August 3, 2020
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ―Maya Angelou
I have been doing this yearly giveaway for well over a decade now. Every year around my birthday, as a way to give back & show my appreciation for another year of work, I give away one free wedding photography package. My “tithe” toward the world via photography, if you will.
But, I almost didn’t offer it this year.
2020 has been hard. As a small business owner of a career that involves being with large groups of people, you can imagine the kind of hit my year has taken financially. It hasn’t been pretty. It will end up taking me about 3 years to catch up to what I would normally make in 1 year.
I tell you all this to say that I almost didn’t do the giveaway again this year. My 2021 year is already packed full of more weddings than I typically take on with so many 2020 couples having to move their dates, combined with the typical flow of new 2021 couples booking with me.
However, when I think of the inconvenience I’ve gone through – I can’t help but be reminded of the sacrifice of others.
This giveaway has never been about “portfolio building” for me – after almost 15 years, I have plenty of work to show. This is simply about me doing what I feel called to do in this lifetime – Give freely. So although this year feels different & may be tougher to do, my heart to be a giver hasn’t changed. So onward we go.
Every year, this wedding giveaway has gone a little differently. Some years have gone off nominating a deserving couple. Others have been because their story was intriguing to me or felt familiar. Some years have been because the location of the wedding was different than my norm & felt inspiring to me. Point being: I’ve always chosen how to give back differently each year.
This year is 2020 “themed” if you will. Read all the details below about what the winners will receive, and how I’m selecting them.
This giveaway is for any couples WORLDWIDE, so spread the word
THE GOODS: The winning duo will receive 9 hours of wedding day coverage by Amanda, with all edited images in a downloadable gallery (yes, this means you will get high-resolution images to print to your hearts content!) (A $5000 value!)
TO ENTER: This year, I want to give back to the ones who have sacrificed for the sake of humanity this year. Doctors, nurses, social workers, EMTs, grocery store clerks – Those who have been on the front lines of COVID-19 to help serve our world day-in and day-out. This giveaway is exclusively for YOU.
To enter, send an email to me at email@example.com with your story. What has your life looked like this year & how have you served those around you in the face of the pandemic? Please also send the date & location of your wedding as well as a photo of the soon-to-be-newlyweds. Include details on what you have planned so far, your ideas/inspiration (feel free to send your Pinterest board) and a little about the two of you. (Please be sure to read all “details” below before submitting entry emails).
-Wedding must take place in 2021 OR 2022 (I do not typically extend this across two years, however given all the circumstances, it felt right.)
-Wedding may take place anywhere in the GLOBE! Couples from throughout the US as well as internationally are encouraged to apply (I love adventures – let’s do it together! Assuming of course that international travel will be open for Americans by your wedding)
-Couples can not apply that have an existing contract with another photographer or existing contract with myself.
-Couple is required to cover travel expense if outside of the greater Cincinnati area (don’t worry, I travel on a budget well. I’m happy to quote you on this fee prior to your entry – just shoot over an email with your date & location & ask for a travel quote!)
-Travel is to be booked by Amanda Donaho Photography
-Wedding date/location/venue must be set before applying
-Winning couple will be chosen based on story, date & location.
Winner will be chosen at 9am on August 18, 2020!
Please email with questions! I can’t wait to hear from you!