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  Day 6 : Aperture Photography & Variety Store

Good morning Cleveland. Brrrrr, I’m not one to usually complain about the weather (because we DO live in Cleveland!) but it is bone chilling out there. Make sure to really bundle up when you are taking to the town.

Today’s giveaway is compliments of Aperture Photography & Variety Store located in Tremont at 2541 Scranton Rd. (on the corner across from Tremont Tap House). Founded this year, this little gem of a store/gallery makes it a point to celebrate the beauty in non-digital photography.

At Aperture you won’t find the same cameras as you can pick up at some big box, instead you will have the opportunity to browse their vintage cameras, to learn about film (REAL film!), to enjoy their extensive photography gallery all while drinking a cup of joe from the bar. In their own words, it’s “1500 sq. feet of pure photography ecstasy.”

In partnership with The Impossible Project, (Polaroid veterans who saved instant film production) Aperture is giving one VERY lucky reader a limited edition “Impossible Cool Cam & Film Kit” which includes a 600 series Polaroid camera and one pack of new PX600 UV film (valued @ $99). This prize is INSANE!

At Aperture they not only sell vintage cameras but moving into the new year expect many photography exhibits and gallery shows from these creatives. To find out about these events and  to enter the Day 6 Giveaway, friend Aperture on facebook, then return to iheartcleveland and leave a comment about your experience (if any!) with film cameras. (please include your email, winner will be drawn Tuesday, December 21st)

Thanks guys, good luck in 2011, I LOVE the concept of your new store and gallery and can’t wait to visit soon!

  Day 1 : To Be A Kid Photography

First up on the 12 Days of Giveaways is compliments of the lovely and oh so talented Colleen, owner and photag from To Be A Kid Photography.

Originally from Cleveland, Colleen Chrzanowski spent a handful of years working as a photographer in the big apple. Coming home to Cleveland not only gave her a better sense of life balance, but it also allowed for her to spread her wings and dive into the world of portraiture photography, hence To Be A Kid Photography was born.

With a focus on babies, children and families, her on-location approach allows for the subjects to feel comfortable with Colleen allowing her to capture those everyday special moments.

From the daily routines like a simple lunch or a short walk, to the fresh but more formal set ups each image that Colleen captures is a stunning representation of personality. Her work is unique, casual and calm, not posed or contrived it’s what portraiture of today should be.

With that said To Be A Kid Photography wants to offer iheartcleveland the opportunity to win a 45 minute in-home (greater Cleveland area only please) photography session for up to two kids in the same family along with a high resolution CD containing 10 images for your personal to use. (upgrades such as a longer session, canvas prints, etc available) This giveaway is valued at $150 but could also be put towards a larger opportunity if so inclined.

There is still time to get those adorable photo holiday cards in the mail. Wouldn’t a special shot of your little loved ones be so great on a 2011 New Years card?

To enter to win, visit To Be A Kid, “LIKE” them on facebook, and then come back here and tell us which photo is your favorite and why. (please include your email, winner to be drawn on Friday December 10th, 2010)

Moms…please forward this contest to your other Mom pals. I’d really appreciate it. :)

  Around town

Driving around Cleveland is a delight when it comes to vintage signs, letterings, use of materials, etc. A designers delight!

Check out this sign, do you know where I was?

  happy hot & hazy day!

As a Cleveland “Westsider,” I always see the city from one way…check out this view of it from the “Eastside”….lookin good Cleveland!

  happy hearts weekend

happy hearts day cleveland.

I hope everyone has a wonderful sweet winter weekend. Lots of love… i heart cleveland, i know you do too!

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