Kicking off the Summer with a Giveaway!!!

June 18, 2013

It has been a long time since I have hosted a giveaway, so I thought there was not better time to kick one off than the first official week of summer break! Whether you are a Mom with a camera who likes to capture daily life, a hobbyist, or a professional, we all usually have a running "wish list" of camera equipment and accessories that we would like to add to our bag.

This week, one lucky winner will walk away with a $250 gift card from Cardinal Camera to put towards something special!
Cardinal Camera 250
All you need to do to enter, is leave a comment below.
Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win...an email address will do!!
And let's have a little fun with this.... if you were to win, tell us what you would you would do with that $250 gift card.
What is on that wish list? Is there something you need before you leave on that summer vacation?
I have quite a few things in mind that I could use in my bag right now!
What could you use?

Hurry up and enter to win, the contest is only going to be open for two days!
You have until Wednesday night at 11:59pm Eastern Time.
The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be posted on Friday!

Have a wonderful week and Good luck!!!

109 comments:

The Dear Family said...

I would love another 85mm lens because we accidentally mailed the wrong lens we sold to someone and when we tried to get it back, they denied we even sent it.

kmhmiss said...

I would love a new lens...or maybe it would go towards a new camera!!

adventsadventures said...

Oh! My! I would love a new lens. After all, it is my birthday week this week. :) What would I do with the gift. I would ask you what you would recommend and try to get that. :) have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Oh Lisa, My wish list is sooooo long but I will definitively invest in a lens and the prize will help as a cash down (I will love to have the 70-200 2.8 and the 35mm1.4 or the...) You are such an inspiring woman, Johane - johane.lachapelle@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win the gift card to give to my mother to take on vacation with her. Nothing like my mom! genelumpkins@roadrunner.com

Terri said...

Thanks LIsa! If I win it I would buy a new lens. I haven't bought anything new for my camera in about 2 years so it's about time! =)

Anonymous said...

Lisa, there is so much I would love to have but I think if I won it would go towards a light meter. I have been wanting one but just have not spent the money on it! denise_son@yahoo.com

Have a great day!

Maria Triplet Mom said...

How exciting Lisa!!! I would use it towards a lens - the 100mm 2.8L macro!! Other things on my wish list are: 5Dmarkiii, 50mm 1.2, and 135mm!! I am sure there is more :) My email is: kmruegs@aol.com Thanks Lisa!!! <3

Megan said...

This is so cool! I know EXACTLY what I would get--a 50mm f1.8 AF lens. Thank you for the chance to win! deborahlocklear@gmail.com

Mer said...

Oh, how exciting, Lisa. :) I would put it towards a 28mm lens to take to India!!!!

Rose said...

I also want a new lens!

Judy Judge said...

Fun Fun Fun! My wish list has a 35mm lense, a tripod, and a fun camera bag =). I like to dream big.

Jill said...

I've been pining over a macro lens... bakej01 at hotmail dot com

Van Beek family said...

Oh Lisa!! I have all kinds of things on my wish list! Where to do I begin! First on my list is to upgrade my camera. Still trying to decide on the best option for that. Thanks!

Lori Van Beek

carolinagirl said...

GREAT Giveaway!!! I would LOVE an 85mm lens!!!!

Leah S said...

I am torn between a new lens - 85mm maybe? and a new body - I think I want to move to full frame...

Kami said...

What a great giveaway! I would use it toward purchasing a 50mm lens for my camera ... the one I want is a little too expensive for my hubby to give me the thumbs up to go for! :)

GGHadden said...

Oh towards a new cam for sure, need to upgrade from my baby cam (T1i)

Denise said...

I have been wanting the 50mm 1.2 for a long time:) Thanks for the chance!

Buckeroomama said...

Ooh, how awesome! I would get either an 85mm f/1.8 or a 24mm f/1.2 for my big-girl camera! =)

Tiffany said...

Lisa, you are awesome! You know what is on my list. LOL:) Here is to Summer.

Tiffany

jennifer said...

I would get a new lens so that I can take better pictures at my daughters gymnastics meets.

Anonymous said...

I would put it toward a new camera.

Kim said...

This would go towards a new lens!

Lori said...

