EngagEd: Free Engagement Session Contest 2012 (Winners!)

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After three long years, the famous Zorz Studios’ contest is back! The tradition will go on, and I am pleased to announce my next EngagEd contest, in which I give away a complimentary engagement session (and more!) not to one, but two lucky winners!

Engagement session, also referred to as an “e-session,” is a separate photography session with an engaged couple, usually conducted months prior to the wedding. The advanced type of this session became one of the hallmarks of my studio’s style, characterized by a fashionable, daring, and adventurous production, creating results seen in the slideshow above. This contest is for such couples, ready to herald and kick off their new life with impact!

The contest’s hot prizes are:

  • Runner-up – complimentary e-session and a 20-page album of session’s images
  • Grand Prize – complimentary e-session and free wedding photography service (covers time of the primary shooter)

Note: Third-party fees associated with e-session are optional but are likely to occur, being clients’ responsibility. Examples are permits, rentals, and transportation. Free photography service on the wedding day covers time of the primary shooter, a $4,000 value. Additional post-wedding services and products are optional.

Invited are all engaged, unmarried couples! If you are not, show your love to 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 and the world as long as they cover travel and accommodation for one low-maintenance fella… The couple must be willing to appear on my blog with their story. Clients already booked with Zorz Studios or other studio are welcome to enter, eligible for e-session only. To claim the Grand Prize, I must be available on winners’ wedding date.

Enter by submitting your vision of the epic 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 count on!), the higher the chance of having it done, for free! Into role-playing? So am I! Indulging fashionista? My background in commercial and fashion photography will pamper your visual desires. 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. There is no lucky chance for a quick entry. In return for a valuable service and skills, you need to bring an intriguing and new idea to the table. I can certainly come up with mine but then I charge my fees. Think of places you can take me to — abandoned habitats, fashion magazine editor’s office, car junk yard, theater’s backstage, scorched 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 placed in a public voting system. All visitors will be able to cast their vote for who they believe has the  coolest concept. Entrants will be encouraged to invite their families and friends to vote, of course! Live progression of the scores will be made public.

Entries accepted through February 26
Finalists selected, announced, and public voting begins on March 4
Public voting ends on March 25
Winners announced on March 26

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 again!

Submit Entry
(Submissions closed, check back for the finalists)

01/30/12 UPDATE: I warmly welcome the very first entrant, Erica from North Carolina with a vision of incorporating a dazzling powwow ceremonial dance! What a start! Keep up the spirit, friends!

03/04/12 UPDATE: And the three finalists are here!!! It is your time now to cast your vote and show your support for your friends! Visit Zorz Studios’ Facebook page, click the “Contest” button under the main photo, show me that you “like” what I am doing for your friends (yep, that “like” button), and vote for them! The couple who gets the most votes will win not only an e-session but the wedding day photography coverage (!), so why not make an extra effort and tell your other friends about this, too? Let’s make some waves here! On to our Facebook page, guys!

EngagEd: Free Engagement Session Contest 2012 (Winners!) by Zorz Studios
Kayla and Matthew
“My vision for an epic engagement session is high fashion meets Disneyland! When I tell people that I’m getting married at Disneyland, they think that it is childish, or little kid, or immature. I want to prove them wrong! Disney can be fashion forward, edgy, sexy and cool, and I want you to help me prove that to them. We would do the shoot in Disneyland Park itself, as well as the new California Adventure Park. We wouldn’t be wearing typical tourist gear, oh no… but my fiancé could adorn a sparkly sexy dress; a complete contrast to what you would expect at Disney. The setting would be night, under all of Disney’s magical lights.”
EngagEd: Free Engagement Session Contest 2012 (Winners!) by Zorz Studios
Erica and Jorge
“Our vision is to have a completely unique engagement session at an American Indian powwow in NC. All my life, I have danced in powwows, festivals of song and dance that are breathtaking, colorful, energetic events for participants and spectators alike! Driving from the urban area of Durham to the powwow, down rural roads surrounded by corn and cotton fields, to the completely unexpected, vibrant powwow. NC has the highest population of Indians East of the Mississippi and this is a great chance to highlight our culture and celebrate our upcoming marriage!”
EngagEd: Free Engagement Session Contest 2012 (Winners!) by Zorz Studios
Julia and Max
“I’ve always dreamt of dressing up in those exquisite outfits of the 1700’s, so I think an amazing and challenging engagement photo session would be to portray Marie Antoinette’s passion for love. The extravagant lifestyle, the lavish tea parties and her secret love affairs.”


03/25/12 UPDATE:
And we have

Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled and happy to announce the winners:

  • Grand Prize winners: Kayla and Matthew, with their “Fashionably Sexy at Disneyland” theme
  • Runners-up: Julia and Max, with their “Marie Antoinette’s Passion for Love” theme

My sincere congratulations to you, guys! My dear readers, check back as I will be writing new blogs to keep you updated on the winners’ photo shoots! They are promising to be spectacular!

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.


  1. Barbara Glass says:

    I love what you are doing for these young couples in Love who want to have incredible photos done at their wedding by a world renowned Photographer.

    I would like to mention that Kayla and Matt are getting married at Disneyland. Next to their photograph it has the description of another couple. I am sure that it is a mistake and was posted twice. I would like to see them have the opportunity to win this contest. I thought I would tell you about the discrepancy. Thank you! Barbara Glass

    • Ed Hafizov says:

      Dear Barbara, thank you for the catch. I fixed it immediately and I suppose it was a temporary glitch as no one reported it before. Additionally, the actual voting screen has had the correct descriptions.

      I appreciate your time to write and your kindest feedback!

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