• Hello & Welcome!

    My name is Corina Nielsen and I am so happy you stopped by. I provide custom photography services in San Diego, Ca., mainly specializing in newborn portraiture and I also run a separate graphic design business helping photographers define their business identity. You can see samples of all my work right here on my blog... both of my photography and design portfolio's are located right in the above menu! Please take a look and if you are interested in either booking a session or getting on my design wait list, you can use the contact form to get in touch! I look forward to talking with you soon!

What to Wear- September 2012

Where has the year gone?  I cannot believe how fast 2012 has flown by.  I have been blessed with so many new families, double the amount of babies this year, and an already jam packed holiday shooting season!  With all of those family sessions coming up, I knew I had to get a jump start on some new “What to Wear” guides.  As always, my fellow photographer friends are welcome to enjoy and use the downloads on their websites, blogs, and social media pages.  I would love a link back to my Facebook page or blog!  Please let me know if you like them…

I’m a BIG fan of color and nothing makes photos come to life more than well coordinated looks.  Again, no matchy matchy here please… white shirts and khaki’s?  No thanks!  Let each individual be unique & awesome.  It will show in their images.  Promise!

Just a few things to keep in mind.  Limit prints in clothing to 1 (maybe 2 people if its a small print) and then base the rest of the outfits around that.  Find colors that work well with the print, ones that will accent the look.  Think comfort.  Keep your location in mind and how that relates to the clothing.  Think about  how photos will look in your/your clients home and #1 MOST IMPORTANT “rule”… make sure the clothing brings out THEIR personalities!

Here are FIVE new looks for that can be used for this very warm end of Summer.  Of course here in San Diego, we can rock these looks all year long for the most part:)



Hope you like my looks for September!  Enjoy!


Nik - September 14, 2012 - 9:24 am


sue - September 14, 2012 - 9:27 am

Thanks so much for these!

viktorija - September 14, 2012 - 11:38 am

Hi! Do you happen to remember the name of the orange dress from outfit #1? I love it! Just searched Target’s website by orange dresses, but can’t find it. :/

Kristen - September 14, 2012 - 11:43 am

These are great! Thanks you so much for sharing :)

libbywilko - September 14, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Love these ! Thanks Corina.

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Heather M - September 17, 2012 - 7:51 am

Thank you, Corina!! You’re the best at this!!!!!

Morgan Ramirez - September 17, 2012 - 3:06 pm

Thank you!

Jordan - September 17, 2012 - 4:43 pm

These are great! Thank you!!!

Amanda - September 20, 2012 - 8:22 am

You are such a blessing! Thank you so much for sharing these! I truly admire you!

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Featured Vendor & Giveaway :: Photographer’s Partner

It’s been quite some time since I have done a product feature here on my blog but I’m excited to showcase one for you today!!!

I actually get asked quite frequently by various companies to showcase their products and services, run contests, and promotions, but I’m pretty picky about how I run those.  I really only like to promote and feature companies and products that I truly believe in. I hate having my name attached to things that I don’t feel 100% true to.  So when Photographer’s Partner had contacted me a few weeks ago with information regarding their printing services, I knew I had to jump on the opportunity!  This is a product I haven’t seen too many of and feel like it could help a lot of photographers who are either just starting out, need an alternative for their digital file orders, looking to spruce up their products, or just interested in custom CD’s.  Take a look at these cute little things!

Now, personally, I switched over from using CD-DVD’s earlier this year when I rebranded (that post can be found HERE) just because I was having a hard time keeping up with the custom orders from the lab, BUT these sleeves & CD’s would have been a great option for me.  These also would have been great back when I was first starting out… inexpensive BUT totally professional looking.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money upfront to purchase them, but can still give a quality looking product that will impress your clients.  No waiting on the lab for your order, no spending time designing, just complete your session, get a digital file order, burn, and send out!  Time is money and these help save on BOTH!

All you have to do is use their spec templates to create the sleeve and CD file, upload to their site, and wait on your order which should only take a few days to ship!  I adore how mine came out… going to be perfect for small sessions I might do for family or friends.  All I have to do is burn the disk and hand over the files!  Take a peek…

Pretty nifty huh?  Definitely looks a LOT better than the jewel cases I see so many photographers using (huge pet peeve of mine actually).  Sure the jewel cases work, they are inexpensive, and you can do them at home on your own printer BUT do they really look professional?  Like really?  These sleeve and CD’s will represent your brand and your business so much better!  Why not upgrade to a better product right?
For those of you who are not immediately rushing over to Photographer’s Partner to create and order your own set of sleeve’s and CD’s at once… how about a little giveaway action?
Photographer’s Partner has generously decided to give a set of these guys to one of my lucky readers!!!!!

Rules for the giveaway are very simple:

  • head on over to Photographer’s Partners Facebook page HERE and like their page.  You can leave a note on their wall letting them know I sent ya!

  • leave me a little note on THIS post letting me know why you NEED to win this little giveaway

  • contest ends September 4, 2012 at 11:59pm PST

Easy peasy right?  Good luck!
Please feel free to use the little “pin this” button at the bottom of this post to share this product as well!  Would be great to keep this branding item in the back of your head for further reference!
UPDATED: The Lucky Winner

Katherine Forbes - August 29, 2012 - 12:08 pm

I liked Photographer’s Partners!!! :) Thank you for the chance to win! I have been a CD BURNING MACHINE lately and would LOVE to spruce up my packaging a little!! Xoxo!

Jennifer Lohrke - August 29, 2012 - 12:09 pm

I love these! Even though you designed a case for me I love these just as much!!

Kristin Allen - August 29, 2012 - 12:09 pm

I love those Sleeves!! I totally need them, I am using jewel cases *gasp* i know but they match my brand, the CD’s are custom made similar to these!

Jennifer Anderson - August 29, 2012 - 12:10 pm

I would love to win this product, cause I’m redounding and I would love to get these instead of printing my own:) Thank you for letting us know about them!!!

Liz F - August 29, 2012 - 12:11 pm

I’d love to win these because as of right now I am using the jewel cases and HATE them but just find custom cd cases so expensive. Thank you!!!

Kim Youra Photography - August 29, 2012 - 12:11 pm

I’d love to give them a try! I’m always looking for something new and improved! (And… *blushing*… I have been known to use colorful jewel cases… lots of them, actually.) That right there shows my NEED to try this product. LOL! Thanks!

Nichole Livingston - August 29, 2012 - 12:11 pm

I think these are super adorable. I have been looking into an update :)

Jessica Bentley - August 29, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Would love this set, thanks for the giveaway!

Jill Blair - August 29, 2012 - 12:12 pm

I “liked” Photographer’s Partner”. :)
I absolutely love these and with my new branding, I definitely to upgrade from the jewel case too! ;)

lisa - August 29, 2012 - 12:12 pm

I’m a VERY green photographer, just finishing up touches on my first ever website, and started looking for cd delivery options. This would be PERFECT! I can’t wait to see if I win, & try out this company. Thanks for the info!

