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A Breath of Fresh Air

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
A Breath of Fresh Air
A Breath of Fresh Air
© Eleanor Caputo
Canon EOS 10D Digi...
 
 
 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/16/2003
    This is fun, Eleanor! I love the expression on the little girl's face. Sweet shot!


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11/28/2005 6:54:00 AM

 
Sandy Landon
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So cute!!! Looks like she is having a blast!!


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11/28/2005 7:37:32 AM

 
Dale Ann Cubbage
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Adorable capture! Love the lighting and white background, it really lets her and the leaves shine!

da


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11/28/2005 8:30:05 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Thank you so much! She was a joy to photograph. Her brother was also much fun. She is only 3 years old and her brother is 6. Thanks again for your kind comments!!


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11/28/2005 9:01:46 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Great emotions well captured, Eleanor.


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11/28/2005 2:19:05 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Cute capture Eleanor. She's adorable. Love those curls.


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11/28/2005 7:56:02 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Eleanor, excellent action capture with a great expression.


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11/28/2005 10:19:21 PM

 
Joanne C. Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2005
 

It is such a delightful photo, Eleanor. How do you take the background out and add the flying leaves? I would love to do something like this.


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12/3/2005 4:47:39 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

 
Hi Joanne,
thank you for the compliment. Actually I don't remove or add anything. The style is called Hi-key. The trick is to photograph on a white background and light the bg lighter than the subject or at least equal to it. I use two Britek PS300 flash units with softboxes and a small hair light. I use the hair light to light the subject and the more powerful to light the bg. This will give you a clean non shadowed look. The leaves were not added, I had a pile of leaves and let the kids be kids and play in them. Since the lights are sinced to my camera they flash when I press the shutter and stop the action of her throwing them into the air. I really just lucked out that the leaves were in the right places. I only took one pic of her throwing them and the leaves just fell in good places. Hope that helps. I bought my bg and lights from an ebay seller that I trust, Steve Kaeser backgrounds. Great prices and fast delivery.
The background is not muslin it is what her calls white poly canvas.

These are my lights


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12/3/2005 6:50:20 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

 
Hi Joanne,
thank you for the compliment. Actually I don't remove or add anything. The style is called Hi-key. The trick is to photograph on a white background and light the bg lighter than the subject or at least equal to it. I use two Britek PS300 flash units with softboxes and a small hair light. I use the hair light to light the subject and the more powerful to light the bg. This will give you a clean non shadowed look. The leaves were not added, I had a pile of leaves and let the kids be kids and play in them. Since the lights are sinced to my camera they flash when I press the shutter and stop the action of her throwing them into the air. I really just lucked out that the leaves were in the right places. I only took one pic of her throwing them and the leaves just fell in good places. Hope that helps. I bought my bg and lights from an ebay seller that I trust, Steve Kaeser backgrounds. Great prices and fast delivery.
The background is not muslin it is what her calls white poly canvas.

These are my lights


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12/3/2005 6:51:48 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

 
Hi Joanne,
thank you for the compliment. Actually I don't remove or add anything. The style is called Hi-key. The trick is to photograph on a white background and light the bg lighter than the subject or at least equal to it. I use two Britek PS300 flash units with softboxes and a small hair light. I use the hair light to light the subject and the more powerful to light the bg. This will give you a clean non shadowed look. The leaves were not added, I had a pile of leaves and let the kids be kids and play in them. Since the lights are sinced to my camera they flash when I press the shutter and stop the action of her throwing them into the air. I really just lucked out that the leaves were in the right places. I only took one pic of her throwing them and the leaves just fell in good places. Hope that helps. I bought my bg and lights from an ebay seller that I trust, Steve Kaeser backgrounds. Great prices and fast delivery.
The background is not muslin it is what her calls white poly canvas.

These are my lights


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12/3/2005 6:53:56 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Hi Joanne,
thank you for the compliment. Actually I don't remove or add anything. The style is called Hi-key. The trick is to photograph on a white background and light the bg lighter than the subject or at least equal to it. I use two Britek PS300 flash units with softboxes and a small hair light. I use the hair light to light the subject and the more powerful to light the bg. This will give you a clean non shadowed look. The leaves were not added, I had a pile of leaves and let the kids be kids and play in them. Since the lights are sinced to my camera they flash when I press the shutter and stop the action of her throwing them into the air. I really just lucked out that the leaves were in the right places. I only took one pic of her throwing them and the leaves just fell in good places. Hope that helps. I bought my bg and lights from an ebay seller that I trust, Steve Kaeser backgrounds. Great prices and fast delivery.
The background is not muslin it is what her calls white poly canvas.

