stop lurking and vote

At Aunt Lori’s prodding, I’ve decided to enter my first photo contest. It’s for Parenting magazine, and she had the entry form all cut out and stuffed in her purse when she picked me up from the airport two weeks ago. I don’t think I’d been in the state of California for more than 20 minutes before she had it in my face, insisting I enter. Trust me, you don’t tell that woman no. So I’m entering.

I’d love your help deciding what to enter. The guidelines state they’re looking for “a mix of originality, charm, and technical proficiency.” I know there are lurkers out there who refuse to post comments, which is totally fine, but this time I need your help!

Here are my choices (I know you’ve seen these before)…








Can’t wait to hear what you guys have to say.

MeganAugust 15, 2006 - 1:30 pm

Ok, this is just too hard. They are all great pictures. In my opinion, I have to say that I like them in this order 7,5,3,1,2,6,4. I think 7 has the greatest chance of winning. Good luck!

awAugust 15, 2006 - 1:43 pm

Ditto to what Megan said. How do you expect us to choose? I guess if I absolutely have to choose one or two it would be the one of PB in her green knit hat or the black and white wearing vintage knit hat. Good Luck!! You’re sure to be a winner.

marian LarsonAugust 15, 2006 - 1:49 pm


I am one of those who never lives messages – though I am addicted to your blog – I think #3 is my favorite. But they are all beautiful!

Hope you guys are well.

MeghanAugust 15, 2006 - 2:08 pm

Here is my order of favorites, although if you asked me again they would probably change…I Love them all!!!


So what is the prize?

SamanthaAugust 15, 2006 - 2:28 pm

I think #3. What about the ones on the Santa Fe trail, though? Or the outside ones of Sarah on the chair? I thought those were really great, too.

AnonymousAugust 15, 2006 - 2:50 pm

Though they are all favorite are the last three. I agree with Samantha – I really liked the Santa Fe trail ones and the one of Sarah on the yellow chair outside. It’ll be hard to pick the “best one” …which is your favorite, Erin???

TriceAugust 15, 2006 - 3:13 pm

My favorite is # 5 but all the others are just as cute. I must agree with Colleen I liked the ones from the trail and the chair also. Good Luck.

AnonymousAugust 15, 2006 - 3:25 pm

I like them all but my favorite 3 are in this order: 6, 5, and 3. Daphne

aunt danaAugust 15, 2006 - 3:40 pm

I love them all but especially like number 3 and 5. Take care

loriAugust 15, 2006 - 5:41 pm

I’m with everyone elce, I love them all but this is the order I love them in…6,4,3,5,1,2,7

loriAugust 15, 2006 - 5:48 pm

I think you should enter them all!

AnonymousAugust 15, 2006 - 6:32 pm

I think not 3 because you can’t see her whole face. I agree about the chair and the trail pictures. Can you post those again numbered so we can vote including those? Sorry to be such a P. in the A., but I REALLY liked those others, too. Otherwise, I liked #2, the one of her laughing. And I liked #7.

~the original Susie

J.J. KillinsAugust 15, 2006 - 7:25 pm

i LOVE 2&4!!

A.K.August 15, 2006 - 7:54 pm

2 and 6

sheriAugust 15, 2006 - 8:33 pm

if i had to choose a picture the one that i would choose is number five.

PaulaAugust 15, 2006 - 9:19 pm

I’ll admit….I’m a “lurker”…but this time I gotta go for #4 !!!

lisavcAugust 16, 2006 - 12:56 am

4 and 7

Liz (Colleens Friend)August 16, 2006 - 4:19 am

5&7! I think… Its so hard they are all great pictures. I liked the bathtub shot where you can see her reflection in the chrome.

ROZAugust 16, 2006 - 6:32 am

Ummm… #2, #5, and #6
#5 being my absolute fave! It’s original, great color and proportion (all that tech stuff) and just so darn cute!
Best wishes! Can’t wait to pick up the issue with your photo in it! 😉

AmyAugust 16, 2006 - 7:59 am

I’ll officially log my vote here–I love #6. Maybe it’s because I see it everyday on your blog, but her eyes just captivate me and that sweet smile is impossible to resist! I also like 3 as an artistic shot, but not being able to see her entire face is a drawback. My third place vote would go to #2. They are all great, though, and I agree with the suggestion on those Santa Fe trail pictures!

