Best of 2016 Portrait Contest

Every year I say it, but it’s true…it’s hard to believe yet another year has gone by.  It’s such fun going through each and every session from the year to pick out the best of the best.  I love to see how I’ve grown as a photographer, how my returning clients change from year to year and mostly, how blessed I am to have such beautiful families who allow me to capture this moment in time for them.  I’ve been asked how I pick the nominees.  Well, I really just look at each and every picture I took that year and start filling a folder with those that speak to me in some way.  Sometimes they are not centered, sometimes they weren’t even picked by the family and sometimes not a one of them is looking at the camera.  But I’m not a photographer out looking for classic perfection.  I’m looking for what’s real.  What is meaningful.  I’m looking to capture true emotion and a very special memory.  It just so happens that some are posed, but more often than not, they are candid little moments that speak to the love between siblings, between spouses and between parent and child.  And that, my friends, is perfection.

So, without further ado, here are the Best of 2016 rules, prizes (even better this year!) and – most importantly – the contenders!  Happy looking!!

The Rules:

– The contest is open from Sunday, February 12 until midnight of Sunday, February 26 (two full weeks of voting).  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 1.

– The contest will mostly take place on Facebook, but you can receive extra entries by subscribing to my newsletter (you can do this on my Facebook page, or by visiting my website, WWW.BROOKESCHWARTZPHOTOGRAPHY.COM).

– You are welcome to vote for as many of the portraits as you like.

How to Vote:

* You must share the Best of 2016 Portrait Contest Album in its entirety on your Facebook page. This is the only way to ensure that your family & friends vote in the right place. Please encourage your friends & family to also share the album on their pages.*

1) “Like” Brooke Schwartz Photography’s Facebook page. Many of you already do (thank you!), so that step is done.

2) “Like” your favorite portrait(s)

3) “Comment” on your favorite portrait. Simply say anything you would like about the image and please include your city & state of residence. Locals (those in the Cincinnati area) will receive TWO votes and those outside of the Cincinnati area will receive ONE.  This step is often overlooked.  Don’t overlook it!  It has the potential to give you the largest amounts of votes!!

AND THEN FOR TWO BONUS VOTES…

Head over to WWW.BROOKESCHWARTZPHOTOGRAPHY.COM and SUBSCRIBE to my newsletter.

Winners Will Receive:

1st Place

3 mounted prints (in various sizes, up to 20×30, of images you pick from your session)

Prints of ALL images from your session (you may choose between 4×6, 5×7 or 8×10)

5 additional digital images from your session

$50 credit towards a 2017 session with Brooke Schwartz Photography (must be redeemed in 2017)

Value of Prize: $530-600

2nd Place

2 mounted prints (in various sizes, up to 20×30, of images you pick from your session)

4×6 prints of ALL images from your session

3 additional digital images from your session

$50 credit towards a 2017 session with Brooke Schwartz Photography (must be redeemed in 2017)

Value of Prize: $300-390

3rd Place

One mounted print from your session (up to 20×30)

3 additional digital images from your session

$50 credit towards a 2017 session with Brooke Schwartz Photography (must be redeemed in 2017)

Value of Prize: $150-200

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