Archive for November, 2010

An Edit….

November 26, 2010

Ok so again and again I get asked to see a before and after photo. I normally like to just show the finished product because I love to get the “WOW” response from people. I will say though I heard this comment from a lady and it kind of threw me back. As we were at her shoot her comment went along these lines, ” well this is a nice chunk of cash for an hour of work, hey?” I at first was stunned, frustrated, livid and had a bunch of mean thoughts running through my head which I won’t go on to say what they were, but then I stopped and just stepped back a bit and had to remember she just wasn’t educated in this subject obviously. So my good friend and fellow photographer Meghan Maxwell had posted a few before and afters and as promised to her I would do the same. So here are a few of my before and afters to show that yes YOUR shoot is only an hour long. BUT… there are countless hours spent by a photogapher in front of their computer editing your images and making your picture perfect for your fabulous houses! This is not a rant I promise I just wanted to educate and show you all that although sometimes it seems that the work is just for an hour, it actually if calculated correctly can be up to 20 hours of work. (initial contact, scheduling, preparing, blog hoping for ideas, preparing gear, the actual shoot which is right you guessed it is 1-3 hours, then sorting photos, then editing, then preparing them for a blog/website, burning and getting your photos ready, and then processing orders) Like  I said before it can take up to 20 hours for one session no exaggeration. Anyways, like  I said this is by no means a rant I just wanted to let the uneducated know that it is not just an hour of work, there is a lot of time and talent that each photographer puts into their work!!!

Well my last blurb I love what I do behind the lens but I LOVE LOVE LOVE to work in photoshop and make your photos the VERY BEST they can be!  So here are a few of my before and afters!

ENJOY! (Like Meghan said its kinda scary putting your before pics up so if you love me you’ll leave a

Ok this little darling was only 3 months old and she was soo happy and fabulous to be around. Isn’t she just adorable! Enjoy your sneak peak!

Who doesn’t LOVE when your house smells of delicious baked apple pie?

And how about that sweet smell of Christmas cloves this time of year?

Well than this giveaway is for you!

Mandy Baker Photography is thrilled to be teaming up with Scentsy’s™ Amelia Quinton

for a fantastic giveaway!Amelia’s products are amazing! Personally I have been amazed with how divine the aromas smell, as well as how great it is for kids, and home safety. I was also blown away by the range of products Scentsy™ offers, everything from home warmers to car fresheners, and much more.

So here is what the prizes are for this little giveaway:

A THREE pack of your choice of Scentsy™ BARS and,

A FREE mini photo shoot (but get this) OF YOUR CHOICE!

  • The photo shoot will include ½ hr of shooting with 12 high resolution touched up pictures.

To get your name entered into this great giveaway, you can order from my catalogue party as follows:

Go to and on the left side of the screen there is a schedule entitled “My Open Parties” (right under Amelia’s photo). Simply scroll down the list until you come to the party called “Mandy B’s basket Party” and click on the “Buy from party” text. This will take you right to the product and purchasing page, where you can browse through all the amazing offers. If you are unsure about the actual smells, I have samples of all the aromas at my house so feel free to stop by and see what you like best. I also have catalogues at my house, if you prefer to not shop on the Internet. As you shop and make purchases, you will also be improving your chances at winning the giveaway, as the points system is as follows:

If you blog/facebook/tweet about this giveaway, you will receive 1 entry

If you spend $10 or less you will receive 2 entries

If you spend between $10 and $20 you will receive 3 entries

If you spend between $20 and $30 you will receive 4 entries

If you spend between $30 and $40 you will receive 5 entries

If you spend over $40 you will receive 6 entries!

I will announce the winner on Nov 28th, 2010

I am very excited about this giveaway, and the opportunity to work side by side with Scentsy™, specifically Amelia (trust me you’ll love her!).  So kick your Christmas shopping off this year by purchasing some wonderful gifts for yourself and others form Scentsy™, and then top it off with a photo shoot of your choice just in time for the holidays!  Remember to contact me through e-mail or facebook as you shop/talk about Scentsy™ so that I can enter you into the draw.

I look forward to pulling your winning name out of the draw, so go have fun shopping!!

And The Winner Is…

November 15, 2010

First off, I cannot get over the amazing response I received for this giveaway! WOW! Thank you so much for all your entries, all of your hard work, and most of all for your sweet comments. I love what I do and the best part of this job is the people I am able to meet, and friends I am able to make. Thank you so much, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Well, I could keep babbling and go on and on, but I won’t put you through that kind of agony. My original decision on picking the winners was to put all of your names in a computer randomizer, and simply have it generate 2 names for the giveaway. However, I realized that this way of doing it was not only boring, but could potentially lend itself to possible accusations of rigging! (Not that any of you would do that right!?!) I therefore decided to have Zack pick the names.  I mean who could get mad at his adorable face right?

