I was reading some tweets the other day and I saw someone mention Vittana and they provided the link, which made it way too easy for me to exercise my curiosity. What I found surprised me. Vittana is a micro-financing website that helps people in developing countries get loans for higher education.
You have to lend a minimum of $25, but along with a bunch of other people; these loans come together and the person is able to get their education. Once they get that education they pay back the loan in full without any interest. Then you can re-lend that money to someone else. It's amazing the difference so little money can make and the coolest thing is that these students aren't looking for handouts; they just need the ability to borrow money, get their higher education, and then pay back the loans. They need someone to trust them and their hard work since they don't have the credit history that most institutions require for such loans.
I'm glad to help as much as I can because I wouldn't have a college education if it weren't for total strangers trusting me and giving me a chance.
I recently went to an Angels & Airwaves concert here in Dallas, TX and it was incredible. I took some video with my iphone of the intro. The lighting was out of this world and the music was awesome! Their most recent album can be downloaded for free from their myspace page and you can see a bunch of their music videos. Apparently they are giving the music away for free and attempting a new income model for music, which I think is very cool. I hope it works out for them.
What a year huh? The years before 2009 were action packed, but I think 2009 takes the prize for most dramatic. With all of that going on, Laura and I had a great year with the arrival of our first born child and fantastic friendships. We have been so blessed and really look forward to a great 2010 with friends and family.
Professionally, I am really looking forward to documenting the weddings of all of my clients this year. I can't to see all of them on their wonderful day having a blast. It's going to be really fun!
Happy New Year everyone!
I have been documenting weddings now for about 4 years and I have never entered a contest so I decided to do just that today. I have entered the TopKnots Photography Contest put on by TheKnot.com. Many of my clients use The Knot to find their vendors and also find me as well. I have entered what I think are some of my best photos and I am hoping to bring home the prize so to speak.
If you are reading this you can help me out by voting for my pictures for the People Choice Award. I would really appreciate it if you took the time to click on over the contest website and check out my photos and vote on the ones you like. Just click on People Choice once you are there and enter Hansel Dobbs (Dallas Wedding Photographer) in the photographer search box. Enjoy!