The Contest Results

Well, as all of you have probably seen already, the 2010 Rawsii Wedding Photography Giveaway pulled in well over FOUR THOUSAND votes! It’s not fair at all to say that the contest pulled in those votes because all three of these couples were working their tails off to spread the news and rally support far and wide. I was hearing updates nearly every day that involved campus rallies and mass emails, support groups, canvasing, flyers, and phone calls. It was so fun to keep track of the whole production!!! I watched the map with all the little dots on it for hits around the country and in a few cases around the world. Aaron’s military connections brought in stories of platoons casting votes overseas in spite of massively slow internet connections. Amanda’s Chiari support groups rallied around her and spread the word far and wide as well. But I loved that in spite of all that widespread publicity, I could definitely see huge hot spots in Iowa and Ohio and Colorado. That just shows that all these couples were surrounded by communities who love them. For a long time it was a very close race, but in the end, Aaron and Christle surged ahead and took the contest by over 500 votes. Congrats you two!!! I’m so excited that I was touched by your amazing story and now I get to BE at your beautiful wedding! I get to be the storyteller that captures the moments for your children and grandchildren…it’s truly an honor!!

Aaron and Christle will be receiving 2-photographer Wedding Day coverage (that’s me + an assistant) along with a 20-side Storybook Album, a disk of all their images, an Engagement Session, a Guest Book Album, Keepsake Cards, and Online Proofing at no cost.

But that’s not all…

As the week progressed, I found myself becoming more and more saddened that two of these amazing couples were going to walk away from this contest having worked so hard for nothing. I mean, I chose each of them to be finalists because they deserved it. While it seemed like a grand idea at the time, I was beginning to see that they all deserved to win and even though I had avoided making the choice myself, I still didn’t like that it would end with walking away and saying goodbye. So I did what any red blooded person would do…

I came up with a 2nd and 3rd prize…I know, I couldn’t help myself!

Brock and Amanda will be receiving their wedding coverage for free and a complimentary disk of images and 50% off an album if they would like one. Brendan and Mollie will have their wedding covered by my good friend and business partner, Andrew Conrad of AG Conrad Studios. He has agreed to vacation travel with his lovely wife to Colorado for a few days to shoot their gorgeous wedding free of charge. He’s very talented and even mildly amusing so I know that they will have a GREAT time.

I feel blessed! I feel that God led me straight to these three couples for a reason and that I’m fulfilling my purpose in extending His love directly to them. I’m blessed to have friends like Andrew who also see giving not as an obligation but as a privilege and opportunity. I’m blessed to know all these amazing people and to see how many other people love them and are touched by their lives. I know each of these couples were encouraged by the mass outpouring of support as well!!!

I’m looking forward to giving away more weddings in the future. Watch my blog for details about 2011!

And because I can’t possibly post with out a picture, here’s a sneak peek shot from a recent engagement session that I’ll be blogging about in a few days…

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VOTE: 1 couple gets a FREE Rawsii Wedding Package!

Last year I had a defining moment when I realized that God didn’t just give me photography skills for fun (although I love it immensely). I began to see that I could use it as a way to show God’s love. God gave me this gift for a reason and I don’t want to use it just to make a living. It’s not an original idea to me, but I immediately fell in love with the idea of giving away a wedding package to a couple who really couldn’t afford good wedding photography but who totally deserved it. This is the first time I’ve done this so I wasn’t sure about the logistics of it all. What I DID know was that I wanted them to be nominated by someone who thought they were truly amazing; truly humble and deserving people won’t come out of the woodwork to toot their own horns. I also knew that I was not going to be able to choose on my own. So I thought I’d narrow it down to three and then let the results be determined by the number of people’s lives who were touched enough to get on here and vote for these couples. Ok, so that’s what I DID know. What I DIDN’T know was exactly WHO was going to be nominated and I didn’t know their incredible love stories and lives and how they give SO much to others. Thank you to everyone who nominated a couple…I truly enjoyed reading all the stories!! So many adorable couples in love…narrowing it down was not an easy task. But three stories did stand out above the rest and now…I’m seriously choked up about all three of these e awesome couples who I’m excited now to introduce to you. They’re ALL AMAZING and I will feel honored and humbled just to be able to be a part of any of their lives. I’m so glad that I do not have to be the one to pick because I literally COULD. NOT. So I’m asking you to grab a box of kleenex, read their stories, and vote, if you can! If you don’t know any of them, vote for the story that most touches your heart. The winning couple will be receiving a free wedding package from me worth over $5000.

