The time has come. Below is a list of our first batch of Big Photography Giveaway winners! Eighteen families are getting ready to do a serious happy dance in front of their computer. Go on. It’s okay to happy-dance like a fool. This is worth celebrating!
I have to tell you, these photographers had a haaard time choosing. (And boy, do I understand. That’s why I’m not choosing winners in the Big Photography Giveaway.) Some of them carefully handpicked a person because they felt connected to their story. Some closed their eyes and did a random scroll and let their mouse land on an entry. Others couldn’t bear the thought of choosing at all, so they had an unbiased friend do the picking. No matter who wins, let’s just remember how super cool this is that families all over the U.S. (and a few other countries) will be blessed with the gift of a photo shoot by a talented soul so willing to share.
Here’s what to do: If you see your name as a winner, it is 100% up to you to contact that photographer so the two of you can coordinate and plan and get your photo session scheduled. If you do not email your photographer within a week, he or she has the right to choose a different winner. You snooze, you lose. So do not hesitate to email. (Every photographer’s email address, website, etc. is listed in their post. You can always do a search by state, name, or any other key word. See the SEARCH field at right.)
Another thing: If you entered and did not win, take notice that several photographers wanted to offer a discount of some kind to my blog readers, which is really cool. Especially because they independently offered that without me asking. These are seriously generous people.
One last note for now: If you are new here and wondering what this Big Photography Giveaway is all about, click on the big orange block at right. You’ll feel all in-the-know about one of the coolest things happening in blog-land these days.
Without further ado …
ALABAMA: Lauren Sanderson Photography
Winner: Allison in Decatur
ARIZONA: J. Van Allen Photography
Winner: Megan in Tempe
ARIZONA: ryan young fotografie
Winner: Amy, 20th on the list of comments
**Ryan would like to offer all Arizona participants free attendance to a special hosting of his “Unleash your Creativity” Workshop. This offer applies to all those who commented (or will comment) on any of the AZ photographer’s blog entries. Send Ryan an email.
CALIFORNIA: Emily Semans with ES Photography
Winner: Katie (comment left on May 7th at 10:50am)
CALIFORNIA: Denné Boring
Winner: Andrea S. in Rancho Cordova
CALIFORNIA: Christine Henning Photography
Winner: Ali of Australia who nominated her friend Sarah of Sacramento
**Chris has a special offer for those who would still like to schedule a session with her. Shoot Chris an email for details.
CANADA: Noel West
Winner: Bianca (Simon, Esme and Mighty Max too!)
COLORADO: Tami Wilson
Winner: Kim Hawley in Castle Rock
** Tami is offering everyone who entered a $50 print credit when they book a session with her. Email Tami for details.
COLORADO: Elizabeth Ann Photography
Winner: Keri M. (7- and 2-year-old, husband leaving for Afghanistan soon)
** Elizabeth is offering $30 off a photo session to all those who entered on her post. Email Elizabeth for details.
MINNESOTA: Creative Connections Photography
Winner: Amber in St. Cloud
** Christy is offering everyone who entered a $50 print/product credit if they book a session with her by Sept 30, 2010. Email her and mention the big photography giveaway.
MISSOURI: Amy Kuntz
Winner: Valerie Hoyle in Richmond
NEVADA: Jeanna Hayes Studios
Winner #1: Katherine (left a comment on May 9th at 9:56 a.m.)
Winner #2: Julie Tangiora (left a comment on May 3rd at 4:53 p.m.)
NEW YORK: Katie Chao
Winner: Amanda M. in White Plains
** Katie is offering everyone who entered a discounted family session (1 hour shoot, full retouching, and all images on a disc for you to reproduce as you wish) for just $50! Email Katie and mention the Big Photography Giveaway. You must book your session by September 1, 2010.
OHIO: Sara Green
Winner: Katie Glaser
* Sara is extending this offer: The first 10 people to email her that are interested will give you a special price of $70 for your shoot. And for anyone after that — $100.
OKLAHOMA: Elizabeth Winsby Photography
Winner: Christine Magness
UTAH: Reflections by Cindy.
Winner of newborn session: Kristen Sims
Winner of child session: Joli Pichot
Alright. That’s just the beginning folks. There are a LOT more winners in the making. Be sure to check back every day in May to see the talent ooooze and to see which states are represented. Scroll down to see today’s featured photographers!