FREE Wedding + Engagement Photography Giveaway

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

Ansel Adams

In honor of my recent move once again even farther north in the Pacific Northwest (seriously, am I going to end up in Canada or Alaska eventually? No complaints here) I am offering up a FREE Wedding + Engagement Shoot Giveaway! The weather in the Northwest might be a little dreary but the cloudy skies can set up the perfect backdrop and lighting for your special day. Remove the added hassle of looking for a quality photographer by entering this giveaway and let me worry about capturing your perfect moments! 

Are you an adventurous young couple, in love and recently engaged? Set a wedding date for between February and September 2015? Looking for some beautiful photography to announce your love to the world and capture your special day? If you are pretty low-key, outdoorsy, and fun-loving then this is for you.



...receives an engagement shoot and wedding photography for FREE. That includes an on-location engagement shoot for one to two hours with roughly 40 images delivered via an online gallery. Six-hour wedding coverage with one photographer, access to an online gallery, images delivered via USB drive, print release, and an extra special secret gift to be determined.


...receives a one to two hour engagement shoot for FREE. On-location, multiple outfits if desired with 40+ images delivered via an online gallery, USB and print release available upon request.

Here's how to enter!
Like my page on facebook here
Leave a comment describing why you should win this giveaway
Earn an extra entry for following me on instagram


Here's how to enter! Each option gives you a +1 entry.
  1. Like my page on facebook.
  2. Follow me on instagram, @mar_xela
  3. Regram my image on instagram, don't forget to tag me! @mar_xela
  4. Share this giveaway on your own facebook page.
  5. Pin one of my images on pinterest.
  6. Share this blog post on twitter and tag me! @mar__xela
Don't forget to leave a comment on this blog post with your name and e-mail plus your form(s) of entry so I can contact you if you're the winner!

Giveway ends on February 21st at noon, Pacific Standard Time and winners will be picked at random and announced on February 28th, 2015.

Official Rules:
1. Participants must be 18 years old to enter, and must be engaged to be married or have a commitment ceremony in 2015.
2. The deadline to enter the giveaway is February 21st.
3. The winner will be announced one week later on February 28th.
4. The contest is available to anyone on the West Coast including California, Oregon and Washington. If you are more than 100 miles from Seattle, WA you agree to pay travel, room and board for one night for MGP Photography (I will make travel arrangements).
5. Participants must not already have a signed contract with another photographer for wedding and/or engagement photography.
6. The engagement and wedding session must be booked on a date that Marcela Garcia Pulido has available. If in greater Seattle area must be occurring on a Saturday or Sunday, elsewhere must be occurring on a Saturday.
7. Participants agree to have their story and photographs published online and across social media sites, as well as in any publication the photographer wishes to submit to.
8. The wedding and engagement session prizes cannot be sold, traded or exchanged in any way.
9. By participating in this photography sessions giveaway you agree to be bound by these rules.

It is the policy of MGP Photography to provide services to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Apocalypse Park // Undisclosed Location

Friday, January 23, 2015

Apocalypse Park is not the real name, in fact it has no name. It's not even a real park.

Apparently it's a series of houses that fell into the Puget Sound as a result of a gnarly mud slide.

With the scenery of cement stairs in the water and graffiti everywhere, 'Apocalypse Park' sounds pretty fitting.

Needless to say, I'll have to be making a trip here again sometime soon.



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

call me Moonflower
I have had some strange new years.

I went from being in a crappy relationship in California with a dude that refused to kiss me at the countdown at an awkward house party, to last year in Portland not knowing hardly anyone in the city and celebrating on my own at a barcade, kissing a total stranger, and having a Canadian couple take me under their wing buying me drink after drink and playing pinball with, to this year in Seattle having new friends who got me free tickets to a show and a new guy with a ton of champagne an eager for a kiss.

Things appear to be looking up.

I don't do new year's resolutions because it's just a fading fad. I'm not going to eagerly vow to lose weight or eat healthier or do whatever because fuck it, I am who I am. My only goal ever truly is to create stories, have fun, and grow as an individual and that's not pertinent to what time of the year it is, it's just my life philosophy. 

Doing what I love is a huge privilege that I don't intend to take for granted anymore. This includes both photography and travel. When you find what you're passionate about, you just gotta keep with it, right? 

These past few years have been immense growing opportunities and I'm happy to do a year in review. After all, this is the year I spent in Portland creating lasting friendships that I'll cherish for a lifetime, took some of my absolutely favorite landscape photographs, and yeah, even the year that I fell in love with a great guy.

So here's 2014 in review;

//January was the first time I saw Multnomah Falls, and within first moving to Portland immediately took a trip to Washington, the Big Four Ice Caves, and Cougar.

here's me being all kinds of pensive
//February was the celebration of my 25th year of being on this planet and also the month I met my partner in crime...

//March enjoying the state's capitol in March and glorious cherry blossoms for golden hour in Salem, OR

//April was when my bestie came up to visit and I surprised her by taking her to the Tulip Fields

//May is when I became the motherfuckin' butterfly whisperer...

...jk, but I did explore the Columbia River Gorge

that's also when I befriended my soul sister, Casey whose friendship I value tremendously!

//June is when I photographed Portland's Naked Bike Ride

and also when I took a personal day to pick some lavender

//June called for a road trip to Canada to shoot the Pemberton Music Festival and my queen, Annie Clark

and when I hiked through a river to reach a waterfall at Oneonta Gorge

//August by then it'd been roughly a year since my first solo camping trip, so it felt like it was just about time to do it again. I didn't expect the thunderstorm while camping or the summer  cold that ensued, but it was a therapeutic experience, always.

//September was when I took a ladies camping trip to Thor's Well, but we only made it at low tide womp, womp.

we were told you'd be able to see the Northern Lights from Portland, so I gathered my favorite ladies and tried to see what we could capture. While we couldn't see anything after all, we had some fun playing with night photography. 

//October was when I did a pregnancy shoot for a good friend, and little baby Ismael came soon after!

//November was when I shoot the Squarespace cruise event on the Portland Spirit, here's everyone singing Bohemian Rhapsody.

also I moved to Seattle.

//December spent the holidays in Houston, TX

2014 was rad.
2015 is shaping up to be even radder.

I'm digging this life trend of each year being better than the last, and I intend to keep it up. I guess you could call that... my resolution, after all.

Fashion Shoot with Mary of the Art of Wore

Monday, January 19, 2015

Stoked to be out and about shooting again!

I met up with Mary of the Art Of Wore fashion blog here in Seattle and took a few shots at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

This was one of the first few opportunities I've gotten to take out the Fujifilm XM-1 and see what it can really do and I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the results. Whew!

So here's a few of my personal favorites and check out her blog, the rest of the shots and outfit details here.



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