Mary - August 29, 2012 - 12:12 pm

I NEED to win this because I am in love with them and simply cannot go without! <3

If I didn't win I might have to cry and sleep for days because of a sadness called disappointment…

Ok, I am dramatic but still NEED & WANT!

Courtney Shippy - August 29, 2012 - 12:13 pm

I am jsut starting out in my photography business,and have been looking for a more professional look for my digital files! These would be so fantastic, and my clients will LOVE them!

Sara Janell Mickelson - August 29, 2012 - 12:13 pm

I am newer to the biz and just ordered custom cases for my CDs from Millers but still use the dreaded jewel CDs:( I would love to have something much more professional looking to give to my clients! These look fantastic and even if I don’t win I will be purchasing some sometime in the future!

Kristen - August 29, 2012 - 12:16 pm

I am just starting up my business and I NEED to win this to dress up my discs I’ve been mailing out. I’ve been looking for a place to order some, and I absolutely LOVE these!

Kimberly Matteson - August 29, 2012 - 12:18 pm

These are so cute! I’m hoping to start my business very soon, and these would be just perfect for me as I get started.

Vanessa Armstrong - August 29, 2012 - 12:18 pm

I need to win because I’ve been payibg $7 a disc from Mpixpro, and i need to save cash for the new little one i am expecting in October!

Denise McAlexander - August 29, 2012 - 12:18 pm

These folders are a great idea! Thanks for sharing Photographer’s Partner, I’ll be checking out their website soon!

Vanessa Silvas - August 29, 2012 - 12:18 pm

I am pretty new to the business :) and am working on building a more professional look and would love to to use these for my digital files!!

Katelyn Roberts - August 29, 2012 - 12:18 pm

I liked Photographer’s Partner on Facebook. I would love to win this as I have been looking for a cute, professional way to present my clients with their images. I’ve been resorting to DVD labels printed at home and it’s not so pretty!

Dominica Woodbury - August 29, 2012 - 12:22 pm

I need to win this so bad! I’m using the jewel cases and I really need an Extreme Cd Makeover!!!

Jordan Parks - August 29, 2012 - 12:24 pm

These would be a great addition to my business!

Beatriz {El Diván Azul} - August 29, 2012 - 12:25 pm

It’s so beautiful and cute!

I’m just beginning as professional photographer and this CD are perfect for presenting my job in a really professional manner. And you kwnow… beginning are always complicated…

Misty - Mystic Memories - August 29, 2012 - 12:25 pm

OH I sooooooo need to win this…I am not using jewel cases BUT I am not in love with these sleeves!

Denise Contreras - August 29, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Wow,wow!! This is just what I need! This is an area I struggle with, and if I win! :) No more worries :) Thanks for this opportunity!

Niki C - August 29, 2012 - 12:26 pm

I need a total branding re-do! This would help. Thanks so much!!

ChristyB - August 29, 2012 - 12:26 pm

After several years, I’ve finally found my style and after some rebranding, I need to order new custom CDs. This would be perfect!

Becky Anderson - August 29, 2012 - 12:27 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing! I would love to get some professional covers printed! I have been doing it myself since I started, and would love to kick it up a notch :) I liked their page and will be anxiously awaiting the winner. Thanks again! PS I have been following your blog for the last year or so and you do AMAZING work!

Trudy - August 29, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Great products… Would love to know all ur vendors.. Liked photographers partner site… In newfoundland find it very hard to find inexpensive products.. Would love to win this.. Thanks so much

Krista - August 29, 2012 - 12:28 pm

I liked Photographer’s Partner on FB! I’m currently using jewel cases, ahhhhh! Need a CD case makeover & want to better represent my brand!

joni - August 29, 2012 - 12:32 pm

I liked Photographer’s Partners! :) I would love to win some custom printed CDs & sleeves for my business! I’m currently stamping mine with a custom logo stamp, and the stamp just died!! :( Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway!

Amanda G - August 29, 2012 - 12:34 pm

In love with the control that I get from being able to burn my own discs without waiting for the lab! I need these before the crazy holiday portrait season starts!

Leslie Petersen - August 29, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Wow, these are great! I have been looking for something just like this to set me apart from using jewel cases!I liked Photographer’s Partner on FB. Thank you!

Lindsey - August 29, 2012 - 12:42 pm

I just “liked” Photographer’s Partner; they’re awesome!

I wanted to say thanks for shining light on them for all of your fans. You give such great advice and have wonderful ideas for branding inspiration! It has been really helpful to know that it’s actually feasible to give a professional product to clients, even for newbies like myself. I can’t wait to expand my business and gesture more toward styles like your own.

P.S. You’re totally right about CD Jewel cases, ehk. Haha thanks again!

Katie - August 29, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Love these! I have been researching different vendors for this very thing. Thank you for sharing this company.

I’m still working to make my branding stand out and I know this would help!

Jennifer - August 29, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Help please I need a photog makeover and this would be a great way to start fresh!!!!

Celesa Felix - August 29, 2012 - 12:55 pm

I liked Photographers Partners! I would love to win this because right now I make my own cd’s and use the 5petal envelope. This would be a great way to change things up and look more professional. Thank you!

lindsay - August 29, 2012 - 12:58 pm

gorgeous product!! i need to make myself look more professional, please help me!!! :) this would be a great start brand new and fresh :)

Cate Waters - August 29, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Love this concept! I am right on the cusp of choosing my delivery system for my weddings/seniors each year and this personal design would be a FANTASTIC push into dvd! I need these! ~ Cate

Renee - August 29, 2012 - 1:01 pm

I liked Photographers Partners! I would love to win because I haven’t seen anything quite like this before. I do use sleeves, but the whole package with the disc matching is so awesome!! It would be a “complete” look! Thanks!!

Maryrose - August 29, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Just went over and liked their page!! These look amazing and I would love to win, I need something to complete my brand! :)

sarah - August 29, 2012 - 1:27 pm

I liked their page! Would love the opportunity to win. Need to make my product strong and professional. These would be perfect.

Amy - August 29, 2012 - 1:28 pm

I went and liked their page. These are adorable! I would love to win this and have the opportunity to pull my cd marketing together with one cohesive look!

Emily - August 29, 2012 - 1:29 pm

I would love to win this because I am just revamping my tiny business and trying to make it look more professional! Just started my own blog site and now I need to figure out how to package everything and get my new logo out there!

Letitia - August 29, 2012 - 1:32 pm

I need these as I am totally revamping my website and branding! Would love to start fresh with something so simple and clean looking as these products!

