The Pay-it-Forward Portrait Contest

Last fall, Ian and I were given a wonderful gift. I had met Jen and Dave Stark at the Don’t Give Up Workshop in Colorado in the spring, and several months later they came to Boston on one of their not-infrequent adventures. It was so lovely to reconnect. We ate soup and cornbread, went for a rainy walk in the Fells, and introduced them to the game Big Blue Moon. Our few hours together weren’t purely social though – they gave us the gift of their time and talent, and made beautiful and authentic photographs of us. When we received the images in the mail a few weeks later, I flipped through them in wonder and felt rather verklempt. We weren’t perfectly styled, the sun wasn’t out, but they had captured us – the special smiles, the little gestures. It’s hard to get Ian in front of the camera, and we don’t have tons of images of the two of us, so I treasure these photographs.

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I can’t repay The Starks for this gift (we sent them on their long drive home to Toronto with our thanks and some chocolate chip cookies), but I can pay it forward. And that’s what I’m here to announce today. One couple (dating, engaged or married) will receive a free portrait session and the final set of high resolution images. I want to create images to celebrate you and the love you share in the here and now.

Here’s how to enter:

E-mail me a little about yourselves and what it would mean to you to have the images. Please include a favorite story or memory, and a snapshot of the two of you. E-mail me (kelly (at) kellybenvenuto.com) with the subject line “Pay-it-Forward Portrait Entry.” Entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. You may nominate yourself or a friend.

The fine print:
1) One winner will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by e-mail. The winner must claim the prize within 48 hours.
2) The prize is one free photo shoot (up to two hours in duration, within 30 miles of zip code 02155) and the final, high resolution .jpgs with a personal print release. The prize is valued at $750.
3) There will only be one winning couple. There are no second or third place prizes. The session must take place in 2014 on a mutually agreed upon date. Current clients are not eligible. A standard no fee contract will apply. No purchase necessary. No substitution prize will be granted for this contest.

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Hillary & Sumirko | Married | Willowdale Estate

Hillary and Sumirko were married the first weekend in January. After a winter storm blew through with many inches of snow and frigid temperatures, their day dawned bright and felt nearly balmy at 30-something degrees. A wedding day passes so quickly, and no sooner had they arrived and finished penning their letters to each other (to be opened on a future anniversary) than it was time to dress. I love the anticipation and excitement when the dress finally goes on, and this occasion was particularly memorable, when Hillary was talking and her friend interrupted saying something along the lines of “I’m sorry – I can’t concentrate – you’re just so beautiful!”

From there, Hillary headed downstairs to see Sumirko. Hillary’s parents got to see the big reveal too, and then gave her a cameo pin that was passed down through the generations in her family. There was some question as to who should have the honor of pinning it on. It was decided Hillary’s father should do it, because Sumirko would pin it on their daughter on her wedding day. Aren’t family traditions wonderful? Their families were so involved throughout the day – from their nieces and nephew (and the children of friends) making up their wedding party, to their brother-in-law officiating the ceremony, a special song performed by Sumirko’s mother during the reception, and then guests of all ages packing the dance floor.

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Mariko & Aaron | Married | Boston Wedding

It’s always an honor to be considered and selected as someone’s wedding photographer – and even more so when the guest list barely breaks the double digits. Mariko and Aaron chose to have their wedding in early November – the first weekend when they could gather together those closest to them. They created a celebration that was personal and non-traditional, that honored their love for each other, their families and friends, and the city of Boston. These two met and fell in love here in Boston, so we visited a few of their favorite places for their wedding portraits. We then headed to Myers + Chang, one of their preferred restaurants, where the ceremony was led by Mariko’s friend. The group enjoyed a multi-course dinner around a table glowing with candles and decorated with flowers arranged by Aaron’s mother and origami made by Mariko’s mother. After the meal, Mariko and Aaron invited their guests back to their apartment for champagne and toasts, and cake served on china from Mariko’s grandmother. Their evening ended with more friends and celebratory drinks at Eastern Standard, another favorite.

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If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your wedding, please get in touch!