EngagEd: Free Engagement Session Contest

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The time has come! I am excited to announce Zorz Studios’ first contest, EngagEd, in which I give away a complimentary engagement session (and more!) to three lucky winners!


Engagement session, also referred to as an “e-session,” is a separate photography session with a couple, conducted prior to the wedding. It is usually held outdoors on a location of the couple’s choice, in casual attire, and is carried out in a mixture of lifestyle, photojournalistic, and portraiture styles. I like walking with the couple in the city or in the wild, when they interact, play and fool around. It could be a park, a nightclub, or an apartment. A mix of romance and urban edge is possible. And why not throw in some daring photos, grabbing attention?

The contest’s hot prizes are:

  • 3rd place – complimentary e-session
  • 2nd place – complimentary e-session and 20-page album of session’s images
  • 1st place – complimentary e-session and free wedding photography service (covers time of the primary shooter)

Invited are all engaged couples! If you are not, think of your friends and rush them over here! As a destination wedding photographer, I welcome people not only in the NYC metro area, but from across the country as long as they are responsible for travel and accommodation for one good fella… The couple must be willing to appear on my blog with their story. To claim the Grand Prize, I must be available on their wedding date.

Enter by submitting your vision of the e-session, along with a photo of you two and few more details. The cooler and the more challenging your vision is to execute (which I LOVE and hope for!), the higher the chance of having it done, for free! Into role-playing? So am I! Adventurous dare-devils? Meet Ed. Love quiet moments and dreaming of Renaissance? I burn the candles through the night in studio filled with classical music…

Keep one point in mind – this is not a raffle but a contest. In return for a valuable service and skills, you need to bring an intriguing idea to the table. I can certainly come up with mine but then I charge! 🙂 If you thought of something new since your submission, feel free to re-enter. Think of places you can take me to – firehouse, fashion magazine editor’s office, theater’s backstage, desert, and so on… See where I am going?

The link to the entry form is posted below. Three judges, including truly yours, will pick the three finalists. They will be announced in Zorz Studios’ blog and all visitors will be able to cast their vote for who they believe is the nicest and coolest. Entrants will be encouraged to invite their families and friends to vote, of course!

Entries accepted through December 31st.
Finalists announced on January 10th.
Voting ends on January 31st.
Results posted on February 1st.

Don’t let anyone miss out! Forward this to all your friends and spread the word! Nominate your neighbors, friends, family, and of course YOURSELF. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this!

Submission Ended

11/17/08 update: Tam-ta-da-dam! I welcome Noah from Savannah, GA as the first contest entrant! In conversations, I also heard some of my booked brides are gathering their thoughts… Keep them coming! While there is time till New Year’s, if you don’t enter now, you will have less time around Christmas! Don’t start 2009 with a regret! Take time today to think well about the vision, and jump in!

12/31/08 update: The contest submission is ending today. Judges, please click below to log in using a password sent to you via e-mail. We have until 01/09/09 to select the three finalists who will be later positioned by the popular vote of site visitors.

Judges Login

01/09/09 update: Hooray! The finalists have been determined and the voting is now open! I pushed the announcement from 01/10/09, expecting to be busy shooting a wedding and preparing for a trip to Phoenix, AZ tomorrow. Click below to see the finalists and vote. I invite and welcome all visitors and friends of the finalists! Help them make one step further and win free wedding photography service!

Vote for Finalists!

02/01/09 update: And the voting has been closed. What a turnaround! More than 600 votes! The winners will be announce on Sunday 02/01/2009 at around noon time EST. If you woke up early morning this Sunday, get back to the bed! Leave some energy for Super Bowl.

See the Winners!

03/17/09 update: See the cool results of the first engagement session (1st place winners) here.

Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.


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  3. Lane says:

    we’ll be sure to send some folks your way.

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