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Contest Winner Announcement!

I used random.org to use a winner in a fair way that I can’t influence. I tipped in the names and random.org generated the winner.

So here is the the result:

Congratulations to Lara!

Please contact me under my e-mail address: ritter.annika@gmail.com

To all the other ones a big Thank you for participating!

Win a Photoshooting!!!

Finally I made my mind and ordered an brand new Canon 580 EX II Flash.It arrived yesterday!

I was at a workshop the past weekend and discovered some great ideas how to use a flash.

Now I need a Model to try them out!

I’m giving away a free Portrait photoshooting in New York City! (Travel expenses are not included)

Everybody that lives close to/ or in New York City is more than welcome to participate.

The price includes:

1 hour outdoor photo shoot for up to 4 people in New York City

CD with 15 retouched, full sized images

Here’s what you’ve got to do to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post. Why do you want me to photograph you? Tell me a little bit about yourself.
  2. Click the button below to share this giveaway on Facebook
  3. Become a fan of my photography by liking my Facebook page.

Giveaway ends June 30. Prize must be redeemed by July 30. Must be aged 18 & up to qualify. The winner will be selected at random and notified on June 30, 2012.

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Limit one (1) entry per person, one (1) comment per person. Double entries will be disqualified. The participant is providing information to arfotografie and not to Facebook.

Big decision

Today is the day that I made my mind about my future.

I was considering staying here in the US as a full-time student just because I see a lot of opportunities for me here. On the other hand I miss Germany sometimes. Two weeks ago a letter from my Au Pair Agency came that I should make my mind about which flight I’m going to pick to get back home. With that pressure on  I had to make a list if it’s really worth staying here cause if I would there’s a lot to think about.

Staying in the US pros:

  • International degree
  • Love the Lifestyle and my friends here
  • possibility of a job later on

US cons:

  • education is very expensive especially as an international student
  • health insurance is expensive too
  • I’d apply from the States to change my Visa which means I couldn’t go home for the next 3 years at all (couldn’t leave the USA)
  • not allowed to work as an international student so no opportunity to make money on the side to finance the stay

Germany pros:

  • visit my family and my not so healthy grandpa
  • free health insurance
  • studying is almost free just a really small  fee per semester
  • I could open a small photography business on the side to pay rent etc
  • until your 27 and in school your parents recieve some free money from the goverment as child support
  • I have a car back home that my parents would sell if I stay in the US
  • I own fish tanks and a dog back home that I miss too
  • I miss my friends in Germany

Germany cons:

  • Different lifestyle than in the states
  • Life is going to be different. I changed so much in the 2 years since I’m here and back home it’s like I’ver never been away. Everything is the same just like times had stopped while I was gone
  • going to miss my friends in the US
  • I’m feeling more at home in the States. Never been happier…

A big part why I decided to go home is that my Grandpa is in his late 80’s and his health is pretty bad. I could’t forgive myself not beeing there for him. His eyes are pretty bad and he can’t read my letters anymore and of course he has never heard of Skype in his life. So it’s hard to keep in contact. But also the nearest College to where I live only offers an Associate in Business Marketing and to transfer to another school to get my Bachelors would be first of all risky cause I don’t know if they would accept me and second of all another huge amount of money that I don’t have. :/

At the end of September I’ll have to say goodbye to my life here and start over in Germany. I’m trying to get into school for Media Management and get a Bachelor of Arts. After that I hope I’ll find a job in the US so I can return. Maybe even do a semester abroad. Who knows.

I’m going to miss it here…

Thanks to all my lovely 100+ followers! Giveaway – Photo shoot in New York City!

I’m so happy that people out there like what I write about. It means a lot to me to share my photography with you and to hear about your opinion.

This blog keeps me very busy and I love every minute of it. It’s a great experience and I’m excited to be included in this amazing community of creative people.

As a little Thank you I’m starting a Giveaway!

I’m giving away a free Portrait photoshooting in New York City! (Travel expenses are not included)

Everybody that lives close to/ or in New York City is more than welcome to participate.

The price includes:

1 hour outdoor photo shoot for up to 4 people in New York City

CD with 15 retouched, full sized images

Here’s what you’ve got to do to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post. Why do you want me to photograph you? Tell me a little bit about yourself.
  2. Click the button below to share this giveaway on Facebook
  3. Become a fan of my photography by liking my Facebook page.

Giveaway ends May 22. Prize must be redeemed by August 1. Must be aged 18 & up to qualify. The winner will be selected at random and notified on May 22, 2012.

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Limit one (1) entry per person, one (1) comment per person. Double entries will be disqualified. The participant is providing information to arfotografie and not to Facebook.

 

Good Luck!