Mother’s day gift idea

Ahhh, Mother’s Day–that special day set aside for those amazing women in our lives. And oh, the pressure! What to do to make it a special day? If a family lunch at Applebees isn’t good enough, and a weekend at the beach isn’t an option, perhaps you want to go the gift route. But what gift could possibly show her just how amazing she is? A lotion/bubble bath gift basket? Maybe. But, another great idea is to give Mom a way to remember her family for years to come by giving her new family portraits.

Linnae Designs Gift Certificates are available for Mother’s day or any special event. The gift card covers the session fee that can be used anytime in the next 12 months. Contact me today to order yours!


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The $175 gift card covers the session fee for a “Mommy and Me session” or a shoot for the whole family.

  • Session ideal for Families with babies and children of all ages. Allows plenty of time for playfulness,
    breaks and ton of fun!
  • 90-120 minutes
  • up to 6 people
  • any Asheville location, in your home or outdoors
  • week day or weekend dates
  • Phone consultation to plan session
  • Digital files and Prints not included in session fee. File collections range $350 – $1050.
  • Gift certificate good for 12 months.

Contact me at 828-230-1462 or EMAIL ME to purchase your gift certificate. She’s going to love it!

Contact me at 828-230-1462 or EMAIL ME to purchase your gift certificate. She’s going to love it!


Mother’s day gift idea

While most of you are preparing for life to get a bit crazy during this holiday season, I am actually winding down. I’ve had a great fall season, following a fabulous year. It was great photographing so many families this year. If you weren’t able to have your family’s portraits taken this year, no worries, I have a great deal for you!

I rarely offer discounts but for this week ONLY, I am offering gift certificates at $100 off. Use the gift certificate for your own family or give it as a gift. Buy the certificate now and use it anytime in the next year.

1. Pay $75 for the “Experience” session. Retail price $175.00. Session details at SESSIONS
2. Use session for Family, Maternity, Newborn, and Senior sessions.
3. Use the session anytime in the next 12 months. No black out periods.
4. Can not be combined with any other discounts.
5. Limit 3 per family.
6. Offer good until November 30th, 2017.

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Linnae Designs Gift Certificates
These beautiful gift cards make the perfect holiday gift. There’s no need to wrap. Buy them for any domination. The photo session may take place any time in the next 12 months. No black out periods and no restrictions.

For more details contact Linnae Harris at 828.230.1462 or EMAIL.


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Mother’s Day is approaching. It’s May 14th, for those of you who didn’t know. When my kids were younger, they would surprise me with breakfast in bed and lots of homemade gifts. It was a tradition for the three of us to hang out in my bed and eat frozen waffles with strawberries and TONS of whipped cream.  I would open their presents and exclaim how much I loved their drawings, duct tape art and 3D creations. I really did love them.

Now my kiddos are 14 and 16 and well, let’s just say that Mother’s Day is easily forgotten – I mean it’s usually forgotten. Now it’s just like every other day. Mama doesn’t get the special treatment anymore.

As far as they are concerned there’s nothing special to this magical day, so this year I have a plan. Since there’s not another adult in our household to remind them, this tasks falls on me. I am prepping my kids way in advance.  I’m letting them know they can start making their gifts now or if they wanna get really fancy they can buy me a little something.  This year is gonna rock! I’ll make sure of it.

Here’s some neat gift ideas for all the Mother’s out there. I hope your awesome day rocks. If not, start hinting now…..


mama with newborn babyMama Bear Tees
The sweetest gift for Mother’s Day!
Featured against the silhouette of a bear, this whimsical typographic design was hand-lettered with love and screen printed by hand. All artwork is original and printed on a high-quality, super soft American Apparel tee. Photographed in black ink on a heather gray v-neck shirt.

A tri-blend of 50% polyester – 25% ring-spun combed cotton – 25% rayon

Crimson Heart Umbrella
Stand out in a crowd of black trench coats and add a little love to a rain shower with this delightful umbrella. Featuring a bright red canopy and charming heart silhouette, this ergonomic design offers a strong yet lightweight 16 spoke fiberglass frame, which is totally wind-proof. It’s the perfect companion for puddle jumping and downpour dancing with your Valentine or anytime. Designed in the United Kingdom. Made in China. MEASUREMENTS 43″ diameter canopy; 35″ L

Channel Birthstone Bracelet
Set her affections or accomplishments in stone with a brilliant tribute to a loved one or her own good self. Eye-catching in its own right, our delicate sterling-silver chain bracelet has a narrow bar centerpiece that’s channel-set with a long line of a single, significant birthstone.

