March 14, 2009

50,000 closer ONE MORE GIVE AWAY!


                          More of KD's portfolio, using my sister Emma as a model. Quite a lovely Japanese isn't she! My very own Devon Aoki.



“There is only one way to learn, it’s through action." -The Alchemist. Today I spent my morning with friends, ate some amazing Indian curry, and even learned a few things about photography. If there is something you want, start by doing one single thing, that will get you one small step closer to your dream. Soon enough you will be 49,999 things closer. I hit my 50,000 visits sometime today. I'm giving away a FAMILY SESSION! Comment on this blog, one comment per family please. The give away will be open until FRIDAY the 20th! If you are not a UTAH resident (local or other wise) enter anyway, I will be in your area someday or you can come to Utah sometime...it's a nice place! It also makes a lovely gift for all you camera shy out there.  My girl will pick the winner from the comments on FRIDAY at noon! GOOD LUCK! and thank you again for all the support! 

84 comments:

Mary said...

I'm number 50059, but I love love love your photography. Me and my family and four would love love love to have a family session! Please choose me!!:)

We are in UTAH, but are not Utah locals:)

ricka said...

50062 here. fortunately for you we are in hawaii. :) you'll have to make another excuse to come out!

congrats.

Ronnie said...

50063 is me! Hope I win! Nothing beats FREE!

Kayleen T. Photography said...

Love the geisha!

Elvina said...

I'm number 50075 and it would be a DREAM COME TRUE if I won. I have 3 girls and 2 boys, all of which would love to have a photo session with the much talked about Omi. Okay, maybe my SHY 8 year old won't be as excited, but still. LOL! Omi, your work is inspiring and amazing!

Niki O2afi said...

50112 is my number Omi!! Congratulations on so many visitors (I'm not surprised at all!!) Pick me! Pick me!! Love you-

The Finau Family said...

pick me... pick me.. Would love to have a photo session with you..
Love your pictures..
The Finaus

BBC said...

ooo... i hope we win! we'll fly down to you!!!!!!

Mike and Heather said...

I was born and raised in Utah, but now live in Michigan. Would absolutely LOOVE to win and come HOME for a session with you! I adore your photography and check in at your blog religiously :) Congrats on all your success!

sepa said...

roses are red, yellow's the bus
we'd love a free session
haven, choose us!

Suguturaga's said...

Oooh, oooh, oooh. Pick us. We wanna be winners. We'll even make you sushi (well I can't do it, but my husband can) or better yet, we can take you to Wingers and watch Nick sweat again. Yea!!!! Congrats on your ever so popular blog that we just love. :)

In-A-Ways said...

Count us in...I never win anything OH! I'am sorry did I say that..does sympathy work? lol..nah I hope we get picked

Jen said...

I have said it before and I'll say it again....THANK YOU for YOUR support and inspiration!! Your Dinner Development was a HUGE score for me. I was so moved by your passion and your absolute willingness to answer questions and offer advice and support whenever I ask. I LOVE that you want to and are willing to share your talent with anyone interested in learning. You are AMAZING and I know someday I'll see your work in some amazing national magazines!!

Maka said...

Congrats on 50,000! I would love to be picked!

Hi! My name is Janet. said...

your style is an inspiration! please, come work your magic with me and my three sisters! we'd have so much fun!! (we're in Indianapolis, but me and one of my sisters might be out your way this year!)

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

Oh what a feat! Congrat's! I'd die if I won!!!

Tolai & Nimo said...

50168. Here's to trying! :)

The Tait Family said...

I really love and admire your work. Congrats on all you have accomplished. Very inspiring! I would love to win your family shoot!

Teresa said...

count the Winns in!

~Paluvava'u~ said...

:) Happy for all your success!! Crossing my fingers we win lol Much love to you and your family!

Oto said...

50179...I really honestly hope that this broke baker wins...LOL...so the truth...so the truth! Thanks Omi for sharing your gift with the world. I absolutely love love love your work!

Leti Purcell-YoungYen said...

Hi sis! I know we're already scheduled for May but count me in pleeeease! Thanks a bunch! Love you!

Kate said...

Omi! This is Katie, do you remember me from BYU-Hawaii a few years ago. You were just pregnant with your fist baby at the time, i can't believe you have three now. Your family is beautiful. You and Nick look exactly the same :-) And i LOVE your photography, you are so talented. I'm so glad i found you, i've been wondering what you and Nat and Elsie were up too lately.

