{Giveaway} Too special

Too special

When I was a kid, my mum always lamented the fact that she had very few pictures of her childhood, and I am sure this is partially why I grew up with a camera in my face.

Whether it was her or my dad, we always had someone fiddling behind a tripod, waiting, waiting, for them to set the focus, adjusting the manual settings before hoping that at least one shot turned out ok when we collected the pictures weeks later from the chemist.

As we got older, the cameras got smaller, quicker and easier. Digital came along and ironically, the pictures became fewer and far between. We grew and left home and then it was my turn to be shoving a camera in my own daughters face, but with my sister now living overseas, it was hard to get any family pictures of us all together.

So when she came home a few years ago, on a quick visit from Denmark, I organised a photo shoot with one of my favourite photographers, Kim Selby.

As awkward as it could of been, this odd grouping of inter-generational people, it was in fact, a really special way to spend a few hours wandering around the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent. Watching Poss play with my mum and my sister, and husband – all my favourite people, while Kim quietly captured it all.

Now, I’m notorious for just putting them in a folder, never publishing them (except on here) and never really looking at them again. In fact I’ve written about it before. I’m lazy and slack, but you all know that ;)

But these ones, they were too special. Too special to sit in a drawer. Too special to sit on my laptop.

Instead, everyone got photo Christmas presents that year. Frames, calendars and for memory, we even used one image on our Christmas card. Stupidly easy way to cover off almost everyone in one hit. And really, in this day and age of printing, there are no excuses.

So, when the lovely people at Momento contacted me about a Christmas giveaway, how could I refuse? If you’re all like me, you no doubt have heaps of pictures lying around waiting to be printed turned into something special, so now is your chance to get it done before Christmas – just in time for gifts! And yes, there is still time, with the Christmas deadline not until the 13th December!

To be in the running for a $150 voucher from Momento, simply pop over to their site and then come back and tell me which product you would order, and why. Easy as that.

The competition will be open until Sunday 8th December – so it’s only quick, but I want to give you as much time as possible to place your order. 

The small print – Entry is available to all Australian residents. The winner will receive a $150 to spend online at Momento. Winners will be judged by me & no correspondence will be entered in to. This post was bought you in partnership with Momento.

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  1. Michelle Jones says:

    I would definitely order a photo book! There’s some beautiful photos from a very special 6th birthday party that are STILL waiting to be put into some form of lovely book ;) That was only 2 years ago….

  2. Ani says:

    I can’t recommend Momento highly enough. I used them to create my niece’s First Year album and the final product was beyond my expectation. The staff were so incredibly helpful in answering my questions and it ended up being worth every cent and every minute spent putting it together. I gave them a plug on twitter and Facebook at the time but since you’re blogging a prize for them I wanted to give them another plug. Cannot speak highly enough of Momento albums, software and customer service.

  3. Sooze says:

    I’m big on sending cards so I’d go nuts for the stationery.
    And then spend all year making the day of my friends and family sending special personalised notes.
    Gorgeous photos Renee x

  4. Gill says:

    For my mums 60th birthday last year I took her on a 4 week trip around the UK and showed her where I used to call home. Taking her through the Cotswolds, then to Belfast, across the Scottish highlands then back down to London. It was only her second trip overseas and she has since told me it was the best time of her life. But, like most holiday snaps, the photos are spread between her and my computer, so I’d love to put together a photo book for her and get them off technology and in print.

  5. Sharron Redmond says:

    I would order a photo book so I could compile photos of my Mum as she is 81 years old and the love of my life. I dont have barely any photos of her when she was younger as they couldnt afford cameras and photos to be developed .I hang on to every moment with my vibrant Mom , I know she cant be with me forever and I dont want to ever forget her face .See now you have made me cry Renee xox

  6. jody says:

    I was planning to give photos this Christmas, these look great! I think a photo book for the grandparents would be a truly treasured gift, especially with a lovely linen cover. Thanks Renee! xo
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  7. Gillian says:

    I would order the photo book, as I was planning on getting one for Daisy. I have documented and photographed her progress and achievements all year so she can always see how far she’s come. Your sister and you are alike!!

  8. Magdalena says:

    I have the best intentions to print our photos every few months but before I know it the few months have turned into almost a year and then it just becomes a little bit of a chore. Our family and both sets of grandparents to our two Children live two states away so they miss out on sharing many “first” moments with us. Photos are our way of keeping them updated and making them feel part if all our experiences. But like me I know they don’t get around to printing the many photos which are sent via smartphones. I would love to share our adventures over the past year with both sets of grandparents as a keepsake book. The smal classic books on momento’s site would be perfect for this.

