Meet the All-Stars

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!

Well, when it's true.

Well, when it’s true.

Fine.

Fine.

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.

I had nothing to do with that!

I had nothing to do with that!

Strike!

Strike!

Minta Thomson 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!

Get off my porch!

Get off my porch!

I love corn season

I love corn season


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 - this is what I always wear to the beach

What – this is what I always wear to the beach

Pure Talent

Pure Talent


Tara Reifenheiser of Rye, NY
Tara has a super camera-friendly son named Noah who has appeared on our labels over the years. It’s pretty obvious to us that Tara and her son have a great time snapping shots together, and make a great team of photographer and model. We asked Noah how he feels about being in the spotlight. He says “I like the spotlight very much!” He adds, “Some photos on the coffee labels are embarrassing, like when the lollipop got stuck to my face when I was napping in the car.” Overall, his favorite photos are the shots of him and his loyal Beagle Floppy.

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. Tara loves competition, so she says winning is a joy for her. 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.

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.

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Best of the Year Coffee Label Winners 2013

We can’t believe another year has passed here at Lizzy’s, and we’ve enjoyed another batch of killer snapshots gracing our coffee “covers”.

At the end of every year, we ask you to vote for your favorite snapshots of the year, and here are your winners! Every month of the year we look forward to the photos our customers send in – they range from amazing to silly, and everything in between. The best of them always tell a story, leaving us wondering “what was really happening that minute in time?”

All of the winners, plus 3 random voters (that’s 3 of you!) will enjoy a Best of the Year gift box, including a 2 oz sampler of each coffee & label, a porcelain mug, and a few other treats.

Talent by Sandra Rouse

Talent by Sandra Rouse

Swinger by Anthony Garcia

Swinger by Anthony Garcia

Sunriser by Monique Lavoie

Sunriser by Monique Lavoie

Easy Tiger by Becca Friedman

Easy Tiger by Becca Friedman

B*day by Melissa Briggs

B*day by Melissa Briggs

Bad Dog by Minta Thomson

Bad Dog by Minta Thomson

Be part of the fun! Enter your own snapshots for a chance to be featured on one of our signature coffees in 2014: Enter Your Own Photo Now

Or, purchase a 12 oz bag of your favorite winner’s coffee on our website: www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com

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Featured November Snapshooter

Photographer Dennis Merth

Check out our latest featured photographer. Dennis won our November cover for “Talent”. This new-to-retirement photographer is embracing his newly found “free time” in style.

Name: Dennis Merth
Home Town: Placerville, California

What’s your story? Are you a pro-photographer, or a weekend snapshooter, or something in between? I’m a newly retired physicist/software engineer who loves taking photographs.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
I like the unusual shots, mostly outdoors.

Dennis’ winning “Talent” snapshot. Rocking it old school is very cool.

What would you say to someone else about the Lizzy’s Fresh Label contest?
I would encourage them to send in their snaps, it’s great fun.

Oh yes, what’s your favorite way to drink your coffee?
Black, nothing added, completely natural.

Where can our readers see more of your photography?
www.flickr.com/photos/SunSeekingGuy/

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Do you have the perfect shot for one of the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee labels? Submit it for a chance to win the cover of one of our coffees a free month of coffee! Go to www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com to submit online now.

To order Dennis’ winning coffee label, or to browse them all, shop now at www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com

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Snapshooter Profile June

Photographer Kristina Hernandez

Check out our latest featured photographer. Kristina won our June cover of “Swinger”, and uses her athleticism to keep up with her photo subjects. We like your style Kristina!

Name: Kristina Hernandez
Home Town: Alexandria, Virginia

What’s your story? I do photography whenever I’m able apart from my full-time job. I love being able to create a tangible memory – hopefully a good one – in a photograph for a client. For me, I always try to get a photo that elicits emotion.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
Kids, sports and couples. Kids grow up so fast and you never want to forget those little moments before they are on their own and out of your arms. I’m an athlete, so capturing a great sports moment is awesome. Photographing couples – usually during an engagement shoot – is great because they have a love between them that I’m able to get on film.

Kristina's Winning "Swinger" snapshot

What would you say to someone else about the Lizzy’s Fresh Label contest?
It’s a great way to get your picture onto an excellent bag of coffee!

Oh yes, what’s your favorite way to drink your coffee?
In the morning after a run.

Where can our readers see more of your photography?
photographyforvalerie.com or www.flickr.com/photos/kjgrabosky/

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Do you have the perfect shot for one of the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee labels? Submit it for a chance to win the cover of one of our coffees a free month of coffee! Go to www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com to submit online now.

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Snapshooter Profile August

Check out our latest featured photographer! Marco Martinez’s snapshot won the August “Swinger” coffee label, and we love his perspective on the long relationship of coffee+art.

Name: Marco A. Martínez
Home Town: White Bear Lake, MN

What’s your story? Are you a pro-photographer, or a weekend snapshooter, or something in between? I’ve been into photography for a few years now. I started when my oldest son was born out of the need to document his life, from the banal to the extraordinary, recording every milestone and accomplishment. Along the way, I immersed myself more into photography, reading and experimenting with this new medium (I used to write quite often) of expression. It has been a very rewarding experience that has touched all aspects of my life. Photography has become a lifelong pursuit.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
I love taking portraits. There is much to learn about people in general when you take their portrait: you strive to make a connection with those you photograph, to learn something special and unique about them. I “specialize” in child photography because, well, my two children have been my main subjects. I also do macro photography on occasion.

