Giveaway: A Couples or Engagement Shoot in London/Sussex!

Oh yes, reader, you read that correctly.

Sit down, take it in.  It’s ok, Clare, Aisling and I had to sit down, too, when we got Erika’s email.  And sniff some salts.

Fitting in rather perfectly with this morning’s Hidden Gems post about London, we are hugely, hugely excited to be able to give away a couples shoot based in Sussex or London, from the incredibly talented Brighton-based wedding photographer, Erika Szostak of PhotoMadly. Yes, Erika, she of the super-generous You Are Beautiful print giveaway yesterday. You can tell what kind of person Erika is, just by that alone, can’t you?

We fell in love with Erika the instant she told us that she really appreciated the discussion of feminism on our blog and that it was a really important conversation to have. We knew straight away that she understood the ethos of the blog, and then we took a look at her engagement shots, and they blew us away.

I mean, just look…


Photographs by the supremely talented Erika Szostak of PhotoMadly 

So readers. What do you have to do to win this amazing prize?

1. Read the terms and conditions in blue below (they’re good, reasonable terms and conditions. You’re Any Other Woman readers, you’ll get them).

2. Drop us a comment on today’s post letting us know why you’d like to win, and any ideas you have for a London or Sussex-based shoot, especially if they’re creative! The competition closes at midnight on Monday 12 March.

3. Sit back, relax, and Erika will pick a winner (together with an independent ajudicator). We’ll let you know who’s won next week.

So….readers…who’s in to win this one?

I am. Except…er, I can’t.  Pity, that.

So excited…get commenting to win!

And come back at 1pm for another post and could it be another competition?  Oh yes it could.   See you then, readers….


1. The offer is subject to Erika’s schedule and availability (all this means is that Erika can’t schedule the shoot for the winner on a day when she’s already booked to do something else)
2. Erika is offering shoot locations in Sussex and / or London for the “free” offer. If the winner would like to shoot in a location outside of those areas, travel expenses will be charged.
3. The winner will receive a DVD of hi-res images from the shoot.
4. Model (that’s you, reader winner!) releases are required from both winner and partner. Models understand that images may be sold.
5. Winner and partner agree that images from shoot may be used for social media promotion, contests, blogs, bridal fairs, magazines, websites, promotional albums etc.

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14 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I want to win soooooooo much!!
    My husband is from Brighton so Sussex for us would be perfect or London!!

    I’ve wanted to trash my dress so maybe we could incorporate some wedding dress in the sea type action on Brighton beach? Eek.

    It’s our third year anniversary in March so This would be a lovely thing to win. If we’d be allowed to have George in some photos that would be amazing too as we don’t have any great family photos really.

    Amazing prize!!

  2. Posted March 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, count me in, please!

    We live in London and it’s where we fell in love. In fact, we met for our first non-date under the Millennium Bridge opposite St Paul’s. I’d love to have a set of images incorporating our stomping ground to show our grandchildren one day.

  3. Samantha Pancheri
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I’d like to enter this on behalf of my sister in law and her fiancé! They’re getting married in May this year and have put a lot of time and effort into making their wedding beautiful, colourful and very personal. I would love for them to win this and have some really gorgeous engagement photos; they’re wonderful people who really deserve a nice treat. They do live in Bournemouth but love London too.

    Super prize!

    • Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      What a generous prize! Super :)

      I would like to win because life is a series of moments and photographs capture those moments for us to relive them again and again. My OH and I live in London now, but likely won’t be here forever and would love a set of pictures which reflect our life here and provide us with a link back to some of our favourite places.

  4. Clare
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Sounds amazing! I’d love to win this to surprise my husband with. At the end of this year we make the long awaited move to New Zealand and leave behind lots of friends and family as well as great memories of our time spent in this country, especially London, as well as Sussex where my mum is from. I would love to have a record of our time in London especially and we have so few really amazing shots of us both together…

    Just discovered the blog and I love it!

  5. Viki
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    This sounds amazing. I would love to win and surprise my partner for our anniversary in May. Hove is where we met and where her grew up so it would be lovely to get some romantic shots on the beach when the sun goes down, possibly try some silhouettes .

  6. Sarah B
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I would so love to win this! We are getting married next year in Sri Lanka, so although our wedding photos I hope will be fabulous they will not be of us in our usual setting and we would love to have some photos of us at home. We live in Newhaven (Sussex) and where we live is a bit industrial and run down but also by the sea, so I think it would be a fabulous setting for an unusually styled shoot. My idea would to have a shoot going from our house as if we are setting off on a voyage to Sri Lanka by sea in the olden days (with vintage suitcases, fancy umbrella, dressed up to the nines etc) through the industrial areas (think rusty warehouses/random car yards) down to the sea to have an afternoon tea picnic with lovely bone china and teapots on the beach. I’m sure it might well rain so this will add to the atmosphere. And very importantly our sons (well, actually they are dogs but we act like they are our offspring) can be included in the shoot, as sadly they are not able to partake as page boys in Sri Lanka. So I am thinking that the general look will be a grey-ish background with us and the props being very colourful. And the whole thing will be so much fun! I have lots more random ideas but I feel I am staring to waffle so maybe I should leave it there!

  7. Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    PS – sorry I replied to another commenter, rather than to the post itself! I’m a bit technologically illiterate sometimes!

  8. Sandra C
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Hi, what a great prize! I’d like to enter on behalf of my husband and myself. We eloped to Gretna Green in 2010 after only 4 months of planning-we just couldn’t wait! We never had an engagement shoot as I didn’t really realise that such things existed-I’ve only discovered wedding blogs since I’ve been married! It would be a great addition or even appendix to our wedding photos, the beginnings of our married life. I love the natural style of the photos-the thought of posing fills me with dread!

    Good luck to all x

  9. Posted March 8, 2012 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Count me in for this one.
    London is the place we go when we need a break. There are so many memories that we have around there and I would like to catch some of our love for the place.

    I’d only just discovered this blog but loving the new look ladies!

  10. Casy
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh, count us in!!!

    My fiancé and I met in London in 2008 while I was on a study abroad program! We fell head over heels for one another while I was here (I’m American and oddly enough, he’s Canadian!), so our love affair was bound to be an international one. We’ve been living in Toronto, Canada since 2011, but I’m back here for graduate school and we’ve collected quite a few frequent flyer miles crossing the pond.

    It would be so special for us to have some *amazing!* professional photos in London for our scrapbook, especially because it holds such a dear place in our heart. We are both city people and would love photo shoot in the Hackney/Islignton Area (where we lived before).

    Thanks so much!!!

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