  • Sterling silver bracelet.
  • Channel-set cultured birthstones.
  • Now featuring larger gemstones.
  • Adjustable to 8″L.
  • When not in use, store in an airtight bag to prevent tarnishing.
  • Occasionally clean with a de-tarnishing cloth or silver polish.
  • Apply a small amount of silver polish to a soft,clean cloth and rub gently, rinse in warm water and dry completely.

WOODEN Star Constellations Card
Very special little wooden Mother’s day card. Shows ten star constellations to tell your lovely Mom that you love her more than all the stars.

This credit card sized wooden mother’s day card is laser cut from natural spruce wood. We have engraved a collection of star constellations and stars, all arranged exactly as they are in the sky. This could be kept in her purse as a map of the stars with your own message or drawing on the back (pencil included), making it a wooden card and special keepsake gift in one item.

You can choose the front of the card to include the word ‘Mum’, ‘Mummy’, ‘Grandma’ or no name at all, so it would then just say ‘Love you more than all the stars’.

Linnae Designs gift cetificate

Linnae Designs Gift Certificate
Well, you know I have to list this as one of my favorite gifts! Choose your amount and apply it to a Family, Maternity, or Baby photography session. The photo shoot can take place at your home or a gorgeous outdoor setting. The gift card is good for one year. Contact Linnae for more info.


This year Mother’s Day will rock! I’m going to make sure of it.


$100 for you
$100 for them

1. Have your friend/family member mention your name when they book their session.
2. You will both receive a $100 gift certificate that is good for one year.
3. There’s no limit to how many people you can refer.
4. Referrals are for new clients only and are non-transferable.
5. The best way to refer, is by showing off your photos with your custom phone app or by posting pics on social media. If you didn’t already receive your phone app, be sure to ask me how you can get one for FREE.



As a small business owner, I rely heavily on personal referrals. We all know how valuable word of mouth referrals are. We trust and rely our family and friends recommendations. Because referrals are the best compliment ever, they deserve a sincere thank you!
If you enjoyed your experience with me and love your photos, would you help me out by letting others know?  

For every session I book – that is a result of your kind words – you will receive a $100 gift card to use on your next session with me! And your friend will also get a $100 print credit as well!

Talk away – to all your friends because there are no limits.  Best of all, it’s easy. We all love to talk about our experiences and that is all it takes to earn referral $. Feel free to gossip!

Piece of cake.

Easy Peasy.



Combining the beauty of new life with stunning photography, Linnae Designs offers the Baby Photography plan. Preparing for your little one can be expensive. A baby plan can ease your expenses while capturing this special time. These fond memories of motherhood begin before birth while mom is still feeling refreshed, beautiful and excited about the joy of her new arrival. This plan includes your maternity portrait session and a session after your newborn arrives.gorgeous Rambles park formal composition maternity 8 months preganant playful style sweet moment between couple on site photographer having fun during shoot hanging out in woodsBaby photography plan
Schedule your maternity session and get 50% off your newborn session as well as other keepsake photo gifts. For the perfect maternity session, Linnae recommends scheduling during your seventh month. Get more details about the “Baby plan” photography plan here.

As a parent, Linnae believes that maternity portraits should be just as breathtaking as your bridal portraits. This moment is so meaningful, and the emotions are just as intense as your wedding day. Nine months may seem like an eternity, but the time somehow passes by in an instant. She wants to capture the anticipation, the excitement, and the incredible love for the precious life growing inside your belly. Maternity and newborn photo sessions are such a special way to preserve this magical time in your family’s life.

Linnae recommends capturing maternity portraits around 32-36 weeks in your pregnancy, when your belly is beautifully round and curvaceous.  You’re welcome to have your maternity portrait session in the comfort of your home, so she can incorporate the nursery and other meaningful settings or at any Asheville area location. Linnae has many beautiful, light filled spots to choose from.

If you’re interested in scheduling your own maternity and newborn photo session, please consider the baby plan. Contact Linnae by email or by calling 828.230.1462. She looks forward to hearing from you, and capturing your family’s memories for many years to come!!

Baby Photography Plan

Not sure what to get for your special someone in your life? Do you want to give them an amazing experience AND have a lasting memento to hang on your wall? Linnae Designs Gift Certificates are good for one year and for any one of my three photo session info.

Custom photography is very different experience from having your photos taken in the studio at Sears. With a Linnae Designs’ photo session, the shoot is designed and catered to your family’s needs and desires. If you have little ones with short attention spans, no worries. We’ll walk around Carrier Park or set up a picnic by a lake. The kids get to play and laugh and I’ll be able to capture the most exquisite shots of your family just being together in a natural, relaxed manner!

Linnae Designs Gift cards come in all different amounts to fit your budget. You can get more info about the three session I offer here. Contact me today to purchase your gift certificate.

custom portrait shoot gift certificate makes a great holiday gift

Photography gift certificate – awesome holiday gift


I have limited time slots so be sure to sign up soon!