Marco's Winning "Swinger" Label

What would you say to someone else about the Lizzy’s Fresh Label contest?
That it is a very unique way to bring two awesome things together: great coffee and photography. I’m reminded how many coffee shops support artists and their art work. One can walk into almost any coffee shop and appreciate the work of local artists: paintings, photographs, and other crafts. And what about Open Mic! So, the Fresh Label contest, in essence, continues this long relationship between artisan coffee and the arts. In both places you find the same thing: passion.

Oh yes, what’s your favorite way to drink your coffee?
Dark. And bitter.

Where can our readers see more of your photography? My Flickr Photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/marco_a_m/ or my JPG Profile http://jpgmag.com/people/MarcoA.

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Do you have the perfect shot for one of the Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee labels? Submit it for a chance to win the cover of one of our coffees a free month of coffee! Go to http://www.lizzysfreshcoffee.com/molaphco.html to submit online now.

Featured August Snapshooter

Photographer Tara Reifenheiser always wows us with her snaps!


Photographer Name: Tara Reifenheiser
Home Town: Long Island, New York

Would you say you’re a snapshot taker, or a pro, or something in between? I am definitely not a pro, but I do take pictures everyday. I consider my love for photography a healthy obsession and a large part of my life. I either have something in mind I want to shoot, or I will just randomly snap the shutter. I do not leave the house without my camera. It trumps my purse and cell phone.

This month's winning snap from Tara...


What kinds of pictures do you enjoy taking? I consider myself an ecclectic photographer who enjoys shooting all people, all places, and all things. My passion is taking pictures that tell a story or convey a mood or emotion. I often pair my images with music lyrics or song titles on my website, since photography and music are the loves of my life.
Have you had a chance to share your fame, or your coffee with others? Absolutely! I share my fame with all friends and family who have enjoyed the coffee labels as well as Lizzy’s coffee. And I drink Lizzy’s coffee every morning. What’s interesting is that I was a tea drinker until I was introduced to Lizzy’s coffee. Lizzy’s coffee turned me into a coffee addict! My sister in law was laughing about how I didn’t know how to use our coffee maker last year, and now I am grinding our Lizzy’s coffee every morning.

And last but not least…what’s your favorite way to brew and drink your coffee? Vanilla creamer and cinnamon.

Anyone can submit a snapshot for a chance to have your pick featured and win a free month of coffee: Click Here

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Featured May Snapshooter

Photographer Name: Avarie Shevin
Home Town: Los Angeles

Would you say you’re a snapshot taker, or a pro, or something in between? Well I don’t refer to myself as a professional photographer, but as a landscape designer, music manager and major animal lover, taking amazing pictures (along with all the cool cropping & editing that goes with it) is an important part of everything I do both professionally, and of course personally. I can’t make a move without my camera. I only wish I had a nicer one – but I seem to make due with my super old Canon PowerShot. So taking professional “looking” photos is a key part of what I do, but I’m not a professional photographer. Wait, maybe I am? Ok, if I get a nice camera then I’ll say I am, but for now the photos only “look” professional! I guess…….

Avarie's Swinging 'Pearl' is this month's cover girl.


What kinds of pictures do you enjoy taking? Capturing priceless moments and expressions of animals is my favorite thing to do. Somedays I can barely get from my bedroom to the kitchen without running for my camera. But not only MY animals – ANY animals! I also love taking photos of my landscaping — when I can capture in a photo for others to see what I do, it’s definitely a natural high for me (not to mention it helps me get work)! I only wish my animal pictures helped me pay the bills!

Have you had a chance to share your fame, or your coffee with others? Oh everyone I know is very much aware that Pearl is a 2-time Lizzy’s Coffee Cover Girl! We brag and show-off all the time and try to encourage our other animal friends to bug their mommy’s to submit photos too, and of course buy a few bags! Don’t tell Pearl, but I’ve ordered a few bags that had squirrel cover-models for a squirrel lover friend (and photographer) I know! And I also bought a bag that featured a DIFFERENT little white dog I know (ssh!).

And last but not least…what’s your favorite way to brew and drink your coffee? Lizzy’s coffee helps me get up and feed my 6 animals! The routine is: no matter how much crying and pestering I may get, the first order of business every morning is BREW THE COFFEE! While exactly 6 cups of
coffee is brewing for me and my man, I fill the 4 cat bowls and hand deliver each one. Just as the last bowl is being served, the coffee is ready for me to pour so I can take a cup outside with me and the dogs! See, the dogs aren’t goin’ outside until the coffee is ready! Oh, and THEN, once the dogs are in with their treats, does my man get HIS cup delivered!

Anyone can submit a snapshot for a chance to have your pick featured and win a free month of coffee: Click Here

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Just a Tiny Giggle

I have a constant running joke going on in my head as I take in the quirks and comedy around me, even in situations that aren’t quirky or comedic, like, say, the Olympics these last 2 weeks. Impressive athletes, every one of them, but isn’t there something just too funny to ignore about the gymnastic dismount salute, or the fact that the US relay team didn’t hold on to a 1.5″ inch stick, as though they’ve had no practice with objects of that shape? Just saying. Continue reading

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