Archive for March, 2009

Lisa and Jesse go to Hot-lanta.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

But it isn’t really all that hot! However it’s warmer and nicer weather than in Minnesota!

Yesterday, we ventured to the neighborhood of Virginia Highland (armed with a recommendation from our hotel’s concierge). There was a small farmers-market style art fair that we happened upon. We love original artwork! There was even an artist (Julie Ross) who featured miniature art that reminded us of our friend William Hessian’s miniature works.

We strolled the neighborhood, admiring the bungalow style homes and eclectic style shoppes. It reminded us of Minneapolis’ Linden Hills neighborhood, but on a larger scale.

Best of all, it is spring here in Atlanta! I’m posting some photos of the beautiful blooming trees. The two last photos are in downtown Atlanta.








Winner of the Toddler Model Contest!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I’m pleased to announce the winner of the contest is……20 Month-Old Emma James! She wins a $100 gift card to Jesse Valley Photography!

Emma’s bright blue eyes and spunky personality made for a fun shoot. It was so cute when she used the term “fancy” for pretty things. She told her mom she had a fancy necklace. Her mom let her wear the fancy necklace for some beauty shots in front of the mirror. Emma got so excited and shook the necklace…..and OOPS! She broke it! After she broke the necklace, she tried to fix it! Through out the shoot, whenever she would do something mischievous she would make a surprised face and say Ooooo! (there are two photos below of this super cute face).

Apparently Emma’s FAVORITE book is “Handy Manny.” The second to last picture (with the HUGE smile) is when her mom brought the book over to read. She was overcome with joy and shook with anticipation over reading the book. With Emma, she truly wears her heart on her sleeve (or in this case, her stockings!)














Jesse vs Lisa: The Winner!!!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

First of all, we’d like to thank you for taking the time to vote on our contest! We enjoyed reading your rationales and have approved all the comments below if you are interested to see other people’s comments.

You may be wondering who took which photos….Lisa took all of the A’s and Jesse took all of the B’s.

The overall winner is: Jesse!

We are putting the photos for sale online, so click here if you are interested in purchasing one of the photos.

The final tally is as follows:
Round 1: Jesse received 33 votes. Lisa received 11 votes
Round 2: Jesse received 22 votes. Lisa received 22 votes
Round 3: Jesse received 26 votes. Lisa received 17 votes
Round 4: Jesse received 35 votes. Lisa received 10 votes

Jesse vs Lisa: A Shoot Out

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Always a little competitive, we decided to shoot it out and let you decide who is the better photographer. The Rules: For this competition, we purchased a stalk of stargazer lilies, with closed buds. We placed the lilies on our living room coffee table. The rules stated that once placed, neither photographer was allowed to touch, move or in any way disrupt the flowers, thus, creating a control subject for each of us to photograph. We each had our own time alone in the room to photograph the flowers every day from February 8 through the death of the plant on Febuary 20. Since it took so long for the flowers to die (and the fact that Lisa took 415 photos and Jesse took 287 photos) we decided to divy up the 12 days into Four Rounds to limit the number of photos you need to vote on. For your reference, we have uploaded a photo from Feb 8 (the day the contest started) and Feb 20 (the day the contest ended). Your task is to look at each photo in the posts below and vote in the comments section. A tie will not be allowed. One winner must prevail! The voting will close on Wednesday March 4 at midnight. On Thursday March 5, we will reveal the winner and tell you who took which photos.



Jesse vs Lisa: Round 1

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Use the comments area below to vote for your favorite photo from this round.


Jesse vs Lisa: Round 2

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

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Jesse vs Lisa: Round 3

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

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Jesse vs Lisa: Round 4

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

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