So this is how we did it:

First we printed out all the names, cut them, folded them, and put them on the table. (over 200 names by the way)

Second we scooped them into a bag so we could mix them up.

Then we explained to Zack how this process needed to be done. We made sure he understood that he was only to pick ONE name at a time.

So here we go:


Congratulations Amy!


Congratulations Eliza

CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS! I am so excited to pamper, and have fun with you for a day! Please email me at so that we can work out the rest of the details.


In seeing such an amazing response to the giveaway, I decided to extend the winnings, and instead of just selecting 2 people, select an additional 2 people and offer an amazing discount.  SO the next two people that were drawn will receive 50% off a photoshoot if they desire to have one.


Congratulations to all our winners, and again a big thank-you to everyone who entered their names! I wish everyone could have won, however don’t despair if you weren’t picked this time around, because I am excited to announce that there will be another giveaway before CHRISTMAS!! And TRUST ME, you are NOT going to want to miss out on this one as IT WILL BE MY BIGGEST GIVEWAWY YET!

Thank you again!


Contest Update….

November 10, 2010

HEY all you mommas!!! I just wanted to say WOW… the response is UNREAL! Thank you thank you thank you! I just wanted to tell everyone we are picking TWO winners but the best part is there is a SURPRISE for the winners and another 2 surprises to share (on Saturday only though) SO KEEP POSTED! But the real reason I was posting is, I am so happy with the comments, so happy but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE you need to email me to be entered so I know what your name is and how many times to enter you! PLEASE DON’T FORGET THAT PART!!!!! Thank you!!


Calling ALL MOMs (Giveaway)

November 7, 2010

Ok so this is how this little giveaway is going to work. We are going to do points (erg, sort of) So everytime you do one of these things email me. I will put your name in the contest how many times you did it. So if you blogged, posted commented or followed me you get 4 entries. Make sense? So here are the entries

1. Post about this giveaway on your blog

2. Post about this giveaway on your facebook

3. Leave a comment below

4. Tell 2 friends about the giveaway

my email is or facebook me. Come on you pretty mommas. This is going to be SOO fun and what mom doesn’t deserve a break and to be pampered. Now the best part. YOU WILL BE RECEIVING your HAIR and MAKEUP done all paid for by me! Come on now little mommas, old mommas, all kinds of moms are welcome! If you are a friend, family, photographer, anyone (but you have to be a mom) ENTER! This will be one of the most fabulous shoots and honestly one of the most fun shoots I have ever done! You DESERVE IT. ENTER!!! SPread the word, tell all your friends… I will post the winner in one week, NEXT SUNDAY!!!! Get your entries in TODAY!!! What are you waiting for…. GO!!!!

WAIT I ALMOST FORGOT…. If there are 50 or more enteries (people) who play… I will pick TWO winners. Yeah you read the right TWO so get spreading the news….


If there are more than 100 comments below I also will be picking TWO winners…


Sooo, we all have ourselves some good friends in life its how it goes, but Im telling you, you don’t get better friends than this family. We have been through almost EVERYTHING together… some good times some bad, some happy some sad. I am talking EVERYTHING. This was the best shoot because it is so fun to play with your friends.. right??? plus look how stinken adorable each and every one of them are… thank you for always putting up with my crazy ideas and lame jokes to get your kids to smile… I love you boys… We Love you guys, we just think the world of you all and can’t wait for more fun memories to be made!


Ok as you grow up you always have one of your older brother or sisters friends that you are either in love with, absolutely hated when they came over or they had a friend that you absoluetly were in love with. This chick was just that. I remember once I must of just been 15 and one day she called and of course I thought she was looking for my brother or sister.. but no she was looking for me. She asked me to go to a show with her on a Friday night with another one of her friends. At 15 I think I could of passed out I was so excited. Then on the way home we stopped and had pita’s ( my first experience with a pita) and then on the way home they decided that it would be a good “experience” to teach me to drive a stick. What a cool girl she is. I have never forgot that night.  I love this girl. I couldn’t wait for her to come over. I wanted to be her! So now she is all growed up and married and look… she’s having a BABY!!!! I can’t wait to meet this bundle of joy and what a LUCKY little boy this baby is going to be. I can only imagine how adorable he is going to be. Thank you again for such a fun night. I truly wish you all the best of luck! Motherhood is absolutely an adventure but the best one you’ll ever take!