The Luminous Portrait Giveaway

The Luminous Portrait

Our dear friend and photographer, Elizabeth Messina, just released her first book, The Luminous Portrait. The book is filled to the brim with beautiful photographs and information on shooting lush, romantic portraits in natural light. Whether you are photographing children, weddings, maternity or portraits of any kinds, The Luminous Portrait will inspire you with Elizabeth’s personal approach and award winning images. Click here to pre-order your copy today!

Elizabeth has been generous enough to offer one signed copy of The Luminous Portrait to a Once Wed reader. Please leave a comment below with your email and we’ll pick a winner this Friday!

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327 Responses to “The Luminous Portrait Giveaway”

  1. Britt

    I would love a copy of the book for my home! Elizabeth Messina’s images are so beautiful!

  2. amanda

    i can’t wait for this book. elizabeth’s work is just stunning, more like breathtaking!!

  3. kate

    so excited for this amazing book! i would love to learn from the expert on amazing portraits. i have never won a contest before, maybe a first?

  4. Lindsey M.

    Fingers crossed–a friend of mine just made the leap into professional wedding photography, and I’d love to give this to her!

  5. Jen

    I’d love to give this as a gift to a friend who is just starting her photography business. Thanks!

  6. Sayoko Lynn

    Would love this book to help me with my photography! Looks like a great book and tool!

  7. Bethany

    Natural light is, indeed, the most flattering light. I would absolutely love to add this book to my photography collection.

  8. Eunice Kim

    I would truly love to win this! I am an amateur photographer and woudl truly love this to learn new techniques! :)

  9. Viktoriya Velychko

    I am a beginner photographer and i would love to receive this book, so i can lean and get inspired by Elizabeth’s work.:)

  10. Nicole

    I would love to give this book to my stepsister who has been developing her portrait photography skills and just started a blog about it.

  11. Amanda W

    Elizabeth is a key photographer who inspires other professionals ,brides and grooms to strive for better quality images. I would love to add her book to my home collection ;-)

  12. Nichole Meehl

    Oh how I would love for it to be me. I just moved to a new little house and need a perfect coffee table book.

  13. Kristy

    Elizabeth has been such an inspiration to me. I would be thrilled to and lucky to receive the signed copy of her book. : ) Thank you for holding this giveaway! : )

  14. Lindsey

    I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Messina’s work. I would absolutely love a signed copy of her book! It would make it that much more special :)

  15. Arielle

    Elizabeth is the greatest! Her work has an otherworldly, spiritual quality that is unparallelled. I find her images to be some of the most inspiring I’ve ever seen! Thank you to OnceWed for the opportunity :)

  16. Andrew Yep

    I love Elizabeth’s works. Elizabeth’s photography are like pieces of fine arts which always inspire me. I’m looking to have this book in my home collection.

  17. Kaycee

    This lovely book has been tops on my wishlist. I bet there’s so much deliciousness inside.

  18. Nicole

    I placed one of Elizabeth’s photographs on my 2012 Dream Board in hopes that one day my family and I would have a sitting with her. It’s very high-priority on my life’s “to-do” list. Oh, happy day!

  19. Natasha

    Elizabeth is awesome and I would love, love, love a copy of her book! Thanks so much for the opportunity :)

  20. Molly Murphy

    O my Ghad! I need this signed book!!!!!!
    Omg. I’m buying a canon 7D with my tax return
    and this is THEEEEE book I want with all my heart.
    I swear. It’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOO gorgeous. SOOOOO inspiring.
    I just stare at and study the photos on FB.
    (oh Lord, please, if photography is my destiny,
    please give this book to me as a sign!!!!! and if not, I’ll just buy it ;)

  21. Marion

    Holy Cracker and Cheese!!!!!

    I have been waiting (im)patiently to peek inside this book for months now!
    I feel so INSPIRED by Elizabeth’s work…

    Such a CONSTANT QUALITY to her images! The way she captures beauty EVERY time, makes me feel warm inside… I ADORE natural lighting and would LOVE for Elizabeth to share her knowledge and vision with this beautiful signed copy!!!
    MERCI OnceWed for this amazing opportunity.. you ROCK!!!

    PS: Bonne chance reading all the comments till Friday ;)

  22. Maya

    already on my wish list…. maybe it’ll arrive sooner then I think!! Thank you Once Wed for this gracious offer!!

  23. Beatrice Howell

    Oh my!! I can’t wait for it to be released and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be lucky enough to get the signed copy!!! Thanks for the giveaway!! Hoe fabulous!!

  24. kelli holmes

    I adore Elizabeth Messina’s photographs. I am so inspired by her ethereal style

  25. Katie Hoffpauir

    I have followed her blog for years and adore her work. This book would definitely fit in nicely with my collection! I plan on buying it anyway, but winning it would be fabulous.

