One of the things that I love about photography is the ability to give back to others. I am blessed to work with high school seniors in multiple states and as I was preparing for the upcoming 2019 Senior season I remembered a young man with an amazing story. This is truly an opportunity to be a blessing and I couldn’t miss it.
The young man is a gentle, kind and awesome but he has been through far more than the average teenager. Let me introduce you to Jaden. Jaden is my 6’4” inspiration. A while ago he was diagnosed with cancer. What a bombshell to drop on anyone let alone a kid. I have watched from afar hearing of the trauma he has endured. The tough moments that left me in tears. He has endured far more hospital stays than I care to mention, has been checked by so many doctors and nurses. While other kids were out laughing and playing he was confined to a small room with a horrible excuse for a robe. Test after test, so many tough moments, disappointing moments and now still fighting the battle as a high school senior. Young Jaden is a hero in my book and I’m proud of the young man he is becoming.
His perseverance and courage through it all has been the motivation behind my desire to do something I’ve never done before but plan to do each year going forward. I reached out to his mom to offer a free Senior photo shoot which she was pretty excited about. However that night I couldn’t rest and I believe God was urging me to do more. I got back up and started dreaming. What if I got my photo labs to donate products? And what if I got some of Jaden’s favorite retailers to provide an outfit? What if his favorite shoe store/company donated a pair of shoes? Yes, what if his mom didn’t have to pay for anything? What if this became the best Senior Experience ever?!
So we are in motion. We will be a blessing. We are driving down to Indianapolis next month for a fall shoot with Jaden. My labs are incredible and have generously offered their support. I have other vendors who have shown support by giving gift cards. I’m so excited for this shoot! We still have work to do to make this EPIC and we invite you to join in on the fun. I truly can’t imagine what life has been like for Jaden through his fight, but I know that we can make a difference.
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The Follow up
I will post again once we are ready to shoot and again after the shoot with images and behind the scenes images from the actual shoot. It’s going to be lit!