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2018 Intimate Wedding Photography Contest: You Could Win an Intimate Photography Collection


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 and 2017 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 travel & 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.


  • Up to 7 hours of continuous coverage with one photographer (extra hours may be purchased ala carte).
  • 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. Travel costs can range from $1250-$2500 depending on location



read FULL official guidelines below before entering

e-mail info@shawphotoco.com & with INTIMATE WEDDING CONTEST in the subject


both of your full names

wedding date (must be between June 2018 and December 20, 2018)

ceremony location (venue & address)

reception location (venue & address)

guest count (max of 125)

wedding party size (max of 8 total, preference given to weddings with smaller to no bridal parties)

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)

follow us on Instagram: @shawphotographyco

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?


April 15, 2018 at midnight

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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. Weddings with less than 85 guests & weddings with no bridal parties will be given an extra ticket in the drawing. That couple that is picked 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 (Estimated travel fee will be used as the retainer to secure our services).  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 2018 and December 2018
  • Wedding must be fewer than 125 guests
  • Wedding must have fewer than a 8 person total wedding party between the couple
  • Wedding must take place in a venue & location we haven’t photographed before (Buffalo NY weddings & weddings within a 3 hour drive of Buffalo, NY are excluded)
  • 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 so that you can continue your photographer search).
  • Couple must follow @shawphotographyco on instagram
  • Winning couple must be willing to have your wedding blogged or used to promote our services in the future
  • Winning couple must agree to always credit our images properly if they share them in the future on social media sites or any other public forum



  • You must be 18 years or older to enter, and getting married between June 2018 and March 2019.  Your wedding can take place in the United States or internationally.
  • Wedding must be intimate, (under 125 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.
  • 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 500 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 $4500 + . Additional Hours can be added on to this package for $550 per hour.
  • 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.

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