Here's the deal... every time someone gives me the joy of taking their family portrait, I'll give a family portrait session (and a print!) 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 plunged me into a world of opportunity. Surrounded by people from all over the globe, many of whom have lived through war, poverty, homelessness or abuse, I discovered that by simply sharing my gift of photography, I can inject a little joy into their world. It doesn't fix all of their problems, but freezes a moment in time they can enjoy forever. I cannot explain the joy I've received in giving a struggling Mom a portrait of her and her 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!






Celia Southcombe Photography

Irvine, California


p:  (208) 392-2182