Sunday, August 17, 2008

Amazing what $5 can buy at a 9 year old birthday party! VOTE for your favorite photo!

Yes, I did it - I bribed the kids at my son, Tyler's, 9th birthday party yesterday with a $5 reward. Sorry parents, I know it's not a good habit, and they frown on it in the parenting books........but it WORKED! In a BIG way!

As the party started they were all acting wild and making faces for the camera! I got a lot of bad photos, and then my son climbed under the table to hide from the camera and the whole party seemed to be trying to join him in mutiny!

So I quickly remembered another photographer's trick of paying her teenager nephew to smile for the photos at a family Bar Mitzvah. So I offered a $5 reward for the best photos and BOY did I get the smiles and the charm after that!

And I said it would be the "people's vote" to chose between the 8 photos below! So vote and have your friends, your grandma, your aunt, anyone you want to vote on their favorite! All is fair in birthday party bribes and the last day to vote is the first day of school August 25th! One vote per person please! And we cannot accept anonymous votes.

You can view the whole BIRTHDAY PARTY SLIDESHOW here.


Photo #1 - Tyler the Birthday Boy!


Photo #2 - Brian



Photo #3 - Weston



Photo #4 - Sam



Photo #5 - Tio



Photo #6 - Wade




Photo #7 - Heather



Photo #8 - Marley



I also had to share the BEFORE photos of what I was getting BEFORE the reward system was implemented. AND, I even used it as leverage to behave at the bowling party and said if I had to discipline any of the boys at the bowling alley, they would not be eligible for the $5 reward. (Only one unnamed boy has been disqualified)








And I really have to thank fellow photographer Julie Ph, a fellow Pictage photographer for the suggestion!

136 comments:

Heather said...

Heather votes for Heather #7

Hannah said...

Heather #7

Tyler said...

Tyler votes for Tyler #1

Kay Beaton said...

Since I can't choose between my own kiddos....I vote for TIO!

Kim said...

weston.

Kirk said...

Tyler gets my vote as the new 9 year old.

Jessica Del Vecchio said...

Tyler gets my vote.

julia vandenoever said...

my vote is #1.

John P said...

Heather

Anonymous said...

Kelly says: they are all Beautiful...but I have to vote for mine! Tio #5

Anonymous said...

tio says himself, #5

HeidiHaas said...

Well i think i have to vote for the birthday boy, although it was a tough choice... some really great smiles in there :) what a great idea, bribery hehe.

Beaton Photography said...

As of 6pm on Sunday, the vote tally is:

Tyler 5 votes
Tio 3 votes
Heather 3 votes
Weston 1 vote

Keep em coming friends! The kids are eating it up!

Cheryl Keeran Photography said...

Tyler is just too cute! Love the Hair! Great Smile Tyler. You should do this more often for your Mom. You get my Vote!

astrid said...

heather

David Feldman said...

Right, they're all beautiful kids,
so I'll only try to pick the best
picture, not that best kid...

...and my vote goes to #2, Brian.
His eyes eat up the camera and they
swim in a contrasting sea of red --
his hair, sweatshirt and the wood of the chair. Everyone loves a 120 watt smile, but it's not without reason that Mona Lisa is the world's most famous painting. On the one hand this
picture has a whiff of mystery
about it, but on the other hand,
one look and I feel like I'm halfway to knowing the kid.

Enoch Photography said...

My vote goes to Marley... cause...
1) I'm a HUGE fan of BOB MARLEY
2) Dimples
3) Great smile

Great idea Kay... I'll have to remember this when my daughter is old enough to care about $5.... she's 2 right now. Take care. //enoch

Tamara said...

I think I have to give my vote to the birthday boy! What a great smile!

Carol said...

I vote for Wade, #6, because it is "most improved" picture from the "before" set. He changes from devil to angel right before your eyes!!

Loy said...

My vote is for Heather. I'm not above bribing kids either. We have to keep our trash service happy!!!

Kathy Jo said...

We're voting for Wade #6, cause that is at least a ten dollar smile!!

Aunt Ellie said...

I Vote for the Birthday Boy ~*~*~*~*~ TYLER

Anonymous said...

Jennifer says......Tio

Aunt Cindy says the birthday boy

Linda said...

Well of course the birthday boy has the best smile but second for me is Weston!!
Linda

Beth Walters said...

They're all very photogenic, but I have to go with my cute WESTON #3!!

Will Walsh said...

I vote for #1 - Tyler.

Shane Sitter said...

They are all awesome but Tyler gets my vote on this one. It is the hair!!!

Bill Cawley (Olympia WA) said...

Tough Choice! I predict Tyler will win, but I'm voting for Heather. :)

Bentley said...

I vote for Wade

scejka said...

My vote is for Heather #7

Vanessa Bartels said...

Brian gets my vote! I LOVE red hair and freckles!

Van Buren Photography said...

I gotta go with #1. He is the b-day boy after all. :-)

The Gal from Kalamazoo (Celia) said...

