Update (08/02 at 5pm): The giveaway is now closed! A big thank you goes out to everyone who left a comment. The winner will be announced on Monday, 08/06.
Photos of family and friends have a way of making a place feel warm, inviting and well, like home. With just a few frames or a picture rail, a plain wall can suddenly become a focal point that tells a story about the people who live in the space.
In the spirit of helping to add a more personal touch to your home, we've teamed up with Northern California photographer Nancy Nguyen-Wong to give away a $500 gift certificate that can be applied towards a photo session and prints/products.
To enter the contest, just leave a comment telling us: What's your favorite photo in your home and why? We posed this question to members of the AT:SF team as well, and you can read our answers and get all the contest rules after the jump.
Lisa: We take photos everyday and mostly display them in rotation on a monitor that's in our living room. Resolution matters little with screen display, and the volume we're shooting means there's a new favorite almost every week. This week's contender is a picture of our 19-month-old that my husband took with his iPhone on the day he got it. The phone is much more unobtrusive than a camera, so it's easy to capture fully candid moments in close-up. I love how totally gleeful and open my daughter's expression is in this image.
Leslie: All my personal photos are on my computer at this point...so due to a lack of time and a long to-do list, the only photo I have framed and displayed is by Joel Meyerowitz, which I bought shortly after 9/11. New York has always been very close to my heart. I love this photo for several different reasons: Its sheer beauty. Its reminder of how quickly things can change, and how life is short. And its depiction of warm, lighted homes, and a city in which you're surrounded by neighbors I find that really comforting.
Danielle: My favorite photo in my home is of my little brother. He's about six in it, and has a huge smile squeezing his eyes shut but revealing the absence of his two front teeth. The photo is framed with two others, my mom on the left and my dad and me on the right. The triptych as a whole is special to me because it represents my entire blood-related nuclear family, the core people in my tangle of "blended" families.
Anh-Minh: There's a photo in our living room of my husband and I are on our wedding day standing in front of this old yellow school bus that has colorful pictures painted all over it. I love the contrast between our formality and the funkiness of the bus. To me, it's a bit representative of that entire day.
Although Nancy's site, Bug and Bean Photography, highlights her work with children, she is open to snapping other subject matters. For example, this is a great opportunity to score beautiful engagement photos or perhaps a long overdue family portrait. If you're an artist looking to get a porfolio together, you could use the session to photograph your work.
- One entry per person.
- The AT:SF team will pick the winner.
- The photo session details will be agreed upon between the winner and Nancy. She usually works anywhere from Sacramento to San Jose.
- The contest deadline is Thursday, August 2, at 5pm (Pacific Time).
- The winner will be announced on Monday morning.
That's it! Now let us know which photo you treasure most and why.
(Just a heads-up: Once a winner is chosen, we'll be asking him/her to email the photo to us so we can share it with the AT community.)