 24th, 2010 at 2:45 pm


    They are all fantastic and so gorgeous. But the spirit and emotion is number one is evocative.

  423. Mrs Soup

    February 24th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    #1! It’s such a greatly timed and framed and processed photo!

  424. Abby

    February 24th, 2010 at 2:55 pm


  425. Erin Trammell

    February 24th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I choose #1. Maybe because I have a 3 year old little girl, I know the intensity that they hold. I love her dirty little face.

  426. Christine

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    #1. That moment is so precious.

  427. Rose

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    #1, it’s so adorable!!

  428. Iris H

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Love # 2. It’s truly comfortable and beautiful.

  429. marie

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    # 4… is more than a moment in time… tells a story……it makes you want to stay a while and look around.

  430. julie

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    #5. What a beautiful capture of the relationship between father and son…and dog!

  431. Jessia

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    #1 – A captured memory to cherish for life!

  432. Megan Carlton

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    #2. I love everything about this photo. So simple, but the word “beautiful” absolutely makes it. adorable!

  433. Janine

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    #3 This image just makes me smile : ) So sweet ~ it sends me to my happy place!

  434. Bethany

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    #4 – I love the look on Grandma’s face…so excited to meet the new little one!!

  435. Tessa

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    #1 – Definitely!

  436. Skye Hill

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    #4 – The entire story is something we can all relate to, whether we are the new mom, the grandma, the dad or the grandpa. Beautiful!

  437. Christy Barker Johnstone

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    #4 I’m voting for #4! Perfect timing! Grandma, Grandpa, Mommy and Daddy all sharing that special moment! Great Picture Amy!

  438. Shalom

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I vote for #3!!! 🙂

  439. Sue Christianson

    February 24th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I vote for #4! The first thing that got my attention in this image is everything going on in the background, even before I read what MeRa wrote! lol! I love looking at an image and seeing everything that is going on and how much you can capture in one shot. Awesome!!

  440. Debra Pember

    February 24th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I vote for # 3!!! What a great capture on film! A time of sweetness framed just right. Brings back precious memories. Great eye, Summer!

  441. Heafner

    February 24th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    #3 I love the innocence of this photograph

  442. Jason

    February 24th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    #3 this picture has a great set up. great capture of childhood

  443. Lydia

    February 24th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I pick #1. The little girl’s face is absolutely adorable and timeless, and it feels like you are right there with her. Great job Keilah!

  444. Sara

    February 24th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    My vote is for #4 by Amy Schuff. I love the story this pictures tells. You are pulled in & feel like you are there too! Good job Amy!!!

  445. Dan

    February 24th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I’m voting cause my wife told me too. I’m voting for #4. It is a good picture. Congrats to Amy! My wife likes your work. Good luck!

  446. Linda Turner

    February 24th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I vote for #5. This picture is adorable! I love how it zooms in on the little boys face.

  447. Ray

    February 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm


  448. Julie

    February 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    #4! 🙂 Love that the more you look at it, the more is happening.

  449. Melanie

    February 24th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    #3. I immediately feel comforted when I see these two little girls having fun in someone’s home. Well done!

  450. Janet

    February 24th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    #3 cuz it reminds me of my best friend growing up.

  451. Hannah

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm


    That is adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  452. Hannah

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    #1 – There’s something so cute about little kids. And the exsitement of there birthdays. I think Keilah really grabbed a hold of that.

  453. Elizabeth Morgan

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    #1 The intent look of the birthday girl and boy wanting desperately to help were great.

  454. Cady

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    #4 – Such a joyous moment captured so beautifully. I love the composition too – it feels like you are peeking into a room full of very happy people celebrating the new life!

  455. Rachel

    February 24th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    #1 – Such a great capture! I love the entire composition, and the editing, with the candle flames the only color. And the boy’s “help” is just priceless! Great job!

  456. Nikki

    February 24th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    #3 – so precious…this picture just makes me happy! Great job Miss Davis

  457. Rachel M.

    February 24th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    #1–Keilah Engstrom’s photo is precious and I absolutely love the little boy’s expression in the background. 🙂
    Great job, Keilah!

    ~Rachel M.~

  458. Lisa

    February 24th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I am so torn, but if I want to win that cute pink camera I guess I have to pick one…
    I am going to go with #5. It could not fit the contest description any better!

  459. Tambra

    February 24th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    #4 – The expression on grandma’s face is priceless but then to see dad headed for an embrace in the back ground is the icing on the cake excellent photo!

  460. roberta smith

    February 24th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    #5 is so sweet. It is such a comfort image to me to see a daddy and child together.

