Love's Gift

Laurence Saliba level-classic 12/14/2007 9:52:42 PM

Stefania this is SPECTACULAR!!! You have really outdone yourself now. This photo shows so much love and you have captured it so beautifully. This deserves a big yellow badge!!! WINNER!!!! I congratulate you from today!!! #808253

Amy JACKSON level-classic 12/14/2007 10:09:36 PM

I agree! Both of these are really fantastic! Wonderful work, Stefania! :) #5209061

Arnie Horwitz level-classic 12/14/2007 10:45:29 PM

Great composition and lighting, Stefania! #5209112

Teresa A. Burnett level-classic 12/14/2007 10:45:46 PM

I agree totally with Laurence!! This is so precious and so beautiful!!! WINNER!!!! #5209113

Evy Johansen level-classic 12/14/2007 11:14:26 PM

Love this one too, Stefania!! Adorable! #5209147

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 12/14/2007 11:42:40 PM

Great portrait - both subjects are beautiful and exquisitely captured, Stefania!! #5209187

Lynne Morris 12/14/2007 11:59:29 PM

Wow Stefania, this is absoloutely stunning, such a precious capture and I hope we see it again! #5209199

Mike D. Perez level-classic 12/15/2007 12:16:40 AM

Yesterday's image was great but I like this composition even better, Stefania! Great clarity. Destined for GOLD! #5209228

Barbara Waldoch level-classic 12/15/2007 12:28:18 AM

Simply perfect capture, Stefania! #5209249

Ray Clarke 12/15/2007 1:38:07 AM

Beautiful Stefania, you can see the love in the face of the mum, and what an absolutely adorable baby #5209315

Aimee S. McMaster 12/15/2007 3:46:27 AM

...another delight Stefania...Aimee #5209401

Margaret R. Barry 12/15/2007 4:22:42 AM

Fantasic, Stefania. I agree with all the above comments. Hope to see this again! #5209432

Kathy Reeves level-classic 12/15/2007 4:24:25 AM

Wow!! A winnner!!! #5209434

Joy Rector level-classic 12/15/2007 4:26:04 AM

beautiful #5209439

Cindy Harter 12/15/2007 4:34:14 AM

This is a great portrait.. The baby is sooooo tiny and beautiful. Great light and close comp! #5209456

Bonnie C. Lackey 12/15/2007 4:44:22 AM

Simply gorgeous! The framing of the baby by the mother's hair is wonderful and your exposure is exquisite. #5209480

Stephen Zacker 12/15/2007 5:51:56 AM

Like the tight cropping and moment. Just wonderful #5209651

Carol Sawyer 12/15/2007 6:14:59 AM

Another beautiful portrait, great lighting and composition, Stefania! #5209716

Nadya Johnson 12/15/2007 6:45:17 AM

Stef, this is nothing short of EXQUISITE! What a gorgeous, endearing portrait. Outstanding work!! #5209807

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 12/15/2007 6:45:21 AM

WOW WOW WOW...this is exceptional. We don't see many like did a super job Stefani! #5209808

Melissa G. Meiselman 12/15/2007 6:56:51 AM

Incredibly beautiful shot of this mother and child with fine skin tones, great detail and terrific lighting, Stefania!! Outstanding job on this!! #5209855

Joseph N. DiGilio 12/15/2007 7:49:16 AM

MAGNIFIQUE! Even more joyful than the image you posted yesterday, Stefania.
I feel the emotion you have captured in this image. KUDOS #5210011

Nadine A. Lewis level-classic 12/15/2007 8:28:03 AM

This is such a GORGEOUS and PRICELESS image, Stefania!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it!! <>< #5210070

Sandra Freyler 12/15/2007 8:29:10 AM

Beautiful capture! #5210071

Anita Hogue 12/15/2007 8:45:49 AM

Absolutely FABULOUS!!!! #5210141

"emmanuel ""nolax""" N. Montemar 12/15/2007 9:20:28 AM

wow! stefania, this is incredible capture the moment image you have here! it has all aspects in becoming a winner, esp the comp and the picture quality! WTG my friend! #5210240

cheryl m. phillips 12/15/2007 9:41:59 AM

Oh, I really liked yesterday's entry and then I saw this one!
Sooooo sweet!
Great work, she must have LOVED these!
~cheryl #5210296

Kristi A. Howson 12/15/2007 10:09:00 AM

What a special moment that you've captured...Love the of love here Stefania! #5210369

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 12/15/2007 10:18:47 AM

Excellent framing. A great beautiful image!! #5210397

Angela Azzinnaro 12/15/2007 10:35:23 AM

OUTSTANDING capture Stef!!!!! BEAUTIFULLY done!!!!! Such a SPECIAL moment captured!!!! #5210441

Heather L. Haderly 12/15/2007 12:02:24 PM

Fantastic Stefania!!! I like this one even better and that's really saying something! #5210655

John Connolly 12/15/2007 12:52:25 PM

Marvelous skin tones and delightul lighting Stefania! I am really enjoying this series! #5210821

Sandra R. Alvey 12/15/2007 1:20:55 PM

WINNER!! Awesome capture Stefania!! This is such an emotional capture! #5210898

Eugenio Diaz 12/15/2007 2:04:29 PM

Brilliant shot! The very fine details are breathtakingly beautiful!!
Great Portrait. Perfectly timed and absolutely stunning.
Eugenio #5211011

Sam Britt 12/15/2007 3:21:16 PM

Very sweet portrait, Stefania. #5211244

Cassie L. Woodlee 12/15/2007 3:26:09 PM

OH my this is absolutey precious, outstanding lighting, comp and tones, Stefania!!!!!! #5211261

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 12/15/2007 3:53:00 PM

I challenge ANYONE to look at this beautiful image and Not have a tear come to their eye
Stef You have captured Unequivicable Love and Devotion #5211326

Paul E. Earl 12/15/2007 4:24:54 PM

You have captured a beautiful moment here! This is simply beautiful! Priceless in fact! #5211393

Joerg Schlagheck 12/15/2007 5:11:14 PM

This is the absolutely best baby picture I've ever seen, Stefania! It is so beautiful and captivating! #5211479

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 12/15/2007 6:21:08 PM

So sweet and tender Stefania! Wonderful moment! #5211588

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 12/15/2007 7:07:47 PM

Ouch!!! WOW!!! SPEECHLESS!!! Incredible in every way!!! WILL see this again, Stefania!!! WOW & many more WOWs.

