Do you know one of these amazing people?

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 superstars of Family Photo Day! Some volunteers had to leave before we took the photo so they are not digitally represented, but still wholly appreciated!

The superstars of Family Photo Day! Some volunteers had to leave before we took the photo so they are not digitally represented, but still wholly appreciated!

The photographers were:

Alycia White - Echo Photography

Bob Fowler

Jesse Laird

Jessica Heigh

Kimberly Teichrow - Kimberly Teichrow Photography

Marina Koslow - Marina Koslow Photography

Nathan Smith

Sandra Kunz

Kevin Kubota

Other volunteers & assistants:

Kecia Kubota - Groove Consulting

Judy Kubota

Clare Kubota

Kai Kubota - Go Summit High! 

Cindy Girror

Kevin Desrosiers

Karen Brown - Team Kubota

Miranda Brown - Go Summit High!

Patch Heatherman

Staci Demarco - Team Kubota

Kathryn Osborne - Team Kubota

Trish Crawford - Team Kubota

Anna Miller (Alycia's sister)

Chris David

Michael Conkey

Cali Clement (Team Kubota) and her sister, Abby Elvebak