Firing up the roaster early in the morning, pouring shots at the espresso bar, sipping endless supplies of incredible coffees – these are some of our favorite things we do here on the job at Lizzy’s. This is all pretty awesome, but there’s one day we look forward to most each month, and that’s the day we pick the winning snapshots that will grace the coffee labels for the new month.
We receive dozens of photo submissions every month from all over the country, and open each file with excitement. Some shots are hilarious, some are curious, and some are just plain beautiful. It’s such a treat to be on the receiving end of all these amazing snapshots!
We’ve featured over 400 images on our coffee labels over the years from photographers all over the country and even the world. We love it when there’s a perfect connection between your pictures, and the fun of our brand. A small group of 4 have shared their pics more than any others, and between them, have been featured on our coffee labels several times a year since we opened in 2008.
They’re pretty much rock stars to us, and we want to introduce them to you. They’re talented, creative, and beyond awesome. Let us introduce you to our Photography All-Stars!
Sandra Rouse from Colorado Springs, CO:
Sandra is an animal rescue photographer whose pooch pics are downright excellent. There’s one dog, a Long Haired Chihuahua who has graced our Bad Dog label many times.
“His name is Luka,” Sandra says. “He is a seven year old long haired Chihuahua and a Facebook personality with over ten thousand fans. He happens to be the most patient creature I have ever worked with.”
Sandra has submitted photography featuring other dogs including Dakota, which she describes as “Luka’s sweetheart.” It’s good to know that all the fame hasn’t gone to Luka’s head, and he is still a down to earth pooch who makes time for his sweetheart, Dakota.
Minta Thomas from Glendale, AZ
“I always have a camera with me. It may be to capture a spontaneous moment or to visually note something for a future creation,” says Minta.
Minta often sends us super creative pictures using props or toy models, and we always wonder how she comes up these ideas. “The key is to write it all down because in doing so I free my mind from the burden of remembering, and open it up for more creativity,” Minta says.
She also tells us that she uses her planner to record articles to read, books to find, websites to visit, inspirational photo shoots, locations scouted, quotes, and magazines pages among many other things. Now we understand where October’s zombie pumpkin head came from!
Meet Joe Wicks of Grand Island, NE:
Joe describes himself as “a hobbyist with the camera.” His close-up wildlife shots are totally irresistible, but they seem so challenging to caputure. Joe explains, “Capturing great moments is what I strive for.”
Joe says he doesn’t think he has the best photographic technique, but he does have a knack for studying the animals and their body language to be able to anticipate what they will do next. “Patience and preparedness are two qualities a photographer needs, and a good eye for composition helps turn a nice shot into a really cool one.” It’s apparent that Joe forms a relationship with each of his creatures because their personalities shine through in his pictures every time.
What inspires them to enter their pictures in the label contest?
They all agree that the freshly roasted coffee itself is a fantastic reward. Minta adds that she enjoys the reward of being recognized for the mini stories she’s able to create to fit the coffee label names. Joe also points out, “The bragging rights, of course!”
In November, be ready for our “Best of the Year” voting. Everyone can vote for their favorite snapshots of 2014 to be crowned the Best Photo of the Year. Each winner will be crowned 2014’s BEST, and be featured again during the month of December. Gift boxes, and bragging rights will be plentiful, and we’ll even have some prizes to hand-out for a few lucky voters helping to select the winners.
Honorable mention goes to one of our favorites not available for our interview: Tara Reifenheiser of Rye, NY
Do you feel inspired to enter your snapshots in the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee label contest? CLICK HERE to pop over to our website and learn more.