Introducing: ShadeLeaf Studios & Giveaway


Please check out our Facebook Fan Page to see who the WINNER is!!  🙂

We are SO excited to welcome Shallyse on board as our other half of our talented “Photographers In Residence” team! {If you missed the post about Abbey with AK Studio Design….click HERE!}  Shallyse will be helping us beautify our photos and she is EXTREMELYtalented!  We will be working closely with her this next year and will let you know of any amazing deals or promotions she will be doing….cuz we aren’t kidding when we say you are gonna want to book a session with this gal! ….and North Carolina readers… are IN LUCK! {Better read all the way to the end of this post….one word…..GIVEAWAY!!!} Here is the FABULOUS Shallyse herself…..

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My name is Shallyse, I’m a wife, mom, and photographer. My husband is super tall (6′ 9″), and I’m pretty short (5′ 2″), so we get weird looks when we’re out in public together – although we’ve gotten pretty used to it after 8+ years of marriage. We have two daughters, ages 7 & 3, who will more than likely tower over me in height before they finish elementary school. We moved to North Carolina from Utah 3 years ago when my husband finished school, and we’re still getting used to the humidity in the summer and the year-round challenge of being so far away from all of our extended family.

Aside from the obvious photography obsession, I *do* have a few other hobbies. I love to read, cook (dislike the clean-up part), and watch reality TV (mostly the competition shows – Project Runway, Top Chef, etc). I spend waytoo much time avoiding laundry by playing on the Internet (don’t let me anywhere NEAR Pinterest, or I’ll probably lose at least 2 hours of my day without even realizing it). I really need to develop some healthier active habits, but seriously, the humidity in the South takes a LOT of getting used to for a girl born and raised in the desert, and I tend to avoid the outdoors like the plague in the summer.

I pretty much eat, breathe, and sleep photography. I think about it all the time. It actually drives my husband crazy – I’ll point out the catch-lights or beautiful back-lighting while we’re watching a movie, or startle him while he’s driving by squealing about some amazing possible portrait location on the side of the road.

I own and operate Shadeleaf Studios, and feel like the luckiest girl in the world because I get to live my passion every. single. day. I get to spend time with the most amazing children and families and capture their emotions, expressions, and interactions so that they can bottle up those moments and keep them forever. I get to cuddle with sweet-smelling newborns, sing with toddlers, and tell jokes with kids and high school seniors. Seriously, it’s the best job in the world!

My photography style is clean, crisp, and contemporary with a little bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure. Every session is a mixture of relaxed posed images (I’ll never tell you to “say cheese,” but I may tell you where and how to sit or stand so that you love how you look when you see yourself on “film) and more candid interactive images. We’ll talk, laugh, let the kids run and play, and just have a great time. Then after your session, I’ll go home and craft the images I’ve taken into portraits that you’ll be proud to hang on your wall as personal art.

I don’t know about you, but the last time I had pictures taken with my husband was for our wedding invitation. We’ve both changed quite a bit since then, and we really need some updated pictures to put on our walls and pass down to our children. I would imagine that many of you reading this are in the same boat. Here’s my proposal – let me fix that for you right now.  Let me gift you with a “Love Story” portrait session.

“Love Story” Portrait Session:

Here’s how it works….one lucky reader will win a “Love Story” portrait session. We’ll have a nice chat on the phone or in person prior to your session where we can discuss a theme for the session. We can keep it simple, or go all out with a special theme complete with props and wardrobe styling. On the day of your session, you’ll find a sitter if you have kiddos at home, and then take some time to pamper yourself (I can recommend hair and makeup artists if you’d like).  After you’re all primped and ready to go, we’ll meet for your session.  We’ll spend a couple of hours hanging out and creating romantic (but PG-rated) portraits that you will treasure for a lifetime.

The giveaway will include a Love Story session and your favorite 5 images on disk with a personal printing release. If you win, you may also choose to do a family session instead, but I promise you won’t regret taking the time to have a portrait session with just you and your spouse.

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Doncha just LOVE her photos?  PUUUULLLLEEEZZZEEEE share this with ANYONE living in North Carolina or who is able to travel to North Carolina for this fabulous Photo Shoot!  If you have loved ones living there…you could even enter FOR them & win this as a surprise!!

Wanna Enter THIS Giveaway?

{Must be a “Dating Divas” newsletter subscriber to be eligible to enter… right-hand corner of website.}

There are THREE different ways you can be entered….and EACH of these need to be typed in a separate comment!

#1 By becoming a FAN of Shadeleaf Studios Facebook Fan Page.

#2 – By subscribing to Shadeleaf Studios’ newsletter. {Top right-hand corner of her blog – on the title bar.}

#3 – By becoming a FAN of The Dating Divas Facebook Fan Page.

The giveaway will end NEXT Tuesday, August 9th at 11:00 PST. We will announce the winner on Wednesday, August 10th on our Facebook Page – so don’t forget to check back to see if the winner is YOU!!

About the Author: Tara

I am an outgoing and fun-lovin’ gal who was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams! You could probably say I am an “extreme extrovert” as I LOVE to talk and be around people! I love ANYTHING creative and am not a fan of the “norm.” My favorite things in life are my family… especially my HOT husband, my friends, and my faith! We are expecting a miracle baby boy this year! I have a passion for life and I am having a BLAST running this website with some of my closest friends!

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78 Responses to Introducing: ShadeLeaf Studios & Giveaway

    1. Hey Carolyn!

      Shadeleaf Studios serves Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, RTP, Apex, Cary, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Wake Forest, and the surrounding areas.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  1. I became a fan of Dating Divas on facebook! I really want to win this for my sister. She is a photographer herself and is always taking pictures for others, but rarely treats herself to a family photoshoot where she actually doesn’t have to set it up. I know she really wants one and she totally deserves it!

  2. I entered, but not for myself. A wonderful couple I know just adopted 2 children whose mother is dying of cancer. They live in NC and I think this would be a wonderful gift for them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I don’t have facebook or I would totally become a fan of both but I did Subscribe to Shadeleaf newsletter…I just really want to win for my sister who lives North Carolina while the rest of her family including me live in Utah…her and her husband have been married for about six years and she is facing the trials of infertility. They want a baby so bad and have been trying almost everything to make that happen. Most recently my sister has been working with doctors to try new things and some of the things she has had to go through have really been challenging. My sister is beautiful but just doesn’t always know it for herself….she deserves something like this to lift her spirits and show her inner and outter beauty!