I love coffee. Sometimes people try to switch my coffee to decaf when I’m not looking. I can always tell the difference. I also like Pringles, but only the reduced fat kind because they crunch better when you bite into them and they don’t leave grease on your fingers. I’m…

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As part of our quest to support women’s issues, Katana Photography is excited to announce our first ever Celebrating Survival contest!
Having any kind of cancer is frightening and confusing. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Katana Photography is welcoming all survivors from all forms of cancer to participate…

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When I was looking to buy my wedding invitations (back in April), I found a lot of designers on Etsy. After narrowing it down to a couple different designs/companies, I contacted both for their pricing list. One was pretty significantly more expensive–almost $2 per invitation more. Which I think all…

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When talking to people about photography, I hear one phrase over and over again: Kids and dogs are the hardest subjects to photograph.
I, personally, don’t have this problem with my clients…kids and dogs are among my favorite things to photograph. Maybe it’s because I like to have any excuse…

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Last week, Sean and I had our morning coffee on the balcony and watched as the Enterprise shuttle was pulled down the Hudson on a tug boat. It’s on its way to the Intrepid and I can’t wait to see it up close at the museum!

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Announcing Our First Annual Celebrating Survival Contest!!

Announcing Our First Annual Celebrating Survival Contest!!

As part of our quest to support women’s issues, Katana Photography is excited to announce our first ever Celebrating Survival contest!

Having any kind of cancer is frightening and confusing. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Katana Photography is welcoming all survivors from all forms of cancer to participate in the Celebrating Survival contest this year to win a free glamour/boudoir shoot with photographer, Colleen Katana.

Research shows us that the impact of breast cancer can be minimized with accurate information. Colleen Katana, owner/photographer at Katana Photography, is committed to supporting this cause and proud to be providing New York women a place to be photographed in a way that builds confidence about their bodies once again. The pampering that occurs during a Katana Photography glamour portrait session helps ease feelings of vulnerability. After surviving such a serious health challenge, women sometimes feel betrayed by their bodies. The final photographs help to bridge that gap, building peace and self-assurance. These stunning images provide the final proof: You are not a patient; you are a survivor. And you are stronger and more beautiful than ever.

Beginning on October 1st, 2012 and ending on October 31st, 2012, Katana Photography will be accepting entries to win a complimentary Glamour or Boudoir Photography session, valued at $499. Entering the contest is easy, simply send us your survival story along with one or two photos of you and we will post the entries on our blog. Then you, the readers, will choose the contest winner based on the person receiving the most number of votes. The winner will be treated to professional hair styling and makeup application and a sixty-minute portrait session.

All finalists will receive a gift certificate toward a Katana Photography glamour or boudoir portrait session. In addition, Katana Photography will contribute a portion of all proceeds for the month of October towards breast cancer research.

To enter the contest:

This contest is for any woman who currently has cancer or has survived cancer in any form.

Please email your story to colleen@katana-photography with the subject line: SURVIVOR CONTEST. Send a picture of yourself and any other photos you would like to share.

Your first name and images will be posted on our Facebook page and Blog for our readers to view and vote on.

Feel free to nominate a deserving friend – just please ask their permission first and send us their contact information so that we can get their confirmation.

We will be accepting entries until October 31, 2012.

Viewers can cast their votes through November 14th and the winner will be announced on November 15th.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing your amazing stories!

Contest for Katana Photography!

Katana Photography’s Facebook Page has reached 100 fans! To celebrate, we’re having our first ever contest…

Win an accordion mini-album–these cute little albums are 3×3 and have 12 customizable panels. Contest begins tonight and the drawing will happen on Friday, January 14 at midnight! The winner will be chosen through a random generator.

To win, you must be a fan on our Facebook page (!/pages/Katana-Photography/153524862357).

For extra chances to win, tweet or put a message on your Facebook status about this contest and then leave a comment here on the blog for each extra entry.

Contest for Katana Photography!

Contest for Katana Photography!

Contest for Katana Photography!

Books, Books and More Books

Books, Books and More Books

And the winner is BOOKS by a landslide. Congrats to Jewels and Missy!! Feel free to choose whatever books you want either in the comments section here or email me. I have SO MANY that I need to downsize, that I may throw in a few randoms for good measure.

