Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy! Happy! Blogoversary! to me...and you! It's Giveaway Time!!

Ciao, Chessa! is one year old today. Wowsa.

Lately I've been having this dreadful feeling that life is just passing through my fingers. Do you feel that way? How is it March 23rd already? And, how have I been blogging here for 365 days?

I wasn't sure what I would do with this place when I decided to start. I looked at it as simply another venue for my photography but it has evolved into so much more. I have grown so much as a photographer and as a writer and I think I really found my true voice. One of the reasons why I was hesitant to start this blog was because I felt very wary about "putting myself out there" - I put that in quotes because every time someone asked me why I don't blog, that was the response I gave them.

I really love it here. I have met so many wonderful people via blogging and I have found so much inspiration from all of you. Thank you! I'm excited to see where Chessa! goes and I'm even more thrilled to know that I have all of you by my side for the adventure.

In honor of this first blogoversary I'm having a very special giveaway! One lucky reader will win the chance to choose ANY 8x12* or 8x10* print from my Etsy shop! Yes, you heard (umm, read) right my friends...it is your choice! I'll be announcing the winner next Monday, March 30th.

Here is a (small) preview of what you will find over at my shop:


Happy Earth Day

Lines in the Sand

on the way up and down

Abandon

walking from the past





I wish you all a marvelous day! And, THANK YOU again for everything! xx

Today's soundtrack:
Coldplay - Viva la Vida

*Because I'm a lawyer by training, I have to point out that the size will depend on the print:) I will let you know the size depending on which image is selected!


Bookmark and Share

add to kirtsy

40 comments:

Marco Crupi said...

Your Photos is fantastic, i am a photographer italiano, my compliment ;)

Matt Allen Photography said...

Congrats on your 1-year anniversary! Here's to many many more!

hmstrjam said...

woohoo- i'm in! happy anniversary! btw I'm having my first kitty print giveaway on my blog- stop by and enter by this wed!

Not Scarlett said...

Happy anniversary! Your images are just so incredibly gorgeous - such treats for my eyes and soul!

Priya L said...

Happy 1 year! I feel inspired when I read your blog. Please sign me up for your give away. :)

Shannalee said...

Congratulations! Is leaving a comment all I have to do to enter? If so, here I am! :)

Love your inspiring photos and hearing about your travels!

Tiago said...

Hey, congrats!!! =)
Have a nice blogversary day! hope you have a lots more to come.
Keep up the good work sharing beautiful snaps of your world ..
Cheers

Miss B. said...

Just wanted to wish you a happy b-day! Congrats, a milestone!

Micaela said...

Happy one year!

...love Maegan said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!

I was just "favoriting" some in your shop yesterday but I don't think I saw the third one down! ...so gorgeous. It makes me want to be there. ...which means I could stare at it for hours!

tanya said...

Wow, I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog--your photographs are just stunning!

City Girl said...

I just visited your etsy store on Saturday - so pretty! Please enter me into your giveaway :)

The Beauty File said...

happy blog a versary!!!
So excited for you such a major milestone!!
You're such an inspiration and I'm glad you talked me into starting my own!! Xoxo gg

Tiffany said...

Happy one year Ciao Chessa!

love the last one with the raindrops and the lights! beautiful!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

holy kamoly--happy anniversary dear girl! if i won this i couldn;t choose---just coffee with you somewhere maybe soon before more life gets in the way!!?

and your new header is so striking and intense, i nearly shed a tear...wow!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Sandra

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

crossing my fingers that it's me, me, me! Happy Blogoversary!

saphyress said...

Happy anniversary! Great photographs, would love to have any of them

scottsgal said...

Wow the colors are amazing - so vibrant. Please count me in!

Hilary said...

Congrats on your one year of blogging. It's a lot of fun, isn't it? :)

paula h said...

Great pictures. I love "Look for Me When I'm Lost."

divaqueenie said...

Love your photos...you have a very unique perspective. Thanks for sharing with us!

kelly said...

HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOGOVERSARY!!!

amazing photos!!! its so inspiring!!!

i feel you...i was hesitant to start my blog... because i didn't want to put myself out there too! I am a strong believer anonymity so its quite contradicting to have a blog! lol but thats why i dont show my face.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!!

Digital Misfit said...

Congratulations on your 1yr blogoversary! Your photography is so sharp and wonderful. I especially love your dramatic black and whites.

heidig@gmail.com

Elizabeth said...

Happy Blogoversary Chessa! I can't believe it's already been a year. I think I started reading in the early days too. How time flies! If I win this giveaway I know just which shot I will pick. :) Hope you are doing well my dear. xo

valerie said...

happy one year to you!! what an exciting milestone! loving the new header by the way...i'd love to live in one of those homes.

thanks for the giveaway...can't wait to see who the winner is! xo

onesilentwinter said...

Oh Chessa i am so glad "you put yourself out there" your work is exceptional- i would be lost without it. i come here to dream or perhaps put images to my dreams. i am excited about your etsy store!

mieletcannelle said...

Yes, I get to try again! Beautiful.. *sigh* Just lovely.. If I could choose a way to take photos, it would be this way.

amy said...

congratulations chessa!

The Lil Bee said...

Happy anniversary, Moni! I love that photo of the steps...so cool:)

amber of TheAmberShow said...

Darling, happy anniversary. I'm so glad you chose to "put yourself out there".

My fave thing to do when reading your posts is to listen to your "Today's soundtrack" first and let it play in another window while I'm reading. I love Coldplay!

Anyway, this is my official entry (I'm assuming a comment is all I need to enter?)

I hope to win! I'll let you know what print I want if you pick me. Off to browse. :)

liane66 said...

Very nice!
Thanks for the giveaway!
kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

Una Zamorana y un Sallentí said...

You know that I love all your pics.

Happy birthday!!

Conchi

mormar said...

happy anniversary...your photos are great. I am so glad i stumbled upon you.

Marie said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your photos, just gorgeous!

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

alexandrea said...

Happy Birthday! Ya know I went to Italy just to take pictures of cats and doors and I still didn't anything as pretty as some of those shots.

debrob58 said...

As a photographer, I appreciate talent and a keen eye...and you've got both. I visited your site and love your style. I particularly liked "look for me when I am lost" and your "on the way up and down" is fabulous. I like that you did that one in black and white.

Please count me in to win one of your prints!

drollgirl said...

these shots are good. i am partial to the b&w ones, but they are all great.

Jennifer said...

Your art is stunning! Hard for me to decide what I like the best.

jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

oh wow those are absolutely beautiful!

jdmimi at gmail dot com