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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PJ & Yea were married on October 10th and they were an absolute joy to work with! Their day was super fun, especially because their wedding took place in the City of Lights (aka Las Vegas)! We always love shooting in different places, so what better place to work with than Las Vegas?! Justin and I were delighted to make the trip out for such an occasion.
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py_blog_017.jpgMy second favorite shot of the day!
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Make sure to click here to see more awesomeness from PJ + Yea's wedding day!

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Becka @Studio222 Photography said:
The heart light is super fun. :)
(12.17.09 04:46 PM)
imthiaz houseman said:
oh, i love it...your lighting is killer! well, actually its always killer. ;) what a beautiful wedding, nice work.
(12.17.09 09:01 PM)
Brandon M Sweet said:
Aweeeeessssooooommmmmmeeeeee job. The End. -Brandon
(12.18.09 07:01 AM)
Auntie Bat said:
Gorgeous! What a great time and a wonderful couple... Love, Auntie Bat
(12.18.09 04:17 PM)
Rochelle (aussie) said:
Super - I love the bride portrait with groom in the mirror reflection. Complete awesomeness as always!
(12.18.09 09:42 PM)
Elaine Chen said:
Hi Amelia and Justin-Just wanted to say that you have captured essence of my sister and Pj as a couple. The pictures have so much soul. Amazing!
(12.20.09 12:16 AM)
jackie g. photog said:
beautiful! i love bride and groom "first look" images!
(12.21.09 01:27 PM)
Sean said:
These are incredible, oh my goodness! LOVE the light outside for the bridals. Amazing!
(12.26.09 01:42 PM)
lynnette coalson said:
geesh! i love your work!!!! you're so stinkin' creative!!!
(12.26.09 09:52 PM)
Steve Herera said:
I am voting for Patrick and Rachelle in order for them to win the photog package!!! Great pictures by-the-way!!!! Awesome.
(12.28.09 07:47 PM)
April said:
Great photos! I vote for Matt and Wendy.
(12.28.09 09:45 PM)
Anthony Garcia said:
Matt & Wendy are a perfect couple and deserve every blessing that comes there way, even a wedding photography package:)
(12.28.09 09:49 PM)
Cindy Green said:
I'd love to see Matt and Wendy win this contest. I've known her parents for over 30 years and I can't think of a more deserving couple.
(12.28.09 10:02 PM)
Catherine Harman said:
I vote for MATTHEW & WENDY - they are both incredible young people who deserve a beautiful wedding.
(12.29.09 07:55 AM)
Jacquelyn said:
YAY Matt and Wendy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!
(12.29.09 09:14 AM)
Alex Romo said:
Rachelle and Patrick are the most beautiful down to earth sweethearts ever. This couple is like a pair of salt and pepper shakers, ready to season you up and tell you to turn you situation around for good. Patrick and Rachelle are awsome and they deserve to win this.
(12.29.09 09:28 AM)
Paul said:
(12.29.09 09:43 AM)
Nicolette Nunez said:
I vote for Patrick and Rachelle. The happy couple seem very deserving of this offer :)
(12.29.09 10:15 AM)
Anonymous said:
Vote for Matt
(12.29.09 10:22 AM)
Krystle said:
I believe couple number five jayln and matt should win! they deserve this chance of a lifetime and it would be a dream well deserved for this happy loving couple! GO JAYLN AND MATT!!!!
(12.29.09 11:38 AM)
Jerry Hansen said:
I vote for couple #1 Kristin and Steve.
(12.29.09 12:05 PM)
Brittany McAllister said:
My vote is for couple 3: Matt and Wendy!!
(12.29.09 01:33 PM)
Hal Krisle said:
I vote for couple number 3
(12.29.09 01:46 PM)
Kathie Ball said:
I think Kristin and Steve deserve the winning prize. They are the cutest and most wonderful couple!
(12.29.09 01:57 PM)
lily said:
i vote for rachell and patrick couple number two(:
(12.29.09 03:27 PM)
Derek McKenzie said:
I vote for Kristin and Steve, couple one. They're legit. To legit. To legit to quit.
