On February 14, 2018, I was sitting in the line of cars at my daughter's high school waiting for the bell to ring, when I heard a broadcast on Sirius CNN a school in Parkland, Florida had been involved in a shooting. 17 children would not being going home to their parents that night. I froze in my seat as I watched my 16 year old close the gap from the schools front entrance to the car. My brain said, "Turn it off before she gets in the car." My heart said, "Get out and hug her where she stands. You are fortunate today."
I watched as my friend, Kelly McFarland, describe her terror of picking up her son from a locked down elementary school a block away from the shooting on Instagram; my heart broke every time I opened my Facebook news feed. What was happening to life as we have known it? For several days, I have avoided the discussion online. There is so much more at stake than political arguments. As a parent of high school girl in this day and age, I cannot fathom the trauma the parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students must be dealing with. But, what could I do? I am traveling portrait photographer based in Utah.
That was it! As it happens, I am scheduled to be in Fort Lauderdale September 23-27 for clients. What if I gave away a $650 package to a family from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for every package purchased by a client? Family is my highest value. I document the lives of families everyday to carry on like a time machine when we are gone. This is something I could do. This is something I am going to do.
So, here is the plan. This offer is open to all bookings during scheduled travel dates coming up. You do not have to live in Florida to do this. In April I will be traveling to Chicago and Detroit. In July, I will be traveling to Upstate New York, New England and Pittsburgh. In September I will be traveling to Florida. I will also be opening up this offer bookings here in Utah; I typically reserve this package for Wives and Girlfriends of Professional Sports, but if you want to help I will not stop you.
I would like to photograph the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while I am in Florida in September 23-27, 2018. Therefore, all bookings need to be purchased prior to September 1, 2018. I will send vouchers to the school to hand out to students with the understanding I will be photographing them the week I am there. Each family will receive a complete family portrait session, a 16 x 20 mounted wall portrait and digital copies of their images.
When you purchase a WAGS package, I will give one in your name to a family in Florida. For more information about the WAGS package: