Magic Monday: “For the Love of Photography” Results

I’ve been filled with so many mixed emotions this morning. Nervousness, excitement, sadness, fear, humility, stress, anxiety, and finally peace… just to name a few. I know you probably don’t want to read any of these preliminary paragraphs and have likely already jumped down to further in the post, but I do hope that you take the time to read my carefully chosen words.

We had over 7,000 votes cast!

I had no idea. No idea that this would turn into something this big.  And I really believe that it has absolutely nothing to do with me, but everything to do with the amazing people on this list. Every person on there is loved by LOTS of people! I hope you’ve taken the time to scan through many of the comments. Some are hilarious. Others touching. And many are declarations of  support and encouragement for people. Having a support team can make a huge difference in pursuing our dreams. When we know that we have people cheering for us and believing in our talents (no matter how in bloom they are) it can be the strength we need when we have none of our own. If anything, I hope this contest has helped some of you discover how much support you really do have. Draw on it. And use it to propel you further towards your goals.

Many of the contestants I know personally. Many I have never met. Many of you I want to meet especially after this experience.

We do have a winner, who I feel is very deserving of the opportunity.  She will do great things with the experience and I’m excited to see where the world of photography takes her. Congratulations to:

Leslie Carpenter!!!

Send me an email Leslie, and we’ll coordinate your mentoring weekend!

Amidst all the excitement,  I felt a sinking feeling of sadness this morning that I realistically couldn’t provide this experience for everyone. Especially those who have worked quite hard and gone to extraordinary efforts to win. Especially those who may not have support, or those that may not have the courage to ask for it.  Nothing is ever perfect. This contest wasn’t perfect. There will always be things that we could have done differently or better.   I deliberated over many things this morning and felt that I wanted to be able to offer something to at least the Top Ten individuals in the contest.  It may not feasibly work for all of them, but its the best option that I could come up with.

To the Top Ten contestants, I’d love to invite you to an informal Q&A held at my house on Friday, March 19th from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Top Ten:

Kylene South

Chelsea Greaves

Belinda Olsen

Heidi Brodock

Juanita Brinkerhoff

Lisa Ward

Sarah Allred

Helga Laing

Leslie Perry

Congratulations to everyone and thank you to everyone who participated.  If you were not a winner, but still feel like mentoring would be helpful to you, please feel free to check out my classes, my workshops , and private lesson mentoring opportunities that I offer.  I’d love to get together!  Good luck to everyone in your photography pursuits!

avatarBrooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah. She is a proud new mother to a perfect baby boy. During the day she uses her BM and MM in Music Composition to write silly songs to make small people smile and laugh. During the nights and select mornings Brooke teaches private photography lessons as well as monthly photography classes in Logan, Utah. During the weekend she dreams up crazy and fun photo shoots for her fabulous subjects. Brooke welcomes comments, questions, new friendships, new clients, and new coats and hats for her growing collection.

22 Responses

  1. I will be the first to admit that I also had very mixed emotions when I saw Leslie written in big letters. I had tears in my eyes. I know that may sound silly since this, in the eternal perspective of things this so small but I was really hoping to have this wonderful opportunity and worked hard for it! On the other hand I am happy for Leslie! Congratulations! I know you’ll enjoy it!

    Thank you Brooke for all that you do! 🙂 I am looking forward to March 19th. 🙂 You are such a sweetheart to do that for us!

  2. Thanks for the contest Brooke. I feel like with so many votes that came in, I must have had a ton of support. That makes anyone feel good. 🙂 Congrats to Leslie! I’m excited for her.

  3. Congratulations to all the winners! This was a very generous give-away. Brooke, you are very kind to share your talents.

  4. Oh. Just thinking…….if any of the top 10 can’t make the Q&A, I live 2 minutes away and would be happy to sub. I’m just sayin’……… 🙂

  5. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to be part of this! I was quite sad when I saw Leslie’s name because I know how much work I put into getting my own name up there, but then I saw it, too. It may not be as big as Leslie’s, but it’s there and shows just how much support my friends and family gave me. Thanks for giving us a chance to meet you, Brooke! A q&a will be so fun and helpful! Congrats Leslie!! You worked hard, girl!

  6. Thanks again, Brooke, for the opportunity. It was a lot of fun tracking the comments and also posting on Facebook and seeing the response. It would have been another boring week in February without you.

  7. Congrats to Leslie!! You are one loved lady!! Thanks Brooke for offering this opportunity for all of us to strive for. It helped me realize how much I really want to work hard and learn all that I can about this art. THANK YOU!!

  8. Brooke, what a great contest! It’s amazing there were that many votes cast! Humbling. Congrats to Leslie…I hope you have a blast. 🙂

  9. Look at how many people love & respect you & your work Brooke! That has to make you feel fantastic! Leslie is a very lucky girl indeed!

  10. I am so excited that I have this lovely opportunity with Brooke! Thank you so much Brooke for this chance to learn from you and thanks for the congrats from others on here! 🙂

    I know that everyone worked just as hard as I did! I’m really humbled to be in the company of such amazing photographers who entering in this contest!!

  11. Congrats to Leslie! She is going to have a ROCKIN’ time and is going to learn TONS! I’m torn between being jealous and happy for her 😉

  12. Congrats Leslie!!!! Thanks Brooke for such a selfless act of your talents…you definitely pay it forward and motivate me to do the same.

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