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Twins steal the show in baby photo contest

By Becky Cooper
May 11, 2014 at 12:11 a.m.

First place: Twins Blake Harold Allan and Addison Marie Annette Walraven - Date of birth: April 4, 2013,  Parents: Cody and Risa Walraven, of League City.

Twins run in their family - as do photogenic babies.

So it is easy to understand why a photo of Blake Harold Allan and Addison Marie Annette Walraven won a baby photo contest.

The twins, children of Cody and Risa Walraven, won the Adorable Baby Amateur Photography Contest hosted by DeTar Healthcare System and the Victoria Advocate.

"More than 1,300 babies were delivered at DeTar Hospital North in 2013, and all of them were adorable. These 10 photos represent the best photos we received in terms of clarity, color, theme and composition," said Judith Barefield, director of marketing for the DeTar Healthcare System. "I'm always surprised to see the quality of photos we get each year."

The Walravens lived in Port Lavaca when the twins were born but have since moved to League City.

Blake and Addison are the fifth set of twins in the combined families - their father's sisters are twins, and his grandmother is a twin. On their mother's side, her great-grandmother was a twin, and she has twin nieces.

The toddlers, who are 13 months old, are also continuing a tradition started by the older Walraven grandchildren. All were photographed with their grandmother Nancy Walraven's Canon PowerShot camera and entered in the DeTar baby photo contest. All have placed, said Risa Walraven.

For this photo, Blake was seated in a chair his father used as a toddler, and Addison used one that belonged to one of her aunts.

The children, who love to get their photos taken, also take after their parents in looks and behavior.

"Blake is very active like his dad, and Addison is laid back like me. They are completely different babies," their mother said.

Addison is the only granddaughter in the Walraven family.

The Walravens win $100 for having the winning photo.

The second-place photo was taken by Jason Collins, of Goliad, of son Conner Reid Collins on Halloween.

Conner was dressed in a pirate costume and placed in the family's front yard surrounded by pumpkins - some homegrown, others store bought.

Young Conner, who was 9 months old in the photo, was fascinated by the noise coming from the Canon camera. The fascination led to smiles, which resulted in the perfect photo to serve as the cover of Halloween cards, said his mother, Lori Collins.

They received $75 for placing second.

Young Greysen Everett Hutcheson's love for tasting everything helped his mother, Brandy Hutcheson, capture a moment in their front yard in Victoria. The photo placed third in the contest.

Greysen, who is also the son of Brian Hutcheson, is very playful. At 5 months old, he likes to play with toys and laugh. He is now rolling over and has started his version of baby talk.

"He is a very happy little baby," his mother said.

The Hutchesons received $50 for placing third.

Seven photos were awarded honorable mentions. They each receive $25.

First place:

Twins, Blake Harold Allan and Addison Marie Annette Walraven

Date of Birth: April 4, 2013

Parents Cody and Risa Walraven, League City

Second place:

Conner Reid Collins

Date of Birth: Jan. 24, 2013

Parents: Jason and Lori Collins, of Goliad

Third Place:

Greysen Everett Hutcheson

Date of Birth: Nov. 23, 2013

Parents: Brian and Brandy Hutcheson of Victoria

Honorable Mention:

Atticus Frank Arreguin

Date of Birth: Nov. 2, 2013

Parents: Priscilla and Jacob Arreguin, of Victoria

Honorable Mention:

Jesslyn Suzanne Garrett

Date of Birth: Oct. 14, 2013

Parents: Larry and Laura Garrett, of Cuero

Honorable Mention:

Reece Angelo Wood

Date of Birth: March 27, 2013

Parents: Robert Wayne Wood and Jeanette Rodriguez, of Victoria

Honorable Mention:

Rhett Warren Slusher

Date of Birth: Jan. 7, 2013

Parents: Brandon and Chelsea Slusher, of Edna

Honorable Mention:

Leonela Reine Rives

Date of Birth: Dec. 5, 2013

Parents: Valeria Molinar and Lon Rives, of Victoria

Honorable Mention:

Sullivan Steele Lynch

Date of Birth: Feb. 13, 2013

Parents: Sterling and Amanda Lynch, of Victoria

Honorable Mention:

Cullen William Kickendahl

Date of Birth: Oct. 31, 2013

Parents: Clint and Sherri Kickendahl

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