I can’t remember how many times I’ve been invited to photograph kids for Flashes of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
This past Monday at Children’s Hospital in Denver, I volunteered to make portraits of as many of the kids as I could, who wanted to have their pictures taken. There were a few who just weren’t up for it, and I understand. How many adults would ask to have not only a picture made of them as they are going through perhaps the toughest time of their lives, but a close-up portrait? I ended up doing nine sessions with kids from ages 13-months to 17-years-old. Most had a picture taken with a parent and/or a sibling, in addition to a personal portrait. With each one, I tried to get at least 10 different looks. Three of the sessions had to be done in private isolated rooms, which required me to wear a gown, gloves and a mask, as well as to wipe down my cameras with nasty germ-killing wet cloths.
For privacy issues I can’t share names or personal stories, however, I hope these pictures show that kids are kids, and can be fun, serious and beautiful, even while battling a life-threating illness.
Thanks to everyone who made this portrait session possible.