It was a snowy St. Patrick's day but we had a wonderful event indoors providing free family photos for those that are served by the Children's Service Society! So many cute kids!
We started out the new year with an extra special event photographing the residents at a senior living home. Many of these people had never had professional portraits taken in their whole lives, or if they had, it was a only once, many years ago.
We also had a great time hearing their stories and advice. One couple said, "Too many young couples are giving up on their marriages when things get hard, but they don't know that it will only get better if you keep going!"
One couple stood at the end of their session and the photographer asked if they needed help getting to their walkers, to which the wife replied, "No, we'll just hold onto each other."
One woman, who is 99 years old (!) told us all about her morning exercises and showed us her kicks! She also brought in she chubby, mellow dog for the photos as well.
Afterwards, we all expressed how important this work felt and that we needed to go to every senior center we can to document these important people in the twilight of their lives.
It was a wonderful day and we're grateful to our volunteer photographers for all of their hard work!
On November 4th we had a full, active morning photographing families in Salt Lake City.
Early this November we once again partnered with Centro Hispano to do our third annual event and give free family photos to families in need. It was a wonderful evening! Thank you for the wonderful partnership and friendship, Centro Hispano!
We had a wonderful day in October taking family photos in Park City at the Hispanic Health fair. We love partnering with these health fairs and seeing all the good that the many organizations do for families.
Teaming up with the International Rescue Committee for their women's health fair was a fantastic opportunity. We love what they do and who they help and working with them was well organized and you could feel how much they care for the refugees they help. We made meaningful connections that day and much was spoken without words between volunteers and the women.
We had a wonderful evening helping out at the Pacific Islander kick off event. We partnered with Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resource (PIK2AR), who works to help reduce domestic violence, improve economic development, cultivate local leadership and effectively blend Pacific Island cultures. They had a large event with vendors, cultural booths, free school supplies, performances from different Pacific Islander groups, and US! It was a privileged to photograph families and help preserve such a beautiful culture.
On June 1st we were able to team up once again with Catholic Community Services and join them at a baby shower for refugee women. It was an inspiring event to be apart of. All of the families were gifted diaper bags full of baby goods and then there were tables full of baby supplies. There was a nice catered lunch and then us there to offer some professional portraits! We loved being apart of such a wonderful day and giving these women a chance to preserve such a special time in their families.
A few weeks ago we were invited to come participate with Catholic Community Services once again to join their health fair and take family photos there of the refugee families. We had a busy and wonderful experience. We met families from Somalia, DR Congo, Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Thailand, and Iran. So many beautiful cultures and people- truly an honor to photograph their families and to let them know that we value them!
On November 4th of this year we had our big event in Provo, partnering with Centro Hispano and the Provo Seventh Day Adventists church who donated the use of their gym! We had five photographers and did sessions every 15 minutes for several hours. A handful of families brought in their dogs even and one family brought in a cat! We had a great day serving and giving back, giving a gift that will last the years. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and gave of their time and resources for this wonderful time!
A huge thank you to the aforementioned partners and also to Persnickety Prints for the donation of all the prints!