This fall I volunteered for Flashes of Hope photographing cancer kids of Colorado at two different hospitals in Denver. First at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and then at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Flashes of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Working with these kids and their families helps me to put my own life into perspective and be grateful for my good health. It’s an honor to be able to give each child a few minutes of my time to capture a little bit of their personality.
After one of these sessions, I wrote down a few notes.
- Be patience, it’s hard to know what’s going on in other people’s life
- Take a lunch brake and drink more water
- Don’t eat in the area where we’re doing pictures because many of the kids are sensitive to food smells.
- Know a few kid friendly jokes
- Having an assistant who has kids is a plus
Special thanks to Jenna Blongiewicz who assisted me with the session at Children’s Hospital. Jenna hired me to photograph her wedding 7 years ago and we’ve been good friends since. Now she has 2 children and is learning to be portrait and documentary family photographer.