  461. Grace

    February 24th, 2010 at 9:51 pm


    Birthdays are sooooo special!

  462. Aimee

    February 24th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    #4 ~ I love this moment it’s like a great ending to a good movie! 🙂

  463. Sara

    February 24th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I adore #1, the composition is perfect!

  464. Kristen

    February 25th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Love them all but I’m going with #1. Keilah did a great job of capturing the intensity of the moment. The little one so completely focused on her job at hand and her friend behind her, equally enthralled- so much so that he is “helping” her out. Love it!

  465. Nicole M.

    February 25th, 2010 at 1:47 am

    #4 Grandbaby by Amy Schuff
    Maybe it’s because I’ve just been to the hospital to visit friend’s and their precious miracle, but this photo jumped out at me straight away. The Grandmother’s face is so heartwarming but wait there’s an even better story going on behind her. Love it!!

  466. MAUREEN

    February 25th, 2010 at 4:35 am

    I vote for #1…..they are all really great though….

  467. Hillary Shemin

    February 25th, 2010 at 5:13 am

    #4 Loved the layers to this image. The joy on the grandmother’s face and the expectancy of the hug with that proud grin on the Dad’s face is perfect! They were all wonderful, but this was really special!

  468. Eden-May

    February 25th, 2010 at 5:53 am

    #1 – I’m voting for the picture with the birthday girl. I just love the look on the boy’s face!

  469. Natalia D

    February 25th, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I’m voting for #1. Great moment captured. The little boy is precious and I love that you can still see the barely lit candles.

  470. Shelly

    February 25th, 2010 at 6:15 am

    #1, i just kept going back to this one as i love that little girls expression of urgency to get those candles blown out, like she can see or sense that little boy, maybe her little brother sneaking up behind her all ready to take her moment! The little girl on the other side is patiently waiting for cake gimme cake! yummy yummy cake! and who wouldn’t, with a beautiful comfort food homemade cake with yummy frosting as this one looks!
    Funny though cause the direction of the flame looks as though there might be a secondary blower coming from the right????

  471. danielle

    February 25th, 2010 at 7:20 am


    The awestruck look of the new grandmother, the giddy expressions of the men in the back… it perfectly captures how much that baby is loved in just the first few minutes of life.

  472. Rachel

    February 25th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    #1. Love the looks on the kids faces, especially the non-birthday boy 🙂

  473. shawna

    February 25th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    #4 – this is the kind of moment that makes our lives so wonderful. there’s always so much more going on than we realize, and it’s beautiful to see a moment like this paused forever.

  474. JW Schuff

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    #4 – I like the three generations shown and think the black & white format makes it unique.

  475. Melanee

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    #3 is the best!! Go Summer…

  476. Sally

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    #3 – Reminds me of my childhood best friend. :o) You captured their innocence perfectly! Great photo!

  477. Carla

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    #3 – girl talk, gotta love it.

  478. Hannah

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I love how it’s centered on the grandma, but you pick up on the new mama’s love for her little baby and how proud the new dad is, etc. Just a great family moment!

  479. Gabi

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Such an angel face!!!!

  480. Karen Wilhelm Buckley

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    #1 cause I always had to beat my little sister to my birthday candle flames.

  481. Lauren Becker

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    #4. love it!!!

  482. Jasmine

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    #1 Love it!

  483. Ginny

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    #1. I love it!

  484. Melissa

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    #4 the pure joy. Looking beyond grandma it’s the joy captured in daddy’s face! Priceless

  485. Heather

    February 25th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    #4. I don’t even know if it’s an artistic choice or just how emotional those new-baby moments are!

  486. Kerry

    February 25th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    #4 – The timing on that shot is amazing, it just contains so much joy!!

  487. Rebekah

    February 25th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Numer ONE! Great pic!

  488. Sara

    February 25th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    #5: Way too cute!

  489. Abbie

    February 25th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    #1- I love it because it captures beautifully the emotions and excitement of a little girl on her birthday! 🙂 SO precious! Good job! 🙂

  490. karen

    February 25th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    #4 it brings you right into the story making you feel as if you were in the room with them

  491. kay

    February 25th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    #3 i love this picture, it reminds me of my sister and i years many ago.

  492. Siobhan Kelly

    February 25th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    #5 – Beautiful picture…beautiful boy!

  493. Jessica West

    February 25th, 2010 at 4:11 pm


  494. Scott

    February 25th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    3 – I like how the light behind the sofa makes the hearts glow. A great image of peace, love and friendship.

