Sometimes it's easiest to give money. I don't mind being generous with my money, but I don't often give my time.* And it takes both time and thought to think of someone who might have had a rough year, compose your thoughts, and write me an e-mail. I wasn't sure how this Giving is Awesome giveaway would go, but I am happy to say that two people chose to clear some time in their schedule to think of someone besides themselves.
Nominate someone who lives in Indiana who has had a rough time of it recently or in the past year to win a Complimentary Portrait session with myself, $150 in print credit, and a CD of high-resolution images from the session- a $600 value. The nominator (is that a word?) of the winner themselves receives $150 print credit.
So who won?
I was touched by both of the stories that were shared with me. I would be honored to photograph either family, and so that's what I'm going to do. They both win. Someone nominated Dawn and her 5 children, and Denise nominated Josh and Amber. The nominators (should they ever wish to have a session with me) will receive $150 in print credit, and I will be contacting them all this weekend to thank them and hopefully schedule sessions (for sometime a little warmer maybe? :D).
Since this is a photography blog and this was a particularly wordy post, I'll share one of my favorite faces with you.
*I do not in anyway wish to disregard or diminish the value of monetary giving. I'm all for it. I was a support-raising missionary for two years, and I have heard many aid organizations saying that right now what they need most is money. Giving money is GOOD.