Kristy said...

I would love another round of fantastic photos! It was fun chatting today.

sanaejames photography said...

YOu go girl! past the 50,000 mark--that's a huge milestone! You have so many fans!!!! You know I love your work, so I gotta get in...and even if we don't win...you know I'm calling you for a session anyway!

jlcumber said...

Your work and family and values are all so beautiful. I would love to be entered into the contest. Congrats on hitting such a big number of visitors, but I am not shocked at all.
We do live in Oregon, so it would be a traveling event one way or another if we win. THANKS

Leah T ;) said...

50201 for me...I'm soo late LOL. Pick me. BTW, beautiful pics.

kanaboke said...

ooooooo, you're actually giving away a Family Photo Shoot??!!! Which little girl will I have to bribe to win? :) Congrats on ALL OF YOUR SUCCESS!!

Alma and Nicole Smith said...

i feel weird leaving a comment because i check your blog very often but never have commented before. my husband and i are just getting into the photography business and have a lot to learn, but we really admire your work and draw inspiration from your creativity and style. because one of us is always behind the lens, we would LOVE a family session of us. plus come may we'll have a new addition to the family and definitely want to get some great photos of all of us together! we are big fans, congrats on all your success!

Mary said...

Hi OMI!! Okay, mines was the first comment on this post, but after reading everyone else's comments since then I realize I might have to add a little something extra into the mix to get picked. I can't make sushi like Kristi and I see that somebody's already playing the sympathy card (nice Ula:) soo I am just going to say that if you pick me for a family shoot you will easily make me the HAPPIEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD!!!! yup yup! the HAPPIEST!!!:) he he.

Congrats on your success! LOOOVE your work!! THANKS!!

reyesohana said...

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******** PICK ME *********
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. . . excited & hopeful

Michele

Puanani said...

We'll need our 2009 pictures done this year anyway, so we might as well enter the give-away :). Even if we don't win, we'll still be scheduling something..hehe! Congrats on hitting the 50,000 mark!!! Way to go Omi!

{nonu}6 said...

Congrats Omi!! I have to say, your sister does a fantastic job! Love those! And that photo session.. I want in :)

Lita said...

Okay I was coming on here to thank you plus enter myself again. LOL! I love the photos!

susan said...

What a lovely giveaway! I'd be over the moon to be the winner. :o)

Anonymous said...

Congrats Omi! You know we gotta jump in on this;-)We gotta get together with you and Nick and check out this Thai restaurant we discovered...they even have the fried banana dessert...I think it might be better than our other spot but I'll leave the judging up to you two...Hollah!

Nel, Irene & Milania

Marisa & Filipo said...

I absolutely love your work. I live in California but will be in Utah in May to visit my family (Niki & Nela). Choose me!! :)

IONGI FAMILY said...

Okay so I am a sidebust but I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE PHOTOS taken by u!!!! PLEASE!!! we reside in UTAH!!! WE LOVE UR WORK UR AMAZING

malia said...

i saw you at the photocamp on saturday at one of the classes and was going to get the guts to come up and say hi to you, but i think you ducked out before the class ended. :(
anyway, i hope i win so i can meet you for reals. :)
congrats on 50,000! that's awesome.

Nichols Family said...

OMI, K, Girl! I was soooooooo close to winning your last giveaway... I gotta get this one. Oh man! I want it so badly. Haven, Auntie Toe will give you anything you wish for if, no when, you pick my name.
XOXO

Sibbett_Ohana said...

KONICHIWA!!!Sibbett kazouku ni choose shite KUDASAI!! DOMO ARIGATOU MR.ROBOTO!! LOVE THESE PHOTOS AND ALL YOUR PICTURES!! ALSO LOVE THE ANGLES!!

OMI PHOTOGRAPHER said...

You guys are cracking me up!! Toe, I will be in Hawaii on Easter doing some shoots, so I won't be able to photograph your family. Serves you right anyway, cause you don't visit me when you come to Utah. (wink). Malia, I wish you would have introduced your self to me! That is just silly, I would have loved to meet you! Iongi family, and anyone else who has never commented before: THANK YOU for participating! I PROMISE I don't think it's weird at all, I like comments and love getting to know everyone. It's all your visits that I'm celebrating anyway! Nel and Irene, Thai food? TOMORROW!! Katie! I'm offended! How could you ask me if I remembered you or not! Send me your e-mail! Everyone else...THANKS!

