GIVING BACK AS A PHOTOGRAPHER
Yesterday, I attended the 30th anniversary luncheon for the Children's Dream Fund, a local Tampa Bay non-profit that grants a wish to children facing serious illness. The organization grew out of the Sunshine City Jaycees and their work back in 1981 to grant the dream of eight year old Fransie Geringer who was fighting the aging disease progeria.
I have donated my time behind the lens to various non-profit organizations but my primary involvement has been with Flashes of Hope, a national non-profit committed to providing families dealing with illness with free photographic portrait sessions. A session from last year with a courageous young girl named Ella led to a powerful portrait that the Dream Fund saw and asked to use as the cover for the invitation and luncheon program. As part of my agreement to license the image, my work was featured as a Dream Team sponsorship.
The highlight of the experience was visiting with Ella (now with a full head of hair) and having her mother tell me how important those pictures are to her family. Photography is always about taking and capturing but working with non-profits like Flashes of Hope and the Children's Dream Fund affords one the gift of being able to give back. St. Francis once said, "For it is in giving that we receive."