As a photographer, you would think that I would have tons and tons of family photos. I think I get so caught up in my work and bringing joy to others that I end up procrastinating on my own photos because I think I can do them at any time.
Last year I got my camera out and wanted to take family photos of my own family along with my parents, grandparents, and brother. My son was about 6 months old, passed his bedtime, and was just so fussy. We took a few but he was so unhappy that I said we would try again next summer when he was older. That was last fall.
My grandmother had always meant the world to me. As a child, I spent every minute with her. She practically raised me and was my rock. This spring she went into the hospital for something we thought was minor. One week later she was put in a room where we could have the privacy of saying our goodbyes. I couldn’t help but feel so guilty about not just doing those photos sooner.
Not only does this remind me how important it is to have yearly family photos, but is also a reason why I am a photographer. We never know when life can do a 360 and those photos may be the last you have. In the end, pictures remind us of the memories we once shared.
Since my grandmas passing in May, I have seen many friends fall ill this year. My heart is broken for the families that have already lost a loved one and I felt like I needed to do something special. I was given this talent and I know it brings so much joy to others. So this is my way of giving back.
What is the intent?
This goal is to provide updated family photos to those who have received life-changing health diagnoses. Photos are important. They are something we look back on and that reminds us of a memory, a feeling or even a smell. Its time frozen still.
With donations, I will be able to offer family photos to those who might not be able to afford them in a time that can be financially draining.
I will donate one session a year on my own. However, if there was little financial help from the surrounding areas I would gladly do more.
How to apply?
If you or someone you may know has received a diagnosis and would like to preserve these memories to last a lifetime, please contact me. I will do my best to work with you with the available donated funds.
How to donate?
Below there is a Paypal button. Click on the button and you can donate as little or as much as you want. Any amount will go a long way.