Lately I have been really amazed at some of the charity things I have been able to be a part of and it had me thinking. After helping with the Extreme Makeover here in Savannah I was really moved by the family. I was amazed at their attitude and the fact that they were washing their dishes in the bathtub, did not have any money to fix anything, a son who needs alot of expensive therapy and still they were thinking of how can I help someone else. It really was amazing. I also was able to photograph a dinner party at Paula Deens house for the Safe Shelter and it raised enough money to put an air condition in the safe shelter. Seeing her true generosity with the food bank and safe shelter has made a lasting impact on me. So what I had in mind when I bought my new camera and it came last week that I would give one of my canon 5ds away to someone who has dreams of being a photographer but not the means.
Here is some of the other back story
I was very fortunate to have my parents help me with college along with my grandparents, school loans (which I am still paying for!) and working my butt off to afford to go to SCAD. Despiste my parents hesitation of me wanting to be an artist and not really knowing where I wanted to go with it they supported me emotionally and as much as they could money wise. I used the cameras at school and would photograph children of families I waited tables with. I wanted my own RZ67 (medium format camera) but did not know how I would possibly come up with the 3000.00 it took to afford one. My grandparents loaned me the money and I just cried and cried. You would have thought I had won the lotto or something. I was so thankful and I faithfully paid my grandparents back 50 dollars a month for I think like three years. This was before internet, before search engienes could make you look like you have been doing it longer then you had. I had no one to compare myself to just the drive and love of photography. I slowly very slowly have built up some incredible clients and had some amazing experiences. I am forever thankful to my grandparents, my clients, my husband, and parents for helping me and being my biggest cheerleaders. So I would like to do something for someone who is trying to push forward.
So here is how
1. someone who is in need
2.I will need a letter about where you would like to go with photography
3. 3 letters of recommendation
4. Portfolio of five images
5. Then once you get the camera you have to pay it forward and do a session for a family in need and supply them with a few photos
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
deadline is February 25th
I will have three judges pick the letter and will annouce the winner!
Here are a few photos of the camera, it has been worked hard but I hope to give it to someone who will love it.