The Power of Pictures

A little while back, we had some really bad weather. If you live in the Rockford region, I’m sure you remember exactly what I’m talking about. One particular night we had to go to the basement because the weather was particularly bad and there was a threat of a tornado. I grabbed my son out of his bed, then I went back upstairs and grabbed my bible, my camera bag, and my laptop. Oh yes, family, faith, and photography… you can see what my priorities are!

Many of us hold onto those things dearly. I think some of us take them for granted. Recently I read an article about a girl who visited a special home for teen moms regularly to take pictures of their babies. These young moms did not own cameras, so this girl gave these moms so much more than snapshots of their babies. A simple thing, like a photo album of your kids growing up, can mean so much. Similarly, for some families, a professional photo shoot might mean so much more that it would to anyone else. It could be a family about to lose their father to a terminal illness. It could be a single mom who has sacrificed everything for her kids. It could be a family who doesn’t have much, yet gives everything they have to help others, even if it’s their time.

I’ve been planning on giving away a photo session when my Facebook page hit 750 likes, and then again when it hit 1000. Well today it hit 750 likes and instead of hosting a contest (like I sometimes do) or holding a random drawing, I want to do something different. I would like for my “fans” to nominate one special person or family that they believe would overwhelmingly appreciate or benefit from a professional portrait session with me. If you know someone like this, I would love for you to sit down for a few minutes and compose a brief essay on why this person or family deserves to be treated to a portrait session.

I will be reading all of your nominations, and with the help of my good friend and photographer Heather, I will carefully select one. This person or family will not only receive a free session, but I will also gift them with a box of 4x6s of all the photos from their session, and a print credit of $250.

In addition, I will be awarding the person who submits the chosen family/individual’s story a $50 gift certificate.

Please email your nominations to me by Labor Day, September 5th.  Please send them to with the subject line “Giveaway Nomination”

  • Staci Kleinmaier - So great! I’ll spread the word!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Heckman - I have goosebumps! What an amazing gift that will be and a wonderful way to celebrate your 750 fans!!!ReplyCancel

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