Thursday, December 31, 2009

Let the Voting Begin - Best of 2009!

What?! It's New Years Eve already?? That seriously can't possibly be, can it? (on a little personal side note: 13 years ago today I wasn't celebrating in the traditional style -- My husband and I were in the labor and delivery unit having our first child! He came just 13 min. before the New Year so we got that tax deduction - LOL -- so Happy Birthday to my oldest son (who is now officially taller than me and I think that's his favorite birthday gift heeeee!)
Alright, so I wanted to do one last she-bang here on the ol' blog to 2009 and thought a little contest where YOU are the judges would be most fun! Aren't you excited now? Below you will find THE BEST OF 2009 (this was so hard and I totally could have put 1 from EACH session (but since I think I'd crash the poor blog uploading 100 images - LOL) I let a group of photographers help narrow it down to these 21.

So here's how it'll work: to vote, simply leave a comment below with the number of your favorite image. The image with the highest votes will win! You may, of course, vote for yourself. Feel free to share the link to this post to all your friends and family! The more votes your image receives, the better your chances of winning!

The client of the winning picture will receive a Free session to use in 2010 and a Free mounted 11×14 wall portrait of the winning image!

To make this even more interesting… after all the comments are in, I’ll do a random number draw on random.org and that comment will also win a Free session to use in 2010 (so be sure to check back after the drawing or leave your email with your comment for me to contact you).

Voting ends at 11:59pm on January 8, 2009. Only one vote per person please.

without further ramblings... I proudly present some of the BEST OF 2009!

ETA: Since not everyone has a blogger account, I have temporarily changed the settings so that ANYONE can leave a comment (so if you post as "anonymous" PLEASE sign your name so we know who you are in case you win!). I will also continue taking votes via email and manually logging in their vote :) Hope this makes things easier for friends and family!

Disclaimer: if you leave a comment as anonymous with no way to identify you (and you are the winner of the random drawing) an alternate winner will be selected. UPDATE: as of Tuesday night (Jan 5ht) at 8:30pm MST no "anonymous" vote will be counted unless a valid name and email address are left with it (if you don't want your email publicly viewable, please just send me your vote at shandyvogt@hotmail.com

#1 Deakin#2 Falling Leaves#3 Getting Mom#4 Love#5 Baby Glance#6 Love downtown#7 Baby Emma#8 Urban Ballerina#9 Golden Sunset#10 Swinging #11 Peaceful Love (I'm seeing a lot of Love-y ones... anyone getting engaged soon? LOL)#12 Vibrant Shelby#13 Expecting#14 SOAKED!#15 Means Family#16 Stern Family#17 Triple Take#18 Colorful Dip#19 Halley on the river#20 First Tennies#21 stylin' Aubree

330 comments:

  1. #14 Soaked is an awesome picture! Thanks again Shandy for an amazing year of photos. You are a ROCK STAR!!!!!

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  2. I really like #17. What a good looking kid that is!!! :)

    Lynette

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  3. So hard to choose.... I think I will go with #8

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  4. I can't choose between #3 and #11 so I guess #3.

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  5. Shandy they are all so very beautiful!

    I love #9

    Jeniele

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  6. Man, this is so hard! I vote for #14 b/c that one is definitely catching life as it happens!!!
    -Amy

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  7. So.. I don't think I even know the family but I LOVE #14 Soaked. Just a GREAT picture. Lookes like something that would happen to us.

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  8. I have gotten sooo many compliments on the pictures you did for us. I'm glad you picked my favorite one! I know my parents would love their own copy, so I'm going to vote for ours #3 :)

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  9. They are all beautiful, but I'm voting for #3!

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  10. I'm gonna go ahead and vote for #5!

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  11. Number 8, the urban ballerina! Too cute!

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  12. You are very talented!
    It was so hard to pick. But I love #6

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  13. Because it is so unique and well done, we love #20 First Tennies. You are awesome. - Thayne & Angel

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  14. They are all soooooo beautiful, but #14 is the spontaneous-life-happening-right-before-your eyes-one...PLUS I think they should get a re-do...hehe :) Loves, Shandy!!

