End of 2nd Haiti Auction <3

We raised $545 with our second Haiti Auction! I'll be contacting the winners by email by the end of the week. Congratulations to those who won (myself included, I can't wait to hang up my new painting)! The total raised for Haiti Relief with both auctions was $1545. Not bad! Though our auction is finally over, there is still work to be done. This is by no means the end of my efforts to do something for those less fortunate - Tyler and I have discussed plans for a fundraiser for a cure for Lupus, for later in the year. I plan to start volunteering at the local soup kitchen beginning in the next few weeks. And next year? Maybe teaching English in Thailand? Peace Corps?And photography, always.

I want to encourage everyone to do whatever they can to help anyone who needs it. When you find yourself getting sad or depressed, help someone else! It's the best way that I know to remember what life is really about and it is proven to get your mind off your own problems.

Internalizing how lucky I am has made me want to give back, and also made me appreciate every single aspect of my life. I think you miss out on the best parts of life if you don't truly grasp how fortunate you are being born in this time, in this place. Even with all the horrible things that the elected officials made us go through during the past 8 years, and the horrible things they did in our name to people in other countries, and all the crime and pain and pollution and hate that is still around everywhere, there are great things happening everywhere you look. Government aid made it possible for me to go to college. I have enough to eat, and even though I work full time, I have time to create art. Our president just made it possible for me to get health insurance again. And there are people out there trying their hardest to make this world something to be proud of. And that makes me proud.

Reading over that, I realize that I sound like an annoyingly self-righteous do-gooder and I promise, I don't think I'm a saint, and I am a human being, not a witlessly happy robot. Maybe it's the fact that it's the first sun after a week of straight rain, but there's nothing wrong with a bit of optimism, right? :)

Now that my blog is mine again (I kind of stopped posting personal stuff while the auction was going on, so that it wouldn't be so much about me) I am looking forward to sharing some of the recent photography that I've done, so if you want, come back and check it out... <3

Where will your donation go? {help haiti auction}

Minda Seibert, Senior Community Relations Officer from Mercy Corps, sent me a fact sheet on what they have been doing in Haiti since the disaster. Check it out below, and learn about what your money will do if you bid on the Help Haiti Auction! 030910 Mercy Corps Responds to Haiti Fact Sheet

*Updated Fact Sheet*

031810 Mercy Corps Responds to Haiti FactSheet

help haiti {round 2}

I've totaled up the bids and we raised $881 for Haiti with our first auction! That is more than I expected to raise, and I am hoping to raise even more with the second auction. And, as an added bonus! My boss, Holly Peterson, owner of The Ball Studio, donated $119 so that we could meet our goal of $1000. Thank you so much, Holly! Now all that remains for the first round is for me to orchestrate the receiving of funds and the shipping of prints, which will probably take a few weeks. I will be emailing winners tonight!

Thanks so much to everyone who bid on the artwork. Thanks to the wonderful artists who made this possible. Thanks to everyone who passed the auction link around to their family and friends. I really appreciate the support, and I am so pleased that we are able to send a nice check to Mercy Corps.

And please! Don't neglect our newest selection of artwork up for auction! The work is fantastic, and there is more to come. Follow us on the RSS feed to keep updated with the new pieces added to the auction.

love from the GT {newspaper article}

[caption id="attachment_268" align="aligncenter" width="510" caption="In the stairwell at Fairbanks Hall at Oregon State University, Daron Jackson, right, and Tyler Sessa look over the photographs in the online auction they created to raise funds for relief in Haiti. (Scobel Wiggins/Gazette-Times)"][/caption] Tyler and I had the opportunity to speak with a reporter from local paper Gazette-Times yesterday! The article ran on the front page today, and we're so excited to share the Help Haiti Auction with our community! To bid on the artwork, go to the Help Haiti Auction page on the top right of the screen. Thanks for the love and support.

Here's the link to the online story:


help-haiti: let's have a photo benefit!

below is a link to the help-portrait blog. their most recent post includes a wonderful idea to hold a photography benefit show, with proceeds going to haiti, just like they did for disadvantaged families in december. who's with me on this? i can't wait to go home and find something to contribute - and i'm going to spend all afternoon pretending to work and instead brainstorming on new shoots that could work for this project!!!!

let's find an awesome venue or two in corvallis and get this started! also - anyone in portland or eugene who wants to do this, i would love to be a part of your benefit if you've already got one planned! <3