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Announcing Give A Day 2018

We love a good giveaway, but this one is extra special. Two local Minneapolis vendors have pledged to donate a day of their time to one lucky couple by providing photography and videography on their wedding day. In return, the couple will pledge to donate two full days of their time volunteering for a good cause. It's that simple! This is the second year that Athena, of Athena Pelton Photography and Chris, of Sky Focus Films have hosted the Give A Day giveaway, and we think it's a pretty wonderful way to give back. Read on for a little information on the inspiration behind Give A Day, and for details on how to enter!

*Please note that this giveaway is hosted by Minnesota-based vendors but out-of-state applicants are welcome!

From Athena Pelton:

On giving back, paying it forward, and a kickass help-some-humans-out giveaway. | announcing give-a-day 2018

Two years ago, my good friend and wealth of inspiration of a human and creative Chris Martin launched Give-A-Day. He wanted to take a more active approach to living life with intention, purpose, and in making a difference in and for the lives of others. Last year I asked if I could join him (every wedding needs a photographer, too, right?!), I was feeling adrift and knew that putting my heart and talent behind a cause that positively impacted my fellow humans would fill my heart. Which I desperately needed. It’s no surprise I was elated and ecstatic when he agreed to my partnering up on his beauty of a project.

I’m honored and humbled by the honest, heartfelt, courageous and inspiring stories that were sent to us last year (you can view last year's story here) and as such am So. Damn. EXCITED that Give-A-Day is back!


Christopher and I have joined forces yet again (can I get a HELL YEAH!) to give away a wedding film and photography package. We will meet with you, talk about your day, help with your schedule, shoot the day of events, edit the images and film into a beautiful, artistic story, and deliver it to you at no charge.

Of course, there’s a catch (but don’t worry it’s a good one!);

Each of us is donating a day of our time to you and your story, so we are asking that in return the winning couple (you!!!) do the same. We give. You give. Hearts get bigger. It’s a win-win-win.

Here are all the juicy details and all the info you need on how to submit your wedding story to Give-A-Day (it’s easy, we promise):

First: If you’re not already, make sure you are following both of us on Instagram, @athenapelton and @skyfocus.

Second: Look through our websites and post a favorite photo of Athena’s, as well as a favorite film of Christopher’s (you’ll need a 3rd party app like Repost to post videos to IG) captioning the photo with our name (via @mention), why you love the image/film and the hashtag #giveaday2018. (Please also tag us in the photo/video to make sure we see your entry. If your IG settings are private we will not be able to see your posts, but you can DM a screen grab them to either of our IG accounts. If you only post a video or a photo your entry will not be valid.)

Third: Submit an inquiry via either of our websites (Athena Pelton Photography or Sky Focus Films) letting us know when and where you’re getting married, which organization you’ll be donating your time to and why, and fill us in on your story. The more detailed and heartfelt and honest and candid (and all the other buzzwords) your story is, the better, as this year we’ll be selecting the winners based on the submitted story. (And be prepared to act! If chosen you must be willing to dedicate a full day of volunteering to the charity of your choice (8 hours per person/16 hours total). We will be asking for a copy of the completion document from your charity prior to your wedding day.

New This Year:

First: You need not be local to Minneapolis to enter! We are (finally!) accepting entries from anywhere, and for a non-local winner will only require the winning coverage of travel costs.

Second: Do you already have a photographer or cinematographer booked for your day? Fret not! You can still enter! Just let us know if you are submitting for only photography or cinematography and are not in need of both of us.

And finally (Phew!): The deadline for submissions is no later than 5PM Central Time, Monday February 19th. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 23rd.

*Throws Confetti*

Kate + Adam from Sky Focus Films on Vimeo.