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    Taylor (Senior)

    One thing I love about my job is getting to know the clients I work with.  Taylor was no exception.  She is such an encouraging, positive and beautiful young lady!  We found out that we share a lot in common including: growing up in the same hometown (which is crazy because it’s a really small town!), knowing a few of the same people, and even attending the same church!  We didn’t even know each other before meeting for the portrait session, so we were very surprised to have so many similarities.  It was really fun capturing Taylor’s sweet spirit and being able to incorporate some of her favorite things into the photos.  Many blessings to you, Taylor, as you enter this new stage of life!

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    Freshly Picked Moccasins (review and giveaway, closed)

    Hi Friends,

    I am very excited to share my review with you of Freshly Picked Moccasins!  Baby shoes are pretty much the cutest thing ever.  In three years, between two kids, we’ve bought and borrowed our fair share of shoes.  I’ve always adored Freshly Picked moccasins and was eager to have Elsie try out our first pair!  There are so many beautiful colors and patterns to choose from (check out these newest limited edition moccs they are unbelievably cute)!  It was a tough choice, but we decided to go with these coral moccasins.  The color is the sweetest shade of pink, and they add a nice pop of color to any outfit.  Not only are the moccasins eye-catching adorable, but they are VERY well made.  They are crafted with the utmost care and detail, and are 100% genuine leather.  I also love the story behind Freshly Picked.  Susan Petersen, the originator of Freshly Picked, was a mom, frustrated with the lack of baby shoes that stay put, and decided to do something about it.  That might be my favorite thing about this shoe, it actually stays on my baby’s feet!  Elsie has very narrow, long feet, and these are some of the only shoes that stay on.  I am a huge fan of these moccasins and I know you will be too.

    Lucky for you, one person has the chance to win their very own pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins (any size, and any color)!

    To enter this giveaway :

    -”like” Kitestrings Photography and Freshly Picked on Facebook and leave a comment below letting us know that you are following along.  

    For additional entries:

    -follow Kitestrings Photography and Freshly Picked on Instagram (leave an additional comment to let us know)

    -share this post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (leave an additional comment to let us know)

    *a share on FB, IG, or twitter will each count as an entry, however, multiple dates of sharing on the same social media will not be counted for additional entries

    *To be clear, you need to leave one comment for EACH WAY you enter the giveaway.  Each comment equals one entry.  So, if you enter three ways, you need to leave three comments.

    One lucky winner will be randomly selected on Monday, July 28th.  The winner will be announced in the comments section below.  To be eligible for this giveaway you need to live within the United States and may not have won any other giveaway including a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins within the past 60 days.  Good luck!

    *The winner that was randomly selected was Kelsey Sontag!  Congratulations Kelsey!  Email me at for details!

    Cute cousins, in their matching moccasins…

    Rachel Peterson - Liked both pages!

    Rachel Peterson - And shared the giveaway post :) I love Freshly Picked

    Megan - These photos are gorgeous!

    I “Liked” Kitestrings Photography on Facebook [account name: Megan Elizabeth] and I “Liked” Freshly Picked on Facebook!

    Megan - I am also following both Kitestrings Photography & Freshly Picked on instagram! [Account Name: @blessednestblog] :)

    Megan - I also shared the giveaway on Facebook! :) Thanks so much!

    Dustin - My daughter loves Freshly Picked Moccasins.

    I liked both Kitestrings Photography and Freshly Picked on Facebook. My FB account name is Dustin Michael.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Hannah Erickson - I am following both Kitestrings and Freshly Picked on Facebook! Would love these mocs for a future babe!!!!

    Dustin - I shared the giveaway on Facebook. Account: Dustin Michael.

    Thank you!

    Hannah Erickson - I’m going for all entries possible! Following Kitestrings and Freshly Picked on Instagram. And I shared this giveaway to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!! Fingers crossed! ☺️

    Dustin - I am also following @jenjacobs and @freshlypicked on instagram. Account: dmh1985. Thanks!

    Em Mahr - I like Kitestrings Photography and Freshly Picked on Facebook (Em Mahr)

    Kathy Kluthe - I liked both pages on FB! I first heard of Freshly Picked when the owner went on Shark Tank. I thought the moccasins were adorable!

