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Clothing is so much fun for me to photograph.  It has pushed me out of my comfort zone many times with learning how to be more creative and inspiring, and leaves me to take extra care in making sure that everything is perfect.

When I photograph couples, it is different – the main part is that they engage with each other!  I can tell a couple “walk that way”, “hold hands”, “give each other a smooch!”, etc.  They can laugh and giggle with each other and have fun without knowing I am there at times.

With product photography models, it is TOTALLY different!  And I’ll tell you this – it can be completely awkward at times.  I am so focused on taking pictures of their legs, their wrists, the shirt they’re wearing, and I forget to talk to them.  Oops!  ;)  So I have learned the importance of building the relationship with the girls I work with and – of course – having fun.  I have to be mindful that, as opposed to a portrait session where I want them to have my subject engage with me or pose at times, the focus is less on the person and more on the product.  Hair, makeup, and styling are all so critical!

I had the pleasure of doing a ton of photography in 2013 for Allie, of CoziBear Boutique.  Her shop and offering has grown SO MUCH in the past year, and I am so proud of where she is today!  I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with her products… it is always so much fun!

Here is the first shoot I did for her a year ago, with models Lindsay H. and little Gracie P.!

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Happy Valentines Day!

Today is the day many have been waiting for… the announcement of the “Win your Wedding Photography” contest winners!

It has been an exciting couple of weeks with the sweetest love stories and couples who entered to win (See their love stories here).  I am so thankful to be in an industry where couples are willing to share their stories with me and that I have the privilege to capture sweet moments in time with them, be it on their wedding day, or even an engagement or “I Still Do” session.

The voting was INTENSE.. by that, I mean I think each couple took the lead at some point in time.  At the end of the first (and perhaps second) day, there were 3 couples running neck-and-neck with the same number of votes!  What an exciting contest, and it was awesome to see the love and support pouring in through votes, comments, and posts online asking for support from the couples and their loved ones.

So without further ado, here are your winners…

The winning couple of FREE Wedding Photography is:
Jordan Cook & Amanda Wilson!!

Wedding Photography Contest Winners Amanda Wilson & Jordan Cook | Amanda Brendle Photography - Raleigh, NC Wedding Photographer

They had nearly 1900 votes come in on Facebook for them in only about a week’s time – That is amazing!  Jordan and Amanda certainly took to social media and got a strong following going for them.  Congratulations!!

 

As a special surprise, I challenged the entrants earlier this week to have their friends and family comment on the blog, and I told them I would draw a random comment to win that couple a secret prize.   The winner there is:
Wedding Photography Contest Comment | Amanda Brendle Photography - Raleigh, NC Wedding Photographer

Brandon Martel & Jenna Sapp!

With that, Brandon and Jenna have won 25% off any of my wedding photography packages they choose!

 

As a Thank You to the rest of the entrants, they will receive 10% off any of my wedding photography packages for their upcoming nuptials!

Thank you so much to all of the entrants, their friends, family, and supporters.  I am so honored to have been able to share their stories with you, and celebrate their love!  Give our winners a shout-out in the comments below!

One of my earliest product photography clients, Ellie (A Felt Affair) has been such a believer of me over the years. I still remember the first pictures I took for her! Admittedly, I was pretty nervous and quite unsure how to start, but I quickly got a hang of it, developed a process, and it is so fun to go back through time to see how my style has changed and grown!

Last week I did some photography for her a bit different than normal, but that’s also because her newest creations are a bit different than her normal craft!

As you can tell from her shop name, Ellie kind of has a thing for felt. Her garlands are more than precious, and she takes the highest care in crafting and packaging each order to perfection! She is so creative and clever, and I love seeing what she comes up with every season. :)

Her newest creation? Felt hair clippies! When I say these things are cute, it’s got a capital “C”. I don’t know how one manipulates something as simple as felt into this much adorableness (can that please be a word?), but she just nails it every time.

Keep an eye out for these out on Paxton Cove this week – if you miss them there, be sure to check out her shop to see it all!

After announcing my first giveaway, I have been so excited to see the entries that came in! (See original post here)  These couples are all so awesome, and I can’t wait to share them all with you!  Please be sure to thank them for sharing their love stories with us… they are all too sweet!

We are now in the VOTING phase!  Check out all of the entries on Facebook and vote for your favorite couple.  You may vote once per day until the contest closes on February 12th, so be sure to share away!

Now, time to hear all about our Top 5!  Their love stories are posted here – read why they think they should win on the Facebook page!

 

Brandon Martel & Jenna Sapp
Wedding Location: New Bern, NC

How they met: “We met at ECU Marching Pirates Band Camp 2006. It was the first few days of college, and neither of us knowing many people, we ended up sitting with a big group of people at a dinner break. We ended up eating dinner together for the next four years.”

Engagement Story: “It was my last full week of school before the Christmas holiday. I had had a bad day at school and when I came home I saw a dozen roses on the counter. Then, Brandon walked up to me and asked me to marry him. I then and cried and laughed for about an hour. Then we took pictures and told everyone we know. Best Monday Ever.”

VOTE FOR BRANDON & JENNA

 


 

Mason Snuggs & Ally Rumley
Wedding Location: Burlington, NC

How they met: “Mason and I actually went to elementary school together. He is a year older than me in school and we played together in our schools after school program but we weren’t close friends. We eventually had a class together his senior year and my junior and sat right next to one another. We then became very close friends and after six months of being just friends he asked me to be his girl friend. So we are high school sweet hearts.”

