Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas and a Winner

I guess my title should have been reversed because I am going to announce the winner for my Holiday Giveaway FIRST and then wish you Merry Christmas SECOND.  :)  Don't hate.  Scatterbrained and disorganized is how I roll.

So...after carefully recruiting friends (it was hard to find people who didn't personally know the nominees!) to help vote on the nominations that were sent in, we sat at a TIE for 2 days and this morning another one of my lovely and helpful friends sent in her vote, breaking the tie.  Thank you all for your participation - whether it was in your heartfelt and thoughtful nominations, or in giving your time and consideration as you helped judge the nominations.

Each one of the stories sent in was truly touching...and as I personally know some of the people nominated, I'm sure you understand that there is just NO WAY that I could be the final judge!  So thank you for your patience while we got it fairly sorted out.

You're probably wondering when I'm going to stop blabbing and just make the announcement already!  So here ya go...the winner for my 2012 Holiday Giveaway is:


I am thrilled, and excited to photograph this beautiful family!  Without divulging too much personal information, I will just say that they have been through A LOT as a couple and as a family and someone who loves photography (and is a great photog as well!) as much as Sara does, I hope they will be equally as thrilled to receive this gift of family photos!

Now that we got the biz stuff out of the way...I wanted to share with you a little newsletter I put together with a cute, FREEBIE template I got from birdesign - they have lots of fun freebies and cute templates for sale, go check 'em out!  

Merry Christmas from the Hansons!  (Click to enlarge)

Much love to you all and thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Giveaway 2012

Hello friends!  

It's time for the Shari Hanson Photography annual HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!  

What is it?  

Please nominate a person or a family who you think would love the gift of photography.  There aren't really any guidelines, but for example, it could be someone who has fallen on hard times or just someone who you really admire!!

The winning family must be able to meet me within 20 miles of Huntington Beach for their session, and the session must be completed by August 31, 2013.

All of the nominations will be carefully considered and the winner will be determined by a special, and impartial panel of judges. (not ME!)

The winning family will receive a 1-2 hour photo session PLUS a Top Ten CD AND their choice of two 8x10s or one 11x14. (total value: approx. $670)

Please send a paragraph (or more) explaining WHO you are nominating and WHY to: 

Please include your nominee's contact information (email or phone #) with your entry. 

All entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, December 16, 2012.

The winner will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

**Special Note** If you'd like to remain anonymous to your nominee, make sure you specify that in your email, and I will make sure to keep it a secret!!! a BONUS, the person who nominates the winner will receive 50% off their next session fee!

Here is a snippet from the session I did with the recipient of last year's giveaway, the Price family:

As most of you know, I adore working with newborns, so I was thrilled when Alison chose to use her session with me for after she had her first baby!  Here's what she had to say about her experience:

"We were the recipients of last years Photo Package Giveaway.  It was a complete surprise!  I was pregnant with our first baby, and my husband had lost his job recently.  Having family photos or newborn photos wasn't even on the list of things we could do financially.  We were so surprised and happy to receive such a generous gift!  I begged and begged Shari to tell me who nominated us, but she wouldn't say.  I felt so honored that someone would even think of us!  

Shari came and did newborn photos of our sweet little guy and it was wonderful!  She was so patient and so gentle with Ryder.  She captured him perfectly and we couldn't have been happier!  What a blessing for us to have worked with Shari and for someone to be so thoughtful in nominating us.  Shari does such a great job and her photos are just flawless.  We love each picture we have!  Thanks to our anonymous nominator and an even bigger thanks to the fabulous Shari! We love you!"  

This is the fourth year I've offered this giveaway, and I look forward to reading all of your entries!  They always touch my heart and I am so happy to be able to share the gift of beautiful photos with another special family!

xoxo,  Shari

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sonya + Solomon ENGAGED!

My gorgeous sister is IN LOVE!  I couldn't be happier for her and Solomon!  We took these photos at Memory Grove Park in Salt Lake City back in September...and I realized I never blogged about it!  Her wedding is this weekend, and I am so excited to share this special day with them!  Congratulations Sonya and Solomon!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

i {heart} gifs!

One of these days I would love to incorporate video into my sessions, but for now I appease that desire by creating animated gifs.  It kind of has a filmstrip effect which I love...  Here's one of my best friends and her cute family...  More from their session coming soon! 

P.S.  Have you "liked" my FB Page yet?  If not, head on over and "like" it before November 30th.  If I reach 500 likes by Nov. 30th, I will do a drawing for a free session ($250 value) plus a gallery cd ($600 value)!!! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Van Boerum Family | Orange County Family Photographer

This is my dear friend Alex and her sweet family.  She is from England and I love her accent!  I could listen to her talk all day long.  When I read her blog, it is always with her accent in mind!  Her children are all beautiful...and it was really fun to spend a little time with them! 

I didn't take a pullback shot of this location, but you'd never believe it's right off of the pathway in the park - the perfect little bench made from a log, and gorgeous backlight!  Perfect for a quick mini-session! 

Thank you Van Boerums!  I hope your friends and family in England will enjoy getting to see how your family has grown! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

So, I kind of slacked off on my promise to do another drawing once I reached 50 followers...but here I am, redeeming myself.  :)  I will do a drawing for a FREE 30-minute session + 10 images on CD each time another 25 people start following my blog...  I'm only doing this until I reach 100 followers -- so that means only 2 more drawings!  I currently have 350 likes on my Facebook page -- and so I'm thinking of doing some kind of giveaway once I reach 500...  Stay tuned!

Anyway...back to the blog giveaways!

My first winner (when I reached 25 followers) was Seth Braithwaite...and you can see their pics HERE...

My second winner is...


Please contact me ASAP if you'd like to fit in a session before Christmas...otherwise, you have until April 30, 2013 to redeem this prize! or call/text 714-865-3885


xo, Shari

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ellertson Family | Orange County Family Photographer

This is my darling cousin Jessie's family!  They live in Utah and were here on a little was so fun to see them all together and to spend a little time with her adorable kiddos!  I've been busy editing a bunch of other family stay tuned for more sweet families! 

Now's the time to update your family pictures for your annual Christmas cards!  There's still time to get them done before Christmas...but I have limited session dates open!   Call/text or email me to book your session today!  714-865-3885 |

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Jurca Family | Orange County Family Photographer


Isn't this family just oozing gorgeousness?  This woman was glowing...and looked fabulous for having a baby only 2 months ago!  I was seriously in love with their son...he was totally hamming it up for me, and we had so much fun!  

If you haven't heard of Jen's blog, Delightful Deets, you should go check it out right now! 

Thank you for a fun morning together Jurca family!  It was truly a pleasure meeting you...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Brittany & Matt: MARRIED! | Orange County Wedding Photographer


I had the pleasure of second shooting for Brittany and Matt's wedding! It was so nice to be relaxed and free to capture the little details and candid moments of the day. It was fun meeting and working with Clarissa from Clarissa Stagg Photography, and if you'd like to see more pictures from their wedding, you can see them over at her blog.  Congratulations Brittany and Matt!  Love you guys!