EngagEd: Free Engagement Session Contest 2013-14

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Was this yearly engagement contest tradition too good and exciting to handle a year ago? Well, I skipped it then but two years after the previous thrill, the famous Zorz Studios’ contest is back! 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!


What? 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 offbeat 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:

  • Grand prize – free engagement session and wedding day photography service (covers time of the primary shooter)
  • Runner-up – free engagement session

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.

Who? 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 but are eligible to enter for an e-session only (or an additional session if e-session is already packaged). To claim the Grand Prize, I must be available on winners’ wedding date.

How? 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 periodically burn the candles through the night in a 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 original 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? Only the best five entrants will make it to the final round of public voting.

The link to the entry form on Zorz Studios’ Facebook page is posted below. Three judges, including truly yours, will pick the five finalists. They will be announced on Zorz Studios’ blog and placed for public voting on Zorz Studios’ Facebook page. All our fans 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 January 12, 2014.
Finalists selected, announced, and public voting begins on January 19.
Public voting ends on February 2.
Winners of the free engagement session contest announced by February 4.

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


01/19/14 UPDATE: We have the five finalists! They are, in no particular order: Gisselle Baluarte, Natalie Povolotskaya, Joseph Pasaoa, Kate Soloveva, and Eric Stepanov. Let the voting for the two winners begin! Click below to vote, and use the Share button below to invite your friends on Facebook to vote, too!

02/03/14 UPDATE: We have the winners!!! The voting has ended and we warmly congratulate Larisa and Eric on winning the Grand prizefree engagement session and wedding day photography service! Our enthusiastic applauses also go to Kate and Ilya for scoring the second winning place, securing another free engagement session! We thank everyone who thought of their friends and took time to cast their votes. To cheer up the remaining three finalists, we will be making some sweet offers to them, too. 🙂

Contest Results

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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