Annemarie (mama to these beautiful boys) and I attended high school together, and when she contacted me about photos after Nils was welcomed into their family I was happy to have her into the studio. Michael captured these precious photos of Nils (2 months) and Erik (3 years) – what adorable little brothers!
On another note, Annemarie’s husband is one of the owners of The Common, a gastropub which recently moved to a new location downtown. We’re looking forward to eating there soon!
We had SO many entries and it was SO hard to choose the finalists for our free family photography contest, so we’re presenting you with 6 finalists. Â It was just way too hard. Â We want to thank all of our contestants for entering.
Just a reminder of the prize: Â A complimentary family photography session with us, a 24×36 canvas, and 2 11×14 prints (over $1100 value!)
Without further ado…here are your finalists (in no particular order). Â Please vote at the bottom of the post for the family you feel most deserves free family photography from Shandro Photo.
#1 Nepper Family
This family was nominated by their friend Jennifer. Â We were touched by the story of Holly Nepper, an eco-conscious mom (who uses cloth diapers like us!) and her husband Rob who work way too hard and need this prize to spend some family time together and celebrate their beautiful family. Â One of their children has needed to be treated at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, which is something we support as well. Â Jennifer spoke very highly of the impact the Nepper’s friendship has made on her life.
#2 Vanwart Family
This sweet engaged couple recently added a member to their family: puppy Paisley! Â They have never had professional photos done, and would love to have family photos of their new little family. Â I love that Breanne entered the contest because families come in all shapes and sizes, and theirs is a great example.
#3 Elliott Morrison Family
This is one busy little family! Â Mom and Dad are high school sweethearts who have been together 15 years. They have devoted their time to their two children, and are soon going to take time out of their busy schedules to plan an intimate wedding for the two of them. Â They would love to have a family portrait to send to family friends after their wedding, and they have no family portraits of all of them together.
#4 Van Buren Family
We met Stirling and his beautiful fiance and daughter at his brother Foster’s wedding this May. Â This family was nominated by Foster’s wife Amanda. Â Stirling works very hard in Fort MacMurray. Â Being away from his family is challenging and they have no photos of the entire family together. Â Especially when long distance is a factor, it would be great for this family to have professional photos to enjoy while they’re apart.
#5 Hopkins Family
Lindsey and her husband need family photos to make sure they can cherish the moments of their son’s life. Â They don’t want to miss this important stage in their family life and let their son’s childhood go by without some beautiful pictures of the three of them together.
#6 Craig Family
The Craig family was nominated by their friend Kerry. Â This family hasn’t had family photos for 10 years, and now their daughters are both teenagers. Â It’s time for an up to date photo of this family. Kerry couldn’t say enough about what a warm and fun family the Craig’s are. Â They have extended family across the country, and it would be great for them to have photos to share with their family.
Please vote below. You can only vote once per household. The polling closes on Thursday, July 1st, at 11:59pm.
Who do you think should win the portrait prize package?
#5 Hopkins Family (48%, 351 Votes)
#1 Nepper Family (38%, 277 Votes)
#4 Van Buren Family (4%, 33 Votes)
#3 Elliott Morrison Family (4%, 28 Votes)
#2 Vanwart Family (4%, 26 Votes)
#6 Craig Family (2%, 22 Votes)
Total Voters: 737
Good luck to all of our finalists!
Note: Please vote in the poll above, and not in the comments area. Â Only votes from the poll will count towards the contest. Â Thank you!
I love contests. (I never win, but I love them.) So we’re going to have a big one!
Here are the details:
The prize: A complimentary family photography session with us, a 24×36 canvas, and 2 11×14 prints (over $1100 value – that’s huge!)
How to enter: Email email@example.com. Â To enter, simply tell us why you need family photos, why you should win the prize, and include a picture of your family.
The contest: We will pick the top three entries, our blog readers, will vote for the winner!
The deadlines: Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm on June 15th, and the winners will be announced on June 23rd (my birthday!)
Who knows, maybe you too will end up on our studio wall someday!
And finally, a couple of announcements:
As most of you have gathered, we are celebrating the grand opening of our studio this month! Â It’s pretty perfect timing – we started Shandro Kids one year ago. At that time we pledged to donate a percentage of our profits from Shandro Kids to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the wonderful babies, kids, and families that we worked with over the past year, we donated $250 to the Stollery.
We’d like to thank the following sponsors for donating fantastic prizes for our Grand Opening:
So you might notice that it’s been a bit quiet on the blog lately. If you think that means we’ve been super busy, you’re right! In the past little while we’ve moved into our new studio, jetted to Mexico for a fabulous destination wedding, built a playyard in our backyard for Andrew, and had tons of photo shoots. All of this is coming your way soon, and I’ll leave you with a peek at Stephanie & Branden’s Mayan Riviera wedding – much more is on the way soon, I promise!