Archive: ‘Contests’

2K Giveaway!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

I am humbled and excited to be nearing the 2K mark on the SJD Photography Facebook page!  Those who know me well, know I like to give back.

SO, I am giving away a FREE mini session and FIVE high resolution digital images! Enter below if you’d like to win!

Contest ends Thursday, August 22nd at midnight OR when page reaches 2,000 likes!




a Rafflecopter giveaway


*winner must be local

*mini session lasts 20-30 minutes at one of two locations in Estero

*winner will receive about 15 images from which to choose their final 5 digital images

*upgrade to full session is available and can be held at location of choice and will yield at least 40 proofs from which to choose

*option to add on products and/or extra digital images

*participants can enter once per day

*session must take place between September 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013 OR after November 15th, 2013


Inspire {Fort Myers/Cape Coral Family Photographer}

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

A month ago, I held a contest for a free session. Little did I know that holding this contest would not only make one really deserving family happy, but it would change my life as well. Meet the Lawreys. They are such a sweet, loving and caring family…you can see it for yourself in these images.





This is Gavin. He is an energetic, spunky and ADORABLE 4 year old. Gavin is like every other 4 year old. He likes to talk about gross boy things and run. However, Gavin was diagnosed with Paroxysmal Kinesigenic Dyskinesia (PKD), and nocturnal seizures in February 2010. This disorder causes Gavin to have episodes that cause him to “shake” and lose muscle control. This doesn’t get him down, though. He is SO happy and sweet despite all of this. I just love this kid.



Can you BELIEVE his eyelashes?


This is Makenzie, Gavin’s 7 year old sister. There is no other way to describe Makenzie than to say she is an angel. She is so in tune to Gavin and his symptoms. She knows the warning signs for an episode and tells his parents when one is going to happen. She also takes such special care of him. After our photo sessions (we had about 10 minutes the first time before the rain rolled in so we had to reschedule), Makenze made me a thank you card and picked out a bow for my daughter (made by her talented mom! check out her work on Facebook by clicking HERE).




Brandi and Jeff, Gavin and Makenzie’s parents, are such wonderful people. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and in this case it is 100% true. It’s no wonder Gavin and Makenzie are such special children; if you know Jeff and Brandi, you would see why. Jeff and Brandi have a lot on their plate on a daily basis, but this does not stop them from being truly selfless and kind. They inspire me to be a better person. At our proofing session, Brandi gave me a necklace she handmade. I was so touched. These were my FIRST client gifts ever. She told me she appreciated everything I had done for them thus far. I teared up.






The Lawreys have some monstrous medical bills that they have to pay every month. They have to go without things some months because of these medical bills that result from the multiple tests, doctors visits and medication Gavin needs daily due to his disorder.

The second annual Friends of Gavin Lawrey Fall Golf Scramble will be held on Oct. 8, 2011 in Cape Coral to help raise funds for these medical bills.

The registration is $75 for single golfers and $300 for a team of four, which can be done before or on the day of the event. The fee includes a complimentary breakfast, luncheon and goodie bag.

Registration can be done by calling Bob Bravard at 239-458-0626, email him at or stop by Palmetto Pines Country Club, where the tournament will be held.

Also, if you are on Facebook, check out The Gavin Lawrey Trust Fund page for more info!



I Heart Faces {People’s Choice}

Monday, September 26th, 2011

This week’s challenge at I Heart Faces is People’s Choice for best face photo from summer 2011. While in MI this summer for a little R&R, I photographed THIS fabulous family (you may just recognize them…they are the awesomely talented Jean and Travis Smith). It is by far, probably the most favorite family session I’ve ever shot. I’ve only spent a few hours with them and I just love them. Here is my entry for this week.

Make sure you check out the ridiculous amount of talent over at!


I Heart Faces {A touch of sun}

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This week’s challenge at I heart faces is “A touch of sun”. I have a ton of backlit images and I LOVE me some yummy backlighting. But when I read a touch of sun, I envisioned just that. A touch. This is an image from a recent session of mine with a family who has recently endured a lot of hardships. To me, this image symbolizes them walking toward the light and the sun, for a brighter future.

As usual, the talent I see for this week’s challenge blows me out. Head on over to I heart faces and see for yourself.


I Heart Faces {White}

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

I am still pumped about being on the “favorites” list over at I Heart Faces…so I decided to enter another challenge! :) This week’s challenge is white. I so love this photo of this little boy and his mama on her wedding day at the beach. I love how little boys love their mamas!

It’s amazing the talent I find on that blog. Click the button below and check it out for yourself! 

I HEART FACES {Beautiful Eyes}

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

This week’s challenge at I Heart Faces is beautiful eyes. This little guy is one of my favorites to photograph because of his GORGEOUS eyes!

Join in on the fun over at I HEART FACES by clicking the button or the link!

Contest WINNER and end of summer savings!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

A HUGE thank you to all of you who participated in SJD Photography’s latest contest! Up for grabs is a FREE session or a disc of all images from a past session. In order to participate, you had to suggest Shannon  J. Dodge Photography’s fan page to your friends, and have them “like” it and post your name on the wall. There were so many names being thrown around on that page, I had a hard time keeping up at one point!

The winner of the contest, with over 120 votes is BRANDI LAWREY!  We had another participant come fairly close, but in the end, Brandi had the most! Congratulations, Brandi, you have won a FREE session! Please email me for details!

And to those of you who did not win, but made a valid effort, I am happy to offer you $50. off your booked session and a FREE 8×10 if you book your session in the next 48 hours! Please email me for details and to book your session!

And now for some end of summer SAVINGS!

Please email or call me if you’d like to order the full high resolution CD of your past 2010/2011 session for only $295.00! This is a HUGE savings of the regularly priced disc of $1,200.00. For those of you who would like prints instead, they are all 30% off!  Hurry because this promotion ends next Wednesday, August 17th, 2011!

Stay tuned for this week’s Wardrobe Wednesday post…


I Heart Faces Challenge {Motherhood}

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

What a great category this week from I Heart Faces!! I LOVE capturing relationships, especially between child and mother and/or father.  This is one of my favorite images ever. It speaks for itself.

Visit I Heart Faces site to see some more beautiful entries!!

Tomorrow is Wednesday and BOY do I have some catching up to do! Be prepared for a few posts!


I Heart Faces – Wind

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Well I guess this entry is more “breeze” than wind. But I still love it anyway.  The lighting, the serenity and the “wind” just speak to me.

You can click here to see other awesome entries this week!! LOVE the talent I find on this site.

I’m looking forward to blogging a wedding a did a few months ago. :) Stay tuned!


I Heart Faces {Sun Flare}

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Ohhhhhh I LOOOOOVE a good sun flare! This week’s challenge at I Heart Faces is sun flare and I knew the shot I wanted to use. It is a recent image from a wedding I photographed. Just look how happy Daddy and Daughter are in that moment.  You can truly tell she’s still his little girl…

To see some more awesome sun flare shots, check out I Heart Faces!


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