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    Because it’s more fun to give than receive…

    Dec 16, 2012 Giveaway Just Because
    It is that time of year...the happiest time of year, right? We love the cooler temperatures, picking out the perfect christmas tree, decking the halls, cookie parties...but in the midst of all that, my favorite thing about the holidays is that we all travel near and far to be the ones we love. No matter what each of us celebrate, the holidays are such a wonderful time to slow down amongst all the hustle and bustle to count our blessings and give thanks...especially when such tragedy has affected so many innocent people here and around the world. This year we'll be spending the holidays with Nicholas' side of the family...the last Christmas we'll all have together before our twin nieces arrive in the spring. Cannot wait to see the Kain family grow + 2...like I said, so much to be grateful for. I have six...yes, SIX fun little giveaway prizes! A few of them were donated by such talented designers and sweet friends of mine, Whitney English, Emily Ley, Amber Housley and Annette Thurmon of Chaviano Couture. ENTRY RULES :: (entry must be submitted by DEC 27th 11:59pm EST) 1. Like CYN KAIN PHOTOGRAPHY on facebook 2. Follow ME on twitter (@cynkain) - (if you have twitter) 3. Share this post on your facebook wall and encourage your friends to enter :) 4. LIKE the fantastic designers that donated to the giveaway and like them :: Emily LeyAmber Housley, Whitney English, Chaviano Couture 4. Comment below and write that you've done the above and share what you're most excited about either about the holiday season (if you celebrate) or the upcoming new year! **Prizes are listed below in the order I will draw the winners that correspond with each one. Drawing will be December 28, 2012 1. $10.00 Starbucks gift card :: Because let's be honest, who doesn't love a warm pick-me-up in the winter :) 2. Whitney English Day Designer :: It's 2013 and we all need a new planner, right?! It is a spiral bound, hardcover and hard back planner that features eight different worksheets that Whitney designed to start with a broad focus and helps you narrow down your purpose and passions into key areas that will allow you to apply to a daily executable plan. 3. Spiced Apple Candle  by Amber Housley :: Darling half-pint 8 ounce mason jar candles that warms up your home with an amazing scent. I can't get enough of this particular one! 4. Emily Ley Simplified Planner :: Over the moon that I have TWO different planners to giveaway. If you're like me, you LIVE for your daily planner! Emily has created a customizable planner to simplify your life. This helps you keep track of your calendar, contacts, family and business life. 5. A Lifetime of Happiness Book by Annette Thurmon :: Pre-orders being Monday DEC 17. "This is a book for couples whether newly married, or years down the road. It's a book for single gals and guys too! It talks about the unexpected, the things nobody ever tells you about marriage and what to expect." - Annette Thurmon 6. A lifestyle session with yours truly :) :: Only catch, must be within 2 hours of Richmond, Virginia (or in the Charlotte, NC area). Lots of love to you all and GOOD LUCK!!
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    • Happy New Year!!! Oh and the Winners are…. | Cyn Kain Photography: [...] Happy New Year, friends!!! I rang in the new year with the lovely couple you see below…my what a way to kick-off your marriage! Thank you all for your support in this past year. 2012 was a year of growth for me personally and professionally as I not only had the opportunity to work with so many new couples and colleagues but we marked our 1 year anniversary in a new city and made so many new, amazing friends! Below you will find a couple more peeks into Caroline and Mike’s New Year’s Eve nuptials AND the winners for the CKP Holiday Giveaway!  [...] (01.01.2013, 9:01AM)
    • Rachael Hoffmann: Season Greetings Cynthia- I hope you and Nick had a blessed Christmas! I followed the rules and did all of the above. Now what am I looking forward to?! Turning the big 3-0 in the next few days and seeing what God has in store for me in my next 30 years!
      Miss you! (27.12.2012, 8:12PM)
    • Corina: EEEK! Anticipating the winning announcements! I have literally been thinking about that Whitney English planner ever since I saw it eager to plan out the new year! Though, the photo shoot, coffee, etc would all be fabulous too! =) fingers crossed! xo (27.12.2012, 8:12PM)
    • Mike Costa: Woohoo! This is awesome Cyn! Love the giveaway! Merry Christmas to you and Nick! (27.12.2012, 6:12PM)
    • Claire Gidaly: Hi Cyn!! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!! EXCITED for 2013 and our adventure to alabama!! happy 2013! (27.12.2012, 6:12PM)
    • Courtney: Thanks for this awesome giveaway, Cyn! I liked and shared. :)

      I'm most looking forward to celebrating Clara's first birthday and am already so excited about it (and the theme I've chosen)! (27.12.2012, 4:12PM)
    • Phyllis Cheung: Liked all and shared! I love spending time with my family and teaching my children the true meaning of CHRISTmas. :) (27.12.2012, 4:12PM)
    • Kalli Christensen: I enjoy spending time with family during the holiday season. (23.12.2012, 11:12AM)
    • Pam Turner: Thanks Cyn for your beautiful creations. I've loved you on FB for over two years now after you created beautiful wedding memories for our daughter Katie. I love the give away idea.

