Monday, January 11, 2010

A Contest!

Hi Everyone! SO, I've never held a contest before! And I'm really excited to do one! I figure it's a new decade and it's time to do something new and fun with my business. I have another fun idea up my sleeve too, but I need to stew on it a big longer before posting anything about it. :) I also want to credit my fabulous friend Beth for the inspiration to do a contest!

Below you will find one photo from every photo shoot or wedding I did this year. 68 sessions! Wow! No wonder I crashed so hard this winter. Especially since raising two beautiful children is my full time job. But that's why I love my photography so much. I'm able to occasionally get away for an hour and be creative and then have some evenings of editing after the kids go to bed. Josh will hang out with me while I edit which makes it even sweeter.

So this is how the contest will work... like I said, below I've posted one photo from every portrait session or wedding that I shot in 2009. There are so many beautiful faces! Your job is to vote on your favorite photo by leaving a comment below. Click on "comment" and leave me your name, email, and then which photo you are voting for. Each photo has a number ABOVE it, so be sure to put the photo's # in the comment box.

Who wins? What do they win?... the photo that receives the most votes will win a mini photo session (30 min shoot), with the cd of high res images! PLUS, this is where it gets even sweeter, (I feel like I should be holding a skinny microphone right now and have a model in a shiny dress about to reveal this for you) I will be giving that winner a beautiful 5x5 album, like the one shown here in my last blog post) displaying the photos from your winning session and the winner will get to choose their album fabric cover too! Ooooo! :) I'm excited already, are you? BUT WAIT, it gets even sweeter! (Now I sound like a tv infomercial) I will also choose a random winner from all of the voters who left comments (using random.org), and they will also win a free mini photo shoot, cd of images and album! So it's extra important to leave your correct name and email so I can contact you if you win.

Important info... You may only vote on ONE image. If you happen to be in one of the images below, by all means vote for your own photo and get all of your friends, facebook friends, and family to vote for you too! If you booked multiple photo shoots throughout the year and have more than one image up here, any votes you get on your images will count toward your total vote.

Voting will end on Tuesday, January 19th at midnight (the day after the holiday weekend). Winner's sessions will be photographed in the Portland, Oregon area and must be redeemed before April 1, 2010. If a winner lives too far away and cannot redeem their session they may give it away as a gift to someone they know who could use it before April 1st.

These photos start back at January 2009 and make their way to December 2009. Happy viewing and Happy Voting! :)

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The Springer's said...

#9 PLEASE! :) This is awesome Bethany. Nicole Springer nicspringa@comcast.net

Shannon said...

Um, number 30 might be the cutest little girl I've ever seen! :)

DoubleJ368 said...

#9.... No Contest!!

Brandon said...

#9 looks good! beespringer@comcast.net

Tiffany said...

#9 is awesome! Tiffany - tiffanyannbrandel@comcast.net

Ashley said...

#30, The beautiful Sophia! (Ashley Mackley anmackley@aol.com)

Mrs. Big Time said...

I dearly love the models behind 28, 40 and 46 but the little bugger in #20 is cute as a bug! My vote is for #20!

JAZ said...

Bethany,
You know I love ALL your work! It was so fun to see this snapshot of your '09 in review. Whew! SO MUCH beauty!! I have to throw my vote to #49. It's so creative, and just so... Oregon! What a fun contest. Can't wait to see which one wins!
Blessings,
Jamie
jamie.zanotti@gmail.com

IJL Family said...

# 20 is the cutest newborn picture ever! remenak@verizon.net

Carrie said...

#30 gorgeous little girl :)
I don't think Sophia can take a bad picture.
Carrie Alleman
calleman_34@hotmail.com

evangelineoriakhi said...

Your work is so beautiful. And what a great idea!It is so hard to choose but I think that my vote is for #46. I could just eat him up!

Evangeline Oriakhi
evangeline.oriakhi@gmail.com

holly said...

#30... love my Sophia, but don't pick me to win unless you want to travel to the beautiful state of Ohio :o) Holly Seckinger

Krys said...

#49... I love every single picture you took at that wedding.Actually, I love pretty much every picture you've ever posted!

If you pick me, pass it on to our friend Christina Thomas!

Lisa said...

#9 for Nicole and Brandon!! :)

Lisa Merriman
merriman.lisa@gmail.com

Brianna said...

30...cutie!

Mindy Jean said...

#25 hands down - Shana and Greg's photo is so beautiful. Love them.
Thanks, ~Mindy Schmidt mindy.schmidt@med.ge.com
503-504-3517

Minduckols said...

#33

Mindy Olson
minduckols18@gmail.com

Toma Family said...

