Where Are They Now? Parents Cover Contest Finalists

Cover Contest FinalistThere’s a reason why you and your friends bug one another to vote for each others adorable kids in the Parents Cover Contest  — there’s a lot at stake, after all! You could win a spot on the magazine cover, an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, a professional photo shoot, and $10,000! Plus, there are all the memories you’ll share with your little one!

The parents of past cover contest finalists will tell you that entering your kid’s photo is totally worth your time. We caught up with a few of them to find out what they’re up to now, and about their family’s experience with the contest.

 Justina Kubat, son Jordyn, 2011 Finalist

What did you think when you were notified your child was a finalist?
When we were notified Jordyn (pictured) was selected I was in shock, I read the email over and over again!  I couldn’t believe Jordyn was noticed and selected out of the tens of thousands of entrants.  After the initial shock wore off I was so excited and so happy for our little guy.  

What was your favorite part of the trip?
We live in PA, but I’ve never been to NYC.  Just getting a chance to experience the city was amazing.  We enjoyed walking to Central Park and going to the zoo.

What does your child remember from trip?
Jordyn was only 10 months old when we went to NYC.  I’m sure he won’t remember the experience, but I’d have to say that meeting Elmo in Central Park was the highlight of the trip for him.  He loves Elmo more than anything!  I’m so glad we took photos for when he’s older. 

Describe your experience at the photo shoot.
Every employee of Parent’s Magazine was so welcoming.  They were fantastic with the kids and knew how to interact with them to get them to show their personalities.  The kids were not pressured into being or acting out of their element.  The important part is that they were treated as kids!  When they were done (aka having a meltdown), the staff knew it and didn’t push them to keep going.  Overall the studio was amazing, the staff was awesome, and the kids really did have fun!!!

What advice do you have for this year’s entrants?
My advice to this years parents is to ENTER!  I never thought my son would be chosen as a finalist, I’m sure I was doubted by so many when I kept asking them to vote for him on Facebook.  It was definitely worth it.  Never say never, anything can happen and we were very excited to be selected.  To those who think the photo shoot would hard on their child, it isn’t.  It was the most amazing and enjoyable experience.  The kids are treated as kids and are not pushed to do more than “just be kids”.

Frank and Dena Pintozzi, 2010 Finalist

What did you think when you were notified your child was a finalist?
When we were first notified about our daughter making it to the top 20 it was amazing. We have always been told how beautiful she is and that she belongs in a magazine and on TV.  So it was very exciting for us!

What was your favorite part of the trip?
Our favorite part of the trip was the actual photo shoot itself.  It was very cool to watch her perform for the camera.

What does your child remember from trip?
She recalls getting her hair done, wearing different clothing and the woman that made her smile for the pictures.

Describe your experience at the photo shoot.
My experience at the photo shoot was amazing as well.  I was so proud of my daughter and what she had accomplished at such a young age.  It was a priceless moment for me.

What advice do you have for this year’s entrants?
My advice to the entrants for this year is….take this experience as a stepping stone to great things to come.

Jennifer Murphy, son Colin,  2010 Finalist

What did you think when you were notified your child was a finalist?
I couldn’t believe it and couldn’t believe I almost missed it (junk email and dead cell battery).

What was your favorite part of the trip?
Being at an actual photo shoot was fun…August in NYC was not, it was hot!

What does your child remember from trip?
He was too young to remember — wish I could’ve taken pictures inside the photo shoot so I could show him later.

Describe your experience at the photo shoot.
It was hard for us —  I think we came the furthest?  Colin cried a lot and didn’t get to show his personality at all. The shoot was just around nap time for us and lunch and there was nothing for a child to eat really (especially my picky one)  I think we should have flown in 2 days before to get rested and would totally recommend that to anyone coming from a 3hr difference.  All and all it was a wonderful experience.

What advice do you have for this year’s entrants?
If you are coming from across the country come early if you can and don’t worry, there always has to be a crier…if it is yours then so be it.

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