So, so SOOOOOOO happy today! It’s the first real day of the new year (work wise), and I got an invitation that makes me very happy! A few months ago, I read about a non-profit organization I immediately knew I wanted to get involved with. Flashes of Hope. They are a prestigious national organization that provides portraits to families with children who have cancer. This has been something very close to my heart ever since I walked with a co-worker through the death of her 3-year old granddaughter with cancer years ago. It was devastating. Once she was gone, there was no way to ever again get pictures of their baby, and I noticed most of the photos they had of her were faded snapshots — the kind that most people snap of their family that don’t always truly convey the child’s radiant personality, or even the relationships with the child that mean so much to them.
As my portrait work has progressed, I have longed to make photography for families like my co-worker a part of my life. My heart is capturing the soul of my subjects, and they of all people, need lasting memories of their child. So, in applying, I noticed that their application said that almost all their photographers are chosen from The American Society of Media Photographers. High end, commercial photographers who work with brands like Luvs Diapers, Fisher Price, or Gerbers Baby Food. Eeeee…. Here I am, just me, serving my local area with portrait art. I thought it was a long shot, but you never know unless you apply, right?
So HAPPY NEW YEAR, Sandy! I get a wonderful, personal email from the Developer of Photographers with this organization complimenting me on my work which she studied from my website… Aaaaaand… saying they’d love to include me in their organization.
They are still in the process of establishing Flashes of Hope in this area, so she warned me to be patient as they worked out all the kinks to get started, but I should be up and running with this amazing organization before too long, and I absolutely can’t wait.
Yep… about the best way Sandy Powers Photography could start out its new year! “Thanks, God!” 🙂