NOTE: The voting tool is above this post (facebook readers, please go to www.rawsiiportfolio.blogspot.com), you can only vote once and please don’t change your vote! Voting will close on Saturday February 28th at 11:59pm. All results will be final regardless of your understanding of the instructions. Please do not email me with votes or leave them in the comments…they will not be counted.

Hey Christi,

The couple I would like to nominate is my sister, Mollie, and her fiance, Brendan. Mollie and Brendan have spent much of their adult careers taking care of other people. They met while Mollie was working as an EMT and Brendan was working as a Paramedic for an ambulance company here in Colorado. Much of their recent dating and engagement has been spent apart. Brendan has a dangerous job overseas and is only home for a few weeks between each six month period he is gone working. Mollie recently left a position at Flight-for-Life to work for another ambulance company closer to her home doing more office work than “street work.” Brendan is a strong, dedicated, quiet, hardworker. Mollie is a considerate, caring and funny individual. Together they make a perfect pair who complement each other beautifully. They both love their families and work hard to take care of others. Recently, our (mine and Mollie’s) parents have come upon some extreme financial hardship and so Mollie and Brendan are in a position that they will be taking care of the wedding costs themselves. “Winning” this contest would be a joy and blessing for them.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to nominate them!

Katie

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Christi,

I just heard about your free photography give away and I have the most deserving couple that I think could ever win! I have known Christle Sterling since we were kids in high school. She was always the happy go lucky girl and you could always count on her for anything you needed, especially a smile! This was in 2001. Christle started dating her high school sweetheart Brad during the summer between our junior year. They were the cutest couple! He loved supporting her as a cheerleader and they were always so fun to be around. Brad was a professional golfer and was a year older than us. He worked at the Pro Shop in Bowling Green Ohio and actually played in professional golf tournaments. We all looked forward to after high school when they would get married. In 2002, after graduation, Brad was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 20. We were all really shocked but over the next two years we saw what real love was. Most 19 year old college freshmen are partying and worrying about grades. Christle watched Brad struggle through chemo and radiation and was by his side every day. We saw her sacrifice to so much to take care of him, and the most amazing thing was that even though his looks changed from chemo and radiation she never looked at him any different. The love on her face was always the same for him. They were TRULY in love. In December of 2004 Brad lost his battle with cancer, and Christle lost half of her heart. He literally died in her arms that day and I never thought Christle would fall in love ever again like the love she had had with Brad. Shortly after that her mother also had cancer and she helped her mother get through that. She took most of her young college life helping take care of others. She always tried to make us believe that everything was ok, and she dated a few people casually, but we all knew she could never love anyone like she had with Brad. She started a memorial fund for Brad that helps kids who can not afford golf equipment. This memorial has become so great that they can now give out scholarships to kids who want to pursue a career in golf. Christle just loves sharing Brad’s passion for golf even though he can not do it himself.