These are my lights


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12/3/2005 6:54:14 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Well I guess I don't know how to get a pic of the lights and canvas up sorry. Here is a link to his store

http://stores.ebay.com/STEVE-KAESER-BACKGROUNDS-SINCE-1989_Lights-Flash-Strobe_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQftidZ2QQtZkm


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12/3/2005 6:55:52 AM

 
Joanne C. Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2005
 

Eleanor, I can't thank you enough for all the information you gave me. It is so very helpful, plus knowing what kind of equipment is needed. I really enjoyed looking through your gallery, you are such a talented, accomplished photographer. Thanks again.


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12/3/2005 11:47:23 AM

 
bob cornelison
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2003
 

This is a winner! Great job!
~:O)


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12/5/2005 11:20:36 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

You're welcome Joanne and thank you very much Bob!!!


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12/5/2005 11:26:13 AM

 
Joanne C. Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2005
 

Congratulations Eleanor!!


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12/20/2005 3:31:50 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Well was there any doubt!!! This is such a superb image in every respect El!! Big Congrats on this most excellent finalist!!


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12/20/2005 5:37:49 AM

 
Kirsi Bertolini
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/8/2005
 

Great picture and great info! I really miss your critique.. Still at the cafe?


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12/20/2005 8:13:36 AM

 
Sandy Landon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/24/2005
 

Excellent!!! Congrats!!


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12/20/2005 8:20:34 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Thanks Joanne, Wendy and Kirsi! Yes I am still at the Cafe. Merry Christmas all!1


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12/20/2005 8:21:07 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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I remember this FANTASTIC winning image from the Cafe Eleanor. Congratulations on your finalist and best of luck in the next round!


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12/20/2005 8:23:32 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Thanks Jill! Congrats on all your finalists too. I saw them but didn't have time to leave a message on them all. Great work!!


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12/20/2005 9:23:07 AM

 
Katherine Kuhn
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Fantastic shot! Wonderful capture of the joy of a child truly being a child! Congratulations on making finalist & good luck on the next round!!


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12/20/2005 12:25:01 PM

 
Lori S. Aschbrenner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/30/2004
 

Congratulations, Eleanor! Great capture!


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12/21/2005 12:03:00 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your adorable photo.


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12/21/2005 4:32:27 PM

 
Jolynne Woodcock
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Congrats, good luck in the next round!


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12/22/2005 9:48:03 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your second place win.


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12/23/2005 4:48:08 AM

 
Tom Andersen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2004
 

Outstanding image, Eleanor! Congratulations on your much deserved win!


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12/23/2005 4:57:14 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Well thank you all very much. I am honored. I can't wait to tell her dad how much everyone loves his little girl. Thank you judges!!


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12/23/2005 6:07:21 AM

 
Michelle Ross
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Hey Ellie . . .I loved this image at the Cafe also and so glad to see it win here as well . . . it's truly awesome! Have a great Holiday!


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12/23/2005 6:53:44 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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WooHoo - WTG El, you KNOW I LOVE THIS!!! Big Congrats on your second place win!!!


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12/23/2005 7:41:24 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Very derserving of a win Eleanor! Big congrats!!


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12/23/2005 8:20:39 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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Way to go Eleanor! Congratulations on your win!! Loved it at the Cafe and love it here!!


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12/23/2005 8:50:27 AM

 
Joline Frazier
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/1/2004
 

Congratultions, Eleanor. This is an incredible portrait, and a joy to look at.


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12/24/2005 2:56:43 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Thank you again Michelle, Wendy, Claudia, Jill and Joline and everyone. Merry Christmas!!!


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12/24/2005 6:31:15 AM

 
Pat Gamwell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/14/2005
 

Don't know how I missed this the 1st time, but don't want to miss it again! This is PERFECTION in every way, Eleanor!! The joy shown on her face is priceless! WELL DESERVED win. Thank you for the equipment information. You are a master artist!


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12/25/2005 10:48:45 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Hi Pat that is very nice of you to say! This was a Christmas present for a client's wife. I got a call this morning saying how much she loved it and it made her cry. That, and the support from my fellow photographers makes what I do all the more special to me. My sincere thanks to you.


