Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Freebie: The Quest for a Free Portrait Session

I've said more than once that it is the story behind the photo that makes me truly love what I do. At the bottom of my heart is the hope that my pictures reflect the true essence of a moment, the true emotions that were present and that the love spoken there tells the story of a hundred days before that picture and the hundred days coming after.

With that in mind, I have decided to offer out an opportunity to win a free portrait session. This would be The Simple Life package ($200 value), which includes 1-2 hours of shoot time on site at one location of your choosing within 30 miles of Virginia Beach, VA. The winner would receive all digital negatives, plus a file of "best of" edited images for print and an online gallery with free downloads for friends and family.

What I want is this: your story. You can nominate yourself or someone else, but you must email me ( with your written story of why you (or the person you are nominating) should win this portrait session. I am looking for deep-hearted stories, obstacles overcome, truly memorable moments that deserve some recognition and a day of special attention and a lifetime reminder of strength, character, triumph, etc.

The winning person and their nomination piece will be shared upon announcement of their award and their session will be included on the blog, website and Facebook pages as chosen by Kathryn Blevins Photography. Please be mindful of this in your submissions, especially if you are nominating someone other than yourself. Both parties will need to sign a release form.

I am looking for something special here. I will only pick a winner if I see a truly momentous and worthy nomination. If I receive many worthy pieces, I may choose to linger here for a bit and carry this over the course of several months. This is a first time trial of this sort of thing and we will have to see how it goes. In any event, I am looking to give back. To celebrate life and all it's glory.

For the sake of this first round and some parameters, please submit all nominations, including contact information, titled "Free Portrait Session Contest: My Heart Story" by August 31, 2010. That's over two whole weeks to prepare and submit. Be mindful: winning sessions must occur within 30 miles of Va. Beach, VA, nominated persons must be willing to sign releases and have their story and photos shared via Kathryn Blevins Photography. Kathryn Blevins Photography reserves the right to choose more than one winner or no winner at all depending on submissions received. Portrait session will be scheduled within 90 days of winning announcement unless otherwise agreed upon by both parties.

I can't wait!

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