Jennifer L. Alder 12/15/2007 7:58:22 PM

Awww--- look at that little face!
Beautiful moment captured, Stef! :) #5211771

Nancy L. Green level-classic 12/15/2007 9:02:41 PM

This is fantastic Stefania, a WINNER for sure!! <>< #5212012

Stefania Barbier level-classic 12/16/2007 12:37:29 AM

:-) thank you sooooooooo much everyone for your comments... She is one of my best friends and had a slightly premature child... as soon as she told me I ran to the hospital and I was amazed at the way she looked at him 100% of the time... the look of love. Thank you again! #5212505

Peggy J. Maguire level-classic 12/16/2007 3:25:39 AM

Gorgeous!!!! #5212647

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 12/16/2007 3:40:21 AM

How did you manage this hospital shot with such great lighting? Looks like a studio setting.
Your friend must be thrilled with these images!!!
Well done, stefania!
--Lisa #5212673

Dr. Harmeet Singh level-classic 12/16/2007 5:31:49 AM

Wonderful capture .Sweet infant and lucky mom.. #5212952

Brandi-Lee Cester level-classic 12/16/2007 6:07:54 AM

What a beautiful photo full of love, stunning! #5213093

Lorraine A. Cook level-classic 12/16/2007 6:52:19 AM

There is nothing more precious than the love of mother and child...and you've captured this beautifully, Stefania!<:)) #5213325

Laurie Daily level-classic 12/16/2007 9:14:43 AM

Another perfectly captured moment, Stefania... Just beautiful! #5213971

Jennifer L. Taranto 12/16/2007 9:47:10 AM

SOOOO precious!!! Love your light, comp & pov!!! LOVE the mood too!!! #5214093

Heather 12/16/2007 12:06:30 PM

Wow..This is So0o0 Sweet!! Great job Stef! :)

Ive been pretty busy lately,So I have not had a chance to sign in and comment anything! Hopefully I will get caught up! :) #5214593

Silvio Grech 12/16/2007 12:31:19 PM

What a moment you captured, Stef!! It's a winner in my book!! #5214766

Esther Smith 12/16/2007 5:45:17 PM

An absolutely beautiful capture Stefania!! #5215812

Lynn Haack 12/16/2007 8:04:04 PM

I love the bright lighting and dark BG...and the mommy's hair gently touching this sweet little baby's head. Wonderful, beautiful...stunning!!! Lynn #5216163

ronda chatelle level-classic 12/16/2007 10:39:43 PM

My heart is singing! What an AMAZING portrait that will be treasured for many years! I know we will see this again! GORGEOUS work Stefania!!!!! #5216441

Stefania Barbier level-classic 12/17/2007 2:04:06 AM

thank you Ronda, Lynn, Esther, Silvio, Heather, Jen, Laurie, Lorraine, Brandi-Lee, Harmeet, Lisa, and Peggy!!! And Lisa: it was natural light, soft diffused window lighting. And her husband was handholding the black backdrop that I had taken with me...! #5216833

Carla Metzler level-classic 12/17/2007 9:21:27 AM

Absolutely beautiful! #5218786

Nikki McDonald level-classic 12/17/2007 10:32:16 AM

I am so enjoying these mother-child portraits, Stefania. Everything about them, from composition to light to skin tones to the black background that sets both of them off so well is extremely well done. Beautiful. Congrats on the EP's and expect to see more on other images in this series as well as to see at least one big winner out of them. #5219038

William F. Clair 12/17/2007 10:09:43 PM

I just got back from an 11,000mi road trip and I am trying to get caught up with everyone. You gallery is fantastic!!! This one is a print!!! You are a real pro at this. #5221143

Stefania Barbier level-classic 12/18/2007 2:10:01 AM

thank you sooo much William, Nikki, and Carla!!! #5221601

Sharon King level-classic 12/20/2007 4:23:47 AM

So full of emotion! This is Beautiful!!! #5233576

paola A. Jofre level-classic 12/20/2007 7:48:05 AM

Beautiful, Wow!! Awesome job Stefania !! You have capture the moment so well, beautiful :) #5234520

Jim Baines level-classic 12/21/2007 5:27:53 AM

This is so precious, Stefania! I like your entire gallery! #5238587

Mary K. Robison level-classic 12/26/2007 12:43:09 AM

Go back up to the first comments by Laurence, Stefania ~ I agree 100%!!!
Fabulous capture of love and all its beauty!
WINNER! #5253731

Stefania Barbier level-classic 12/26/2007 3:22:18 PM

thank you Mary, Jim, Paola, and Sharon!!! #5255665

Sheri Wahlstrom level-classic 12/28/2007 2:05:52 PM

Absolutely precious. Gorgeous work! #5262199

Raymond Pauly level-classic 12/29/2007 9:04:22 PM

Very beautiful photo, Stefania! You really captured a precious moment here and a lot of emotion! #5266724