Maria - August 29, 2012 - 1:33 pm

I need, must, have! to win these so you can design my CD and Sleeve when you do my branding in October!!!! These are awesome! :)

mindy - August 29, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Would love to win these! They look amazing!

Amy Kelley - August 29, 2012 - 1:39 pm

I LOVE these and would love to win them! I NEED them for sure :) I just know they would make my discs look presentable and awesome!

Bonnie - August 29, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Love the professional look- I’ve been bad about presentation with delivering photos to clients, and these would be such a huge help!

Bernadette Hair - August 29, 2012 - 1:49 pm

I went ahead and like their fb page. Would love to win this!! Am just starting out and the cost of everything is overwhelming! What a wonderful thing!

Stacie Petta - August 29, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Winning these would be great! I would love to jazz up my CD’s and look more professional with them!

Zoe - August 29, 2012 - 2:00 pm

As a newbie this is something I dream of and in Australia it’s very expensive So this would give me a huge leg up with my business.

Sherri Bryant - August 29, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Just in the process of rebranding, and these would work great for sports CDs we send out as gifts for large orders!

Thanks for sharing!

Amber K - August 29, 2012 - 2:13 pm

OHHHH!! i love these! I NEED them because I am actually quitting my full time job on Friday – 2 days eek! – and going full time with photography. anything i can do to give my business that boutique feeling without costing me an arm and a leg would be so fantastic! thank you for this!

Briana Owen - August 29, 2012 - 2:15 pm

I would love to win this! My clients buy a lot of Cd’s and it would help my brand so much to be able to have branded cd’s and cases! Thank you so much!

Brittaney Osburn - August 29, 2012 - 2:17 pm

I NEED to win this contest so I can make my photo business look more professional. I LOVE the look of these CD’s & sleeves. If I win my clients will be amazed and I will be sooooo excited!

Candi Jerkins - August 29, 2012 - 2:29 pm

Oh how darling!!! These are so perfect and just what I have been searching for! I LOVE offering mini sessions, but always had an issue when it came to presenting the images that I include. I wanted something professional, but appropriate for a mini session. I offer USB flash drives to clients who purchase a full digital package, but these sleeves are just so perfect for my other clients! I cannot wait to check out this new company! Thanks for sharing!!

Amanda Brendle - August 29, 2012 - 2:58 pm

I need to win this giveaway because I am nearly out of client CDs (only 1 left from my last batch) and need to reorder!! I would love to see what Photographer’s Partner can do for me – yours look fantastic!

Shawna - August 29, 2012 - 3:23 pm

I need to win these because I use jewel cases! Hook me up ;)

Kari S - August 29, 2012 - 4:27 pm

I liked on Fb, left some love. I need these!! I too am loosing track of who I have sent to lab to print the disc, etc… great way to incorporate my brand fully

Becci Bartley - August 29, 2012 - 4:46 pm

We are just starting to add branding to our print and cd packaging and this would be SO perfect for us! Thanks so much for hosting the give away! :)

sarah davies - August 29, 2012 - 5:50 pm

i would love to be able to provide these to clients! beautiful, classy and so professional looking:)

Karen Davis - August 29, 2012 - 6:13 pm

how crazy adorable are those?!? I’d love to give ‘em a try!

Chrissy - August 29, 2012 - 7:06 pm

This would be so great to give to my clients! It looks so polished and clean compared to those jewel cases.

Malia - August 29, 2012 - 8:00 pm

I need to win because I have been looking for simple and clean for my branding and this is IT!!

Nicole Coombs - August 29, 2012 - 9:44 pm

I would LOVE to win this giveaway and so need an update!

rosi buretz - August 30, 2012 - 2:13 am

I would love to win this. this is amazingly beautiful. I know the economy is down and that is no excuse as to why I shouldn’t be able to afford these but, my husband is now a SrA in the Air Force and he was a SSgt. the ripped his stripe from him in turn, we lost $600 a month. my business doesn’t bring in that money and I can’t up my prices due to other photographers (like a million and one) around me. I know petty party but, its all true. winning this would make my day and year!!! plus, this would make me look more professional in the field that I am in with the other mil wives here who are photogs or claim to be. <3

Susan - August 30, 2012 - 8:19 am

I’m really excited to learn more about photographers partners. I can always use some ready branded cds and cases when I need to do a quick burn to give images to a client. I hate writing on the cd, looks so tacky, even if I put it in a nice cardboard sleeve with my sticker on it. The client needs to know what is on the cd. So having them prepared ahead of time is perfect. Plus with all that great branding I got from you, I NEED to use it! LOL

Tracey Emmett - August 30, 2012 - 9:20 am

I have been looking for custom printed CD sleeves for the longest time! I am so happy you shared this company and giveaway. Thank you, THANK YOU!!!

Crystal Nickel - August 30, 2012 - 11:53 am

Hi there!

I unfortunately am one of those that bug you with the jewel cases. I am switching to USB drives for most sessions and weddings. However, I still need an alternative to replace my jewel cases for mini sessions. These are perfect. Thanks for working with this company to show us what they offer! :)

Yana Krikov - August 30, 2012 - 1:45 pm

I need these because I was just about to order greeting style cd cases, but this will work so much better, tight and secure, and an already beautifully printed CD, what more could I ask for?!

Ashley Reece - August 30, 2012 - 4:58 pm

I would love to win a set of these! This would be wonderful for mini session clients and clients who order a la carte digital files that really don’t require all the space of my new flash drives! Thank you for the opportunity.

Anna N - August 30, 2012 - 5:26 pm

“Liked” Photographer’s Partner’s FB page! I NEED this product bc I recently re-branded and my old digital packaging doesn’t go with my NEW snazzy look…and I’ve been looking and looking for something new and these look perfect! :)

Naomi - August 30, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Words can’t describe what it would mean to win these amazing little beauties! I’m currently updating all my branding and always come to a dead end in regards to products; I want something simple, elegant and not over the top … this ticks all those boxes. Thank you so much x

Anna N - August 30, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Trying this again as it says there was an error on my first comment – “Liked” Photographer’s Partner’s FB page! I NEED this product bc I recently re-branded and my old digital packaging doesn’t go with my NEW snazzy look…and I’ve been looking and looking for something new and these look perfect! :)

Jamie Solorio - August 31, 2012 - 8:41 am

Hi there! Thanks for the opportunity! I have liked Photographer’s Partner and hope to win this ah-mazing giveaway! :) Thanks!

Amber Grmek - August 31, 2012 - 8:43 am

Liked photographers partner! :)

Karidan - August 31, 2012 - 8:43 am

I have went through sooo many companies for the most cost effective way for me to display my cds!! This looks GREAT and I will probably be trying them!!! Liked their page too!

natalie ebaugh - August 31, 2012 - 8:43 am

I just “liked” Photographer’s Partner FB page.
I would LOVE to win because I am in the process of rebranding and these would be perfect to help give my packaging a more professional look.
Thank you!