#22 of course!

Life Is Good said...

#39 Gorgeous!

Life Is Good said...

Meant #30, so for the mis-type!

jeanne4833 said...

#30 Sophia is adorable, shes also my grand niece

Marilyn R said...

#30 is my favorite, absolutely. Many great pics; I recognized several people.

Lisa said...

they are all GREAT, but love Miss Sophia #30!
lisa.tyacke@comcast.net

Lacey said...

#30.... the cutest girl/ niece an aunt could ask for!
Curlygirltoo@hotmail.com. Lacey Robison
p.s Bethany this is a great idea!

Hannah said...

#30!!

Charlie Daggett said...

#30
Charlie, charliemd@comcast.net

Allee said...

I vote for #22-the cutest baby.
Allee Zapp

MZ said...

#22, no doubt about it.

Strauss House said...

#63... just something about his sweet reddish hair against the grass and his green sweater. Beautiful profile!

Mindy.strauss {@} gmail.com

Sarah said...

#9 Totally Cute!
Sarah Brocius
willow11682@hotmail.com

Emily C. Smith said...

I must agree with Shannon. Number 30 is the cutest kiddo ever.

J, K, E & C Hadley said...

#9 - Great pics.

Bob and Sandy said...

#9. Bob and Sandy Prazeau. rsprazeau@msn.com

B, A, H & C said...

#9 please :) beautiful work!

Bethany said...

#66 The innocence of life!!! Nice job friend on 68 beautiful shoots!! Bethanyr27@msn.com

kim.gregi said...

#22!!! What an Angel!!!
Kim Greig Kim.greig@yahoo.com

kim.gregi said...

#22!!! What an Angel!!!
kim- Kim.greig@yahoo.com

Kimberly said...

#30 Gets our vote!

(14 and 64 runners up)
I couldn't just put one they are all beautiful pictures.
kimberlyd210@hotmail.com

amandapettit said...

All of your photos blow me away Bethany! I'm a blog stalker of yours for sure:) What an amazing God given talent you have. Personally, um....#57!

Melissa w/ Soul Mates Photography said...

i love puggles!!! so I'll have to go with 62.

e miller photography-Salem Oregon Photography said...

voting for #37 :)

Missy said...

voting for 52

www.shopmapel.com said...

I cast my vote for #30. Although the colors are not entirely "tonal" they are all friends and perfectly compliment each other. The blurred background really frames the picture and draws the focus into the mom/son. It's also evokes a happy and loving emotion. Well done.

Marisa Coleman said...

All of your work is amazing. But even if I wasn't biased, #64 hits me pretty good. =) Fun idea!

Saralala said...

Tough decision, but I'm gonna have to go with #12
Sarah Nelson
westfasa@onid.orst.edu

Mandy said...

I think #20 is priceless. The way the hammock makes the infant look secure and set apart from the rest of the world . . . amazing!
Mandy Mattos, mandylea@hotmail.com

Amy said...

#64 - he is a cutie.
amytarnold@gmail.com

Nicole B. said...

#14....absolutely darling. nicolelouiseb@hotmail.com

Nunez Family said...

#64~ What a precious lil man. Love how you captured the look in his face:)
ananunez_143@hotmail.com

ThoJo Family said...

#64 - those eyes! What a great capture!

Jillian said...

#64 Sweetest boy ever

Jillian, jilliancm5@gmail.com

Erica said...

OOOO how fun!! I really love the people in #36 and think everyone should vote for them because I am. I also love #20 and #66 but my vote is for #36 because of what it captures for me personally. The beauty of adoption and the beautiful faces of people I love so dearly. If I win the random I'll have to give mine away but I think we'll be in P-town at some point this year and we WILL be booking a session. WOO HOO! My info is Erica Shubin - erica dot shubin at gmail dot com.

Kate said...

#14 she is darling and looks like she is ready to talk to you!

Kate said...

I love the sister picture -- #13, please!

Kate Murray
katebrynn@gmail.com

Brooke said...

Number 36! Cutest family EVER!!!!!!

~Brooke
moonrige@aol.com

Janine the Bean said...

# 16.

I have loved that one since the moment I saw it. SO Portland...so beautiful. However, there are many many lovely faces.

That's my vote.

Janine Arthur
jajarthur@gmail.com

:)

schrodeh said...

#14 - like the eyes and the expression!

Val Pontius said...

They're all amazing Bethany, so hard to choose but I think I'll go ahead and go with #6:) Love you! Such a great idea!!

The Six of Us said...

#12. So beautiful and FULL of emotion. I love the expression! But...how can you ask to choose? They are all so wonderful and SEVERAL just grabbed me!

