Yippeee! You read that right! We're giving away one of our wedding photography collections for FREE! Many of you may recall last year when we ran an auction for my dad, well we had such an outpouring of love, support, and bidders that this Christmas we feel it is now our turn to give back! It's the least we can do!

We want to hear from you about couples that have an inspiring story or have overcome great odds and hurdles. So tell us why they should be the lucky ones to have us shoot their wedding for FREE! You have between now and December 28th to submit a couple that you feel deserves it, or you could even submit yourself if you feel that you meet the criteria!

On December 28th we will post the TOP THREE couples and then have you, our readers, vote by leaving a comment.  We will announce the official winners on New Year's Eve!

Here is what the winning couple will receive:
-up to 8 hours wedding day coverage
-online proofing
-Two photographers (including your's truly and Justin)
-engagement session
-one 11x14 15 spread flush mount album from RENAISSANCE ALBUMS
-high resolution digital negatives on disc provided at one year anniversary

Here are the rules:
-the story must be inspirational and/or about a couple that has overcome great odds
-the couple must have their wedding date and venue set in stone
-we must have the wedding date available (note: we don't accept Sunday weddings, even in this circumstance)
-the wedding must take place somewhere in Southern California (sorry, I'm a mom and travel can be quite difficult for me)
-the nominations must be submitted via email to
-the email must include a photo of the couple attached to the email submission (we like to put a face with the name)
-the couple must be willing to allow us to put their story on our blog as well as the resulting photos from their engagement session and wedding!

