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The Coming of Age
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The Coming of Age
The Coming of Age
Oct 06 Not only does Nicole graduate this school year, she has now turned 18. Natural light, Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, Various effects applied in PS.
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Chastity Abbott
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    Beautiful in every way! I love the flowinf dress laying ever so gently on the ground, her arms resting nicely on the velvet chair, the lighting as it accents her soft skin...the look from those gorgeous eyes...and your effects you applied to the stone wall....beautiful and so creative!!! A touch of elegance~ love this!

10/31/2006 7:19:27 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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Wow, Carolyn! So incredibly beautiful and unique! Wonderful in every way.

10/31/2006 7:20:35 AM

 
Gary Lange
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Excellent work, Carolyn!

10/31/2006 7:41:49 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Outstanding work Carolyn! Jeff

10/31/2006 8:58:33 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Wonderful image, Carolyn!!

10/31/2006 3:12:58 PM

 
Carla Metzler
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Such a beautiful image, Carolyn! Wonderful work!!

10/31/2006 3:38:13 PM

 
Candy Avera
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Cari - You just continue to amaze and inspire me. This is nothing short of perfection.

10/31/2006 4:57:44 PM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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Oh My Cari...this is just amazing work...Your portrait creativity is above all else....I love everthing about this one...This is a real keeper...You better print this out before anything happens to it online...This is a SURE winner,

11/1/2006 4:08:25 AM

 
Pamela Shane
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Stunning portrait work Cari! She is beautiful - love the lighting & effects. I agree - this has to be a winner!!!! :)

11/3/2006 11:07:48 AM

 
Michael Khoury
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This is superb Cari !...
M

11/5/2006 2:10:04 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Thank you Chastity, Michael, Pam, Candy, Carla, Colette, Jeff, Gary and Margie. I appreciate the kind comments. (Sorry it took so long. I have had out of town guests)

11/9/2006 10:18:58 AM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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You forgot me.....LOL

11/9/2006 9:57:47 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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HA HA, I was ignoring you because you jinxed me with the "W" word!!! Thank you very much Ken. Do you feel better now? ;)

11/10/2006 5:11:42 AM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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HA HA...very very funny....it better be a winner....

11/10/2006 5:18:59 AM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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[Shhhhhhhh];)

11/10/2006 7:29:58 AM

 
Elizabeth Beaudoin
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This is absolutely beautiful Cari!!! I love everything about it!

11/13/2006 4:15:26 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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WOW!! GORGEOUS!! EXCELLENT!!! :0)

11/15/2006 6:27:48 AM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Thank you Datha and Elizabeth :)

11/15/2006 6:49:22 AM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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PLEASEEEEEEE resubmit this one....I know it is a winner still

12/29/2006 10:38:56 AM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Oh my gosh Ken, you are such a nag. LOL ;) I actually think I may rework this one a bit and resubmit it. Thanks for the nudge!

12/30/2006 8:37:47 AM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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So re work it already

1/7/2007 10:11:56 PM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
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HOLEY MOLEY...you have some SPLENDID images in your gallery! This is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! You have some GORGEOUS models...excellent lighting...photography skills...EVERYTHING is SUPERB!!! I'm in complete AWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1/8/2007 3:54:52 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Alisha, Thank you so much for your kind words.

1/8/2007 4:56:52 PM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

1/8/2007 5:04:27 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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For Pete's sake. If it will get you off my back I will resubmit this thing. ;)

1/8/2007 5:06:00 PM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

1/8/2007 5:08:03 PM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
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haha...I'm sooo LMAO right now!!!...hehe TOO FUNNY!!!!

1/8/2007 5:15:47 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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OK, I tried to work on this last night but it just isn't in me. I am not much of a do-over kind of person, so if it goes back in, it goes back in as is. LOL

1/9/2007 7:50:18 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Big congrats on your finalist Carolyn :O)

2/24/2007 12:50:06 PM

 
Crystal L. Craig
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Absolutely beautiful portrait work Carolyn! A turning point to be treasured for always. And a huge congrats for making finalist!

2/24/2007 1:31:02 PM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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I knew it...I knew it....WTG Cari..I am thrilled it finally got noticed

2/24/2007 3:09:17 PM

 
Denise M. Snyder
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One of my personal favs Cari!!!! Sooooo happy to see it again! Yeah!!!!

2/24/2007 5:17:50 PM

 

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Big congrats to you on this beauty!

2/24/2007 5:43:52 PM

 
Michael S. Swaffar
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An amazing work of art, Carolyn. I love everything about it! Deserves Gold.
Best of Luck to ya.

