Little Stars – Cutest Kids Portrait Contest

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Bill Keane | Little-StarsLittle Stars is a portrait event that will be fun for kids to age 6, pretending to be their family’s favorite movie, TV, sports, rock or even food channel star, while benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital through the Rancho Santa Fe Auxiliary unit. For complete details about this cutest kids’ contest, go to

Those of you who have been in Carmel Valley for awhile might remember a similar contest Keane Studios produced as a fund raiser for RCH.  The month Souplantation opened, there were large portraits of seven different anchor women and their new babies.  Several of these same women, along with a new batch of News Babies, have come together as the celebrity faces behind Little Stars.

The idea is simple – just register your child under 6 for $24, which will be donated to RCH.  Decide on a simple idea like sunglasses and a mike for your favorite star, maybe a black turtleneck and an iPhone for the next Steve Jobs, or be creative like one family did – he was a miniature mariachi!  You can see several pages of ideas and inspiration at the Little Stars gallery.  Photography appointments can be made at Keane Studios and several other locations, including Sweetpea and Pigtails & Crewcuts in Flower Hill and Thinker Things Toys in Solana Beach between now and November 10. 

Once all the entries have been photographed, they will be submitted for online voting – the next part of the fund raiser. Votes are a dollar, but you are encouraged to vote often and buy the election!  All proceeds go to RCH.  Help us meet and beat our last contest as we raise $10,000 for RCH!

To register your child and take part in a simple and fun way to raise money for a great cause, go to

Click HERE to see a short news segment about Little Stars done this week on Fox 5 Morning News.

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Bill Keane | Keane StudiosBill started photographing weddings from his dorm room at the Claremont colleges back when Nixon was president and film was the only way to record images.  A great deal has changed since 1968, but his fascination with photography, and ultimately the stories of the people he has photographed, has made every day of his 40+ years as a portrait photographer, as interesting as the first.  Bill considers himself very fortunate to be involved in what I love doing every day.

As I was growing up, my parents always made portrait photography part of our lives, as it had been when they were growing up.  As my own children grew, I developed a deeper appreciation of how important those photographs had become in my life.  There was the picture of my uncle and the horse drawn delivery wagon he drove for my grandfather’s business on the unpaved streets of Berkeley; the portrait of my other grandfather smoking a pipe as he fished on the bank near the family home in Morris, Illinois; there was my mom as a six year old child model in Chicago; and then there were my own baby pictures, and memories of family vacations.  Because my parents passed away when I was in my 20′s, these memories of my family have become my own link to the past, and a way my family now can connect with their history. Of course, it’s also kind of fun to remember that my hair used to be dark!


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