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12/25/2005 11:51:20 AM

 
Edwin S. Loyola
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congrats, really a winning shot!!! I love the expression and concept... merry christmas!!!


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12/26/2005 2:19:24 AM

 
bob cornelison
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I knew this was a winner!
Congrats!
~:O)


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12/29/2005 5:12:46 PM

 
Marcel J. Fernandez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/16/2005
 

Eleanor you are a winner every where you go. Congratulations on your delightful capture and for your win.


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1/4/2006 2:55:58 PM

 
Bill Merlavage
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/25/2005
 

Great shot Eleanor...you rock!!


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1/18/2006 9:29:59 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
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LOLOL Bill you're a crack up. Thanks! HI, by the way.!


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1/18/2006 9:36:04 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on your Second Place win, Eleanor!

Cathy :)


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1/20/2006 8:49:58 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Congratulations Eleanor. :o)


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1/21/2006 2:37:22 AM

 
The Judges at BetterPhoto.com
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Great sense of joy!


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1/21/2006 1:20:18 PM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Well this is quite a surprise. Thank you all very, very much! Thank you judges for choosing this as a finalist in the Joy theme. Her father is so excited.


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1/21/2006 2:04:00 PM

 
Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2004
 

Wonderful capture, Eleanor! Congratulations!


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1/21/2006 5:16:35 PM

 
Enrique Sallent  

Big congrats, Ellie!!!!


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1/22/2006 2:14:57 PM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Thanks a bunch Enrique!


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1/22/2006 3:02:55 PM

 
Marlon Ignacio
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I love the high key treatment and her exuberance. Congratulations, Eleanor, and good luck in the final judging!


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1/22/2006 5:56:09 PM

 
Kathy Shogren
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Wonderful capture Eleanor. Congrats on being a finalist and good luck!


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1/22/2006 8:06:54 PM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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WooHoo, WTG El. Congratulations on this awesome win!!


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1/24/2006 7:57:57 AM

 
Bill Merlavage
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Hey Eleanor, as I may have mentioned earlier, you rock! Congrats on your win. What a happy shot.


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1/24/2006 8:30:10 AM

 
bob cornelison
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This shot never gets old does it!
Congrats again!
~:O)


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1/24/2006 9:11:38 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Congratulations on your 2nd place. :o)


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1/24/2006 9:21:25 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
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Actually it does get old LOL. I mistakenly entered it in the wrong theme last month and before I realized it, it won finalist and then 2nd place. I entered it in the Joy theme because that was the one I meant it for in the first place, hoping it might win first place. Sorry to win again with it. I couldn't delete it or it would have wiped out the first win. Didn't really know what to do. :o) But thanks for all thenice comments!!


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1/24/2006 9:36:37 AM

 
Marlon Ignacio
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Congratulations, Ellie! Way to go! Second Place!! Don't apologize for winning!


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1/24/2006 10:25:39 AM

 
Kristi A. Howson
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Congratulations on your win Eleanor. Fantastic!


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1/24/2006 10:36:51 AM

 
Joline Frazier
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Congratulations on this wonderful shot. It deserves every win it has gotton.


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1/24/2006 2:39:07 PM

 
Jill Flynn
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Congratulations on your WIN Eleanor!


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1/24/2006 8:40:43 PM

 
Eleanor Caputo
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Thank you Jill, Joline, Kristi & Marlon. You are very kind. Thanks for always being so supportive at all the sites. :o))


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1/24/2006 8:55:27 PM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations on this fine winner Eleanor!


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1/25/2006 6:06:47 AM

 
KHAWLA Haddad
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Congratulations on your Wonderful winner!!!


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1/26/2006 12:43:05 PM

 
Jeff S. Tangen  

Fantastic shot Eleanor. Absolutely professional.


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2/23/2006 4:19:36 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful little girl and picture..love it all..well done!!


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9/21/2006 2:39:43 PM

 
Dave Sanders
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Priceless Eleanore. Just fabulous!


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9/24/2006 9:18:10 AM

 
Eleanor Caputo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2004
 

Thank you so much Dave and Shelly. How nice of you to stop in and make a comment. Her parents loved this shot and her grandparents recently ordered some copies.

Thanks again!


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9/24/2006 9:57:41 AM

 
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