Friday, May 14, 2010

Win a Shootsac to commemorate 500 consecutive blogposts!


Hey everybody!

Since January, I've thought a lot about today - a TRUE milestone - 500 consecutive days of blogging, dating back to December 31st 2008.

There probably aren't a lot of things I've done 500 days in a row, but as important as communication and sharing is with me, it has gone by faster than I thought, and easier than I anticipated.

I've loved sharing with my life with you, lovely blog friends, as well as my work. I've made many new friends through this blog, and definitely lots of new clients.

In all actuality, you're holding my baby right now. You've seen it grow and develop. And you've witnessed me fall in love with this blog. I treasure the collection it holds within its pages, and I'm thankful that you've invested in it for however long you've been here.

To mark the momentous milestone, I'm giving away a Shootsac to one of my lovely blog readers!! (a $179 value) I ordered a new one just for this occasion, and it arrived in the mail yesterday. Easily, it could be yours!! All you have to do is this:

1) read this post - which you've done
2) post the following to your facebook or twitter: "Win a SHOOTSAC by reading @dalebenfield's 500th consecutive blogpost: http://bit.ly/GroW9 Please Retweet"
3) come back here and leave a comment on this post with a link to where you left it (feel free to say other nice things in your comment - ha ha)
4) wait patiently - I'll choose the winner randomly on Monday.
That's it!

If you don't know what a shootsac is, it's the lensbag I keep on me at all times:



Good luck!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

P.S. Don't count on me taking a blog break anytime soon. :)

64 comments:

  1. https://twitter.com/DigitalisPhoto/status/13990131569

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  2. Wow that is very nice of you Dale considering we are the ones benefitting from your blogging! Thank you so much for all the info and wonderful tips, tricks and inspiration you give us daily!

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  3. As an up and coming photographer I always come here to get inspiration and fresh ideas. I hope that more people hear about this blog because it deserves the attention form both pro and amateurs alike. Keep up the great work!
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740402168&v=wall&story_fbid=126117767405786&ref=mf

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  4. OHHHH PICK ME!!! PICK ME!!!!!!!!

    http://www.facebook.com/Fayettevilleweddingphotography?ref=search&sid=1283622856.1604819560..1&v=wall#!/kendralebo?ref=profile

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  5. Thank you for your blog and the contest! Keep up the great work! (Also, I tweeted your message from my account @MichelleSPhotog)

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  6. http://www.facebook.com/sarahjburge

    I read a lot of photographer's blogs all over the country. It seems like most of them are on the west coast. Anyway, I was so excited when I found out that you were in the midwest too. You are so incredibly talented and inspiring to a newbie like me.

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  7. Exciting! I posted on my FB profile status: http://www.facebook.com/reganrose
    A HUGE congrats on your 500th anniversary!!

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  8. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/melissapower22

    I would absolutely DIE if i won this. I just started my photography business and don't quite have enough $ to purchase a shootsac just yet. I'm actually using a $12 small shoulder bag i found a target right now.

    Love your blog! Congrats on your 500th annv!

    Email is info@melissapowerphotography.com

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  9. Job well done Dale! 500 is A LOT! Your determination is inspiring!

    http://twitter.com/acloud45

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  10. I love your blog...so glad you're doing it. Your product is stunning! Posted on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jtnelso

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  11. Congrats! That's pretty monumental!

    http://twitter.com/the_night_owl/status/13991527167

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  12. http://twitter.com/rachelspore

    awesome!

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  13. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/ravenmathis

    Awesome giveaway and so neat that you have 500 days of blogging!

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  14. Would love and put to good use...thanks for being my everyday, no fail, source for beauty and a creative eye.
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/BrandanK

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  15. I read it everyday! This is just icing on the cake...

    http://twitter.com/clschmid

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  16. I tweeted and posted on facebook :)

    what an amazing milestone - how fun :)

    http://twitter.com/meltonbritt/status/13995701408

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=183000420&v=wall&story_fbid=121660564521190&ref=mf

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  17. Wow - congrats on the amazing feat Dale! I struggle with blogging two days in a row... shameful I know. Glad I jumped on FB today to participate in this awesomeness and glad I got to check out your blog - awesome work sir!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgetown-TX/Fuller-Fotography/321280534852?ref=sgm

    &

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=183000460&ref=profile

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  18. You and Mere (& Lauren) do fabulous work!!!! I am so happy that your photography business is growing and so many people are finding out how great you are!!! Congrats on 500 Consecutive days of Blogging! I cannot even imagine how much time that has taken. But THANK YOU! Because your hard work has/is an inspiration to so many in the industry!

