BUY ONE GIVE ONE
Here's the deal... every time someone gives me the joy of taking their family portrait, I'll give a family portrait session to a family in need. This may be one of the families we work with (see About page) or any other family I feel inspired to bless! It gives me great joy to photograph such wonderful families, like this beautiful Eritrean family we have come to know and love.
When I was 19, I wanted to make a difference on the planet. A big difference. I knew God had put me on this earth for a purpose... and I was ready to get to work. I naively thought the best way to have maximum impact was to go to the place where they had the worst problems, and try to help fix them. So off I went to India.
Just a couple of months and a serious bout of food poisoning later, I was back in Australia feeling completely overwhelmed and somewhat of a failure. My short term foray didn't rock the planet,
but it surely rocked me!
Over the years I have narrowed my scope... I've realized that, while I may not be able to change the whole world, I can use what's in my hand to help the ONE. It may seem small, but that's ok....
because individuals really matter.
Moving to America in 2011 plunged me into a world of opportunity. Surrounded by refugees from all over the globe, many of whom had lived through war, poverty, homelessness or abuse, I discovered
that by simply sharing my gift of photography, I could inject a little joy into their world. It didn’t fix all of their problems, but froze a moment in time they could enjoy forever. I cannot
explain the joy I've received in giving a struggling Mum a portrait of her hugging her young daughter, with whom she had recently been re-united. Tears of joy and gratitude streamed down both of
our faces as she looked at the precious moment in print.
We all have something to give. Experience the joy!