Ah, October...one of my favorite days of the year falls on a beautiful Autumn Sunday. This was our 13th year to host Family Photos in the Park Day in Bend, OR. The project started over a decade ago to provide free family holiday portraits to families in need in our local area. We rally together with other local photographers and volunteers to photograph them throughout the day and ultimately provide them with a free picture package and digital files so they can inexpensively make holiday cards or other prints on their own. This year we photographed over 200 families yesterday!
I really love this project because it not only provides the obvious gift to the families, but it also brings together like minded friends and photographers to spend the day having fun and doing something truly awesome together. Photographers also say it's one of the best learning experiences for them as well – having to photograph 30-50 families in one day quickly hones your location portrait skills!
Each year I look forward to seeing my repeat "customers" who bring their families back and seek me out at my photo station. It's such a joy to see how they've grown and they truly inspire me with their hearts and smiles. One such family comes every year and is headed up by a couple of matriarchs in their 70's and 90's who have adopted and care for several children with Down syndrome. This year they told me they ALSO have 6 dogs! Talk about energy and compassion!
I am truly grateful today for the generous help of our volunteers who make time in their schedules to give back to the community with us. We certainly could not do this project without them and they all have a special place in my heart!
If you are a photographer, or heck – anyone wanting to start a project like this in your town, email me and I'll be happy to share the information on how we organize this and provide samples of all the documents we use to connect with families through local charitable organizations.
If you know one of these good folk, give them a power hug!
The photographers were:
Alycia White - Echo Photography
Kimberly Teichrow - Kimberly Teichrow Photography
Marina Koslow - Marina Koslow Photography
Other volunteers & assistants:
Kecia Kubota - Groove Consulting
Kai Kubota - Go Summit High!
Karen Brown - Team Kubota
Miranda Brown - Go Summit High!
Staci Demarco - Team Kubota
Kathryn Osborne - Team Kubota
Trish Crawford - Team Kubota
Anna Miller (Alycia's sister)
Cali Clement (Team Kubota) and her sister, Abby Elvebak