Thursday, August 28, 2008

Silent Auction to help someone in need.

I received an email from a friend who was telling me about an auction that she was putting a vintage apron in to help a family that has just gone through a very emotional tragedy. Upon reading her email I started reading about this family and the plane crash they were in that took the pilot's life and put the parents in critical condition in the hospital with burns all over their body. (their 4 children were not in the plane, it was a small plane and it was only carrying the pilot and the huband and wife.)

Anyway, Design mom, has encouraged many bloggers to host their own silent auctions to help go towards Stephanie & Christian Nielson's Recovery Fund. If you go to this link you can read more about what happened.

From going through my own tragedy, almost 4 years ago, with the loss of my 15 mth. old son, in an unexpected accident. We recieved a good amount of donations to help with Payton's hospital bills, funeral expenses, and all the other costs that came up at that time.

My heart went out to this family and the children. I hate when you hear about things like this, but I am so grateful that there are so many people willing to reach out and help someone in need. I can never tell everyone that helped us through those beginning stages, whether financially, emotionally, spiritually, and so on, how much they all meant to us and still mean to us. We will never forget all of them.

So, getting to the point of this post, I am auctioning...

ONE family session, (valued at $400)
- includes family group, individuals of kids, and some other groupings (kids together, parents together, etc.), this is for immediate families only
- 4x6 prints of everything from the session
- a high res. CD with all of the edited and ready to print pictures on it available for your personal use only.

Here is how the auction will work:

1. Place your bid by leaving a comment with your bid amount in the comment section on THIS post.

2. You may bid as many times as you want to keep the highest big.

3. Please place your bids in increments of $5.00

4. The auction will end at 10 pm MST on Sunday, August 31st. When the auction has closed, the winner will pay for this prize by paypal to the Stephanie and Christian PayPal account. The winner will then forward the PayPal receipt email to and we will arrange the details of your session. If you need help please don't be afraid to ask.

6. If you currently have a session booked with me, you are able to use this towards your session payment, as long as it meets the amount you were planning on already paying for the session.

7. When making your bid in the comment section, please use at least your first name and make sure you leave a valid email address or an open link to your blog.

8. The person with the highest bid at 10 pm on Sunday, August 31st, will win.

Good luck, be generous, 100% of this will go towards Nie Nie's recovery fund.

Check out Nie Nie's blog, (Stephanie) and her outlook on life and motherhood is awesome. We need to pray for her and her hubby to recover and hopefully all of the money earned through all of these auction's taking place will help take care of their children and bills.

So all of you non-comment leavers out there, leave a comment, place a bid, or just say HI.


Marianne said...

you are so nice. what a great idea. i'll be sure to check out the site.... good luck! My prayers go out to the family.

susan said...

This is painfully low, but I'll get it started at:


susan at

Amanda said...

we gotta start somewhere, thanks!

Melanie said...

I was hoping you'd get in on this!


Neal and Shannon Jenks said...

Thanks for doing this Amanda!


Danika said...

This is probably a lame question, but I can't seem to easily find the answer on your website...

Where are you located?

mylittlegems said...

If I was in UT I would totally bid! you go girl! I love your work! love sharla

Rob & Autum said...

It just breaks your heart when something like this happens to good people!

You do great work!!


Heather said...

wanna fly to VA?

Amanda said...

I'm in Utah, and if you fly me to VA I'll do your pics for a small price!

McGiven Family.... said...
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McGiven Family.... said...

$150-Amanda I think you are amazing as a person and photographer!

rebecca said...

This is a wonderful auction and your photo pkg. is going to be so nice for a very lucky winner.
Some of your family shots bring tears to my are so talented at capturing priceless expressions. I'm New England & wish I could fly you here. My crew of 7 is difficult to photograph as a group. It's become a quest of mine- LOL:)
Keep up the great work. Best wishes to you!

Kim said...

I love seeing so many generous donors!


Kendra@My Insanity said...

Hey Mandy! Do you want to come to AZ to photograph some friends???


Lance and Sally Sagers said...

I know the pilot that died in this crash, very sad. It breaks my heart to think about it.

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Amanda said...

Sarah, I'm so excited to take pictures of your adorable family. Especially those twin boys! Once you make the donation in the Nielsen's paypal account, email me the receipt we'll get you scheduled in. I'm so glad that this money is going to help them out in one way or another. I now it's only a little but every little bit will help. Talk to ya soon. email me if you have any other questions.

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