2/24/2007 10:07:43 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Carolyn, this is just magnificent!! Congratulations on this super-outstanding finalist and best of luck in the second round!

2/25/2007 8:47:53 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on another beautiful finalist, Carolyn! :)

2/25/2007 11:01:45 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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CONGRATULATIONS Carolyn!!!! Love this WTG :0)

2/25/2007 10:35:00 PM

 
LENA U. FRIEDMAN
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Just absolutely stunning and one of my favs from you! I don't know how you do it but I love your work! CONGRATS TO YOU!!!!!and good luck on the next round!

2/26/2007 1:01:34 AM

 
JOHN V. ROSCICH
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VERY COOL IMAGE CAROLYN
CONGRATS
JOHN

2/26/2007 1:00:03 PM

 
Michael S. Swaffar
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Huge Congrats Carolyn! I knew this was GOLD!

2/27/2007 12:34:17 PM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Love your work. Congratulations!

2/27/2007 12:34:38 PM

 

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So glad to see this in the winners circle!
Big time congrats to you!!

2/27/2007 12:36:58 PM

 
Carla Metzler
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Congratulations on this beautiful winner, Carolyn!

2/27/2007 12:46:57 PM

 
Teresa Norris
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SO wonderful! Congratulations on a beautiful winner!

2/27/2007 12:56:37 PM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Congratulations Carolyn!!!

2/27/2007 1:02:36 PM

 
Dr Silly
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Congratulations on your win for this super image. :O)

2/27/2007 1:03:27 PM

 
Chastity Abbott
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Look at you go!!!!!! So happy for you girl!!!! :) Huge congrats!!!

2/27/2007 1:30:07 PM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Congratulations, Carolyn, on this superb image.

2/27/2007 1:50:22 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Congratulations, Carolyn on this stunning first place winner!!!

2/27/2007 1:53:16 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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Such a beautiful first place win, Carolyn. Congratulations to you!

2/27/2007 2:02:54 PM

 
Lavone Vannoy
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YAY-YAY-YAY *Cari*!!!!! I am BEAMING with happiness for you girlfriend!!! Whoo-Hoo-BIG-TIME!!!!!!! :)

2/27/2007 2:07:30 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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One of my all time favorites Carolyn, and so deserving of the Gold! Congratulations on your sensational First Place Winner!

2/27/2007 2:31:40 PM

 
JOHN V. ROSCICH
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WTG
CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN
JOHN

2/27/2007 2:37:23 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Beautiful, subtle work... Congratulations on your First Place!

2/27/2007 3:20:37 PM

 
Megan p
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GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS!! YAY!! wonderful Congratulations Cari!! I LOVE this series!

2/27/2007 3:23:21 PM

 
Denise M. Snyder
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CARI!!!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! I'm doing my happy dance - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! You AND Nicole deserve big congrats on this winner!!! Wooo hooo!!!

2/27/2007 3:36:41 PM

 
Mick Burkey
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Beautiful !! Congrats on the win. Superb job on this image, Carlolyn.

2/27/2007 3:47:18 PM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Carolyn on this Wonderful 1st Place Win!! Very nice work!! Jeff

2/27/2007 4:16:43 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Thank you so very much everyone for the kind words. This couldn't have come at a better time. Thank you so much for your support.

2/27/2007 4:24:16 PM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Congratulations on this awesome winner!

2/27/2007 4:45:51 PM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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Hip Hip HORRAY!!!!!!!! I am so so happy for you Cari.....I know what this means to you....I could not be happier for you

2/27/2007 4:52:41 PM

 
LENA U. FRIEDMAN
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I am soooooo tickled PINK for you!!!!!A beautiful winner and soooo well deserved!!!

2/27/2007 4:52:50 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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This is amazing, great work!! A big congratulations on your win!!

2/27/2007 5:12:07 PM

 
Sharon K. King
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Beautiful winning image, Congratulations Carolyn!

2/27/2007 6:06:57 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Carolyn on your win...Dominick

2/27/2007 6:32:07 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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CONGRATULATIONS Carolyn on this Gorgeous WINNER!!!! :0)

2/27/2007 7:41:03 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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What a stunning portrait, Carolyn! Congratulations on a well deserved 1st place win!

2/27/2007 7:54:41 PM

 
Nawfal J. Nur
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Beautiful portrait, very soft, like the look. Congratulations!

2/28/2007 2:49:00 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your first place winner:)

2/28/2007 4:14:15 AM

 
Hayley  J. Hamlin
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Huge Congrats on this 1st place winner....and sorry I missed it for finalist. Such a Gorgeous image!!

