If we’re Facebook friends, then you know that I’ve been running a Cyber Weekend promotion on gift certificates. A $25 donation to the Fairy Godmother Project or the Fredericksburg Area Foodbank got you a gift certificate good for a 1 hr portrait session, and…I would match your donations! I am happy to report that by the middle of the afternoon, I had five generous friends make donations to one of the charities listed above. And then…I got an e-mail notifying me that one super generous, anonymous donor had scooped up all 5 of my remaining gift certificates by making one truly generous donation. As if that wasn’t enough, this awesome individual insisted that I give away the remaining gift certificates by way of some kind of fun contest.
So…that’s what I’m going to do! And entering couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is e-mail me a digital copy of a photograph that is important to you, with a quick explanation of what’s going on in the photo and why it has meaning in your life. Photo submissions should be in jpeg format, and by entering this contest, you agree to let me publish your photo on this blog, and that you have ownership rights of said photo. Submissions are due this Friday November 30th, 2012 by midnight. After that, I’ll publish your photo and story on the blog, and take votes until December 8th, 2012 at 12pm EST. The five photos with the most votes will be the winners! Each winner will receive a gift certificate that’s good for a 1hr on-location portrait session in the immediate Fredericksburg, VA region. No prints or products are included with the portrait session, and the gift certificates cannot be exchanged, nor have any cash value. E-mail your entries to email@example.com to enter.
I thought I’d start us off with a photo that’s pretty special to me. When I was younger, I think I was probably 4 or 5 in this picture, my mom’s family would all meet in Crossville, TN for fairly regular family reunions. This is one of the few photos that I know of that pictures me and all my cousins in the same place at the same time. On the left is Aunt Julia and my Grandmother. My mom is on the right, holding my sister’s binky. She’ll probably kill me for posting this picture, but seriously mom, those glasses are back in. I hope you still have them somewhere. Forget dads…moms were the original hipsters! In any case, as is the way with many families, we have trouble getting everyone together at the same time these days. I doubt we’ll all be able to make it back to Tenessee together again, but I’ll never forget those summers and what they meant to me growing up. I learned to fish in Tennessee, and to play golf, and how to demolish an all you can eat buffet. I learned how to play pool, and how to get hustled in pool in Tennessee. But what I treasure the most from those Tennessee summers was the gift of story, both those I inherited from my family, and those that I would go on to tell myself. So that’s my story…I can’t wait to hear yours. Send me your pictures! firstname.lastname@example.org