Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Photo Mentor is Up and Running!

We have been busy, busy, busy writing articles, making videos, posting galleries and building MyPhotoMentor into the best instructional website out there for amateur and aspiring photographers! Thank you in advance for checking it out, telling us what you think and sharing it with others.

Are you an amateur or aspiring photographer? Do you love picking up your camera? Do you look at some of your images and secretly think, “Hey, that’s pretty good!” Would you like to learn more, but:

1. You feel overwhelmed by the technical jargon in many magazines and articles;
2. You wonder if you’re creative enough;
3. You worry about the cost of pursuing your photography passion.

What if there was a place where you could gather with people just like you? What if you could learn without feeling anxious about the technical aspects? What if you could pursue your passion in an affordable and fun way?

Welcome to

What do we offer?
Articles, Forums, Galleries, Critiques, Webinars, One-on-One Mentoring, and most importantly, OURSELVES!

I am doing this in partnership with the two most amazing photographers I know, my husband, R.Neil and Cherie Renae. We are all passionate about photography and passionate about helping other photographers succeed. To find out more about the other two members of the team, go to: and

Be a Charter Member of My Photo Mentor! We will be looking for you!

Warm regards,
P.S. Have you seen the movie?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Haugen's 2009 Children's Contest!!

Our children's contest has a whole new look and you're going to LOVE it!
The entry fee for the contest is $35 and goes in it's entirety to benefit children in the Mid-Willamette Valley. We support the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis and Operation Backpack which purchases school supplies for needy school children. You will receive a complimentary 5x7 portrait with your entry.

The sessions are 30 minutes with master photographer, Miriam Haugen, one of the Northwest's top children's photographers!

View a slideshow of entries from previous years.

Sign up and get the Top Five Secrets to Ensuring a Great Portait Session of Your Child absolutely free!

How does the contest work?
1. Schedule your portrait session before March 31
by calling the studio today - (503)838-5416 or 1-800-838-5416. This is when you pay the $35 entry fee.

2. We'll email you the Top Five Secrets to Ensuring a Great Portrait Session of Your Child.

3. Select a background and clothing to match. We don't have a set theme this year, but feel free to be as creative as you want with props and clothing.

4. Arrive at the studio a few minutes early for your session with clothing (and props?) in hand. Don't stress. You will have time to dress your children (or undress them) and fuss with their hair. Let us worry about everything else! Get directions from Corvallis or Salem.

5. Schedule a selection appointment for a week after the session. This is very important. Without this appointment, you will not be eligible for the contest. This is when you will select an image to be entered in the contest and the images you want for yourself.

Click here to view our special event pricing.

6. Voting. After you have decided on your entry, we will post the image here on our blog, along with some fun facts about your child (fav toy, food, activity). We will send you an email with the link and then it is time to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! Each unique comment left about your entry is counted as a vote. So, get your friends to comment, get your family to comment, get everyone you know to comment!! The portrait with the most unique comments will win the contest and a 24" Wall Portrait valued at over $700! Voting will end on April 10th, with the winner announced shortly after.

FAQ's about the Children's Contest:

Can I have all of my children in one portrait? Absolutely. This is not an individual beauty contest (all children are beautiful, aren't they?) so the more the merrier. We can even include parents, grandparents or cousins. You decide what YOU would like to have.

Is there any advantage to having the portrait session done early in the month? Yes, the first people photographed will have more time to collect votes (post comments.)

What if my child doesn't smile? Many times, the most interesting and compelling images do not have a smile. The face may not even show. Be open to the possibilities.

What if I need to reschedule? We ask for a minimum of three days notice for rescheduling sessions or selection appointments so that time can be made available to other people. If your child wakes up sick on the day of the session, we will allow you to reschedule. Your selection appointment must take place within two weeks of the portrait session in order to be eligible for the contest and the special contest pricing.

I have no idea what props to bring. Are they important? No. Often simple pictures are best and we do have props here at the studio. Bringing your own props will make your portraits unique and more personal. The kinds of things that work best are antique or vintage items, items that help tell a story, or things that have special meaning to your family like something that has been passed down in the family.

I don't want my child's photograph on the internet. Is that required? No. You can still participate by having your child's photograph made and making the donation to the Boys and Girls Club or Operation Backpack. You will not be eligilble to win the wall portrait unless the photograph can go on our blog (no names will be used without your permission.)

If you have any questions, please call us at (503)838-5416 or email us!