giving is awesome | orange county family photographer | cindy chen

I have been looking for the perfect way to do something charitable this holiday season. 
I wanted to find a way to give back to the community and came across an amazing project – Giving is Awesome 
- a collaborate effort from photographers all over the nation donating custom photography services to families who cannot afford it this holiday season.  As I type, there are over 325 photographers participating and close to $350,000 in services being donated!

Here is how it works:

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, 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.

The rules:
* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services because finances need to be allocated to more important things. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home does not qualify as sincere financial need.)

* The nominee must reside in within 60 miles of zip code 92694 or be willing to meet with me.  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 — 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 Holiday Love,

If you are outside of the Southern California area and would like to nominate a family for the Giving is Awesome project, you can find other who are photographers who are particapiting in the project using this map

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! What a great way to give back to your community!

Mind if I steal it? :)

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