  495. Jamie

    February 25th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    #4 This photograph beautifully captures one of the most joyous occassions a family will experience.The timing was perfect. I love the layering and the classic black and white look. You feel like you are there with them sharing in their happiness!

  496. Jennifer

    February 25th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    #4 – I just love the joy on the grandmother’s face and the excitement in the background over the beginning of a new generation.

    That picture just melts me and I love it. Particularly because I had a daughter just recently and it reminds me of that exciting and hearwarming time.

  497. Jessica

    February 25th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    #2 I love the simplicity of this image. The everyting looks old in the photo but the baby of course. I also love how the baby is not looking at the camera. I word “beautiful” is a perfect description. I want the chalkboard!

  498. Skye Hill

    February 25th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    #4 – The timing and position are a once in a lifetime chance. You couldn’t get this picture this perfect if you posed it that way.

  499. Glen

    February 25th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    #4 – What an awesome moment captured forever!

  500. Karen

    February 25th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    4 – Amazing!!!

  501. Janice Hedin

    February 25th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Voting for No. 1.

    Beautiful expressions on both children.

  502. Lisa B.

    February 25th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    #5- Very sweet photo that totally captures a moment between father and son.

  503. Rachael Tearle

    February 25th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I just love the joy in the grandmother’s face, and the father in the background. Just so amazing!

  504. Jemma Roberts

    February 25th, 2010 at 7:56 pm


  505. Christie Trinidad

    February 25th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    #3 but they are all good!

  506. Valarie

    February 25th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    What depth and not a set up shot. You really had to be on your toes to catch all those kids envolvment.

  507. Sonja D

    February 25th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I vote for #4, definitely 🙂

  508. Shanna

    February 25th, 2010 at 8:44 pm


  509. Chris Churchill

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    #4 A heartfelt moment is felt when looking at this photo. Good Job!

  510. Tiffany Gibbs

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    #4 What a great moment in life to capture!!

  511. kim treg...

    February 25th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    #4 wins my vote! captures the moment!

  512. Dayna

    February 26th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    All of these photos are great, but I am going with # 4 – I love how Amy captured the magic of this miraculoys moment!

  513. Jessica

    February 26th, 2010 at 2:58 am

    #5 is definitely a sweet sweet photo! Makes me want to take a nice nap too 😉

  514. Michelle

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:36 am


    I love how genuine it seems. It captures what that moment feels like.

  515. Rachel

    February 26th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    #5, so sweet!

  516. Makenna

    February 26th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    #1- I love how Keilah captured the exciting moment before the candles were blown out. I also love how the birthday girl is the focal point, yet how the surroundings are interesting and priceless as well! Great job!

  517. Loretta

    February 26th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I vote #5 Sleep is always good 🙂

  518. Arianna

    February 26th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    #4 It’s a Beautiful Photo

  519. Anthony

    February 26th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    What a moment to capture!

  520. Michelle

    February 26th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    #1—The anticipation in the little girl’s face and better yet is the puckered up, ready to offer assistance look in the little boy’s face in the background. Love it!

  521. Kristin M

    February 26th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    #4, the emotion she captured is heartwarming.

  522. Dan

    February 26th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    #5 Father and son momment, precious.

  523. Christina

    February 26th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    They’re all so beautiful!

    #1 is my favorite. Love the candles just about to be blown out, and the sweet little guy ready to help!

  524. Phillip

    February 26th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    #5 Hands down! The depth and the comlexity are there but it is made to look simple. An Awesome shot.

  525. CL

    February 26th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    #5 What an incredible photo! One glance for the sweetness, and a long look for the details.

  526. Marcus M

    February 26th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    No. 3 is my favorite… quite cute.

  527. Kyle

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    #3 all the way!

  528. Jessica Kettler

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    #3. Those girls are so precious. Summer really captured the love between best friends – and that is something every woman can relate to. It inspires me to encourage friendships and allow my own childrens friendships to blossom and grow. Because after all, friends and friendships are what makes life worth living. <3

  529. Debbie Marks kahn

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    #3–love the B & W reminiscent quality of the photo–very memorable and sweet! Helps bring back memories of when I was little and sat in bed with my sister and talked for hours!

  530. Mary Breen

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    #3 For Sure!

  531. Mary Grace K.

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    #3. These young girls remind me that you’re never to young or old to tell each other your deepest secrets. I love the black and white effect, so that you can keep your focus on the girls. The beauty of innocence is very evident here.

  532. Christina Brown

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    #3 HANDS DOWN!!!

