Read this whole post for a chance to win a FREE photo shoot by yours truly!
This post is a bit delayed because I just returned yesterday from a week at the beach. Just before I left for vacation, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a workshop by Sandy Puc, renowned family photographer from Colorado. Of the many things that struck home that night was her sad story of being unable to take photos of her good friend and new baby before her friend passed away.
I am always the one who is behind the camera, storyboarding my family’s lives by way of birthdays, holidays and everydays. I love to do it. I want these photos so that I can remember the smell of my baby boy after his very first bath, the way my parents and in-laws dote on my children, my daughter’s laugh. I sense all of those things through my photos, but what I hadn’t stopped to think about was that these photos are not only for me. They are for my children and their children. They will serve as their memories, and by being absent from 99.9% of the photos, will they not remember me? Will my daughter forget how I sing her to sleep some nights? Will she forget how I play with her hair? Will my son forget how I helped him build sandcastles and towers of blocks? How will they remember if I do not show them?
While I was at the beach, I dedicated a few minutes to take some photos, no, to have my husband take some photos of just me with our children. Here is my favorite one:
So now it’s your turn to make a pact… all of you, like me, who hide behind the camera and who hate to have your photo taken because you want to lose 5 more lbs or fix your makeup or whatever excuse you have, let’s not erase ourselves from our children’s lives. Let’s show them that our love isn’t hiding on the other side of the glass. Let them see us holding them tight, playing with them, smiling, laughing, living life with them.
I’m here to make it easier for you! I’m giving away a free photo shoot to one lucky family! The prize includes a free photo shoot and $75 print credit (that’s a $300 value!). You have four chances to win. Here’s how:
Entry 1. Like my photography fan page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebeccadanzenbakerphotography, then come back here and leave a comment that you liked my page. (Current fans, just leave a comment that you already like my Facebook page).
Entry 2. Sign up for the Lyrical Photography email newsletter on the right-side of my home page: www.lyricalphotography.net and leave a comment below that you have done so.
Entry 3. Post to your Facebook status: I just entered to win a free photo session by Rebecca Danzenbaker Photography [and tag my fan page] on www.lyricalphotography.net and you should, too! You must make this a public post by clicking the button to share with everyone. Then, come back here and leave a comment that you have done so.
Entry 4. Tweet that you have entered to win a free photo session by Rebecca Danzenbaker at www.lyricalphotography.net. Then, (you guessed it) come back here and leave a comment including your twitter name.
I will use random.org to select the comment number of the winning entry next Sunday evening, the 28th.
Fine print: Photo session must take place during the month of September and within a 30- mile radius of 22204 (Arlington, VA). I will contact the winner on Sunday evening, the 28th of August via Facebook. Good luck to you!!