Stefania Barbier level-classic 1/1/2008 5:36:14 AM

thank you Sheri and Ray! #5275701

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 1/25/2008 10:12:24 AM

Congratulation Stefania for this WONDERFUL finalist!! Best luck for the next round!!! #5392615

Alison Krylowski 1/25/2008 10:14:33 AM

Stefania, congrats on this outstanding finalist! This is such a beautiful image. #5392629

Michelle L. Frick 1/25/2008 10:25:29 AM

Congratulations Stefania!! The light and the mood are amazing in this stunning finalist! #5392719

Margaret R. Barry 1/25/2008 10:39:12 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Stefania! #5392845

Jennifer L. Alder 1/25/2008 10:42:23 AM

HUGE CONGRATS, Stef... this is a winner to me. :) #5392878

Laurence Saliba level-classic 1/25/2008 11:12:40 AM

Well I was first to comment on this and say its a winner so we will surely see this in the next round too. :))CONGRATULATIONS Stefania!!!! #5393242

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 1/25/2008 11:28:22 AM

Laurence said it is beautiful...and CONGRATULATIONS on this beauty! #5393424

cheryl m. phillips 1/25/2008 11:29:15 AM

So happy for you, Stef!
This was really such a wonderful image!
~cheryl #5393437

Nadya Johnson 1/25/2008 11:42:14 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Stefania! #5393591

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 1/25/2008 12:22:17 PM

Congratulations on your adorable finalist, Stefania. #5393957

Nikki McDonald level-classic 1/25/2008 12:24:54 PM

So very glad to see the coveted finalist badge on this one, Stefania. It is superb! Onward and upward . . . Good luck. #5393979

John Connolly 1/25/2008 12:31:30 PM

Congratulations on this excellent finalist award image, Stefania! #5394032

Teresa A. Burnett level-classic 1/25/2008 12:53:50 PM

Congratulations Stefania!! I just knew we'd see this one again!! Best of luck in the next round!! #5394184

Nadine A. Lewis level-classic 1/25/2008 1:25:40 PM

This image IS AWESOME, Stefania!!! I am soooo thrilled to see receive finalist!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! <>< #5394515

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 1/25/2008 1:34:53 PM

Hey Stef !!!
Well my Only Surprise is NOT seeing "Bonding" and "Mother and Child" along side this finalist
Beautiful and well deserved My Friend #5394592

Anita Hogue 1/25/2008 2:24:04 PM


Linda D. Lester level-classic 1/25/2008 3:02:30 PM

What a beauty....Congratulations! #5395154

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 1/25/2008 3:10:45 PM

Hearty congrats, Stefania, on this amazing image and well deserved finalist!
-Debby #5395213

Laurie Daily level-classic 1/25/2008 3:26:09 PM

A huge Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Stefania! #5395322

Heather L. Haderly level-classic 1/25/2008 3:30:36 PM

Congrats on the finalist Stefania, WELL deserved!!!!!! #5395360

Mary K. Robison level-classic 1/25/2008 4:20:07 PM

TOTALLY deserving to be among the finalists, Stefania!!
CONGRATULATIONS! And best of luck to you in the next level up! #5395642

Joseph N. DiGilio level-classic 1/25/2008 4:28:37 PM

Congratulations, Stefania. You know. this is one of my favorites. #5395710

Mike D. Perez level-classic 1/25/2008 4:59:47 PM

Congratulations on your awesome Finalist, Stefania! A Winner in my eyes. #5395921

Sam Britt level-classic 1/25/2008 5:23:56 PM

Congratulations, Stefania! #5396091

Eugenio Diaz level-classic 1/25/2008 5:29:49 PM

Congratulations Stefania!!!!
I agree with all the previous comments, This image is a real Winner!!! #5396138

Stephen Zacker level-classic 1/25/2008 6:19:20 PM

Such a wonderful moment. Congratulations #5396396

Jim Baines level-classic 1/25/2008 6:30:10 PM

Stef, allow me to offer a well deserved CONGRATULATIONS!!! Job well done!! #5396442

Su Sana E. P level-classic 1/25/2008 7:00:51 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist, Stef!! I still consider this a Winner. #5396598

Barbara Waldoch level-classic 1/25/2008 7:06:29 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist, Stefania! #5396648

Joerg Schlagheck 1/25/2008 8:24:30 PM

Congratulations on the finalist, Stefania! Well deserved! #5397010

Raymond Pauly level-classic 1/25/2008 9:28:54 PM

WOW! I had to scroll down for quite a while to leave a comment here, Stefania! LOL! Wonderful finalist! Congratulations! #5397159

"emmanuel ""nolax""" N. Montemar 1/25/2008 10:31:03 PM

one of my favs!!! big congrats on this finalist, ( a winner in my books!!), Stef!!! #5397356

Silvio Grech 1/25/2008 11:28:03 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist, Stefania! #5397492

Martha N. Church 1/26/2008 2:39:42 AM

Congratulations, Stef, on your beautifully captured moment in time! #5397755

Jeff Robinson level-classic 1/26/2008 5:19:26 AM

Congrats Stefania on this wonderful Finalist!! Jeff #5398199

Lynn Haack level-classic 1/26/2008 6:15:24 AM

Stefania, A BIG congrats on this beautiful finalist! Lynn #5398567

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 1/26/2008 9:03:55 AM

Love this finalist, Stefani!
--Lisa #5399487

Judyann Plante 1/26/2008 9:38:38 AM

Steph, What you have captured here is just incredible. Magnificent work and congratulations on a well deserved finalist!