OMG! Come on! It has to be TYLER #1. All the photos are great but his eyes are the clincher! Kay & Kirk are in BIG trouble when Tyler hits high school and starts wooing the ladies! Great photos Kay... wish we lived closer to each other so you could be MY photographer!

shawnreeder said...

They're all beautiful, but this vote goes for Heather!

Barbara said...

My vote is for Brian.

Anonymous said...

I loved the birthday boy...but he is probably getting them all, so I would say Marley....LOVE thast darling dimple...and dimples only come out to play when they are happy! LOVED al the happy faces....they are worth more than $5 ~teehee

Anonymous said...

I vote for Weston!

S├ęgo said...

heather and tyler! :)

ohana photographers-david and kimi said...

#8 just genuine and cute as they all are!

Beaton Photography said...

The tally right now at 12 noon Monday is

#1 Tyler 17 votes
#2 Brian 4 votes
#3 Weston 3 votes
#4 Sam - 0
#5 Tio 4 votes
#6 Wade 3 vote
#7 Heather 9 votes
#8 Marley 3 vote

I guess I may have to be paying for second & third place too, huh?

Timothy Faust said...

Numero quatro.

Chloe Wolz said...

For me, its my BFF...WESTON
love, Chloe

Shana said...

I vote for Weston
Shana

Lynn Babcock said...

I vote for Tyler!

jules said...

TYLER!!!!!

kelly said...

I vote for Tyler.

melanie swan said...

I cast my vote for #2, BRIAN!!

Kim Kelley said...

I vote for #4

Krystal Radlinski, at The k Gallery said...

# 3 for me!!!

moodeous said...

I pick #4 Sam, because he made a very nice transition from his before to his after smile!

:) Good luck guys!!!

sketchuper said...

Have to vote for Tyler.

Michele said...

I vote for Tio, he's got quite the smirk.

Erin Cady said...

Tyler the birthday boy gets my vote! :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful bunch of kids - such happy faces! My vote goes to Weston, though - what a face!
xxoo
Cathy

Park City Talk said...

I'm voting for Sam, great lighting, nice CR logo wear.

Anonymous said...

i vote for the birthday boy!
Tammie

Anonymous said...

I like Heather's picture!
Nana

Anonymous said...

Chalk one up for the birthday boy... and happy birthday!!!

Anonymous said...

Brian votes for Brian!!

Shona said...

I vote for Weston. He's a real character!!

David said...

I vote for Weston.

Star said...

This is hard. Of course, I only know Heather & Tyler; and it's Tyler's b-day party; and Tyler and I share the same birthday (albeit 40-some years apart!), but I also felt badly for those with fewer votes. All the photos are great. But I'd never hear the end of it from Tyler if I didn't vote for him on his b-day! And it IS a really good photo!

stacyZ said...

So hard #2

Hoofprints said...

Hi, Hope you don't get two comments from me - new to blogging!

I was going to vote for the wild group picture before I realized it was a "before" picture. I vote for Sam's picture - sweet expression and I like the colors/contrasting of the photo.

Mark said...

I vote for the B-day boy Tyler!

Kelly S said...

I like Weston #3. His before pic looks just like my son!

Michelle Jones, Photographer said...

I vote for Marley, too cute!

janet fine said...
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Amber said...

I vote for #3 Weston

Karen Mason said...

I vote for the birthday boy, Tyler!

Kari said...

Definatley Tylor...

Amy Mastin said...

Amy M. votes for Weston.

Carly said...

Have to vote for the birthday boy - one for Tyler!

(p.s.- Kay, I'm saving a return vote in my pocket for when I need it at a board meeting!)

Jen Santry said...

I vote for Tylor!

Mike Wise said...

My vote goes to Marley. Rock on with your name girl (and your dimples too)!! :)

Jen S said...

I vote for Sam. Go Rockies.

Carri said...

My vote is for Heather

Anonymous said...

My vote is for Tyler #1 what a great smile.

But they were all great!!!

Kevin Berg said...

Tyler's my man for sure.

Kevin Berg said...

Tyler's my man for sure.

Anonymous said...

3 votes for Weston

- Weston, Stef, and Jeff

Richelle Dante said...

What a fun idea! They are all so cute and I even like their before pictures... what fun personalities! My vote is for #2, Brian. Love the red hair!

jack l said...

Jack Leitzke thinks Tyler is awesome

kathy q l said...

Happy Birthday Tyler!

courtney katherine said...

#4!

Anonymous said...

This is a tough one, but I must vote for the birthday boy. Happy Birthday, Tyler from Chuck Edelblute

Anonymous said...

Since Chuck voted for Tyler, I will vote for Heather!
Love from Barb Edelblute

fotogal said...

#2 Brian. I like his expression and of course his red hair and freckles. And a redhead who's bold enough to wear red!

Anonymous said...

#4 Love the Rockies hat!
c

--Christine said...