  26. Rachel Glidden

    There is nothing like giving someone a empowering and beautiful image of the way you see them. Surrounded by light and love. It sounds like this book helps teach people to do that.

  27. Barbara Shoop

    Elizabeth Messina was the first photographer I stumbled upon when I picked up a camera for the first time. I feel like she’s been a part of my journey. I adore her.

  28. Natalie

    This would be such a nice present to give to my dear (talented) friend who is being so kind as to photography my wedding (and travel half way across the country to do it!)

  29. lindsey b

    Oh this would be great! if i won this, i would give it to my talented boyfriend who is always learning ways to be a better photographer. cheers!!

  30. Amy Cooper

    Hallelujah! I’m so glad Elizabeth Messina decided to give us a peek into her glorious talent. I would love to snuggle up one day with this signed copy. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed! xoxo

  31. Lauren Rosenau

    There once was a girl who loved photos,
    Got a blog, a site, and a logo-
    To follow her heart,
    A business she’d start,
    And to study this book, she’d love, oh so!

  32. Hannah

    Elizabeth’s work is so gorgeous, I’m sure this book is going to be all kinds of lovely.

  33. Marloes

    I have this book on my Amazon wishlist for a while now. So: yes please, count me in. What a generous give-away, thank you!

  34. Kiki-Sunshine Boonwaat

    would love love love to see this book, it’s not out in the UK for too long and I’m sure it will bring so much inspiration, smiles and beauty with each page. x

  35. Maud

    It’s so lovely from Elizabeth !! I would love to have this book !! Elizabeth’s photography are so magical <3

    Kisses from France ;)

  36. Vanessa Arellano

    Ive been saving my pennies to have Elizabeth photograph a special event in my life and hope to meet her soon! Her work is inspiring, and I am in awe!

  37. Mande Calhoun

    My coffee table this morning hinted that it would like this book for Valentines Day. Can’t say no to that coffee table!

  38. Janneke

    Oh, ik ben al sinds het begin van kissthegroom verliefd op de foto’s van deze TOPfotografe! Ik wil dit boek ontzettend graag hebben.

    Oh, I’m from the start of kissthegroom in love with the images from this SUPERphotographer! I’d like it very much to have this book.

  39. Jess

    Having this book would be as close as I will probably ever come to being a part of an Elizabeth Messina shoot–which is a dream. She is simply the best at what she does.

  40. Ines

    Oh my! I already preordered one, but I would love so much to get this signed copy!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  41. Heather

    Elizabeth Messina’s photography is always breathtakingly beautiful. A book full of her work sounds fantastic :)

  42. Elizabeth

    Would loooove to win this book – I could never photograph like her, but being able to see her photographs in print, in coffee book format must be really amazing…

  43. Jade

    I was thinking of preordering it yesterday but am crossing my fingers I can win an autographed copy through Once Wed :)

  44. Alison

    Would love, love, love to win a copy of this book! Almost pre-ordered it, but saw this post first! Crossing my fingers!


  45. Jasmin

    Oh dear sweetbabyjesus! Please may I be fortunate enough to get me a copy! EM is so beautiful inside and out. Its amazing to see that beauty just ooooze in her images. Thank you Elizabeth, may you continue to illuminate love in all you do. xo

  46. Ashleigh

    Elizabeth Messina’s images are so delicate and beautiful. Absolutely inspiring. A signed copy of her book would be the icing on the cake. Thank you for such a lovely giveaway!

  47. Karine

    I’m a Huge, Huge Fan! I could stare at Elizabeth’s photos all day. Each photo is a piece of beautiful art.

  48. Shanti Jain

    It’s like everywhere I look there is this stunning image with breathtaking light that I save in my archives to gaze at when I’m having a hard shooing day. Then I slowly realize they are all coming from the same great source. The eyes and light of Elizabeth Messina. I strive for this natural light every day of my sight. I’m glad she has shared her stories with us.

  49. Sarah

    I’d love the chance to receieve a free copy of this beautiful book. I’d buy it anyways, but I’d love to learn how to shoot more glowing portraits. You get that immediate sense of emotion and love when you see photos like that and I am striving for my photographs to come across like that more in this new year. Good luck to everyone!

  50. clara

    i LOVE elizabeth messina’s work. she inspires me to take better photos and having a signed copy of her book would be the best help i could ask for in becoming a better photographer.
    thank you for the giveaway! :)

  51. Lisa Hackman

    This book looks so wonderful – what a blessing it would be to own this book! Pick me!

  52. Lisa Dawn

    It’s my birthday today so i’m feeling lucky! Elizabeth Messina’s photographs are inspiring & beautiful. Her book is on my wish list!

  53. Amelia H.

    So exciting! I would love to win her book! I’m hoping it can improve my own photography as well!

  54. Ilse

    Her images are amazing and so inspiring! Would love a chance to win the book, so adding myself to the list here :)

  55. Nikki

    I would love a book. I love Elisabeth’s work. Short sentences long time love of her work.

