I've been searching for awhile. Searching for a way to give with my photography. Over the years I've started and stopped a couple different projects. Nothing seemed to feel like the right fit or it just fell through with other collaborators. But still that need inside of me is there. To give back. To do something good. To tell a remarkable story.
I run a business. My business helps put food on the table, dress my kid, and adds to the life we want to live. My prices are based on that formula. It still breaks my heart when someone says they can't afford me. Someone who values my art, believes I am worth what I am asking, but just can't swing it because of life. It breaks my heart because I truly believe people NEED beautiful photos in their life.
Photographs give power to our stories. They help us hold on to them. They help us pass them on to future generations. Our stories are what make us vulnerable and true and brave. They help us rise up when we fall, and remember what is important. A priest once told me at a wedding I was photographing, "I'm going to marry them today. But I truly believe that what you do, your photographs, help keep them married. They will look back at this day and remember that love."
So I'm launching The Full Heart Project. Every several months I will announce that I am holding nominations. You will have the opportunity to nominate someone that you think deserves a free photo session. This could be someone that gives back to their community but is financially tight, a hard working single Mom, a family with an older pet that's not doing great, a Mom that deserves to be in the photos instead of behind them, a new business owner, a family going through a rough time, the options are endless. What matters is that you feel that they deserve the nomination and that their story deserves to be told.
So how does it work? Super easy! Watch for blog posts saying that nominations are open. Submit to me through the contact form on this website, subject "Full Heart Project," and then give the persons' name, a way to contact them, and a description of why you are nominating them. That's it! I will pick a winner so if your nomination doesn't win feel free to keep submitting them.
Thank you for helping me cultivate a community of love and support. Let's give back together and let the nominations begin!
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