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March 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Da Boyz at Sears Portrait Studio, Review & Giveaway (ends 4/7)

The last four days I have been showing you each of the individual boyz photos from Sears Portrait Studio. We’ve seen Seth and his Harry Potter books commemorating his accomplishment of finishing all seven. Gabriel had his pictures done with two of his favorite things, baseball and Curious George. Then there was Nathan and his Disney Pixar Cars and a great personality shot. And finally there was Eli, who our photographer managed to capture wonderfully with his hat and alone despite his attempts to flee.

Today I get to show you pictures of all four of my boyz! Our photographer, Arsenia, suggested we do the shots of all four boyz first. That way if anyone had a severe meltdown amidst there individual shots, the full shot would already be finished. Thankfully we had no such issues of children losing it, but it was a well thought out approach.

Now I have four children raging in ages from 18 months to nine. They are all very busy boyz, only two of which are in school and truly understand sitting still for a given amount of time. That being said, I had realistic expectations. I know my children and their personalities well and did not foresee perfectly posed pictures of the four of them sitting together cheesing it up for the camera.

The photographer did a great job of working with them, adjusting the poses as they got restless. She also just kept shooting, not waiting on a “perfect pose” that was never going to come. I think the biggest problem is the greater the number of subjects in a picture, the greater number of eyes that go wayward of smiles that fade before the click of the camera.

Here are some of the “outtakes”. Eli was constantly trying to escape and Nate was quickly miffed at the instructions to smile, stay still and look at the camera.

Nathan apparently has a backache here…

This one Eli is on the run yet again, and Nate has had about enough…

Luckily there were several to choose from. This one was our runner-up. I like it, but don’t like how their eyes are all looking to the monitor and not at the photographer

These were our winning two shots. The first we love because of the little ones holding hands and some of the genuine smiles. Plus, Seth’s tight-lipped smirk is what we see most of the time right now. Just as we were pleased to see and honest to goodness smile in Seth’s alone picture, it is nice to be able to remember this part of him too.

Finally, this is one of our favorites. This captures our sons perfectly. Gabriel, always with a big smile and sparkling eyes. Eli is trying to figure out what’s going on. Seth is usually distracted, and looking out for his baby brother. And Nate, well he’s always looking for trouble!

Overall, we are incredibly happy with our Sears Portrait Studio experience. We found our photographer flexible, professional and accommodating. And we feel we have great pictures to commemorate this time in our sons’ lives.

Now for the exciting news! Want a special gift now? Print of this coupon for a FREE 10 x 13 and head to your Sears Portrait Studio!

We also get to give away a Sears Portrait Studio Silver Collection, which includes 10custom β€œmix and match” portrait sheets, your choice of two collages/composites and one 10×13 wall portrait. Plus, you get a CD of your original images with copyrights and up to 10 standard enhancements, such as black and white, sepia, vignettes or borders!

To enter the Sears Portrait Studio Giveaway please visit the Sears Potrait Studio website and come back to leave a comment with what is your favorite two backdrops you would use in your photo session. Please be sure that your profile has your email right on it, or be sure to leave your email address in your comment. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents only.

To get additional entries into the giveaway you can do the following:
1. Follow me! If you become a follower of MommaDandDaBoyz, or already a follower, leave a comment for an additional entry.
2. Follow me on twitter and comment back here for another entry.
3. Tweet this giveaway on twitter. Comment here with a link to the tweet for an additional entry. You can do this once a day for the duration of the giveaway for added entries.
4. Grab my button and post it on your blog. Comment and put the link to your site.
5. Favorite me on Technorati, the link is the green media button. Comment here for the entry.
6. Blog about this giveaway! Comment here with a link to your blog entry for 2 additional entries. Be sure to label your comments #1 and #2.
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This giveaway will end at midnight on 4/7/10

I received a Smile Savers Plan for a year and Portrait CD of our session to facilitate this review. Although I did receive these free of charge, all opinions and views expressed here are my own and come from our actual experience. Please see my policies page for our complete disclosure policy


  1. I would use the brown muslin or the sunroom backdrop.

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  5. Okay – I'll budge. With a new baby on the way in two weeks, I could use someone else doing the hard work of getting the good pics for once. πŸ˜‰

    I would use the “Buttercup” and the “Soft White Canopy” backgrounds.

  6. I would choose the Soft White Canopy and the Clover Green

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  13. I would use the soft white canopy and black velvet backdrops. I like backdrops to be plains so the kids really stick out!


  14. I also follow your blog!

  15. I have been following you on twitter.


  16. I think I have also added you as a favorite on Technorati- although that was a little more difficult for me!


  17. Really cute boys! Love it.

  18. Shooting Stars Mag says:

    aw, so cute. I like the american flag background but the grey near the bottom is a favorite.