    Brooke Ploessl - Likes them both of Facebook

    Brooke Ploessl - Already follow you both on Instagram.
    And love both Kitestrings and Freshly Picked!!

    Brooke Ploessl - Shared the giveaway on Facebook too!! Keeping my fingers crossed!

    mary - I liked both Kitestrings and Freshly Picked on Facebook. What beautiful sweet shoes.

    Katie Stromwall - I liked Kitestrings Photography and Freshly Picked on Facebook and following both on instagram! I love that you are doing giveaways, Jen! So fun.

    Katie Stromwall - I also shared this giveaway on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram! I’ll be staying tuned for the winner! What a lucky winner, too- this may be the best giveaway idea ever!

    Mindy - I like both on Facebook and IG :)

    Mindy - And I follow you both. I can’t even say how excited I am about this giveaway!!! I would die for Lulu to have a pair of freshly picked! I’ve been in love with them for years but hubs wouldn’t let me take the plunge ☺

    Gemma - Followed both pages :)

    Em Mahr - Posted on Facebook 7/22/14

    Justine - Oh I love these sweet moccs! I’ve liked Kitestrings and Freshly Picked on FB, and shared the giveaway on FB as well. :)

    Justine - I also follow @freshlypicked and @jenjacobs on Instagram. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Anna Simmons - Following!

    Erin - Liked both on Instagram and Facebook! :) Woohoo! Would love a pair of these for miss V! They are adorable!!

    Chase T - I am following along.

    Chase T - I follow Kitestrings Photography and Freshly Picked on Instagram

    david mackereth - liked on facebook. name: David Mackereth

    david mackereth - followed on Instagram. name: punkrockvan

    david mackereth - shared on twitter.

    Raina - I’m following on facebook! :)

    Raina - Following on Instagram!

    Gina Hiskes - Like both pages on Facebook! My username is Gina ‘Verburg’ Hiskes.

    Gina Hiskes - Follow BOTH users on Instagram! My username: ginahiskes

    Flor Vasquez - Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway Jen!
    I liked both pages on Facebook :)

    Flor Vasquez - Just shared on Facebook and IG!

    Flor Vasquez - Following both on Instagram! Thanks again :)

    Stephanie - Liked both! :) ❤️ - Liked both on Facebook! What a cute giveaway!

    Leslie W - like Kitestrings Photography and Freshly Picked on FB

    Hannah Erickso - I missed one of my entries! I have shared, liked, and followed! Hoping this third comment does the trick! I’m dying to hear/see the results!!

    Britta Zimmer - Love these shoes! “liked” both on Facebook :)

    Britta Zimmer - Following both on instagram! :)

    Britta Zimmer - Shared on Facebook too!

    Kelsey Sontag - Liked both on Facebook!

    Kelsey Sontag - Following both on Instagram!

    Kelsey Sontag - Shared on Fbook too!

    anne stewart - Liked both and following

    anne stewart - Following both on instagram

    sandra - liked both on facebook

    Sarah Griffin - Liked both pages :-) I have always wanted to try a pair of these!

    Sarah Griffin - I just shared on Facebook!

    Sarah Griffin - I am following both on instagram now! @sarahtaylorgriffin

    Marion - Liked on facebook

    Marion - Shared on facebook

    Chase T - reposted on instagram

    Sarah Griffin - I shared this on twitter @svist1

    Sarah Griffin - It took me a little while to figure out. But, I did share this giveaway on Instagram as well. Fingers and toes crossed!

    Katie Stromwall - I’m commenting a third time because I have only commented twice, but actually shared this giveaway in three different places- one on facebook, one on twitter, and one on instagram all in the same day! There, my last comment :) Can’t wait for Monday’s winner reveal!

    Melanie F - Oh sweet goodness these are beyond adorable & so is your little luv bug!! Ahhh I adore these little shoes & would LOVE to have a pair for our little girl on the way… SO excited to get tons of pink stuff! Lol)

    Love you on fb!!

    Melanie F - Hey girl following you on Instagram via (happyjax) Please don;t judge my Instagram page (lol) I’m like the only person in the world that rarely used my page… BUT I love you & these darn cute shoes so much I had to follow ya!

