Its been over a few years since a spark was lit. We changed the direction of our business and our life as a whole from collecting things to chasing the intimate moments that make life so wonderful. The desire to have a simplified life is in it’s own way ironic; convoluted by a need of perfection and an attachment to achieve something that is far different than just being. We spent a lot of 2016 fighting molds of expectation- from both ourselves and others and it’s been a beautiful, bumpy ride; ups & downs of feeling we’re not doing enough, we’re doing too much, we’re doing it wrong, we’re stagnant, we’re moving too fast, we’re not enough, we’re too much, we’re too little, and so on. It alls eventually returns to a fleeting breathe, a simple reminder that all that exists is now.
We’ve deleted some big dreams and in doing so a few appeared right back in our inbox. We’re still working to quiet our minds & simplify our life, but there is this music that keeps returning to the surface, quiet desires becoming louder and louder. Perhaps this year we’ll listen with a new appreciation of that sound, not necessarily as something to fight against & mute, but as a friendly soundtrack-like guide to our journey here.
We’re focusing in on more intimate weddings with smaller to no bridal parties, and we’re announcing our intimate wedding photography contest to help open our work up to new clients who resonate with our work & would have never otherwise crossed our paths.
If this is your first time finding our work, we’d love you to peek around, get a chance to know us and our work before entering: Above all else, we value authentic connections & working alongside kindhearted, soul-filled, adventurous spirits. An appreciation of photography & honest storytelling is essential to our clients & at the core of all we do is the belief that we are brought together, with you, to create magic.
WINNING COUPLE WILL RECEIVE
- Up to 7 hours of continuous coverage with one photographer (extra hours may be purchased ala carte, additional photographer may be added on)
- Classic, film style edits on your entire collection
- Delivery of high-resolution images with reproduction release
- Online gallery to share, download and print your high-resolution images
Travel costs are not included in winnings. Please keep in mind we are traveling from Buffalo, NY. We can drive to most East Coast locations, but travel by plane to the west coast and overseas is much more expensive. **Our flat travel rates do not apply to the contest winners, all travel expenses will be individually quoted and based on the destination, time of year, number of photographers and if any additional items are added on.
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org & with INTIMATE WEDDING CONTEST in the subject
both of your full names
wedding party size
tell us about yourselves, how you met, & your interests
tell us about your wedding day (if you have a Pinterest inspiration board, you can link)
tell us why you would like to work with us & what connects you to our work? (We don’t take photo requests on a wedding day and photograph with complete creative control, so it’s important that all of our couples that book with us, trust in us!)
confirm that we would be given permission and a model release to blog your wedding/submit to to publications in the future
Lastly, let us know where did you find out about the contest?
January 31st, 2017 at midnight / Official Winner notified by February 4th, 2017
HOW WE WILL PICK WINNING COUPLE
We are expecting more than one couple to meet the criteria below. All entries that meet the criteria below will be entered into a random drawing after the contest ends. That couple will be notified immediately by phone for an overview and provided an estimate of travel fees and contract to sign. The couple will then have 24 hours to sign the contract and pay the estimated travel fee to secure their winnings. If the couple can not accept the winnings for any reason, a runner up will be drawn. If only one couple meets the criteria they will automatically be the winner of the contest.
- Wedding must take place between June 2017 and March 2018
- Wedding must be fewer than 85 guests
- Wedding must have fewer than a 6 person total wedding party between the couple
- Wedding must take place in a venue & location we haven’t photographed before
- We must be available on your wedding date (if we are not available to travel for your date, we will immediately let you know after submitting).
- Couple must follow @shawphotographyco & @bshaw_photo on instagram
- Winning couple must be willing to have your wedding blogged or used to promote our services in the future
OFFICIAL CONTEST GUIDELINES
You must be 18 years or older to enter, and getting married between June 2017 and March 2018. Your wedding can take place in the United States or internationally.
Wedding must be intimate, (under 85 guests) with a small bridal party, (under 6 total), or no bridal party
By entering this contest, you agree to pay for all travel expenses for Shaw Photography Co. if you are the winner. Shaw Photography Co. will make all travel arrangements and provide a quote to you before booking that is a set amount that can not be changed once booked. A contract must be signed and returned to Shaw Photography Co. within 24 hours of being notified of winning, along with any travel expenses that will need to be paid for the actual wedding day. **Our flat travel rates do not apply to the contest winners, all travel expenses will be individually quoted and estimated based on the destination.
If the winning couple cannot claim their prize for any reason within 24 hours of being notified, they will be disqualified, and the runners-up will be awarded the prize at the discretion of Shaw Photography Co.
Couples who have already booked with Shaw Photography Co. are not eligible for this contest.
Couples who have already inquired with Shaw Photography Co. for wedding photography services are not eligible for this contest.
You cannot already be booked with another photographer.
Your wedding must be on a day that isn’t already booked by Shaw Photography Co. You must have a set date when entering this contest.
Only one couple will be awarded the grand prize, with 7 hours of professional photography on their wedding day, and digital delivery of approximately 400-475 high resolution digital photos, with a personal reproduction release release. All images will be available for online viewing for 6 months after they’ve been posted. The approximate value of this package is $4000 + . Additional Hours can be added on to this package for $500 per hour. An additional photographer can be added on at $650.
This wedding giveaway prize cannot be sold, traded, transferred, or exchanged for cash or any other item or service.
The winning couple agrees to be featured on www.shawphotoco.com, and also on any other publication that Shaw Photography wishes to submit to. The names and images of the winning couple will be used by Shaw Photography Co. for promotional purposes.
By participating in this wedding photography giveaway, you agree to be bound by these official rules.