Sonya Stone is an on location photographer in Western North Carolina specializing in portraits of all kinds, especially children and families. You can see more of her work and find information about booking a session at her web

Monday, April 26, 2010

Vote for ME!!

Very exciting things are happening in my world. I know I said I would post photos of my twins, who just turned 1...can you believe it???? I CAN NOT! Well, I will, but first I have to fill you in and get on the campaign trail.

The exciting news is that WNC Parent (a monthly publication under the management of our local newspaper, The Asheville Citizen-Times) asked me to photograph the finalists in their Cover Kids Contest for the next four issues!! So a couple of weeks ago, I met some of the cutest and definitely most photogenic kids in Western NC to shoot the May, June, July and August covers. Be sure to pick up the next copy and let me know what you think!

The June issue is where they will announce the winners of the WNC Parent Family Choice Awards. These recognize family friendly people, places and events in all kinds of categories guess it, there is a Favorite Child/Family Photographer category. Well, wouldn't that just be the cat's pajamas if I won that category for the issue where my photograph is on the cover?!???!!!

YES, the answer is YES! So please, go cast your vote for me in the favorite photographer category. You only need to enter your name and email and vote in 20 categories. Let your voice be heard! I believe they are accepting votes until April 30 so don't delay!

Just follow this link and look in the menu on the left hand side for "take the survey"

And if you are looking for some recommendations, I'll mention a few of my favs...
Family Friendly Breakfast, Sunny Point
Family Friendly Lunch, Asheville Pizza & Brewing (but I don't let my kids drink until!)
Family Friendly Dinner, Blue Sky Cafe
Best Bakery, Short Street Cakes
Best Ice Cream, Ultimate Ice Cream
Best Pizza, Asheville Pizza & Brewing
Best Kids Menu, Blue Sky
Family Friendly Grocery Store, Earth Fare
Best Parent-Child Program, Grow With Me
Best Music Program, Music Together
Best Museum, Health Adventure
Best Hiking Trail, Warren Wilson River Trail
Best Rainy Day Activity, Health Adventure
Best TV Station, UNC TV,PBS
Family Friendly Movie Theater, Asheville Pizza & Brewing
Best Consignment Store, LuLus
Best Children's Clothing Store, Just Ducky
Best Toy Store, Dancing Bear
Best Pediatric Practice, True Health Family Wellness (Dr. Todd Stone, the best Dr. Dad in the world, not just WNC, come on now!)
Best Family Dentist, Dr. Scott Peele
Best Family/Child Specialty Photographer, Seriously, I should not have to spell it out, but SONYA STONE!!!
Best Preschool, Grow With Me
Best Homeschool Program, Grow With Me

thanks!! xoxo

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Somebody noticed

Just when I thought no one was reading my blog...well, why would they? I have been so slack in posting entries that I can hardly expect people to sit around, waiting for me to post something brilliant. I get this news blog was selected as one of the "Top 47 Photo Blogs on the Web." Now, the real question is why 47? Why not 50? hmmmm, curious.

Anyway, I second guessed this honor all day until I have finally allowed myself to believe that it's not a late April fool's's just a compliment. And it's an honor to be nominated, truly!

Hopefully, this pressure will not cause me to shut down in a panic! I'm trying to search my mental files for the perfect image to post. Maybe I'll come up with something great...tomorrow I can guarantee that there will be a photograph of my babies. Why? Because it's their first birthday. And it has been the most blissful year of my life!

Go check out some of these other fabulous blogs. I love photography. I love that so many people can take the same world, the same people, the same places...and can see it all so differently.