Meet the Winners!

I would like to introduce to you, the fabulous winners of the January Blog Contest!

After reading all the comments submitted to the contest (and there were some FABULOUS comments, thank you SO MUCH everyone who entered and shared your stories) This one really got my heart’s attention, and I had to do photo’s for this family! Here is a reminder of the Comment, that won!

I have been a fan of yours on FB for quite sometime now and love following your work. As a photographer myself, i appreciate your artistic eye, lighting, etc and you have it ALL!!! Your talent is skyhigh and I would love to win this session for my family and I. My parents, who have five kids total (I am the middle at 26 years old) have not had family portraits since the youngest boy(who is now 13 was born). They haven’t had family pictures in that many years for two reasons. One, they couldn’t afford it. Two, its been years since the whole family has been together! For my sister and I moved years ago and so did my brother, who is stationed in Germany fighting for our country. However, the second week of Feb we will ALL be together for the first time in years!! What brings us together is my brother who lives in Germany is being stationed back in the US (praise the lord!)and in the time that he was overseas he had a son. His son is almost a year old so we will finally get to meet him and also celebrate his first birthday! How great is that!? So winning this session, would be an amazing SURPRISE to my parents whom are beyond excited to have ALL five of there children in one place for the first time in years! Boy, it sure would be fun to compare a new photo to the one of us 13 years ago! 🙂 So truly from the bottom of my heart this would be a dream come true for my family! I sure hope I didn’t go off on a tangent with why I would love to win this. I am just so excited for the possible opportunity!! Thank you for taking the time to read my post and thank you for this awesome and sweet photo shoot giveaway. 🙂

The family holding the last family portrait they had done, their youngest son wasn’t even in it!! (He’s the one holding the picture)

The whole family now, grandkids and all!

The Parents



Their Son, who’s been in the military & his beautiful family!


Their Daughter (who entered them in the contest)



Their Daughter and her beautiful family!


All the Kids!








The Grandkids!

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  • BethanyFebruary 11, 2012 - 7:04 am

    Wow that is touching!!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL photos, and well deserved! Thats so awesome!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sonja M.February 11, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    This made me cry. So happy for this family. They are a beautiful family and very photogenic. I guarentee there were more precious photos taken, but these pictures capture the heart of this family. CongradulationsReplyCancel

  • TaraFebruary 11, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Betsy, I cannot even put into words how thankful I am for this and the amazing photos you took. I love my family so much and these photos will be cherished for years and years to come. You are so talented and we absolutley LOVE all the photos. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Lots of love and blessings to you this year and many more years down the road.ReplyCancel

    • Essence PhotographyFebruary 11, 2012 - 8:08 pm

      Thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful family! You’re all wonderful, and it was a pleasure to capture the love you all have for eachother!!ReplyCancel

  • ChereeFebruary 12, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! That’s all I can say.ReplyCancel

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