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  21. The Bookworm says:

    I would SO love to win this! I try to take pictures of my daughter on her birthday, so her grandparents (who live 5000 miles away) can have something to carry in their wallet. πŸ™‚ My favorite backdrops are the Wild Flower and the Beach!


  22. The Bookworm says:

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  23. The Bookworm says:

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  24. The Bookworm says:

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  26. The Bookworm says:

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  27. I like the Soft White Canopy and the Beach backdrops.

  28. Following your blog.

  29. Twitter follower @simplyandreah

  30. The Bookworm says:

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  31. I like the charcoal and the soft white canopy

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  35. maybe sunroom and charcoal
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  36. I love the Wild Flower and White Canopy background

  37. I am following your blog.

  38. I follow you on twitter.

  39. I am a fan on facebook.

  40. I tweeted about the giveaway.

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  41. I think the Brown Muslin and Sunrise would be nice back drops to use with my God-daughter and God-nephew.

  42. I like the Sun White Canopy and Sunroom!

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  44. I have three boys under the age of 5 so my favorite backdrops for them would be beach or blue.

  45. Melanie Calcut is now a fan on Facebook.

  46. I think I would choose the Sunroom and/or Soft White Canopy

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  49. i love the wild flower back drop.
    we havent NEVER had pictures taken and I would REALLY love to do so.


  50. I think they should mark the backdrops areaa little more noticable. Took me about 30 minutes to find it! Was about to give up and then finally found it.

    I like the beach & the midnight walk

  51. I like the Shades of Sepia and the clover green backgrounds.

  52. I would choose the Beach and the sunroom.

  53. I like the Garden Rose and Wild Flower.

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  56. I choose the Lilac and the Buttercup backdrops for the pictures of my 2 granddaughters.

  57. probably sunrom and soft white canopy

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  58. I like the Sunroom and Impressions of Spring

  59. I like the soft white canopy and the black velvet backgrounds.

  60. I like the Soft White Canopy and the Black Velvet

  61. I follow on twitter im @dwalline

  62. I follow your blog

  63. I faved you on technorati! im dwalline

  64. I like the Warm Sunset and Black Velvet.

  65. they call my youngest the flag boy I would have to do the american flag

  66. Verging On says:

    I love Wildflower and Sunrise. Just gorgeous!

  67. Verging On says:

    I follow you.

  68. Verging On says:

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  70. Ms. Autumn says:

    warm sunset & black velvet!

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  71. The Bookworm says:

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  72. Favorite 2 backdrops would probably be Sunroom and Traditional.

  73. I love the sunroom and soft white canopy. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  74. I'm a public follower!
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  75. I'm not a fan of busy or colored backdrops… I like plain white… so I'd pick plain white and soft white canopy. crayolaswap at hotmail dot com

  76. I follow you on twitter!
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  77. I'm a Facebook Fan!
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  78. The Bookworm says:

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  79. I would use the clover green or the lilac for my girls!

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  82. I am a fan on facebook

  83. I follow you now, I have 3 boys of my own!

  84. I love the black velvet and the moonlit night backgroups! So handsome with my little boy!


  85. I'm following you on facebook..and I also like the daisies and the brown muslin backdrops.


  86. I'm a loyal Sears customer and I've used almost all the backdrops. I especially like the buttercup and warm sunset.

  87. I have used almost all of the backdrops over the past seven years with my family. I like all of them, but you can't go wrong with the brown muslin and white. With white they can do so much with enhancements.

  88. I like Brown Muslin and Sunroom!

  89. following on twitter now!

  90. I like the Sunroom and the Soft White Canopy. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  91. I am a Google follower.

  92. I follow on Twitter @eswright18.

  93. My favorite backdrops for portraits of my daughter would be Buttercup and Lilac.

  94. @TwiMommi follows you via twitter

  95. The Bookworm says:

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  96. My two backgrounds I would choose are Bloomin' Dasies and Lilac. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful gift,

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  98. I like the wildflowers background. Thanks for the chance.

  99. The Bookworm says:

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  100. You have such beautiful boys, you must be so proud! I love the Bloomin Daisies and the Old Glory backdrop-perfect for spring and the 4th of July!
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  101. I follow on Google Friend Connect.
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  102. I would choose the sunroom and the lilac backdrop
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  103. I follow through google friend connect
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  104. I follow through twitter (@jjak2003)
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  105. Garden Rose and Forest Trail are my choices

  106. follow on Twitter cdziuba

  107. Facebook fan Carol P Dziuba

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  110. I like the soft white canopy, the beach and wildflowers backgrounds!

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  114. The Bookworm says:

    Daily Tweet: http://twitter.com/hawaiismn/status/11504117771


  115. I like the wildfire and impressions of spring ones.

  116. My favorite two backdrops that I would use in my photo session are the soft white canopy and black velvet.

  117. Twitter follower – HMB99

  118. My 2 favorite backdrops are Pastel and Charcoal.

  119. I follow you on Twitter

  120. samsakara says:

    I like the wild flower and the traditional.


