• It's a Contest!... A Big One!!

I don’t do many contests on my blog. Some people have a contest like EVERYDAY! …not me. I think that’s because I’m not a competitive person and so I don’t even think about having contests!!!  I don’t like competition at ALL… my sister got all of the competitive genes in our family. I was the cheerleader….. with pom poms and everything. So even though I’m not a huge fan of contests in my own life, I still think there needs to be a contest today on the blog!! Here’s the deal….I’m hosting a workshop in a little over a month and I’m SO excited about it!  If you missed “The Workshop Experience” announcement

you can view it HERE!  So today, I’m hosting a little contest and the WINNER will receive a FREE workshop seat!!!! Yes! I said FREE!!!! This is going to be exciting!! Here are the rules:



If you’re interested in coming to the workshop, tell me about WHY you want to come!! I want to hear about how this workshop would help you and your business right now! Share some of your story and your  journey into photography! Paint a picture of where you are now and where you want to go with your business in the future!!  I’m all about telling YOUR STORY! I love reading and hearing about other’s adventures in this crazy industry and so I’m going to ask you to share it! Here are the instructions:



1. BLOG your story (Or post it on your fanpage if you don’t have a blog).  Share why this workshop would be a HUGE help to your business and give us a little background about how you have gotten to where you are today! Share YOUR story!  (Deadline is tomorrow night at 10pm EST)


2. Announce your blog post via facebook and twitter (if you have one) using #theworkshopexperience


3. Leave a comment with a link that lets me know where I can find your story!! 



** The Winner will be announced on Thursday!!  Good luck!! Can’t wait to hear from you!!**

And because a post is ALWAYS more fun with a picture….here’s a favorite from The Workshop Experience last fall!

90 Comments Photography
  1. Amanda reply

    Oh my gosh this is genius. One question though…if I’ve already bought a seat could I still enter to win?? :)

  2. Melissa reply

    Dying here…I would give my right arm to come to this workshop. :) Here is my post…Simple and Sweet – like me.

  3. Rachel Tatem reply

    This is such an amazing opportunity!

  4. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Ah! I’m so excited! I can’t believe you’re doing this!!! I typed up a real quick story of my photography and you can view it here: . Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this!! Even if I don’t win the spot I know someone else will really appreciate this gift! I would post this to Facebook or Twitter but I don’t have either…sorry! ;) I can’t wait to see who wins!!

  5. Brittani reply

    Here goes nothing! I’m getting super honest…

  6. casey Hollins reply

    I wasn’t sure if my previous comment was accepted…so here goes…I shared my story here: I also shared everything on Facebook here and then on twitter here:!/CHollinsPhotog I will have my fingers crossed until you announce the winner! Thank you for the opportunity!

  7. Ashley DeYoung reply

    I’d love to win a spot! :-)

  8. Katie Nesbitt reply

    Ohhh seeing this has gotten me all excited! I was having such a depressing day and now I’m all pumped up again! Here’s my entry!!!!!!

  9. Michael Alsop reply

    Can’t wait to read through these, and to meet you all at the Workshop Experience!!! I’ll be the one making sure Katelyn stays on time and does not lose her voice!! Good Luck!!!

  10. Sandy reply

    I am so excited you are doing this! I would love to attend your workshop!

  11. Marissa Lynn reply

    Katelyn I can’t begin to tell you how happy I would be to get this chance to learn from you! You’re an amazing photographer & woman! Here is the link! xoxo

  12. Rachel Archer reply

    Katelyn… you are an angel to give us a chance like this! I would hate to be in your position! These stories are beautiful! Well, here is my attempt.

  13. Heather Holleger reply

    Thanks SO SO much for this opportunity!! You can see my entry here: PLEASE excuse the not professional blog! My new one is still in the works! :)

  14. Heather Holleger reply

    Oh and I don’t know if I did anything right. When I blogged it went to facebook, so I think that is considered sharing? I tried twitter too. Yes I am technology challenged sometimes!!! :)

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  16. rachel harrod reply

    Katelyn … I am so greatful that you are having this contest, and thank you so much for thinking about everyone’s story! Here is the link to my story on my blog: you can also find it on my twitter account @Rahphotog and my photography facebook page: Thank you for being so amazing!

  17. Danielle Coons reply

    “Most people don’t know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don’t get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life. ” Brian Andreas

    Thank you for being one of those angels. I hope I have the opportunity to learn from you!!! Thank you for all you do.

  18. Julianna reply

    Pick me! Pick me! Hahaha juuuuust kidding. Look at you being all competitive, Katelyn! Proud of you! Next stop: Spades.

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  20. Abby Grace reply

    This is one of the many reasons I admire you- I love how generous you are! Good luck to all the entrants!

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  22. Paula Bartosiewicz reply

    Hi Katelyn! I would love the opportunity to come learn from you! I am really looking to take my business to the next level and hope you chose me!

  23. Sarah Blanks reply

    Katelyn! You are awesome! Thank you so much for this opportunity! Good luck to all the entrants!

