The Big Picture Auction

There was this time back in December 2013 that I put a teaser on TenSixteen’s business page that we had a BIG announcement to make and had people guess what it was.  95% guessed Roger and I were having a baby.  Rumors spread quick as wildfire and just like that my mother in law was convinced we were pregnant thanks to the power of social networking.
Well, we weren’t pregnant, but we were embarking on a baby of sorts.  Our non profit organization baby.  It definitely takes a lot of our time, makes us lose sleep, I look homeless most of the time because of late nights and caring for it, and it’s certainly all we talk and think about.  So yeah – it’s our baby.
The Big Picture Project is our heart and soul.  It’s what I was personally put on this Earth to do.  You see, I love capturing your most important days with photography.  At your wedding when your mom and dad walk hand in hand with kleenex in their hands and smiles on their faces and stop and look at one another for that split second – I LIVE to capture that.  Photography is a magical world that freezes time and helps you remember.  And I love that.  Every ounce of it.  I know it is a powerful tool.  So powerful that it can be used to change lives.  Because I wasn’t born to be a wedding photographer.  Its not my purpose in life.  My purpose is to help people.  And wether that is to help you relive one of the most important days of your life, or wether it’s to help a little girl who stands covered in dirt and hasn’t ate in 3 days get food – helping others is my calling.  It’s not my profession – it’s my reason for being.
So, I have a bunch of other people I know who feel that way about photography too – only maybe they can’t start a non profit, or go to a third world country for 2 weeks and work with impoverished individuals, or even donate paychecks to help the cause.  But they knew they could do something.  And they have nobly and generously given their time and talents to help change lives, and to help an industry that is our reason for being.
I go to a web page of 40+ photographers and lose myself in tears.  These people who stepped up to support people in need humbles me and brings me to my knees.  I’m in awe of an industry of professionals who could choose to be petty and consider one another competition – instead chose to stand up for change.  To put someone else’s needs above their own.  THAT is inspiring.
Now, I can’t tell you how many people we hear from looking for family, baby, children’s photography.  “Why don’t you photograph babies anymore?”  “Oh I wish you could photograph my family”  Well guess what – we have a couple dozen of the BEST of the area’s portrait photographer donating their talents – so get on there and bid and get you some photos!!  😉  And we’ve also had a few emails and calls along the way from people looking to learn and be mentored, friends who say “I wish you would teach me how to use my camera better!”  Well friends, now is your opportunity.  We are donating as well, and we designed an auction for those people who just want to take better photos or further their knowledge.  I personally am PRAYING that you people who asked for this show up and bid and don’t make me look like an idiot.  If I need to throw in cookies, or dinner, or even Roger I will.  PLEASE.  Make a girl look somewhat cool.  Or just not foolish, how about?
There is also other talented individuals on there giving away knowledge as well.  If I could have learned from any one of them starting out, I would have died for the chance.  I’d be honored to learn from them now!!  The people I look up to in this industry are giving their knowledge to help you AND others?  I’m just not sure it gets any better.
So help a sister (and a village) out, and BID.  Bid on me, bid on a session, bid on SOMETHING.  Because everyone can do something.  My few dozen photographer friends are a testament to that!
You can check my auction out HERE
You can see all the auctions and talented individuals donating their time and talents HERE
and you can find out more about that baby of ours HERE
Happy Bidding!

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