Judyann <>< #5399683

Holly Shao 1/26/2008 10:14:34 AM

Congratulations on this awesome Finalist, Stefania! Really beautiful!

Holly #5399854

Kristi A. Howson 1/26/2008 10:29:16 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful Finalist! Very precious image Stefania!!! #5399918

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 1/26/2008 1:28:19 PM

So lovely! Congratulations!! #5400553

Linda D. Lester level-classic 1/26/2008 5:46:45 PM

This is just awesome and glad you won it as a finalist! I'm finding this in the cash contest and you can't do both. Just wanted to make sure your knew! It is one of the most awesome Newborn shots I have ever seen! #5401319

Linda D. Lester level-classic 1/26/2008 5:49:09 PM

Yeah! I just went to double check and I am wrong! Good I'm going to cheer this one on! #5401332

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 1/26/2008 6:28:28 PM

Fantastic! Awesome! Adorable!

One of the sweetest, best I have ever seen Stef!

jo ann c. #5401557

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 1/27/2008 7:18:42 AM


Cassie L. Woodlee 1/27/2008 8:10:57 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Stefania #5403121

Cindy Bendush level-classic 1/27/2008 4:26:48 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Stef!!! #5404866

Stefania Barbier level-classic 1/27/2008 9:44:46 PM

thank you so much, I truly appreciate your comments!!! #5405798

Laurence Saliba level-classic 1/27/2008 11:44:36 PM

This deserves to win!!!! Good luck Stefania!!! #5405959

Brandi-Lee Cester level-classic 1/29/2008 3:37:54 PM

Congratulations on a well deserved win! I have taken so many photos of this "pose" but never captured such a beautiful outcome, well done! #5414955

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 1/30/2008 11:03:08 PM

This is a beautiful portrait Stefania! So sweet!! A fantastic finalist, congratulations! #5421432

Stefania Barbier level-classic 2/1/2008 9:44:31 AM

thank you Laurence, Brandi-Lee, and Donna! #5428274

Allison Gaulin level-classic 2/7/2008 6:24:26 PM

So beautiful Stefania! What a precious capture!!!! #5461122

Stefania Barbier level-classic 2/7/2008 10:21:03 PM

thank you Allison! #5462042

Anna Diederich level-classic 2/10/2008 7:07:47 PM

What a precious moment you've captured, Stef! Congrats on a beatiful finalist!! #5475608

Stefania Barbier level-classic 2/10/2008 9:59:44 PM

thank you Anna! #5476241

Heather E. Lupo level-classic 2/12/2008 10:23:26 AM

Simply BEAUTIFUL! Wonderfully captured... sure to be a treasured portrait for years to come! ~Heather #5484758

Stefania Barbier level-classic 2/15/2008 11:15:48 AM

thank you Heather! #5499310

Norm Edmond level-classic 2/15/2008 11:59:16 PM

My Goodness!! What a special shot! I just absolutely love everything about it. Beautiful! #5501158

Stefania Barbier level-classic 2/17/2008 10:44:44 AM

thank you Norm! #5507317

William Johnson level-classic 3/1/2008 2:12:02 AM

This is a fabulous portrait Stefania, beautiful colours, lighting and composition. I'm convinced that we will see this with a Winners Badge. Bill J. #5576342

C A level-classic 3/6/2008 2:15:21 AM

Very strong family shot!! Great one for the album :-) #5599654

Stefania Barbier level-classic 3/6/2008 5:20:31 AM

thank you Bill and Corne'! #5600621

Patrick Campbell 4/21/2008 4:07:39 PM

Love this portrait Stefania! The lighting, composition and of course the mother's expression are so very beautiful!
Kudos.... #5818605

Stefania Barbier level-classic 4/21/2008 11:17:27 PM

thank you Patrick! #5822107

Peggy J. Maguire level-classic 4/22/2008 3:16:17 AM

WOW!!!Congratulations Stefania!!!!! #5822614

Stefania Barbier level-classic 4/22/2008 3:52:18 AM

thank you Peggy! #5822829

Adam R. Rondelet level-classic 4/22/2008 10:59:35 PM

I just wanted to say , I love this photo #5827936

Stefania Barbier level-classic 4/22/2008 11:39:06 PM

thank you Adam!!! #5827982

Nemil B. Chabebe level-classic 4/23/2008 12:53:45 AM

A big congratulations in this finalist,
this is a magnificent photo, so perfect and expressive. #5828109

Stefania Barbier level-classic 4/23/2008 1:02:05 AM

thank you Nemil! #5828128

Shannon Mills level-classic 5/24/2008 8:35:48 AM

PRECIOUS AS CAN BE!!!!!!!!!! #5971198

Stefania Barbier level-classic 5/24/2008 12:01:19 PM

thank you Shannon! #5971909

Max Aureli level-classic 9/12/2008 1:03:02 PM

The gentle movement of gold hair that they are caressing the face of the newborn.
The half open eye of the mom that she is observing incredulous her new creature.
The mom soft lips that contain a simple natural smile of joy for this moment.
The signs of his long journey that finally he is here... around us!
... ... ...
My simple words are not enough to be able to describe what I see in here Stefania.
What I think... what I am feeling ... what is coming from this frame ...
I am not the right person to describe all of that.
I have only one sentence that probably it will let you understand what are my meanings and feelings.

I wish that the day that my son Francesco was born you had taken this unforgettable moment of his seventeen hours of his life!

Thank you Stefania.