I have to vote for #8 for no more reason than she's in a Telluride sweatshirt -- girl after my own heart! but the very last photo posted is my very favorite.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures and Happy Birthday Tyler! My vote is for Sam. He's all that with color coordinated CR had and jersey.

Anonymous said...

I like Tio. He looks like he is up to something (possibly making $5).

jd lindeberg

Lisa Carpenter said...

LOVE the hair! My vote is for Tyler. Happy Birthday.

Amie said...

I love the one of Tio--He looks like he is trying so hard to be good for the photo :)

Karen Willison said...

I vote for Weston #3 - what a doll!

Ms. Winter said...

Tough call! I'm partial to my 5th grade girls- Heather & Marley. Sorry guys!

Anonymous said...

Well if you can't beat them, I guess you just have to bribe them. I vote for #8

Beaton Photography said...

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF VOTING....poll closes at midnight on Monday August 25th!

Current tally is:

#1 Tyler 39 votes
#2 Brian 9 votes
#3 Weston 17 votes
#4 Sam - 7 votes
#5 Tio 7 votes
#6 Wade 3 vote
#7 Heather 14 votes
#8 Marley 7 votes

Keep those votes coming!

(I posted the totals incorrectly above & had to delete it!)

Smith Gallery Photography said...

we redheads have to stick together :) I vote two! (but they're all cute kiddos!)

Aunt Sue said...

I vote for WADE!

Anonymous said...

Paul votes for Wade

Kathy Hull said...

Sam mom Kathy Im picking Sam because I like his new glasses.

Sam said...

Sam Im' picking myself

Pam said...

I vote for #4 Sam,he looks great in his new glasses and his rockies atire.

Anonymous said...

Debbie votes for Wade

Anonymous said...

Bryan K. votes for #6 Wade!!

Hailey Pfeifer said...

Little sister Hailey says, "I vote for Wade, and I love his hair!"

Becky Henderson said...

I vote for Wade. #6 The cutest nephew in the whole world!

Aunt Becky

Anonymous said...

The Pfiefer kids always have the cutest smiles. I vote for wade!
Cheri in Eagle

The Crowe Family said...

The Crowe Family votes for WADE!
5 Votes Total!
Jon, Anneke, Jack, Hannah &
Mary Grace

Anonymous said...

The Schilke Family
We vote Wade that is 4 votes for him
Travis Schilke

Anonymous said...

Melissa votes for #6 - WADE!

Anonymous said...

The Cumming family votes for Wade - Julie, Wade, Emma and Matthew

Anonymous said...

Aunt EB votes for Wade. Uncle Henry votes for Wade. That's two votes.

Anonymous said...

Steve votes for Wade. Miriam votes for Wade. That's two more...

Julie G. said...

I have to vote for Wade #6!!!!What a cutie :o) Julie G.

Noah G. said...

I vote for Wade #6! Go Wade!

Tim G. said...

Wade gets my vote! He's my buddy!

Anonymous said...

4 votes for #6 Wade!!
Steve, Karla, Ashley and Megan

Anonymous said...

Grandma Lillian votes for #6 Wade

Anonymous said...

I vote for number 6 Wade! ~Anytime... Val

Becky Huizer said...

2 votes for #6 Wade

Becky & Bobby Huizer
Jacks' grandparents from Illinois

Jared Pfeifer said...

Jared Pfeifer, I vote for Wade #6because he is awesome.

Dave Pfeifer said...

I vote for Wade because he is the coooolest.

Beaton Photography said...

There appears to be an upset in the polls....

At 7 pm on Monday....

Wade Pfiefer pulls ahead of Tyler by one vote!

Wade 40 votes
Tyler 39 votes....

and how will it end at midnight????????

Wade Pfeifer said...

Wade says, "I vote for me, #6, because I'm ME! Also, thanks to all my super delegets for voting today!!"

Gary Clark said...

Of course I vote for #6 Awesome Wade - he's my nephew and my favorite man to hike with in the Rockies! Uncle Gary Clark

darrell said...

Yep, Wade #6 gets my vote too. He's terribly handsome...

Carol Clark said...

I vote for Wade because he's the cutest curly haired kid I know! Plus I'm his aunt!

Carol Clark

Ashley Denne said...

I vote for Wade because he's my boyfriend's cousin!

Ashley Denne

Alicia Clark said...

I vote for #6 Wade because he loves Legos. Cousin Alicia Clark

Daniel Clark said...

I vote for #6 Wade because he's my cousin!

Daniel Clark

Joshua Clark Photography said...

#6 Wade! He's my cousin and he's the man!

Joshua Clark

Brian Greenberg said...

Wade, Wade number 6! If he doesn't win it....the vote is fixed!

Anonymous said...

Josh votes for Wade! #6

Beaton Photography said...

And the Winner is WADE! With a last minute voting craze his family and friends made him the winner! Great job everyone! Thanks for the great photos!

Wade 50 votes
Tyler 39 votes
Weston 17 votes
Heather 14 votes
Brian 9 votes
Sam 7 votes
Tio 7 votes
Marley 7 votes

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