~ Giving Back
I believe it is important to give to people who are less fortunate. I also believe in the power of photography, and the value of having some of our best memories preserved through photography. That is why I started my campaign Celebrating Hope.
This project is about bringing professional photography to individuals and families who can't afford to hire a professional photographer.
We are currently in the beginning phase as we form this vision into a photographic charity. Our first step on this adventure is raising money to cover the primary events, such as Family Portrait Day when we hold a day of photography for families to come have family portraits done and receive free prints. As we form relationships with local businesses and organizations, we will continue to grow and expand on these events.
In addition to these events, we are also providing custom photography sessions for individuals and families who are nominated and deserving of this service.
~ What They Get
Once a family or individual has their photos taken, we will review the photos with them as they select which image to have printed.
Each family is given one free 8x10 print from their session which they receive approximately 1-2 weeks after they select their photo.
Of course, additional prints can be ordered at an additional cost.
On occasion I will also provide photography services for a couple's wedding free of charge. However, this is very selective due to the costs that are involved with wedding photography.
~ How I Select The Recipient
The individual/family must be nominated either by someone else or by the individuals themselves. I will review their story and the reasons why they can't afford a photographer. Then, if selected, they are put on a list of names that I will work through based on the type of shoot, if it's time sensitive (i.e. maternity sessions), and when they were nominated.
During events, we operate on the honor system. We ask that only families in need (low income, or recently suffered a loss, or are burdened by high medical costs of a family member) participate in the events.
~ How To Get Involved
If you are interested in donating money toward Celebrating Hope, please click the link below to donate straight through this site.
If you'd like to volunteer at an event, please follow our new Facebook Page to keep up to date on event dates and the specifics of what will be needed for those events:
Nominate Someone for Consideration
Please fill out the form below to nominate yourself or someone you know.