Stefania Barbier level-classic 9/12/2008 2:19:49 PM

oh my, how beautiful... thank you so much Massimo for those very special words... I can't explain what I'm proving now, and I thank you for it...
Stefania #6446901

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/1/2009 12:32:30 AM

A truly beautiful moment captured perfectly Stef!!!!!!! Just love this!! #7112225

Lynne Morris 2/1/2009 12:45:14 AM

I love this Stefania, it's a beautiful and touching capture, fantastic work my friend. #7112259

Brett Dolsen 2/1/2009 3:12:22 AM

Beautifull to see again Stefania!!Brett #7112357

Michelle Alton 2/1/2009 4:03:42 AM

By now, it must be clear, Stefania, that this photo is almost a miracle...just like the infant and mother-baby love it portrays. #7112489

Max Aureli 2/1/2009 4:06:42 AM

Brava!!!!! Brava!!!!! #7112503

Bojan Bencic level-classic 2/1/2009 5:28:20 AM

So much feelings in this one, Stefania. Beautiful photo. #7112774

Bobbie L. Slayton 2/1/2009 6:00:19 AM

I am glad to see this one again it deserves a win. Such a touching photo. #7112916

Mike Clime 2/1/2009 6:09:49 AM

Excellent portrait! #7112963

Robert Baer 2/1/2009 7:00:41 AM

so special. congrats for both this beautiful baby and for your finalist. #7113228

Joseph R. Ombrello 2/1/2009 8:45:57 AM

Beyond words, Stefania. #7113602

Laurence Saliba level-classic 2/1/2009 10:15:37 AM

So glad to see this again Stefania!!!! This has to win now!!!! #7113905

Melissa Olsen 2/1/2009 11:19:23 AM did I miss this the first time around. Simply outstanding and I wish you all the best this time. Beautiful work! #7114136

Teresa A. Burnett level-classic 2/1/2009 4:22:53 PM

Stefania, I'm so glad to see this back again!! This has to be my all time favorite photo!! There is nothing in the world so precious as what you have captured right here!! #7115202

Max Aureli level-classic 4/2/2009 6:50:50 PM

Thank you Teresa, you said all.
It's a great image that Stefania captured, it should deserved a gold!!!

Superb work Stefania.



Stefania Barbier level-classic 4/2/2009 10:42:01 PM

thank you all! #7366246

Max Aureli level-classic 4/10/2009 2:17:55 PM

WOW Stefania, this image is in 24 favorites of BP addicted!!! WOW!!! #7392277

ROLAN NARMAN 7/24/2009 8:44:34 AM

Your poetry transcends the frontiers of this universe Max! Even Dante Alighieri is now turning upside down in this tomb! Wow! Words can not express the beauty and the feelings emanating out of your words!!! How come you don't write these poems on my images???

Stef this image should have a yellow badge for this months' theme! #7777983

Max Aureli 7/24/2009 11:57:27 AM

Look... it taken three months to come out with the right word my friend Rolan. You don't want to wait so long from my comments!!! #7778345

ROLAN NARMAN 7/24/2009 12:29:11 PM

I'll wait an eternity for your poetry my friend!...Just don't make it too sad! #7778419

Stefania Barbier level-classic 7/24/2009 1:56:15 PM

an eternity is too much.... :-)
ok Rolan, I'll try to resubmit it this MT...
Do you guys have something else to do that do internet chat????? lol #7778652

ROLAN NARMAN 7/24/2009 2:03:14 PM

LOL! Stef! I'm getting bored at work lately!...and I'm sure you know how much we loooooove your gallery!!!
Good luck with it! It is a gorgeous image! I love it! Have a great day! #7778680

Raymond Pauly level-classic 7/24/2009 7:30:34 PM

Hey Stef!! Huge congratulations! Such a beautiful image!
Hope you're enjoying your vacation! #7779203

Cynthia M. Wiles level-classic 7/30/2009 10:12:17 AM

Spectacular was the word that came to mind when I first saw this, but I see that it has been used many times to describe the intense beauty of this shot; so I will just say, simply, that this is the most beautiful mother-child photo I have ever seen and the title is perfect!
Cindy #7797403

Max Aureli level-classic 7/30/2009 10:29:37 AM

Well... we have something else to do, Stefania!! Reading your messages from your bottles!!!! :-)))

Magnificent maternity image!! #7797439

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 8/17/2009 3:49:27 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist, Stefania! #7857852

Max Aureli level-classic 8/17/2009 4:04:18 PM

Let's see if this is not the good time!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Stefania!!!!! #7857946

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 8/17/2009 4:32:04 PM

Wow, a gorgeous image that tells such a beautiful story!

Congratulations on your finalist, Stef!

Debby #7858174

Eugenio Diaz level-classic 8/17/2009 4:58:59 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your WONDERFUL Finalist, Stefania! #7858418

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 8/17/2009 5:09:10 PM

on your well deserving FINALIST. 8o) #7858491

ROLAN NARMAN 8/17/2009 5:31:31 PM

Thanks for listening to me Stef! This deserves a win! Congrats! #7858629

Sharon 8/17/2009 5:36:04 PM

Congratulations!!! #7858671

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 8/17/2009 6:18:36 PM

Was a Favorite
Still a Favorite
Deserves to Win #7859067

Anita Hogue 8/17/2009 6:43:04 PM

Absolutely perfect! Congratulations Stef! #7859337

Ken Smith level-classic 8/17/2009 6:43:43 PM

I remember this one...hope to see gold on it this time..congrats again!! #7859343

Max Aureli 8/17/2009 6:52:03 PM

Thanks for listening to me Stefania! This deserves a win! Congrats! #7859417

Ann Coates level-classic 8/17/2009 7:07:08 PM

Wow Stefania, you have captured a truly magical moment here. You can really feel the emotion. An outstanding finalist and hope to see this again. #7859535

