Okay so I FINALLY picked a winner… it took me longer then I thought, so many amazing comments, and stories, and I felt so blessed that you all took the time to Enter. SO Below is the winner……. of the $350 Outdoor photo session….. and their is a twist… so read on……

THE WINNER of the $350 Portrait Session is………….

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. 🙂

Your story really touched my heart, I have 4 kids myself, and understand how easily money can go, and beautiful things like portraits take a back seat to realities of bills, groceries ect…. and the added part that your family has been apart and will be coming together, really just seemed priceless to me… I really want to capture this time with you all together, so you have memories forever.

BUT something else really blew me away when reading the comments, and it was the comment just below the winners, it showed such a compassionate heart and willingness to give… SO I am also picking a “RUNNER UP” And this is the runner up….

LeonaJan 25, 2012 09:09 AM
Hi, my name is Leona Lee I’ve commented on your FB account a couple of times about not being able to post comments on your blog. I was going to explain to you about how I love your work, and would love to have you capture my children’s personalities. However, after reading the comment from Tara above, I think that you should pick her as the winner. My dad used to be in the military, so I know what missing someone is like, and I think it would be awesome if her family received your wonderful gift.

I loved your heart in this comment…. and YOU won a studio portrait session for your children, free of charge with 15 enhanced Digital Negatives!! Congratulations!

Thank you again to everyone who entered… if you didn’t win this time.. stay tuned.. I have MORE giveaways coming!!

WINNERS Please EMAIL or CALL ME with your information and too BOOK your sessions!

Betsy (530) 440-3450 or or you can message me on Facebook!

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  • UnknownJanuary 31, 2012 - 11:11 pm

    I think its wonderful that you are giving back to your fans! You do have amazing work on your site and I know there are many people who can not afford custom photography, which is far more personal and beuatiful than commercial photography, in my opinion. One of these days, I will bring my family to you! Keep up the wonderful things you are doing!

    Jenifer Jehn
    Anderson, CAReplyCancel

    • Essence PhotographyJanuary 31, 2012 - 11:13 pm

      Thank you so much Jenifer! I love being able to capture memories for people, and I love each and everyone of my clients, they have blessed me more then I could ever bless them.

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  • Amber BarreraFebruary 1, 2012 - 8:11 pm

    That is a wonderful story & I am so glad she won! That is the reason I didn’t enter this contest. Our family just had pictures done & I knew that there were people that have not had them done in a long time & were very deserving. I’m excited for them! It is soo sweet of you to give Leona Lee a studio session too. All of your giveaways, birthday sessions, etc. are above & beyond amazing.ReplyCancel

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