  533. Tatiana Diaz

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    3 is my choice. That is amazing. It reminds me of my little sister and how much I miss her.

  534. Diane

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I love #2. It is the sweetest shot ever!

  535. Ruth

    February 26th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    #3 because I love the photo

  536. Freida

    February 26th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    #2 — I love the artistic feel of it. Fantastic image.

  537. Lettie Hoots

    February 26th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I pick #3 because I see best friends talking and laughing. And the hearts on the wall brings it all together! Love the picture!

  538. Katie

    February 26th, 2010 at 6:45 pm


  539. robin davis

    February 26th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    #3 little angels

  540. Shannon

    February 26th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    #4 – the joy that comes thru in this pic is awesome…i almost feel like i’m actually in the room with them

  541. Melody H

    February 26th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    #4! Definitely tells a story! Amazing.

  542. Jodi Cowl

    February 26th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    #5 – Peaceful. Content. A sleeping beauty.

  543. Heather

    February 27th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    #4 The joy, the joy, the joy…

  544. Sasha

    February 27th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    #1 I love it, Keilah! Great job!

  545. Joni

    February 27th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    #4. It makes me smile and get all teary. Great shot.

  546. MJ

    February 27th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    #4 – Timing is everything

  547. Cheri

    February 27th, 2010 at 12:44 pm


  548. kelly

    February 27th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    #4 – a beautiful moment!

  549. Karen Lewinski

    February 27th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Nothing compares to seeing the first breathes of life. Intimate times…

  550. Karen Lewinski

    February 27th, 2010 at 2:12 pm


  551. Chrisy

    February 27th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    #5 – so sweet!

  552. Johanna

    February 27th, 2010 at 3:29 pm


  553. Nicholas Richard

    February 27th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I vote #4! Love those moments in the hospital.

  554. Seraina

    February 28th, 2010 at 2:57 am


  555. Monica

    February 28th, 2010 at 6:19 am

    off to have a nap

  556. Jamie

    February 28th, 2010 at 6:25 am

    true comfort

  557. Javier

    February 28th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    #3. Nice picture.

  558. stephanie

    February 28th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    #5 Love the subtle influence of the background and the colors in the photo compliment one another perfectly.

  559. Darren

    February 28th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    #5, Sleeping with His Two Buds
    the mutual comfort between, dad, little fella and dog – perfect …

  560. andrea deel

    February 28th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    #3. Beautiful picture!! It brings back a lot of memories, and the hear cutouts are awesome!

  561. Svetlana Dunlap

    February 28th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I just love the little boy blowing with the birtday girls in the back. 🙂

  562. Holly

    February 28th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    For sure #2!!!

  563. Celeste

    February 28th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    #5 An absolutely beautiful angel sleeping.

  564. Jane

    February 28th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    #4 I love it.

  565. Matt P

    February 28th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    #4 ABSOLUTE JOY! Good job Amy.

  566. Mel

    February 28th, 2010 at 6:01 pm


  567. Melisa D

    February 28th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    #4 love it-Amy is so incredibly talented

  568. Geran

    February 28th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    #4!! It is the best. Totally tells a story.

  569. Tim

    February 28th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    #4!!! An amazing picture!

  570. Holly

    February 28th, 2010 at 6:07 pm


  571. Erika

    February 28th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    number 4! Love the daddy in the background.

  572. Irene

    February 28th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    #2 is awesome! I get the message and it IS beautiful 😉

  573. Judy

    February 28th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I like #2!

  574. Cyndy

    March 3rd, 2010 at 10:24 pm


    Hard to choose, though…they are all good!

  575. angelina

    March 4th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    #3 love it..reminds me of my best friend and how great friendship is.

  576. Heidi Hendrixson

    March 5th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    #2 I love it and I see what’s beautiful!

  577. Bree

    March 5th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    #5. Sleeping babes are just too sweet!

  578. Rhea Finch

    March 6th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    #1 Turning three! by Keilah Engstrom

    I loved how she captured the moment and yet led us into anticipating the joys that would come next. The un-store bought cake and the black and white effect make this picture have a retro mood. Those three children could have been at my birthday party 40 some years ago. Well done, Keilah, in capturing a timeless memory.

  579. Meghann

    March 6th, 2010 at 9:37 am


  580. Hope

    March 7th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    #1 is soooo cute.

  581. Laura

    March 7th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    #4 I LOVE it!

  582. Keilah Engstrom

    May 13th, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Hey! Did you guys ever announce a winner? =D

  583. Joost

    July 18th, 2011 at 4:36 am

    #5 Beautiful color, and intimacy!