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2014’s Winners Are………

The day is here, and I’m so excited to announce this year’s winning couple. Couple #2 Carrie and Jason! They won by a landslide with over 400 votes. A lot of funny comments and friends expressing their happiness for them and wishing them the best for their future.  We had a chance to meet with this couple recently and I am looking forward to getting to know them better. They were a sweet couple with a great sense of humor and I cannot wait to see their plans unfold. Congratulations again and thank you all for your votes. unnamed

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2014 Finalists Are:

And here are their stories…….3 lucky couples hoping for that chance to win their wedding photography for their big day. Remember to cast your vote this Wednesday from 9a.m. to 10p.m. that evening. The winning couple will be announced on Valentine’s Day!! Thank you all again for your nominations……best of luck to you all! Share with your family and friends that it’s up to them to make the votes count!


To vote: Simply send an e-mail to me at and let me know the name or number of your pick to be the winner, that’s all you gotta do!

Couple #1 Amanda and Lee

Both of us were born and raised in the fine city of Cleveland, which makes us huge Brown’s fans…..we met about 5 year’s ago when a large group of us went to a game. I’d known Lee in passing over the year’s but was not real close to him. That particular game we ended up sitting next to each other…..the game was intense and the excitement got the better of me and I spilled my beer into Lee’s lap…I thought for sure he’d be mad, but we had a good laugh. I made it up to him by buying him a beer the next night. We found we had so much in common with each other and knew some common friends from our year’s in school. I previously was married and have two young girl’s, so I was a little concerned he wouldn’t want to get involved with me, but I found he loves kids (score) and had no hesitations. He’s been really great with the girl’s and they adore him just the same. Lee proposed to me at you guessed it, a Brown’s game.  They lost that day, and I was feeling blue…but as the stadium cleared out, Lee insisted we wait till we left. By the time most of the seats were empty and I was growing anxious to go, Lee got down on one knee before me and the girl’s and our friend’s and popped the question. It was the best day ever! We just are happy to take part in this contest and hope to win. We look forward to starting this new chapter of our lives together.

Couple #2 Carrie and Jason

Jason and I met through mutual friends in 2005 during a ski trip to Seven Springs. We quickly caught each other’s eye while buying our lift tickets and by the end of the day we found ourselves riding the lift together, laughing and sharing some great conversations.  We dated for a few months but decided to go our separate ways since we were living in different cities.  Fast forward to January 2011 and we found ourselves once again flirting on the ski lift.  Our friendship grew over the months and eventually developed into an amazing relationship full of love and laughter.  I never realized how much joy a sense of humor could bring to my life and Jason learned how happy he was when someone with a big heart was willing to share a little with him .Jason proposed to me on my birthday, December 15th 2014.  We feel that we deserve to win because we waited patiently for “THE ONE”. This is especially true in our case since we spent 6 years apart and during that time we both experienced many twists and turns in life.   It’s been said if you love something set it free and if it returns it’s meant to be. We believe our love will last the rest of our lives and after meeting Kama and Marty, we realized they’re the perfect couple to help us celebrate the beginning of our lives together.

Couple #3 Samantha and Justin

We met at the bowling alley on a Friday night 3 year’s ago. Justin and a group of his friends were playing near us and we got to talking with them. I would have to say for Justin, it was love at first sight. He was cute, and funny…but I wouldn’t call it love. But we exchanged numbers and meet soon after for a dinner and movie and the rest is history. We get on really well together and I adore the way he makes me laugh all the time. He has a really big family so it’s been great getting to know them these past couple of year’s and feeling part of them. I come from a small family, with one sister. Both our families get on so well and we can’t wait to make it official this coming October. Justin proposed to me on a weekend get-a-way in Gatlinburg, TN last fall. He know’s how I love autumn and we took a walk down by a lake where he had laid out a picnic for the two of us and in the middle of the colorful leafs was this diamond ring. I got so excited I knocked the ring and lost it in the leaves for a few minutes…haven’t taken it off since! We feel we deserve to win cause we we love each other and can’t wait to make this commitment in front of our friends and family.


So there you have it……be sure to cast one vote per person this coming Wednesday only. Just let me know the couple you choose. Remember, it’s your vote’s that decide which one of these three couple’s will win!

