Every family has a right to have their moments captured. Every family has a right to remember their loved ones. Every family has a right to family photos.
I truly believe this. Photography was not my first career, I actually have a Masters Degree in Social Work and worked in the fields of adoption and homelessness for several years. It was through my work with homeless families that I really saw the impact that even a single family photo can have for someone who has lost everything.
I have partnered with local area homeless shelters for the past several years and visit them through out the year to take family portraits for the residents living there. All of the families I photograph receive digital and printed copies of their photos. It is my way to give back to a profession that has given so much to me. It has become one of the best parts of my business and the most rewarding. Many of the families I photograph have never had professional family pictures made, many have lost the ones they had in their transition to homelessness. Seeing their reaction when they get to hold a printed picture in their hand of the people they most love makes it all worth it!
In addition in 2017 I started working on a personal photo project entitled "Sheltered". The project is a photo essay that documents a typical day for a family living in a north Texas area homeless shelter. For this project I was able to photograph a family over several days in their normal life while residing in the shelter and taking part in the transitional living family program available there. Look for updates on my Facebook or Instagram feeds, or contact me directly to learn more.