NOW LET ME GET TO THE PART THATS THE BEST!!! Jan 2008 Christle met the most amazing person! His name is Aaron! From the beggining we could all see that this was different than the casual dating that Christle had had over the last 4 years. He was compassionate about her loss from the beggining and took things slow, but quickly won her heart! They are always laughing and you can see the love in thier eyes like we used to see so many years ago. Aaron even helps Christle with the fund that she set up and this last year they did a golf outting to raise even more money for kids!! We can truely see that even though losing Brad had to be hard for Christle, we could have never seen that God had such an amazing man waiting for her in her future! Aaron serves his country with the United States Army and Christle could not be prouder. His strength and gentleness are simply the best combination that we have ever seen as her friends. Aaron is a military police officer, who is now scheduled to deploy in May of 2010. They are getting married on October 9th of 2010 when he comes back from Iraq. Not only does Aaron protect and care for Christle, but also his country! They are both youth leaders for their local church now and love helping kids anyway they can. Christle is the most giving person, she is an EMT and a teacher for deaf children. I have seen the best in her life and the worst, and I think if anyone deserves this package it is her. With him being a soldier/officer and her being a teacher and EMT they do not make that much money and rarely spend the money on themselves anyway! They are ALWAYS helping someone else. This gift would mean so much to her! After loosing Brad we never thought she could really love anyone like that again, but Aaron is her true soul mate! Seeing your work I just know you could capture this kind of love that they share!

I [also] wanted to let you know how Aaron asked her to marry him. Christle’s parents have a great story about how they got engaged on a friday and Christle always thought it was romantic and funny. Well a friday came around and Aaron had designed an amazing ring for Christle. Each part of the ring has a meaning. The two sides come up and swoop past the main diamond. This is because Christle and Aaron throughtout their lives have always passed eachother. It seems like they always knew the same people and were often around at the same events, but never met officially until it was the perfect timing. He put the main princess cut diamond as a compass setting because he said “together with God as our compass we can always find our way”. This is not even the most amazing part! That friday he had a friend take her out to dinner and when she arrived back at her house and found 2 dozen roses with an ipod preloaded with music, a letter, and a clue for a scavenger hunt. He sent her to multiple places that were very special to them and it ended with him on bended knee with the ring he had designed just for her at the place where he first layed eyes on her! They are an abosolute amazing couple together and help so many in need.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I know it is long, lol, but the story is so long and so wonderful that I had to tell you all of it!

Sincerely,

Malorie

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I, Denise S., being of sound body and mind, (and the mother of the groom to be) would love to nominate Brock A. S. and Amanda D. V. for your Rawsii Wedding Package. They will be united in marriage on June 12, 2010 in Pella, Iowa.

They definitely deserve to win the package and I will state why they are the couple that should have Rawsii take their pictures. They met at college their freshman year, fell in love and have not been apart ever since. They would probably like to get married now but with the wishes of their parents to finish school first, they decided to wed the month after graduation. They have had to deal with a situation that is not desired by anyone, especially Amanda. She was diagnosed with a condition known as Arnold Chiari Malformation, which as short as I can get, her skull is too small for the contents, so she had headaches all the time. She then had brain surgery on Sept 13, 2007 to help relieve some of the pressure, they also cut some of the bottom of her skull off. They said it was a successful surgery, even though there is no cure for this. Thereare different things to try that she now does such as diet, & medication. We do pray for a miracle, and are thankful that she is better. Brock plays football for Central College and even that fall when she maybe didn’t feel like it she was at the games. Then recently, Jan. 11th, 2009 Amanda broke her ankle in three places and had to have surgery. She is on a six week recovery minimum. I told her to get all this out of the way before the wedding and married life.! Brock has been carrying her up stairs and really pampering her, as he should. My friends have asked, “How many coats has he ruined putting over the puddles?” Those times may have been rough but has pulled them closer together and they have gotten to see different sides of each other, that they are ok with for the rest of their lives. Not only are they in love but us parents are also in love with the person our children have chosen. This is the first marriage in each of our families. Who wouldn’t want to win this wedding package from Rawsii, but with this love and the challanges they were put through and yet to face, they deserve it. Wanted to tell you that within a week of getting engaged, down in Arkansas on vacation with her family (yes Brock went golfing with her father & asked for permission) Amanda had a binder filled with everything from pictures to little notes of what she has dreamed of in it. She said this is what every girl dreams of, her wedding day, picture perfect.

Thank You,

Denise

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Last Day to Vote!

