Giving Is Awesome 2008

I have been blessed with my business this year and I want to give back!  I’ve tossed around many ideas but truly can’t take credit for this amazing idea!  My photographer friend, Kristen Kalp at, started this project….  She has such a big heart!  Thank you Kristen for your inspiration!

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 constant reminder of their families 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 – $500 worth to be exact.  It can be canvas, albums, prints for Grandma…anything I offer.  All I need is a deserving person who would cherish captured memories of their family.  You have the opportunity to make this a special Christmas gift for a special person.  And as a bonus, i fyou send in the nominee I select, you will also receive a complimentary photography session and a $100 portrait credit.

The details:

*You can not nominate yourself.  And the person you nominate should sincerely be in a position where they are not able to purchase custom photography for themselves.

*The person you nominate needs to live in Houston or surrounding area.

*Comment on this blog entry to let me know you’ve entered and e-mail the full story of the person you feel should receive this gift.  You can e-mail me at

All nominations must be received by midnight, December 22nd, and the gift recipient will be announced (only with their permission) on the blog on Christmas Eve.  Please include your e-mail and or phone number with your nomination as well as the best way to get in contact with your nominee.

That’s it…simple as that!  Let’s get nominating and find the perfect family!

SHOW HIDE 7 comments

Tada - December 14, 2008 - 12:42 am

Love your new blog and giving idea! You are so thoughtful and generous! I’m so proud of you!

Jeff - December 14, 2008 - 12:44 am

Very impressed as always. You are a real talent!!!! xoxo

Shawna Fugate - December 15, 2008 - 3:07 am

Erin, I know someone who is a perfect canidate for your deserving family. I am emailing you immediately with the details. Love the website and all your work. I could not be happier with our pics!

Deborah - December 15, 2008 - 9:52 pm

Erin…what a great idea. I am so proud of you. Being in Dallas I can’t nominate anyone though I know plenty who could use the help. God bless you for being so thoughtful. These are the types of things that families without would never have without the generosity of people like you. Thank you for being so giving and not to mention your beautiful gift of taking gorgeous photos!

Jen Blackmon - December 20, 2008 - 6:51 am

Erin! This is so very cool! I am so glad you’re doing this. I just sent you an email and nominated a wonderful family! You rock! :-)

Erin Carlyle - December 27, 2008 - 3:10 pm

I felt blessed to be a part of this project!

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