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2014 Wedding Contest Is Here!!!

The time is here and I can honestly say it crept up on me…it’s time for this year’s contest for some lucky couple to get their wedding photography FREE! This year will be the 5th year I’ve done this and it’s such a joy for me. Being able to give back…it’s a special day and I am so thankful to be able to do this job. I’ve met so many great people and doing these weddings is always a highlight of my year.

Rules To Enter:

*Couples may nominate themselves, or be nominated by another person.
*Couple cannot be previously booked with another photographer for their wedding and break contract.
*Couple must have a wedding date set for 2014.
*Couples must agree to have their stories put online.
How It Works:
-In subject line, please put Nomination for Free Wedding Photography Give-Away
-Please e-mail how the couple met, their proposal story and why they deserve to win. Their wedding date and location(s).
-Send a digital photo of the couple (will be used for announcing the winner)
-Couple’s contact information.
-One vote per person please.

-The  finalist couples will be announced on February 10, 2014 here on the blog.
-Voting will begin Wednesday, February 12th at 9a.m.-10 p.m. (before and after that time will not be counted.)
-Again, one vote per person please.
-The winner’s will be announced here on the blog on Friday, February 14th at 12 p.m.
-Voting will be conducted by friend’s and family of the couple. The winner’s are chosen by who got the most votes. So be sure to share the new’s with everyone.
-Engagement Session
-Six Hours Coverage
-Edited DVD with Copyright

So if you know someone newly engaged, put in the good word for them…share the love.

I’ll be looking forward to seeing the results and sharing more with you soon! Good luck!

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2013 Wedding Photography Winner!

The moment is finally here…..

Each year brings so much excitement with running this contest and at the same time it brings me a bit of sadness as well. I cheer on every couple with each vote and wish them all the same success, but in the end only one couple wins. This year was a real nail biter. This was the first year a couple was in the lead for a great portion of it, but then another couple ended up passing them and winning. By a mere 39 votes. I know that each couple fought hard to get into the number one spot with posting it to their family and friends and even the kindness of strangers. I say every year, it’s all about the push of the votes. I watch my computer become over loaded with countless votes. It’s just as much a thrill for me cause even I don’t know how it’s going to pan out until towards the end. I always wish I could be there to see when the couple get’s the news. The sheer excitement and joy.

Their wedding will take place later this summer in Hilliard. They not only will join in marriage together, but will combine their children together to create a new family. Their relationship started off with a lot of play dates with her daughter and his son and they got on really well. The relationship   continued to grow and now they are ready to start their lives together. I know it is with sadness that each of their mother’s aren’t here to celebrate with them, but they are in spirit and looking down on them. They had a huge support system in this contest. And thanks to their friends Shaina and her sister-in-law, Erin for letting them know about the contest.



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2013 Contest

Here’s the first of announcements to come. I look forward to this each year with much anticipation and excitement I can hardly contain it. I’m on the inside of it all, so I can only imagine what it’s like for the couples. So this year I’m changing things up a bit, I figure I’m my own boss, who’s gonna fire me at my own contest? This year instead of three couples, we are going to have 6 couples!

The couple with the most votes will win:


-Engagement Session

-Up to 6 hours coverage

-Edited DVD and Copyright of Image

Now here comes that nitty gritty, oh so important details…..

For each vote to be counted, these rules must be followed. Pretty please.

-One vote per person please. I won’t accept doubles as I want this to be a fair contest.

-Submit vote’s to KAMA@CANDIDKAMA.COM
-Subject Line must say Amour
-Name the couple OR number for your vote.
-Voting will begin Tuesday, February 12th at 9a.m.-, February 13th at 5p.m. (before and after that time will not be counted.)
-The winner’s will be announced here on the blog on Thursday, February 14th at 10 a.m.
-Voting will be conducted by friend’s and family of the couple. The winner’s are chosen by who got the most votes. So be sure to share the new’s with everyone.
In year’s past I’ve seen some great depths the couples will go to get people’s votes, so get the word out there cause the vote is in your hands!

