This summer we met photographer Katie Norris at a wedding we were both filming, and she shared her desire to branch out and use her photography skills beyond just weddings and portrait work. Her idea was a storytelling project that would combine portrait photography and short films for individuals and families facing difficult life circumstances. She termed it “fotolanthropy” and her goal was to provide these people with a beautiful documented memory of this time in their life AND share their stories, with the hope of encouraging and inspiring others. We knew we wanted to do what we could to help.
Last night we had the privilege of attending a party for Clay and Monique, our first full Fotolanthropy story, to celebrate Clay’s full remission from cancer and to premiere their Fotolanthropy film. Their living room was filled with family and friends and just pure joy. There was nothing but laughter and smiles all around the room. What a humbling and much-needed change of perspective – especially for us. We’ve been so busy and quite honestly, a little (by “a little, I mean “a lot”) stressed out. But seeing a couple our age and, like us, married just a few years who are so thankful to have each other and their baby Hazel, we were reminded that no Christmas present could ever possibly compare to the relationships we are blessed with in our lives. We cannot thank the Wootens enough for sharing their story and allowing us to share it with others. Please click on the photo below to view the Wooten Family’s Fotolanthropy film, read their story and learn more about Fotolanthropy. (photo by Katie Norris Portrait Arts)
Want to know how you can help? The best way you can help Fotolanthropy is by sharing the films with others via social media. This is the heart of Fotolanthropy, that others may be encouraged and inspired in their own struggles through the Fotolanthropy stories.
Fotolanthropy is also selling handmade ornaments for the holiday season. Each ornament is $25 and all proceeds go directly towards purchasing products for Fotolanthropy participants. Ornaments can be purchased on the Fotolanthropy website.
If you are a cinematographer and are interested in being involved with Fotolanthropy, please use the contact form on their website. Fotolanthropy would love to tell you more about their mission and see how they can involve you in future stories!
Fotolanthropy is always looking for new stories! If you or someone you know is interested in being a featured Fotolanthropy story OR you or your business are interested in sponsoring a Fotolanthropy story, please contact Fotolanthropy via their website!