Summer Snapshots: Kids in Northwest Arkansas

Bedford Camera category logoThe pictures just keep getting better! These fun shots were sent in by local mamas for our Summer Snapshot Contest sponsored by Bedford Camera & Video. It’s so much fun to see what kids in Northwest Arkansas are up to this summer.

Remember that we’ll name a grand prize winner in early August and that person will get a huge print on canvas of her favorite snapshot. (Click here to get the details and rules for the Summer Snapshot Contest.) Send five snapshots each month to gwen@nwamotherlode.com.

Here are a few of the great shots sent in recently by nwaMotherlode readers. Click HERE to see other snapshots we’ve published recently on the website. (Stay tuned for more snapshot finalists in July!)

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Four kids who are ALL looking at the camera AND smiling? How in the world did she pull it off? Impressive.

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Flip flops? Check. Tutu? Check. Frozen swimsuit? Check. Fabulous sunglasses and the natural born confidence to pull off this look? Double check.

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Wow! What a gorgeous photo of giant bubble-making under a brilliant blue sky.

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Words cannot adequately describe how much we love this outfit. Rock that yellow baby turban, girl! You OWN this look.

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Don’t let the summer zoom by without at least one bike ride and a cute kid.

Summer Snapshots in Northwest Arkansas

Bedford Camera category logoWe are LOVING the snapshots being sent in by local mamas for our Summer Snapshot Contest sponsored by Bedford Camera & Video. It’s so much fun to see what kids in Northwest Arkansas are up to this summer.

Remember that we’ll name a grand prize winner in early August and that person will get a huge print on canvas of her favorite snapshot. (Click here to get the details and rules for the Summer Snapshot Contest.)

Here are a few of the great shots sent in last month by nwaMotherlode readers. (Stay tuned for more snapshot finalists later this month!)

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Born to ride!

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“I see you, Mr. Grasshopper!”

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He said, “Meme, will you narrate your garden and I’ll make a video?” Priceless.

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Double trouble? Nah, we think they’re double the cuteness.

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Perfect summertime memory captured in this one special shot.

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Look at this gorgeous green framework of trees! Great shot, mama!

Northwest Arkansas Kids of Summer 2015

Bedford Camera category logoOkay, we hate to brag but there’s no denying the evidence. The kids of Northwest Arkansas are just WAY above average when it comes to cuteness. As proof, we offer up a few of the snapshot submissions local moms have sent to us recently for our Summer Snapshot Contest, sponsored by Bedford Camera & Video.

(The contest winner gets a 16×20 print on canvas from Bedford Camera & Video, ready to hang on the wall!)

To submit a few snapshots (not professional pics) to the contest, send them to gwen@nwaMotherlode.com. (You can send up to 5 photos each month.) Looking forward to seeing your pictures and showing them off for you here on nwaMotherlode.com. The Grand Prize Winner of the Summer Snapshot Contest will be announced in August.

camille3Whatever she was eating, it looks like she enjoyed it. ;-)

brown1Goggles on and ready for summer, Mom!

jenniferh4You may find this hard to believe, but she picked out this outfit all by herself.

kathleen2The scenery in the background is breathtaking but it can’t hold a candle to those two sweet faces up front.

kathleen1Summer is a time for magical fairies who fly through the backyard.

jenniferh3And last but certainly not least… behold the bathing beauty in her bubbly habitat. Gorgeous.

 Thanks to the local moms who shared these great snapshots with us. Looking forward to seeing more, so keep them coming! We’ll be accepting snapshot submissions through the end of July. To see all the contest guidelines, click HERE.

Picture Mama: Snapshot contest starts today!

Bedford Camera category logoIt’s time for a snapshot contest! Now that the weather is warmer and we’re spending more time outdoors, we’ll have more opportunities to snap cute pics of our families in action. As the new sponsor of our “Picture Mama” category, Bedford Camera & Video is providing the awesome prize for this summer’s snapshot contest — a 16×20 canvas wrapped print that will be ready to hang on your wall. You choose your favorite shot for the free print.

TIPS: Not sure what snapshot to submit? Here are some guidelines.

  • Pictures must be snapshots and NOT shots taken by a professional photographer, which are protected by copyright.
  • Submit pictures that make you laugh, cry, feel amazed or those sweet, ultra-cute shots that make you go “Awwww.”  (Send pics of kids of any age, from babies to teenagers.)
  • Pictures will be evaluated by a panel of objective judges and the winner will be announced here on nwaMotherlode.com.

You don’t have to have a fancy camera or crazy good photography skills to win this contest. Great timing and a camera phone can win it just as easily. Send up to 5 photos (per month) to gwen@nwamotherlode.com. The grand prize winner will be notified in August and her winning snapshot will be published on the website.

Shown below are examples of past snapshot contest winners, just to give you ideas or inspiration. We’ll publish some of the submissions so we can show off the cute kids of Northwest Arkansas. (NOTE: Kids’ names will not be used on the website, in order to protect privacy.) Can’t wait to see your great pictures! Good luck!

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Ideas for where to shoot family photos!

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A friend asked for suggestions on the best places to have family pictures taken in Northwest Arkansas and lots of mamas spoke up with their faves on the nwaMotherlode Facebook page!

Below are some of their suggestions. We’d love to know if you have any other ideas. Let us know in comments!

These spots are beautiful in any season:

Amy Cowan: Tanyard Creek (aka Bella Vista walking trail).

Laurie Marshall: War Eagle Mill on the bridge, Wilson Park at the castle, the open fields on the trails of Lake Fayetteville.

tree-in-autumnKristy Brown: Mount Sequoyah

Tina Banerjee: Memorial Park ….near the fountain & Crystal Bridges.

Cori Fryar: U of A campus

Taylor Dodson: Crystal Bridges and also Bella Vista lake!

Kaylin Gilkey: The Crystal Bridges grounds are beautiful. And Tanyard Creek trails in Bella Vista!

Rhonda Franz: Downtown Springdale by the trains/train station/old buildings

Stacye Peebles: Boyle Park in Bentonville

We’d love to know what you think! Do you have any other ideas for where to shoot family photos? Click the ‘post a comment’ button below and let us know!