  121. The Bookworm says:

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  122. I like the soft pastels or butter cream


  123. follow your blog as jelaws5


  124. FB fan Julie A Scott Laws


  125. The Bookworm says:

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  126. I would use the large daisy background and the field of flowers background.

  127. I follow you on twitter JesaSC

  128. I tweeted about it

  129. fan of your facebook page.

  130. I really like the black Velvet & the SUnroom.

  131. I'm following you on Twitter

  132. I'm following on google friends.

  133. I really like the clover green back drop and the brown muslin

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  134. I follow

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  135. I like the Beach and the Forest Trail Backgrounds.

  136. The Bookworm says:

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  137. I would do Soft Pastel and ABC Fun!


  138. I follow via Google Connect


  139. I follow on Twitter @pittsy82


  140. I added you as a favorite on Technorati


  141. I'm a fan on Facebook (Nicole Pitts)


  142. I like sunroom and wild flower

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  145. i'd love to use the sunrise backdrop with my girls and the traditional backdrop with my boys.

  146. The Bookworm says:

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  147. I like Wild Flower and Beach. Thanks.


  148. I like the beach and the orange one on the bottom

  149. Sunrise and Black Velvet

  150. mscoffee77 says:

    Traditional & Pastel are my favorites:)


  151. Dancinghotdogs says:

    I love the pictures! Your boys are beyond cute. I love the soft white or clover green.

  152. Dancinghotdogs says:

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  153. I like the blooming daisy and the wild flower backdrop

  154. I follow you on twitter @b_kind

  155. I follow you on google

  156. I follow you on Facebook!

  157. I tweeted about it today:)

  158. i tweeted today

  159. I like the Black Velvet and Sunrise backdrops. This would be a great excuse to get my husband in front of a camera!

  160. I would use Shaes of Sepia or Sunroom backdrops at Sears Portrait Studio

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  164. soft white canopy or sun room

  165. i'm a fan on Facebook

  166. I'm a follower on Twitter

    I love taking pictures of my photogenic daughter and can never stay within my budget! this would be perfect for us!

  167. I like the Sunroom and the brick wall backdrops


  168. black velvet&clover green!this would be great!


  169. My two favorite backdrops: Clover Green and Warm Sunset.

    Thanks for the chance! Your boys' pictures turned out great!

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  170. I like the Impressions of Spring and the Midnight walk backdrops

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  171. I follow on google friend connect

  172. I follow on twitter, lunaj1456

  173. I faved you on technorati, anne1456

  174. I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of yours

  175. I like the clover green or the beach

  176. follow you on twitter – debijot

  177. your FB fan – deborah t

  178. I visited the Sears Portrait Studio website and my fave two backdrops would be Sunrise & Midnight Walk πŸ˜€


  179. I'm following you via google connect


  180. I'm following you via twitter


  181. I became your fan on facebook

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  182. I love the Old Glory and the ABC fun.


  183. i love the garden rose and bloomin daisies back drops πŸ™‚

  184. following your blog as klp1965

  185. following on twitter klp1965

  186. fan on facebook Kathy L Pease

  187. The Bookworm says:

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  188. Garden Rose and Soft Pastel

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  189. Buttercup and the Beach πŸ™‚

  190. would choose the Soft White Canopy and the Clover Green

  191. i love the ABC Fun and the Charcoal

  192. im following ur blog with user name purplelover04 on goggle

  193. im fan of ur blog on fb name is erica best

  194. im followoing ur blog on twitter name is @purplelover04

  195. I like clover green and warmsunset.


  196. I would use the garden rose and/or the wild flower one.

  197. I'm following you on Twitter. My Twitter ID is sophiesaurus.

  198. Your button is on my blog!

  199. You are favorited on Technorati!

  200. Your Facebook page is added!

  201. I think I would do the black velvet drop and the beach

  202. I follow you on Twitter (tobinsmommy08)

  203. I faved you on Technorati (Rdemille)

  204. I'm a FB fan (Rachel Honsvick DeMille)

  205. Wild Flower and Sunroom are both great. I'm excited about how many great backdrops they have.


  206. Beach and Forest Trail are my two favorite Backdrops. garrettsambo@aol.com

  207. I'm a fb fan of Mommma D and Da Boyz – Jill L


  208. Follow via GFC – Chip


  209. I like the shades of sepia and pastel backgrounds.

  210. I am a fan on Facebook.

  211. Sunroom and soft white canopy.

  212. I like buttercup and sunroom

  213. I would pick clover green and Wild Flower thanks for the chance to win

  214. i follow your blog with gfc

  215. i follow on twitter @mrstinareynolds

  216. i am a facebook fan (mrstinareynolds)

  217. I would choose the Buttercup and the Wild Flower backdrops.

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