Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Season of Giving

I have seen and heard so many that are struggling right now. I've realized this year that i'm so fortunate compared to others. While life may not always be perfect, my husband and I both have our health, steady income, and most importantly, each other. With that, i've been inspired to give back as much as possible. And, along with that, I have seen so many photographers with fabulous ideas to help others in these difficult economic times; efforts which I wish to join in. To that end, I have two blog contests that I am running:

First:
I am giving away a free portrait, family, or couples session. 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.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography – $750 worth, to be exact, including a complimentary session and a $400 print credit. Whether it's a canvas, albums, prints for Grandma, or a wall portrait...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 complementary session as well as a $200 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The fine print:

You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services.

The nominee must reside in Southern California. 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.

Comment on this blog entry to let me know you've entered, and e-mail me the full story: julia@juliawilliamsphotography.com

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

Second:
Like many other photographers, I am participating in the 'Cans for Comments' drive. When people who read my blog leave comments, it totally makes my day! I'll take comments, questions, compliments, or anything you have to say about my work!

For the next 14 days (until Christmas Eve's eve), if you share the love, so will I! For everyone who posts a comment on any of my blog entries, i'll donate a canned good to the San Diego food bank. To faciliate this, I vow (VOW, I say!) to post at least 3 times each week, so everyone has lots of material for their blog love! It's easy to help out - just leave a comment! And while you are at it, jump over to Ohana Photography, where I heard about this, and Chris + Lynn, where this wonderful idea originated!

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

2 comments:

Jamie Lawler said...

A can of something in my name please! Glad to hear you're doing this.

Looking forward to more posts too!

Abigail said...

fabulous ideas and contest, my love! looking forward to seeing you soon!