15 Years of Love

I want to introduce a fantastic couple to you who have helped to raise our County’s kids for the past 15 years. Today they ended their foster care career by adopting three more little ones.

Judge Hinrichs did an amazing job of making all the kids feel comfortable, safe and very important. Each finalized adoption received a hearty congrats and applause as well as a special little origami crane specially fastened by Judge Hinrichs.

Melissa and Nickie are truly silent heroes in our community and their legacy will live on in the many kids they helped to raise and love. Congrats on their “retirement!”

Lucky #14!

I’m getting ready to do my 14th (eek!) Pay It Forward shoot this coming Sunday.  I thought I’d take a minute to again share the backstory of my project and my business.  Thanks for reading!

On January 31st, 2014, my dad passed away unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. Prior to his death, he and I had done a fun photo shoot involving things he loved. I never realized how important these pictures would turn out to be, until he was no longer with us.

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With this thought in mind, I came to realize not all families have the luxury of having good, quality photos of their loved ones. Photography is expensive but it’s one of those things so greatly appreciated, especially after the death of a family member.

The goal I had with this project was to help out whenever I could. I had initially pledged to do one session a month and this quickly morphed into multiple projects. Thanks to the help of other local photographers, we’ve been able to photograph several hundred families, completed numerous fundraisers for local causes, captured (via photos) the work of many community groups and related projects, and have met a ton of awesome people. Also, we’ve able to assist the community with food and toy donations to the less fortunate while providing quality pictures to families.

One of my most favorite things I’ve come to do with my PIF shoots, is to work with our local foster care community.  I’ve met so many great kids and families; I feel truly blessed to be able to capture some of the childhood memories of these amazing kids.

I now operate a business and have a passion for photography and a desire to still help out when I can in the community. I’ve been shooting and editing for over twelve years, and want to share my experience with someone who might appreciate it.