As a wedding and portrait photographer, I strive to create images that tell the story of your life with beauty and grace, respect and imagination. Foregoing forced smiles and stiff poses, I embrace natural smiles and expressions in order to create images that have a unique freshness and vitality and a heartfelt and emotional authenticity.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Spirit of the Season

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 – $2,000 worth, to be exact. Whether they choose a gallery-wrapped canvas, 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. Oh, and a little bonus? The person who nominates the winner receives a $500 print credit. What better reason do you need to show some love?

The rules:
1. 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.)
2. The nominee must reside in northeastern Oklahoma or be able to travel here for their session. If your nominee lives outside the area, send me an e-mail, anyway. There are loads of incredible photographers partnering on this project and there's sure to be one near you.
3. Comment on this blog entry to let me know you've entered and e-mail me the full story: kaycee@kayceedeen.com. Tell me who you know, what they're experiencing, and why they deserve their life translated into art. Please include contact information for your nominee and yourself. 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 love,
Kaycee

EDITED TO ADD: The amazing Kristen Kalp of Essential Imagery, the brainchild behind Giving is Awesome, has taken this philanthropy effort to new heights. I am so incredibly proud of her. Currently, there are 430 volunteer photographers from 4 continents donating their time and art - worth $464,235, to be exact - to the people who need it the most. But photographers are signing up by the hour and the circle of giving is getting bigger and bigger. We are hoping to collectively donate $1,000,000 (yes - that's one million dollars!) worth of custom portraiture worldwide. If you live outside the Tulsa metro area and you want to nominate a deserving person, couple or family, visit Kristen's Giving is Awesome website for the latest linkable list of participating photographers. And, although you'll find the updated Official Map of Awesome on her website, I'm posting the last color version here, because it gives me goosebumps.

4 comments:

  1. Robyn (Whitecotton)12/05/2008

    Hi Kaycee,

    I met one of my husband's co-workers wives last night in Tulsa, and she is an incredible sweetheart, beautiful inside and out. Unfortunately, they just found out that she has a very rare illness that could end her life soon. I believe there are drugs that could prolong her life for a few years, but the expense is staggering ($400k per year). At the end of the night we spoke, and she told me how much she loves pictures and I took some shots of them together on her digital camera. I would love to nominate this couple for your photo shoot.

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  2. Robyn, thank you so much for your tear-inducing nomination. Blessings to you and your friend.

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  3. Congrats to you for signing on to this event. I tried to get on your regular website but couldn't get past the front page. We sometimes need a photographer in Tulsa and I wanted to look at your work!

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  4. Thank you! Please share the Giving is Awesome details with your contact list - I want every deserving person in the area to have a chance!

    Thanks for asking about my website. It's being revised (new, updated photos) and I'm planning to make it live in January. Until then, please give me a call or send an email and I'd be happy to chat!

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