There was a time when the thought of photographing families terrified and frustrated me. I would take the requests on begrudgingly, stammering my way through a session where there was bound to be a toddler who wouldn't smile for the camera, and a mother upset about not getting that "perfect" shot.
And then, something shifted. Suddenly, I realized that it didn't matter who was smiling - what mattered was documenting families together, in their element. And so, I started spending my evenings and weekends, doing just that - capturing mothers scooping up crying babes, and father's tossing their probably-too-grown children in the air and catching them again with laughter.
I've been so privileged to be an intimate witness for the love that and connection that exists in families - and I am determined that all families should be able to maintain that magic. I believe that every family deserves the chance to thrive together. I believe that every family is worthy of love, togetherness, and ultimately - happiness, too.
At first, I didn't think there was much I could do to help but then I realized that the thing which taught me the love of families was the way that I could help.
SO, this Sunday, I am hosting a day of pay-what-you-can mini-sessions, with all proceeds benefiting the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center - an organization helping father's detained at the country's largest population immigration detention center, Cibola Detention Center, which is just 90 miles from Albuquerque.
Not able to make it? At the event and need to donate with a card?
We're also accepting donations online!
To donate, please visit the NMILC campaign page. After selecting a donation amount, you will be asked to fill in details such as your name and a message - please include #FamiliesBelongTogether in your message! Also be sure to leave the checkboxes unchecked so that we can see your donation.
Sunday, June 24th, 2018
The Brew (311 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102)
9:30AM - 1PM
These sessions are pay-what-you-can, with all proceeds being donated to NMILC. Your donation will get you:
- a 10-minute mini-session with a local Albuquerque family photographer with the cutest setup from Rust Vintage
- 5 digital images sent via an online gallery
- the opportunity to take a photo with our handlettered Families Belong Together board from Ashley Rose Handlettering
- free coffee from our friends at the Brew
- donuts from our friends at Rebel Coffee
- paletas from Pop Fizz
Pre-registration is now closed. You are welcome to walk-in to the event though and we will fit you in where possible! At this time, we recommend walk-ins plan to come from 10-10:30 and from 11-11:30.
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