    Can't wait to have you two work a @Young_Designs wedding with Me!!! I have a feeling it will be sooner than later ; )

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  19. i would love to win one of these!
    http://twitter.com/afamiliarpath/status/14003500809

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  20. as someone who is trying to blog myself, i KNOW how freaking impressive this is. and c'mon, benny. a shootsac? that would be perfect for my upcoming study abroad semester in switzerland! definitely on that wishlist i was talking about. :)

    twitter.com/sweetweetsid
    facebook.com/ladyzaidi

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  21. i think you are the BEST! And i love that you give back to your community.

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  22. Woohoo! I tweeted which also fed my facebook status and my blog so 3x the coolness! I would love love love love a Shootsac! I have been coveting one for a while but I spent all my money on your class :) See it has 3 pockets...one for my spare lens, external flash, and a Starbucks! :) You are awesome and I am amazed at 500 posts...Congrats!

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  23. That is a great looking bag! I left a comment on my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20600651&v=info#!/profile.php?id=20600651&v=wall

    Morgan Pate
    morgan.pate@gmail.com

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  24. I twittered!!! I hope, cross my fingers, say a big prayer that I am the new owner!! Every since I went to your SYK workshop I have wanted a shoot sac. I loved your workshop, love your blog and tell all of my photog friends to check out your blog!! Thanks for the daily doses of inspiration, you, Mere, and the whole team rock!!!

    Tracy in AR~ :0)

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  25. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2046496&id=107700758&saved#!/kim.arnold2

    My husband found you first, and now we both love your photography! He even took your advice on renting a lens for our vacation, and it worked perfectly!

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  26. What a great giveaway! I love looking at your photos, and can't wait for the next 500 days of blogging! http://twitter.com/sarahkatephotos

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  27. Way to go! That is really an accomplishment. Btw, I totally need a new bag! Here's my link:
    http://www.facebook.com/theJage?ref=profile
    Fingers crossed till monday!

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  28. I think this is an awesome idea!

    I posted it to http://www.twitter.com/DTMphotography

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  29. 500!! Wow, that is amazing. Please keep blogging!

    I tweeted http://twitter.com/Andy1491

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  30. Congratulations and thank you for this opportunity to win a Shootsac! The photography work you guys do is stunning. I love the fresh modern look your photography has. Now that I know about your blog I look forward to reading it!
    Thanks, Peggy

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1398393231

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  31. Congrats! I signed up for your workshop in July and so excited to learn some tips on photographing my kiddos.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1207911&id=1447364576#!/?ref=logo

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  32. What an amazing idea! I try and blog daily and I think you just inspired me to give it a try! :) I retweeted...http://twitter.com/BrandisAllison

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  33. I think I should win since our names are SO CLOSE! Anyway, here is the link. Love your photography!

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/bentfieldphotography?ref=ts

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  34. I need that bag...and loved the blog.
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/arkiegurl?ref=profile

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  35. http://www.facebook.com/ketchkary

    Great Shots! Great Production! Great Work!!

    Always love seeing new additions!

    -Kary Ketcher

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  36. Hey Dale,
    Firstly i have to say Congrats on bloggin for 500 days, Secondly another big congrats to your lil bundle of joy :)...
    and 3rd and last but not least, I love reading your blog entry everyday, i probably spend a lil to much time on photographers blogs then i should but love them :)

    and congrats to who ever the lucky person is that wins the shootsac

    Cheers
    link posted on Facebook)

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  37. Hey Dale,

    Fistly Congrats on blogging for 500 days
    secondly another big congrats on your lil bundle of joy
    Third (last but not least) Love reading your blog everyday, prob spend far to much time on photographers blog but i love reading them...

    posted on facebook...
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=750805300&v=wall

    Congrats to the lucky person that wins the shootsac :)

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  38. Congrats on making it 500 days! I believe your goal was 501 if I'm correct...? I am honored that I have made your blog atleast 3 times this year! With that said, I believe there are several reasons why you should select me to receive this shoot sac:

    1. Because I love you (as if that isn't reason enough!).
    2. Because I know you've been stressing out trying to figure out what you are going to get me as a farewell gift when I leave for Europe next month! Problem solved!
    3. Because I let Meredith beat me in bowling (I am such a gentleman)
    4. Because I have refrained from cracking a single Missouri joke around you! Strictly out of respect!
    5. Because I just spoke to Jessica Claire, and she said so...
    The list could go on and on...

