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Monday, June 30, 2008

Help!!

Which pic would you submit for a contest titled "Dads/Fatherhood"?

Hands?
Or Shoulder?
Please vote in the comments section!

21 comments:

lotto winning numbers said...

Nice blog. Thats all.

Susan Burke said...

totally shoulder

Kim said...

Need to know who your evaluating audience will be before answering - if it is a mama-style crowd, would vote shoulder; more artsy-fartsy purist-type committee, would submit the hands. More information please woman!

Kim :)

Ariana said...

Hand. Simple, but says it all.

Elizabeth said...

eric says hands

Elizabeth said...

shoulders..feel like I've seen the hands before.....?

Jessica said...

Kim- Both audiences are voting. The photographer picks her 5 favs (she's more artsy), and then a bunch of moms vote. Helpful eh?

Elizabeth- Yeah - the hands feel somewhat cliched/overdone to me... but it may be just what the audience falls for.

Kim said...

Well, it is decided then. Photo #1 to be submitted from Jess Niles, #2 shall come from Ms. Virginia Jiles (channel Scarlett when pronouncing name #2 - has a very classy feel - sure to be a hit with the artiste).

Whichever one you pick, know they are both terrific, which is, of course, why there was a bidding war over your silent auction donation - you are a rockin' photog. Good luck!

Jamie said...

They are both really fantastic pics Jess! If I had to choose between the two, I would go with the hands. I found myself looking at that one more.

T.J. said...

I vote for the shoulder image. The other may get the "seen that before" response. Good captures, both of them!

Kelly said...

Shoulders, I think could be considered both artsy and mom voter friendly.

Mom said...

I agree, the "hand" is more common. I vote for the "shoulder"!

Sarah, Chris, Elijah & Sadie said...

Though they are both lovely, the hands have been done, done, done (and I'm sure they'll get a million of those). LOVE the shoulders!

Tyler Zane said...

i love both. mike chooses shoulders. he said it represents fatherhood better. the artsy me loves hands, but i think the better submission is shoulders. its a tough call. i don't think you can go wrong with either. good luck!

jlo said...

I'm too late, but hands.

Anonymous said...

Both are awesome but I'd have to go with the shoulders. So much more interaction, learning, adventure. To me it tells more of a longer story.

Anonymous said...

Definitely the hands. The way the child's hand is wrapped around his finger and then his thumb secures it all...say total connection.

Mom2Mom Ministry said...

They are both so fabulous how would you choose? I can't and sorry I'm no help but I love both the pictures.
Julie
www.homeschoolblogger.com/juliestew

Yelena said...

Shoulders, definitely

dlyn said...

I am too late I'm sure, but I love the shoulders shot - really shows their companionship. Lovely photos - I will defintely be back to check out your blog some more!

Jessica said...

Thanks for voting everyone! I really enjoyed getting so many comments and/or e-mails and I swear I wasn't just fishing for compliments. ;)

I really wanted to submit the hands picture but knew I should go with shoulders so I was hoping there was going to be a clear cut winner. In the end, shoulders won with 12 votes vs. 7 for hands. So I went with the majority.

Really I just wanted everyone to tell me what to do so I'd have you all to blame for not getting picked as a finalist.

Will keep everyone posted!

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