Tag: ‘Contests’

Contest Winners

September 3rd, 2010, written by Lucia and Isabella
Found in Promotions

It’s been awhile since our contest started (Mid June), so we’ve decided to extend both prize redemption periods to 12/31/2011.  Thanks everyone for your participation!  Now, without further ado, the winners of our contest are: Jennifer Woo and Lennox Wiseley!  Hooray! :D Congratulations guys!!!  You can redeem your Free 30-minute Mini Session and $350 “Photo Goodness” credit anytime between now and the end of next year!

Jennifer and Lennox both picked the same question to answer:
What’s the most romantic thing anyone has done for you? or vice versa?


A guy I was dating told me we were going to drive out to the beach to go star gazing.  About 10 minutes after we settled down on top of his car, fireworks started exploding in the sky.  It turned out that he had timed everything so that we would catch the nightly fireworks show from Sea World.


Michael and I were decorating easter eggs one April, which he’d never done before, because he’s from England and the tradition doesn’t seem to be as popular there. It was a lot of fun and a huge mess and we really enjoyed the day. He was kind of secretive about one of the eggs he was making, and I figured it was because he’d written a surprise Easter message on it. Then, a few days later, he told me to pack a few things, he was whisking me away for the weekend. So I grabbed some clothes and we got in the car and he started driving. I hoped we were going to Carmel, as that has been a favorite romantic spot for us, and we were! We arrived just before Sunset and he said we were going to walk to dinner. So we walked along the beach as the sun was setting and looked out at the ocean. Suddenly, he saw a big rock and wanted to go out to it. So we went out and I sat on the big rock, with a beautiful view of the sunset. And he handed me a small paper bag. I opened it up, hoping it would be an engagement ring, but it was an egg. I looked at it, kind of perplexed, and laughed. “You brought me out here to give me an egg?” “Read it!” he said. So I looked down at the writing and it said, “Marry me!” And when I looked down, he was kneeling down with a beautiful ring and he said, “Will you marry me?” (Needless to say, I said, yes!)

Thank you Jennifer and Lennox for sharing your stories with our readers!

It’s pretty obvious now that romantic surprises are cool in our books :p
And since a post without a picture is like a cupcake without icing, we have searched our pictures “vault” (don’t we all have terabytes of data nowadays?) for images that would help add some splashes of color to this post.  Turns out, we are also fans of fireworks and the charming seaside village of Carmel (and who wouldn’t be? :)

This was taken by Henry during Disneyland’s fireworks with our new Canon 70-200mm IS II:


Taken about 10 years ago in Carmel with a simple point-and-shoot camera, now enhanced with some Photoshop adjustments.
Doesn’t this remind you a bit of Thomas Kinkade’s paintings?


2010 May-June Contest

May 21st, 2010, written by Lucia and Isabella
Found in Promotions

Want to win some photo goodies from us? You’ve read our stories. You’ve read our lovely couples’ stories. Now, it’s your turn to tell us a bit about YOUR STORY! It’s super simple to participate, and we are easy to impress! ;) Just a short one or two line answer is sufficient (but of course you are welcome to make it however long you like). Your story will also help inspire other readers…. so in the end everyone benefits!  This is the only time this year that we will be offering something like this, so be sure to take advantage of it or tell your friends about it.  Spread the Love! :)

Deadline for entry is Tuesday June 15th


CONTEST A - Open to all:

Prize: Free 30-minute Mini Session (Engagement, Family, Baby, Pet, or Anytime Portrait Session) with 12 retouched images
Terms: Photo Session will take place within OC/LA County. Prize is non-transferable, and must be redeemed by 12/31/2010.
How:  Choose ONE out of the following four questions to answer in a short paragraph:

  1. What’s the most romantic thing anyone has done for you? or vice versa?
  2. If you are single, what’s your dream wedding like? Describe the details (color, theme, place, etc.)… remember it’s a “dream” wedding,  so go all out for it! :D
  3. If you are married, what are some of the most treasured memories from your wedding day? If you ever have a vow-renewal, what will this celebration be like?
  4. If you could go anywhere in the world and live there for an entire year without worry, where would you go and what do you plan to do there?
CONTEST B - ONLY available to the couples who worked with us at the Charity Engagement Shootout