  56. Emily

    My friends make fun of me for my obsession with natural light in my photography. These photographs look beautiful, and that she would teach me how to capture light for portrait photography? Sign me up!

  57. AAmber

    I’ve been hoping for an Elizabeth Messina book for yearsssss… finally! I’m so thrilled for the release… and would love to win!

  58. Channing

    KISS THE LUMINOUS! I’ve been such a fan of Ms. Messina~ Swooning over her blog, and truly appreciating the technical & creative art she creates over the years, I’ve been waiting for this book! I’m getting MARRIED in a month and this would make a wonderful gift & addition to my collection of art & photography books. Starting my new career in weddings, this would be a very helpful resource! Thank you OnceWed & Elizabeth for bringing a little more beauty into the world. SO INSPIRED! XOXO

  59. kate holt

    i am thinking positive! …had a friend who used to win every contest ever. radio, raffles, you name it. I am the opposite of her! But who knows!!!! maybe….

  60. Amanda

    Regardless if I win the book through the contest, I will be picking it up for myself and for two of my dearest friends! Very excited to see the hard work Elizabeth has put into creating this little piece of art for us! xoxo

  61. joy

    I’m planning for my pre-wedding shoot soon and would love this as my wedding photography reference :)

  62. yan palmer

    oh how i love miss messina. of course i would like to win, but whatever the way, i will own this book at some point, even if it involves handing over cash. =)

  63. Channing

    KISS THE LUMINOUS! I’m getting MARRIED & this would make a wonderful gift & addition to my collection of books. Swooning over her blog & truly appreciating the technical & creative art she creates over the years, I’ve been waiting for this book! Thank you OnceWed & Elizabeth. SO INSPIRED!

  64. Ashleigh

    I’ve already pre-ordered a copy but a signed copy would be even better, the more the merrier!

  65. Nilaj

    To have lovely images by Elizabeth Messina in one compact format – able to go everywhere for me to enjoy -> bliss!
    Yes please! I would love to win :)

  66. Jenelle

    ohhh, I would love a signed copy! adore Elizabeth’s photography, such an incredible artist…can’t wait to read her book!!

  67. Rochelle Mason

    I assist brides in coordinating their weddings and would love to add your book to my collection.

  68. Liz Harvey

    Omg this is perfect!! I am just getting into photography and would love this book!! This would be my first photography book, and having it signed would make this even more special!

  69. Danita

    Been doing videography for a few years now, trying to get into photography – looooooove her work!!

  70. Trish Musicco

    Oh, my fingers are crossed! And my toes! Would love to add this gorgeous book to a collection of coffee table books in my bridal boutique. Thanks for the chance! x

  71. Rachel S.

    I would LOVE to win this book! After my wedding in June, I am dying to start building my portfolio for my photography business! This would be amazing inspiration! :)

  72. Chloe

    Oh to have the chance of getting my mitts on this sooner than June on pre-order! Please send some love to London! xo

  73. Fiona

    I am very excited for the release of this. I love following her work and your blog for that matter.
    I can always use more inspiration! xo

  74. Amanda G.

    Please pick me! I’m shooting some weddings this summer and I don’t do very many and am a little intimidated. beautiful images give me inspiration and I’m sure her books will teach me much! :)

  75. Tasja Van Rymenant

    What a wonderfull idea!

    I’ve always loved the images of Elizabeth. They seem so dreamy and subtle. Her work/world always seems so bright (makes me want to wish I was there!)

    When I saw on Twitter that Elizabeth made a book, I turned instantly to Amazon, only to discover it isn’t out just yet. (Boo! :)) I’m having a few first weddings this year and I believe browsing trough this book would calm me down and teach me a lot more :).

    Fingers crossed you’ll pick me :).

  76. Rachael

    I would love to win a copy for a friend of mine who is inspired by you and is trying to be a photographer!

  77. Nancy Ray

    Yes please! nancy[at]nancyrayphotography[dot]com
    Love her work, and her beautiful spirit that comes through her work. Cannot wait for this book to come out!

  78. Jenn

    My sister is a photographer and would LOVE this book…her b-day is coming up and what a perfect treat this would be!

  79. Rochelle

    Elizabeth Messina’s work is just BREATHTAKING! I would love to win a copy of her book for inspiration for my upcoming wedding in May! J’adore!

  80. Molly Murphy

    Oh one more reason why I wanna win this – because I
    Dont wanna wait -not even for pre-orders in APRIL!
    Waaaahhh! I’m throwing a tantrum! =D
    ok thanks :)

  81. Lisa B

    Oh! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get these types of great pictures of people for a long time! I will definitely check out this book.

  82. Mattie

    What an amazing women! As an aspiring wedding photographer and a lover of natural lit photography, this book would be a perfect addition to my book collection!


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