And for the record, I have about 4 other walls that were stacked with books. It’s a little ridiculous.
Lynne, you also get a book of your choice as a consolation prize…YAY! (Did you ever receive those other ones I sent you, btw??)

Books, Books and More Books



It’s contest time again!  Mainly because I have a stack of books on my shelf that I need to get rid of so that I don’t have to move yet another box to the new place!

So, Sean and I started moving into the new place this weekend. The idea behind this is that since we have incredibly nice friends who have agreed to help us move next Saturday, we wanted to do as much on our own so not to take advantage of said awesome friends’ generosity. And this weekend, we moved essentially all of our loose items–books, a lot of clothes, shoes, dvd’s. Essentially all that’s left is a few boxes of misc stuff and furniture.  And i have realized that my stuff can be broken down into 4 categories…and that’s it. I have furniture, shoes, clothes and books. Literally…that is all

So, here’s the contest…you have to guess (leaving the answer in the comment section) what I have the most of…furniture, shoes, clothes or books? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not furniture.

I have plenty of prizes, so even if there are several winners, everyone will get prizes. Pictured is a package of one prize (though, again there are many others). This package is the graphic novel prize which will also include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Other prizes include Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle, a historical fiction novel entitled Women of the House by Jean Zimmermon, Planet Dog (A Dog Dictionary) by Sandra and Harry Choron, and The Fantasy Book (unauthored).

The answer will be revealed one week from today under Weekly Style as well.

We Have A Winner

So, I’m really, really dumb. And I can’t figure out how to upload video. But luckily, we took photos as well, anticipating this set back.

Here, are all your names written on pieces of paper.

We Have A Winner
And here I am putting all of you into the hat.

We Have A Winner

And here I am picking a name.

We Have A Winner

And the winner is….LYNNE!  Congrats Lynne! Email me your address and I’ll mail you your books. As for those who did not win…have no fear. I’m having 3 more giveaways before I move in January. There will be many more wins to come!


The book drawing will happen TONIGHT. And hopefully, if I can figure out how to upload a video, they will be announced by tomorrow evening. Good luck to all!  It’s exciting, I know…try to contain yourselves for one more day….

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By subscribing to my blog, you’ll up my chances to win the contest, Blogger Idol 2. By winning Blogger Idol 2, I’ll win $1,000. By winning $1,000 I’ll have money to go buy things again. By having money to buy things again, I’ll help improve our economy. And in turn, YOU’LL have helped our economy by subscribing to this site. See how it comes full circle?

It’s simple economics, really.


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Technology Tard

My site is entered in Blogger Idol 2, a contest created by Daniel at Daily Blog Tips. Apparently, to my understanding, the main way to win the contest is to gain the most RSS numbers during the month of November. Now, I’m not very good at these things. I am, quite literally, technologically challenged. I didn’t even know what the crap an RSS Feed was.

So, true to form, I started researching. How are the ways that you get people to subscribe to your blog? And why is it that the people who are already subscribers aren’t listed on the little counter thingy at the top? In my research, I discovered that there are a ton of gimmicks out there to gain readership. But you know what—I don’t know if I can do some of these things.  For instance, one tip was to keep reminding people in posts, over and over to subscribe to your blog. Can I pull that off? I don’t know…it all feels a little forced, I think. It would be nice to win this contest, but it’s definitely going to be tough for this baby of a site.  So, I’m going into it with low expectations…because really people? Let’s be frank. I graduated high school as an overachiever. I was in National Honors Society, Beta Club, French Club, the Debate Team, Chorus, Drama…but you know what? Being able to say, “I was in National Honors Society” was the only advantage I ever got in life from achieving these goals.  No one is hiring me now because I was a member of the NHS.  So the lesson learned here is AIM LOW. Save yourself some time.

And that’s what I’m doing with this contest. I am aiming to gain readership…not to win. If I DO happen to win $1000, that will be effing fantastic and I’ll buy everyone a cup of coffee who subscribed to my blog. (Only not really….because seriously? I couldn’t afford that. Go buy your own damn coffee, cheapskate.)

So, the moral of this story? Subscribe to my blog. You can do so by clicking on the feedburner thingy at the top of my menu bar and then downloading some crap. I don’t really know how it works because, have I mentioned? I’m a technological retard. And if you don’t subscribe, I’ll come into your home at night and eat your babies. Oh, yeah…and did I remember to tell you…SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG! (How’s that for repetition?)