Jodi
yoderhaz@gmail.com

LeeAnn said...

#30 for Sophia! Cute cute cute!

Stephanie said...

#9!! love the pic!

Stephanie Wild
Stephers729@msn.com

Katie said...

#30... SOPHIA!!! Such a cutie:)

Heather Bakker said...

Bethany....they are ALL soooooo beautiful and you are so incredibly talented!!! I am going to have to go with #16 because of who's in it, plus it's an AWESOME photo....but they were all fantastic!

Mike and Jen said...

#47. I have to pick my Derek. Bethany yours are all amazing!

Jen
jenisler@yahoo.com

Ms. Magpie said...

#64
Lisa
magpiemorning@gmail.com

klarissa said...

how can you resist #30? we can't. she's got our vote.
klarissa.oh@gmail.com

Hannah said...

#30 for sure!! I love Sophia!!cutest niece I could ever ask for!! :)
Hannah Boland, bolandh@onid.orst.edu

Jared said...

#30....What a cutie. jmthompson_dental@yahoo.com

Eryn said...

Oh, #36 is so so cute! Those two little ones are tooo precious!

erynkesler@gmail.com

Larky said...

love # 30! she is too cute!

Kayla said...

#20! So precious! Kayla

Skyler.kayla@gmail.com

Cindy said...

#49 is an amazing picture.

Guy said...

# 30 is my favorite, but # 33 is a very close second!

Anonymous said...

The Robison's choose #30 with #33 our second choice.

Cameron and Megan said...

36!!!!!!!!!

Charity said...

As a photographer your work is an inspiration to me! I love to check on your blog and smile through your pics! I had an incredibley difficult time choosing, but I love #10, it looks like they don't know you're there and I love to capture those moments! You rock, Bethany!

marie gets married said...

I have to pick #23...it's my favorite photo ever of Katie and Zach! I love the vibrant colors!

Marie Buttles
marie.buttles (at) gmail.com

Derek and Kelsey said...

#30 has my vote! She is DARLING!!!

mrlbrg said...

They are all so great! Hard to chose just one. But #30 has my vote!

Anonymous said...

>B< Papa Olson

#64- He looks ready for anything !!

donoleolson@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I vote for #30, the cutest grand daughter ever!

Papa Joe

Anonymous said...

Megan Coleman
megancoleman82@hotmail.com
#64

calypzoh22 said...

#30...adorable! (Holly - calypzoh22@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

#30, the cutie!

The Colemans said...

Nicholas Coleman nwcoleman82@hotmail.com
#64-the little man!

Rochelle Conrad said...

The Conrad's are voting for #9. You did such an awesome job, every picture is absolutely beautiful!.
Rochelle Conrad rcinhw2005@aol.com

Erin Scott said...

#30 is pretty dang cute! erinescott@hotmail.com

Matt said...

#30 my vote is for Sophia
love, Uncle Matt
matt.robison@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

#30!! So cute!
Whitney_thill@hotmail.com

Andy & Sharon said...

I am going to have to say #64. Sharon at srmacklin@gmail.com

Grace said...

I vote for my friend Sophia! (#30)
Love,
Grace
gmbrownlee@gmail.com

Merrick said...

#64
merrick.brownlee@gmail.com

Hannah said...

#30
hannah@crownrep.com

Anonymous said...

The handsome Mr. E gets my vote! #64
Love, Claire
(my mommy's email address is hannah@crownrep.com)

Rachael Melhorn said...

#30

rachaelrmelhorn@yahoo.com

What an adorable little girl!

Kaela Anne said...

#12. I love all your photos, Bethany, but the ones you did of Ian and Sarah are some of the best I've ever seen. Lovely. kaelaschamp@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

#30 GO SOPHIA!! Amanda Buell (osusurfergirl@hotmail.com)

Amy said...

#30! It captures her gorgeous little smile!

amylauseng@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

#9 THE SPRINGER'S PIC. MARILYN LOMNICKY MLOMNICK @LHS.ORG

Anonymous said...

what a neat idea Bethany
but then again you are sooo full of amazing ideas and creativity
I vote for #6
capturing the joy and love of a very sweet family

Danya Blythe
danyablythe@yahoo.com

Katie said...

#49 I love all of your photos!
Katie Stember
k.stember@comcast.net

Becky Schlegel said...

#9! Becky Schlegel. babybec20@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

#30 IS the cutest little girl I've ever seen!!!!

Anonymous said...

# 30.....the cutest birthday buddy you could ask for

love grandma
skboland321@hotmail.com

Karen M said...

#22.... What a sweetheart!

