Gifting My Photos

I’ve been hesitant to gift my photos.  I don’t want it to come off as boastful.  “Hey, here’s this awesome picture I took that I thought you’d totally enjoy.  Because I’m awesome.  I mean, it’s awesome.”  Or something along those lines.  But I like the idea of sharing my hobby with friends and family.

I went out on a limb this Christmas.  And did just that. 

On Thanksgiving, we spent a very fun and very memorable morning with the hubs’s dad and family.  His almost-three-years-old niece was there and when I have the camera I’m drawn to kiddos.  And she likes the attention anyways.  I made out with handful of good shots.  So I made my first collage.  And framed it.  And gifted it to my father-in-law and his wife on Christmas morning. 

Christmas Collage

I know this little girl means more than anything in the world to them.  And we did have a really fun morning.  I also knew they’d enjoy having the pictures but I told myself not get upset if they didn’t “ooh and ahh” over it.  It’s the thought that counts. 

This is my father-in-law after he opened his present.

Christmas Collage

I got the reaction that I had hoped for.  They were pleased.  Very pleased.  And picked the spot on the wall where they’re going to hang it before we left.  And so I was happy, ecstatic really.  I think it’s time I get over myself and go out on a limb more often.

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January 3, 2010 - 11:49 pm

geekgirl415 - That’s awesome– don’t feel weird!! I think you can truly feel comfortable giving photos you took if it’s good ones of people the recipient loves. And your photos are definitely good ones!

January 4, 2010 - 12:36 pm

Anamaris - Hey B, Happy New One! I know what you mean about gifting photos. It feels a little FullOfMyselfIsh. I’ve fought that feeling for YEARS. I do print and frame my pictures and hang them on my walls at home and office. I then blush (or, in my case, purplush) when someone notices them and complimets me. But last year I did just what you did, except it wasn’t pictures of loved ones.

I framed 2 shots, one for my new sis-n-law and the other for the new friend she brought to my life. They loved it, were so excited. Then this year I did it again. I made a collage/poster of Eiffel Tower shots for a friend who has been begging me for some.

I think we are the problem, the critic within us. We need to learn to get out of our own way and take a compliment. Good job, you!

January 4, 2010 - 1:14 pm

shutterboo - You totally get where I’m coming from, Anamaris. Glad I’m not alone. :)

January 5, 2010 - 7:34 pm

Polo - girl, i would totally decorate my entire house with your photography! any time you wanna gift it this way i’d be honored, love your stuff!

January 5, 2010 - 8:02 pm

shutterboo - You have to say that. You’re my muse half the time. :)

January 8, 2010 - 9:50 am

sorrentolens - I understand what you mean – desire to share your photography with others. For the prints that I’ve done, I wait and when someone makes a favorable comment, then I ask if they’d like one.

January 8, 2010 - 10:24 pm

M Lubbers - Mrs. Rev gives me gorgeous pictures of my daughter, and it makes me tear up. I’m very glad she gifts her photos!

January 8, 2010 - 10:27 pm

shutterboo - I think Mrs. Rev did a really great job with Baby E’s photos. When she showed them to me, my heart melted a little too.

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