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The Bella Bun : Giveaway and Showcase

Wednesday, November 02, 2011Morgan



The Bella Bun is a joint effort of Jediah & Amanda – a husband and wife team from Maine. Jediah handles the online shopping, shipping, and general business side of the Bella Bun and I am Amanda ( the artistic- creative side of the business) a photographer who could not find what I was looking for in a newborn photography poser so I decided to make one.  All of the baby posing options available  were basically bean bags that were puck shaped and flat on the top. Photographers then had to use other products (boppys, blankets, ext..) to prop the baby up on top. This caused bunching and extra time and frustration. I didn’t want to deal with any of that so I decided to design my own baby posing bag that had the contours already built in. The first Bella Bun was a mustard colors vinyl that I duct taped together ( and I  LOVED IT ).. the second one was sewn, but not much studier than the duct tape ( I am creative but not gifted with stitching) , from then on they have been made by a seamstress that we hired, there were a few adjustments here and there until it was perfect and everything I was hoping for in a baby posing bag,  and that is how the Bella Bun was born.

My husband and  I met online in a chat room way before online dating became popular (about 14 years ago). Less than a month after we met, we knew we wanted to be together, so  we got married.. after a few years of marriage we had a son, then another, then a baby girl. A couple of years later we adopted 2 children from Haiti. We made 3 trips to Haiti in 2009 and our children were emergency evacuated to the USA after the big earthquake in January 2010.  We are now a crazy, busy, loud, happy family of 7!  I’ve always been a bit of an artist and I love all things crafty. Some of my current interests (non photo related)  include designing and testing new recipes of Bees wax based products mostly creams and lip balm. 

One fun/ funny fact about us involving the Bella Bun is that my Husband answers the majority of the Facebook posts and emails not me, however everyone expects it to be me so they are constantly saying “thanks hun” – “thanks sweetie” “thanks girl” or even “thanks Amanda” and we rarely have the heart to correct them, so he has gotten used to being referred to as a girl.  I’m usually busy with our 5 children and my photography business, plus he is always connected to some device, doing 10 different things at once, so I just let him run with it.


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Now on to the giveaway! 
The Bella Bun have graciously accepted to be showcased and give away one of their fabulous Bella Bun posing bags. I have personally used this new style of posing bag and have to say it is so easy to not have to use extra things to prop up a newborn, it also works great for the 'not quite sitting up' group.


knit hat by Bows by Mia

So what do you have to do to win? Take a photo or use one you have already taken with this in mind:
Baskets, bowls, or Containers enhancing a portrait 
This could be anything from a baby in a basket to a Dog drinking from a bowl.

Post the photo on-line somewhere and leave a link to it here in a comment (make sure it's public or it won't be approved, all comments are moderated). One entry per person, if more than one entry is entered - only the first will be approved.

The giveaway will run from now until Thursday November 10, 2011 at 11:59pm CST and the winner will be announced Saturday November 12. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me via e-mail to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. The winner will be chosen by The Bella Bun staff and is non-negotiable. The Bella Bun will be shipped from MKP in Central Texas, not filled.

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The Bella Bun can be found online in a few places.  The first of course being The Bella Bun web ordering page http://shop.bellabun.com . Then there is also the Bella Bun Facebook page, this is the page I recommend for sample images and Bella Bun information and F.A.Q.  http://www.facebook.com/thebellabun , Amanda's photography Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/amandarachaelphotographymaine or her photography webpage http://www.amandarachael.com 






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42 Comments

  1. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150891089515253&set=a.10150891089040253.759271.113453830252&type=3&theater

    A favorite of mine, a sweet little baby girl in the bookshelf in her nursery.

    Corrie

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  2. Oooh... I could REALLY use a Bella Bun! Here is an image I took of some twins in a bucket with their brother looking at them. :-)
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150498595589409&set=a.10150498594329409.457134.116197914408&type=3&theater

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  3. I have several!! :) But here is my link to one of my newborn sessions -- I could SERIOUSLY use a Bella Bun! Those bean bags are proving to NOT be my friend! I hope it link correctly...

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=273518572660851&set=a.273518399327535.75186.172784052734304&type=1&theater

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  4. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=278083742224105&set=a.268334549865691.72806.137672526265228&type=3&theater

    Coadi Byrne (skcory@hotmail.com)

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  5. Bella Bun Giveaway Entry:
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=263395707028905&set=a.263395543695588.53405.206327909402352&type=3&theater

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  6. Hello!

    Thank you so much for this awesome contest!

    I am hoping a cup counts in the contest as a container of sorts :)

    Here is a link to my photo https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150311173451108&set=a.10150311173101108.362238.312118531107&type=3

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  7. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=179293922120310&set=a.178890725493963.37033.124390140944022&type=3&theater

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  8. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150353516308650&set=a.10150330129973650.347488.145740388649&type=3&theater Thank you from Sonflour Photography!!!

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  9. Would absolutely love a Bella Bun! I love a good challenge, but having a Bella Bun would make some of my session less challenging and that would be just fine!

    http://studio241.blogspot.com/2011/11/entering-for-chance.html

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  10. Bella Bun Entry:

    http://kathleenheberlingphotography.blogspot.com/2011/11/bella-bun-giveaway.html#!/2011/11/bella-bun-giveaway.html

    I could really use a bella bun! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  11. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150664821930506&set=a.10150640341905506.685403.621280505&type=3&theater#!/photo.php?fbid=10150664821930506&set=a.10150640341905506.685403.621280505&type=3&theater

    Thank you,
    Danielle (danielle_sajkunovic@hotmail.com)

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  12. I would LOVE to have a bella bun!!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=196336723755714&set=a.177667805622606.45787.171562382899815&type=3&theater

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  13. I need one so bad but its just not in the budget yet with us just opening the studio....