Jenny Modesitt - August 31, 2012 - 8:45 am

This would be so perfect for my mini sessions! I have been looking for something just like this! Not to mention September 3rd is my birthday! :) Thank you!

Melissa Yocum - August 31, 2012 - 8:48 am

What a coincidence! I just started researching alternatives to my much more expensive custom DVD cases I get for my weddings. I need something that looks professional, but is more effective for my bottom line to use for regular sessions. These would be perfect! :)

Angie Wolfe - August 31, 2012 - 8:49 am

I SOOOO need to win these. I recently got sick and tired of jewel cases and made the switch to custom sleeves. Only problem is that I make them myself and it takes me forever to make just one. These would be such a time saver! Thanks

Britni Wood - August 31, 2012 - 8:50 am

Love these! We could really use these for our fall mini session and Senior Sessions! We will be using USB’s for our weddings! We recently rebranded…EEK we are now a HUSBAND & WIFE team!!! Right now our packaging is in a very ugly transition! This would be awesome…everything that we have been needing!!

Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!!

angie koos - August 31, 2012 - 8:50 am

I have liked Photographer’s Partner on facebook.
I NEED to win the giveaway for many reasons but mostly to build a better clients base and just plain LOOK more and BE more professional! Love your creativity, Corina. <3 <3

Rayna Allin - August 31, 2012 - 8:51 am

I would love to win this so that I can get my orders out faster and let my gorgeous families start enjoying their images faster!

Grace Kelly - August 31, 2012 - 8:51 am

Umm…yup, still using jewel cases! I hate them too, but havent found the right product for my new business. These look simple and prifessional.

Abraham Wood - August 31, 2012 - 8:51 am

Thanks for the giveaway! We are in a transition right now and these would be perfect for our rebrand reveal!

Thanks again

jen - August 31, 2012 - 8:57 am

I would love to find a new and affordable way to deliver digital negatives to my clients! I firmly believe that everyone should have the opportunity of having beautiful portraits of their family and loved ones, regardless if they can afford it or not. This leaves me to often times having little to no profit margin (I keep a full time job to pay the bills) therefore I rarely have extra money in my business account to try new things and test out new products. I would love to use these for my paying clients as one small thing to keep them coming back and referring me out more and more.

Emily - August 31, 2012 - 8:57 am

I would love to win because I am just starting my military contour photography business and I want it to be the most fabulous experience for my clients :)

Melissa Helm - August 31, 2012 - 9:01 am

Love these! I would love to win to help bring my business to the next level — creating a brand and being more professional! Thanks!!

Charli Love - August 31, 2012 - 9:04 am

I liked Photographer’s Partner. I seriously need these – After moving from Korea I am almost out of the marketing materials I made out of Korean paper stock so I am going to have to start over here in the states. What a better way to start out than with these amazing products!

Brandi Compton - August 31, 2012 - 9:09 am

I need to win this giveaway because it would help me out so much! This is such a great way to present client images! These cd/cases are awesome! So Pretty! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

Celeste D - August 31, 2012 - 9:11 am

Thank you for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway. I am moving to a new state this weekend. I am going to re-brand and start fresh. These would be a great addition to my re-branding and help me look more professional/pulled together. Thank you again!

Staci Kinghorn - August 31, 2012 - 9:13 am

I liked Photographer’s Partners!!
Thank you for the chance to win! I’ll admit I’m a jewel case user and would love to bring my packaging up to date!

Amanda Ritter - August 31, 2012 - 9:14 am

Thank you Corina for introducing fellow photogs to Photographer’s Partner. I contemplate very often about selling more digital files rather than prints. Like you mentioned time is money and print orders entail added time. Having a beautiful set of disks and sleeves like these could give me just the push I need. It would free up time that could be spent with my children and husband.

Valerie - August 31, 2012 - 9:14 am

Thanks for sharing this great company with us! I like them on FB now. :)

Boy, oh boy, I neeeeeed these badly! In fact, I only have 3 CDs left and have CDs/DVDs on my grocery list. Yes, I get mine at Wally World….the nearest office supply store is half an hour away from me. I have always struggled with the appearance of my CD packaging and this looks amazing! I think they’ll look fab with the Big Top Fun marketing I have! :)

Christine Bankston - August 31, 2012 - 9:15 am

i have been in the photography buisiness for a little over a year now. i am still writing on the cds with a sharpie the clients name and sliping them in that little white paper sleeve? How pitiful is that? hahah That is why i need to win this!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Melissa Duerr - August 31, 2012 - 9:29 am

I am on the verge of making a big girl purchase….a 24-70 lens!! Which I am SO excited about, people continue to want me to take professional photos of them so it is time to move up in the world… including no longer writing with sharpie on a DVD and a paper sleeve :)

Jowi - August 31, 2012 - 9:32 am

I liked Photographer’s Partner on Facebook. I’m still using jewel cases and at home printed labels :( …I would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity!

Carissa Rahl - August 31, 2012 - 9:32 am

Love this product! Would be nice to win the giveaway – Just taking the big step of turnin my passin for photography into a business and this would be a great way to start out! I m going to offer digital files just because I am so busy with 3 kids so to have these CD’s/Sleeves all set to go would be AMAZING! Thanks

kristi - August 31, 2012 - 9:47 am

I would love to win as I have been exploring options for CD sleeves and CDs as I just purchased a new branding set off etsy. I have not decided where to order from

kristi - August 31, 2012 - 9:48 am

I would love to win as I have been exploring options for CD sleeves and CDs as I just purchased a new branding set off etsy. I have not decided where to order from..I also liked their page

Karen Gaston - August 31, 2012 - 10:16 am

I liked Photographer’s Partners page!!! Thank you for the chance to win and would LOVE to make my presentation look better!!

Heather M - August 31, 2012 - 11:01 am

Pinned! http://pinterest.com/pin/196258496232661440/ I also want to let you know why I “need” this! Right now I give all of my clients beautiful custom cases/DVDs, but every now and then I have a client who just wants a few digital files and I’m stuck with how to present it at a reasonable price. THIS is the option! Thanks for sharing! :)

Jessica Hennessey - August 31, 2012 - 11:27 am

Hey Corina! Thanks for sharing the great information about Photographer’s Partner and the services they offer! I went to their Facebook page and liked it. I would really appreciate the chance of receiving a set of sleeves and CD’s for my clients because right now I’m a full time photography student and am very limited on financial resources to make my identity stand out and gain more clients. I feel that if I can market myself better to clients with a nice presentable CD, I can really start to launch a professional looking photography business finally. Thanks again for the opportunity and I love your blog!


Martha S - August 31, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Creating a custom CD label for each client is a killer. Looove this alternative!

