*This post was actually written on Jan. 1, and I had trouble posting it. Please excuse the delay, if you have been awaiting the winner for the free photoshoot!!*
Whoever thought that holding a contest for awesome people that deserve to be nominated for a photoshoot, obviously didn't consider the photographer who would have to CHOOSE the winner!! Do you know how hard that is?
I received such amazing, loving and thoughtful nominations. Friends nominating their friends who deserve to be in the limelight, a daughter nominating her mother because she has a million reasons for why her mom is awesome and wants to give the love back to her, a mom nominating her son because she believes in his music career, a mother of an autistic child who has such joy for her child despite many great adversities in their lives. You get the idea.
After much hair-pulling-outing, I have decided that the winner of this year's Giving is Awesome (and there WILL be a next year, so keep your eyes peeled for your nomination) is a single mother of a family of 5 girls, that recently left her abusive husband.
Due to obvious reasons, I can't say any more than that, but I can say that I am THRILLED and absolutely honoured by the idea that a photoshoot together could bring this family some happiness and celebration.
One of my favourite parts of lifestyle portrait shoots, is how much fun families have while we do them. It's a fabulous way for families to spend a few hours together, joking around, playing and just being together. I love the idea that this winning photoshoot could be an opportunity for happiness and fun for a family that has recently undergone such traumatic situations at home, and a complete life upheaval.
Thank you everyone for your amazing nominations. I loved hearing about all the love being shared, and am so happy you thought this was a good idea and participated. Because of you, lives are being affected by such positivity. Way to start 2009!!!
Happy happy happy happy New Year.