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  15. #8 the ballerina is so... cute! Great photographer! Wow I admire your work. Someday I will be good!

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  16. #3

    nothing is better than a mom and her boys!

    I think it should be a tradition for them to have a picture of the boys tackling mom every year from here on out!

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  17. HANDS DOWN!!!!!! #3!!!!!!!!!!! Gotta love a mother and her boys ;)

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  18. Shandy, I love #19, the background colors are amazing!

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  19. Have to vote twice because Katie's favorite is %15.

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  20. I vote for #8!! you're an amazing photographer - fab job!!

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  21. I love everything you do! So hard to pick! I'll have to settle on #9!!

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  22. #3 Getting Mom is the best in my opinion! So Cute!

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  23. #5 is our favorite FOR SURE! Love you Kimmy!

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  24. #21 Stylin' Aubree,,, OF COURSE!!!
    LUV, MOMMY! :)

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  25. I vote for the red-head and the old guy (#6)

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  26. #9 took my breath away. I have about 4 favorite picks, but I'll just say #9.
    YOU ARE AMAZING!

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  27. #21 gets my vote! What a cutie!!!

    Andrea (dnasnyder@hotmail.com)

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  28. #19
    Sent in via email by
    Elizabeth D.

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  29. #14 Definitely!!! :-) It is my favorite because it is how families are in real life....crazy yet awesome!! Especially that family!

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  30. #21 is darling. I love all of your work. Very inspiring!

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  31. Love # 14!!! Nothin funnier than a water soaked family who loves each other! Cute!

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  33. #4 I remember we were asked what's it like when your on the couch watching a movie...I didn't know I was being watched! lol

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  34. #4~when I see this it envokes peace, stillness & adoration.....you're an amazing photographer & I thoroughly enjoy viewing this passion of yours

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  35. Obviously #21!!!! You look at Aubree and you instantly know...you can't wait to get to know her. It will be the best time of your life!!! Go #21!!!

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  36. How can I not be a proud aunt, but what a great year. I can't wait to see next year's work.This is val, under my moms account.
    #1

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  37. I think I am going to have to go with #14...what an awesome looking family! :)

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  38. #19 is my grand daughter she is the cutest 9 year old! J. Brownlee!

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  39. #14 Soaked. Not only because if they went through that in a photo session they deserve it but becaseu you actualy caught it. Awsome!

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  40. #21
    sent in via email from "Aunt Mary"

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  41. Of course I want another session so #11. Your photos are amazing! Can't wait for the real deal wedding next summer, keep some space open for us!

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  42. I vote for #21 what a cutie

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  43. They're all amazing, Shandy. I vote for #9.

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  44. #5 for sure!!!

    yeah yeah yeah

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  45. #11, my brother is the cutest! And his new wife is pretty great too....

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  46. #14
    sent in via email by Brenda

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  47. #11
    sent in via email by Beth S. for her nephew!

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  48. #21
    sent in via email by Rick B. her adoring grandfather!

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  49. 21 is priceless!! Love it.....Amy Applewhite

    applewhite_2@msn.com

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  50. boy that is really hard. they are all so good. I will choose #9 golden sunset. Your amazing shandy. Jamie B.

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  51. Cindy Hall & gangJanuary 1, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    #3 so cute!

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  52. Definately number 9, who cannot know who that is by the baby? He is such a cutie. That was really hard to narrow down, cause they are all so good.

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  53. #9 speaks volumes of a loved little boy :) His little smile just jumps out at you, makes you smile right along with him! What a beautiful photo, My vote, our families favorite! Huckelberryfitpro@yahoo.com

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  54. #21 Stylin Aubree, she belongs on the front of a Gap Baby billboard!

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  55. #21 Stylin Aubree, I agree with Russell and Holli!