We want to thank Renaissance Albums for donating a beautiful album and Fotofafa for donating the post processing. We CAN'T WAIT to hear the stories of the couples that you submit! 
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Gedas said:
wooow great idea :)
(12.21.09 01:17 AM)
Ben said:
No Sunday weddings? Because you and your homo God-Worshipping husband can't WORK ON THE SABBATH?! Jesus...isn't real.
(12.21.09 07:35 AM)
amelialyon said:
Ben, yes, that is exactly why we don't shoot weddings on Sundays, we believe it is the Sabbath and we should dedicate one day to rest and worship God. Jesus is VERY real, too many things have happened in my life that I cannot deny that. I hope and pray that someday you can see his influence in your life too. Best of luck to you, and thank you for following our work.
(12.21.09 07:47 AM)
Augusta said:
It makes me so happy to hear that you guys are doing this! You guys rock.
(12.21.09 08:59 AM)
SarahB said:
You guys are amazing:)
(12.21.09 09:34 AM)
Emily said:
I love you guys! You're the best
(12.21.09 10:21 AM)
Megan Papworth said:
Is Ben for real? You guys are amazing and I love that you are willing to donate this. Merry Christmas :)
(12.21.09 10:37 AM)
Chris said:
Love this idea!
(12.21.09 10:39 AM)
Jen Johnson said:
Awesome idea...and awesome response to the Doubting Thomas.
(12.21.09 11:54 AM)
amy karp said:
you guys are rockstars and having the link to the post about your father brought tears to my eyes (again). way to go and giving hearing about photographers that offer generous hearts to folks that need it.
(12.21.09 12:29 PM)
jen berry said:
wow. really. "ben". come on now. why do you really care what other people are doing? How does it affect you? Don't you have other things to do with your time then say hurtful things to people that work hard and put a lot of passion in their work.
(12.21.09 02:10 PM)
Jen said:
What a wonderful gracious gift! I wish I knew a deserving couple! I'll forward this on & see if anyone else I know does!
(12.21.09 08:28 PM)
Paul said:
What a cool idea! I'll be on the lookout...
(12.21.09 11:09 PM)
alec vanderboom said:
you are both phenomenal folks. Grace and Peace be with you through this Christmas. And thank you for serving and honoring a loving God who is able to make himself known through this gift of yours.
(12.22.09 12:40 AM)
Dad said:
It has been my experience that those who feel a need to belittle others because of what they do... are only making up for feelings in inadequacy about themselves...
(12.22.09 12:26 PM)
lisamarie said:
Wow. Ben's comment was outrageous. Thank you for responding to it. Although you and I are of different faiths, your commitment to God and your family is always inspiring.
(12.22.09 02:04 PM)
Nick said:
What an amazing gift you are giving to someone in need. You truly are a wonderful example. I can see that God is in your life, by the love you have for your family, friends, and clients. What a perfect time to give a gift of service. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
(12.22.09 06:16 PM)
Kimberly said:
wow. You are awesome Amelia! What a great idea and an even greater follow-up. Ben- that's an oxymoron- Moron.
(12.22.09 09:24 PM)
MM said:
youre amazing. thanks for responding to the comment.
(12.22.09 09:54 PM)
esther park said:
amelia.. you are so awesome! seriously one of the strongest women i know. i love that you are doing this for a wonderful cause. the couple that wins would be so blessed to have you (and your justin) as their photographers. btw, i love the picture you posted with this. that's my friend nancy that got married in june :D
(12.22.09 11:30 PM)
Paige + Blake said:
you two are awesome. my fave: "we don't accept Sunday weddings, even in this circumstance". You're such a fabulous example. THANK YOU!!!
(12.23.09 01:00 AM)
Julie Carson said:
What a beautiful gift you are giving. I couldn't think of something more meaningful and timeless. Your generosity is inspiring and the sweet spirit that shines through you, your work and your words is such an encouragement. Best to you!
(12.23.09 01:56 AM)
Tanya Perez said:
Anyone would be lucky to have you guys.
(12.26.09 01:08 PM)
Ron Anderson said:
We vote for Rachell and Patrick. My wife and have been married for 26 years and we still love each other, and we are still best friends we endourse this couple.
(12.28.09 07:13 PM)
Pamela Rosemeyer said:
I would like to vote for Patrick and Rachelle. What a great inspirational story. What a great couple.
(12.28.09 08:39 PM)
Katrina PArker said:
Matt and Wendy have made it through a lot I have watched their love grow, and they totally deserve it!
(12.29.09 09:14 AM)
David Parker said:
Matt and Wendy deserve it with all they have been though.
(12.29.09 09:16 AM)
sb said:
Matt and Wendy no doubt should win
(12.29.09 10:19 AM)
Tina Doherty said:
Rachelle & Patrick! FOR SURE! They rock and are so precious!
(12.29.09 10:52 AM)
joyce bergman said:
Rochelle and Patrick are so deserving and have been nominated. They are so deserving. Please select.
(12.29.09 12:32 PM)
Allison said:
I'm voting for pat and richelle. they're good people.
(12.29.09 03:26 PM)
Gianinna said:
Patrick and Richelle
(12.29.09 03:27 PM)
Frank Hernandez said:
yea for Patrick and Racelle. What an amazing story. It is so awesome to see a man and women of God serve as they do. Be blessed.
(12.29.09 05:04 PM)
Eileen Evans said:
I vote for couple #5. Their story touched me, and i would love to see them have this opportunity
(12.29.09 07:58 PM)
Eric Evans said:
I want couple number 5 to win. They are awesome people, and I am privelaged to know them.
(12.29.09 07:59 PM)
Amanda Bryan said:
I believe that Matt & Wendy (COUPLE NUMBER THREE) would be very deserving of the 7,ooo dollar picture package. After I read their story I think this is something that will help them a lot while preparing for the most important day of their lives.
(12.29.09 09:09 PM)
Amy Pemberton said:
I definately vote Patrick and Rachelle.... I have been friends with pat my whole life and I think that rachelle is his soul mate they are perfect for each other and deserve everything wonderful! A true shining example of Love.
(12.30.09 09:28 AM)
Shauna said:
Matt and Wendy have had an amazing journey. It is touching that you are so willing to give away such a great package. Matt and Wendy have my vote.
(12.30.09 02:37 PM)
Julia David said:
Matt and Wendy (couple number 3) really deserve to win this contest.
(12.30.09 03:39 PM)
sam said:
couple#5! she is an amazing teacher and person and deserves this!
(12.31.09 12:03 AM)
Drexelle Park said:
Amelia, I am inspired and SO proud of your response to Ben. My husband & I are such fans of your work and, after reading that response, are proud of you as a fellow sister & brother in the faith. May God bless you and your family for your faithfulness to Him. Seriously, you rock.
(01.08.10 05:43 PM)
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This week we've been vacationing in Flagstaff with some of our closest friends! We came here with the Kaisers, the Sloans, and the Parsons. We all have kids the same age and when you get all them under one roof its a mad house full of fun! One other main reason for coming here was to take all of our kids on the Polar Express ride, it was a fun experience and I would highly recommend it for anyone who has kids! The rest of the trip we spent visiting, laughing, cooking, sledding, more laughing, eating, and of course, photographing!

Polar Express, please forgive the clothing, we all had to wear PJ's:
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flagblog_007.jpgLOL! Love this shot of Angie!
flagblog_008.jpgflagblog_009.jpgflagblog_010.jpgflagblog_011.jpgflagblog_012.jpgflagblog_013.jpgflagblog_014.jpgGlad I could squeeze in this little session with my boys. Two adorable little boys, awesome light reflecting off of the snow, and tall pine trees in backdrop = perfect!
flagblog_015.jpgflagblog_016.jpgflagblog_017.jpgflagblog_018.jpgflagblog_019.jpgflagblog_020.jpgflagblog_021.jpgHudson loves Maddux!
flagblog_022.jpgflagblog_023.jpgflagblog_024.jpgI hope everyone is enjoying this holiday winter season as much as we are!

