Thank you! Thank you! To everyone who entered!! I had a much bigger turn out that I expected!! Honestly, this was my most favorite contest I have ever had (I will most def. be doing this again). Every time I would get an e-mail, I would squeal like a
little girl. Some of the e-mails made me laugh so hard, I snorted like a pig – true story. As for choosing winners… I had the hardest time choosing!! For reals. There were tons of great entries! So what I have decided is everyone who entered will receive a 20% discount their creative photo shoot idea, if redeemed by the end of 2011. How happy does that make you?
Okay. Now it is time to announce the winner(s). I had such a hard time choosing one winner from each state, I decided to do two.
1. Brittany Iverson.
The success of the Toy Story movies is logical when we think back to the magical moments we have each shared with our own beloved childhood toys. I look back with fondness on the enchanted days I spent sliding down rainbows with my rainbow bright doll. I wish I could capture those innocent hours I spent immersed in play with Strawberry Shortcake and Orange Blossom. Wouldn’t you love to have those memories captured? I can almost smell the strawberries and oranges just thinking of it!
My entry is to have the lovely Miss Jessica capture the raw and imaginative moments of my little ones with some of their dearest friends — their toys.
HOW FREAKING CUTE IS THIS!?!?!?! SERIOUSLY! I squealed with delight when I read this one. Thanks Brit for the fabulous, and great presentation! Creativity is what I was looking for and you totally nailed it!
2. Sydne and Ryan Wilkinson.
Okay, this photo shoot is a winner. Really it is. BUT there is a silver lining involved, and if the couple agrees to it (which I am sure they will, because we are friends:)) This shoot is to not be redeemed for about a year. After y’all read their entry, I will explain why.
I was so excited to hear about your contest! I jumped off the couch and begged my sweet husband to help me think of something insanely creative to win our favorite photographer in town. After throwing around (and throwing out!) some ideas, here is our official entry.
We are a family of three taking life a day at a time in Dallas. While Ryan spends his days (and some nights) at Baylor college of dentistry, I am at home all day everyday with the latest and greatest addition to our family – Bradley. We would love to catch this stage of life, everyday life, but with a little twist. Our vision is to let Bradley be the grown-ups for the day and trade us places, essentially a Freaky Friday Photo Shoot! We would have Bradley dressed up like a dental student working on patients (Ryan & me). Or have him sitting in Ryan’s lap holding baby-safe dental equipment, wearing goggles, and definitely a lab coat. Then at home being the Mom. There are a lot of options here, but I was thinking of a baking day. He would have a blast! I see some flour, eggs, stirring and of course devouring them afterwards. For apparel, he would have a kiddie apron or drowning in my apron, either one would be darling.
(feel free to clip this last part or switch it with whatever I wrote the last time)
The possibilities are endless with this idea because we could change the activities and add some more if he isn’t cooperating or if we’re just having too much fun to call it a day.
Thanks again for running this contest, we had a great time thinking of fun ways to capture our family.
Ryan, Sydne , & Bradley
EEEEEEK!! How adorable right? The “silver lining” to this shoot? Ryan and Sydne cannot redeem for one year. Bradley is only 10 months and I think this shoot will be AMAZING when he is a little older.
1. TIFFANY BISHOP
Here is Tffany’s Entry:
So there I was…(this is how all good stories start out so I had to throw it in)…with my beautiful family, all dressed in our Sunday best, posing for a family picture when BAM! The sprinklers turn on!!!! We are in complete shock and don’t know what to do. After reality sets in we decide to just make the most of it and go with the flow, meaning family pictures in our Sunday best with us all drenched in water.
A few things:
1. I absolutely love this idea. No, this is not something I’ve always wanted to. It’s something that I thought up just for this contest. But now that I have thought it up I am way excited about it and really want to do it! I was trying to think of something creative and yet something that I would legitimately want and this is perfect. Saying my children love the water is an understatement. The pure joy and excitement that it brings to them is rarely captured on camera for posed pictures. And while I would love to get some posed pictures of us completely drenched I mostly would love the candid ones.
2. I would love to get the story line progression of it all. Of course my husband and I would know what’s going on but I would love to get the raw emotion and reaction of my 3 little boys and see how they react. They all LOVE water but seeing as how they would be in their shirts and ties I’m curious what they would do.
3. After we get their initial reactions, then we would just let loose and play in the water. At that point we’d probably want to whip out something like super soakers, water balloons, or maybe even a slip ‘n slide (can you do that in a skirt? who knows but we can find out!).
To Tiffany: When I got your entry, I knew it was the winner. This idea captivated me the second I read it. What I LOVED so much about your idea was it was 1. Practical. 2. FUN!! 3. Super creative. Thank you for entering and I cannot wait to be apart of this shoot!!
P.S. We MUST get slip ‘n slide pictures in a skirt. It really will be fabulous!
2. Hannah Smith
I want to uniquely portray the idea that things are rarely what they seem. I want for my parents, 3 brothers, husband, and myself, to emulate 1950’s perfection from bow-ties and tennis cardigans to pearl-adorned housewives. The kind of family that everyone in the neighborhood secretly wants to be..or so they think. What the neighbors don’t know is that this family isn’t actually going to the Country Club every weekend as they say. Instead they entertain onlookers at the Sideshow of the Circus!!!
Father is the ‘Escapist Extraordinaire’ who’s lovely assistant happens to be his wife, with Nick passing as a very believable ‘Bearded Lady’. Adam is the ‘Illustrated Man’ who is covered in intricate tattoos, and little Bubba has trained to become the ‘Sword Swallowing Fire Eater’ (he lives on the edge). Hannah and her handsome husband Brenden often join the show as well. He is the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ while she sales fortunes and reads palms as a gypsy.
Neither one of the two lives this family leads is better than the other, but neither neighbors or fellow circus performers would ever suspect that they are associating with the very same family.
Everyone has a story to tell, and perhaps this serves as a reminder to us all that “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover”.
The mood of this creative shoot would be very two dimensional with clean cut lines and bright lighting used with the 50’s family and then a contrasting, more airy, muted and almost mystical life in the circus.
Hope it makes sense, cause it’s glorious in my head!
When I read Hannah’s entry I was so captivated with the creativity, the writing, and the thought that went into it. My brain went into fantasy land as I laid this photo shoot out in my head. Her idea was different, and unique I could not possibly award her for this fabulous presentation. Fab job Hannah!
If all winners could contact me so we can schedule a time that will be grand!
Thank you for everyone who entered!!! Can’t wait to do this again!