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  56. I love all of these! Though I have a few favorites, I'm voting for #9.

    Rachel Drown
    hotpink485@hotmail.com

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  57. #6! love it! lee1201@msn.com

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  58. I've got to vote for my family. #16 we were so blessed to have you take our family portraits.
    thank you shandy.

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  59. do i get to vote too since I am a separate person...#16.

    Nick Stern

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  60. #20 love those shoes

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  61. #16 - Love the Stern Family! All pics were great!

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  62. #11 beautifully done. Love the lighting

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  63. #11... beautiful :)

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  64. I vote for #9. What can I say, I love that family!!! And I don't live in the Boise area, so if this number gets picked you can give the session to someone else. thanks.

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  65. hands down #6!!
    Lorin

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  66. #11- definitely a gorgeous couple in love!

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  67. #3 Very Darling. I love a mom with her boys. Great picture.

    Amy
    agneiting123@gmail.com

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  68. #11...How Josh got such a gorgeous wife, the world may never know! :)

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  69. I would have to vote for #16! Not only were the pics great, but so is the family!!!!!

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  70. This was tough to choose just one! I've narrowed it down to number 9. Great Job Shandy!

    Denise Odom

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  71. #21 gets my vote!

    Andy Odom

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  72. I choose Bentley, #9.

    Callie Odom

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  73. #14 is cool because they're splashing in the water.
    Jayden Odom

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  74. #21 MY Stylin' Bree!
    -Chris
    cac_coe@yahoo.com

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  75. They are all awesome but my vote goes to #21

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  76. You better believe I'm voting for my baby!! #9 I love him!!!!

    Erica Farnsworth

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  77. I vote for Bentley's fam!! #9 They are so awesome!! Just love that pic!

    Mama Jane
    cindy@acnnolimits.com

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  78. #9 hands down! Totally awesome. doyle@acnnolimits.com

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  79. #9 has my vote. paide7@gmail.com

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  80. I've got to go with #16. I love the Stern family and you really captured the essance of who they are! All of the pics are amazing...would love to be able to have my family portrait taken someday. Blessings for a successful 2010. Debbie Coutts

    debbiecoutts@msn.com

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  81. #16--go Sterns! Leslie Dalbey

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  82. I admire your work, and I LOVE so many of them....but I would have to go with #14 just because you cought "it"! You couldn't have planned that if you tried!
    (bathueson@juno.com)

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  83. #1 Deakan is adorable. Even though I am his grandma O.

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  84. #11
    submitted via email by Nancy C.

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  85. #11 gets my vote What a couple

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  86. #16. After all I have to vote for my grandson (and his parents). All your pictures are fantastic!

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  87. Love #21. It is so cute!
    Diane Norman

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  88. I've always had a soft spot for zombies, especially baby ones. I'm gonna have to vote for #5, although, I do think someone needs to inform that little girl that she is supposed to be eating brains, not shoulders.

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  89. #16 stern family rocks!!

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  90. number 1 - Deakin is so ridiculously cute.

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  91. awww 5 is sooo cute!! camface07@hotmail.com

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  92. #5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Kevin - Kevingodinet@yahoo.com

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  93. Amazing pictures!! But I have to go with that beautiful baby girl in #21...Stylin' Aubree...gorgeous!!

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  94. Love #18!
    Valerie Walts
    val_kansas@hotmail.com

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  95. #1. Flippin' adorable little boy!

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  96. It's so hard to choose but I guess I would pick #9 with Bently, that picture is stinken awesome!

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  97. Jenny Rhoads said....Of course I love them all, but I have to say my vote is for #21. She is too cute & the colors are amazing!!

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  98. Dyan
    #14 - the accidental photos are always the best!

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  99. #21 is sooo Beautiful!!! The lighting and contrast are so vibrant!!

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  100. #11 just for the chick. She's hot. The guy looks obviously gay

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  101. #18 Winner couple!

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  102. #18
    sent in via email by
    Rosemary H.