Prize: $350 “Photo Goodness” credit that can be applied to any photography service we provide!
Terms: Photo Session will take place within OC/LA County. Prize is fully transferable, and must be redeemed by 12/31/2011.
How:  Choose ONE out of the following three questions to answer in a short paragraph:

  1. What’s the most romantic thing your sweetheart has ever done for you? or vice versa?
  2. What’s your wedding theme, color, inspiration, etc.?  Do you have a wedding idea that you absolute love and want to share with other brides-to-be?
  3. If you could go anywhere in the world and live there for an entire year without worry, where would you go and what do you plan to do there?
Attach a picture of yourself (or you and your sweetheart), then email it along with your answer to: spreadthelove AT luciaisabella DOT com
(If you don’t have a picture to include with your answer it’s OK too. Your entry still counts.)


And that’s it! There are no strings attached, and you will never get any sales call or email from us. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us. We will be reading through your answers and voting on our absolute favorites. Winners and their stories/pictures will be revealed in a future blog post. Remember, you have until Tuesday June 15th to submit your entry! So go ahead and dig up that fond memory you have, or flex your imagination!

Good luck! :D

Here are some sample answers, just to give you an idea:

- The most romantic thing my bf has ever done for me:  a home cooked candle-lit steak dinner!
- My wedding theme is “midsummer night’s dream” and I got my inspiration from this web page: http://bit.ly/8ZRf6H
- I would spend a few weeks in Antarctica (to see the penguins!),  a few weeks in Alaska (to see Denali and Aurora Borealis), then the rest of the year touring throughout Europe.

Malibu Charity Engagement Shootout :: Part I

May 18th, 2010, written by Lucia and Isabella
Found in Engagements

Last Tuesday we had the honor to be a part of Beverly Hills photographer Jen O’Sullivan’s Charity Engagement Shootout event at The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu, CA.   Jen organized this event to help raise funds for a charity called LETMESAIL.

LETMESAIL is an organization based in the Santa Clarita Valley that is dedicated to enriching the lives of differently-abled individuals and their family members. These individuals include people who have Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, physical disabilities, and a wide range of intellectual disabilities. LETMESAIL recognizes that people with disabilities have many talents, skills, and unique traits, and that these individuals are not so much disabled as they are differently “abled,” and as much deserve a quality lifestyle where they can use their talents and abilities in a positive way to benefit themselves as well as the society. Through events such as Summer Camps, Cooking and Nutrition Classes, Independent Living Skills Instruction, and Art Classses, LETMESAIL help bring happiness and increased self-sufficiency to the lives of these differently-abled individuals. Basically, LETMESAIL helps them SAIL!

And how fitting it was that Jen held the fun-raising event for LETMESAIL at a beautiful beach venue!

The event rounded up some of the finest wedding vendors (florists, planners, makeup artists, bakers, photographers, etc. ) under one roof, and over 50 engaged couples attended, who each had a chance to “test-drive” several photographers at once, all for FREE!   To top off the event, vendors also donated their services and goods for raffle, and attendees bought raffle tickets, with all proceeds going to LETMESAIL.  There were some serious goods offered that day: from free bridal and makeup sessions to a $600 couture cocktail dress!  And a lucky couple won one 11×14 Art Print, a Photo Guest Signing Book, plus a custom-made, “LOVE” leather bracelet from us! :D

Here is Jen dressed in white, ready to raffle away the prize from Lucia Isabella Photography :)  We were very excited about offering this raffle prize, which we wrapped with lots of LOVE:


A few lucky couples even ended up wining multiple prizes!  It was cool to see them walk away with so many goodies.  However, we also feel bad for those that didn’t win anything, or have completely missed out on the event.

So, to spread the love and to keep the spirit of giving alive, we have decided to extend all our couples at the Engagement Shootout as well as our loyal blog readers a chance to win even more fabulous stuff!  This is the only time this year that we will be offering these kind of goodies, so be sure to take advantage of it or tell your friends about it!

Deadline for entry is Tuesday June 15th.
*** Information on the contests have been move to this page: 2010 May-June Contest