A Shiny New Blog & An AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s FINALLY here! Almost two months ago, I decided that I was not satisfied with my blog… It’s just always been ‘meh’, as I like to put it. I wanted something new… Something fresh… Something me.

Having a wedding helps you realize a lot about yourself… Specifically what you LOVE. Aaron & I’s wedding (oh yeah… I got married 2 months ago) was completely Do-It-Yourself, and my mom, bridesmaids, and I made almost every decorative detail that was at the wedding. My favorite detail, by far, was the doily bunting that Aaron & I got married under…

photos by Julie Cate Photography

This inspired the heck out of my new logo & other marketing materials because this bunting (and doilies in general) just wouldn’t get out of my head! Yes, I am a grandma. I love it so much and have it hanging all over our apartment!

I was stoked to have a new logo that I felt represented me and the style of my photography, but then I was forced to acknowledge what I’ve known for a while: I’VE NEVER HAD A BRAND. Sure, I’ve got a great logo now… And I can even put that logo on sticker!!!! Doesn’t that mean something? No, self. No, it does not. Yes, my logo and other marketing materials are VITAL, but I can’t just depend on those to “brand me”. That’s when I stumbled upon a little post from Katelyn James about “Brand Boosters”, or anything unique that photographers choose to include in their social networking that gives people a glimpse of their personal life and a potential connection. Everything about this post helped me realize that I needed brand boosters, so I came up with a few for myself:

  1. I’m a newlywed and just had a rustic barn wedding… I love anything antique!
  2. My husband Aaron is hott, holy, and hilarious.
  3. I’ve recently become obsessed with everything PEACH, but, ironically, I’m not a fan of the fruit.
  4. I like to buy old junk & revamp it for our little apartment of newlywedded bliss. I’m all about that DIY!!! :)
  5. Aaron is a youth pastor, so we’re always surrounded by students.
  6. I’m addicted to coffee.
  7. I’m about as girly as one can get.
  8. I recently moved to ARKANSAS (still can’t believe it) from my home in sunny Florida.
  9. I’m kind of a giant weirdo, and I talk to myself a lot. Hi! Hi. :)
  10. I love Jesus more than anything or anyone else.

These things, along with awesome visual branding, are how I can make those connections with potential clients, other photographers, and new friends. Obviously, this post doesn’t mean I have arrived, but I definitely think it’s a start… I’m really excited to have branding & visual marketing that actually represents me! AND I even have brand new Facebook Page to match!!!

I’ve been so excited about the relaunch of my blog that I decided I HAD to give away some awesome stuff to three awesome people… I guess that’s just the Oprah inside of me.

$75 Riffraff gift card – Since moving to Arkansas, I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love this little boutique called Riffraff. I say “little”, but Riffraff is far from that. With over 20,000 likes on their Facebook page, I think it’s safe to say that they’re around to stay, which makes me SO HAPPY. :) The first time I walked in the door, it was like all my Pinterest hopes and dreams had come to life all around me, and that’s because the boutique features the work of local Northwest Arkansas artists… They sell everything from bold jewelry to funky lamps to chevron inspired apparel, and I could seriously buy it all. And the best part is that you can buy in-store OR through their Facebook page!
Winner’s Pick from walk in love.’s online store – When I was a freshman at Liberty University, I had an awesome job working in a call center for the school. Just kidding, it was the worst job ever. Besides working with one of my best friends, Eliza, the only thing that kept me sane was browsing photography blogs between calls. One day, I stumbled upon Brooke Courtney Photography and was inspired beyond belief. Brooke & her husband TJ were (and still are) some of the most creative & fun photographers I had ever seen. Not only that, but they also own walk in love., which sells awesome clothes with even more awesome design & typography… AND the whole brand is built around inspiring people to be imitators of God by loving others (Ephesians 5). How awesome is that?!?! They sell a variety of things in their online store, but their t-shirts are definitely my favorite… And they heard I was doing a giveaway, so they decided to launch their new summer line on Wednesday! :) Only one of those things is true. The winner will get to pick anything from their website to add to their wardrobe! Here are some of my favorites!