Belinda Olsen said...

I love your style! I randomly fell across your blog a few weeks ago...I don't even remember how. It has been fun to see your adventures (like the jazz game on the lower bowl!!!) and sad to see some of your heartaches like yesterdays post.

Crossing my fingers, Belinda from Logan

Dawn said...

It would be well worth a trip to Utah! Your photos are an inspiration to me.

The Sweet Escape said...

My palagi looking family certainly needs an island girl to take our family pictures! We've put family pictures on hold for a few years as we want them very island style to match our home (and our island loving hearts!).

Suguturaga's said...

Okay, Irene you need to stop with the Thai food already. hahahaha. I know what that peanut curry can do to brive people. Come on seriously. :) If you drop out of the contest I'll make you another dress like the one for Teisa's wedding and you won't even have to brive me with Thai food. hahahahaha. Remember?

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Tiffany said...

I love looking at your blog and seeing all your pictures. We are coming out to Utah in July and would love to win a family session!

OMI PHOTOGRAPHER said...

Second try! Bribes will get you everywhere with me, but unfortunately Haven is in charge of this baby!

Losa-Legi said...

Love it OMI... and YES she does make a very lovely Japanese! See you soon! alofa tele - Rose

~Paluvava'u~ said...

:O:O Does it still count if we don't know what number log in we are?!? lol I didn't pay attention the first time I posted a comment...but just in case, we are 50451 this time around LOL!! Great way to interact with your blog fans!! Even though we all LOVE your talent and photos regardless :D

Ruthie said...

Congrads girl...Emma makes a pretty beautiful Gaisha

Jenilyn said...

Omi! Enter me!!! Crossing my fingers!!! Thanks chica!!!

Keelee said...

Omi pick me/us! We would have so much fun with you and my girls would love to spend the day getting their pictures taken!! I love your work. You are great. We are number 50474! Keep up the wonderful work.

Lokin4Sun said...

Pick me Pick me !!

The Nydeggers said...

Omi...ok NO IDEA what # I am BUT I figure I'll give it a shot.We are the Nydegger's... I have been trying to explain to my husband about your photos and he looks at me like I'm an IDIOT...(jerk) anyhow it would be SUCH a BLESSING to BE PICKED..only beecause Jayy (my husband) keeps saying "I want a professional picture of us" ok like my billions of pix of us is not good enough...so heck why not give it a SHOT...PICK US PICK IS if you check our BEBO you can tell how PHOTO HAPPY we get together!! TRUST ME!! Ok let me stop already I'll be PRAYING...ha..ha...for reals!!

The NyDegger's said...

Am i disqualified now for posting twice? I HOPE NOT, but I wanted to add that we reside in West Valley, and again to....PICK US!! <---I know don't ever huh!! Congrats on the views!!

OMI PHOTOGRAPHER said...

You won't be disqualified for posting twice, but you will only get one entry in the drawing! Cool? Cool.

Natalee said...

Aloha Omi,

I'm a big fan of your work and have to check out your latest blog entries like every day! Like everyone else who follows your blog we would be extatic if we won a family photo session. That would be so awesome!

Mahalo,
Pume - Rex and kiddies(Pono, Hina & Noa)

Melejane said...

Me likey the new pictures! The shots of your sis look great, and wow a whopping 50,000 views - that's great. It's always been difficult to just start with one small aspect of a big goal...but it's been so nice coming here and becoming inspired to JUST DO IT! Hope I get picked!

slm said...

i love love love your work! we would love for you to work on your magic behind the camera on our family. cheers! =)

Anonymous said...

Pick me!! pick me!! Hahaha! I love your stuff Omi you know I'm a fan! Regardless of if I win or not I still am gonna do a shoot! Love you! :)

Neti~

Betsy said...

What a great offer! Thanks for working with my special computer skills so I could enter. It has been so much fun to see your work. 80% positive mind power has gotten you a long way girl!

H@ll! said...

I'll enter again! I'm crossing my fingers!! Yay!

waynelatu said...

First of, I'm a guy.

My wife is obsessed with this contest and has forced me out of the privacy of my blogging closet to enter. Because I care about her and want her to be happy I will swallow my pride as the ONLY guy on this thing and do as she wishes. Yup, I love her that much. lol.

