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March 25, 2008

Photography Book Now

Filed under: contests/competitions,For Photographers,Photography,SoFoBoMo — chantal @ 4:45 pm

My memory is failing me… I honestly can’t remember where I came across this, either through email, someone else’s blog, or something?  Anyway, since a lot of photographers are participating in SoFoBoMo, then you may want to check out Photography Book Now, a contest for self-published photo books.

There are two categories to enter: General Photography Book and Thematic Photography Book, with a grand prize of $25,000.  The fee to enter is $35 per book, and the deadline is July 14, 2008.

Good luck!

December 31, 2007

The Winner!!!

Filed under: contests/competitions,News,Photography,Weddings & Engagements — chantal @ 3:18 pm

I am so excited to finally announce the winning couple for my Free Wedding Photography Contest!! After 12,656 votes, the final couple, The Cupcakes, managed to rake in 9,883 votes for themselves! Watching the results was unbelievable. I never imagined that my little contest would receive such a huge response. And I am super excited to photograph the Wedding of such an AMAZING couple on June 21, 2008!!!

Melissa & Steven!!

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Aren’t they adorable?!?

They will receive the following Wedding Package:

  • Engagement photo shoot
  • one free digital negative for Wedding/newspaper announcement
  • up to 6 hours of Wedding day coverage
  • online proofing galleries with Pictage (www.pictage.com) for both the Engagement session and Wedding photos
  • $100 discount on a flush-mount, coffee table style Wedding Book!

I gotta say…when I read the stories of all of the couples, my heart opened to each and every one of them. They all deserve to have the Wedding of their dreams, and it’s such a huge honor for me to be a part of that. But when I read Melissa and Steven’s story, they immediately won a special place in my heart after hearing of Steven’s deployment to Iraq, since my own husband was deployed there just a couple of years ago. I am so thrilled to be a part of one of the most important days in this young couple’s life!

To the two other couples, Samantha & Michael and Nikki & Craig:

Thank you so much for participating. I want to thank all of your friends and families for their votes, comments, and emails. I would still love to be a part of your day, and I will be contacting you soon with a special offer. Happy New Year to you all!!

To Melissa & Steven:

Congratulations!!! I’m so psyched to photograph your Wedding! Thank you so much for letting me into your lives, I can’t wait to get to know you both better.

To the friends and families of all of the couples:

Again, thanks for your votes, emails, an comments! If you want to continue to support these amazing couples, I do offer gift certificates starting at $100. This would certainly be a great start for any young couple. Contact me at chantal@chantalstonephotography for purchasing information.

One more thing…

The winner of my mini-contest, to name which was which was MELISSA! She was the first person to correctly guess who was who…

Cupcakes= Steve and Melissa
Brownies= Niki and Craig
Cookies= Samantha and Michael

So Melissa…in addition to having your Wedding photographed, you’ll also receive a FREE 8×10 print of your choice. Yay!!

The final contest results were as follows:

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Happy New Year Everyone!!!

xoxox

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Please take a moment to take my tiny little survey… thanks!!
WEDDING PACKAGE SURVEY

December 23, 2007

Why Am I Blogging At 12:39am?

Filed under: contests/competitions,Photography — chantal @ 12:39 am

Because I had to let you know that my contest has just reached it’s 10,000th vote!

10,000?!?!? That’s totally insane!

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I’m so excited….just 8 more days and I get to announce the winner!

Now, I need to wrap presents since my kids are in bed. 🙂

Merry Christmas!!!

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12:45am update:

I was just checking out a few of my favorite blogs before getting busy with the gift wrapping when I came across THIS POST on Becker’s blog.  PLEASE, take a moment to read, and if you find it within your heart to help a very sick little boy, you can make a donation.  You can also find more info HERE.

Help Heal Hunter!

December 18, 2007

Contest Update #3: Desserts & A Mini-Contest

Filed under: contests/competitions,Photography — chantal @ 10:21 pm

Ok, so in the interest of fairness, but also fun, I made the decision to keep the results of the Free Wedding Photography under wraps.  And it’s so hard because what is going on right now with this voting is truly amazing. Just since this afternoon, the contest has taken a dramatic turn.

Try to follow me.  I’m sticking to my guns and keeping the results anonymous.  But I need to refer to them so I have given each couple a completely RANDOM nickname.  These are in no particular order and shed no light upon their identity.  So for the sake of discussion, we’ll call each couple the Cupcakes, the Cookies, and the Brownies (my favorite desserts~~~ sweet, huh?)

So…..when the voting first started the Cookies were in the lead.  Then in just a few hours, the Brownies took over, and were the leading couple in each of the previous updates I had posted.   But in just a matter of a few hours this afternoon, the Cupcakes have stolen first place and are now leading by a huge margin.  I couldn’t believe it when I checked on the stats…the amount of votes that came in for all three couples was just astounding!  As of right now, Team Cupcake is leading by A LOT!

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This is still very much anyone’s game. Anything can happen within the next 13 days.  If there are any other big changes I’ll be sure to post!

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Can you match the couples with the desserts?  Try to guess and leave your answers in the comment section of THIS post.   Whoever leaves the FIRST correct answer will WIN, but I won’t announce it until after contest voting period is over. 

The prize:  If you are a friend or family member of the winning couple, then you can have a FREE 8×10 print of your choice from their wedding gallery.  If you are not connected to the winning couple, then you can have a free 8×12 print of your choice from my Fine Art gallery that will be posted sometime within the next two weeks!

 

Contest Update #2

Filed under: contests/competitions — chantal @ 9:40 am

As of 9:30 am:

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So the playing field is beginning to even out a bit more. I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with checking the voting results. I wonder how much things will change over the next week or so.

To my nominee couples: Remember, when you’re at your holiday parties and family gatherings, have your friends and families VOTE…then tell them to have THEIR friends and co-workers do the same!

I’m not going to post updates everyday, but I will a couple more times before the voting period ends.

***To read about the Final Nominees for my Free Wedding Photography Conest, click HERE!
***To vote, click HERE!

December 17, 2007

Wow!

Filed under: contests/competitions — chantal @ 12:58 pm

I can’t believe this voting frenzy already since I announced the final nominees for the Free Wedding Photography yesterday (see post below).

Right now, this is where it stands:

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Who could be in the lead? Hmm?!?!? Is the suspense killing you? LOL!

Looks like two couples need to get their friends and families in gear and get Voting!

FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CONTESTVOTE HERE!!

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UPDATE:

As of 1:03 pm the results are split 25%, 25%, 50%!
One couple’s family & friends are voting machines!!

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