Yup, Finito. It’s done.  I must say, it’s been quite the contentious contest.

[ But honestly, stop texting your friends. The thing is over.  Leave them alone. It’s time to move on. ]

So, without further delay, ado, proliferation, pause, or stress-induced perspiration, we give you the winners of this year’s esteemed Image of the Year!

winners_graphicCongratulations to all of our 157 nominees [ as well as our top 20 finalists! ]

This battle was borderline illegal.  I shunned a few death threats and avoided a few people who approached me to gang fight on the street over vote counting.  I lept from one train to another train to avoid a mob of testy voters whose cellular networks didn’t load fast enough.  I ate some Chipotle. Then, after all of that, we tallied votes like madmen [ and madwomen ].

Here they are; your 2018 Image of the Year Winners


Indian Wedding Ceremony Photographer Cleveland


Paulomi + Sunit are the official Image of the year Winners for this year’s competition. Photographed from above, the two are featured during their Hindu wedding ceremony with their parents at the Mandap. The couple will enjoy their fab winnings in style [ 24×36 Custom Metal Wall Art + $250 Print Credit + Gabriella will Kanye Call + the King of Strange Handshakes will ensure the deed is done ]


Winter Wedding Cleveland Sign Photographer


Katie + John just won second place in our Image of the Year Competition. Photographed by Amber, we would argue that it wasn’t the iconic Cleveland Script sign that won your hearts, but the gentleman who was unfortunately falling from the sky while Amber pressed the shutter button.  The couple are happy to garner second place in this year’s competition, but the non-parachute wearing airline escapee is now a sad sad memory.


Bridal Party Cleveland Wedding Photography


Mike and Lauren pulled in a record breaking 490 Blog votes. We’re not only proud that another iconic Cleveland sign was a winner in this years competition, we’re also impressed with the range of facial performances performed by these friends. The dichotomy of playful sass and sheer disappointment [ looking at you center brunette bridesmaid ] is poignant. We’re confident the happy couple is excited about the play-doh® trophy they just won, and we’re hoping they enjoy the gift that is Micaela. That isn’t weird at all. Not at all.


Image of the Year LogoIf you’re new to Making the Moment, you might be unfamiliar with our Image of the Year Competition. Just this week, we nominated 157 images – one leading image from each of our weddings, engagement sessions, family & creative senior image sessions.

round1Each image was then submitted to our Facebook fan page for open voting by our awesome community of friends, clients & fans. Here’s the original nominees if you had missed them.

Round 2 GraphicAfter a few days of open voting, we selected the top 20 images from the open voting to move forward to a second round. These images were voted on by thousands of good people [ like you! ] and they represent the best of our creative, Cleveland based photography company. If you’d like to see the top 20 finalists, here’s the skinny on all of that. Basically, all of you lovely people took over Facebook and Instagram.  It was alarming and a tad disturbing, but I’m none-the-less proud of you.

Photography Competition Wedding Photographers Cleveland


Valued at over $1000 bucks, this is worth fighting for *

  • 24×36″ Metal Wall Art Print with B.A. [ bad-ass ] Metal Stud Post Hangers. Yes – Complete Awesomeness
  • $250 gift card to the Making the Moment print lab
  • Gabriella will prank call your significant other and pretend to be Kanye West **
  • A strangely ambiguous handshake from Brett
Image of the Year Runner-Up

Great stuff happens here for our second place winner

  • $181.17 gift card to the Making the Moment print lab
  • A tiny cup of mint tea that Anna will warm for you [ $32 street value ]***
  • Signed, numbered, and framed drawing of a snake making out with a llama by Sara
  • Tyler will make sock puppets out of your socks while you’re at work one day.  All of your socks.
Image of the Year Almost Winner [ 3rd Place ]

Amazing awesomeness still happens here for our third place winner

  • $50 gift card to the Making the Moment print lab
  • Amber will find your high-school crush and awkwardly bring your name up to see if they “like” you or not
  • Some play-doh® that Renee half-assed into looking like a trophy
  • Micaela. We’re going to give you Micaela.
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