Debra R. Harder 8/17/2009 7:21:25 PM

This is an amazing image, Stefania. I bet we see GOLD here. Congratulations on another beautiful finalist!!! Deb #7859649

Michael G. Marshall 8/17/2009 7:26:10 PM

Beautiful finalist, Stefania! Congratulations! Michael #7859693

Julianne Bradford 8/17/2009 7:56:26 PM

Awesome Finalist Stefania! #7859948

Laurence Saliba level-classic 8/17/2009 8:08:04 PM

Always, always loved this Stefania!! Congratulations and I hope it sees gold this time!!! #7860048

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 8/17/2009 8:44:26 PM

Beautiful image, Stefania! Congratulations!! #7860290

Evy Johansen level-classic 8/17/2009 8:54:10 PM

Congratulations on this adorable finalist, Stefania! #7860335

Teresa A. Burnett level-classic 8/17/2009 9:50:49 PM

Ok Stef, this is still my all time favorite photo!! I want this precious image to wear gold!!! Huge congratulations and I will keep my fingers crossed for this one!! #7860464

Karen Engelbreth level-classic 8/17/2009 11:02:33 PM

Congratulations Stefania... #7860609

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/18/2009 12:46:27 AM

I am the 27th one to add my heart here...You see Stef?! You are collecting all of our hearts for this one.


Maxy, write me a poem. I can wait.

-Lala #7860826

Barbara Waldoch level-classic 8/18/2009 1:01:42 AM

Congratulations again, Stef! #7860903

Aimee S. McMaster 8/18/2009 3:58:22 AM

....congratulations on this beautiful & touching image Stef...Aimee #7861343

Carol Sawyer 8/18/2009 4:41:57 AM

Congratulations on your finalists, Stef!!! #7861510

Gina Cormier level-classic 8/18/2009 4:54:59 AM

Oh...gorgeous....Congrats!!!!! #7861598

Melissa G. Meiselman 8/18/2009 7:44:05 AM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist, Stefania!! This is a really beautiful shot!! #7862548

A P 8/18/2009 8:28:23 AM

I'm away so I'm going to say CONGRATULATIONS on ALL your incredible finalists here, Stef. Best of luck in the next round, not that your work needs luck as you can see by all the comments. #7862802

Mitch Spence level-classic 8/18/2009 9:14:13 AM

Congratulations on your finalists, Stefania! #7862964

Margaret R. Barry 8/18/2009 9:22:11 AM

Congratulations on this awesome finalist, Stefania. Glad to see this again! #7862996

Jeana Clark 8/18/2009 10:17:34 AM

Fabulous Finalist!!!
Much Deserved Congratulations
are in order!!!

~J~ #7863222

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 8/18/2009 11:19:13 AM

Congratulations on your finalist! Beautiful Stefania! #7863529

Lynne Morris 8/18/2009 1:26:32 PM

Huge Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Stefania. #7863800

Stephen Zacker 8/18/2009 2:05:58 PM

This is awesome! Congratulations #7863880

Denny E. Barnes level-classic 8/18/2009 2:34:23 PM

Beautiful Stefania! Big Congratulations on your excellent and well deserved finalist!! #7863991

Agnes Fegan level-classic 8/18/2009 3:29:11 PM

I love this one...congratulations! #7864282

Renee Doyle level-classic 8/18/2009 3:31:21 PM

Incredibly precious!!! Congratulations on this totally gorgeous finalist Steph!! #7864292

Chris Henning 8/18/2009 9:21:11 PM

Congrats, Stef! Hope you see gold on this! #7865403

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 8/18/2009 10:26:21 PM

I hope to see gold on it too, Stefania. It is simply amazing. Huge congrats on both your finalists. #7865515

Sharon Sawyer 8/18/2009 10:52:08 PM

Stefanie, HUGE congratulations on your outstanding & well deserved finalist!!! Absolutely beautiful. #7865552

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 8/18/2009 11:57:39 PM

CONGRATULATIONS.....!!! #7865753

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 8/19/2009 2:30:21 AM

Fabulous finalist, congratulations,Stef!!! #7866100

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic 8/19/2009 3:02:36 AM

Beautiful capture. Congratulations on this well deserved finalist. Good luck. #7866194

Marijana Fajgl level-classic 8/19/2009 4:27:35 AM

What a beautiful and warm capture, Stefania! Huge congratulations! #7866551

Kristi A. Howson level-classic 8/19/2009 3:37:24 PM

Congratulations Stefania on this outstanding image making it to the Winners circle. A very deserving and heartfelt image. #7868897

Valentin M. Armianu level-classic 8/19/2009 3:39:38 PM

Congratulations! Fantastic Winner! Outstanding image!! #7868908

Terri Beloit 8/19/2009 3:42:57 PM

Beautiful, Stefania...well deserved winner...very sweet and touching moment! #7868929

Linda D. Lester level-classic 8/19/2009 3:45:10 PM

So sweet...Congratulations! #7868947

Laurence Saliba level-classic 8/19/2009 3:48:09 PM

Congratulations Stefania!!! :) WTG my friend!! You are happy and I am happy now!!! It always deserved the Gold!!! Beautiful!!! #7868977

Max Aureli level-classic 8/19/2009 4:00:39 PM


Max Aureli level-classic 8/19/2009 4:01:22 PM

ah ah ha ha ah ha h aha h ah hahah ahah

CONGRATULATIONS STEFANIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #7869068

