Monday, March 7, 2011

you can win a FREE engagement shoot with Lisa O'Dwyer Photography; spread the word!

Yesterday I was walking through one of Dublin's best little secret places, Iveagh Gardens, when I came upon this little heart made of stones. I had noticed a few couples cuddling in the park earlier, so maybe it was one of them? A little idea popped into my head: I would like to offer one lucky couple a chance to win a free engagement photo shoot here, or somewhere in Dublin (or within an hour of Newbridge County Kildare where I live).

Engagement shoots have been included in wedding photography packages in the United States for ages, but have never been popular here in Ireland. Maybe this is what keeps the price of wedding photography so much lower here (in the US, $3000 is the average price of wedding photography which includes the engagement shoot). I offer engagement shoots as an extra add-on to the couples that choose me to photograph their wedding. It's a great way for the couple to relax and see what it's like to be photographed together. It's a great way for me to see how the couple will interact on their wedding day and if one of them might need to be loosened up with a drink beforehand! Plus it's great to have photos of each other without all of the wedding regalia. I think engagement shoots are going to become more popular here and I want YOU to be my models!

Without further ado, I'd like to invite a lucky couple, or a lucky couple and their children if they wish, to enter my first contest. This contest is for a free engagement photo shoot and the disc of all edited images in high-resolution from which you'll be able to print and enlarge at your own convenience. You MUST be free to do the shoot on the 15th of May 2011. This is a Sunday, and I'd like to do some golden sunset photos around 7-8pm if possible. If the time doesn't suit, we can do earlier, BUT the date of May 15 sticks.

How to enter:
1.) You get one entry for "liking" Lisa O'Dwyer Photography on Facebook and posting  (copy and paste this) "I would like to win a FREE engagement shoot with Lisa O'Dwyer Photography because..." under the CONTEST post on my Facebook page.
2.) You can get an extra entry if you post a comment below this post here on my blog on why you would like to win. Please write your email there so I contact you if you win.
3.) You get an additional entry if you Tweet on Twitter "Lisa O'Dwyer Photography wants YOU to enter a contest for a FREE engagement photo shoot in Dublin

So you have the option to get THREE entries per person. One for "liking" and posting a comment on my Facebook page, two for posting a comment below on my blog, and three for Tweeting about the contest (please leave a comment below on the blog to tell me that you have tweeted and what your Twitter name is).

***This contest will end on the 21st of March. You have two weeks! The winners name will be selected at random and contacted by email. You do NOT have to book me for your wedding photographer. You don't even have to have a wedding date set! You just have to be in LOVE!

Spread the word however you can!!!


  1. I would like to win a FREE engagement shoot with Lisa O'Dwyer Photography because;

    Down on one knee
    The moment had come
    The question was asked
    And the answer was won
    Teardrops and Smiles
    Were all I could do
    For the one that I'd chosen
    Had chosen me too

    Oh to go back
    To that special time
    To capture the moment
    And it to enshrine
    In a frame of wood
    For us to see
    And remind us daily
    What made us 'we'


  2. I would like to win a FREE engagement shoot with Lisa O'Dwyer Photography because I think Lisa has a fantastic eye for capturing those moments that you want to keep forever!

    Aoife Collins

  3. That love-heart is so sweet Lisa - and great prize for some lucky couple!

  4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
    From 1 Corinthians 13:4.


  5. Thanks Clodagh, Aoife, and Madeleine for your entries!

  6. posted on facebook and twitter.... Just got engaged on new years day so it would be a great gift for the both of us :P

    Lyn and Pat

  7. I would like to win a FREE engagement shoot with Lisa O'Dwyer Photography because we have had so much ups and downs over the past 6 years that we have been together and with our Wedding being next year this photo shoot will show people that we are in it for the long haul as it will be the first step to our new life together xxxxxxx

  8. I would like to win a FREE engagement shoot with Lisa O'Dwyer Photography because.... I'd give it to my sister in law Mary who's just a complete sweetheart and is getting married at the end of the year. I'm her Matron of Honor and am beyond thrilled at being asked!

  9. 'a picture says a thousand words'.... in that moment of time nothing else matters, capturing the intensity of their love when words cannot express the feeling.


  10. Thanks everyone for your entries! And Shauna, can you send me your email to in case you win? Thanks!

  11. Hi lisa, sorry, forgot the e-mail!

  12. I would love to win a free engagement shoot with Lisa O Dwyer because I know this exciting and magical time is a once in a lifetime experience, I know Lisa can capture this special time on camera and I can re-live it every time I admire her work above my fireplace for years to come.

  13. Hi! I want am engagement shoot please! Lisa, I love your work and would love to be part of it. Have also re-tweeted. Sarah, notsowitty

  14. I would love to win a free engagement shoot with you lisa because my finance gave me such a wonderfull keepsake to remember his proposal that being the ring now I would like to give him keepsake photos from your fantastic work!!

  15. I would like to win a FREE engagement shoot with Lisa O'Dwyer Photography because Lisa's work is really amazing. In fact, the best out of all the wedding photography I have seen. Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday Lisa!

  16. What a great idea! we'd like to win a free engagment shoot with Lisa O'Dwyer Photography because where we got engaged 'The Rock of Dunamaise' is a truly fab place. Plus I was in such shock that day that I forgot to take a photo of it! so it would be fitting to go back with a professional at sunset and get clicking !

    siobhan :


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