Girl Ninja and I were hanging out with a bunch of high school kids the other night at Young Life, when I started talking with one of the Junior guys about some of his photography shots I’ve seen him share on social media.
As we talked about our mutual love for nice lenses and photography, he said something to the effect of “I would love to take pictures of Baby Ninja and your family to help build my portfolio”.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
– You are offering to take free pictures of my family.
– With your $3,000 camera and $1,500 lens?
– And this will finally keep Girl Ninja from nagging me about getting family photos?
– And you are actually good at photography?
HECK to the YES I’m interested.
So last Monday, this high school kid came to our adorable little city on the Puget Sound and took a bunch of pics for us. Here are a few of those shots.
Baby Ninja is always so stoic…
Except for when he is not…
He’s got crawling down…
But he’s still a little cautious of shoulder rides…
But he’s definitely not scared of Nova…
And just for kicks, here is an action shot of Nova…
He gave us about 50 shots in all and we couldn’t be more thrilled, but we do feel a little bad.
In his mind we helped him out by giving him some shots to add to his portfolio which is cool and all. But it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out why he wants to build his portfolio.
So he can start charging people to take pictures of them.
Isn’t that exactly what he did for us? Why shouldn’t WE pay him then?
Can you imagine how excited he will be to get a nice “Thank You” card containing two crisp $50 bills?
I can’t wait to see him at Young Life this next Monday and surprise him.
It’s things like this that make me SOOOOOO thankful we have our financial crap together. Without thinking twice, Girl Ninja and I can give what seems like a relatively insignificant amount to us, $100, to a high school kid and he is going to be so pumped he just got paid ONE HUNDRED FREAKING DOLLARS for doing something he loves. How is that not a win-win situation?
Moral of the story: Get your financial crap together so you can joyfully give people some of your money.