“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
I believe in giving back, it’s a huge part of who I am and what I do. If you know of a family in need with a sick child, a parent leaving for war or another worthy cause, please contact me. I may be able to offer my services during their time of need. I love that something as simple as a photograph can change someones day and make them smile during a rough time. It is one of the reasons why I do what I do. While I can’t assist every organization and family that comes my way, I try to give back as much as I am able.
I am proud to support and work with these charities:
Dealing for Duchenne
I had the honor of photographing a little boy named Timmy and his family along side Mack & Sally Brown in January of 2010. Timmy and his family are fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD is the leading genetic killer of young boys. Dealing for Duchenne is an event being hosted by Mack & Sally Brown at the University of Texas in Austin on May 1, 2010. All funds benefit Cure Dechenne. You can click here to learn more about DMD. If your heart calls you to help find a cure for Duchenne, please click here. Every penny counts! HOOK EM!
Helping Hearts For Haiti
Helping Hands is a collaborative effort with Michele Anderson of Pinkletoes Photography to aid in the destruction of Haiti. Michele and I donated a free session with us to these lucky winners. Over $2400 was donated to benefit the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. For more information on this project, click here. Photographers: you can join in the effort to raise funds as well. Click here to learn how.
Little Monsters Halloween Bash
I founded this fundraiser in 2008 with the assitance of Mary Catherine Urban. This is an annual, invitation only benefit. Each year I photograph babies and children in their Halloween costumes for a donation at the door. 2008 benefited The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society via Team in Training. In, 2009 we more than quadrupled our invitation list and raised $3800 for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in the name of Jon Urban. Click here to find out more about this benefit.
Slideshow: 2009 LITTLE MONSTERS BASH
The Alex Laynor Foundation
Alex Laynor is a Cancer Society Hero of Hope and meeting him changed my life and opened my heart in a way I never imagined. I met him in the spring of 2008 in the midst of his battle with inoperable heart cancer. You can read more about Alex here (and here). Other ways to connect with Alex and his family: his foundation, blog and foundation facebook page.
Slideshow: MY NAME IS ALEX
The slideshow I created for Alex and his family has been viewed by people around the world, including events put on by The Cancer Society and the Alex Laynor Foundation. Alex has inspired many.
[Thank you to Balmorhea for allowing us to use their music in the My Name Is Alex Slideshow]