JoyceAugust 16, 2006 - 8:07 am

Great…I’m glad you are venturing out with this project; as you never know what will happen!
I just love them all, but especially: 5,6, and 7.
Good luck and we love you all..

Judy D. SAugust 16, 2006 - 11:45 am

They are all lovely. I like #s 4, 6, and 1, in that order. Of course, that means none of them will win because I’m never in tune with popular taste. So now you know which ones to eliminate. 🙂
I’m going to have to check and make sure I mean “1”

Judy D. SAugust 16, 2006 - 11:47 am

Yes, I do mean “1”. I may even like it best because it’s quizzical and so like life is for many of us.

Judy D. S.

TashaAugust 16, 2006 - 11:48 am

OK, I’m a lurker. Check your blog daily…DAILY!! Found you through J.J’s blog. Anyway, since us lurkers were instructed to come out of hiding i’ll vote. So hard, took some time, but I’ve narrowed it down to three choices in this order…..6,7,3. Either of all the photos will surely win.

AnonymousAugust 16, 2006 - 12:02 pm

Based on the critieria, I’d say my top three would be 2, 3 (esp the light), and 6 (esp the crop), not necessarily in that order. I think your strengths are definitley lighting and cropping, so you should show them off. I am surprised that the yellow chair portrait isn’t included in the mix, though, it’s one of my favorites!

AnonymousAugust 16, 2006 - 12:07 pm

Okay, from my non-biased co-worker who doesn’t even like babies: 3, because the eyes are expressive w/out being “Gerber-like,” and 6, for the same basic reason. Good Luck!

AnonymousAugust 16, 2006 - 12:30 pm

okay, another non-biased coworker adds his comments: 7 b/c the expression is unique and he likes the color contrast, 3, then 5.

ColleenAugust 16, 2006 - 12:51 pm

I love them all, too, she’s such a gorgeous kid. My favorites are 6, 3, and 1. I can so see 6 on the cover. 😉 Also, that one of her looking into the bathtub fixture is adorable, too, and really unique. I know that’s not one of the choices… I guess you can’t enter more than once, can you?

Colleen DixonAugust 16, 2006 - 12:52 pm

And to amend that last comment, I’m the Colleen from Auburn…. 🙂

AnonymousAugust 16, 2006 - 2:26 pm

Ok, I’m definitely a lurker. I like 3 and 6 the most, but they are all great.

AmyAugust 16, 2006 - 5:29 pm

I polled Rich (since he hasn’t seen any of the pictures before) and he said “I’m probably not much of a judge of technical proficiency”, but he likes 4, 6, and 7 (in no particular order).

JeremiahAugust 16, 2006 - 7:24 pm

6… definitely 6.
I try to frequent your blog a couple times a week and sometimes find it hard to scroll past the header!


SusieAugust 16, 2006 - 9:27 pm

My vote is #4.

AnonymousAugust 17, 2006 - 8:40 am

Okay, I am finally putting in my opinion…I think 2,3,6,and 7 (might have to go look at them again.) That probably didn’t help much 4 out of 7 pictures. but I just love number 6, you can see the different coloring in Sarah’s eyes even with the black and white picture. I will have to have Mike look at them because he knows about lighting and all that photography stuff! Good Luck! Gina

AnonymousAugust 17, 2006 - 5:45 pm

I know that I am a day late with this comment, but my pick would be #6. #7 is a close second for originality and charm, but #6 shows Sarah’s beauty like none other. Good luck!!

SueAugust 18, 2006 - 4:31 pm

Can you place several entries? If so, why not send in several of your choice pix?!

GranddaddyAugust 19, 2006 - 2:02 pm

Though #5 is my personal favorite, I think #7 is the one that can’t miss winning the competition. Good luck!

rivahmommaAugust 23, 2006 - 4:39 am

Sorry I’m late to this discussion but we’ve been away. 7, 4 & 6 are my favs, in that order of course, but I love ’em all. With your talent, Erin, and the Pigbear as your subject, you are bound to be a winner!

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