1-Hour photo session with me, edited images on DVD, and a $150 print credit – Whether it’s an engaged couple outside a barn, newborn baby in a nursery, or high school senior in a field, it will be so much fun! :) AND you’ll get to show off your images on Facebook, send a few prints to Grandma, and maybe even order a canvas! Sadly, this giveaway does not include airfare, so you have to be in Northwest Arkansas to win.

There are THREE ways that you can enter to win one of these awesome prizes: Hellooooo great odds!

  1. Comment on this post telling me what your favorite brand is and why it’s your favorite. No, extra points will NOT be awarded for answering ‘Kelsey Tice Photography’, but I WILL probably like you better. :) If you’ve never commented before, know that you won’t immediately see your comment because I have to approve it first. And do not forget to include your email address!
  2. ‘Like’ Kelsey Tice Photography on Facebook!
  3. Share this post to all of your friends on Facebook! Be sure to tag Kelsey Tice Photography in your post though, or I won’t see it!

That’s it! The winners will be decided by a random number generator and will beannounced on Thursday, May 17th on this post, so you have three days to enter! :)

***updated to add winners***

CONGRATS to…
Renae Styles Burt on winning a $75 Gift Card to Riffraff!
Riley Snell on winning a Walk In Love. item of her choice!
Courtney Stewart on winning a session + extras with me!

I will be emailing ya’ll this afternoon to get your information!

Congratulations if you actually made it to the end of this incredibly long post. Happy Monday! :)

  • May 14, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Elizabeth Sherburne - Kelsey Tice Photography!

    No but seriously, my favorite brand is…Dr. Pepper. Besides being a fantastic-ly delicious drink, they are a brand that really listens to consumer recommendation and consumer opinion. For example, guys were not drinking diet DP, boom…Dr.Pepper 10.

    Yup.

    I also really do love Kelsey Tice Photography. I have never seen a pic you have taken and not loved it.

    <3 EllieReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    Courtney Stewart - I love my Brooks running shoes! :) Love your site!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    Courtney Stewart - And… I knew Brooke at Liberty. Awesome girl.ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    Jenny Beck - My favorite brand is Clary Photo. Her work is amazing and I love her overall brand!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Katlyn - I love Kelsey Tice Photography! So unique…Plus I love do it yourself projects…mine just never turn out as cute as pinterest shows them to.

    I also liked your FB page!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 5:44 pm

    Ashlee Purpura-Millstead - My favorite brand is Forever 21. Their clothes are affordable and cater to every kind of style. Not to mention I LOVE that they put John 3:16 on the bottom of every one of their bags! <3 I love your work! Thanks for offering this awesome giveaway! <3 Did steps 1,2, and 3!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 5:50 pm

    Courtney Roza - My favorite brand is Comfort Colors!! Their tshirts are amazingly soft! Riffraff uses them to make their tanks!! Great brand and great material!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    Victoria Lee - I love Ya Los Angeles clothing. They have cute casual shirts that are so comfy and colorful but they also have color blocking which is one of my favorite styles right now. Riffraff also has the most cutest variety of color block. They have styles for different tastes. I buy from there quite frequently every week :) i dont even know what a mall really is anymore. Lol i like buying from boutiques because you wont see EVERYBODY wearing the same thing cause they only order so much of one style and more than likely u wont see it again. I think your right when u say they are here to stay!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    Ashton Prude - My favorite brand would have to be urban outfitters..I recently have fell in love with the brand because of their apartment line. Apartment shopping has become a new hobby of mine because I had to do it so often looking for fall housing! Their brand is filled with bright colors, antique touches and fun little trinkets to make the extra little touch any room needs.ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 6:06 pm

    Erin - Hmmm…. My favorite brand… I have so many that I like, so it makes it hard to choose… I would probably have to say either Silver Jean Co. or Miss Me jeans because there is nothing better than wearing a beautiful pair of well-fitting jeans… I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE wearing nice jeans!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 6:08 pm

    Alyessa Soden - My favorite brand is Lily Pulitzer. They have such cute prints on everything from bags to planners. Also, they have the most adorable dresses. It brings out the little girl in me! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 6:22 pm