Today we inaugurate a new president. Alas, it is too late to vote for that. But it’s NOT too late to vote for the Rawsii 2008 Picture of the Year!! Call in all those favors from family and friends…tell them to head on over to the blog (or to my note on facebook…either on my personal page (add me) or on the Rawsii page…and while you’re there become a fan!) and vote for their TWO favorite images!

It is also not too late to nominate a couple for free wedding photography in my 2010 {Smashing Fabulous} Wedding Photography Giveaway! We’re looking for a very special couple…Send their story to weddingstories@rawsii.com.

More picture posts on the way soon! I’ve held off while the contest was running, but I have some great pictures on the way!!!

2008 Picture of the Year! {CONTEST!}

It’s really HARD to narrow down my own artwork!!!! REALLY REALLY HARD! I am VERY emotionally invested in every single one of my customers and subjects!! And 2008 was a VERY amazing year!! One that will be hard to top as far as amazing photo-ops go! I was in Oradea Romania, San Francisco, CA, Napa Valley, CA, Myrtle Beach, SC, Cape Coral, FL, Madison, WI, and Mackinac Island, MI…all in one summer (and I probably missed a place or two in that list)! I knew before the summer even started that it would be a roller coaster ride and it certainly was that! It kind of left me with that same crazy feeling too…a little dizzy, glad I did it, but wow my head hurts and I’m not sure I’ll walk straight for awhile!!! I owe one enormous hug to all my wedding clients from this year who have been so patient with me! My traveling, a couple of unexpected broken bones, and tyring to juggle family, church, homeschooling, and sanity (or lack thereof) have pushed back my turnaround times more than expected. But EVERY single one of them has just been amazing and this endears them to me even more than before. I’m proud to call them all FRIENDS. My customers really mean the world to me and I am so excited to be involved in their lives and to have them in mine. They have each changed me every so slightly for the better, made me look at the world differently, they have challenged me to improve and grow and stretch myself! They inspire me with their trust and their amazing lives! I’m a lucky girl. I thank God every. single. day.

The fact that this post comes two weeks into 2009 is proof that I was floundering on this project by myself! I took my friend Leah up on her offer to help me out! Being a highly successful children’s photographer herself, she was MORE than qualified to narrow down my favorite 180 pictures (I had multiple favorites from every single session!!). It took her a couple days, but I was SO impressed…she managed to get it down to 53! I decided not to alter her list at all…I respect her opinion and I’m relieved that I didn’t have to pick because I don’t think this post ever woulda happened! (when you’re done voting here, go check out Leah’s site here!)

Now let’s see if we can narrow it down to #1! In order to vote, use your google account and leave a comment listing your TWO favorites…you’ll probably vote for your own or the picture of someone you know, and then I want you to vote without bias on a 2nd. (I will not count single votes or annonymous votes. You MUST choose two different subjects…if you vote twice for the same person, even if they’re in two different pictures, both votes will have to be discarded) ! The person pictured in the image (if possible or applicable) with the most votes will receive a free 16×20 on matboard of that image! I’ll leave the voting open for one week (last day will be Tuesday, January 20th).

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

I bet all of you have a couple last minute Christmas gifts to pick up (I know I do!) Well, let me saddle up my reindeer and help you out! I’m cleaning house and in the process of moving into my new office space I realized I have WAAAAY too many pictures laying around here. I love them all, I really do. But they’re taking over and I’m having a minimalistic moment. I decided it’s time to have a contest to distribute a few of these on behalf of my loyal blog readers.

So here’s how it works…leave me a comment on this post…one per person! If you’re the 1st, 7th, 29th, or 57th commenter I will respond to you and ask you for the name and address of the person you’d like me to send the artwork to on your behalf! I’ll wrap it up nice and include a little note explaining that it’s a Christmas gift from you to them. I will only ship within the continental U.S. and you don’t get to choose which piece is sent (I will field suggestions). Some are framed and some are not, but all are guaranteed to be {smashing fabulous}. Last day for comments to count will be 12/31/08.

