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It’s my birthday and I’m pulling an Oprah!

Well…in my own way, of course!

Usually people who celebrate their birthdays are the recipients of gifts, cards, cakes, dinner and all that good stuff.

This year I decided that I am also giving a gift. 🙂

Lately I have been getting a lot of inquiries for after wedding portraits and I thought it would be a nice gift to give a lovely couple a free portrait session.

So I would like to offer a lucky couple a free after wedding portrait session, my time and talent with some enlargements and a big canvas gallery wrap of their favorite image, a total value of over $1000.

So here are the terms and conditions: Any couple can enter whose wedding date falls between January 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008. Both Blue Daisy couples and couples whose wedding I did not photograph can enter.

The portrait session will take place in July or August on a weekday within an hour distance of New York City.

The exact location(s) are not decided yet and I am open to suggestions but most likely will be on a beach, in a field, in a forest or all of the above.

The winning couple will have to wear wedding attire but it does not have to be the original wedding dress.

The dress will not be trashed, burned and destroyed but there is a good chance that it will get wet, slightly dirty and you have to be comfortable with that.

How to enter:

Please send a favorite recent photo of the two of you as a couple and a few sentences and some fun facts about yourselves. Email address is: [email protected] and in the subject line please type: After wedding portrait contest and your first names.

The deadline to enter the contest is by May 10, Saturday at midnight.

Monday, May 12 I will post all the couples’ photos on my blog and let your friends, families and coworkers decide who should win the portrait session. Only one vote per e-mail address. Voting ends on May 31st at midnight.

The votes will be entered as “Comments” under the Contest post by your friends, families and anyone who would like to vote for you. E-mailed votes will not be accepted only votes on the blog.

How to win: the couple with the most votes wins. The winning couple will be announced on June 1st.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas and suggestions: [email protected]

Even if you are not interested, not married but you know someone who might be, please forward them this post.

Thank you! I am very excited and looking forward to working with the winning couple!!

PS. Today it’s also Earth Day so please make sure you recycle and do something nice for our planet! 🙂

Other people you might have heard of and born on this day: Jack Nicholson,  Peter Frampton, Yehudi Menuhin, Rick Astley, Lenin, Aaron Spelling, John Waters, Reese Witherspoon, Immanuel Kant.

Caroline Natale - Oh Mariann! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!!!!! We’ll be entering the contest for usre! You know how much we adore you & your work. You are amazing!!!

All our love,
Caroline, Rob & Ella

Janice - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIANN!!!! Hope you are having a great day!!! The contest sounds fun!!! 😎 We’ll be sure to enter!!! Best wishes on your happy day!
Janice & Jack

Leslie - Happy Birthday Mariann!!! :mrgreen: What a great idea!!! Now, to dig up a good photo, since you aren’t shooting our wedding until May 😉

Monika - Hi Mariann,

Nagyon Boldog szulinapot kivanok Neked!!!!!!!!


Jess & Nate Evans - Happy Birthday, Mariann!!! What an awesome way to “pay it forward.” So fun! We’ll definitely enter 🙂

Jess & Nate

Monica from IMJ - Happy birthday Mariann!!

Hope you had a great day 🙂

Whoever wins that session will be so lucky.

Take care!
Monica and Jacob

Abby - Ah shoot. Can you celebrate an extra birthday in August as well?? lol. I think this is a great idea. This will give everyone an oppurtunity to see just how amazing your work is. 😀

Mariann - Thank you for all the birthday wishes!! 8)
I had a great day!!

I had to come up with some kind of a cut off date in order to be able to schedule the session for this summer while the weather is still nice and warm.
But hey, if it works out, and why wouldn’t it, I always have a birthday next year again….. 😉 😉

I can’t wait to see all the couples who enter!!

Greg and Lisa - Happy Birthday!!!! I already entered the contest…I hope to be as lucky as the past couples you have shot!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Christine and Carl - Happy belated birthday!!! We’re in a different time zone here so that’s my excuse 😉 Hope you have a great day, you deserve it! And you know we’ll be entering the contest!

Victoria - This is sooooo nice of you. Giving a gift is a GIFT all in itself. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. And, I hope to get to have pictures done by you one day in the future. I love your work.
Good Luck to all.


1/2/09 Bride

sanjeewa punchihewa - Hi
What a nice idea. What a nice way to celebrate a birthday!


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