    Anna VanHorn - My favorite branding is without a doubt, any product made by Mac. Although, I’m not a big fan of contemporary design and tend to lean towards a more rustic/bohemian style (LOVE, love, love the doily bunting by the way), every single aspect of a Mac product is unique and fun. From their instruction manuals and packaging to the actual electronic device, everything is cool looking! It’s the attention to detail that I appreciate the most.ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    Tiffany Savage - My favorite brand is Sevenly. I LOVE what they do for other charities and for the “least of these” and I LOVE your blog and your eye for a great photo! We used to live in Ft. Lauderdale and moved to NWA so I know how you feel (although we live in Texas now). You will fall in love with the people of NWA and Riffraff was a great find for me too and I still shop there! Good luck with your new business and life in NWA!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    Chelsea - Will you drive back to VA to take a photo shoot if a couple of other Newlyweds win?ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    Regan Chappell - My favorite brand would have to be Tory Burch. I could literally get by with everything she makes; cute shoes, cute purses, cute clothes, cute jewelry. I would never have to shop anywhere ever again!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    Katy Burgess - My favorite brand would have to be OPI! I usually paint my nails once a week. I love fun nails and I’m really into nail stamping/art (with lots of ideas coming from Pinterest) and I love how OPI polish withstands the wear and tear life of this grad school student! P.S. I like your blog!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    Susan Schnitzler - My most favorite brand is Dansko. May sound a little practical, not as fun or stylish, but as a nurse their shoes are amazingly comfortable. Also, everything…and I mean everything…wipes right off. ;-) They make a beautiful assortment of colors that match my scrubs and make dressing for work fun!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    Kaitlin - My favorite brand, or store really, is Anthropologie.. Love the rustic, classy look. Totally fits that beautiful barn wedding of yours,if I do say so myself!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    Stacy Massey - I love Riffraff, but if I had to pick my favorite dream brand it would be Alexander McQueen! Skulls and diamonds are too much fun!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 7:12 pm

    Laura Pyland - Hii! I am new to your site and I must say it is so cute!! Riffraff brought me here so I must say they are my fav but I’m loving what I’m seeing!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 7:21 pm

    Dea Arapi - Converse, because they’re cute, classic, and timeless. :)ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    kim - My favorite brand is Jcrew. I could probably fill my whole closet with their classic pieces. I like JCREW because it is great quality and stylish clothes :)ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 8:44 pm

    Amelia Essig - My favorite brand is Walk in Love. I met them two years ago at a concert and LOVED them! I follow them on instagram and just ADORE everything they do but not as much as I ADORE you. Love you Kels! Your blog is totes adorbs by the way! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 8:46 pm

    Erin Freeze - As a mommy of two little girls and lover of cute girly clothes, my favorite brand is Matilda Jane!
    Welcome to NWA!! Just give it a chance, you’ll love it here :)
    -ErinReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 8:58 pm

    Alex - my favorite brand would have to be Dogeared! i love their necklaces and i wear my pearl one every day! Its simple, dainty, and goes with everything. excited to follow your blog and love the giveaway!!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 9:39 pm

    Chrissi McAdoo - Well, fave brand huh? Hmmm…first one that came to mind is Ralph Lauren. When I was putting on my rarely worn perfume (I’m a nurse so I don’t wear daily), it brought back so many great memories…first date with my hubs, first Christmas, and fast forward to the present–taking me to dinner to celebrate Mothers Day! Pretty great life I say! Love your new blog!!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 9:40 pm

    Shelly Parker - My favorite brand would have to be…..GAP jeans….they fit me fabulously and make me feel good, even when I’m just wearing a t-shirt with them.
    Great blog! I look forward to following it!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 10:15 pm

    Ashley Mahan - Favorite brand? Vera Bradley! I love all they have to offer, from their duffle bags to their ID holders. Always cute and durable! Love the blog! <3ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 10:56 pm

    lacie jones - My favorite brand is old navy I love that I can shop for my.whole family.thereReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 11:05 pm

    Lynn - I found you through the Riffraff FB page. Their stuff is so cute! I especially love their jewelry!! Thanks for a fun blog!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 7:56 am

    Madison - My favorite brand has to be “norts”. You know, nike shorts. probably because I love random colors together and they are ridiculously comfortable!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 8:14 am

