Yes, I purposely left the subject generic on purpose. Even though it is my Uncle's birthday. I've already wished him happy birthday on The Book. With the photo that you see here. Which then caused me to realize the same thing I always do when it comes to my blog. That once again, the folks that read this aren't privy to the greatness (yes, I called it greatness) that is being shared on that social networking site.
It's more than just this photo though. It's what this photo represents. An idea that I came up with a while back when it comes to birthdays. It's really just a different way of wishing a person a happy birthday. Something inexpensive that can still manage to brighten their special day.
On The Book, it's common knowledge that when it's someone's birthday, folks will flood their wall with posts wishing them happy birthday. Some of them are sincere. Some are just folks saying it because they feel obligated. Or they're just trying to be friendly. You can usually tell the difference in the punctuation that's being used. I try to be cordial as well by doing the same, but I take it a step further in some instances.
There are a lot of folks on The Book that have done shoots with me. So as a sign of gratitude to them on their birthday I alter one of the pics from their shoot to give them their own distinguished birthday shout out. When I first did it, I made my XL-Images logo the prominent part of the picture. Just switching it up how it normally looks. Then it occurred to me that was rather selfish since it was that person's birthday. So I changed it to that person's name being the focal point.
I do have parameters as to what pics I can and can't use. By rule, I will only do it if the person has done a shoot with me. For instance, if I shot an event and that person was in one of the pics, I technically could photoshop the pic they were in and use it. However, that cheapens the whole thing for me. It's not like they were supporting XL-Images by just showing at up an event I was shooting. Obviously, they were supporting us if they did a shoot.
Naturally, there are exceptions to the rule. As you see here. Of course this isn't from a shoot. It's from the banquet celebrating Union Baptist's 100th anniversary. But Uncle Johnny is family. I make an exception for family when it comes to the birthday shout outs. Just as long as I can find a picture that's good enough to use. And who knows...maybe family will return the favor and get me to do one of their shoots?