Renee Doyle level-classic 8/19/2009 4:16:10 PM

WooHoo!!!! Big congratulations to you Stef!!! Wonderful! #7869144

A P 8/19/2009 4:20:18 PM

Couldn't miss. CONGRATULATIONS Stef #7869172

Michelle Alton 8/19/2009 4:28:36 PM

A wonderful WINNER, Stefania! #7869221

Cynthia M. Wiles level-classic 8/19/2009 4:34:15 PM

Man-O-Man...I am so surprised you did not win the grand prize for this...It is the most beautiful photo I have seen in a long, long time...the love & emotion, the pureness...I thought for sure you had a winner here...nothing against the judges but this shot is a timeless beauty...
Congrats, anyhow, and hope to see more of your fantastic work in the winner's circle!
Cindy #7869260

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 8/19/2009 4:53:59 PM

on your well deserving WINNER~!~ #7869386

Nikki McDonald level-classic 8/19/2009 5:28:19 PM

Well, we've all waited a long time for a gold badge on this one, Stef. Wonderful capture. Congratulations. #7869534

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 8/19/2009 5:29:44 PM

Stefanie, congratulations on your amazing & well deserved win!!! #7869543

Nadya Johnson level-classic 8/19/2009 5:40:52 PM

Congratulations on your very stunning winner, Stef! #7869594

Raymond Pauly level-classic 8/19/2009 5:45:57 PM

Huge congratulations on a most deserving winner, Stef! All the best! #7869615

David Phalen 8/19/2009 5:49:46 PM

BIG Congrats on a beautiful Winner!! #7869633

ROLAN NARMAN 8/19/2009 5:49:48 PM

Bingo!!! Huge congrats on your gorgeous winner Stef! I knew it!!! Very happy for you!

P.S. Thanks for listening to me! (and not to Max!!!)

Should we give Max a gold badge for his poetry??? #7869634

Courtenay Vanderbilt 8/19/2009 6:06:55 PM

I'm thrilled for you Stef! Congratulations on this awesome image and the gold! #7869717

Max Aureli 8/19/2009 6:14:48 PM

LOL@Rolan... I don't need stickers and badge...
I need to see a nice Gold under this great image, like the Golden Hair of the Mom!!!! :-)))

ROLAN NARMAN 8/19/2009 6:19:26 PM

Ahhhh Max! Sounds like poetry again my friend!...Prosit!

How about a poem describing the win??? #7869773

Max Aureli 8/19/2009 6:29:48 PM

LOL ... to much work Bro!!! #7869796

Ken Smith level-classic 8/19/2009 7:08:14 PM

Way to go, Stef...nice idea to ROCK!!! Now enjoy the rest of your vacation!! :-) #7869909

Chris Henning 8/19/2009 7:17:00 PM

So not surprised, Stef. Love this image! Huge congrats!! #7869930

Evy Johansen level-classic 8/19/2009 8:00:39 PM

Big congratulations on your beautiful win, Stephania!! #7870096

ROLAN NARMAN 8/19/2009 8:01:18 PM

Ok Max...Here's one from me!!!

S miles bearing happiness sail across the faces
T ainted with love a motherís gaze caresses
E xploring the comfort of a warm embrace
F illed with joy her tender heart races
A s she discovers a taste of Heaven in the gift of life
N othing is more rewarding than to hold a precious face
I n the glare of a smile that heals the heart
A nd nourishes the soul for an eternity.

Teresa A. Burnett level-classic 8/19/2009 8:12:07 PM

YAYYYYYYYYYY!!! I'm so happy to see a gold button on this one Stef!! It so deserves one!!
Rolan, your poem brought tears to my eyes! So beautiful, and goes perfectly with Stef's beautiful portrait of mother and child! #7870140

Ann Coates level-classic 8/19/2009 8:26:10 PM

I'm so pleased to see this with a gold underneath it and so do many other people. I have never seen a photo tagged with so many favourites before. Congratulations Stefania. #7870211

Melissa G. Meiselman 8/19/2009 8:32:30 PM

Congratulations, Stefania in this extraordinarily beautiful winner!!!! #7870249

Debra R. Harder 8/19/2009 8:43:05 PM

I'm so happy to see GOLD here, Stefania!!! This is such an amazing image. CONGRATULATIONS on your BEAUTIFUL WIN!!! Deb #7870290

Datha Y. Thompson 8/19/2009 9:36:34 PM

So PRECIOUS!!!! Love this Stefania!!
CONGRATULATIONS on the GOLD :0) WTG #7870469

Cindy Bendush level-classic 8/19/2009 9:41:02 PM

Congratulations Stef!!! #7870482

Katarina Mansson 8/20/2009 12:38:14 AM

Congratulations on your adorable winner Stephania! #7870663

Mary K. Robison 8/20/2009 1:08:08 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on your well-earned win, Stef! #7870704

Bojan Bencic level-classic 8/20/2009 1:22:19 AM

Congratulations on your win, Stefania! Beautiful and emotional photo. #7870726

Mike Clime 8/20/2009 2:28:32 AM

WTG! Congratulations! #7870788

Aimee S. McMaster 8/20/2009 2:32:33 AM

.....yay Stef....warm congratulations on your win...Aimee #7870796

Hendrik Storme 8/20/2009 4:56:21 AM

Big congrats Stefania! #7871175

Max Aureli 8/20/2009 4:57:40 AM

Rolan..... AMEN!! #7871180

Erin Appelbaum level-classic 8/20/2009 5:07:48 AM

Congrats on this awesome winner Stefania. Peter #7871201

Gina Cormier level-classic 8/20/2009 5:45:21 AM

Fabulous!! Congratulations!!!! #7871352

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 8/20/2009 6:14:19 AM

Wonderful image, congratulations!! #7871520

anonymous 8/20/2009 6:45:39 AM

Congratulations Stef on your Beautiful win! B- #7871650

Daniella Puente 8/20/2009 8:19:37 AM

FELICITACIONES Stef, esta foto es maravillosa! :)))) Abrazos! #7871930

Colleen Farrell level-classic 8/20/2009 9:03:10 AM

WTG, Stef! Big congrats on your win! #7872120

Patricia Seidler 8/20/2009 10:16:45 AM

Congatulations Stefania on your win! So precious! #7872269

Tarun Bose 8/20/2009 11:11:58 AM

Big congrats for your super winner, Stefania. #7872416

John Connolly 8/20/2009 3:44:48 PM

Big congratulations on your gold badge Stefania! A very deserving image! #7872965

