Giving Is Awesome – Karla & Bill’s family


So the time has come to announce the Giving is Awesome recipient for 2008. I had a handful of very worthy nominations for my $600 portrait-package giveaway from Accent Photographics. And I wish I could give this to everyone, but one family’s nomination stood out the most – Karla and Bill of Clinton, Iowa.

Karla and Bill’s nomination came from a friend and fellow church member, Indra, who submitted the following to me:

I would like to nominate Karla and Bill.  Last year at Valentine’s, their home caught fire.  They have 5 children, mostly teenagers with 2 adult children, and lost not only most of their possessions but also their two dogs.  This has been a difficult Christmastime for them because none of their decorations were spared from the fire.  In the meantime, Bill, who is a trucker, has had diabetic difficulties…and can no longer drive a truck…  Presently he is out of work and Karla is working a seasonal job with Swiss Colony.

During this time, both Bill and Karla have been helping some folks from
our church who have health issues or simply need a ride to get somewhere.  They have been donating a lot of time at our church, above and beyond what would be expected of any one person.  They are always thinking of others and how to help them in their situation.

Karla has always loved to have family portraits even if a friend takes the picture with a cell phone camera.  The other photos were lost in the fire.

Bill and Karla and their family will receive an on-location photo shoot from me with a disc, a keepsake memory box and a custom-designed hardcover photo book. Indra will receive a $150 print credit as a reward for submitting the chosen nomination.

The Giving Is Awesome project is a movement of photographers worldwide
donating custom packages to deserving families for the holidays. More than
470 photographers this holiday season are donating more than $500,000
worth of custom photographic packages. For more information, see

Thanks to everyone for participating, and Happy Holidays!



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Accent Photographics specializes in on-location baby, children and family photography, and special-event photography of weddings in eastern

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