giving is awesome :: minnesota child photography

I am so fortunate to be doing what I absolutely love doing, and I am constantly looking for ways to give back. Thank you to all of you who had sessions in October - I donated 10% of all of my profits to Operation Smile. What a great feeling to be able to help out people with something so important. Thank you for helping me to support this incredible organization. I have found a fantastic grassroots effort which was started by one photographer who wanted to do something for a worthy family in her community. It has snowballed into a nationwide giving phenomenon of photographers wanting to do more good. At the time of this posting, there are 277 photographers giving away $259,962 worth of custom photography. Pretty cool, huh. I'm honored to be a part of this.

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 -- $1000 worth, to be exact. 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 $275 credit. That's a free session ($175 value) and $100 in print credits. 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 Twin Cities 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 : gwen@gwendolynwaite.com by midnight December 23rd.

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

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

Giving *is* awesome.

-gwen