Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Giving is so AWESOME!

7 countries. 113 Photographers. Over $154,000 in photography. A huge thank you to Kristen Kalp for starting this amazing project and for helping us with words that express what we are trying to do (read: snag the words right from her website). What started with one photographer has given way to photographers from all over the world giving their passion to others. Chinell and I are thrilled to be a part of this. 

Chinell and I tend to be behind the scenes givers and servers. We almost hesitated to be a part of this because we didn't want it to look like we are doing this for any other reason except to bless another family. That is our heart. Also, we can't really find a needy person without blogging it. It would be hard for people to nominate others if they didn't know about the giveaway. :)  

Chinell and I are planning to give away over $1000 worth of photography services. Read on for the details. 

You know someone we know it. 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. Someone serving our country, someone in the mission field home on furlough, someone struggling the best they can to provide for their family. Someone that serves others with their time and energy even if they can't afford to give money. 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. We want to create pictures that make their heart happy every time they look at them.

You know someone. We guarantee it.

We want to know who they are, and we want to give them the chance to experience custom photography -- $850 worth, to be exact. The winning family gets a complimentary session for their children and/or immediate family with both Chinell and I, a 11x14 canvas wrap, 20-30 images (knowing us probably more) of their session on DVD, and a $250 print credit.

Oh, and as an added bonus? The person who nominates the winner receives a free session and a $75 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, anyone?

The rules:

* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing our 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 within 50 miles of Round Rock, TX. We are also including the Killeen area as it is just about in range, and we want this to be open for our military men and woman. Tell me who you know, what they're experiencing, and why they are deserving. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* You must e-mail me the full story : cutiepiephotography @ (delete the spaces). 

*All entries must be in our inbox by December 26th.

*You don't have to tell the person you nominated that you nominated them...unless of course they win :)

*If the person you enter would like to remain anonymous we can honor that, we will just leave out their names when we post them as the winner.

The winner will be announced on December 31st -- get nominating! We can't wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season -- and thanks for giving us the opportunity to open ours. We are so excited!!  When Chinell and I talk about this it about brings us to tears we so excited! Did I mention we were excited? :)

With love,

Chinell and Nicole

PS. To see who else is participating and to get more information about this amazing project please visit:

***Update-December 19th-There are over 425 photographers participating, and giving away almost $500,000 worth of services....amazing.