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150337121970406&set=a.10150337119005406.395050.76029765405&type=3&theater

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  14. I would love to have one of these. Newborn photography is the market I want to make my focus and it would be amazing :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=206770222704373&set=a.206762849371777.49434.183215791726483&type=3&theater

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  15. Thank you so much! I love your workshop and blog. This is a shot of twins in a breadbasket:
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150370929195707.607081.478463730706&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=10150408060000707&set=a.10150370929195707.607081.478463730706&type=3&theater
    Thnaks,
    Danielle

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  16. Thanks for the chance! I could really use a Bella Bun. Here is my entry: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=217547018272129&set=a.282504408443056.85102.168668986493266&type=3

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  17. http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/320675_120979158006754_100002840113298_98055_798966951_n.jpg

    I love your work so much!

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  18. A Bella Bun would be a most welcomed addition for photographing my clients newest additions!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/225156_124155627663788_123933587685992_184202_7698721_n.jpg

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  19. Not the best picture because it was a totally candid snapshot but this is my youngest in my mom's dog bed/basket.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1928931790458&set=a.1338034698400.47055.1457106574&type=3&theater

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  20. http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/380908_282221308467801_132740853415848_914450_791352199_n.jpg

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  21. Mini Alice in Wonderland. We turned the Mad Hatter hat into a basket for this lil 7 month old. TOO CUTE!
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=213781628689049&set=a.213780275355851.55569.127815057285707&type=3&theater

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  22. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150381938258706&set=a.108656438705.93453.543588705&type=1&theater

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  23. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=282540251760922&set=a.282540201760927.88448.222516404429974&type=1&theater

    I hope that link works! It's the photo is also at www.dianefrenchphoto.com the 1st photo in the gallery. A Bella bun is very needed for my new photo business. Fingers crossed:)

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  24. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.115319768551341.21817.100920939991224&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=166288196787831&set=a.115319768551341.21817.100920939991224&type=3&theater

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  25. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=301937326500847&set=a.301937246500855.91116.211607218867192&type=3&theater

    Crossing fingers !!! I really need one for my babies <3

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  26. Thank you very much for this opportunity!! I would be so thankful to win!! <3

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6057/6313627714_b53f0e8c91_z.jpg

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  27. Here is my entry: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150380104354334&set=a.10150380104249334.372748.517024333&type=3&theater
    I hope a wagon counts as a container :) Thank you for the giveaway!!
    Kayleigh
    k.lafleche@hotmail.com

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  28. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150450701855259.424871.86659695258&type=1

    Would love to have a bella bun!! Would be sooo fantastic to have for newborns!!

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  29. http://caraannfavorites.shutterfly.com/pictures/397#398

    This is Kizmit!! I had the pleasure of photographing Kizmit, his brother Karma, and his sister Gracie! All 3 puppies and their mom were in a shelter that didn't take families and were to be put down. B.A.R.K., the agency I take photos for (for fun!!) rescued them and they were adopted within a week after the photos hit Petfinder!! YAY!!

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  30. Would LOVE a Bella Bun! Even a chance to win one is a delight! :)

    Jamie Sackett
    Just Shoot Me Photography

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1881745441208&set=a.1881743281154.2113284.1168486832&type=3&theater

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  31. We would be OVER THE MOON to win a BellaBun Newborn prop!

    Here's our image for the giveaway:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150778980770478&set=a.10150778974970478.723774.10150117430285478&type=3&theater

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  32. Thirsty puppy at a wedding reception!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=287479521275318&set=a.262616717094932.61304.124285704261368&type=3&theater

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  33. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE a Bella Bun!!!!!



    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/photo.php?fbid=10150419499742223&set=a.10150397875717223.412233.314989217222&type=1&theater

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  34. I've been drooling over the Bella Bun for a long time now! I'll keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Morgan. Here's my entry:
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=116746195092715&set=a.116744228426245.14294.116726371761364&type=3&theater

    Thanks!
    Lisa Thom (lisathomphotography@gmail.com)

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  35. Would be tickled pink to win one. Thats prob. the only way I'll ever get one. LOL,
    Thanks for the chance.
    Julie
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=195058670551775&l=918b1f180a

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  36. Jennifer WilkersonNovember 7, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150516670883079.472456.607273078&type=3

    My last link didn't work when i checked it so i tried again :) so excited about this giveaway!

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  37. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2514319783395&set=a.2514318823371.2164349.1415200720&type=3&theater

    Seeing this contest made me giggle a bit. Someone just called me a baby bowl hoarder a few days ago, and it's so true...it was hard to find a pic to choose from, but I figured since my other obsession is Pepsi, I'd try with this one :)

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  38. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=237339412993843&set=a.137646019629850.25495.135643686496750&type=3&theater

    Hope I win :)

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  39. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=184371568280407&set=a.169586579758906.66259.153604334690464&type=3&theater

    Would absolutely love one!

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  40. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=298775176813637&set=a.298747850149703.84007.116252338399256&type=3&theater

    Me sweet little baby bear in a basket :)
    Would LOVE a Bella Bun!

    Tatiana Fowler
    Little Bubbles Photography

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  41. What a sweet contest!
    Here's a photo of my own newborn in an apple bucket! I grabbed this bucket at hobby lobby for $3 :)
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=311931692154175&set=a.308617909152220.95257.186922517988427&type=3&theater

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  42. I would love to win a Bella Bun with this picture of my little monkey:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150859724760114&set=a.10150756592260114.719600.712830113&type=3&theater

    Thank you,
    Sara Lee

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