Here’s just a few of the pieces of artwork I’m retiring. There are CA countryside images and some sunsets…some random artistic tidbits representing places I’ve been. I will sign the back of each piece and indicate limited production.

P.S. If I can’t see who you are by clicking on your blogger profile, leave your email address…if I can’t get ahold of the person who comments, I won’t publish the comment and I’ll move on to the next person in line.

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The {Smashing Fabulous} Wedding Photography Giveaway

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Just a reminder…54 days left to nominate your favorite engaged couple for the Free Wedding Photography Giveaway! I’m looking for a couple who has a great story of love and hardship, or a couple who has surmounted the odds. Maybe a couple who can’t afford the type of photography that they’d really like. If you know someone like that, give them a gift they’ll never forget…a FREE wedding package worth over $5000! I’ll travel anywhere in the continental U.S. and cover my own travel expenses. Email nominations to weddingstories@rawsii.com until January 31, 2009. For a complete list of rules and regulations, click here.

The {smashing fabulous} Wedding Photography Giveaway Details

In the process of reinventing my business this year I’ve made a lot of changes. We’ve renamed, rebranded, we’ve remodeled, and expanded. I don’t think there’s anything, though, that I’m more excited about than the opportunity to expand my ability to GIVE. My reason for giving is Jesus Christ…I am overwhelmed with what I’ve been given and when I think of ANYTHING on this earth that I could give, it pales in comparison to the ultimate gift that I’ve received. And I am so unable to repay Him…but i think that’s exactly His point. Which brings me to mine. I’m searching and scouring the country for engaged couples who cannot afford a wedding photographer…I want to GIVE them an enormous gift! But I need YOUR help to find them! I’ll travel anywhere in the continental U.S. to photograph their wedding completely free of charge! You just need to tell me WHO they are by the end of January and they must be planning a 2010 wedding. Email me at weddingstories@rawsii.com!

Here’s the official rules:

1. The engaged couple must be nominated by someone other than themselves (can be anyone who knows them) and the nominating letter must explain why the couple deserves a free Rawsii Wedding package and include a photo of the couple. The more personality expressed, the better! Stories will be confirmed prior to announcing finalists. Nominations should be emailed ONLY. Send to weddingstories@rawsii.com . Winners will be required to sign the standard Wedding Day Agreement and Photograph and Publicity Consent and Release Form with Rawsii. All stories and images submitted become the property of Rawsii and will not be returned.

2. The couple’s wedding must take place between the dates of 1/1/10 and 12/31/10 in the Continental U.S. (this excludes Alaska and Hawaii). Void where prohibited.

3. All nominations must be received by 11:59pm EST on January 31, 2009. Rawsii reserves the right to select finalists without disclosing reasons or criteria. Finalists will be confirmed no later than March 30, 2009. Three finalists will then be presented on the Rawsii blog for public voting on April 1, 2009. Public vote will be final. In case of a tie, Rawsii reserves the right to cast the final vote.

4. The winner will receive the Smashing Fabulous Wedding Package, valued at $4200, which includes full day coverage, a 30-page (60-side) Storybook Album, and online proofing. In addition, the winner will receive the High Res images on DVD, and a 16×20 Gallery Wrap (an additional value of $1000.) All travel and lodging expenses will be covered by Rawsii. Winners will be required to sign standard Wedding Day agreement with Rawsii, minus any clauses pertaining to an exchange of monies.

5. To be eligible, the couple may not be under any contract or agreement for wedding photography with Impressions Studio or Rawsii or any other wedding photographer of any kind as of the date of entry. Cancellation of an existing contract with Impressions Studio or Rawsii will render a couple ineligible for the contest.

6. Another friendly message from my awesome lawyer, Matt: Rawsii reserves the right to change the contest or contest rules at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited. (thanks Matt!)

The {Smashing Fabulous} Wedding Photography Giveaway!