Kate - August 31, 2012 - 12:22 pm

love the idea miss corina! hopefully i’ll be able to FINALLY use the designs you came up with a year ago and get them into action. i hate jewel cases and have been stickering sleeves like this for a while. obviously this would be a more professional looking option. thanks for the chance to win!

Jennifer Shubert - August 31, 2012 - 2:27 pm

I would love to win this because I have been dying to just take the leap of faith and start my website and do this full time, but I really want to have a professional look on all fronts first. The digital file aspect is one of the last things I have to figure out and I adore this idea. I have been using jewel covers and sooo dislike them, but just didn’t know what else to do without fronting a bunch of $$$. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jessica - August 31, 2012 - 6:26 pm

These cases look great!! Would LOVE to win them!!

Allison Maffettone - August 31, 2012 - 7:37 pm

I love these and I’m ready to move on from my boring CD’s and Jewel cases!!

I feel a bit odd asking something of someone that I actually havent met in person, but I learned of you through my friend Lizzie and Kayden (your LOUDEST SCREAMER AWARD winner =P). I love your work and as a fledgling photographer I find you VERY inspirational as well. I have been wanting to upgrade from the dreaded jewel cases, that I do indeed use, and have been looking into this type of thing, as well as custom USB drives (which you apparently thought of as well. LOVE ALL your branding/identity pieces by the way, I am trying to find my look at the moment). Winning this giveaway would be a definite springboard for me in that it would make me decide on a look for my photo/design business and give me that more professional look, that is so DESPERATELY NEEDED. Thanks for everything!

~ Shannon

Tabitha Kay - September 1, 2012 - 12:32 pm

I have a CD nightmare! I have tried many different ways to present CD’s. This is exactly what I was looking for!!

Janine Stone - September 1, 2012 - 3:27 pm

I need to win this to simplify my system. I spend too much time creating new versions and wasting time trying something new. I love these!

Stacy A. E. - September 2, 2012 - 6:20 am

I am so excited not only for this contest but to hear about the new option for cd covers! I NEED this! I offer digital images on discs and have been planning for a while now on making it look more professional and THIS is perfect for me! LOVE! I also am a new fan of Photographer’s partner and left them a meassage on their FB page!

Hope Marmolejo - September 2, 2012 - 8:15 am

I would LOVE to have these because what an awesome way to showcase your photography name!! I think clients would love their digital files given to them like this.. Very professional looking.. Absolutely love it! Thanks for the awesome opportunity to win this :)

Tatiana Fowler - September 2, 2012 - 8:33 am

I love those Sleeves!! I totally need them, I am using jewel cases now but need to get something better for the custom CD’s you designed for me :)

Dawn - September 2, 2012 - 10:39 am

These look fantastic!! I’m running out of my current cd’s and would love to try these!

Jamie McGarity - September 2, 2012 - 7:26 pm

I’ve been custom ordering a cd for each one of my clients through Millers which I love but I would love to cut my cost a little and these are perfect!!!

Emily Recht - September 2, 2012 - 8:57 pm

I already ‘liked’ Photographers Partner, which is how I found your awesome blog! I am just starting out as professional photographer, and as you said in this piece, they would have been nice for you to have when you first started. I need as much help as I can get to get this thing off the ground! Thanks for your consideration, and keep up the good work!

erin noie - September 3, 2012 - 4:26 pm

I liked Photography Partners and left a comment :) I also sent a invite request to sign up on the site, looking forward to shopping around! TY for the chance!
Erin erinnoie@hotmail.com

Jennifer Wolff - September 3, 2012 - 5:33 pm

What an awesome product and giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity! I am on my last four blank cd’s. If I won, it would be perfect timing!!! Liked Photography partners page and left them some love!

Kerum Steele - September 4, 2012 - 9:52 am

I am brand new and just starting out. Seriously, just made my Facebook page and am stepping through the process of becoming “legal.” I’ve been taking photos for friends, family and friends of friends/family for a couple of years now, but feel ready to finally take the plunge! This product is perfect for what I am starting out doing and I LOVE how simple it is! What a great idea! I would love to win this and wow some new clients that are taking a risk by hiring a new, unknown photographer!

Winnie Bruce - September 4, 2012 - 6:23 pm

How awesome is this?! I always love customized items for my business, which is why I went to you for custom stamps. These are totally adorable! Thank you Corina!

Christy Foreman - September 4, 2012 - 6:23 pm

I recently have updated and changed my website, blog and logo so these would be perfect!!!!!!! Thanks so much!

Jayme Peters - September 4, 2012 - 6:23 pm

I would love to win this because it would help me out a great deal! I offer several CD packages and just don’t like the templates I currently use for them.

Libby Hilf - September 4, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Thanks so much for this! And for the push to enter. : ) Hmmmm, well, my packaging is one of the remaining areas that needs a bit of help feeling “special”. I’ve tried sewing cases (yikes, not as easy as it looked!). I’ve tried personalizing store-bought cases (double yikes, they just look poorly made). I could really use this prize! With my two little ones, a full-time DAY job and just LIFE, sadly packaging has a permanent seat on the back-burner. HELP!

Katelyn McKay - September 4, 2012 - 6:25 pm

first of all, your work is spectacular. i’ve been obsessed for some time. :) the main reason i want to win: i want to treat my amazing clients the best i possibly can and spoil them with beautiful cds + cases, and this provides the perfect opportunity. :)

Ann Bennett Photography - September 4, 2012 - 6:26 pm

I would LOVE to win! I now use flash drives for when I sell my digital negatives (which is rarely because they’re priced at a point at which I’m comfortable selling them and few people are comfortable buying them), however I give Facebook sized and watermarked digital files of images they ordered to all of my clients and would LOVE these custom disks and sleeves for that!! <3 <3

Melissa Nesbitt - September 4, 2012 - 6:26 pm

I would love love love to win this! I have never seen i here in Canada and would love to start my business out with a BANG and hand these out with my CDS….I am just starting my business and in fact just going through the process of blogging etc….Would LOVE to win! xo

Stacey Zahn - September 4, 2012 - 6:27 pm

I have been looking into flash drives…. but have just started doing this as more than a hobby and feel like I’m getting all bogged down with stuff other than pictures! LOVE these and going to go for it…. hopefully I win and can mark one more thing off of my huge to do list!

find me on FB: Stacey Zahn Photography

Krista - September 4, 2012 - 6:27 pm

I love this!!! i totally need this i got a new branding and it would be an awesome way to kick it off! :)

Cindy Franklin - September 4, 2012 - 6:27 pm

I need these because I am really picky too, like you. And if you like them then I will too. Exactly what I need as I am almost done with my new packaging, this would be the cherry on top:)

Cassandra Raney - September 4, 2012 - 6:28 pm

I liked Photography Partners… would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this because I am in the middle of rebranding all of my products. I’ve been searching for CD sleeves but nothing has been ‘the one.’ Til now… this one is perfect!!!

