A Gift for a stranger {Black and White Wednesday}

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Last weekend, Harry and I had a "date" shooting photos in the park.  As we were shooting some interesting ducks, I saw a family (two related families actually) struggling to get a Christmas card photo with their point and shoot cameras and two toddlers in tow.   My heart went out to them as we have all been there struggling to get that perfect photo.  I asked Harry if I should offer to take a few photos for them.  He agreed that I should.  So I snapped away and got their e-mail address.  As it turns out they are both using the photos I took for their Christmas cards.  I  made them a disk of all the photos and they are picking it up today. It felt so good to be able to give strangers this gift of a photo of their daughter....

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62 comments:

  1. Really gorgeous shot Kim!! And I know how much they must appreciate it!

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  2. Oh my, beautiful!!!

    That would've been me with my point and shoot.

    I had a photographer friend help me out this year. : )

    What an amazing gift.

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  3. That is an amazing gift to give a family!

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  4. STUNNING!!!! My goodness - you are sooo talented! Guess what? I am coming to Houston for a wedding in March! You know what that means? We are DESTINED to meet! xo

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  5. Seriously, that is the most beautiful gift for a mother to capture her child in photo. what a very thoughtful thing to do. Xx Sharne

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  6. How sweet you are..and that photo is stunning!

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  7. Such a pretty photo, you really have a gift.

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  8. I've been meaning to ask for a while, you're house is always so neat and clean looking. Please share with us how you keep it so clean. Do you have a schedule you follow? Do the kids help out and what sort of chores do they do?

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  9. I would love to give them the gift of a holiday card digitally designed. I run a company doing that. I would love to offer one to you as well for doing something so kind. Email me at naleenasmom@yahoo.com

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  10. I'm a long time lurker of your beautiful blog, but had to leave a comment! So sweet. God will bless you tenfold. :)

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  11. Kim, I hope I run into you one day in the park! I think that was really kind....its these little gestures in life that mean so much!

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  12. I love when I'm able to do something for others that are no big deal for me, but a true help to them.

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  13. What a GORGEOUS picture. I love the black and white one!

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  14. Oh Kim,
    I love that you did that!! They must be thrilled. She is GORGEOUS!!

    What a great lesson for Harry too!!!

    Love,
    Di

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  15. What a sweet thing to do! Cute pictures!

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  16. When I saw the pictures of this beauty, I wished that we were closer in distance ;o) Geat pictures!

    isa
    xx..x

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  17. What a fabulous gift indeed!! That picture is just adorable and will mean the world to them, I'm sure.

    Wish you still lived here as my Christmas card photo is still eluding me!

    Much love,
    L

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  18. That's one of the nicest things I've ever heard and what a gorgeous photo of that beautiful little girl!

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  19. love both pictures. What a wonderful gift for that family to have to shoot for them:) great pics.

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  20. That was so sweet of you! Beautiful photo of a very beautiful little girl!

    Janet

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  21. What a beautiful photo! Such a precious gift.

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  22. Beautiful photo and a very kind and thoughtful gift. Would you be willing to share what setting you used, lens, post processing, etc? The gift of knowledge could extend to the rest of us as well :)
    Enjoy your holidays!

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  23. I love your heart! This is something that I would have done too - knowing that you can give this gift that costs nothing but your time and it's priceless to someone else! And, great for Harry to witness your (& his own!) selflessness! You Rock, Mama!

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  24. what a beautiful picture and such a meaningful act of kindness!

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  25. what a beautiful picture and such a meaningful act of kindness!

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  26. It's so beautiful to have a gift that you can share! I love this story! Great pictures!!!

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  27. WOW...Kim! That is outstanding! What a little beauty. and I am always blown away by your generosity. You are an amazing woman.

    Jill

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  28. Wow...what a gorgeous shot and such a nice gift. I took over 100 shots of the kids while they were all still home this past weekend. Not one of them makes the cut for a holiday card. Getting six to smile, not have eyes closed or not be making goofy faces was impossible! Could have used you here :)

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  29. Kim,
    I am sure that family was thrilled that God touched on your heart and you helped them capture that amazing photo for them to share. God bless you. So glad your child was with you to experience your innocent giving.
    Kathleen from cold Ohio

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  30. What a sweet gift you gave this family!! That is what this season is really all about!

    She is beautiful and so is the photo..... I bet they were thrilled with your act of kindness and generosity.