An new lens? I really need a new camera, too! A new bag? Mine is so conky wompus. I can't decide!

Love Letters To China said...

You can never have enough lens' can you???

xoxo

Two Pearls said...

I have been enjoying my photography so much more since taking your class last Spring! Since I already own the 50mm prime lens from that class, I would use this to purchase a 300mm zoom to get closer shots of the kids at all their school activities. I'm also interested in a 35mm prime. Hmmmm.....tough decision!

Beth K said...

I would either put it towards a much needed camera upgrade or a new lens! Thanks so much!
Beth Karrer, bethkarrer@gmail.com

Jimh. said...

I need a flash. Maybe an SB-700 or even an SB-910!! Or maybe the Lensbaby Edge 80!!

Kelly said...

Saving, saving, saving for a Canon 7D :)

snekcip said...

First off THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OFFER!! Wow!! Hands down, it would be for a NEW LENS!!! My old camera has be stored in its camera bag because of "lens problems" and I have heard it crooning late in the midnight hour to the tune of this OLD COUNTRY SONG FAVORITE (Please release me).


PLEASE "RE-LENS" ME.. LET ME GO
FOR I DON'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE
TO WASTE OUR LIVES WOULD BE A SIN
"RE-LENS" ME AND LET ME TAKE "PICS" AGAIN

*so before the darn camera begins to sing the next few lines of:

"I HAVE FOUND A NEW LOVE DEAR and ALWAYS WANT HER NEAR"

I'm gonna toss my comment into the contest and beg PLLLLLLLLLLEASE RANDOM.ORG PICK MY NAME!!! :)

I mean seriously...how pitiful that a camera is resorting to crooning to be re-lens!

Lisa A said...

I am traveling to Italy in the fall to visit my extended family! I would love to upgrade my camera equipment to capture this trip of a lifetime!!! :)

Jennifer said...

Ooohhhhh....I'd probably go with an 85mm lens! Great prize! Thanks, Lisa!!

Tiffany I said...

I would love to by a "real" camera instead of just using my phone to take pictures :)

Dita said...

OHHHHH....well, it would be hard to choose but I'd put it to a 70-200 lens...I need to break out a little!

Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

I miss you!

xo
Dita

Lilly said...

awesome giveaway!

Lisa said...

Wow! This would be super ;) Would love either a 70-200 lens or a 135 lens. Email address is atruefocus@q.com.

Almond Tea said...

Like so many others, a 85mm lens!

janell_toppen@hotmail.com

Janet said...

What a great giveaway! This would go right towards my mark iii upgrade :) hope all is well Lisa!
Hugs
Janet

Marla Sgarbossa said...

Hi Lisa, I love how you are ALWAYS inspiring us. My wish list is big, but at the top is a macro lens or a 85mm.

Have a good day and thanks again for being a great mentor!

Leah Maya Benjamin said...

So so many wants......... I actually really like my lens, but there are some I would love to have just couldn't afford since I'm just using it to take my own family's pictures. Thanks for doing this, how fun!gretsky4@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

We are leaving July 9th to take our two adopted daughters back to China for a vacation and I would love to buy a new camera. I'm not yet at your level, but read with interest and love your photos.

Thanks
Brenda

brendafung888@gmail.com

Chanda said...

I would LOVE to get a 50mm prime lens! Thanks for conducting the giveaway!

Mona's Picturesque said...

A new lens ♥ Perhaps 135mm :) I don't know... But I just started dreaming. *lol*

catsage_2000 said...

Probably a new lens or maybe a new camera bag, decisions

Rita Buettner said...

Oh, a giveaway! Such fun! I'd put it toward a new camera. Hope you and your family have a wonderful summer! (openwindowcr @ gmail . com)

Mary Gene Atwood said...

I am so wanting a new lens! 24-70mm or 70-200 or 30 mm...too many choices, but new glass is on my WISH list. How sweet of you to do this.

Sara said...

What an incredible giveaway! My camera broke recently, so that is at the top of my wish list now!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Sara
smassey5@aol.com

Trina Sterr said...

Hi Lisa! My tripod is currently being held together with electricians tape... bet you can figure out what I'd use the gift card for :)
What a lovely idea this is, happy summer to you also!
Trina

Nancy said...

