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Contest Winners Announced! | Va Beach Family Photography

WOW! What a crazy week it has been indeed! For a contest that had barely any steam, there sure was some SERIOUS excitement once it got under way! A sincere thank you to all 14 final entries for taking the time to find an image that moves you and is a forever memory for you.  A genuine thank you for putting yourself out there, and sharing it with the world.  Thank you for allowing all of us to sit for a moment, ponder your private moment, and no doubt reminisce about our own.  That is what photography is all about.  Don’t wait to lose those five lbs.  You never know what tomorrow may bring.  Snap those photos or schedule a custom portrait session.   If you know anything about my style of photography at all, it is VERY relaxed, stress free, and usually quite a bit of fun for all included.  It is not an Elyse Cardon photograph unless it looks like that is what occurred during our time together.  Do you really think the “imperfections” you see in the mirror will be what your children and children’s children see when they get to hold that image in years to come?  After this contest, I hope you will turn towards the camera every single time someone pulls one out to capture the moment.  I know I am more than guilty of being concerned of the outcome.  BUT it is far more important that I actually am in photographs with my family than if my hair needed brushing or my angle is unflattering.   Allow the moment to be captured.  Your baby you are holding, whether 10 months or 10 years old,  will not care that you had an extra ten pounds on (in YOUR opinion) ever since you birthed them.

There are a lot of questions about what the winners received for their prize… I have pasted this from the previous contest rules post:


1. One full (1-2 hour) on-location session with Elyse (children or immediate family only)… free.

2. One 8×10… free.

3. One 5×7… free.

4. 8 wallets…free.

5. 50% off a la carte rates!


1. One mini (30 minute) on-location session with Elyse (children or up to four immediate family only)…free.

2. One 5×7… free.

3. 8 wallets… free.

4. 20% off a la carte rates!

{**Prize sessions must be completed (used) by September 1st, 2010.  In other words, they expire after the first of September.}

Congratulations to our first place winner, Lauren Goldman Barkan.  Lauren’s image of her as a little girl with her grandmother, Esther Goldman,  is a shining example of one of those moments I described above.  Not only is Lauren’s grandmother, Esther, her personal private hero… but as one of our local Holocaust survivors, she is one of our community’s heroes.  This is such a shining tribute to a woman who, may she rest in peace, made an impact on everyone who knew her, and will NEVER be forgotten.   Our second place winner goes to Rashi Brashevitzky.   Rashi’s entry of her husband and two children, lighting the Chanukah candles brings warmth to all of our hearts.  Whether you celebrate Chanukah or something else, the light of those children’s eyes makes us feel the excitement of the winter holiday season and of being TOGETHER as a family.  Congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing your beautiful families with all of us.

If you were inspired to think about a portrait session and to capture those “sweet people”  in your lives, there are still some openings in the next few months.  I will be off for a bit starting in the month of October as we are expecting our FOURTH baby and we just found out yesterday… IT’s a GIRL!!!!!  As always, I am scheduling weeks in advance, so check your calendars and email me with your requests!

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