I feel so incredibly lucky in my life. I have an amazing wife, a beautiful son, I am surrounded by loving, supportive family and friends and I get to do something I am passionately obsessed with and call it a career. I’m not sure what I did to deserve all this but I’ll take it. Over the years I have raised some money, donated my time, made some personal donations and been part of some incredible charitable events, but I do not feel I have contributed at a level I aspire to. With the birth of my son, watching him grow and seeing how fortunate he is to be in such an incredible country, in such a beautiful part of the world, with parents that absolutely adore him and countless aunts and uncles that spoil him, it really makes me think about all the children that grow up in this world with a much harder road to travel.
This year I am excited to be introducing some programs into my business that will hopefully help make a difference.
Do you know any families that have a hard time justifying the expense of a professional portrait session or really just can not afford it? We are introducing our “Deserving Families Program” starting with twice a year we will be offering a free session to a family in the community that deserves to have beautiful portraits but struggles with the expense. Also, as a portrait instructor at Camosun College and The Western Academy of Photography, I run “Shoot Days” for my students and I would love to give some deserving families the opportunity to come out for a free portrait session. If you would like to nominate a family or if you yourself are part of a family that could use a little help, please email email@example.com or private message us through our facebook page: facebook.com/jessehladyphotos. We are not looking to exploit or embarrass any families so we will not be posting any images under the program title without permission. I really just want to give back to a community that has been incredibly supportive to me and my career. I know how challenging parenthood can be and I believe every family and child is beautiful and deserves an opportunity to have their family photographed in a way that captures their magic.