Alyssa Maisano - September 4, 2012 - 6:29 pm

I have been dying to get some new CD/DVD branding to mail to clients!!

Arielle - September 4, 2012 - 6:30 pm

liked photographer’s partner. I would LOVE to win. I do most of my work pro bono for families that normally wouldn’t be able to afford nice family pictures. it would be so nice to give them their cd in a beautifully packaged, custom way.

Karen Cooper - September 4, 2012 - 6:31 pm

I would LOVE to win this! Completely guilty for using the jewel cases :/ Hate that they aren’t “professional” looking, so I jazz it up with some pretty ribbon and bows :/ But being a small business, I just went with what I could afford. I have been wanting to get custom cds and matching cd sleeves, but never knew where to find them! These would be perfect! :D
Thanks so much for this giveaway! :D

Jennifer Ledgerwood - September 4, 2012 - 6:32 pm

Oh how I struggle with marketing. This would be a fantastic addition to my presentation! Love all the outlets to help the small photographic business owner. THANKS <3

Denise - September 4, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Oh these are just what I am looking for! Would be perfect for my new business!! Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway. I “liked” Photographer’s Partner” on FB!!

Kelly Cortes - September 4, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Corina, thank you for such an amazing give a way. I would love to win this. I am moving soon and going to be starting the business in a much larger city. I hope that this will allow me to grow even more in my passion. Little things like these CD sleeves really make a photographer stand out! Thank you.

Michelle Murphy - September 4, 2012 - 6:36 pm

I liked their page and would love to win these because right now my DVDs are in boring clear sleeves

Heather Spencer - September 4, 2012 - 6:36 pm

I am relaunching my business this month and these would be the perfect touch!

Laura Thornhill - September 4, 2012 - 6:36 pm

I am always looking for ways to improve my branding.. I have never gotten to the “ahh” point where I am 100% satisfied with my branding & packaging. Winning these sleeves would mean I take a step in the right direction in improving my branding. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win these sleeves :)

Sarah Romohr - September 4, 2012 - 6:38 pm

I liked Photographer’s Partner on Facebook. I would love to win this! I’m currently in the midst of rebranding and this would certainly help the transition plus I would love to have custom sleeves. I’ve just been using jewel cases, blah. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

Jaime Poggioli - September 4, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Hi! I am new to the business and always looking for a way to show the professional I am striving to be! I love your work and your products! Thanks for this amazing opportunity!

Mercedes - September 4, 2012 - 6:39 pm

i need to win because i dont want to print my own discs anymore! having pre-printed discs and sleeves would be such a time-saver!

Sabrina - September 4, 2012 - 6:39 pm

I “liked” Photographer’s Partner” on FB! :)
I would love to win this! I need more professional cd packaging!!! Yours are amazing!!
Thank you so much for the chance!! xo

Kate Jacobs - September 4, 2012 - 6:39 pm

I so need to update– scratch that… I need to completely develop my branding! This is a wonderful opportunity!

viktorija girton - September 4, 2012 - 6:42 pm

I just liked Photographer’s Partner! I’m a newbie to the business and these would be perfect for my practically non-existing branding. ;)

Priscila Pacheco - September 4, 2012 - 6:44 pm

I NEED TO WIN this because I need to give my packaging a makeover! Please help :)

Sandra Perkins - September 4, 2012 - 6:46 pm

I really need to win this because I am just starting my photography business and would really love to look like I already know what the heck I’m doing. :)

Shawnda Erb - September 4, 2012 - 6:47 pm

Right now I am doing a complete 180 on my photography. I have found my style of editing that suits me the best so along with that I am re-branding which is always stressful. Winning this giveaway would be the jump start that I need. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win :)

Debbie Branda - September 4, 2012 - 6:49 pm

“Liked” Photographers Partner on FB! Would love to, NEED to, win this so I can add this into my business. Currently I haven’t been selling files, but have lots of clients who are asking for them, so I’m adding them. This would give me a professional looking product to enhance my business!

Adrienne Nichole - September 4, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Oh my goodness! What a gem! I definitely NEED to win these, because I *cough cough* am currently using the dreaded jewel cases you speak of. Would LOVE to upgrade and have a better image in the DISC land for my clients. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Jada Lester - September 4, 2012 - 6:51 pm

I have liked the photographer’s Partner page and love the product I see on the site. I am in my 2nd year of business and would like my disk packaging to look better than what I have…no it is not jewel cases :-)
I would like my packaging to be a conversation piece along with the photos. :)

Kim Dearmore - September 4, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Liked Photographer’s Partner’s page.

I would LOVE to win these so I can stop handing my clients disk’s with Sharpie written on them!! Trying to become more polished and professional looking!!

Erica - September 4, 2012 - 6:56 pm

A great idea for mini sessions that include disks! Quick, easy, beautiful and affordable!

Yvonne - September 4, 2012 - 6:57 pm

Corina you gem you! Thank you for bringing PP to us – what a great concept… easy, so pro looking AND affordable too?! Considering that I hand write mine at the moment… boy would this be a step up!!! With appreciation :)

Kristin - September 4, 2012 - 6:58 pm

I liked Photography Partners!

I would be blessed to win this because I am looking for those special elements that will take my branding and business up a notch. This would be a wonderful part of that. I know that it is time to elevate my offerings and I am excited to do that!

Thank you!

Jessica Schaefer - September 4, 2012 - 6:59 pm

Would love this set, thanks for the giveaway! I’m redoing all things photography before my next little one arrives, hoping to bring out the big guns once baby-next is settled in – this would be the perfect addition :)

Lauren Obalil - September 4, 2012 - 7:01 pm

I liked them! I just got started and would love to have a professional way to present images to clients. Thanks for the opportunity!

Erin Alfaro - September 4, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Hi! I would love to win these discs & sleeves. I just moved from CA to MO and am having to change just about every aspect of my business. I am going from 100% print packages to 100% digital packages. The market is so different here. I would love to try out this product and see if it is a match for my new digital needs. Thank you!

Melissa Mowrey - September 4, 2012 - 7:07 pm

This is the missing piece to my CD presentation! I currently use the recycled kraft paper sleeves, which I love, but to personalize, I have to use a sticker. I have yet to find someone to actually print on the sleeve, until now! Would LOVE to win to complete my marketing set! Thank you!!

Alysha - September 4, 2012 - 7:08 pm

First of all, thank you for this opportunity! I have been a HUGE fan of your photography and most definitely your branding work for a LONG time. I would just die to have the opportunity for you to do my branding. Since I know that’s not going to happen any time soon, I’ll make it short and sweet why I should win this. I’m fairly new to the professional world and lacking the funds I need to present my business in a quality and professional manner. I know that packaging makes a HUGE difference in how you represent yourself and I think this would give me the opportunity to really grow my business get me started in the right direction. Please don’t make me print anymore CD labels off of my inkjet printer…(yikes!)