PS I want everyone to know I only blog when I'm really really bored and there's no UFC on to watch.

OMI PHOTOGRAPHER said...

Lucky Lady! That is my favorite post so far! I'm sorry about all the discomfort! You're a good man!

Leah said...

I am in this one for sure!!!

vrob said...

You'd love to come to Colorado, right? This is my first visit to your site, but I can tell you put a lot of heart and personality into your work.

And as a photographer, I'd love to pick your brain:)

Sipinga said...

your work is amazinG...truly inspirinG...

Spahulu Photography said...

Congrats girl with all your success! You deserve it and I'm so happy for you and grateful to you for opening the doors of photography and its fabulousness! I'm crossing my fingers:)

Mary said...

Such talent/beauty in EVERY picture!! I am posting to this photo/contest for my sister..hehe..(secretly)..I've been telling her to book a session with you Omi because she has 7 (it doesn't beat the Aionos in RP lol) beautiful/talented/so very different kids..including our first set of family twins!! Boys/fraternal. But she always complains she's broke..which probably isn't a joke coming from a house full lol. I wouldn't understand..yet. Anyway, I seen your contest up and running again and thought..hey what the heck haha
she lives in Daybreak Ut..what a beautiful area..she's the best mother those 7heaven (what we call them..sometimes hehe) could've asked for=]
she's been very blessed as well those kids are amazing!! So just thought I'd share my ideas/thoughts with you lol. PICK US..well THEM Haven haha keep up the fabulous work Omi!!

kuaback said...

I'm dying to be part of your work Omi.
HOpefully I'll be picked..lol
alohas from hulaland

neeyah said...

WE'RE BACK!!! And ready for another fun shoot with your Mommy, so pick us, my babies will behave this time PROMISE!

Pri*Sila said...

I just wanted to say how freakin awesome these pics are!!!! Emma, You Go GIRL!!!! KD, you've got some skills there Missy! I will be asking you for some tips when I see ya again.

I'm not entering because I think everyone in here will send me hate mail and think I cheated somehow because I'm your assistant. HATERS!!! lol. Just kidding, I Love you all. Anyway, I've been preparing myself for all the food intake in Seattle. That dream still haunts me. YIKES! What'd I get myself into?! ha ha ha. I will pack lots and lots of snacks! j/k!

Rina said...

Girl- You've Got Talent. LOVE!!! the art-- I can't just say photos because they are more than a simple photo. Are you ready for some Zumba??? I think it starts next week. See you soon

xoxo
Rina

Valasi Satini said...

I love you Haven...make it two in a row! ;)

Ui said...

do i still get a chance? hahaha. i'm such a big fan omi!!! ur work is amazing...and so inspirational! thank you for sharing ur amazing talent with the world.

Ana Moleni Fonua said...

Hey Omi :D How's it going??? Count me in, I would LOVE another family picture.

****** PICK ME Haven ;) *************

Congratulations on your success Omi!

Maka said...

Ok Omi, just read through some of the comments, and I want a chance at buttering you up, even though I know Haven is gonna pick me no matter what! I love your work, and I come to you (via your blog), to find inspiration, and ideas whenever I have a photoshoot coming up! I often find myself thinking to myself while I'm shooting, "How would Omi do this?". ;)

Anyways, you are an inspiration to so many. My wife is so looking forward to the group shoot! You're very talented, and you're a great mother, and wife too!

Ummm... what else can I say! You're Wonder Woman, Super Mom, and a Rock Star!

Ok, I can go on for days, but I won't. Thanks!!

Maka

OMI PHOTOGRAPHER said...

OHHHH KAYYY Maka! You win! LOL. Man it's a good idea I'm not in charge, but I appreciate it all the same! THANK YOU!!

Trey said...

Oooooh...FREE family session! Count us in!! Whatever the result, we're always inspired by your work! Excited for our session in CALI...FREE or NOT!!

Poutua said...

It's a long shot but what the heck...I live in Sacramento, California and have a family of 7 including my hubby and I. I love your photos and think that pursuing after your dreams is inspiring to me as a mom of 5! Thank you. We would love to visit Utah again, it has been almost 4 years but we would also love if your were in our neck of the woods someday. Hard to find great talent out this way! Happy First Day of Spring!

Poutua said...

Harajuku all the way!!!! Love it!

In-A-Ways said...

Nice try Wayne love the husband card Mary...lol..maybe I should get devon to post a blog!