Maria A. Gonzalez 8/20/2009 4:59:19 PM

Congratulations Stefania on this beautiful winner,a very delicate and beautiful portrait...
Excellent work. #7873099

Becky J. Parkinson level-classic 8/20/2009 5:35:43 PM

Congratulations, Stefania, on this touching and beautiful winning photo!! #7873203

Erica Murphy level-classic 8/20/2009 5:50:04 PM

This is soooooooo sweeeeet !! Congratulations Stefania!! #7873240

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna level-classic 8/20/2009 7:31:16 PM

Fantastic winning image, Stefania!!!! WTG!!! :-) k #7873567

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 8/20/2009 8:54:05 PM

Yes!! HUGE Congratulations,Stef!!!! #7873705

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/20/2009 9:32:57 PM

What a beautiful Acrostic Poem Rolan wrote here.

!!! :) ???Did everyone read it??? :) !!!

I'm so happy this went Gold, Stef!!! It's so heartwarming.



Robert K. Bemus level-classic 8/20/2009 11:14:17 PM

Congratulations on your win, Stefania!! #7873812

Stefania Barbier level-classic 8/20/2009 11:58:28 PM

thank you all, I truly appreciate your comments and support!
Rolan the poem is a beauty!!!! thank you!!! #7873873

Laurie Daily level-classic 8/21/2009 2:09:08 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Stef...tugs at my heart! #7875401

Anne M. Young 8/21/2009 10:32:05 PM

Congratulations - beautiful winner! #7876575

Stefania Barbier level-classic 8/21/2009 10:39:25 PM

Laurie, Anne: thank you! #7876582

Alex T. Mizuno level-classic 8/21/2009 10:57:49 PM

This is very touching Stef! Such a precious moment in a tender light! A sensational image! Big Congratulations on your win!!! #7876601

Stefania Barbier level-classic 8/22/2009 10:09:41 AM

thank you so much Alex! #7877729

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 8/22/2009 8:34:28 PM

Congratulations on your win! Always a pleasure to view this image Stef! #7879058

Stefania Barbier level-classic 8/22/2009 11:17:06 PM

thank you Donna! #7879205

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 8/23/2009 6:45:21 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on this beautiful capture and glad to see this getting GOLDEN, Stephanie.

UB. #7879951

Stefania Barbier level-classic 8/23/2009 10:06:47 AM

thank you Usman! #7880558

Margaret R. Barry level-classic 8/24/2009 7:52:49 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful winner, Stefania! #7883451

Stephen Zacker level-classic 8/27/2009 5:02:13 AM

Wonderful moment. Congratulations #7892349

Stefania Barbier level-classic 8/27/2009 5:13:48 AM

Margaret, Stephen: thank you :-) #7892390

Janice Mezzacappa level-classic 8/27/2009 4:17:52 PM

Oh Stefania this is just so beautiful, Congrats on this Winner!! #7893889

Stefania Barbier level-classic 8/28/2009 12:43:09 AM

thank you Janice! #7894709

isabel C. Zepeda level-classic 9/5/2009 8:37:57 AM


Going true your galery after seeing this one,i say is the most beautiful one,so much love and tender in that photo plus the clarity and colors are amazing,congratulations in this winner.

Ysa... #7917692

Stefania Barbier level-classic 9/5/2009 10:43:07 AM

thank you Ysa! #7917954

Thomas E. Hinds level-classic 10/14/2009 4:46:56 AM

I am amazed at your talents, Stefania! This is really a stunning image so well captured in every detail! Awesome work! #8035995

Stefania Barbier level-classic 10/14/2009 8:34:09 AM

thank you Thomas :0) #8036619

Jean B. Hall level-classic 11/1/2009 1:04:20 AM

Wonderful double portrait! #8092595

Stefania Barbier level-classic 11/1/2009 1:49:04 AM

thank you Jean! #8092676

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 11/15/2009 5:08:07 AM

Congratulations Stefania on your Win!!!

Dominick #8132452

Stefania Barbier level-classic 11/15/2009 11:40:48 AM

thank you Dominick! #8133405

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic 12/17/2009 8:14:01 PM

Your portraits (indoor or outside) are wonderful, but this one particularly spoke to me. It would appear that I'm not alone in my reaction. #8228239

Stefania Barbier level-classic 12/18/2009 12:32:03 AM

thank you Kathy!!! #8228832

Jim Baines level-classic 9/19/2010 6:35:09 AM

Stopping by your gallery is like being a kid in a candy store. It seems unfair to comment on only one when there are so many magnificent choices among all your Finalist and Winners. This remains my favorite for a long time now and always please me to see this one. Some fantastic displays of talent, Stef!! #8917333

Stefania Barbier level-classic 9/19/2010 8:01:10 AM

thank you Jim! #8917503

Inge Linden level-classic 2/29/2012 12:37:36 AM

wonderful in every way. #10013079

Stefania Barbier level-classic 2/29/2012 9:35:10 AM

thank you Inge! #10013825

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