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I Don’t Do Senior Photography…

I’m going to start this blog post off by saying bluntly…. I don’t do senior photography. No need to email me to ask, I’m telling you right now, I don’t accept senior clients – sorry!

However, for this lovely lady, I made an exception to my no senior photography rule. Here is why… This beautiful young lady is my “Little Sister.”

When I moved to Indy after graduating from Purdue I wanted to get involved in the community. So I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. Soon after joining I was matched with this beautiful girl. She looked a lot different than she does now. She was in 6th grade and going though a rough patch in her life. She was dealing with things in her young life that I still have a hard time understanding.

Throughout our 7 year friendship we have done many activities together and had many conversations.We have had many dinners together – both cooking at my house and going out. We have a yearly tradition of painting pottery at Christmas time. We have seen a number of plays and sporting events together. She has left countless number of selfies and kind notes on my phone. She was a part of my wedding and was at my home soon after I had baby Jack.

I’ve had the joy of watching this girl grow from a little girl into a confident, hard working, caring, and mature young lady. I don’t want to take any credit for the beautiful young lady that she has turned into, but I do hope that all of the time we have spent together, that I’ve been a positive influence in her life. I’m so proud of the young lady that this girl has become and I know that she is going to go places in her life!!

These pictures aren’t just for this girl to keep, they are also for me to remember this time. To remember this young lady. To remember all the deep conversations we have had. To remember that there is more to life then the daily grind. To remember friends are found in unlikely places. To remember that even though we have different background we are more alike the we are different. To remember how much I have in life. To remember how important it is to give back. To remember that as much as I wanted to help this young lady she has surely helped me more then I’ve helped her.

Looking good  black and whiteA beautiful young lady fall  A seniorsenior photography from a photographer who doesn't do seniorsIt's important to give back

We asked a random walker if he would take our picture… Yes I handed my fancy camera to a stranger. It may not be the best picture ever, but I’m glad we have it! BBBS of Central Indiana - Match

Love you, girl!! Even though we are graduating from Big Brothers Big Sisters this year, you will always be my little sister!

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Giving Back – Bereavement Photography through Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

now I lay me down to sleep photographer

I love working with children. I’ve always loved it. In fact my dream job when I was a child was to grow up and own my own daycare. I think working with kids is a calling in my life and I’m so very fortunate and blessed to be able to do so.

Anyone who has ever talked to me about newborn photography or has seen me photograph a child knows how passionate I am about it. Being an Indianapolis photographer I get to use my gift of working with children all the time.

For me working with kids is fun and I love doing it! I don’t have my own children (yet!) but I love to love on other people’s children. They are all so easy to love. The biggest loss I think can happen to someone is to lose a child.  I can’t even begin to imagine how this feels. I can say I’ve seen other experience the loss of a child, but I can’t and don’t want to image what these people are truly going through.

NILMDTS IndianapolisI enjoy helping people and I’ve found a way to help these people who have lost a child. My newest volunteering effort is through Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS). Through this organization I’m able to photograph children (primarily newborns) that have had very short lives. This type of photography is called bereavement photography. It gives the parents who have lost a child something tangible to grieve over (pictures). It gives them something to say “This was my baby.”

Bereavement photography isn’t for everyone. Not everyone wants these types of pictures… and that is ok. But I’m there to take them for the people who do. NILMDTS partners with the hospitals in the Indianapolis area to help match parents in need with photographers in the area.

So far I’ve done 4 NILMDTS sessions. They have been hard for me, but I know the parent who lost their child has it even worse. If the photography helps with the parent’s grief in even the smallest way I would consider my donation successful. You can read how other parents have benefited from these services.

NILMDTS is a great organization. They are in need of all kids of support. If you are a photographer looking to donate your time and talent, an individual wanting to support the organization, or a medical professional wanting to work with the organization you can learn more about NILMDTS  here – https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/ 

NOTE: I did not  take the picture in this blog post. For privacy reasons I am unable to share the image that I have taken for NILMDTS sessions.

For the Love of Cancer – Indianapolis Photoshoot Silent Auction

grandma Cancer kills one American ever minute. That is over a half of million Americans ever year! It is just a statistic until it hits you or someone you know personally. Just about everyone out there has had their life affected by cancer in some way or another. I’m no exception, my grandmother was killed by cancer a little over 7 years ago. You can see my Grandma and Gradpa with me at my high school graduation to the right. Now, in my Grandmother’s name, I’m doing a little to help the cause…

On July 28, 2012 there will be a dinner and silent auction hosted by the Cancer Action Network. During this event one of my photography sessions (newborn, child & family, or engagement session) will be raffled off. All profits from the auction will benefit the Cancer Action Network.  If you are interested in the event you can purchase your tickets here.

 

 

 

Inspiration through Art Photographer – Indianapolis, IN

I’m super excited to announce that I have been accepted as a photographer for Inspiration through Art (formerly The Littlest Heroes Project). For those of you who haven’t heard of the program it is a non-profit comprised of photographers working with a team of very special little kids to bring to light some of the very difficult illnesses they are facing. The goal is for these photographers to give back to their community by donating art – specifically family photography. This program reaches out to families who have children who suffer from any type of serious illness or life altering disability.

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While I would never wish serious illness or life altering disabilities on anyone (especially children), I’m excited to give back to these children and their families by doing free portrait sessions for them. If you or a family you know has an ill child and you live in the Indianapolis area contact me today for your free photography session. If you aren’t sure if you or your family qualifies or if you have questions, just shoot me a note.