  9. I know this guy who booked and planned this elaborate, amazing 30th birthday present for his girlfriend. To Hawaii. For 12 days. On 3 different Hawaiian Islands. He organised massages, helicopter tours, snorkeling charters and swimming with dolphins as a surprise for her. What a lucky girl. Oh yeah- that’s me! Seriously. WHo does that?!! So I think I would like to remember it forever in a beautiful photo book. A leather one maybe, with satin pages. Hmm…

  10. Cate says:

    I’d love to make a photo book of recipes used to celebrate my Mum’s 70th birthday. With my 3 sisters we thought hard how to make Mum’s birthday special and unique. We ummed and ahhed about going out to a restaurant but knew that Mum would prefer to celebrate at home among family.
    Finally one of my brother-in-laws came up with the answer- 7 courses for 7 decades; with each of the courses made using our favourite recipes of Mums. Each person had to work out which was there favourite food Mum cooked (a very hard choice) and then we had to secretly find out the recipe! There was cutlets, pumpkin soup with homemade croutons, caramel pie… And served with coffee was a huge range of Mum’s slices, cakes and other sweet recipes. Delicious!
    The night was such a success and I’d love to document it through a photo book, with recipes and wonderful pictures!

  11. Love the deluxe regular size photo book at $150. I miss looking through photo albums in the digital world.
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  12. Tiffany Bassindale says:

    I would love to get a calendar for Leigh’s mum so she can look at the grand kids every day.

  13. Chloe says:

    I would order a desk calender for my father in law, due to work comitments we dont see him as often as we would like, every day our boys are growing. We recently had family photos done it would be lovely to fill a desk calender with beautiful pictures of his grandchildren. He could look at the calender and be reminded of thier cheeky micheivuous ways or thier beautiful smiling faces, that way when hes away from home for weeks at a time the boys are always with him
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  14. All their products look great but I like the idea of gifting personalised diaries particularly as my mother and grandmother live away from us and don’t always get to see the kids. Giving them a useful and living reminder of family would be the perfect gift for them. I think I’ll order through Momento for my family gifts – it looks easy and more affordable than I expected – thanks for the suggestion Renee!
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  15. Nicola James says:

    I would order a premium photo book and box times two, as a memento of a wonderful Kenyan safari close friends and I took last year. This way, there would one for each household as a memory jogger of the most incredible adventure we undertook. I love the idea of the storage boxes to keep your album in, it will protect the images from dust and sticky fingers!

  16. Trisha says:

    Love the spiral notebooks, these wold make great gifts and I would love some for me too!

  17. Photo Greeting Cards would make me have to reply to mum’s letters,
    I prefer the phone but mum loves the old fashion way

  18. Tiffany Gordon says:

    My nanna’s memory is fading fast
    and I want a gift for her that’ll last
    So I’d choose the photobook
    And make it so that she could look
    at photos of those so dear
    who now are scattered far and near
    chicldren, grand children siblings and more
    even her annoying grand-daughter in law
    If it will help her to remember
    it would be the best December!

  19. Barbara Fehmel says:

    The Calenders at this time of the year, would be great. I could make use of them for gift items. How great is that.

  20. SARAH GIFFORD says:

    I’d order the Photo Calender – My family are all over the world and it would be a lovely gift to send, without costing the earth in postage.

  21. Billie says:

    Personal photo calendar- I give family members personal photo calendars every year for Xmas of our children so they can can look back over the year at their best to see how they change and have everlasting pictures of my beautiful babies as they grow.

  22. Clare says:

    I would spend the $150 voucher on 4 calendars – one for each my parents who have recently split up, and one for my partners mum. The last calendar I would be giving to my surrogate grandmother who is very sick with ovarian and breast cancer at the moment. She loves my little family of 3 – and our son is the closest thing she will ever have to a grandchild. With the remaining $50 I would like to make a photo book for my partner for christmas as we recently got married and I would like to put together a collage of photos from our 4 years together and our wedding. Fingers crossed, family is a hugely important part of my life and I want to share my special moments with my family in a beautifully gifted way. Thank you.

  23. Clare says:

    To add to that, with the recent death of my grandmother – I would make either a photo book or calendar dedicated to pictures of her throughout her life for both myself and my dad.

  24. Angela Murray says:

    I’d order a premium photo book. I’m guilty of the same thing – my phone is full of photos of my three kids but I hardly ever get them printed. I need to change that! Having a special photo book would be an amazing thing for us all to look at together and remember special memories.

  25. Sue says:

    I would definitely purchase a photo book as I’ve been going through baby photo’s that are sitting in a box and getting old and would be much more protected in a gorgeous photo book.

  26. Mandy says:

    I’ved always wanted to do an annual year book but never gotten around to it. this would be just the push I need.
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