Sara said...

Such a difficult decision, all the pictures are amazing. I think I would say that #12 is the best though. The look, the emotions all captured wonderfully. Great picture.

Sara
cera@mail.com

Kevin said...

#30 and #66 are photos I would like to have in a frame on my desk, and I don't even know those kids. But #33 gets my vote for best picture. Bethany, you get my vote for favorite photographer.

Amber said...

Although I love my brother and sister-in-law, I think my good friend has a bit more interest in this :) So I vote for the adorable Ms. Sophia #30! amberamandi@gmail.com

Leticia said...

I've gotta go with the handsome couple in #42 :) So many great photos, Bethany, if I wasn't related to one of the contestants, it'd be so hard to choose! Leticia (chadleticia@netzero.net)

nancyvuylsteke said...

Beautiful work! How fun to look at all the photos. My vote goes to #14...pure innocence and sweetness captured in a photo. Darling little gal.

Kristen said...

Ok, the babies are all too cute, can not choose between any of them, I have to vote for Ian and Sarah. You really did an amazing job with heir photos. I have gained much inspiration from them!

JamieV said...

#36 is my fav!!! An it's not just because they are my God children. I really LOVE the picture!!!

Jamie
jkv03@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My choice is #30....what a great smile!

Jessica Jordan said...

I know it is taboo to not vote for my family ... but I have LOVED #33 since the moment you posted it on your blog. Purely from a photography standpoint, it is outstanding in my eye, so gotta go with that one. Hugs to all our little friends in all of these pics and of course our little guy ... such a fun 2009 memory walk!

jessicalanejordan@hotmail.com

Dan and Debi said...

#12 caught my eye! All were great...you should do a book, Bethany.

Mom said...

Have to go with #12! All of the engagement photos you took of Sarah and Ian were great and we continue to get compliments on them. All of your work is just beautiful Bethany, this was not easy, but as their mom I am biased a little too. mo4jc@hotmail.com

Brandon said...

#9...Mr. P is so cute! Brandon Prazeau bprazeau@gmail.com

kate said...

Number 9 for sure!!

Kristen said...

I forgot to leave my email address!

kristen.wilson0@gmail.com Go #12!

Carly Hill said...

#59 is my favorite. So beautiful.

Carly Hill
carly.e.hill@gmail.com

Krista said...

#64, so cute! (Krista - Kristacuo@hotmail.com)

michelle said...

#47 Beautiful! Michelle msy719 at gmail dot com

Doug Coleman said...

#64 brings peace, warmth, and joy to my heart.

Lis Coleman said...

#64 - How handsome! Love the hat.

Granny Sharon said...

My vote is for #30. With #33 coming in a close second :)
Sharon Bjornseth
sharonkay@Netscape.com

Anonymous said...

#64 gets my vote, he's darling!
Camille - periquita07@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

#64! Absolutely precious!

Anonymous said...

I vote #30! Brooke Morrison

Hayley said...

I'll go with 64! 14 is a close second!

Michael said...

I vote for #64. I love him

Hayley said...

oops I forgot my email address in my vote for #64. Hayley9595@aol.com

alise said...

#12!!

Alise Fleming
alise.furtherupandfurtherin@gmail.com

Tim, Danielle & Keith Hamm said...

#56.. Very cute. :)
Danielle Hamm
dhamm18@msn.com

Tim, Danielle & Keith Hamm said...

#56.. She is so cute!
dhamm18@msn.com (Danielle Hamm)

Anonymous said...

#13 That is the sweetest pic I've ever seen taken!

Alison Haupt
alisonhaupt@yahoo.com

Mayhem said...

#36!! They are such a sweet young family, parenting with passion and vision! And they're an adoptive family, like ours!

blog da vicky said...

# 16, 20, 29
Lovely

Vicky
contato@vickyrodrigues.com.br

Anonymous said...

I vote #9!

Anonymous said...

I vote #13.

Leah said...

#64 is the cutest! leahleicester8@msn.com

Lynn Merritt said...

Great, great photos, Bethany!!! Darling duo in #57, but, my vote goes to Mr. E in #64!! To know him is to love him!!!
lynnmerit@aol.col

Bernie said...

Awesome photos!! #9 please - a beautiful family! Bernie Andreotti baa.walk@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

They are all awesome but I would have to say #9 is number one!
Great job Bethany!!!!

Matt + Gina said...

#8 So adorable! Great contest B, you rock my socks!

Gina Cornelius | mattngina2@comcast.net

Matt + Gina said...
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Matt + Gina said...

#8 So adorable! Great contest B, you rock my socks!

