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Giving is Awesome!

Eve is one of the owners of my favorite local yarn store, Twisted Yarns, and after I photographed Amy & Jerry’s wedding in November,
she asked me about doing a family portrait session. This is one of my favorites from the day!

It has been a hard year for a lot of people in Houston. Hurricane Ike. People lost their homes. The financial crisis. Job layoffs. The list is sadly long.

You know someone. You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography — $1400 worth, to be exact. A portrait session, a DVD of the high-resolution image files, and $500 worth of product credit. Whether it’s canvas or albums, prints for Grandma, or a slideshow to watch over and over, it’s in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a portrait session too, along with $200 worth of product credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The rules:
* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)

* The nominee must reside in the greater Houston area. Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* You must e-mail me the full story – my email address is christine@ the website address. (Sorry – trying to avoid spammers.)

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve — get nominating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!

I’m not the only one doing this right now — Giving is Awesome is coordinating a lot of us. Maybe someone in your area if you’re not in Houston? Or maybe you’re a photographer and you want to participate too?

Open your heart to someone this holiday season — and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

With love –

By Christine

Business Coach for Local Businesses, founder of the InstaLocal System, and Best-Selling Author. Blogger since 2000, I named WordPress. (Yes. Really.) My Superpower: Helping Local Business owners like you use the power of story to magnetize clients and dominate your market. It is time to stop believing the lies of the Perfection Culture. I live in Houston, Texas when I'm not on a road trip adventure in my Mini Cooper.

8 replies on “Giving is Awesome!”

What a great idea! I wish I knew someone to nominate – most people I know are living off money borrowed from their future selves via the government (aka student loans).

I know people to donate to but none in Houston. I’ve done this twice this year, (a scaled down version) and I think I will do it again next year. It’s easy to find people in need all around. Add a can for me, please!

That is an incredibly thoughtful thing for you to do. I don’t know anyone to nominate (I’m in Seattle and know no one in TX), but, as you know, when you aren’t doing so well with life, to have someone do something that will make you feel wonderful, is totally empowering. Totally inspiring. Thanks.

Christine! What a sweet idea! I applaud your spirit of giving! And I love the lighting in the family portrait.

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