It always sneaks up on me. Every. Single. Year.
My dad was always the one I looked up to. For so many reasons. He was the one that always cheered me on, no matter what. He was the one that always told me to do my best and was supportive even when I wasn’t at my peak. He taught me so much in the short time I had him. It’s crazy to think that he’s been gone for 1/3 of my life at this point and how much he’s missed.
My dad wasn’t perfect, but he was generous. I can’t tell you the amount of times I heard him tell a customer or client, “Don’t worry about it,” when it came time to paying for services. Over and over again. He wasn’t always worried about the bottom dollar (maybe he should have a little bit more), he worked with his heart and it showed all the time.
Even as I write this, I tear up just thinking about it. I’ve been so blessed this year with amazing couples, families and clients who knew my dad and have shared stories about him with me. About how he stopped a fight from happening at a wedding reception, or how he gave them their school pictures for free because they couldn’t afford it.
It’s so moving to hear about him and how he touched other’s lives.
Last year, I came across this amazing photographer in New York who had started a giveaway. She gives away a wedding package every year around the time of her Mum’s birthday, and the minute I read her story (you can find it HERE), I knew. I knew that this was something I wanted to do as well and Erica (the photographer) was so supportive from the moment I asked her if I could do this too. It just seemed so fitting and the perfect way to honor my dad and what our passion is, photography.
One of my favorite things to remember about my Dad is how he would frame his hands around me when I started taking pictures with him. When I started following in his footsteps.
I can still feel his hands helping me on a wedding day or anytime I pick a camera.
So, this will be my second year that I will be opening my heart and sharing my talent with a couple who will win free wedding photography coverage for a couple who has experienced a significant parental loss. Last year’s winners just got married on July 6th, 2019, and this couple forever changed me. Their blog post will be up soon and you’ll be able to read their story in detail, but if you follow my work or pages at all, you will have seen them on there and heard their story.
So, here we are again. And here it is again, August 8th, my Dad’s birthday (he would have been 64 today). And in honor of him, I’m giving away free wedding photography coverage for a couple who has experienced the loss of a parent.
Here's what's included (for a 2020 wedding):
8 hours of photography coverage
USB of fully edited high resolution images from your wedding
Online gallery of fully edited web resolution images from your wedding
Full printing rights to your images so that you can print and share to your heart's content :)
Online gallery of both high resolution and web resolution images from your engagement session
Travel within a 2.5-hour radius of St. Louis, MO
And here's the fine print:
Applicants must have a parent who has passed away
Applicants must have a 2020 date and a venue secured
Applicants must complete the application process (below)
Apply HERE. **CLOSED AS OF 10 AM ON September 7th, 2019**
Applications will close on September 7th, 2019, and the winner will be announced on September 8th, 2019.
*If you are a vendor and are interested in donating something as well, please email me at: email@example.com