The Finalists:

#1-Rosie and Kevin
They met while working together in Dublin back in high school.  During her senior year in high school she was dumped right before her prom. She had bought tickets, a dress, and planned an after party, but it would seem it would go to waste.  next week she went to work like any other day only to find Kevin waiting with a rose and an offer to take her to the prom. And after that night they never parted ways. The proposal was just as she would have wanted it. Kevin placed the ring in a bag of one of her favorite sweets, gummi bear’s. As they watched a movie, he asked if she wanted some candy (please say yes!) She reached in the bag and found a wonderful surprise. After nearly 7 year’s of dating, they were excited to begin the next phase in their lives.
#2 Jenni and Mike
Having met back in 2010 when she was hired as his banker, there was a mutual attraction there for both of them. They started off as friends and allowed their relationship to blossom. Having both come out of prior relationships and having kids, they began to bond together. Each year the family travels to Hilton Head for vacation, and while Jenni thought it might happen there, the excitement got the better of her and things didn’t happen as she thought it would, leaving her thinking maybe not now. On the last night of their vacation, Mike, along with all the family took a walk down to the Harbour Town Lighthouse for some last minute photos. Meanwhile Jenni’s dad was prepping to catch the ‘shot’ of that moment she’d been waiting for. He’d had the ring in his pocket and threw it to Mike who got down on one knee to a shocked and yet still surprised Jenni. Both Jenni and Mike have lost their mother’s to cancer, so having their family be a part of this special event meant the world to them.
#3 Zacq and Casey
Both sharing a love for the game volleyball, they had first seen one another at a tournament. Between games Casey would watch Zacq as if he owned the place. She found him to be a bit of a ‘jerk’ if you will. But yet something intrigued her greatly about him as she couldn’t take her eye’s off him. She placed herself on the bench to watch a bit more of this talented player, only to realize that in her tunnel vision she’d sat on a breakfast sandwich. Mortified she stood up to clean herself off when Zacq came to get his sandwich….you know, the one she sat on. Within about a week they had their first date. Zacq surprised her with a New Year’s Eve proposal as the ball dropped, exclaiming that he wanted to spend the rest of his days with her.
#4 Amanda and Steven
Having met while both working as servers at a restaurant, there was an instant attraction for each of them. Over time the families could see they were getting serious. Steven did the honorable, yet hard to swallow meeting with Amanda’s father. He shared his adoration for Amanda and that he wanted to spend his life with her and ask for her hand in marriage. Dale of course welcomed him with open arms. It’s hard to ‘give up’ your daughter, but knowing she’d found herself a great man, it wasn’t so hard. Steven took Amanda to Hocking Hill’s to go horseback riding and to walk around the caves and falls on a beautiful autumn day. They found a nice rock overhang that looked out over the vibrant colors where they talked about their time together and he popped the question!
#5 Matt and Melissa
They met back in 7th grade and have pretty much been together ever since. They dated through college and got more serious and found they didn’t want to be apart. Fast forward all these year’s later, Melissa is obsessed with Zumba. She trains other’s in it as well as going to a friend’s class. Matt on the other hand wanted no part in the activity. Swearing he’d never step foot in a class. Very sneaky. It worked to his advantage when planning is proposal story to Melissa. She was at one of her friend’s classes with a packed room of people. Dancing her heart out, in comes Matt behind her dressed in his best Zumba attire..bright neon colors, enough to require sunglasses. Funny enough she was excited for his being there, but kept on dancing away. Little did she know what was about to go down. Rewind a bit, Matt had been taking lessons in the Zumba moves behind her back to make this moment happen. When the song was over, Matt took off the top t-shirt he had on to reveal to Melissa written on his shirt ‘Will You Marry Me’ And the rest is as they say, History!
#6 Aimee and Christopher
They met each other on E-Harmony and got to know each other and found they wanted to be together pretty quickly. After dating about six months, Christopher was ready to propose to Aimee. Catching her off guard while at home she thought he was playing games with her, to which she at first wasn’t amused, but once down on one knee, the heart melted and they were engaged.  They are both college students making their future paths together.


And so that my friends are 2013’s contestants for this year’s contest. Remember it’s all about the votes. I’m just as eager as you to see who will win! So stay tuned for the voting to begin on the 12th and for the big announcement on Valentines Day!!
Best of Luck to you all~
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