Gotta throw my name in the ring. Hmmmmmm... probably a new sexy camera bag if they carry them. Or maybe $ towards a new super wide. So many possibilites! Thank you Lisa for hosting!
nancy
nancyvnourney@hotmail.com

RamblingMother said...

I would use a $250 gift card toward the purchase of an I-pad or I-pod touch for my daughter or a better camera lense for me. Not sure. I might also use it to help purchase some educational DVDs for our church. I guess it depends on what the gift card is, actually, an in card store or a generic card like VISA gift card.

Jboo said...

Oh Lisa -- you are so sweet! Would love a new lens too! :)

Teri said...

Hi Lisa,
What a very fun give away! I would put this towards a macro lens! That is my current list:)
Hope you are having a great day!
tbp134@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Definitely toward a new camera to take with me on my trip to Paris in October! First time to Paris and a camera would bring back some special memories.

LyndePaule@aol.com

Brooke said...

HOW EXCITING!!!! A Macro lens for sure!!!! :)

elisa said...

Oh man- I would get the 35mm!!! I would love to take it to our extended family beach trip this summer (which is not always the most stress free event-lol- it would be the perfect distraction)

Sharon Fritchman said...

Oh Lisa! You are awesome to have this giveaway!! I would love to have an upgrade to my camera, or perhaps a macro lens!!

M,R,J1,J2 said...

What I would do? I would give the gift card to my husband to buy a cool gadget for the camera. I think...:-).
Text me if I win.
Michaela

Chrystie said...

Awesome giveaway!! I would get a macro leans! :) My email is chrisd6 dot email at gmail dot com

Shay Ankerich said...

How fun! Thank you!!! I would definitely consider upgrading my camera or maybe a new lens. :) XO

Ricky Cao said...

I'd definitely get a new prime lens,probably a 35 mm one :) Thanks for the giveaway

Katie said...

Thanks for doing a giveaway! I'd love to put this towards a new lens! :)
katieballantine@gmail.com

Emily said...

Ooh, tough decision. Either an 85mm or a new bag! :)

quilt'n-mama said...

I would love to add a few things to my camera bag! I am saving, hoping for a new camera body that my lenses will fit:)

The Waite Family said...

Well, I never win anything but it is always worth the try!! I would love a new lens for my Cannon Rebel!!!

Heidi said...

How fun! I would use this gift card towards a new lens! We are planning to do lots of traveling in the next few years and I only have a 50mm 1.8. Would love something more wide angle for traveling!

Katy said...

I would love to get a new lens for my upcoming china trip! Such a fun giveaway!

theselbyholmestead said...

how generous of you & cardinal camera! i would use the gift card to purchase a small camera & card reader and send those with a bulk of memory drives to the orphanage from which our newest daughter hails... in hopes that many more children will find their forever families and those families will have a priceless collection of photos of their children's first years (of which we have none ;<).

Sean and Mic said...

Ohhh, so fun. I would definitely use it towards a new camera. I love my little guy, but I need something bigger and better. :)

Thanks, Lisa.

Amy said...

FUN!!! news lens or a camera tune up

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lisa -
I would love a lens baby!!
I'll check back otherwise I'm friends with you on FB. :)
Lots of love, Lisa Renier

meg said...

I seem to be like most---a new lens. I would like to add a lens to capture the kids in sports...

Btw, I have a new 85mm that I really have not used if anyone would want to buy it...

megggodwin@gmail.com

Smileyhappychan said...

I dream of a macro lens. Someday...

Laurie said...

Wowza...I think I'd have to go with a new lens! Good luck me :)

Elizabeth said...

So much on my wishlist still.. but I'd probably add another lens to my collection!

Mami2jcn said...

I would get a Lowepro Apex 140 AW shoulder bag and Nikon Capture NX2 software.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Amarie B said...

Ooooh, a new lensa, or maybe some accessories! :)

Deb S. said...

I would get a new lens or put it towards a new camera.

Anonymous said...

I wanna win!!! I've accumulated so much camera lenses but have no filters, no tripods, no camera bag!! :) w a trip to china & a move to Alabama I could use it. What a generous giveaway Lisa!!

