The Season For Giving

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 — $500 worth. Whether it’s a large portrait for their wall or a number of 8×10 portraits to share with their extended family, 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 complimentary session plus a $150 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be?

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 Central Pennsylvania. 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 :

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve — so 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.

With love,


P.S. This is all part of a photographers’ initiative called Giving Is Awesome. If you know someone in another part of the U.S. or Canada who deserves custom photography, you may find the right photographer at the Giving Is Awesome site.


I received many nominations of truly inspiring people and deserving families, and each one was profoundly moving. I am so touched by the thoughtfulness and love on the part of the nominators.

Selecting a family to receive this gift was a very difficult decision. I wish I could do portraits for all of the nominated families, as every family deserves portraits documenting their children, their love and their life.

I will be announcing the winner (and the wonderful person who nominated the winner!) publicly on the blog tomorrow.  In the meantime, I will be contacting those who have won to congratulate them, and wish them a very happy holiday.

Many blessings of love, joy and peace…

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