I started my career in child photography the day before my oldest son was in a tragic accident that took his life.
I am passionate about what I do because of where I have been. I want to remind you how incredibly priceless the opportunity is to capture your child’s life-the good, the bad, happy and sad. So many parents come to a session STRESSED about their child’s behavior. I have learned in child photography that the more stressed the parents are, the more stressed the child will be!
I have a no-stress contract that my families have to agree to. If you bring stress to the shoot, I will tell you to go throw it in to the garbage because my photo shoots are not about stress and structure, they are about connections and caring.
Child photography can be absolutely magical. Children are uninhibited by the cares of the world. They are free from judgement, therefore providing us the opportunity to capture authenticity at it’s finest. My entire why of the reason I shoot is because I want to give to you what I wished I could give to myself…the story & spirit behind the smile.
When your child grows up, you will obviously love the great photos of your child smiling. I venture to say the images you talk & laugh about the most will be the images that display your child’s personality. I am less concerned about the perfect smile and more concerend about conveying their love of life and what makes them, THEM!
You guys, heaven only takes a few children but time takes them all. You don’t know how priceless an opportunity is until the opportunity is lost. Once an opportunity is lost that is when it becomes invaluable. There is no price you would not pay to get back another day when the days have come and gone. That is why I am passionate about child photography. You have one chance to create and invest in these memories that will last forever. If there was one thing you could prioritize in life, I believe it is to capture the love, the connection and the spirit of your child/children.
Photography has been my vehicle to staying connected to my Sweet Baby James. Getting other kids to smile and creating something priceless for someone else makes it less painful for me. To give back is my doorway to heaven to keep it open to my son. I have started my Good Grief Project to give back to others who have lost children. One of the hardest hurdles a family has to overcome after a child passes away are family portraits. The Good Grief Project is funded by my clients. For every person who hires me, we together gift a good grief shoot to a family who has lost a child. It is a win-win-win-win. I win because I get to stay connected to my son in heaven through service. You win because you get gorgeous, amazing art for your home and your money is going to not just bless you, but bless the lives of those who are healing one of the deepest pains this life has to offer. The beneficiary wins because their Good Grief Photo shoot revolves around their child who has passed away. Families who have just started on the journey of healing after their child dies win because they will have a place to see how others have turned their grief into something good.
If you would like to be part of the Good Grief Project, shoot me an email and we will set up a pre-consult so we can make sure we are a great fit to work together. You can nominate a family who has lost a child or I have a list of over a hundred families who are waiting to be the beneficiary of this gift.
Stefanie and her hubby Jeff were givers of the Good Grief Photo Shoot to the Hamblin family. She was the cheer coach to Marli Hamblin and she just simply had to give this to her sweet family. I am always so touched at the love and compassion in the hearts of some. It is a beautiful thing to be part of.
For a full session of a child photography shoot check out my blog.
Looking forward to chatting with you!
Hope you have a great day, great night and great life.