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Everyone Deserves a Birthday Celebration

This month I had the pleasure of shooting for a company that focuses on something that is dear to me, children. More precisely, the well-being of children and making sure that they are not robbed of their dignity. A while back I signed up to volunteer my photography services to a company called Together We Rise, a company that works with children in foster homes. If you are unfamiliar with this organization, this is how they explain who, and what they do;


“Together We Rise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth. Our vision is to improve the lives of children in foster care, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. We collaborate with individuals, companies, and community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system.


TWR works with hundreds of foster agencies, social workers, CASA advocates, and other partners to bring our programs to foster youth across the nation. Our foundation has allowed us to provide thousands of foster youth across the country with new bicycles, college supplies, and sweet cases so that children do not have to travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.”


Last month they contacted me about doing some work for them. I went to their office to learn a bit more about their organization, and what they had in mind for this job. The focus this month was their birthday boxes, and finding a way to capture the fun involved in celebrating a birthday. It really hit me hard when I learned how many of all the children in foster care are stripped of their dignity as they have to carry all their belongings in a plastic bag, never get to celebrate their birthday, or even have anything that’s just theirs. So, a while back I invited me nieces and nephews over, because if anyone knows how to thoroughly enjoy a birthday party, they are the ones. Seeing my kitchen covered in soap bubbles, confetti, popped balloons, glitter, candy powder, cake crumbles, well you name it – was just amazing!


What do you think? Does it look like a fun birthday party?

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