We were thrilled when the Tiny Light Foundation got in touch with us and sent us Ashton and his family to photograph. When I called Ashton’s mom, Denise, to plan the session she told me that they didn’t have a good family photo with all them together since they have 5 kids! Wow! As soon as we walked into their house for their photo session we felt right at home. The family is so loving and so much fun which you can tell by their awesome & colourful outfits. Ashton is a sweetheart and is so affectionate with his family. He kept on stroking his baby sister, Evelyn’s, head and giving big hugs to his Mom and kisses to his Dad. The whole family loves music and the Annoying Orange just like we do. We also loved seeing how loving big sister Allura was with all her brothers and sisters. Little Evelyn gave us her biggest smile when she saw that we were leaving which was so cute. Lizzy & Braydon were hilarious and kept on making us giggle. It was a real pleasure for us to spend time with the amazing family.
Thank you Denise, Shaun, Allura, Ashton, Braydon, Lizzy & Evelyn, for a lovely afternoon. We hope that we will get the chance to see you again sometime soon.
One thing that we feel very strongly about is that we need to give back, to share our skills with others. We feel so blessed to be able to do the work that we do and to live the life of privilege that we do. By privilege we don’t mean that we live in a giant mansion or that we have oodles of fancy things. We feel privileged just to live in a beautiful city where we are free to do what we want, to have a roof over our heads, to have the love of our family and friends and to be able to look after our basic needs without worry.
That is why we work with the Tiny Light Foundation locally. We also have been lucky enough to be able to donate our photgraphy overseas. Roger went on a trip to Northern Thailand in 2007, photographing hill tribesmen for a small NGO. In 2008 we went to Cambodia and visited a few different orphanages around Phnom Penh taking pictures to help NGOs with their fundraising efforts. The photo above is one that we took of an adorable little girl in an orphanage in Phnom Penh. We have it hanging up in our studio as a reminder to us to give back.
In February we are going back to South East Asia to visit Vietnam. The trip is a vacation for us, however we still wanted to find an NGO that we could work with while we were over there. We thought about going back to Phnom Penh to revisit the orphanages however we realized that we would like to help some new people. We were about to start searching for an NGO when we received an email from our dear friend, Craig, in Tokyo who we are going to visit at the end of the trip. He told us that he has a friend who is working with families who lost everything in the tsunami last year, taking pictures for them to help them rebuild their family photo albums. Craig asked us if we would like to participate in the Photohoku Project and without any hesitation we said yes. Craig is very kindly trying to coordinate our 4 days in Japan with the Photohoku Project. It will be an unforgettable experience for us for sure. The thing is, we’ve found that when we give to others, we are always blown away by how much we receive back.
Last week we photographed our second Tiny Light, little Daniel who was born with a heart condition and had to undergo surgery in his first few days of life. When we met this precious little guy, he was 14 days old. He was on the mend and doing really well, which warmed our hearts. Daniel comes from a large family and has 6 big brothers and sisters. Having all 9 members of the family in our studio was so fun. They really burst our studio into life. I asked Daniel’s parents, Amery & Christiane, if their house is ever quiet. Amery told me that when it is, they know the kids are getting into trouble. We really enjoyed meeting this remarkable family. Daniel is surrounded by a lot of love, that is for sure.
Thank you, Christiane, Amery, Daniel, Stephanie, Michelle, Emilie, Cole, Jacob & Andrew, for a great photo session.
Holly & Roger
Daniel supported by his family.
Isn’t he sooo cute?
A cry and a cuddle from Dad.
Little Daniel with his Mom & Dad
Don’t you love all of his hair?
The whole family!