Shoot Your Heart Out

If you follow my friend Julie’s blog then I’m sure you’ve seen The Happy Day Project.  While I haven’t been doing the tasks in order and it might take me more than a week to finish everything, Brayden and I have had fun spreading a little unexpected sunshine each day.  It’s given me an opportunity to talk to him about giving and to try and teach him about what this season is really all about.  It’s not easy with a 3 year old, but I can see it starting to sink in.  Just a little.  And a little is fine with me.  I’ll do another post soon on our experience with the project, but seeing what Julie and Jeannett have done and how they have inspired others to give with their whole hearts inspired me to do more.

We all have cameras.  What can we do with our cameras to put a smile on someone’s face?  Can you take pictures for a family who deserves beautiful family pictures, but can’t afford it?  Can you do a day of sessions and donate the session fees to an organization?  Can you gift a session to your family and friends who have made a difference in your life and the lives of your children this year?

You don’t have to be a professional Mom*tog to do this.  How many of you are always behind the camera and would just love a simple picture with your kids?  Take your fancy camera and schedule a play date with your mommy friends.  Set your camera on auto and take turns taking pictures of each other.  You can do something to give back to your friends and you’ll get a cute shot of you and your kiddos as well!

I know we’re all busy.  Trust me.  I get it.  I’m busier than I’ve ever been this year.  But, I’m sure you can find an hour (or two, or three) to use your camera to do some good.

Julie and I have something in the works.  And I’m really, really excited about it.  I have so much to be thankful for.  It’s kind of ridiculous.  I’m happy to use my camera to be able to spread a little sunshine to those that need it.

*** Are you using your camera to put a smile on someones face?  Post about it in Real Mom*togs!


  1. jeannett says

    so excited to see sweetness and sunshine spreading like wildfire! brayden is picking up 100 times more than you even realize. i promise. henry often surprises me months later with little comments. it sinks in. it really does.
    jeannett´s last blog post ..The Happy Day Project {Day 7: Blessing Bags}

  2. This is great Drew! I’m not a “big” photographer but I always try to do 1-2 free sessions a year to people that I think deserve it. Having a family all captured together is something really special.
    Summer Crosbie´s last blog post ..Something simple

  3. Ada says

    indeed, we never know just how much people don’t take pictures because we take so many!
    Our middle school has a mother/son event each year, last spring I went with my 6th son & made the LAMEST backdrop ever -as in black table cloth hung over gutter drain :[ . I felt so stupid about it but figured maybe as they came in if I just took a quick shot of each mom & son maybe I could do something with it. The lighting was only so so, the headshots were tight, I switched all of them to B&W. And printed up 5×7. I had so many moms thank me it was shocking. It wasn’t much time, but they SO appreciated getting one picture with just that one child. Just captured them together, as preteens, the kids couldn’t fuss when it was me asking (not their moms) & I was glad it worked out. That was last April. Just this last weekend, a mom told me again, how that was the ONLY photo she has of just the two of them, she loves it so much…..and thanked me over & over.
    I’m glad I got over the non-ideal setting, found the time & just did it.
    Ada´s last blog post ..what Disney World looks like without kids.

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