Monday, July 23, 2012

The O Family

Sometimes the weather in Oregon doesn't like to cooperate.  
Can you believe it?  
Fortunately last Saturday wasn't one of those days!

Click on the link below to see the rest of the images from this cute family's session.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

The winner of the Give-It-Away Giveaway is....

Before I announce the winner, I want to say thank you to all my wonderful clients that have made my job a true joy these last two years.  Because your families are all so unique and fun to work with, each session is just as new and exciting as my very first one!

Thank you, also, to everyone who participated in this year's giveaway.  It was so much fun reading all of your entries.  It blesses me when I see others taking the effort to bless others.
 The winner will get to choose between...

1.  A Mini Session
2.  $100 credit towards a photo session of their choice
3.  One-on-one mentoring session 

And, of course, in the spirit of the Give-It-Away Giveaway, the winner can "give away" their prize if so desired.  But no pressure, because if I was them (and I wasn't me (but someone else was)), I would totally want the prize for myself!  
(Maybe I should write this post when it is not so late and I haven't lost my filter?)

No, but sincerely...

I was so touched by every nominations I knew it would be hard to award just ONE prize, so I decided I would have to just give out more!  (That's one of the perks of working for yourself, you can do whatever you want!).  Everyone who was nominated and for all those who also nominated someone, everyone will be awarded a studio "Skinny Mini" OR $25 OFF a Mini Session Package (indoor or outdoor).  

If you have never heard of a "Skinny Mini" there's good reason for that because it's a term I made up myself and rarely use.  The world hasn't caught on yet! ;)  Or maybe it has, but I haven't caught on that it has caught on... hmmm... before I confuse myself, let's continue!

Skinny Mini's cannot be purchased on a regular basis, but they include a package of one family shot and one image per family member.  The details for Mini Sessions can be found at 

Congratulations everyone!  Email to claim your prize! :)

Now... on. to. the. winner....

There were 13 entries for the giveaway...


The numbers 1 through 13 were entered at

The generate button was pushed and #4 was selected...

#4 on the giveaway post corresponds to...


That could be good news for you, since your family session is coming up in just a few weeks!

Email me and let me know which prize you would like to claim.

Thanks again everyone.  
 I'm looking forward to hearing from ALL the winners! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012



Crystal Pettit Photography

It is exciting to see another year has gone by with Crystal Pettit Photography.  When thinking back on all the adventures-of-a-sessions I have gone on meeting new people and repeat clients, I count it a privilege to be a photographer.  It delights my heart to capture a moment in time that would otherwise simply cease to be.  

There is a great part of me, and I think everyone, that feeds off of creativity & beauty.  Looking back on the times I have been most inspired in life, and I can honestly say that they all have something to do with one, if not both, of those things.  Being a part of producing and then looking at a image is just one way to take in that inspiration.

What makes my job more meaningful is that it doesn't just affect me.  Firstly, it also affects the families I work with.  It is a wonderful joy to see my clients truly appreciating the final product.  However, I also love how my work can touch others even by viewing images of people they have never met.  We are getting on to something here, I think.  

What I am about to say could be argued by some, but I think that people are the greatest display of creativity and beauty in the world.  If you want to hear why I think that, ask me about it, and I can give you some reasons.  But that is not the purpose of this blog post.  It's not what you expected anyway.

You came here expecting a giveaway and that's what I'm going to give you.  Yes, we are celebrating two years at Crystal Pettit Photography.  Yes, I have loved the last two years.  And yes, I would love many more years continuing to grow this little business of mine.  But this give away is going to be a little different than asking you to "like" me and to "share" my page.  Don't get me wrong, I love when you do both of those things and they will be required for this giveaway to work the best.  But I am going to ask you for a little something more.

I want you to think about all the people you have known, and identify some of the ones that have most deeply touched your life.  Maybe it's been the most inspirational person you have ever known, or maybe it's someone who has a story that just breaks your heart and could really use a photo session to remember the good times.  In a minute I'm going to ask you to tell us about them.  

Last year Facebook worked the best for my giveaway, but I realize there are some people who don't do the whole facebook "thaaang".  I respect that completely and I don't want anyone to miss out on this opportunity.  So if you don't have a facebook account you can email me as well.  So on to the details...


 WHO:  I don't know!!!  
The winner will be selected by random.
It will be either you or someone you all nominate.
Share with everyone that you can and they'll love you for it!

WHAT:  I don't know!!!
The winner will pick from...
1.  A Family Mini Session with Crystal Pettit Photography
2.  $100 credit towards a session of their choice
3.  One-on-one mentoring session

WHEN:  That, I know!!!
The give away will begin
2:00 P.M. on Tuesday July 10th, 2012.
Your entries must be in by
11:59 P.M. on Wednesday July 18th, 2012.
The winner will be announced Thursday July 19th, 2012.

There are two modes of entry--facebook OR email.
Please do only one or other, but not both.
There are also two types of entries.
You can do #1 (for someone else)
OR both (for someone else & yourself).
But you cannot do #2 (for yourself)
without first doing #1(for someone else).
Does that make sense?
Read these sentences again until it does!

On Facebook

Enter For Someone Else
1.  Go to my page HERE 
2.  On the top of my page find the Give-it-Away Give Away post.
3.  Comment on that post about the people you have found the most inspiring and why, or perhaps someone who has hit some hard times and could really use a photo session.
(NOTE: Out of respect, please only use first names or initials, or make up a name for sensitive stories.)
Whoever you nominate will have the chance to win a photo session with Crystal Pettit Photography.

Enter For Yourself 
1.  After you have told us about someone else, share the Give-it-Away Give Away post on your own page.
2.  Go back to the Crystal Pettit Photography page and leave a comment that say "I shared this post."
(Which is short for, "I think all my friends are amazing and I'd really like any one of them to win a photo session!" :)
This will count as an entry for yourself.

If you don't have a facebook account...
By Email

Enter for Someone Else 
1.  Email and tell me about who you find inspirational or someone you would really like to see win a photo session and why.
(NOTE: Out of respect, please only use first names or initials, or make up a name for sensitive stories.)
Whoever you nominate will have the chance to win a photo session with Crystal Pettit Photography.

Enter for Yourself
1.  After you enter for someone else, copy/paste the following into an email to your friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, whoever you want to give the chance to also participate in this giveaway.   
"I just entered the Crystal Pettit Photography Give-It-Away Giveaway.
Go check it out for your chance to enter at"
 2. Be sure to include as a recipient when you email everyone else for it to count as an entry.

 What are you waiting for.... go get your entries in!
Let me know if I forgot something! :)