“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” -Christopher Morley
“If you can look at a dog and not feel vicarious excitement and affection, you must be a cat.” -Author Unknown
So, I get this email asking if I can photograph this young man proposing to his girlfriend for his 21st birthday. After some back and forth, we set up the details and the plan is in action. DeMarcus tells me how nervous he is, but he’s working on the right signal so I’ll know when he’s ready. We go into this session under the guise of it simply being a couple photo shoot that he wanted to have for his birthday (since they live in different states).
When I don’t get to meet someone ahead of time, it can be weird for both sides. They don’t know me, I don’t know them, so it can be…awkward at first. But if there’s one thing I hate, it’s an awkward silence. In order to avoid such awkward silences, I have a very special gift of filling awkward silences with awkward stories.
“So, I was worried you were going to be a serial killer. But then you paid for your session, so I was a little less worried. But then I thought, well, if you’re a serial killer, you’re really bad at it because you’re leaving quite the paper trail.”
Yeah, my overactive imagination can get the better of me, but my mouth wins Olympic GOLD medals for spilling my awkward and weird thoughts on a regular basis. Thankfully, they didn’t make a run for it.
A photo I took of a beloved daughter looking on at an ad on my car for Reece’s Rainbow, an organization that helps children connect with loving families, reminded me that I wanted to re-start the fundraising idea I had before.
I was introduced to Reece’s Rainbow when my dear friends, the Lyon Family, felt the call to adopt. After a very long but amazing process, they brought home a daughter (please visit their story here on the site, and on Lora’s own blog), a beautiful, awesome daughter!
My heart has been attached to the organization ever since. Initially, the following image was set up for sale as a fundraiser specifically for the Lyon Family. Once their goal was achieved, I knew I wanted the image to continue to be representative of Reece’s Rainbow as a whole. As such, I am releasing it again for sale. 100% of funds raised go directly to Reece’s Rainbow* to help other families bring home the beautiful children who so desperately need and want them.
Thank you for anything YOU can do to help.
Purchase 8×10 Print for donation of $35
Purchase 5×7 Print for donation of $25
Purchase Set of 4×6 Prints (5) for donation of $20
*Make your donation directly to Reece’s Rainbow, then contact me with proof of the correct amount for the print(s) you desire. Do not contact Reece’s Rainbow with photo questions. They are simply the benefactor of this idea; they are not responsible or otherwise connected.
Prints are ordered up to twice weekly and will be shipped out within 24 hours of printing orders arriving in my office. All prints are ordered through a quality lab and are printed on lustre paper.
Make Donation Without Print – Go directly to Reece’s Rainbow
Unable to make a purchase or donation? Then we ask you to pray. It’s the biggest thing all of us can do for the children of Reece’s Rainbow. Also, please share their site and/or this page with others via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.
Thank you and God bless.
Of all the photo shoots I’ve done over the years, no client has ever had more wardrobe changes than my little Aurora. I love all the outfits her parents bring with. It adds so much more to an already awesome good time we have together.