      As for the holidays I am looking forward to spending time with family, My Will coming home for the holidays and sharing Christmas via Skype with Vic and Katie in Japan.

      I wish you and Nick a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

      Pam Turner (23.12.2012, 10:12AM)
    • Laura Hilliard: I'm with Carla...I already like you on FB and if I could...I'd love you! I love to share with my friends what a fantastic photographer and person you are...so sharing your give away was a no-brainer! I'm most looking forward to the end of the church service on Christmas Eve...when the whole sanctuary is filled by only candle light and everyone sings silent night. That is the moment that I am so so so thankful for all the abundant blessings God has given me...family, friends, a wonderful husband, good health...and I always...always cry. That is what I am looking forward to most. (22.12.2012, 11:12PM)
    • jacin: um. best. giveaway. ever!!!! i like you a lot on all the social media outlets of course but even more in real life!!! oh, and planes must be really heavy! (22.12.2012, 12:12PM)
    • Joey: Hey Cyn! I entered; even created a twitter page ;-) Obviously for the upcoming new year, I am most excited to marry my best friend! Thanks for being so awesome; Have a great Christmas! (21.12.2012, 9:12AM)
    • Nicki: I have done all of the above. I am most looking forward to spending time with family and having a few days off from work. :) (20.12.2012, 11:12PM)
    • Carla Jo: yay- what fun! I already like your page, and if I could I'd love it! liked the contributors (they look awesome) and spread the word! I'm excited for the chance to see you and the hubs, seeing family, a getting a break from work! much love and Merry Christmas! (20.12.2012, 2:12PM)
    • Laura Brooks: Liked all those lovely people, fingers crossed to win those fabulous prizes! My favorite things about christmas is the lights and the baking. (20.12.2012, 1:12PM)
    • Jessica Clinch: I've done all of the above! I cannot wait to have all of my family travel to my house for Christmas, and to start a new tradition of dedicating an entire day to doing random acts of kindness in our area with my little cousins! (20.12.2012, 1:12PM)
    • Sarah Lindsay: Done all of the above. Facebook name: Sarah Margaret; Twitter name: @sarahpeara! I'm really excited about having both a cold Christmas and a WARM one! Best of both worlds! (20.12.2012, 12:12PM)
    • Kelly: Check! I am thrilled to death to be debuting my own independent event-planning biz and enjoying my first full year of being married to the one I adore!!!!! Merry Christmas to you and all of yours! :) (20.12.2012, 12:12PM)
    • Ashley Wright: OH and I did all the above in the rules... forgot to mention! (20.12.2012, 12:12PM)
    • Ashley Wright: I am excited to make big life changes in 2013 for the better! AND hopefully launch a business! (20.12.2012, 12:12PM)
    • Sarah Jones: Sweet thing to do- awesome photos too btw! Did all of the above! (18.12.2012, 12:12PM)
    • Molly: Great giveaway! I'm really, really, excited that this is my first married Christmas :-) (18.12.2012, 12:12PM)
    • Sara Rose: Done and Done!! I am just happy to see some of my favorites all listed in one blog :) MERRY CHRISTMAS, Y'ALL!! XO, SR (18.12.2012, 12:12PM)
    • Whitney Watson: Tasks completed! I'm excited about watching my daughter open her Christmas presents! (17.12.2012, 9:12PM)
    • Sara: Woo hoo Cynthia- this is an AWESOME giveaway! I am definitely the most excited about launching my new blog, Fit for a Bride, in the New Year! Thanks for all your support! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas <3 (17.12.2012, 9:12PM)
    • Anna Grey Andrews: So excited to enter, done! I am so blessed to be alive this Christmas season. So thankful for baby Jesus and all the grace he has given me this year. Most excited to start making traditions with my new husband! Merry Christmas Everyone :-D (17.12.2012, 6:12PM)
    • Jackie: Done! Such an awesome giveaway! I'm super excited to be able to get to see both families in NC over Christmas. Merry Christmas to you & Nick! (17.12.2012, 4:12PM)
    • Megan: Did all of the above! I'm most excited to spend time with my family. Haven't seen them since MAY!!! (17.12.2012, 1:12PM)
    • Kelley Aziz: Done did it, Cyn Kain! ;-)
      So so excited to see my girls playing in the snow at Christmas time in NY! I wish I had your skills to capture those moments on camera!! (17.12.2012, 12:12PM)
    • Megan: Did all of the above! I am most looking forward to the Christmas Eve services at church. It is always a beautiful time celebrating our King! Merry Christmas to you and your's! (17.12.2012, 11:12AM)
    • Sara Kathryn Caliendo: Did all of the above! I am looking forward to spending great quality time with family! My husband and I haven't seen my Nana and Papa in over a year, so it will be a very special Christmas to share with them. Merry Christmas to you and your family! (17.12.2012, 11:12AM)
    • Amber: Done & Done! I am beyond excited to spend the Holidays as a married couple this year- having both of our families together & surrounded by love is what makes this time of year so special to me! (17.12.2012, 11:12AM)
    • Blair Thomas: Done & done! I am most excited about spending Christmas as an engaged couple with our families and looking forward to the many years ahead! Merry Christmas & Best Wishes Cyn! (17.12.2012, 10:12AM)
    • Corina: Done! I don't often do these kinds of things, but I couldn't resist. All of the prizes are fabulous!!! 2013 is going to be an amazing year! I'm marrying my best friend in the Spring and chairing a local non-profit, NHRMCF's The Pink Ribbon Project in the Fall! Here's to a life-changing new year! (17.12.2012, 9:12AM)
    • Robyn Van Dyke: Done and done! :) I'm most excited about getting good rest and spending lots of time with the family this Christmas season! And then goal setting and dreaming about the upcoming year! Merry Christmas, Cyn!! (17.12.2012, 9:12AM)
    • Emily McK: Yay for giveaways! I've done all of the above (except for the twitter because I still don't understand it). I can't wait for Christmas and to see my family! Lots of food good and lots of laughs. Merry Christmas! (17.12.2012, 9:12AM)

