A couple months ago, I had the pleasure of lending my services to Help Portrait in Concord, NC. I admit, I was a bit skeptical about the impact of gifting someone just one photo, but after a day of photographing people who may have otherwise never had their portrait made, my mind was changed. Families who lost everything, including all of their photos, in a house fire; a couple who hadn’t had portraits made since they were married and their families joined; others who have struggled for years to survive and have never had their picture taken. They all now have portraits to replace what was lost, or what they didn’t have the chance or means to have to begin with. I didn’t understand how much a photo could mean until that day. Most of us, especially we photographers, take for granted the fact that we can take, process, and print photos so relatively quickly and easily. It was an incredibly powerful project to be a part of, and I look forward to hopefully being able to help again this year.
All of that being said, I have been trying to think of ways to continue to give back throughout the year. So, I am announcing a new project that I hope you will be a part of as well. It’s called “Shoot It Forward.” Every quarter or so, I will do a free shoot and a framed 8×10 print for a person, couple, or family who is in need or just deserves a little break.
This is where you come in. Please use the contact form below or email me, and send me stories of someone you know who you think would truly treasure having their portrait made. I will read each and every message and hopefully get to every person/group mentioned.
I hope you’ll help me give back a little in this way.