It’s day two of “25 Ways to Give Without Really Trying” and I’ve been thinking all day about what to write about. After some deliberation, a drink and some fudge at Angela Adams‘ jewelry collaboration opening and an evening of clipping coupons (such a dork) I’ve finally decided:
Give photographs and/or small drawings to people. Real ones.
It’s no secret that I love photography. If I didn’t, it wouldn’t make very much sense to come home from nine hours working in a photo studio to clip out 1″ diameter circles of photographs and found images to put in to jewelry. That’d be psychotic if I really, really loved, say, football. Then I’d spend my days coaching and my evenings at Sports Bars. But that is someone else’s path, not mine. So I’m sure you’re not shocked that I think it’s a nice way to give!
The no-brainer is to send updated kid photos to family members who haven’t seen them in awhile. Easy enough to do over email or Facebook, but why not go the extra mile and order a print, stuff it in an envelope and mail it out? That way Aunt Emmie can put it on the bulletin board by her desk, on the fridge, or anywhere she might need a little brightening up throughout the course of the day.
What about the single and/or childless? Seasonal pictures or just genuinely good photographs are always nice, too.
When I was a bartender in Boston I worked with probably one of my favorite people in the world, Maryanne. In addition to being just about the most sensible, forgiving and compassionate person I’ve ever met she’s also freaking hilarious. She would draw ‘greeting cards’ made out of folded receipt tape with animals and slogans drawn on them. I know I have some in boxes somewhere, and one day when I find them I will come back and post them here. But how sweet to open up an envelope or folded piece of paper someone hands to you to find a drawing, personally scribed for you? So good.
For prints, I’d suggest Photo Market’s really easy-to-use online ordering at www.photo207.com.