The {Smashing Fabulous} Wedding Photography Giveaway is still underway! December is the most popular month to get engaged, so keep a close eye out for friends or family who might be planning a 2010 wedding soon! You could give them the gift of a lifetime…a free Wedding Photography Package valued at over $5000!!! They don’t have to be local, just in the continental U.S.! Send nominations to weddingstories@rawsii.com!

Rules and restrictions apply (click here).

We have a winner…our first class member!

Bridget came in for her afternoon shift and I was sitting there with my trigger finger ready…to push the button on the random number generator, that is! Yes, this afternoon it was time to find out who would be the lucky winner of my first contest and receive a free spot in my upcoming class. I hadn’t expected to be so nervous and excited about it! There were 751 entries. I placed them in an Excel file so each entry received a unique number. And then I used www.random.org to choose a random number between 1 and 751.

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As you can see, the number was 72, which was Tish’s entry! (the numbers on the right are just numbers to assist me in making sure I gave each person the correct number of entries). So Tish is our winner! Congratulations!!!

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Thanks to all who entered! I appreciate all of your help in publicizing The {Smashing Fabulous} Wedding Photography Giveaway! Keep the nominations coming in!!! I’m enjoying the good reading!

The {Smashing Fabulous} Giveaways!!!

It’s finally time for my all my big announcements, and they’re all happening in one day!!! I’ve been like a kid with a huge secret for weeks…I couldn’t contain it COMPLETELY, but most of the time I just had this big goofy grin on my face for no apparent reason. That’s because today we’re not only announcing our new business name, and not only giving away a free spot in my upcoming class, but…are you ready for this…we’re giving away

FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY to some lucky couple!!! Eeek! I’m so excited!

(for details on the Wedding Photography Giveaway, scroll down to the 2nd half)

First, for the now VERY obvious announcement. Starting officially in January, we will be no longer be operating as Impressions Studio! Rawsii is the {smashing fabulous} new name I have chosen to brand my work and define my style. What I do is a little bit earthy, with a fashionistic flair, somewhat daring, energetic, bold, bright, mysterious, sometimes shocking, but always {smashing fabulous}. Since I didn’t know of any one word with a definition that encompassed all of that, I decided it was high time one existed. So there you have it!
Rawsii: {smashing fabulous} art. Get the full effect at my new website http://www.rawsii.com/!

Along with renaming and rebranding, I’m reinventing. My studio has served me well as my creative space, but I’ve outgrown it. It’s time to expand: THE WHOLE WORLD is now my studio! No longer will I be confined by four walls…let’s take this party inside, outside, up, down, over, under…but let’s GO! I have long felt that my limited backdrops impersonalize my images, and since I am 110% about personalization, YOUR life needs to be the backdrop. I’m looking forward to documenting your life and your personality right where you are! And in a few months, I hope to invite you all in to see my newly remodeled office which will replace my in-home studio space. Bridget and I are SO looking forward to this new comfortable, organized and fashionable environment!!

I’m particularly excited about my new site and blog design, which was orchestrated by my bff of almost 25 years, Rebecca at Uptown Design Studio. She’s absolutely A-maaaaaazing and I’m not just saying that cuz she knows I had a major secret crush on Jay Underwood when I was 11 (THERE, it’s out, the blackmail is over! Lol). Hands down, she is the coolest chic I know, and ever so talented and loving and giving. Words cannot express my thanks to her, not only for helping me rock out this new site, but for a whole lifetime of amazing friendship.

Ok, {*sniff sniff*} moving on…

This is so fun, it’s like an early Christmas! For me AND for you! Woo Hoo! So this is how it’s going down. It’s a two part contest, so stick with me here…I’ll try to keep it as simple as possible.