    Happy Holidays to you and the family! Hope you had a fantastic Thansgiving~

    xoxo,

    Lisa

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  31. Beautiful shot! I'm sure those families are just so thankful and what a perfect pay it forward!

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  32. She is gorgeous and you captured every ounce of it. I can only imagine how thrilled they were to have you take these photos. What a gift!

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  33. I love the "pass it on" gift that is happening here on the blog. I saw where one commentor actually was offering a digitially enhanced picture of the photo. She also extended one to you as well. I just love that!!!

    I know the "family in the park" will love and appreciate that too! I especially love the SPIRIT OF GIVING this time of the year. I wish everyone would feel compelled to do this throughout the year. One simple gesture can actually to a long way and set off a chain-reaction of kindness!!

    How sweet of you Kim, you did a wonderful job of capturing a very beautiful little girl while including Harry in this wonderful act of GIVING!

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  34. what a blessing you were! i know they were are thankful! this little girl is beautiful!!

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  35. That is so sweet of you & what a special gift you gave that mother! You are beautiful inside & out!

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  36. Gorgeous shot Kim! You should do the photography business you were toying with (when the days become less crazy!).

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  37. She is beautiful!

    Great shot of her :-)

    Blessings,
    Jill
    http://fnaphotography.blogspot.com

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  38. Absolutely LOVE this story. They'll cherish that photo forever...and it was only a wee moment in your life. :)

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  39. What a sweet gesture and great message to send to your kids. I just got an email today about http://help-portrait.com/ (an organization that takes pictures for the less fortunate) and it reminded me of your blog post. I just got my first DSLR a few weeks ago so I'm still learning how to turn it on! Your pictures are always so beautiful.

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  40. Stunning! What a gorgeous photo and I love it in black and white. Oh how I wish the world was full of people like you who are compassionate enough to notice other people and offer some small kindness when you can see it is needed. You are definitely blessed and a blessing to others!

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  41. That little one is so pretty! Beautiful shot, Kim. And what a beautiful and generous gift, you've really got the Christmas spirit.

    Gin =)

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  42. Super sweet of you, Kim! I know Harry will long remember that kind gesture as well. Did you know today is pay it forward day? This post seems perfectly suited! While I don't "know" you, I love how sincere your gestures seem. You have a gift of kindness and the world needs more of that! Keep spreading some joy :)

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  43. Impressive! Did you know today is National Pay It Forward Day? Or so I heard. Anyway - you paid it forward!

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  44. Wow! That was really sweet of you! It is always nice to be kind to a strange. I love it even more when children can SEE their parents doing it. Great job!

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  45. That shot is BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm wondering what kind of lens you were using--I just got a new camera (Canon Rebel T2) and hope to one day figure it out so I can take pictures something like this!!!

    Incredible picture, incredible gift to that family!
    Barbarann

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  46. You are amazing! What a very sweeet thing to do!

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  47. What a beautiful and generous gift! And your photos are stunning. Both of them.

    Erika B

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  48. Are you going to be in NY this weekend????

    What a nice surpise for that family...I am dreading our photo shoot (4 little ones all 5 and under!!!)

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  49. Nice job Kim......tis the season! ;)

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  50. Gorgeous!! The color one is so soft and perfect and that black and white is so stunning. What a little cutie. And what a special pay-it-forward gift to give this family.

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  51. What a gift you gave... And a wonderful story for that family as well. How would you like an all-expense paid trip to *****, South Carolina for a photo shoot of two my guys?!?

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  52. Oh, what a beautiful gift for the family. You are soooo thoughtful :) Now you've inspired me to do something special for a complete stranger!

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  53. that was so sweet and awesome kim! you are a wonderful person, and that picture is incredible!

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  54. They must have LOVED you and what a perfect gift for this season!

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  55. Do unto others... great photo!!
    Love Jules xxxx

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  56. What a sweet thing to do. You have such a generous spirit; it inspires me every time I visit your blog.

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  57. What a wonderful gift; generous and heartfelt. So glad when the opportunity comes to help someone and we recognize it and actually do it - you have a gift!

    Alyzabeth's Mommy

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  58. Kim, I've told you this before, but it still stands true... I just LOVE your heart!! :) What a thoughtful thing for you to do and bless these families with such a priceless gift! May you be richly blessed in return for your giving heart!!

    And what a GORGEOUS shot you captured of their precious princess! :)

    Love and Hugs,
    ~ Tanya

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Thank you for your kindness.