    Southern Weddings Magazine | Published

    Dec 09, 2012 Press Published
    So thrilled to have been published in the Southern Weddings 5th Anniversary issue this fall! If you haven't picked up your copy yet, you can buy it a local newsstands or order HERE...it is filled with gorgeousness! The ladies behind Southern Weddings Magazine have really outdone themselves this time...we're talking inspiration, lots of shared advice from amazingly talented wedding professionals, gold foil SW header and of course some of the prettiest southern details through out the issue. Lara, Emily, Nicole, Marissa and Kristen - Thank you for allowing me to be apart of this lovely issue! Editor-in-chief, Lara Casey and Creative Director, Emily Thomas were looking to create a spread that highlighted what marriage is truly all about, the vows. The vows were written in calligraphy by  the talented Lindsay of Lindsay Letters and the styling was by my sweet friend and designer Amber Housely.  For a few behind the scene peeks visit Amber's post HERE - it was such a fun trip out to Nashville! The bouquet on the bottom left was from an inspiration shoot Amber and I dreamed up. The gorgeous floral design was done by the one and only Holly Chapple And lastly one my summer brides had their bouquet featured in the magazine - right spread, bottom left - the beautiful full all-gardenia bouquet. You can imagine how good it smelled! Thank you to the Southern Weddings Ladies for pouring their heart and soul into their work and creating this gorgeous issue - and huge congratulations to them as this is their 5th anniversary issue! I am very honored to be published next to so many people I admire in the industry!
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    • The Inn at Perry Cabin Inspiration Shoot | Style Me Pretty | Press | Cyn Kain Photography: [...] know we are also so very thankful to have had a few images from this shoot published in both Southern Weddings V5 and The Knot MD, DC, MD. What a wonderful collaboration and time I had with everyone! Thank you for [...] (05.04.2013, 2:04PM)
    • Amber Housley: Wonderful working with you as always friends! Looking forward to more fun and adventure in the years to come! xo (14.12.2012, 4:12PM)
    • Faith: Beautiful features, Cyn! :) (10.12.2012, 3:12PM)
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    Let the Kids Dress Themselves | Featured

    Dec 01, 2012 Featured Work Press
    So thrilled to see this gorgeous DC maternity session featured on Let the Kids Dress Themselves! Please do check it out HERE and leave some love in the comments section :) You can also see my original blog post HERE. Thank you to the ladies of Let the Kids for sharing this session!   
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