PART ONE: Win a spot in the class! This is the best kind of contest EVER, especially right before the holidays…I need you to help me GIVE something HUGE away! I want to get the word far and wide about my {Smashing Fabulous} Wedding Photography Giveaway! I need you to send all your friends, family, co-workers ( acquaintances, enemies, arch nemesis’, foreign exchange students, and illegal immigrants) to my blog so that they can then pass it along and everyone can nominate the perfect engaged couple for this contest! By spreading the word, you’re going to earn entries into a drawing for the very 1st spot in my upcoming class that runs from November 4, 2008 to December 4, 2008. Here’s how:

1. Leave me a nice blog comment to let me know you’re a reader and you’ll earn 5 entries, right off the bat. You MUST either be registered to comment or leave me your real name and contact info, in case you win! Anonymous or nicknamed comments without contact info will not be entered!! Limit one per person.

2. Blog about the {Smashing Fabulous} Wedding Photography Giveaway on your blog and you’ll get another 25 entries. Send me an email (rawsiigiveaway@rawsii.com) with a link to your blog if you write about it! Limit one per person.

3. Email it to everyone you know! For every unique and individual person you email about it (no duplicates allowed!), you’ll get one entry into the drawing. Make sure you add me on the cc (rawsiigiveaway@rawsii.com) so I can count the number of people you sent to! I’ll give you credit for sending to me too…why the heck not? Email MUST mention the actual fact that we’re giving away a wedding photography package. Emails that simply link to the Rawsii blog will not qualify.

4. Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008. Winner will be drawn Wednesday, October 29, 2008 and announced on the Rawsii blog no later than 11pm EST (barring any unforeseen technical difficulties). Drawing will be completely random. Entries only increase chances of winning. All decisions by Rawsii concerning final results will be final and are not subject to dispute in any manner.

5. The prize is non-transferrable. Winner must accept prize or forfeit and we will re-draw another random name.

Just spread the word, get lots and lots of chances to win by doing so. It’s that easy!!! And for those of you not really interested in the class, you will have the option of choosing an alternate prize (original Rawsii framed artwork) of equal or greater value. And my lawyer would like you to know that absolutely no purchase is necessary to win, and that Rawsii reserves the right to change the contest or its rules at any time. Oh, and totally void where prohibited.

PART TWO: the {Smashing Fabulous} Wedding Photography Giveaway!!! This is BIG. Really REALLY big! I’m really overwhelmed at all the possible ways this could pan out, but so excited too!!! Here’s the rules:

1. The engaged couple must be nominated by someone other than themselves (can be anyone who knows them) and the nominating letter must explain why the couple deserves a free Rawsii Wedding package and include a photo of the couple. The more personality expressed, the better! Stories will be confirmed prior to announcing finalists. Nominations should be emailed ONLY. Send to weddingstories@rawsii.com . Winners will be required to sign the standard Wedding Day Agreement and Photograph and Publicity Consent and Release Form with Rawsii. All stories and images submitted become the property of Rawsii and will not be returned.

2. The couple’s wedding must take place between the dates of 1/1/10 and 12/31/10 in the Continental U.S. (this excludes Alaska and Hawaii). Void where prohibited.

3. All nominations must be received by 11:59pm EST on January 31, 2009. Rawsii reserves the right to select finalists without disclosing reasons or criteria. Finalists will be confirmed no later than March 30, 2009. Three finalists will then be presented on the Rawsii blog for public voting on April 1, 2009. Public vote will be final. In case of a tie, Rawsii reserves the right to cast the final vote.

4. The winner will receive the Smashing Fabulous Wedding Package, valued at $4200, which includes full day coverage, a 30-page (60-side) Storybook Album, and online proofing. In addition, the winner will receive the High Res images on DVD, and a 16×20 Gallery Wrap (an additional value of $1000.) All travel and lodging expenses will be covered by Rawsii. Winners will be required to sign standard Wedding Day agreement with Rawsii, minus any clauses pertaining to an exchange of monies.

5. To be eligible, the couple may not be under any contract or agreement for wedding photography with Impressions Studio or Rawsii or any other wedding photographer of any kind as of the date of entry. Cancellation of an existing contract with Impressions Studio or Rawsii will render a couple ineligible for the contest.

6. Another friendly message from my awesome lawyer, Matt: Rawsii reserves the right to change the contest or contest rules at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited. (thanks Matt!)