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  103. #9 Golden Sunset. Love the colors!

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  104. My vote is for #21, Stylin' Aubree, she is so stinkin cute. Great work!

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  105. #16 the stern family.

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  106. #18
    sent in via email by Beth H.

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  107. ##16 the Stern family. Londa- lybaum@lcp2.net

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  108. I vote for #2 Falling Leaves. Love the smile and colors!
    gjborup@gmail.com

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  109. I love #2, Just Beautiful

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  110. #8 The cutest granddaughter ever!

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  111. I'm gonna have to say #5.
    Carriereed1 @ hotmail.com

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  112. #19
    submitted via email by Conn D.

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  113. I have to go for #9

    Stephanie Miner
    stephyminer@gmail.com

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  114. I will have to vote for #14. They are a fun family and that scene just fits them so well.
    jessica_stevens6@hotmail.com

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  115. I vote for #11 !!!

    Sandy Tracy

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  116. I vote for #11

    Conal Tracy

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  117. I love #11

    Tim Tracy

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  118. Cutest couple #18

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  119. #21 gets my vote! But they are all beautifully done! Suzie
    tsuzanneh@cox.net

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  120. I vote for my beautiful niece Aubree! Stylin Aubree #21
    Luvs, Aunt Stacey Stinson

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  121. My vote is for Aubree too! #21
    Uncle Nate Stinson!

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  122. I vote for Aubree #21 sooo adorable -Aunt Lacey

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  123. Aubree #21 so cute -Uncle Stan Sorenson

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  124. #21 Stylin Aubree
    Looks really great...

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  125. #16 has got to be the winner, what a great family, and overall great pictures.

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  126. #19
    sent in via email by Christa S.

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  127. #19 4 nurses gave thier vote from St als ER

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  128. #9 has my vote. Love the pics.

    Bentley's Grandma

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  129. #21 has my vote. Of course I think she the most precious!

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  130. I agree with Grandma Teresa that #21 has my vote.

    Grandpa Andy

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  131. Shandy, I definitely have to vote for my adorable nephew in photo #9. What a beautiful shot!

    - Rod

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  132. I love Stylin Aubree. The colors really pop! and that little smile is adorable....

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  133. I vote for Aubree #21
    Allison Livingston alli23@cableone.net

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  134. Aubree wins #21
    Brittani Applewhite brittani12@hotmail.com

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  135. #15 because they are the best family ever!! :)

    amymeans@hotmail.com

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  136. marge and tom meansJanuary 3, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    What a great family shot, good job

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  137. #15 because you caught them in a family moment.

    jbwood12@hotmail.com

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  138. We like #15 the best'cause they are the coolest family ever =)

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  139. The Armstrongs say....I like #15. They are such a cute family. What a beautiful moment in time.

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  140. #15 the Means Family, What a cute family moment.
    Jen
    ltl.lefty(at)gmail(dot)com

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  141. Bob said that his favorite photo is #15

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  142. Mary Myers likes #15

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  143. Sherry likes #15 what a beautiful family.

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  144. Roxanne loves #15, what a beautiful family

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  145. I vote for #15, but I love all of your work.

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  146. There's just something neat about #9...

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  147. #16 Fin is the cutest

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  148. I will have to go with #9. The smile on the face looking back is priceless

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  149. #16
    auntie jamie.

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  150. Greg Rasmussen
    The color and grouping of the Means Family #15 was striking. You do very good work. By the way, I am your Dad's cousin and my wife and I live in Meridian. We've got to get together sometime. grapecreek@cableone.net

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  151. I love #9. Cute family. What a smile on that kid!
    Barry. bbleazard@cableone.net

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  152. okay....my cute lil triple take boy is getting hosed by cute babies and snuggling families!!! He doesn't stand a chance!!!

    Poor Kid...okay...not really.

    Poor Mom!!!

    #17 ROCKS!!!!!

    the mom of #17

    and yes I already voted once!!!! :)

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