    You may have seen the post on twitter, but just incase:
    http://twitter.com/GeoDuncan

    I heart you very much

    -Geoff

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  39. I can't believe that it was two years ago next month that you were shooting wedding pics for Amy and I. I still brag on you guys any chance I get. You guys are awesome.

    http://www.facebook.com/michaelbgaddy?ref=profile

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  40. Awesome work, sir. 7 days in a row would probably cripple me mentally for life, and yet, 500... amazing.
    Thanks for the photog data interspersed with the great images. It's great to be able to read a blog that one day makes you go "oooh, aaaah" and the next go, "a-ha... that's how/why/etc"
    thanks again (and retweeted @xanderswanson)

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  41. Dale as always you are setting an example for the rest of us! I am amazed that you have posted 500 consecutive posts! That is insane!!!! Keep up the great work! Not only you, but your whole team as well! Can't wait to see the newest work. And I must say that I really liked Geoff's work on your last wedding.

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20603271&ref=profile

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  42. Love your Blog, Congratulations! Your photography is awesome!

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1812784843&ref=profile

    Eileen Smith

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  43. I love your blog. Your work is stunning. And by the way, Please Pick me!!!!

    http://www.facebook.com/Fayettevilleweddingphotography#!/pages/Simplicity-Photos/283800657761?ref=ts

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  44. I love this! I posted on twitter! http://twitter.com/andreaparnell haha Great work Dale! 500 days in a row is a big deal! You set the bar so high! Keep creating beautiful pictures!

    Andrea

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  45. It's my birthday! Pick me! Best present!!!

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1665303797#!/alice.k.johnson

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  46. Well we knew you could get to 500, but what about 1000? HaHa keep up the great work. Always, wonderful seeing the new work. Definitely inspiring.


    Posted:
    http://twitter.com/joshclemence
    http://facebook.com/josh.clemence

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  47. Well shucks,
    It looks like my comment yesterday didn't make it on the list. Well here is the link to my facebook page anyway. Thank you again for the photog advice and the wonderful pictures.

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=121201186#!/profile.php?id=121201186

    Peace,
    Nathan

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  48. The blog to go to for inspiration. congratulations on 500. whistlingelk "Win a SHOOTSAC by reading @dalebenfield's 500th consecutive blogpost: http://bit.ly/GroW9 Please Retweet" thanks benfield

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  49. Hey guys... I posted this on my Facebook page! You all are truly amazing and I have learned so much from just looking at your pictures and communicating back and forth. I REALLY want to win this!!!!

    Hugs - Tiffany Morris

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  50. Okay it's posted on my fb! Congrats on your 500! That's amazing!!!
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=1141984624&ref=profile

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  51. =)) *Congrats* I love reading your blog everyday, your creativity is such a breath of fresh air and part of my daily dose of sunshine!! See you soon!!!

    here it is, posted on my facebook....

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=1238273450&ref=profile

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  52. 500 blogs in a row is a very impressive task. You do amazing work and amazing things for people. I read your blog every day and I have been ever so happy to see a new post every day! Thank you!
    Posted on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/megan.wold

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  53. Thanks so much for all your blogging... the beautiful pictures can make a rainy day feel sunny!

    http://www.facebook.com/nickicollen?v=wall

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  54. Hi Dale, I am knew to your site and I'm already in love with your work. I'm not a blogger but I really enjoy reading others. I have a few I read weekly and your blog is now one I'll read from now on. I will be getting married next summer and I am scoping out photographers now and you have moved high on my list. Keep up the great work!

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/jennkay82

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  55. I enjoy your pictures!!!

    https://twitter.com/jenesaisquoi20

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  56. Happy 500th!! You guys do the best work I've ever seen!
    http://www.facebook.com/mlk06

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  57. Keeping my fingers crossed! I heart those shootsacs! I facebooked it: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=576292567&ref=profile

    I so NEED one of those - just in case you're wondering. ;)

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  58. Happy 500th!!! Love your work...congrats! :)

    I retweeted your message about the giveaway.

    http//twitter.com/rebekahtowers

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  59. http://twitter.com/kristenholland

    We love following your bog!

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  60. Dale, Pick Me!!!!! I want a shootsac so I can be an awesome photographer like you! : )
    http://www.facebook.com/michellecw4

    - Michelle Williams

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  61. Looks like my comment from Saturday didn't post. =( I posted on my facebook.
    Anyway, I love your photography! Thanks for blogging!
    -Lauren White

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  62. I just heard about you listening to escalate live!! How awesome is that! I also live in AR so I wanted to check you out and I LOVE your work! God bless you in everything you do!

    http://twitter.com/AliciaWidner

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