There was a party going on...and it was a great success!

Wow - what an event! We had over 500 people attend the grand open house celebration of the Aperture Academy.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and we have over 200 photos from the event to share. FYI, in the gallery, we are offering 10% off prints and 15% off classes through the end of 2009...and we now have gift certificates! (Call 408-369-8585 to learn more.)

Take a look through the party photos (taken by our official event photographer, Steven Davis).

[To see the Old Crystal Mill larger, click here]
[Read about the party and see all the photos here]

The party was a great way for us to show the public what we're all about. Our in-field instructors, Brian Rueb and Jim Patterson, were available to talk to the public, answer questions about workshops, and share stories from their photographic experiences. Classroom instructors, Jeanette Smith and Scott Donschikowski, were there as well, offering some tips and tutorials on Photoshop and Lightroom. Stephen Oachs, the gallery founder and the gala's host, answered questions regarding his photographs and gave away over $5000 worth of prints and certificates as prizes in the raffle.

We sincerely wish to thank everyone who was able to attend; for those of you far away, thank you for all your kind wishes. Have a safe holiday and a new year!


Twitter Giveaway Winners Announced!

Our grand opening celebration has been wonderful, and part of the fun included announcing our two prize winners!

We chose a winner from everyone who used the hashtag #ApertureAcademy in their tweets/retweets. The prize was a choice of one of four 8x10 matted, signed wildlife prints by our featured photographer (and Aperture Academy founder) Stephen Oachs. [See the prizes/selections here]

Our second winner was chosen from among all our Twitter followers as of midnight on the day of our celebration (Dec. 5th).

Oh...haven't we said who the winners are? Guess we'd better do that!

WINNER #1 Congratulations to vtully

WINNER #2 Congratulations to MartinaPowell

Winners, please send an e-mail to Kelly [at] ApertureAcademy.com with "Twitter Winner" in the subject line. Please give her your name, mailing address and your prize choice! She's waiting to hear from you!

P.S. We hope you will post a comment about which prizes you choose! (And Twitter about it, too!) We'd all love to know!
[See the prizes/selections here]