I was contacted a few months ago by the Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit organization Flashes of Hope to become one of their photographers. I was curious when I received a packet of information from them in the mail and I jumped at the opportunity to give something back to the world via my photography.
Each month our volunteers transform hospital playrooms, waiting areas and even hallways into photography studios. Talented make-up artists help the children and their moms look and feel their best. Then each child is photographed individually and with their closest supporters – siblings, parents and often a favorite nurse.
Each family is presented with framed enlargements, proofs and a CD of all the images so they can make additional prints. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, all services are provided free of charge.
A Flashes of Hope portrait is much more than a picture on the wall. It’s an indescribable treasure that forever preserves the grace, dignity and beauty of each child. -(from Flashes of Hope website)
Above is a sample of some of the images I made on my first time volunteering with Flashes of Hope. I made these images in about 3-4 hours at a hospital right up the street from where I live in Washington, DC. I witnessed some very brave children and parents who are going through a very tough time in their lives. Glad I could give the gift of my photography to these families. Getting photos is often one of the last things on the family’s minds when they are dealing with life threatening illness.