Thursday, September 29, 2011


And the winner of the FREE Mini session this Saturday...

CARLEY!!! Congratulations Carley. Check your email for something from me...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Remember this gorgeous face?

This is Tanya. I did photos with her last November. She is a complete pleasure to work with. It's not very often that I actually feel really nervous to do photos with someone- I was with this session. Tanya has done some modeling for other photographers. It was so intimidating. Once we got started it was so natural and we both had a lot of fun and spent a lot of time laughing.

Tanya- I just adore you. You are a beautiful woman - inside and out. I hope to work with you more in the future.

Enjoy this small slide show of some of her photos from her session.
Tanya 2011 - Photography by April Smith

Months of absence, facebook drama and a giveaway!!!

I quit my job at the doctors office back in May - how ironic that the last time I updated my blog was in May. A LOT has happened since then. I've had a lot of new clients, some regular clients and a lot of new things happening with Photography by April Smith. We celebrated 2 years in July. YAY! We hit 1000 "likes" on facebook. YAY! We started the processes and completed all testing to start working with the March of Dimes. YAY! We participated in the AZ Bridal Fashion Debut- AZ Bridal Expo- our first expo and  a BIG one at that. YAY! (and I sent my oldest to Kindergarten. YAY!) It's honestly been a whirlwind crazy ride but I have LOVED every minute. I am going to try my best to go back and highlight clients and things that occurred over the last few months. Things WILL be out of order. And in no special order- all my clients are special to me!!

This past week I decided I wanted to thank my loyal clients and all my "likers" on facebook by offering a free mini session this weekend. Less than 2 days into the simple contest (tag yourself in the photo type contest) I was told by facebook I was breaking the rules, they locked the photo so that no one else could tag it, I would not be allowed to post any photos and I was in harm of having my account deleted.

Here was my original photo that got me in trouble:

They didn't really give me a reason. I made a new photo, did some test posting and posted another contest photo- we were up and running again.

Or so I thought- I started reading the rules of facebook and determined the way I was running my contest was basically illegal.  See facebook contest rules here.

I decided to end the contest immediately. I had a fear of them deleting my business page which I have built for 2 years. I wasn't about to lose contact with the 1000+ people I had come in contact with over those two years.

So instead- I quickly picked a winner. (Congratulations ‎Gregg Scott Hollingsworth! ) Ended the contest 2 days early. I didn't feel it was fair to end it so quickly and found a way to legally run a contest on facebook. Another YAY!!!

SOOOOO I am giving away a total of TWO mini sessions. Contest ends in two days. Session must take place on Saturday, October 1st in the morning- in Glendale, AZ.

I just wanted a way to say thanks to all my faithful likers and clients and let them know how much I appreciate them. THANK YOU!!!