Engagement Story: “After dating one year and ten months Mason said he wanted to take me out for a nice dinner but wouldn’t tell me where he was taking me. He ended up taking me to the Melting Pot in Greensboro, NC. After eating our four course meal, I noticed he was acting funny but I didn’t think anything of it. But I knew something was wrong with him when he turned down cheesecake dipped in chocolate. Mason then looked in my eyes and asked “Are you sure you wanna marry me?” My reply was “Of course, what kind of question is that?” He then took off my infinity ring he gave me for our one year anniversary, went around to my side of the booth, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was beyond surprised, happy, excited, and touched. He is my best friend, my everything, my life, and I cannot imagine my life without him.”

VOTE FOR MASON & ALLY

 


 

Jordan Cook & Amanda Wilson
Wedding Location: Leicester, NC

How they met: “We met in 2009 in high school.  Jordan was a freshman and I was a sophomore.   He asked me to be his girlfriend the typical way any high school student would back in the day… via a social networking site, but Jordan and I were more than “boyfriend and girlfriend” throughout high school.  We were each others’ best friend.”

Engagement Story: “We met in 2009 in high school.  Jordan was a freshman and I was a sophomore.   He asked me to be his girlfriend the typical way any high school student would back in the day… via a social networking site, but Jordan and I were more than “boyfriend and girlfriend” throughout high school.  We were each others’ best friend.  Last summer, Jordan took me on a vacation to the Outer Banks, where he had a surprise in store.  On July 5th as we were overlooking the ocean, he took me by the hand and asked me to marry him.  Overwhelmed with joy I gave him a huge hug and I said yes!”

VOTE FOR JORDAN & AMANDA

 


 

Garrett Brown & Sarah Boyce
Wedding Location: La Grange, NC

How they met: ”We met at East Carolina University in 2006, both as members of the Marching Pirates (tuba players at that!).  We didn’t start dating until the summer of 2009 but we have been going strong and bothering each other ever since!”

Engagement Story:  ”We were engaged on April 20th, 2013 in Greenville.  That day started out like a normal Saturday morning, taking our dog, Colby, for a walk on the local Greenway.  We reached a bench located by the river and stopped like we normally did.  Then, with Colby right between us, Garrett got down on one knee and the rest is history!”

VOTE FOR GARRETT & SARAH

 


 

Diondre Johnson & Shaquitta Townsend
Wedding Location: Greensboro, NC

How they met: “We met in a team meeting at work. He kept trying to debate everything I said. Even though he liked to debate EVERYTHING I said, I thought he was a good guy. After getting to know him I told him that he would make someone a good husband some day. Months later he says that he saw me in a different light. He said I was wearing this shirt ( the ugliest shirt I own) but it made him see me as someone that he wanted to pursue. He tried to ask me out, but it was always at the end of the day and I was ready to go, so I left. After 3 days he finally asked me out. We dated for a few months and he got friend-zoned until one day we went on a date and we were talking to another couple and I realized that he was no longer just my friend… I had fallen in love.”

Engagement Story: “We were engaged on New Years Day right after midnight. We were in church, when the pastor finished the sermon he walked up front and started telling our story then called me up front. Our song is John Legend All of Me. When the song started playing I knew. He got on one knee and was crying too hard to initially say anything, but eventually he got it out and I cried like a baby. I actually forgot to breathe for a second.”

VOTE FOR DIONDRE & SHAQUITTA

To celebrate the new year, fresh starts, and the season of LOVE, I want to celebrate with you!  That is why I am offering one lucky couple FREE Wedding photography for their 2014 wedding!  Interested?  Read below to see all of the details!

What Can You Win?

All day wedding photography coverage by Amanda Brendle Photography – includes an online gallery, a CD of fully edited images, and a styled engagement session!

How to Win:

1.  Send an email to info@amandabrendlephotography.com with a recent picture of yourselves and tell me your story!  Answer the following:

          • Full Names
          • Wedding Date
          • Location
          • How you met
          • Engagement story
          • Why you deserve to win
          • Anything else you want to share
(Please limit responses to 200 words or less!)

2.  Your image and story will be posted to my blog and voting will take place on Facebook.  The photo/story with the most “Likes” on Facebook will win!  It will be up to you to get your entry out to as many of your friends as possible – if you post on other social media sites, be sure to tag me and use #ABPfreeweddingpics! Instagram: @abrendle / Twitter: @AmandaBPhoto / Pinterest: amandabrendle

3.  Deadline for entries will close on February 2, 2014.  Stories will be posted on February 3rd and remain open for voting through February 12th.  Winners will be announced on February 14th!

 

Rules:

One couple will be selected to win a free wedding photography package from Amanda Brendle Photography.  Wedding must take place between March 2014 and February 2015 on a date that is not already booked by a client.  Couple must not have already booked a wedding photographer.  Prize is not transferrable.  Any wedding or session taking place more than 1oo miles from Raleigh, NC will be subject to travel fees (to be discussed).  Winner will be announced on February 14, 2014.  Every reasonable effort will be made to contact winner.  In the event the winner declines their prize or does not respond, a runner-up will be selected.