Davina Gruenstein - September 4, 2012 - 7:14 pm

I’d love to win these! I am portfolio building and this product would allow me to give my yet-to-be-developed brand a little polish while I figure things out. Thanks for the opportunity!

Alicia - September 4, 2012 - 7:18 pm

I need this because I need my CD’s to look professional! I’ve got the sleeves down but would love to have printed CDS!!!!

Bonnie Verbeek - September 4, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Wow, it is like you were reading my mind! Just yesterday I was thinking of how badly I need DVD and cases to match my branding and viola!! :) Fingers crossed it is me!!!

Elizabeth - September 4, 2012 - 7:22 pm

I am currently coming up with a re-branding strategy and I could really put some super cute marketing materials to good use.

Keidra LeJeune - September 4, 2012 - 7:23 pm

THank you! I have been looking for more professional ways to improve my business and this is on my list. Love everything about this product!

Yana Smith - September 4, 2012 - 7:33 pm

I was just in a process of changing my CD cases. What great timing. I would love to win. :)
Thank you so much for directing me to this wonderful company and thanks for the opportunity.

Davita - September 4, 2012 - 7:35 pm

I need these because I am just getting started and I love how professional these are. These would keep me from ever using jewel boxes again, lol!

Jessie Sarrazin - September 4, 2012 - 7:58 pm

I am currently contemplating where to order my first set of discs and sleeves! It is time to make the step to jazz up my look!

Megan F - September 4, 2012 - 8:07 pm

I am in my first year of being a photographer and I have a semi-major identity crisis! I need something that u can fall back upon time after time after time and I believe these could be it for me! Thanks for show casing their product!

Megan Shufflebarger - September 4, 2012 - 8:07 pm

I currently don’t have a label or any way to package a disc very professionally. These are stunning, caught my eye and really bring the entire brand together. I’d love to win a set of these to help my brand come together and give something for people to really talk about!

Andrea Lopez - September 4, 2012 - 8:12 pm

These would be so perfect for my clients…I’ve been looking for something along these lines so I definitely need these :)

Jodi Mercier - September 4, 2012 - 8:13 pm

I need these simply because they are awesome! I currently burn my discs on a light scribe disc…these are much cuter!

Sunny King - September 4, 2012 - 8:16 pm

I need this because I’m guilty of using cheap, colorful CD cases from Staples which is a horrible representation of my work!

Danette Barnett - September 4, 2012 - 8:47 pm

I am looking for a better way to present my work. I love the high end look these cd and covers have. Love Love Love them

Nancy Schumacher - September 4, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Oh my gosh I totally need these. I am using the CD cases and they have got to go!! :)

Adalia - September 4, 2012 - 9:10 pm

I need to win this because sadly I don’t have one single piece of branded material and this would be a great item to start with! I have liked them on FB too.

Michelle Burke - September 4, 2012 - 9:16 pm

Liked on FB. What a stellar time saving investment. I make custom cd labels for every session so this would be a wonderful time saver for me. I work full time as a OB nurse, have 2 toddlers and a husband – so anything to save time would be a true blessing :) Thank you for the giveaway and the spotlight on an awesome new vendor.

Jennifer M - September 4, 2012 - 9:36 pm

What a great giveaway! I liked them on FB. I would love to win these because I currently custom order each CD and spend too much $ on that and then deliver it in a ugly paper sleeve or jewel case. :( Customizing the DVD case Is just too expensive and takes up too much time for regular or mini sessions. These are very convenient and cute!

jennifer g - September 4, 2012 - 11:04 pm

Became a new fan of photographers resource. They are amazing, thank you so much!

I so need this because i drive myself up the wall trying to make m

Our romantic getaway

Last month hubby semi surprised me with a little trip up North.  Because one kiddo was away at camp and another was going to Grandma’s house, it was the perfect time to sneak away from EVERYTHING!  I had spent a lot of time in Northern California when I was younger and always loved it.  I told my husband about it all of the time and knew if he just gave it a chance, he would fall in love as well.  Luckily, hubby was listening all of those times and planned the trip up north!  He could not have done a better job.  Everything was prefect.  Well most of the trip anyways!  Excuse the mix of real pictures and iPhone shots… carrying a big camera around is not always ideal for enjoying yourself and being totally “present”:)

First we needed to say goodbye to our smallest… his little baby.

Time to really hit the road!  Our 7 hour journey wasn’t actually too bad… hit one little pocket of traffic in San Dimas.  It seems everyone was thinking it was a Raging Waters kind of day.
Smooth sailing after that though!  It was a long drive but with plenty of stops to stretch our legs, tons of unhealthy snacks, and each other…. we made it!

Hello Carmel, California… I have missed you.  Hyatt, thank you for an amazing view, perfectly cold weather, an amazing room, and one of the most memorable getaways we have ever taken.

Fires are big up here… they had these little wood stations all over the property for people to use in their rooms or the private fire pit areas.  So neat!

One thing I love about my husband is that unlike most photographers who always find themselves behind the camera, my hubby always makes sure that there are a ton of photos of me.  Such an important thing to remember… its easy for us to take pictures of everyone else, not so easy to ensure you have the images of yourself for them as well. Only downside with my husband behind the camera is that he is under the impression that he has a good eye AND he also feels the need to continue to shoot after he takes one shot.  I have mentioned it many times before when posting personal pictures and it seems like this quality in him is stronger than ever.

Notice the first shot… perfectly fine shot.  I would have been happy with just that.  Obviously, he had other plans.  Seriously?   Give me the damn camera Mr. Thomas!  EVERY TIME he takes a picture of me, this is the sequence of events.


Overall, he does OK though:) Something I have already learned to live with and most of the time I can’t help but laugh as I chase after him to get the camera back…

Time to show him downtown Carmel, eat, play, laugh, enjoy… this was our view leaving the property.  Gorgeous.

One of the main things that I wanted to do while up here was hike!  We don’t do it that often here in San Diego because we haven’t found a place that we really loved… in the Summer its also way too hot.  The weather in Carmel was perfect for us… didn’t get over 70 degrees.  Great for a LONG hike!

And another one of my amazing husbands sequence of shots…

People must have thought I was about to beat my husband when I started chasing him this time.  When I realized I was being watched, I had to slow down and ask nicely for my camera.

We really enjoyed our 2 days in Carmel.  It was perfect.  Wouldn’t change anything about it.  He did good and it was exactly how I envisioned everything.  However, this was about as far as hubby’s planning went and then I tool over.  I had this super “romantic” idea about driving down the coast, stopping along the way to see the small towns, landmarks, and ending up somewhere half way between Carmel and San Diego to stay the night.  Possibly Santa Barbara, but because we weren’t sure where we would end up, I talked my husband out of booking a hotel room.  Something I will NEVER do again and probably never hear the end of.  So began the longest day for us ever.  I felt like we were on the Amazing Race.  It started out OK for the most part, but by the end of the day I was in complete tears.  Will get to that in a sec….

