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Operation: Happy Homecoming

Let me start this post off with some little-known facts about yours truly:

I’m a proud military brat. I was born in Germany while my dad was stationed overseas (or I would have been a California girl).  I have serious respect for any person serving our country in uniform: from doctors and nurses to police officers and firefighters. But people in fatigues hold a special soft spot in my heart.

Which brings me to my next point. I’ve been wanting to do a contest for quite some time but wasn’t sure what prize to offer. After some people left suggestions on the official Elle Golden Photography Facebook and Twitter pages, I had a good idea of what kind of contest to host. But then I got truly inspired after reading about the last combat troops leaving Iraq.*

So with great pleasure, I am announcing my first photography contest!

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  • 1 hour-long Love OR Family Session with Elle Golden Photography
  • 1 disc of high resolution, watermark free images with basic edits and a personal printing release
  • $15 print credit to use in the client ordering gallery.
  • Approximate Value: $165
  • If ten or more people enter this contest, I will offer a runner-up prize. That prize will be announced when the contest reaches 10 entrants.

contest, Phillip, Katie, love, couple, farm, Elle Golden Photography


  • Any military couple or family that feels that they deserve to win a free session!
  • At least one person in the session must be an active member of our armed forces.
  • All branches of the military are eligible and having served overseas is not required to win.
  • The military person be willing to wear his/her uniform in at least one set of photos during the session.
  • Friends and family of a serviceman/woman are welcome to enter on their behalf.


  • Send me an email explaining why, in 500 words or less, you or a loved one should be the “Operation: Happy Homecoming” winner.
  • Please include 1 or 2 photos of you with your military loved one. Please keep in mind that these photos may be used in an upcoming Elle Golden Photography blog post announcing finalists.
  • Make sure to include names, ages, city of current residence, and a little information about the serviceman/woman’s military experience (i.e. branch of service, years served, etc.)
  • If entering on the behalf of a friend/family, please include the above information as well.
  • Email your entry to info {at} no later than September 5th, 2010. Comments on this post are certainly welcome, but entries in the comment section will not be eligible to win.

contest, Matt, Kristen, love, couple, engagement, Thomasville, Elle Golden Photography


  • All entries will be reviewed by me and a small panel of impartial judges. We’ll choose our three favorites and I’ll post their entries here on the blog on Friday, September 10th, 2010.
  • Readers will then vote to decide who will win the “Operation: Happy Homecoming” photography session.
  • Voting will end after one week and the winner will be announced on Saturday, September 18th, 2010.

If you know someone who you think deserves this prize, please help spread the word! And even if you’ve never served or don’t know anyone in the military, you’ll be able to appreciate the significance of a military homecoming after watching this:

The Fine Print:

  • Finalists will be announced and public voting will begin Friday, September 10th, 2010. Voting will end after one week and the winner will be announced on Saturday, September 18th, 2010.
  • Winner must claim and confirm their prize through email or phone. Prize session must take place before February 28th, 2010.
  • I will travel up to 45 miles from Thomasville, GA 31792 (as determine by Google Maps) free of charge.
  • If the winner is located outside 45 miles or chooses to hold the session outside the radius, the winner will be responsible for travel fees (reduced by 25%). We will work together to pick an ideal date and location for the session.

*This contest is not the place to discuss the politics of the war or whether ALL the combat troops are really out of Iraq. Neither is it the place to bash President Bush OR President Obama. Any comments I deem as being provocative will be deleted immediately. Thank you in advance for respecting this post AND our armed forces.

  • Jennifer - What a great contest! I can’t wait to see the session with the couple that wins! Military homecomings always bring tears to my eyes!!ReplyCancel

  • Elle - Thanks Jennifer! Be sure to share with people up your way. I know there’s got to be some Ft. Benning military who deserves a free session and I’m willing to travel! 😀ReplyCancel

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  • MIchelle - I wanted to mention, Jackie’s fiance is in Afghanistan right now! He will not be back until December and we all miss him. Jackie and Adam attempt to meet every night on the internet, but Jackie has to stay up until 1 AM to talk to him every night! Thanks for voting!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Hey sweetheart, I was just wondering what the status of the contest is at =D again, thanks so much for even offering such a amazing opportunity!ReplyCancel

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