Asheville Fall Mini Portrait Sessions

I adopted my son and daughter from Russian orphanages in 2003. I don’t spend time thinking about what their lives would have been like had they not been adopted. I don’t think about it because I just can’t “go there”.  When I do allow my thoughts to drift in that direction, I mostly think about the other children and babies that I saw while I was there. I hope and pray that their lives have been blessed by adoption as well.

My daughter was two when I met her for the first time. She lived in a very small village hospital in Komsomolsk. This orphanage had about a dozen 0-3 year olds living in a 400 square foot room. There was a fenced in yard with a small dirt playground. I was told that they didn’t leave the property because it wasn’t safe. She spent her entire existence in that small space.  The “mamas” seemed to genuinely care for them and did their best, but they were extremely busy. They had a lot do to and too many kids to care for at one time.

She had no toys to call her own and the kids fought over the few toys that were there. Once the adoption was final, I was able to take her to a hotel. She spent the first week wearing as many clothes as she could put on her body (even though it was summer) and she carried a child sized backpack filled with her toys everywhere she went. She even slept with it and wouldn’t let go of it until sleep over took her.

My son was 10 months when I met him for the first time. He had the chicken pox and so did most of the other three hundred 0-3 year olds. He was in a large baby home in Khabarovsk and the pox had spread rapidly through this little community. The medicine they used to treat the pox was dark green so he was covered in red and green dots. I affectionately called him my “alien baby”.

He had a fever and a very runny nose for the 3 days I was visiting. They didn’t give him any medicine to ease these symptoms nor would they allow me to give him any. When I returned to adopt him 3 months later, he had a very runny nose and once I was able to take him to an American doctor, I learned that he had a ear infection. The doctor suspected that he had for quite some time. The orphanage didn’t have money to spend on medicine that only soothed and didn’t heal illnesses.

I don’t want to give the impression that these orphanages were horrible, because they weren’t. Both were clean and the staff seemed friendly but there was never enough money to do what they needed to do. My children and I always save money throughout the year and donate it to a charity that gives to Russian orphanages. It’s not much in the whole scheme of things but every little bit helps. This year I wanted to find a cause that my business could support. After some extensive research, I decided on the non-profit, Forever Family.

Linnae Designs supports Forever Family by donating 5% of the proceeds from every session booked.

Forever Family produces news stories that highlight children in North Carolina foster care who are searching for adoptive families, teens ‘aging out’ of foster care, and issues relating to the American foster care crisis. More info at

If anyone has questions or would like to speak to me about my adoption journey, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I had an amazing experience and have two healthy, happy children. Here are some “Then” and “Now” photos.

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Linnae Designs donates 5% of the proceeds from your photography session.

I want to be your Asheville photographer for life! I would love to photograph your newborn when he’s just born and your child when she loses her first tooth. I want to be the one you call when your little boy is a high school senior. I want to take all your holiday pictures and make gorgeous greeting cards for you to mail out. I want you to look around your lovely home and see beautiful photographic art of your family throughout the years. I want to be the one who has the privilege to capture these special times in your family’s life.

Book “The Experience” or “Something Special” photo session and all future sessions with Linnae Designs will be 50% off.


1. Future sessions may be for families, newborns, babies, children, seniors, maternity, engagement, and business.

2. Future sessions may be “Short and Sweet, “The Experience” or “Something Special”.  Not valid for Fall or Spring mini-sessions.

3. Family must purchase a collection. Collections range from $350-$1500 and include prints, digital files, albums and boutique items.

4. Sessions are for immediate family only. Additional people will incur additional costs.

5. Sessions that take place outside the Asheville area may incur additional costs.

6. Sessions may not take place during my busy season (October through December). Families who desire fall and holiday photos may book sessions for the end of September.

7. If you have already had a “Short and Sweet” session with me, after you book another, all future sessions will be 50% off.

8. This offer is valid as long as Linnae Designs is in business. I do hope to retire some day. 🙂


Lifetime membership


Nominate yourself or another person (in the Asheville area) who is deserving of a FREE Spring Mini Photo Session for the whole family or just the kids. Value $300. Submit your story by entering below and let everyone know why this deserving person should win. The story with the most votes by April 20th, 2014 wins. Share your story on social media sites and ask your friends to vote for this deserving family.

Session will take place in a beautiful, outdoor Asheville area location – to be announced when we get closer to date. Morning and early evening appointments available.

This giveaway is for NEW families who have never worked with Linnae Designs before nor are friends with photographer.

Rain date – May 10th


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Winner of the April 20th drawing is……(to be announced)

Spring Photo Session Give-away