    Leah quinn - I follow kite strings and freshly picked on Facebook!

    Leah Quinn - I follow kite strings and freshly picked on Instagram.

    Sara M - I liked both pages! :)

    Megan - I like ya both on Facebook!

    Megan - I follow you both on Instagram, too! And I would really love to win these for the babe on the way! It might even push me to look in the envelope :)

    Chantelle Walker - LOVE these! My niece would look so cute in them :)

    Liked both on Facebook

    Chantelle Walker - Following both instagram

    Angela - I liked;))

    Sarah H - I “liked” both pages on facebook! Thanks for the cute giveaway!

    Sarah H - I shared the link on facebook (and shared with several friends)!

    Joanna Polley - Would love to win these for my new niece!! So cute!!

    Molly Moore - Following (liked) you on Facebook! xx

    Molly Moore - Following you on Instagram! xx @mollyjmoore

    Molly Moore - Shared your giveaway post on Facebook! xx Molly Moore

    Molly Moore - By the way,these photos make me want a little girl even more! The colors are perfect.

    Ben Zimmer - Following on instagram

    Ben Zimmer - Liked both on Facebook.

    Jackie Jacobs - Following both

    Bryn - I followed both on Instagram!

    Kitestrings Photography - Thank you to all of you who entered the giveaway! The winner that was randomly selected was…Kelsey Sontag! Congratulations, Kelsey! Please email me at: and include your shipping address, and the size and color of the moccasins that you would like.

    delphina - love these!! my favorite baby item by far!!

    Sarah Griffin - Congrats Kelsey!

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    Little Winter Shop

    I am very excited to introduce to you a new blog post series called “Kitestrings Favorite Things”!  As a mama of two little ones, I am always asking the advice of other moms and looking up reviews before I make purchases.  Sometimes the choices can be so overwhelming!  Not only will I be featuring my favorite items, but there will also be giveaways!

    First up, is Little Winter Shop.  Justine has the most beautiful selection of handmade bows and headbands!  From floral head wraps, to neutral, wear with everything bows, your little girl’s outfit will be complete with Little Winter Shop accessories.  Not only do I love the selection of colors and patterns, but I love the quality of craftsmanship.  Each bow is made with your little one in mind.  The fabrics are soft, stretchy, and oh, so cute!  Here is my daughter, Elsie, wearing one of our favorites from the Everyday Bow Collection, in charcoal.


    And here is El with the shop owner herself!  Justine is also my sister  :).

    Want to win your very own Little Winter accessory?  Justine is giving one lucky winner the chance to select ANY one accessory of their choice!  All you have to do is follow Little Winter Shop and Kitestrings Photography on Instagram and leave a comment below letting us know that you are following along.  For additional entries, “like” Kitestrings Photography and Little Winter Shop on Facebook and let us know in the comments below.  The winner will be randomly selected on Saturday, July 5th.  Best of luck!


    *This Giveaway is closed.  Congratulations to Pamela for winning!

    Katie Johnson - I am following along and I “LIKE” Kitestrings Photography and Little Winter Shop!!

    Kathy - Hi Jen! I don’t have instagram but I liked both pages on facebook. That gray bow on Elsie is super cute and looks comfy.

    Pamela Jeffcoat - “Following” on Instagram and “liked” on Facebook! Hope both of you lovely ladies are doing well! :-)

    Megan - I not only like you. I love you both and all the beautiful creativity you both share. Entered to win in all the possible places….I hope!

    Emily Mae - Elsie is such a little cutie! I’m glad that I got to meet you lovely ladies and the Be Crafty event!

    I sure am a follower of Little Winter Shop and am excited to start following along with Kitestrings Photography! Also added a “like” on FB.

    Amber Clements - I adore you both!! I’m a fan and follower of your Instagram and Facebook sites…Thanks for hosting a fun giveaway!

    Ashley Carnahan - Am I allowed to ditto Megan’s comment? I agree! I think I’ve followed and liked all the right things and I would love to be entered in the drawing :)

    Gemma - Hehe, I followed along too :) Elsie is so cute <3

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