Sponsor Love + Giveaway – Bllew Photography

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Thank you all sooo much for the sweet comments on my Boudoir by Lily session!  They really made my day!  And today, I am back to make one of your days!!!  šŸ™‚  I’d like to officially introduce you to my sponsor, Bllew Photography (which Boudoir by Lily is a subset of).  Bllew Photography is a husband and wife photography team based in san francisco, CA but they can travel anywhere.  They shoot anything from wedding photography, engagement session, anniversary session, family portrait photography, head-shots, to now boudoir photography services! Their photographic style is very modern, sweet, and fun!  I can give a first-hand testimonial to say that they are very laid back, easy going, professional, and fun!

Here are some of my favorite photos from their blog:

Such a sweet and fun session!


Yes, they provide Fotobar Fun too!

That chandelier is AMAZING, don’t ya think?


1) How did Bllew Photography begin?

Our interest in photography started when Benson bought his first DSLR, and as they say, the rest is history.  If you really want to know, here is the long version:  We are CraigsList junkie, so one day when we were looking for our first 50mm lens we found a wedding photographer who was selling his lens.  We befriend him and later shamelessly asked him if we can tag along in his future gigs, and he humbly said “yes.” After assisting in a few gigs, Benson and I decided this is something we can do together on a part-time basis.  We paid our dues with a handful of probono wedding shoots, and when we were comfortable we started to charge.  That’s how Bllew Photography started and in case you’re wondering how we came up with our name, it’s just short for Benson and Lily Lew.

2) What photography equipment do you use?

In terms of brand, we use all Canon bodies and all Canon L series prime and zoom lenses, and we have a mix of Canon and Nikon flash units.  We always have 4 camera bodies with us on a wedding shoot and enough lenses to cover the close-ups, the tight space, the portraits, the special effects, the low light, and the far shots.

3) What are your favorite things about shooting weddings? Boudoir sessions?

As cheesy as it sounds, our favorite thing about shooting weddings is definitely being able to witness the raw emotion of love between the couples and their families.  It’s a really beautiful moment.  There were multiple occasions we both had teary eyes. As for boudoir, I love the fact that it’s such a change of pace from shooting a wedding, and being able to help someone else feel beautiful in their own skin is an empowering experience.  Boudoir sessions are also really fun because the clients get to play dress up and feel super girly!

4) Where is the coolest place you two have traveled to?

For wedding or for leisure? If for weddings, we are located in the Bay Area so all the places here are just cool in general. For leisure, the coolest place we traveled to together so far would be Bangkok, Thailand. It’s a beautiful city with a lot of intricate handcrafted art and welcoming culture.


Are you ready for this?  Bllew Photography is giving away $200 credit towards any photography session of your choice! Portrait session, wedding, anniversary shoot, boudoir session, it’s totally your choice!  Session must be in San Francisco and you have one year to redeem it!  Even if you don’t live in the San Francisco area, if you think you might be taking a vacation there in the next year, you should totally enter!!(Want to know what else is cool?? This is my 200th blog post, woohoo!! How perfect that the giveaway is for $200 haha!)

And just for a frame of reference 1.5 hour portrait sessions start at $300, 2 hour boudoir sessions start at $400, and weddings start at $2500.

To enter:

1. (Mandatory) Leave a comment on this blog post with your answer to this question, “What one accessory can you not live without?”


Leave a comment on any bllew or boudoir by lily blog post.

For additional entries:
2. Like Bllew Photography on Facebook and leave a comment on the wall and then come back here and let me know you did so!
3. Spread the word via twitter (make sure to follow and use @bllew and @sandyalamode in your tweet)

Feel free to use this tweet:
Win $200 credit towards a photography session by San Francisco based @bllew photography on @sandyalamode http://bit.ly/bN8Fdl

This giveaway closes on Wednesday, November 3 at 9PM CST.  Winner will be announced shortly after.


  1. October 26, 2010 / 11:31 pm

    You are having the best giveaways Sandy! One accessory I can’t live without is… my wedding ring(s).

  2. Angeline
    October 26, 2010 / 11:32 pm

    i cannot live without my tiffany elsa peretti bean necklace. my nickname is gellibelly, so wearing this bean represents me to the fullest šŸ™‚

  3. October 26, 2010 / 11:43 pm

    I live in OH, so I won’t be entering the giveaway (however fabulous it may be) but I wanted to pop over and say “thanks!” for the blog comment you left šŸ™‚ and FAWN over your blog! It’s suuuper cute!! šŸ˜‰ xo

  4. Angeline
    October 26, 2010 / 11:51 pm

    hi sandy! i just left a comment on bllew’s fb wall šŸ™‚

  5. October 27, 2010 / 12:46 am

    this giveaway is amazing! want! i have this cheap bow ring i got from forever 21 that i absolutely love. it turns my finger green every time i wear it but i don’t care. i love it!

    p.s. i also left a comment on the boudoir site regarding your session!

  6. October 27, 2010 / 8:19 am

    Awesome giveaway!!! That chandelier picture is AMAZING!

