AISLINN {COMPETITION WINNER}

Recently I held a competition to win a photoshoot with me and $1000 towards your portraits. All you had to do was tell me why you wanted me (and only me) to take your family photos. I received many beautiful responses, for which I am forever grateful. This is the winning submission. If you read it you can tell why Linda HAD to win. Her story of the importance of my photography to her family moved me to tears. Here are some photographs from her family shoot. We all met on the beach and it was important we got some images of the family and of Linda with each of her gorgeous children. I’m so pleased she applied and I’m so happy she loved her photos once again <3 xx

 

“Because In 2005 when my world had fallen apart and my fairytale was broken into pieces, you photographed me and my 5 beautiful children, my youngest a newborn then, and gifted me a bracelet of their 5 beautiful faces … Then in 2014, you photographed me again – this time with newborn twins, and gifted me a necklace with their beautiful faces, and their initials engraved on a silver disc …
Now my oldest is 21! My twins turn 3 on Monday the 23rd, and I’d love to have a portrait with me and my 7 beautiful babies – It’s important that it’s you, because it’s your photos that have journeyed with me over the last 13 years … That have brought me peace when I needed a safe harbour, and a sense of pride and achievement as a single mother …
It was your photos, hung upon my wall, that were the only thing I took from my house in cyclone Marcia … My car had my kids and the 6 portraits you’d done for me over the years, because that’s what’s important in life isn’t it? Family, quality photographs that endure the test of time, that provide memories when time moves on …
That’s why I want to win your competition, because whether I do or not, eventually I will return to you for the next chapter of my story … It has to be you, because unbeknownst to you, when you take a family’s photograph – it’s not just a photo , it’s a piece of art, a thread to the past … Thankyou for choosing photography as your passion … Thankyou for giving me the opportunity to continue my story in photographs … “