  24. Carmaleta Ann reply

    OMG! I am so excited! I nearly fell out of my chair when I read your blog today. Here is a link to my story
    I am so excited, or did I mention that already?!?!

  25. Paula Bartosiewicz reply

    This is such an amazing opportunity! I would love to learn from you! I hope I get chosen :) Here is my story:

  26. Kelly Ewell reply

    Wow, I wouldn’t have words to say how excited I would be if I won a seat to your next workshop. But I put a few together to be able to post about my creative journey at I also posted to my FB page at, but I don’t use Twitter.

  27. Sarah Blanks reply

    Thanks you so much Katelyn! You are wonderful! Good luck to all the entrants :)

  28. Katie Yuen reply

    KATELYN!! I was so excited to see this you have NO IDEA! I would give anything to go to your workshop!! Read about it here! :)

  29. Lara Van Klompenburg reply

    This contest is so exciting!!! What a dream come true!! I am having so much fun reading all of the other entries, so before I forget, here is mine! <3

  30. Jennifer reply

    What a great opportunity you are giving all of us! No matter who tales the prize, we’re all winners by just following you:: Thank you!!!

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  32. Karen Allen reply

    Katelyn, I can’t even begin to say thank you for the opportunity!! Learning from you would be beyond amazing!! You are a blessing to this industry!!

  33. Katelyn McKay reply

    Oh my goodness!! This is so amazing! You don’t know how much I’ve been wanting to come to this! My new blog is in the making, so I posted it on my old blog, but here’s the link:

    Eeeek!! I’m SO excited!!

  34. Katy Martin reply

    Here’s my submission!!
    Thanks for this opportunity to share our lives with you–you’re awesome.

  35. Samm Hawes formerly Schulz reply

    Just saying I love Katy Martin and have enjoyed watching her grow at Virginia tech….

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  37. Francesca Caputo reply

    What an exciting and generous opportunity! Thank you, Katelyn for making today a little less…blah. :)

  38. Katie Bernard reply

    This is absolutely amazing, and its wonderful that you are offering this. Please read my story!

  39. Blythe Klippstein reply

    How incredibly sweet of you to host this contest!!

  40. Jessica Cortes reply

    Thank you for this incredible opportunity! Here is my story! You are a big part of it! :)

  41. Amelia Renee reply

    well, here goes nothing! (or maybe something!:) I don’t envy your having to choose a winner…SO many great entries! fb page: twitter:!/AmeliaRenee aaand the blog post is here:

  42. Sarah reply

    Thanks for the amazing opportunity – I think we all have our fingers crossed & you have a tough job ahead of you. Good Luck everybody. & tweeted (@sarahrgoodwin) & FB (Sarah Goodwin Photography)

  43. Amelia Renee reply

    Wow! There are SO many good entries! I don’t envy you having to choose the winner. my fb page iS: twitter:!/ameliarenee and the blog post! :

  44. Ashley Link reply

    Thank you for this opportunity! :)

  45. ashley barnett reply

    LOVE this Katelyn! I’m sure Jen will chime in, but she wrote an absolutely amazing post (that made me cry first thing in the morning haha) to enter!

  46. ellie reply

    I like to call it: Journey to the Center of the Earth. Or: How I Started This Crazy Thing Called Business. Either one. ;)

    p.s. this rocks. this whole idea of a contest rocks. i am your biggest fan. ;)

  47. Nancy Mitchell reply

    Oh how I would LOVE to enter this contest, but unfortunately timing isn’t right for me this time:( Whomever wins….will surely benefit tremendously! I can’t wait to meet ya in OCTOBER Katelyn! You totally are a huge inspiration to me! Continue being AMAZING!

  48. Ashley Jock reply

    Here is my entry! Thank you so much for this opportunity!! You are going to make someone’s dream come true!!!

  49. Veronica Hudley reply

    I don’t see my comment from last night, so I’m commenting again :) Sorry if it ends up showing twice. I want to say thank you, again, for holding this contest. You are truly an inspiration :) Here’s my blog: I also announced it on Facebook and Twitter. :) Thanks so much!

  50. Ali W reply

    HEEYY! I’m excited about this! Here we go!

  51. Jessica Crews reply

    Thank you sooo much, Katelyn! Good luck, everyone!!!!

    My story is here:
    Twitter is here:!/jcrewsphotog
    Facebook is here:

  52. Mary Jane Mooney reply

    Hi Katelyn, I plastered my story all over Facebook with links to your FB page and then I realized everyone is also leaving their story here on your blog too! Thank you for providing this opportunity! Here is my story:

  53. Jen Jar reply

    Shoot! You know I have to enter this too…spending more time with you and really getting to see how you shoot? SIGN ME UP! Here is my blog post:

  54. Ashley Jock reply

  55. Sarah D’Attoma reply

    Katelyn! I literally JUST blogged my story last week, so I added an addendum to the bottom with my top 10 reasons you should PICK ME!!! :)

  56. Kristen Rawls reply

    You’re truly amazing and such an inspiration Katelyn! Thank you for this opportunity, and I’m so honored you even get to read my story! :)

  57. Ashley Pearce reply

    Here’s my story!!