    I can’t go without my earrings and watch. I feel SO naked when I forget them because I am not much of an accessorizer! šŸ˜›

  7. October 27, 2010 / 11:05 am

    What a great giveaway, Sandy!

    Accessory i can’t live without is my wedding ring. As cheesy as it sounds, it feels SO WEIRD if i happen to leave it at home accidentally. i just wouldn’t feel “right” the whole day šŸ™‚

  8. October 27, 2010 / 12:20 pm

    Amazing giveaway! And so perfect since we live in SF! The main accessory that comes to mind are my wedding rings since I wear those every day and it feels weird if I don’t have have them on. My favorite accessory to shop for is shoes. My shopping weakness!

  9. October 27, 2010 / 1:40 pm

    I’m not entering the giveaway, since I don’t live in the area. But I just wanted to congrat Lily on a job well done! Sandy’s boudoir session was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Good luck to all entering!

  10. Connie
    October 27, 2010 / 3:30 pm

    I can’t live without my wedding ring.

  11. October 27, 2010 / 3:48 pm

    I can’t live without my lipgloss…I always have to carry it everywhere I go. I also need my cell phone w/me at all times…gotta tweet at a moment’s notice!

  12. October 27, 2010 / 3:54 pm

    the one accessory I can’t live without is a SMILE šŸ™‚ corny but true!! What a great opportunity!

  13. Lindsey
    October 27, 2010 / 3:54 pm

    my engagement and wedding rings!

  14. October 27, 2010 / 4:40 pm

    my burberry sunglasses are my life. i need them. always.

  15. Matthew
    October 27, 2010 / 4:50 pm

    What a great giveaway! Benson and Lily are a wonderful Husband and Wife team. They have taken wonderful head shots of me for my business. I love working with them as they make it so comfortable and easy.

    Whoever wins this will sure be lucky and enjoy every moment of it.

    Oh and I can’t live without my chain.

  16. October 27, 2010 / 5:35 pm

    That is such a wonderful giveaway…I cant live without my necklace I got from Balazs years ago:)
    Kisses my dear

    Ps: I am hosting a ban.do headband GIVEAWAY today! Please, join in!

  17. JULIE
    October 27, 2010 / 8:50 pm

    My diamond studs are a staple! I know, boring answer, but I always feel naked without my earrings šŸ™‚

    Just clicked “like” on the Bllew FB page too. They have some really cute stuff. Thanks for introducing them!!

  18. October 28, 2010 / 12:15 am

    They’re so talented!! I’d love to have a family session with them! I loved your boudoir photos. I told my buddies about this giveaway! =)

  19. Maria
    October 28, 2010 / 12:47 am

    Accessory I can’t live without.

    My coach cross body bag. I put everything in it and feel naked without it.!

  20. October 28, 2010 / 9:15 am

    I think a trip to SF would be worth it if I won šŸ™‚

    My wedding and engagement rings are never not with me šŸ™‚

  21. Ning
    October 28, 2010 / 7:51 pm

    Practical= watch
    Impractical= engagement ring

  22. October 28, 2010 / 11:06 pm

    my pearl earrings!!

  23. October 29, 2010 / 10:34 am

    Ever since I got my iPhone, I cannot live without it. I feel naked if I accidentally leave it at home.

  24. Erika
    October 29, 2010 / 11:20 am

    Great giveaway! I could totally use it because I’m getting married next year! I can’t live without my watch! my wrist feels funny without it.

  25. Tristine
    October 29, 2010 / 11:54 am

    Yay for giveaways! Benson and Lily actually shot my sister’s wedding last month and I thought they did a fabulous job!

    Every time I leave the house I MUST have my jade bracelet on. must. must. must.

  26. Jackie
    October 29, 2010 / 4:07 pm

    My one accessory I can’t be without is my jade heart necklace that was given to me on my 16th birthday. My grandmother passed it down to my mother and then my mom in turn passed it to me. It goes with everything!

    great giveaway! Bllew Phography shot my friend’s sister wedding this past September!

  27. October 29, 2010 / 7:22 pm

    Amazing giveaway! What talented photographers! I’m not entering because I (unfortunately) don’t think I will be going to California within the next year (Booooo!) but good luck to everyone and whoever wins is super lucky!

  28. Karine chan
    October 30, 2010 / 9:37 am

    My pair of diamond earrings from my mother. I love them so much!

  29. November 1, 2010 / 1:05 am

    This is an AMAZING giveaway! ^^

    I can’t choose just one accessory since there are three that are important to me: 1) A cross necklace my mom bought for me to remind me that I’m never alone 2) A ruby ring that my sister bought for me as a graduation/promise ring 3) The ring my boyfriend gave to me as a symbol of his love for me.

    I left a comment here: http://boudoirbylily.com/?p=86

    xo, Michelle

  30. November 2, 2010 / 1:59 am

    The most important piece of jewelry I own, besides my wedding ring, is a Pyrrah necklace my husband gave me for our anniversary. It has a charm that looks like an old wax seal, and it has two hearts on it and the words “for ever.” I love it not only because of the meaning behind it, but because it is simple and kind of weathered-looking, and goes great with just about anything.

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