Fannie

Shari said...

Oh Lisa, I would love to win. I would put it toward an external flash...I think. Or a 50mm. I'm still trying to decide if I "need" a 50 when I have a 35 and an 80 or if an external flash would be a better investment.
Or maybe I'd give it to my sister Tammie so she could upgrade her camera - her's is on it's last legs.

I know you have my email:)
Sharie

Sennie said...

Thanks for doing a giveaway!! I would put the gift card toward a new camera.

Erin said...

I also would love another lens. I'm not even sure which one, but I'm sure I need another!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to WIN, Lisa!
I would give it to my daughter, Gretchen, who loves all things photography! She will probably select a new lens.
Thanks,
Kathleen at
tennislady38@aol.com

familyof8 said...

New lens for sure! Just not sure which one!!!

Thanks,
Christine
thefahys@gmail.com

Lucy said...

Like many others I would get a mew lens. I´m starting my own buisnesswhen I´m done studying later this year.

ik.haat.je.9@gmail.com

ww said...

Wow - thank you Cardinal Camera and Lisa! Would love to use that towards an 85mm or macro lens! Hope you are having a great summer, Wen

Lori said...

Fun Giveaway!!! I would love new lens or bag!!!

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness!! What a wonderful giveaway :)

I would love a new lens, or a bag, or a new "purse camera" .. you see where this is going?!

Max said...

I would love a new lens!!!(35mm 1.4)
Thank you!
Richandmax@att.net

Serena said...

What a neat idea for a giveaway! No idea what $250 would buy, but a new lens for the baby home would be great! serena "at" chinalittleflower.org

Natalie said...

I would probably put the money towards a 35 mm lens, but there are always so many options when I think camera purchases! Thanks for the change to win.
email in my profile info

Our Family said...

A new lens would definitely be in the picture for me!

Dave & Deanna said...

A new lens :)

Ruthie said...

Oh I would buy a new lens :) thanks so much for hosting this! So exciting!

Karen said...

Most definitely a new lens!!!! Trying to pick with one would be hard!

Cherry A. said...

I have been dreaming of a 50mm fixed lens, however budget is a concern. I have been stuck with kit lenses, though they proved to be useful during photo sessions somehow. I still want to have a fixed lens that will give me sharper subjects and soft background. That way I will be able to satisfy mt clients. If I will be the lucky individual to win this GC, I would definitely purchaseda 50mm lens.

email: cherry_antigua@hotmail.com

Mindy said...

does Cardinal do classes? If so, I'd sign up for one on how to figure my lensbaby out :)

...great giveaway!!!
Mindy

Marcia said...

I am opgrading my camera ..would love the gift card! Thanks Lisa!

Christine said...

I would love a new lens! Just not sure which one!

Anonymous said...

The 85mm is on my wish list!
email: lowreyj@missouri.edu

Sue Mucilli said...

What fun! I would upgrade my camera body...happy summer Lisa. I miss all my photo.class friends!

Anonymous said...

How exciting!! Let's see...a new lens for sure!! Thanks Lisa!! Happy Summer!

~ Sophie
srhisle@aol.com

Anonymous said...

A new lens would be high on my wish list...but With a gift card I'm sure I would love considering all camera possibilities! brc678@aol.com

Carla said...

Wow! This is great!! I would most likely get a new lens :-)

hannahjiejie said...

I would definitely get a new lens! What a neat givaway!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lisa for such a fun summer giveaway. I would love a new 85mm lens. And of course one day I hope to take one of your classes to get better with my camera in general. Have a great summer.

Martha Huschka
Martha_huschka@msn.com

BA said...

what fun! Would buy a new camera for Ava--she is going to photography over night camp this summer!@!!

RainyD said...

I would apply it to purchasing some accessories for my daughter

amy said...

You are always so generous Lisa and finding ways to give back! What a wonderful giveaway...I have been so focused on a book I'm doing for my parents 50th anniversary Im late in responding but I know someone will have a very happy Friday when you draw the winner!! As I tell Spencer...there are opportunities in life and missed opportunities. Can't believe I totally missed this one...some day I'll add another lens to my bag :))