Love Story {Contest – Win a Couples Shoot!}

This month is all about love. Nope I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day, I don’t even celebrate (long story for another time). On February 2, I celebrated my 11th wedding anniversary with my beloved. I’m not typically a very mushy person, but when it comes to how I feel about my husband I could gush for hours. I won’t bore you with the details, but I seriously LOVE the man.

Shortly after our wedding, I remember looking through our wedding album (which I love) and thinking, I will never look that beautiful again. Subconsciously I let that thought invade my head and over the next few years, I found myself avoiding being photographed. I came up with every excuse: my mood, my weight, bad hair day, you name it. Other than wedding pictures, there are very few decent pictures of me from the first few years we were married and even fewer of us as a couple. One day I realized this and immediately thought, how sad! We are a happily married, young couple enjoying our lives together, there should be some photographic evidence of that!

Slowly, I started to get in more pictures. And guess what? I liked what I was seeing. Sure, I wasn’t in an expensive silk gown with perfect hair and makeup. But who is everyday? I was actually liking seeing the pictures, but something was still missing. Snapshots are great but ours are usually taken with cell phones so the quality isn’t perfect. I usually didn’t always like how our outfits looked together and most of the pics were selfies. What’s a selfie? You know, those shots you take with your love where the tallest person awkwardly extends their arm as far as possible in an effort to get you both in the shot…that’s a selfie. Perfectly acceptable for facebook (well, that may be debatable), but for a picture frame not so much.

So after a few years of selfies, I finally decided to hire a professional photographer, because love is something to celebrate! Now it’s something we do at least once a year (luckily I know some great photographers).

Our life has been amazing the last 11 years and I am so happy I have the photos, not just to prove it but to remember it. I may never be a bride again, but I’m a wife and that is even more beautiful.

Since I’m in such a lovey mood, I’d like to give some love back by offering a free couples session!

What’s a Couples Session?

30-45 minutes of photography with you and your sweetheart resulting in 10 totally fab, frame-worthy shots.*

How to Enter?

I want to hear about your love story! Email me a short story, note, or even a poem about why you would want a photo session with your special someone. Or if you prefer, you can share the love and nominate another couple to win the session. Emails can be sent to summer@summerlalande.com

All entries must be received by Midnight EST on February 13.  All entrants (unless nominated) must like my Facebook page. On February 14, I will announce the winner by sharing their story on my blog. How will the winner be determined? Simple, I’ll pick the most compelling entry. So dazzle me with your story and why you really want this session to celebrate your love.

Don’t forget the details:

Session will take place in 2013. Date and location will be determined by the photographer (that’s me) and the winner. Winners must be located (or willing to travel to) NYC, Austin, TX or Southern California. Only one entry per person will be accepted. You must be willing to share your story on my blog if you are selected as the winner. Winner must be a couple (2 people) but do not need to be engaged, married, or of the opposite sex, just in love and happy!

*winner will receive a flash drive of their final edited images 2-3 weeks after the session date.

Here’s an engagement session I shot in So Cal on an awesome ranch, with an awesome couple.

 

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