(12.29.09 03:48 PM)
Karma Christensen said:
I vote for Kristin and Steve!!!!!!
(12.29.09 03:57 PM)
Alyson said:
I vote for Matt and Wendy!
(12.29.09 04:31 PM)
Krista Nielson said:
I'm voting for Wendy and Matt
(12.29.09 04:38 PM)
Marissa Willey said:
Couple number 5 :)
(12.29.09 05:20 PM)
Jeremy Chernan said:
( I vote for Matt and Wendy)I know that there is someone out there ready and waiting to recieve such a wonderful and worth while gift to have for there new start as a one. And there will be smiles and hearts full of gratitude for eternity for there blessing to be able to recieve this gift. Matt and Wendy are two individuales but as two people in love with the purest of hearts they are the ones I think should recieve this give away gift because of the the hardships they went through and sacrifice to wait knowing that they were meant for eachother there is no greater love then waiting and waiting to make that special commitment for eternity, even for an eternity of love to share with one another a dream come true. And this give away gift will make it even better and give them a grand opportunity to make it more special for them. Good luck Matt and Wendy :)
(12.29.09 06:19 PM)
Heatherlea said:
my vote is for Steven and Kristen
(12.29.09 06:25 PM)
Elise Barratt said:
Kristin and Steve's story is heartbreaking and i really think they deserve to win! I have known Kristin for a long time and this photography shoot would mean the world to her and would help them remember that special day forever! Without this, they might not be able to pay for a photographer!
(12.29.09 08:05 PM)
sarah fenn said:
matt and wendy deserve it! they're awesome
(12.29.09 08:46 PM)
Abby said:
I say #3 wendy and matt
(12.29.09 09:19 PM)
Laura Pawlowicz said:
Couple # 3 Matt and Wendy I really think this girl that works hard to help everyone else needs help for what she wants that is nice pictures for her wedding. PLEASE pick Matt and Wendy
(12.29.09 11:00 PM)
Genevieve De Haro said:
My vote is going to have to be for couple #2 Patrick and Rachelle. They deserve to have the prize because as a couple they have been a blessing in mine and my daughters life. Rachelle is what I want my daughter to follow as an example in her life. Shes the only women I know who is doing things the right way!
(12.30.09 12:43 AM)
Genevieve De Haro said:
My vote is going to have to be for couple #2 Patrick and Rachelle. They deserve to have the prize because as a couple they have been a blessing in mine and my daughters life. Rachelle is what I want my daughter to follow as an example in her life. Shes the only women I know who is doing things the right way!
(12.30.09 12:45 AM)
Richele Arnoult said:
My vote is for couple 2, Patrick and Chelle!! Just simply because everyone should get back what they give... in one way or another!
(12.30.09 12:54 AM)
Terrell Rohm said:
I vote for couple #3, they seem nice.
(12.30.09 09:28 AM)
Terrell Rohm said:
I vote for couple #3, they seem nice.
(12.30.09 09:28 AM)
Erin said:
My vote goes to Kristen and Steve! Good luck guys! Congrats!
(12.30.09 10:07 AM)
Mike Roberts said:
I have known Matt and Wendy (Couple #3) for many years now. They are good people, and I am excited for them. Good luck you guys!
(12.30.09 11:22 AM)
cortney said:
i love these photos!..i vote matt and wendy!
(12.30.09 02:01 PM)
Tim amaro said:
Matt and Wendy
(12.30.09 03:35 PM)
Matt (Couple #3) said:
Amelia are the votes in this section going to count for the contest. A lot of the comments in this section are voting for Matt and Wendy. I know this isnt the place to cast the vote so will they count?
(12.30.09 05:52 PM)
michelle whaley said:
Kristin and Steve have my vote
(12.30.09 06:30 PM)
Sara Campbell said:
I really think couple #3 should win!!!
(12.30.09 10:38 PM)
Sara Smith said:
I think that couple #3, Matt and Wendy, are extremely deserving of this gift. They seem like a wonderful couple, and I think it would mean the world to them if they were awarded with such a wonderful prize!
(12.30.09 10:43 PM)
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