March 26, 2013

i haven't blogged about this?

Have you ever seen a contest on Facebook, or gotten a phone call about a contest, and you just didn't enter because well, who wins those things anyway? I've entered countless contests and have never won a single thing. I swear there's an exclusive group of "contest winners" and they are chuckling in their pile of cameras and home decorating supplies. I kid. Maybe. ;) 

Diana Palmer (known to the photog world as "Yan") is one of the most talented film photographers out there. She has a brilliant mind and sees people in a fresh, and unique way. Her photography motto is "Hip and Honest Lifestyle Photography." She instagrams at @yanpalmer and her use of light has my jaw on the floor constantly. It gets annoying. ;) 

I saw that Let the Kids (another fantastic blog about fun and beautiful family/children photography) was running a contest. HA. Another contest? Scrolling over that one... on to the next post in my feed! But my eyes caught the words "Yan... Get Back... Workshop." Okay maybe I'll check it out. The prize of this contest was a spot in Diana's "Get Back" Workshop... which is dedicated to helping artists get back to why they became artists in the first place. I was itching to go. I had even talked to my friend Hannah about it a few days before. "I would love to go but, whoooeee the price is steep!" 

You had to make a video to enter the contest. I wanted to go to that workshop so bad, so I went up to the bathroom (best. light. in the house) and used my phone and filmed a 1 minute video. It was choppy, messy, and completely me. I uploaded it to Vimeo and WAITED SO PATIENTLY (...) for Friday to roll around when she would announce the winners. I kept saying to myself, "Ellie, you probably won't win. She will be getting tons of entries. Just prepare yourself." But I prayed. And hoped. And dreamed.  (I've included the video here, in case you haven't seen it ;))

Well Friday did come, and I plumb forgot about the contest. I was laying on our couch, scrolling through my Facebook feed when I saw that Rachael had posted this on my wall.

I caught my breath. "Why would my... what day is it? Oh MY GOSH IT IS FRIDAY." I fumbled around to click on the link and open up the post. I scrolled through all of the pictures (sorry Lexia, I went back and looked at your work, phenomenal, really.) and saw it. 

That... that's my name. It felt like I had been punched in the gut, but in a good way. Is that possible? I literally sprung off the couch and started jumping and running all over the house shouting, "I WON, I WON, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!"My sisters thought I was crazy. And I was... am. But I felt so blessed and so wonderful in that moment. Still can't get over it. 

A few phone calls to Hannah, and my mom (who was out of town) later and I still couldn't stop smiling. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. As I was thinking about everything, I realized something else. I love surprises. Like parties, visits from friends, anything. I. Love. Them. I don't think that it was an accident that I forgot that it was Friday and that Diana was announcing the winners. God knows I love surprises, and I think He wanted to bless me in that way. How cool.  I am so blessed and humbled that I am able to attend her workshop.

And that's the cool story of the month folks. 


Emily Ann Putzke said...

Awww that's SO awesome, Ellie!!! Congrats!!

Unknown said...

I remember seeing you freeeeaking out all over the place ;) when this happened & I had no clue about what. I was just confused! haha but now, NOW, I get it. goodness, what a sweet sweet thing! SO excited for you to go & have a blast and make even MORE amazing images + art. You're talented, don't doubt that for a second, and this workshop is going to be so blessed by you being there! xoxo

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Elisha said...

Whoop! I already knew about this.. but so excited for youu!! xo

Hannah Nicole said...


THAT was a good day.

I love this. and that phone call. good grief I could hardly breath. but screaming is easier than breathing. we were despicable me tim bob phil right there alright.


Madison said...

Ah! Surprises are awesome. And God had this one planned out especially for you! That's such a wonderful thought. :) I'm so excited for you Ellie. I know you're going to have a blast!



marcia said...

first of all, you are just freakin' cute. and second CONGRATS! that is so cool!!

Alexxus K. Farmer said...

this is awesome.

imrachelnicole said...

That is SO awesome.


You def deserve it.

Have fun!


claire said...

congrats! that's sooo exciting! xx

Catherine Grace said...

ASDJASLDKJ SO happy for you but you already new that !!! :D

Eve Victorie said...

Ahhh!! So excited for you!! :D

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Emma said...

WOW! :) Congrats Ellie! I hope you benefit from this workshop and have fun! :)
ps. I never win anything either, I totally agree, there probably is a group of winners sitting with their fancy prizes somewhere. ;)

Gloria {Lia} said...

Ahhh congratulations, Ellie! I'm so happy for you! I can totally relate to the feeling of being punched in the a good way, haha. I've won like 2-3 giveaways in the past and I felt the same way. :)

Anonymous said...

Good for YOU! and I couldn't think of anyone else who would deserve it more. ;)

Anonymous said...

YAY!! I'm really excited for you, ellie! It's going to be really fun for you :D Have a blast for me!