    Abbie Powers - My favorite brand is Bath & Bodyworks — they regularly introduce new scents, so visiting the store is never boring!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 9:34 am

    Rachel Sherin - My favorite brand is JBrand denim.. love the fit!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Brittany Nissley - My fave brand is actualy walkinlove.clothing :) love their tshirts and how personal Brooke &TJ are! Also into a new tshirt company called maebe cloth!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:17 am

    Samantha Martin - ahh so many brands!! honestly, though, I think mine is Walk in Love.! I am so addicted to their stuff! I love their bright colors and how simple and comfortable a tshirt can be! AND they look great! Plus I don’t know what it is but their whole store smells good! haha.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Kristen - Hard choice to make ….but right now I really like Show Me Your MumuReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Kelsey - My favorite brand is urban outfitters.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:29 am

    Jonathan - My favorite brand is southern tideReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:31 am

    nicole - Brooke Courtney Photography – hands down!! I’ve had the pleasure of accompanying Brooke on a few photoshoot and that girl is pure genius.
    love her. xxReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 11:28 am

    Erin Fetterhoff - I would have to say that my favorite brand when we are talking photography has got to be Jessica Mae Photography! She’s genius and lives at Liberty (where I attend school! KUDOS!) which makes it even better :)ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    Corrie Dorman - My favorite brand is ENO. The hammock is the greatest and whenever I see it I think of camp, camping, sunshine and summertime.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    Jobeth - My favorite brand — DIET COKE. it’s been the same for years and years so obviously they’ve done something right :-)

    Your photos are beautiful! I follow you on FB too.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    Fabiola Sanchez - My favorite brand is Jedidah Clothing. Not only are their t-shirts and goodies very stylish and cute, they’re humanitarian-base, providing funds from clothing sales to support respectable social justice minded nonprofits.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    Meredith Penzo - With having a little girl my favorite brand is Matilda Jane!
    Love your site! We go to Cross church Fayetteville and so happy to have you here!
    Look forward to meeting you!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Madeline - Walk in love is my favorite brand. I live about 15 minutes from their store and I have at least 8 of their shirts. Sooooo yeah.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    Ashley Shaffer - My favorite brand is Walk in Love. I live about 30 min from their store and I have a couple of their shirts already. I found them, too from Brooke because she was the photographer at a friends wedding. I love the message of their store and I tell everyone about their clothing line. Their clothig is tastefully simple but with a powerful message to imitate God by just loving each other with no strings attachedReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    Tessa Hall - My favorite brand is Crush soda!! Especially the orange soda :) It tastes sooo good!!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    Brittany little - Love the blog and great pics!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    Brittany little - I liked your fb page!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 10:46 pm

    Brittany little - I shared it on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    Allison Alexander - laugh.dance.ellen you knew that already though. Btw-if I win a photo shoot for my family I’m willing to wait until you are in town! After all-that is the only thing I really want! Love you!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    Avery Wilson - I don’t know if I’ve ever told you, but I love all of your pictures Kelsey.. it’s too bad you’re not in Lynchburg anymore!!

    My favourite brand is Nike because it’s simple and classic.ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    JennyKate Webb - Hmmmmmm, my favorite brand (as of right now) would probably have to be Anthropologie. Everything there seems very original, like you can’t find something similar to it anywhere else. Plus, I love that there’s a vintage/retro vibe mixed with fun colors and different textures!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    Renae Burt - My favorite brand is Dr. Pepper!
    I know that’s crazy, but it the honest truth.
    My email is renaeburt@yahoo.com
    Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    Amy Butler - I like anything that is cute and under $15!! :) resale shops and flea markets are my favorite!! So I guess my favorite brand would be cheap and used :) love your stuff girl! No matter if I win or not I want to book you to do deacons 1 year photos in September. Glad you’re here in Arkansas!!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 1:39 am

    Riley Snell - My favorite brand is my chacos! I love that they are easy to wear and super comfortable! They can be dressed up or dressed down. I’m a girly girl when I need to be but I love the outdoors and doing a little hunting every now and then! They are the perfect shoes for me!ReplyCancel

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