Gina Cornelius | mattngina2@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Photos are awesome. Number 9 is my favorite!
John Snell jsnell2964@msn.com

Anonymous said...

#9 all the way!
Bonnie S.
Bonniebsnell@msn.com

Hilda Owen said...

I vote for picture #13. Check it out everyone.....so cute!!

Anonymous said...

#30! :)

Kelly T said...

#30..that little peek-a-boo...too cute!!

scorey62 said...

I love your photography! #9 is my vote! Sue Corey scorey62@gmail.com.

Anonymous said...

Your photography is beautiful!
#9 is our favorite!
Kspringer2005@netscape.net

Erin said...

20. I love your newborn pics. Beautiful!

emgillam@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Peek-a-boo cutie number 30

Julie said...

#13 Absolutely!! Those girls are adorable!!

Anonymous said...

#30 is the best!

Kelly T said...

opps! Forgot my email after my vote for #30(was just thinking you could contact via my blog, and forgot)

kelly@tofslie.com :)

Anna said...

#16 :)

dreams.r4.ever@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

#9 is where it is at! Beautiful Family!

Mic helle said...

#30 is the cutest girl, ever!!!

Jojo said...

Jojo Haren
Jojorides52@me.com

Too cute! #13

Anonymous said...

#30 Cute little Sophia! Andrea Allen layneandrea@hotmail.com

lucsho said...

#35 ! Cutest Family Picture. You do beautiful pictures. Carrie Smith carrieasmith79@yahoo.com

Rebekah Williams said...

#49
Rebekah Williams
rebekahjoy@comcast.net

Rebekah Williams said...

#49
Rebekah Williams
rebekahjoy@comcast.net

Jon, Kelly, and Ella said...
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Jon, Kelly, and Ella said...

Gotta go with #40. That little girl is pretty dang cute! Kelly Klos, nelsokel@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

#12 all the way. Your photography is beautiful..
Lauren Beeghly

Leba362@aol.com

Kramer Family said...

#30 I think that picture is sooo cute of that little girl! How adorable. I hope she wins!!! :)
candicerosekramer@gmail.com

Lanette said...

Hi Bethany, I'm an amateur photog just starting out in the Seattle area and I love your work! They're all great but I think #13 is super adorable!

-Lanette
www.justnetters.blogspot.com

MEL B said...

#9 MBLACKMA@lhs.org Melveda Blackman

Treva Vetter said...

Number 9! Treva Vetter
Trevavetter@yahoo.com

ksunluv said...

#13 - so cute!!!

David and Diana said...

#9 - Not a cuter family out there.

Winnie said...

My vote is Number 13. Ny precious little grandchildren.

Winnie Strickland
winnies@cableone.net

Jorge & Beth said...

#24 just looks like everybody is having such a good time! Beth Juarez jorgebethj@gmail.com

Beth said...

You are an incredible photographer. It is really hard to choose but I have to go with #67 - cutest family ever.

beth

drblanghorst@comcast.net

Andrea said...

#54
musicmaster1805@gmail.com

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Anonymous said...

#64 - those eyes and smile get me every time!

Travis Wagar said...

50

Matt Rider said...

#30 - the most beautiful girl the world.

Matt Rider
mjrider22@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

#30 please

Although I will add that you are a fabulous photographer and all of the photos are amazing!

Brett Ockerman bebrow@yahoo.com

Domestic Diva said...

Wow! These pictures are amazing. So hard to choose, but I pick #64.

Leanne Sype
leanp@msn.com

Drew Coleman said...

#29 has two of my three favorite people in the world. Plus they are really good-looking.


Drew Coleman
Drew@DrewColeman.com

Anonymous said...

#64=Stud

Aaron Nawrocki
aaronn@mtgadvocates.com

Rose said...

#64 is adorable! What a perfect baby picture! Great shot.

Joani said...

Oh those blue eyes in #64 have to be my favorite!

Anonymous said...

I'm told to vote for #64

Bryant Jaksic
bjaksic@gmail.com

Veronica said...

The little man in #64 is the winner in my eyes!
Awesome photos!

Veronica Park
veronicapark@comcast.net

Justin said...

#4 is awesome

Anonymous said...

jakem says #64 is the cutest sweetest of all.

jakem_603@yahoo.com

Grant P. said...

#64. I have that same hat.

Anonymous said...

#64 is pretty darn cute so I vote for that!

Anonymous said...

#64 . . . no comparison!

To Africa With Love said...

Put another one down for #64 from the Greenes!

Anonymous said...

#29!

Anonymous said...

Number 64, please! What a cutie patootie!

Anonymous said...

#64 - Those eyes are begging for a vote!...

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