The Adventure TAB Squashes Stigma

$4,152 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 30 months

If you could help someone in life, would you??? By maybe passing on that one extra cup of coffee, or mid day snack, for just one day, you can do just that... $5.00 - $10.... Maybe $20... Anything you're comfortablt with and you will end up helping so many... This I promise!

I know it's a lofty goal, and honestly, I'm hoping to surpass it so this project can go beyond my wildest dreams... And your help would be so greatly appreciated... 

Anyway, after 11 years of being a professional photographer ( and generally capturing between 40-50 weddings per year, while I will obviously continue to work in the crazy awesome world of weddings, I am at a point where I want to start using the talents and skills with both, photography and working with people from all walks of life, to.... Help - In some way, help and give back because who knows how long we are each here and I want to put my time to the best use I can. 

Have you ever felt like you didn't belong, maybe you felt stuck, maybe like you would never get ahead, or that you didn't matter??? Maybe you've felt like where you are is where you will always be and that place isn't safe? Or maybe as a child you felt like you didn't matter and you will never be able to even begin to reach for your dreams??? 

Have you ever had a moment where you felt like your environment, or what you personally have to deal with is currently defining you? Or that your looks or status define who you are to those around you and the rest of the world???  If so, then you know what so many children and individuals are forced to feel on a daily basis. Individuals "we" have labeled as an illness or handicap.
Every... Single... Day...

Or some families, ones that make your dinners possible - such as the service men and women who protect us daily...  Each day after the next, the struggles they live with because of PTSD, PTSD they suffer because they stepped up for all of us!

And this is where we can start to make a difference, even if it's just in one childs future or one families day.... 

This is where we can work to give everyone the same possibility as everyone else, to prove that we are all equals. That you are just like me and everyone just like you. 

I'm raising these funds to make portraits of children, individuals who have been labled and face certain stigmas and of families across the country that don't have the ability to make this happen. A family portrait in the home creates a sense of security to the children and teens, a sense of belonging, a higher self esteem. Research shows a self portrait of youth that hangs or sits in the home has the ability to raise the childs self confidence 35-40%!!!

I will travel to some of the lowest income pieces of our country as well as areas most know as "vacation spots", which off the "beaten path", are anything but glamourous, and work to create portraits of children that they can hang on their walls, again, helping to raise their self esteem while also working  to help make sure they know that where they are, is not where they will always be. That their dreams do matter and they can each make a difference. That the stigma of their enviroment or families income DOES NOT dictate who they are or will be!

“A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.”

“I am very conservative about self-esteem and I think placing a family photo someplace in the home where the child can see it every day without having to turn on a device or click around on a computer to find it really hits home for that child this sense of reassurance and comfort. They have a certainty about them and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It let’s them know where they are in the pecking order and that they are loved and cared for,”

“having photographs of that child with their family placed in the child’s bedroom so it can be among the last things they see before sleep and the first thing they may see before beginning their day. 

“It says we love you and care about you. You’re important."

-David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland 


Along the journey I will also work to capture the working families that hold our country together that are so often forgotten... From the farmers (which with out them, we would all be without food ) to the service families and individuals... Doing everything I can to help bring their true lives to the forefront. Their struggles and accomplishments as well as the towns that are being forgotten right here in our country. 

I will also sit and talk with those that are homeless and hopefully have the ability to help them with blankets and food that I will purchase. Not all who are homeless are this way because of choice, or because of addiction. Some have just lost their way and they deserve to know they matter!

While this project will be multifaceted and keep me busy photographing and documenting when ever I'm not capturing and editing weddings, it will truly bring so much love and energy back into my soul. Knowing that I'm doing my part, with my skills to give back and help... And it would mean so incredibly much if you could find it in your hearts and souls to be a part of it.

Funds will be used to purchase prints for the families, children and individuals so they feel as though they matter, needed equipment, travel expenses, dining with the families I meet and taking images of along the way, blankets and food for those that I meet who are in need.



For any $50.00 - 100.00 donation, I will send an 11X14" print of an image taken by one of the teens or your choice of a fine art print taken by me along the journey. 


Any $100 - 150.00 donation, I will rock out a mini family session and include 1 - 11X14" matted print of photographers choice (other images will be available online) - limited to when I am traveling thru your area or you can come to us. 


Any $250.00 donation, you can come along for a two day one night piece of our journey. Assisting and even shooting along side. Or if you're a photographer, a one hour phone or in person mentoring session. 


Any $300.00 - 400.00 donation will give you the option of a fine art print taken along this journey of which only ONE will be printed. Meaning you will have the one and only print available. This option will be limited. 


Any $500.00 donation, meet us for a 3 day 2 night adventure as part of our journey. Whether in your neck of the woods or if you fly in and we pick you up at a local airport. Or if you're a photographer, a full day intensive mentoring designed around what you need to learn more. 


Any $1000.00 donation and you can come along for a week of this journey and pick the part of the country you will meet us in. And we will throw you a party. haha. 


****** updates will also be posted throuhgout this ongoing journey on our sites journal which can be reached by clicking here *******
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2017 is here... Let's get this project rolling steady and strong!!!
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Thank you to everyone so far for helping to make this project possible. Yesterday I posted a story about Logan: and with almost 250 Facebook likes on the post, it makes me feel so great about this and gives me the fuel to push it further and further.
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A couple things... One, two more stigma sessions set for us to squash!!! So excited to be able to create some awesome portraits for these coming individuals!!!!!

On another front, I am going to do my first big push this week for us to hit the 50% mark on the fundraising! I'm almost wrapping up with wedding season which means stigma squashing will soon be in full effect!!!!

If you could, hit that share button on the campaign and let your friends and family know how great this project will be. Heck, we're already ahead of where we thought we would be with two stories captured. (I didn't think I would capture any till at least mid November!!!! SO AWESOME!

Anyway... Let's keep making some awesome happen!!! And if you haven't checked out the two stories already told... Here's the links.

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Next week - The next stigma story... Also just booked our first family in need for a family session!!! Can't wait!!!

You can now become a patreon and contribute even just $2.00 per story to keep this project rocking!!!
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$4,152 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 30 months
Created August 15, 2016
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