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Lori Anderson said:
Beautiful photos!!! We've been itching to hit the snow ourselves--but a little closer to home. Now after seeing these photos, we have to rent that cabin in Big Bear. Thank you for the inspiration.
(12.18.09 04:00 PM)
Katie Neal Photo said:
I LOVE these images Amelia! I hope I'm half as good a mom as you are when I have kids!
(12.18.09 04:27 PM)
Lisa said:
Your little boys are seriously adorable!
(12.18.09 04:31 PM)
Kayleen T. said:
Such cute little boys you have! The last one is such a great picture. i love snow pictures!
(12.18.09 05:29 PM)
yan palmer said:
your boys are such charmers. and all yous all are like the cool photog mafia.
(12.18.09 05:48 PM)
kristina leao said:
seriously you guys are such a good looking family! hud and sloan are little studs!!!
(12.18.09 06:09 PM)
Isabel said:
These are seriously fun!
(12.18.09 07:24 PM)
the parsons said:
we miss you already! LOVE these images, and love you. Can't wait till next time! :)
(12.18.09 08:04 PM)
jenny haas said:
your boys are so cute! I'm jealous you all got to go sledding already! It hasn't snowed in ohio yet..I've been pregnant the past two years so I am so anxious to go!! great photos ;)
(12.18.09 09:37 PM)
Gedas said:
Beautiful photos :)
(12.19.09 03:25 AM)
Alexandra said:
These are beautiful! I love them, thanks for sharing!!
(12.19.09 10:12 AM)
hkm said:
cuteness overload, especially the close-up of Sloan!
(12.19.09 02:52 PM)
Debbie S said:
We are stuck in the Virginia Snowstorm! 16 inches! I LOVE IT!! Fun pics!
(12.19.09 07:48 PM)
nancy {So Happi Together} said:
Amelia!! You and Justin have the most adorable two little boys!! The picture of them knocked out in their car seats is priceless!!
(12.20.09 12:01 AM)
Feuza said:
This looks like so much fun! the kids are in heaven! love love the last shot and oh how adorable are these kids in the snow!
(12.20.09 12:07 PM)
matt sloan said:
that was so fun! :)
(12.21.09 09:13 AM)
Alexis said:
You two have a truly beautiful family!!!
(12.21.09 05:52 PM)
angie + matt said:
seriously my BESTEST trip ever!!!! Family Friend time that includes xtreme-sledding, an amazing cabin, yummy food, laughter, hot cocoa, and a massage = a perfect trip!
(12.23.09 08:50 AM)
Darlene said:
Such fun pictures!!! You have a beautiful family and your boys are super adorable! Happy Holidays!
(12.24.09 11:46 AM)
kristen said:
how cute! love the last bunch!
(12.24.09 02:57 PM)
courtney bowlden said:
these are great! its so hard shooting in snow, but i love the color in these! i especially love the snow angel one =)
(12.28.09 08:03 PM)
Beka said:
ha! love the pj pics! there's just no better way to go! :)
(12.29.09 09:14 PM)
Elizabeth Bonilla said:
Couple #3 To find someone who is your "Eternal Companion" are words that linger in someone heart! Congrats to you both.
(12.31.09 09:31 AM)
Perri Nielson said:
I liked Matt and Wendy's story
(12.31.09 10:49 AM)
Gary Harman said:
I vote for Wendy & Matt..........
(12.31.09 11:11 AM)
Justin Harman said:
I vote for WENDY AND MATT -------- GOOD LUCK!!!!!!! YOU DESERVE IT.
(12.31.09 11:11 AM)
Catherine Harman said:
I vote for WENDY & MATT - they deserve all their dreams to come true. Love you ~
(12.31.09 11:12 AM)
Lynette Fields said:
#3 !!!!!!! Matt and Wendy!! For as long as I've known Matt and Wendy, I've never thought of anyone more deserving of an amazing opportunity such as this! They are some of the most humble people you'll ever meet. Every year that went by without Matt proposing to Wendy, many of their friends and family were dispairing that they would finally get married and be together. This is the social high of Southern California!
(12.31.09 11:20 AM)
sarah said:
couple #3 is the best
(12.31.09 11:46 AM)
Tonia said:
I vote for couple # 3 Matt and Wendy! Great story, cute couple!
(12.31.09 11:56 AM)
Joshua Johnson said:
Matt and Wendy--I hope things work out great for you guys after everything you've been through. You have my vote!
(12.31.09 12:02 PM)
tammie billey said:
looked like soooo much fun! makes me miss the snow. :(
(12.31.09 02:54 PM)
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