voluntas project.

voluntas. {good will toward others. purpose.}

on march 25, 2014 i had all of my photography equipment stolen from the trunk of my car. everything i had worked so hard to build was taken away from me and i was completely devastated. but i could have never imagined what would come out of this horrible misfortune. within a week, so many wonderful people came together to organize fundraisers, raffles, and support to help me get back on my feet. i had never experienced such compassion and generosity. when i look back on that month, i will not remember the loss and heartache. i will remember the community. and the people who came together to build me back up and champion for my little business. 

and my photography business means so much more now. i have been deeply affected by the kindness and generosity of my own community, and i want to spend the rest of my career extending that same kindness to others. i want to use my work to give back to the community, in the same way that my community has given to me. 

and so each year i will donate documentary family sessions to those who are dealing with illness or going through a difficult season. to capture their life together. and to help tell an important story: that even in the midst of hardship, there is still so much love.

if you know someone who might appreciate this gift please consider nominating them.