Featured Christmas Competition

Win a magical Christmas themed photo shoot for your children or pets

I have teamed up with Shadow Studio to offer you an awesome Christmas themed giveaway. Check out the gleam form below for your opportunity to win. The prize includes a free 30 minute photo shoot at Shadow Studio and a choice of 7 x 5 print from your shoot.

All about Shadow Studio

Shadow Studio is a professional photo studio near to Gloucester Quays, in the heart of Gloucestershire. They have two resident photographers, one of whom, Mark, has been a good friend of mine for over 20 years. They specialise in family, child, baby and pet portraits.

Mark is an excellent photographer who started as a hobbyist many years ago. I’ve followed his progress from the very beginning through to his current successful studio. He has taken photographs of my son, Zeke on numerous occasions and I’m always thrilled with the results. As a father himself, Mark is excellent with children. He makes friends with them and really puts them at ease for a shoot. Zeke doesn’t leave his side when we go out for the day, which gives me a nice break. Also, if you’re planning on having a photo of your pet, you should know that in our friend circle, Mark has always been known as Dr Doolittle!

A very cute Labrador puppy with a red bow around his neck.
An example of the adorable pet photography that Shadow Studio offers.

Shadow Studio aim to cater to all tastes and budgets, offering a wide range of photograph styles and set options. They also hire out the studio for photographer camera club events, model photo shoots, projects with their makeup artists, student projects and some commercial photography. You can contact them via their Facebook or Instagram page for further details and prices.

A picture of a photographers equipment such as lighting and reflectors
Shadow Photo Studio, Gloucester

Enter for your chance to win a themed photo shoot and print in time for Christmas

Shadow Studio have generously given me a prize package to offer to a lucky reader. The prize consists of a 30 minute photo shoot for either your child(ren) or pet(s) with a choice of magical Christmas themed backgrounds. You will also receive a 7×5 print of your choice from the photo shoot, to take home as a treasured memory of your day. It would make an excellent Christmas gift for relatives or even a nice holiday card image.

Simply enter via the gleam form below. Please note: Although this is a promotional piece, I am not accepting any payment or benefits in return, therefore it does not qualify as an ad post.

One picture shows a fireplace, christmas bunting and a sack of gifts. The other picture shows a white themed photo set with gnomes and a christmas tree
An example of the types of Christmas themed backgrounds on offer for our lucky prize winner.

Win a magical Christmas themed photo shoot for kids or pets

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I am a Prize Warrior – My Success

I am a Prize Warrior

I consider myself to be a Prize Warrior (and this is the only self congratulary post that you will get from me) for two reasons. One – I have sought out and been successful in winning a lot of very cool stuff. Some people may have been more successful, but it’s all relative and I am incredibly happy with my achievements so far.

Two – I suffer with an enormous amount of pain every day of my life. Whilst this is not the subject matter of my blog, it’s a huge obstacle  in my life that I have to overcome in order to continue ‘as normal’. Anybody with a chronic pain condition will agree, I’m sure. Pain is very limiting, it makes everything in life challenging and less enjoyable than it used to be. It makes spoiling my family so much more difficult than it was when I could hold down a well paid job! The fact that I have found a way to provide and carry out fun and often pricey trips and holidays for my boy, in spite of my struggles, makes me feel at least a little warrior-esque.

Lady with crutches imagining being able to walk without them

Winning at winning

Partially so that I can chase up missing prizes and partially as a reminder that it’s all worth it, I have tried to drop the congratulations emails and tweets from my wins into a folder for safe keeping. On writing this blog post, however, I realised that many of my prizes turned up unexpectedly through the mail or I received a phone call about them instead! Therefore, unfortunately, I am going to have to rely on my somewhat hazy memory in order to compile a ‘complete’ list of my wins.

This brings me to an important point. It’s a great idea to keep a record of what you have won, for the reasons that I have pointed out above. May I suggest that you keep a more thorough list than I have done up to this point. I intend to regularly update the list on my blog from now on, with ALL of my wins! So hopefully, going forward, I will have put my own suggestion into practice!

What can you win?

How long is a piece of string? You can win literally anything. Prizes really can be as small as a pen or as large as a multi-thousand pound dream holiday. And yes, they do exist. And yes, I have experienced them! The smaller prize competitions are of course easier to come by and generally easier to win, however, hold out for the big wins, because they are there!

In addition to my love of competitions in general, there is a special place in my heart for those giveaways offering bizarre prizes. In this vein, I will be running my own regular “oddest prize of the month” competition. As the title suggests, whomever finds and submits to me the prize that I consider to be the strangest or most random that I have seen that month, will themselves win a prize. Look out for this in my giveaways section.

Of course, there are people who have been doing this for a lot longer than I have and have a far more impressive collection of prizes (Di Coke for example, who is my absolute comping hero!) But my arsenal of wins is not to be sniffed at, with tea bags at one end of the scale and 4 luxury holidays/breaks in the space of a little over a year at the other end!

Holiday snap from Vietnam

Follow my list of prizes

If you are interested in keeping up to date with my winnings and would like to follow then you can pop over to my prize wins page, which is updated on a monthly basis, starting back in 2013 when I had my first win.