This is so cool! Last year another San Diego photographer that I had never met at the time by the name of Stacy asked on a Facebook group page if anyone was going to WPPI on the Road in LA tomorrow. I popped on and said I wish I was going. Stacy then PM’d and gave me a code for FREE admission ($300 Value!) . A $300 gift for free to a total stranger! The very next day I was on my way to LA! I couldn’t believe it.
At WPPI, I won an album valued at $800! Again, I couldn’t believe it! On my way up to claim my prize, a women stopped me and asked if I was Dawn. It was Stacy! I finally met this generous mystery women. We began to talk but the man with my album prize was waiting. I looked at him and asked him to give it to Stacy. After all, I wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for her generosity to a complete stranger. Stacy accepted the album and we both scored!
The second day at WPP I won Free Full Registration to WPPI in Las Vegas for 2014! ($300 value!) I couldn’t believe it! Wow! Two days before I was planning on watching Netflix reruns and now I’m in LA for FREE, won an album and admission to WPPI Las Vegas! I was dumbfounded & filled with gratitude. It was like magic!
As WPPI 2014 approached I got word my husband will be deployed during this time so I wouldn’t be able to make it due to childcare. At first, I considered selling my pass so that I could make a few bucks but somehow that didn’t feel right to me. So, I went back to that exact same Facebook page and shared that Stacy gave me, a complete stranger, a pass for free and so I’m going to give to someone else like she did to me. Who wants my free admission to WPPI? ($300 value!)
Immediately a woman by the name Jamie – another San Diego photographer – popped up. She said she would love to go plus it’s during her 30th birthday.
Now let’s back up – A while ago I needed some video clips and offered to do a trade for coverage. I was very reluctant to ask other San Diego photographers as not all play nice. Jamie, who I never met before, replied and offered to help. She came to my tiny, little start up studio. Jamie was sweet, polite and extremely hard working, especially considering the pay which was nothing but trade. My studio could barely be called a studio it was so new as I was at the very beginning but Jamie showed no signs of judgement or negativity. She was supportive from the moment she arrived until she left. When I inquired about doing her trade as payment she asked for nothing. Jamie was a gift that gave to me without asking for anything in return. She is also the reason I started talking to other local area photographers and even joined a local photographer’s meet up. A meet up that is filled with other wonderful photographers that I never would have given a chance if it wasn’t for Jamie.
OK…. So back to the Facebook Post… as soon as I saw Jamie pop up I said ”Actually…let’s stop it right here – Jamie – Because of a post on this wall, even though you never met me before, you came to my pathetic little studio when I was just starting out in SD & did a few starter videos for me for free & never asked for anything in return… As they say, give and you shall receive so Jamie, the code & admission is yours with gratitude… and the circle is now complete.”
Stacy gave to me without asking & with gratitude I gave to Stacy without asking. Jamie gave to me without asking and I gave to Jamie with gratitude. I love this! This is my perfect world where everyone gives and everyone receives and everyone is thankful. I love these ladies for helping me and I love even more that I was able to help you back in unexpected ways. The universe it GRAND!
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