I just want to say thank you SO much for everyone that helped, volunteered and showed up to get their pictures taken at the 5th annual Portraits for a Cause Event that helps families get pictures they couldn’t otherwise afford, and helping give Christmas to less fortunate families.
A topic came up this morning in the photography community about this event and some good points came up. I am always open to suggestions on how to improve things, so if you have any advice, let me know. I want this to keep getting better every year! One of the main concerns from other photographers is “Is this charity hurting their business by devaluing the prices of professional portraits”. In my opinion, a lot of the families come either because they could never afford a professional photographer, or just to help the cause and view this as an additional family picture on top of what they will normally do through out the year. I never want to negatively impact the profession and community I am a part of, so this is something I have been pondering all day.
I love this event. I love what we do, I love what it does to bring the community, and I love that we give people a chance to get a professional picture that they normally wouldn’t be able to get.
I also agree that this is good for my name and business too, and that will bother some people. A lot of people volunteer, but they don’t get their name blasted all over the news and radio. They do it because they want to help, whether they get credit or not. I do plenty of other things where I don’t get all the credit, and I’m fine with that. But this event is something I’ve hosted, brainstormed and put together for the last 5 years. It is so near and dear to my heart and I want it to be the best it can be. I get more credit than I deserve, and I want next year to be more about everyone involved, and not just my name. That is not the point of this.
So please email me at email@example.com if you have any ideas on how to make this event even better.
All photos by Gary Luce:
I want to thank each person that helped and give them the recognition they deserve.
Kerry Chapell- She photographed like a champ, is always full of energy, and is a ball of fun.
Steph Hower- My rock… my studio manager, I would not survive without her! She edited ALL day and did an amazing job.
Marie Fourstar- Such a little cutie and a client of mine this year who helped run the Africa and Coffee table and lots of other important tasks!
Melissa Mestdagh- An awesome photographer who brought equipment to help and worked all day to make families smile. She is an amazing girl!
Ashlyn Archer- Such a sweet girl!! Helped assist the photographers and pose families and make kids smile!
Matt Thompson- My awesome hubby who ran all over town to get supplies, moved lots of tables, and setup and cleaned like a boss!
Taylor Machler- Helps every year… is such a hard worker and keeps everything in order. Thank you SO much Taylor!!!
Yardley Deigneau- An AMAZING, kind, lovely person who photographed and helped so much. Your positivity is so encouraging!
Briana Rickman- Has helped multiple years. Such a kind person, and edited tons of amazing pictures and smiled all day!
Andrea McClenning- Edited pictures all day and helped so much. She is such a wonderful person and really took the time to make sure she edited amazing pics!
Kylie Renee- Helped photograph, pose and keep everyone happy and smiling for the pictures. Thanks for helping again, girl!!!
Michelle Orourke- Always there for the event to check in the clients and make sure they know what this is all about! You are amazing, Michelle!!
Brittany Naffziger- Another wonderful photographer and incredible person who worked so hard all day and is always smiling and encouraging!
Dennis Rogers- Such a great friend, and brought lighting equipment and edited pictures. He’s always a life saver… love this guy!
Clark Montgomery- Photographed and edited all day, and even cut up a bunch of cards when he showed up early! Thank you SO much!!
Kim Corcoran- Helped pose families and keep everyone smiling, such a kind person! Thank you so much!
Melissa Oderifero- girl I love you. Thanks for being such a great friend and always there to help.
Alexandria Nieskens- This girl is organized, on it, and a crazy hard worker. I appreciate you so much and love you passion for this cause!!!
Kate Sandelin- Helped check people in and tell them what it’s all about. Kate, I love you and appreciate you so much!!!
Miranda Murdock- Came to help even though her day was packed with work and 4 kids! I love this girl and she is an angel!!!
Rhea Wholpe- Brought us doughnuts, and took time out of her busy day to help out with anything we needed. I love you Rhea!
Karlee & Kandis- Karlee painted nails to help raise money to adopt a family, and her mom Kandis helped with so many things!!
Alisia Certain- Helped pose families and worked hard to make sure the pictures were awesome. You are amazing girl!!
Steven Ladefoged- Dressed up as Buddy the Elf and escorted guests to the location. Made lots of kids smile too, Steven you rock!!
Rachael Weidlich- Helped set up and tear down and helped at the coffee table! You are amazing Rach… Love you!!
Liv Swant-Johnson- Helped edit, run around and organize families, and tons of other stuff! You are AMAZING Liv, THANK YOU!!
Dena Johnson- Helped again checking people in and selling raffle tickets and making everyone smile! You are the best, girl!!
Ted Kim- Thanks SO much for letting us us the Billings Open Studio for the location. It was amazing and you are so awesome!!
Gary Luce- thank you for taking images of the event for us! That was a wonderful surprise and so thoughtful!
Sean Graves from Hooligan’s & Montana Brewing Company for donating the iPad for the raffle item.
Big J & Mclovin for helping out yet again and being the inspiration behind this whole event. You guys are amazing, love working with you on this!!
Everyone who came and got their images taken…. THANK YOU so much, you support this whole thing and I hope you had a great experience and loved your picture(s)!!!
Sorry if I missed anyone… It’s been a long day and my brain is a little fried! But thank you to EVERYONE who had a part in this. I love you all and appreciate you more than you will ever know!