  58. kristina kerns reply

    my story. my passion. my calling. i shared it on facebook via and i also shared it via twitter at

  59. Valerie Beth reply

    Such a great idea for a contest! My entry post can be found here:
    Good luck to everyone else! :)

  60. Michelle Kirnan reply

    You are so incredibly inspiring! This is such an amazing opportunity. You’re so generous, offering your knowledge and expertise, and now to gift a seat! My story is on my blog:
    Thank you so, so much!

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  62. kristina kerns reply

    i posted my comment almost two hours ago and it hasn’t popped up yet- so i’m nervous it didn’t go through- so i’m posting it again just in case. (as you can see i’m really anxious to win) :) here is the link to my blog post: and i shared it on facebook: and http://www.facebook/com/kristina.kerns and on twitter via

  63. Alison Mish reply

    I am so excited you are doing this…you are awesome! Here is my blog post AND here is my facebook page link . Thanks again!

  64. Alison Mish reply

    Thank you so much for doing this…you’re awesome! Enjoy! and

  65. Beth Hamilton reply

    Thanks SO much for opportunity Katelyn! What an amazing gift this will be for the winner!

  66. Valerie Beth reply

    I love this idea. :) (I posted the link here earlier, but I don’t think it went through). Here’s the story about my journey into photography:

  67. Annetta reply

    Hi Katelyn! This opportunity is amazing!! I would LOVE to come to your workshop! I first had to get all my ducks in a row so that IF I am chosen that it would work for me to come out. I don’t live next door. Too bad!! Here is my post:
    I will try to get it on twitter but I’m new at it and don’t use it much.

  68. Michael & Laura reply

    We are so excited you are doing thing.. thanks for the opportunity!

  69. Charlotte Jennings reply

    Thank you SO, so much for this opportunity Katelyn!

  70. Charlotte Jennings reply

    It was also posted to my facebook and twitter (Charlotashley). Thanks again girl! You ROCK :)

  71. Taryn reply

    I’ve been perfecting my blog ALL day!! I would more than LOVE to be the lucky winner! It would mean a lot to me, and with out a doubt be an amazing experience!! Enjoy the read!

  72. Lauren Hammond reply

    Thank you so much for this opportunity even if I don’t win!! THANKS!!!

  73. Anna Klapp reply

    I love your work and all that you do. i am so excited that you are going to read my post :) I’m a dork, I know. Thank you for this amazing opportunity and if I don’t win a seat I will start saving my pretty little pennies for your next workshop. With planning a wedding and trying to go full time, my soon to be hubby had to bring me back down to earth when I dreamed of purchasing a seat at your workshop. I will attend one day! Thanks again for doing this, YOU ARE AMAZING!

  74. Cait Jensen reply

    Thanks for this amazing opportunity! We had a blast writing our story for you :)

  75. Ashley Paschke reply

    Katelyn! How exciting that you are hosting another workshop. I was so sad that I missed your last one and would love to meet you at this one. What a hard job to just pick one person! Good luck :) Here is my note on my fanpage.

  76. Francesca Caputo reply

    Katelyn, my website was glitchy earlier *first website* not sure if you already viewed it but it has been fixed…

  77. Kyla McCormick reply

    Hi Katelyn!

    I just wanted to thank you so much for this chance to win a spot at your workshop! The link to my blog is here: and I have also tweeted and posted on facebook!! :-)

  78. Kyla McCormick reply

    Hi Katelyn!

    Thank you so much for hosting this amazing giveaway! My blog is at <3

  79. Kyla McCormick reply

    Hi Katelyn,

    I want to thank you so much for hosting this contest. Your work is truly inspiring and I couldn’t be more excited to learn from you! I have posted my blog entry here and posted to facebook and twitter! Thanks again <3

  80. Sheaulee reply

    Just made the deadline ;) Here is my story:

  81. Tammy Willaimson reply …. hoping for the best!

  82. Ahna Sweeney reply

    Here is my entry! :) Thank you so much for doing this, Katelyn!

  83. Bryanna reply

    10:00 on the dot. It took me some time but it’s done! Thank you for this chance :)

  84. Jordan reply

    I love you so much Katelyn! And I have never even MET YOU! Maybe this year!!!!

  85. Cassady Porada reply

    Katelyn! It is so sweet of you to offer this contest! I would absolutely loooove to attend! I’ve finally uploaded my story to my blog:

    I didn’t realize how much I had to share until I started typing it!

    Also would there be a chance to meet Bokeh at the workshop? haha Or I could just watch him for you while you do the workshop! :0)

  86. Megan Lesley reply

    Whew! Tried a different browser and voila! Here’s my little story. Enjoy. xx

  87. Bryanna Cairns reply

    I added this last night but for some reason, it didn’t copy correctly.

  88. Sarah reply

    I’m so bummed I missed this! That’s what I get for being sick in bed and disconnected from the world for a few days!

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