For anyone that has driven down the 1 Freeway, you know its a super tiny 2 lane highway with HUGE cliffs on one side and mountains on the other.  Well, hubby does not do well under these driving conditions.  Our first leg of the trip south was supposed to take us about an hour…. with hubby behind the wheel and barely breathing, our trip took 2.  We ended up finding this neat little spot in Big Sur.  I probably could have stayed here the whole day.

How neat to have all of these little sitting areas IN the little stream?  I soaked up some sun and took a timeout for myself while hubby looked around, put gas in the car, and grabbed more snacks.

We found another little point of interest and figured we might as well stop to check it out… total tourists!  At first we went the direction everyone else was going.  Followed a little path, maybe 500 yards or so and came to this little waterfall.  Not really much else to see here except this… so we snapped some pics and figured that was that.

We thought “OK, thats cute, but is this all?  People really got out of the cars, paid for parking, and only got to see this?”  Well that was a waste!  So we went back towards the car and then I noticed a little trail off to the side of the road.  Why not check it out right?  Totally hit the jackpot for hiking.  We are ALL alone and the further we went into the forrest, the better it got.  It was amazing.  Could not have asked for a better hike.  We found waterfalls, saw all kinds of animals… perfect.

This is the point of our trip when EVERYTHING went horribly wrong.  We had finally gotten away from the two lane highway and hubby could breath, but everything did not work out like I had envisioned.  You know when you have this amazing picture in your head of how things would be?  Totally romantic, fun, and perfect?  Well this could not be further from what was unfolding!

We ended up in Santa Barbara around 6pm or so.  Mind you, we still had no hotel booked and my husband was having serious heart palpitations at this point.  He is a total planner. When I finally went on to Expedia & HotWire to book something, one hotel after the other were literally booking up right in front of my eyes.  Since hubby is somewhat of a snob when it comes to hotels, I knew that we couldn’t just stay anywhere.  It had of course be safe, be clean, and be at least 4 stars.  Yes, again, I know he is a snob! Each time I would find a hotel and go to book it on my phone, literally by the time I went to pay, it would show unavailable!  This happened at least 5 times.  Seriously?  I could feel my husbands eyes screaming “I TOLD YOU SO!”  Well, I didn’t have much choice so we ended up in this Best Western right along the beach.  Transients and drug dealers to the right, traffic in front and to the left.  Sweet.  As soon as we checked in, I started to cry… even before seeing the room, I was in tears.  Got up to the room and it was even worse than I thought.  I cried on the bed while hubby went to get the bags.  I felt horrible.  We had this amazing past few days and it was all ruined, what a waste of a night.

My husband was great though.  Never complained, tried to look on the bright side (something he does not typically do…. Im the half full person in the family for sure).  I decided that I had to make it right so I went downstairs with red, puffy eyes and kindly asked if we could get a refund.  Much to my surprise the manager said YES, no problem.  Hotwire refunded us and we were officially back at square one with no hotel at 8pm.  I thought I can at least get my husband a good meal while we scrambled to find another hotel.  I did a search on my phone and found a restaurant that was rated top 5 in Santa Barbara.  Perfect!  I figured we could at least get some good food and search Expedia again for more hotels while we ate.  We ended up in this dark, smelly, hole in the wall of a place.  I have no idea how it was rated as a good restaurant but we ordered food and spent the whole dinner on the phone.  Things went from bad to worse as each second past.  Every nice hotel was booked almost clear to Los Angeles county. Seriously?  Can I catch a break?

We were more or less left with 2 options… keep traveling south in hopes of finding something OR head 10 miles back north and pay an arm and a leg for a hotel.  At 10:45pm, we decided enough was enough.  5 star hotel and paying what would amount to a full car payment later, we ended up at one of the nicest resorts we have ever been to.  As soon as we walked into the lobby to check in, we knew we made the right decision and the next 24 hours we were back to pure bliss!  It was like the heavens opened up and angels started singing to us.

Now this is what I’m talking about…

Got to sleep around 2pm or so that night, after a nice bath and an in room movie!  The next morning we had an awesome buffet breakfast overlooking the ocean and spent some time at the pool!

And with that…. our little (nearly perfect) romantic getaway was just about over.  Aside from the race to find a hotel, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

So thankful for this time we got to spend alone together.  Thankful to have the most supportive, caring, thoughtful, considerate, loving husband and partner in life.  Thankful for my life and everything in it.


amber - August 20, 2012 - 11:50 am

love it all!! what a fun weekend!

Diane Enarson - August 20, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Corina- Girl….I love your storytelling and photos. I love how real you are and I love that you share a little of your amazing life with us. What an amazing wonderful trip you had…(even the not some perfect moments) I ALWAYS crack up over Joe’s sequence taking photos of you…I especially love the photos when you suddenly realize he’s STILL taking photos…the look on your face is classic…(I think we ALL have the same look when we hand over our cameras to our spouses…Lol) I’m glad that you guys FINALLY found a beaut of a hotel up to Joe’s standards…girl, I’m TOTALLY with him on the hotel snobbiness…believe me, we’ve made the mistake once too, of booking a 4stars hotel…that let just say…uh…NO they must have bribed someone. Not going to happen..it’s bad when you don’t even want to take off your shoes or sit on the bed much less sleep on it..Uh..No way Jose…lol…we ended up paying an arm and a leg last minute at the Ritz in Cancun…and like you said…it felt like the Heavens opened up and I heard angels singing when we went through the lobby! LOL…:)
Thanks for sharing your trip! :) I love that you guys make the most of any situation.

Brittany Haberfield - August 20, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Thanks for sharing. I’m glad it was a great time except for the moment of crazy in Santa Barbara, it can be that way, I live there. Too bad you couldn’t had stayed at my place.i love all of the photos and the personal post!

corina - August 20, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Joe is definitely one of a kind but I love him all the same lol! We have definitely both become snobs over the years. Its hard when you spoil yourself by going to the Ritz (remember thats where we stayed in Maui)! You just can’t beat a 5 star hotel, kick ass spa, cleanliness, and all of the amenities the resorts have to offer. Spend $225 on the shitty Best Western we found OR spend $475 on what we got. In the end, it was a no brainer and we don’t regret the decision one bit! We need to go and be snobs together though someday lady :) Miss you girl!

As for my sharing, I so wish there were more hours in the day. I know photographers who seem to be busy working and still have the time to completely edit travel pictures. I never even got to our Hawaii pics from Spring break! I know I spend a LOT of quality time with the kids and Joe so thats where my time goes, but sometimes I really wish I could just catch up on OUR pictures lol!