Giveaway :: shannonblue photography

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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As we round the corner on January and reflect on our “Happy New Year, Happy New You” let’s take a moment to talk about art. Let’s talk about what it does, what it means.  Artists put themselves out there on a visceral, fundamental level because the reflection of the world through the eyes of another is worth something. It is worth witnessing. The participation between the artist and the public is at the very core of happiness, of joy. The connection between all human beings and the beauty we put out into the world is the very reason we here at the BSP love what we do. We are here because we are honored to share the beauty we find with you in order to share their art and, essentially, their happiness.

Shannon of shannonblue photography shoots the kind of pictures that frame dreams. From bold and bright statements of color to achingly poignant captures , these are the kind of photos that draw you in. You find yourself looking closer at each one, reading the mood of the light and the shadows. You catch glimpses of the way shannonblue photography sees the world and you find yourself opening your heart to something you hadn’t seen before. All of a sudden, your “Happy New Year, Happy New You” is underway and you find yourself looking forward, smiling.

shannonblue photography is giving away one 2012 desk calendar (base not included) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Tuesday, February 7th.
Is there a song/poem/painting/photo that always makes you smile? What is it?
Please begin checking the winners box on February 20, 2012 to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    I love the song by Herman’s Hermits “something tells me I’m into something good”

  2. 2
    katherine w says:

    Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson”- whenever it said “coo-coo-ca-choo” my dad used to go into full tickle attack mode and my sisters and I would just lose it, squealing and trying to escape his reach. I’ll always smile when I hear that song!

  3. 3
    Tina_R says:

    It’s a photo that I have of one of Antelope Canyon in Utah. There’s a shaft of sunlight beaming down onto what looks like an alter. The formation of the walls of the cave look almost like the chambers of a heart.

    Every time I look at it, I exhale, feel myself relax and sense that I am being filled with the Light of Love and end up with a peaceful smile on my face.

    This is similar but not quite like the described picture


  4. 4
    Barbara says:

    I have a photo that was taken of me rock climbing. It’s the only time I ever did climb but I love to look at it; me and a rock face high above everythiing else. It reminds me of my strength, my daring side and how I can do anything I set out to do.
    I remember crying on that rock face, feelig like I just couldn’t move or get myself up to the top but with the help of my friends coaching and my determination, I did. Now as I write this I realize that it’s also a great reminder of how friends help me, even and especially at the toughest time.
    I’m even smiling as I write think about it. 

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    Lindsay says:

    I live in Vancouver and without fail I always smile (or at least laugh at how untrue it is) when I hear the song “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. Sometimes if I am very, very  lucky the sun does come out (and then disappear again for another month of rain)!  

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    any pictures of my pets make me smile. they are all ridiculously cute!

  7. 7

    We were lucky to have the Top Dog Brass Band from Dresden, Germany visiting us last month. Their rendition of “You are the sunshine of my life” makes my three year old stomp his feet, hold my hands and request a dance. Forced to leave my computer, I play along, twirling, playing air-drums and pretending to be light as air. I can’t but be happy then. 


  8. 8
    Emma says:

    Yes! It’s “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba. It makes me so happy but not for the actual lyrics (“I get knocked down, but I get up again”) . My sweet mother is not so good at English and thought the singer sang “I got no job, and I hop up again” which to my unemployed ears was a fanastically positive and glorious misheard lyric. To make things better, my small Australian friend Ben sang the exact same line “I get knocked down – like an onion”. I don’t know how they grow onions in Australia but I’m sure they do not knock them into the ground. 🙂

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    Courtney says:

    A painting that always makes me smile is “The Artist’s Studio” by Gustave Courbet, because I saw the real painting in Paris. Seeing that painting brings back fond memories of being in the Musée d’Orsay and being able to see all the wonderful artwork in person.

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    Renee A. says:

    U2’s “It’s a beautiful day”…..really makes you realize just how great your days are…I think that if we are at least able to live another day,then it has to be a beautiful day since we are given more time with our loved ones.

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    Melinda K E says:

    I keep a quote by Charles R Swindoll in my wallet, and when I’m feeling down I take it out and smile. The quote was given to me by a coworker, and I always admired her positive outlook on life. It reads, “I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day to day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my success or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances or my position. Attitude is that single string that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitude is right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.”

  12. 12
    Meg T says:

    Last month I took a picture of my kids that just kills me. It’s my 3 year old daughter in the foreground screaming (picture mouth open, look of terror) and her big brother (5) in the back chasing her with fist in the air. Don’t worry, no one was hurt in the making of this photo : ) Just the typical sibling rivalry caught perfectly on film. It makes me smile because it is so very where we are right now. In the thick of sharing and learning and growing.

  13. 13
    Trish says:

    A picture of my brother and I having a water balloon fight many years ago…takes me back to those carefree summers as a child. A glance at that picture is always a quick pick-me-up.

  14. 14
    Elizabeth says:

    It’s totally “Rainbow Connection.”  I wasn’t a huge watched of the muppets as a child, but my brother sang it for a competition when he was in junior high.  It was the first song that really moved me.  Now I listen to it CONSTANTLY with my three year old!

  15. 15
    Christina P says:

    The Dirty Dancing soundtrack will get me smiling and get me excited and ready to make something happen!  It really hits all sorts of notes with me, and its definitely songs that never get old and I could keep listening to it on repeat all day long!

  16. 16
    Tabea Bruce says:

    As I sit here thinking of all the lovely things that make me smile, I can’t help but think of a poem I loved as a child. I even memorized it for a poetry reading contest in the third grade! I am very close with my father, and this brings up happy memories of me teaching him how to cook on Saturday mornings! I love my father, but that man can burn water!

    Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast

    Daddy fixed the breakfast.
    He made us each a waffle.
    It looked like gravel pudding.
    It tasted something awful.

    “Ha, ha,” he said, “I’ll try again.
    This time I’ll get it right.”
    But what I got was in between
    Bituminous and anthracite.

    “A little too well done? Oh well,
    I’ll have to start all over.”
    THAT time what landed on my plate
    Looked like a manhole cover.

    I tried to cut it with a fork:
    The fork gave off a spark.
    I tried a knife and twisted it
    Into a question mark.

    I tried it with a hack-saw.
    I tried it with a torch.
    It didn’t even make a dent.
    It didn’t even scorch.

    The next time Dad gets breakfast
    When Mommy’s sleeping late,
    I think I’ll skip the waffles,
    I’d sooner eat the plate!

    by John Ciardi

    🙂 See? You smiled, didn’t you?

  17. 17
    Alicia F. says:

    Of the thousands upon thousands of pictures of my 2 1/2 year service in the Peace Corps, there is one picture that always make me smile when thinking about my service. A friend came to visit me in at my site and we took a long walk around my village. At the highest hill, I turn around and look back at her and she snaps the photo. I look so content and peaceful. It reminds me of all the wonderful experiences and friends I made, and all the difficult and painful times just melt away in that photo.

  18. 18
    Doris says:

    When I see baby pictures of my children,it makes me smile because although they are still very young, it gives me hope that I made it so far, and I can make it now even when things get tough. It shows me how far I have come and I can really appreciate God’s grace on my life.

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    kim g says:

    it is a quote that was given to me at one of the hardest times in my life….
    “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure”… 

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    Jennifer says:

    Sweet Caroline, which is always played during the 8th inning at Red Sox home games, always makes me smile and think of summer days.

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