2/28/2007 4:59:42 AM

 
Petra Roth
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Huge congratulations on this gorgeous winner Cari!!! I'm so happy for you :)

2/28/2007 6:07:50 AM

 
RC  Fritz
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GORGEOUS! Congratulations. Fantastic WINNER!

2/28/2007 8:21:07 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this super winner, Carolyn! :)

2/28/2007 8:23:34 AM

 
Cyn D Valentine
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Congratulations Carolyn..beautiful image!!

2/28/2007 8:26:57 AM

 
Elizabeth Beaudoin
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Congratulations Carolyn! Absolutely gorgeous and so well deserved! :O)

2/28/2007 8:30:06 AM

 
Christy Nichols
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Congrats on your win, Carolyn!! This is beautiful!

2/28/2007 10:27:38 AM

 
Julie Monacella
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Cari, this is beautiful! Congrats on your win!!!

2/28/2007 12:48:59 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Carolyn, congratulations on your First Place Win!

2/28/2007 3:08:37 PM

 
Crystal L. Craig
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Congrats Carolyn! Well done :)

2/28/2007 6:09:48 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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A beautiful work of art...and a well deserved win!!! Congrats, Cari!

2/28/2007 8:10:25 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Very beautiful!! Big congratulations on your most deserving win, Carolyn!

2/28/2007 10:33:30 PM

 
randy dannheim
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Congratulations on your wonderful win! Carolyn

3/1/2007 3:09:20 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Thank you everyone, for all your kind words.

3/1/2007 4:25:25 PM

 
Bruce R. Jolley
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Carolyn, congratulations on your First Place Win!

3/1/2007 7:46:04 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Beautiful work and win, Congratulations!

3/3/2007 9:26:36 PM

 
annamarie ferguson

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This is truly stunning and inspiring!!!!!

3/4/2007 5:32:26 AM

 
Patricia (Pat) C. Exum
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Carolyn,

This is such a beautiful image! Congratulations on your fist place!

Pat

3/5/2007 8:45:14 PM

 
Helen N. McHugh
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Wow! Such a beautiful image,Carolyn! Congratulations on your well deserved win!!

3/6/2007 2:48:31 AM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Thank you all so much for the congrats. I really appreciate it!

3/6/2007 4:42:31 AM

 
Sherrye Nozaki
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I just can't get over how beautiful this is, not to mention so creative. It's like it's in another era. Just an absolutely incredible piece of fine art.

Sherrye

3/11/2007 1:50:23 PM

 
Patrick R. McMullen
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A beautiful shot! Love the softness and the model is really beautiful. Has alot of interest in the entire photo.
Pat

3/15/2007 5:40:38 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Thank you Sherrye &Patrick.

3/16/2007 4:14:56 AM

 
Ross Throndson
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Belated Congratulations, Carolyn....Incredible Image...Congratulations on this Beautiful 1st Place Winner!!!

3/17/2007 2:51:39 AM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Thank you Ross.

3/17/2007 6:59:24 AM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Ken, I haven't publicly thanked you for this win. Without your encouragement and...ummm NAGGING I probably would not have resubmitted this photo. Thank you very much for believing in me and being the nudge I needed!

3/17/2007 7:02:19 AM

 
D. Wesley Davis
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Absolute Art!!

3/19/2007 4:01:09 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Thank you Wesley.

3/19/2007 4:29:11 PM

 
Allison Gaulin
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You amaze me, Cari!!!

9/16/2007 4:11:34 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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And you Allison, amaze me! Thank you!:)

9/17/2007 6:13:47 AM

 
Candace T. Shelton

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All of your photos are so magical! I love love love this one. It really is one of the best pictures I have ever seen!

9/25/2007 3:06:23 PM

 
paola A. Jofre
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Congratulations Carolyn !! this is such a beautiful image !! WOW!!

10/15/2007 4:25:19 PM

 
Flavio Carnevale
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Congratulations. Great image.
Flavio

2/5/2008 3:55:26 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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FANTASTIC image +++++

4/4/2008 10:07:34 AM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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Stunning image! Beautifully composed and accomplished! A well deserved winner!

5/27/2008 8:27:12 AM

 
Sara Dunn
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This is Wonderful!

7/25/2008 6:33:53 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful......Just stunning!

11/19/2008 7:38:55 AM

 
Susana Heide
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WOW!!! I think Chastity summarized it so well in the first comment! I agree and want to congratulate you on your WIN, Carolyn!!! It is a REMARKABLY OUTSTANDING portrait! A treasure for Nicole!

2/8/2009 11:41:07 AM

 
Krystal Ann Shea
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You deserved First place! Congrats!

7/28/2010 8:26:30 AM

 
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