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Get in the Picture with Gorillapod {Giveaway}

I love blogging and photographing my family, but sometimes I wish all three of us could be in the picture.  When my husband’s away from home, and there’s a sweet moment that I’d love to capture on film with my son and me, it’s helpful to have a portable and flexible tripod.

Gorillapod’s SLR by Joby is strong enough to carry the weight of an SLR body plus lens (holds up to 1.75 pounds).

Over two dozen flexible joints throughout the legs remind me of my organic chemistry model kit–ya know, legos for adults.  The legs look like a combo of a bunch of single bonds, except the joints on the Gorillapod SLR bend and rotate 360 degrees.

a girl’s best friend by gcfairch via Flickr

The rubberized rings and foot legs stay-put on slick surfaces like cars, recycle bins, or cedar trees.

I’m a total fan of the quick-release level that stays on my SLR camera for easy on/off access to the Gorillapod SLR.  I use it to make sure my SLR is level when I need to set the timer for shots when I’m not behind the lens.

I used the Gorillapod SLR with my Nikon D90 DX Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens.

There’s a period of about 6 months where I snapped gobs of photos of my husband and son…and I’m not with them in a single photo.

Since I received my Gorillapod SLR from Joby (Thanks, Joby!) I was able to share the frame with my family for Easter:

I also used it to snap photos of a gorgeous spring day while holding my son.  Definitely not something I could have done without a tripod.

When we go camping next month, I’ll be able to wrap the Gorillapod SLR around a tree or even a tent pole to snap some fantastic photos.  Later when I can afford to spring for an extra Nikon flash and diffuser, I can remotely mount the flash on the Gorillapod SLR while snapping away with my camera, and using a softer light from another angle.  It’s like having a portable photography studio (great for amateurs and aptly enjoyed by professionals).

This lightweight, portable, and super fun flexible tripod retails for $39.95 on Joby and Amazon.com

Win it!

Joby is sponsoring an awesome giveaway for one of our lucky readers!

One (1) winner will receive a Gorillapod SLR (retail value $39.95)!  To enter, hop on over to Joby’s site, then leave a comment on this post telling us something you learned about a Joby product that sounds totally awesome to you or what type of photograph you’d love to capture with your Gorillapod prior to May 15th at 11:59 p.m.  That’s it! Please follow the contest rules and avoid any generalized comments, or you will be disqualified.

*I received two Gorillapod SLRs, one for me to review and keep, and the other to give away. Read my full disclosure policy.

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We’re celebrating motherhood from now until the end of May.  Although, motherhood should be celebrated year round…don’t you think?  Join us for gift ideas and giveaways for Mom.

For Her: Flowers for Her Hair

Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide on Traveling with Baby.  From now until February 14th, you’ll find great Valentine’s gift ideas for the whole family.  You’ll even have the opportunity to win some of the products featured on the Gift Guide–isn’t that lovely?

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We don’t yet have a daughter, but the cute hair accessories from Florida-based company Lady Bugs n’ Butterflies certainly makes me wish that I had a little princess whose hair I could brush and braid.

Look at these adorable clips they sent me!  My nieces are going to look so stinkin’ cute with these pretty clips in their hair.

You can pick any style you like (from crocheted fruit and critters to delicate flowers from gauzy ribbon), and then customize the accessory based on the girl’s age or hair type.

They have a Big Girl pony O (the type of ponytail holders that I use in my hair), toddler pony O, a 1 3/4″ alligator clips, a 1 1/2″ toddler snappy clip, a 1 1/4″ infant snappy clip, and a 2″ french barrette.  Most styles are available in different colors–so you can design one for that princess dress for a special occasion.

I love this one.  It’s the Christine Diane in aqua, also available in 8 other colors.

And, here’s the back in an alligator pinch clip.  The ribbon conceals all the visible parts of the metallic clip.

It’s soooo cute and petite.  Perfect for a little lady, or a big lady who likes dainty little hair accessories.  I can see these becoming all the rage among the 20-something crowd.

This is the lovely Florence Eileen in white, among 5 other color options.  This dainty dragonfly clip has hand sewn beads on the eyes, tail, and sequined wings (also covered in sheer gauzy fabric).  As delicate as it looks, the stitching is strong, and it looks like it would hold up to the most fidgety little girl.

The Florence Eileen is featured in the 1 and 1/4 inch infant snappy clip.  Although the white ribbon covers up the metal, I think the delicate detail of the dragonfly would have shown up better  if they’d simply covered the clip in a clear or opaque white silicone to prevent slipping in the hair.  Even so, I really love this design!

If you know of any brides who are wedding planning, Lady Bugs n’ Butterflies has some great options for little flower girls.

Hair clips are $7 with the headbands ranging up to $16.  They have styles ranging from a spotted cow to pink ballerina slippers and a goldfish.

YOUR TURN: What would be your ideal accessory for a little girls’ hair?

WIN IT!

One (1) winner will receive a hair  accessory of choice from Lady Bugs n’ Butterflies (retail value $16).

To enter, leave a comment relevant to this post prior to February 14th at 11:59 p.m.  Please follow the contest rules and avoid any generalized comments, or you will be disqualified.

Extra Credit

FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Blog about the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or this giveaway, then leave a comment with a link to your post.

FOR A THIRD ENTRY: Tweet (include @drdolly) about this giveaways or the Valentine’s Day gift guide, then leave a second comment telling me that you did with a link.

FOR A FOURTH ENTRY: Enter another contest on the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, and leave a comment telling me which one you entered.

*I received product samples for the purpose of this review.  Read my full disclosure policy.
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P.S. This was the first time I tried snapping photos of products with a drop cloth and our family’s new Nikon D60 SLR.  I had a BLAST!

*UPDATE* Congrats to #15 Sky!
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