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The Gift Project

Greetings fellow mama’s and rad ladies everywhere!

As many of you know I am a photographer and I specialize in Maternity, Newborn and Family Photography. When I tell you that I love my job, I want you to know that I mean it. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and make a living. I don’t take it for granted that I am one of the lucky ones.

I believe that every woman should be afforded the opportunity to document their pregnancy. Remember seeing the photos of your mom when she was pregnant with you? If not, what would you do to have just one?

I love my job and a big part of that is because I LOVE my clients. One of the best parts is that I get to watch the women that hire me as their maternity photographer become Mothers of toddlers and big kids. I get to see the babies that were once inside their belly become big sisters and big brothers. It is truly amazing. Time and time again I hear how much the babies that have now grown into big kids, love seeing those first photos I took of their Mom and Dad when they were still inside Mama’s tummy. The albums I have created using the images from the newborn and maternity sessions have often become a part of cherished bedtime rituals. Kids love hearing the story of how they were born into this big, crazy world and having beautiful pictures that tell their story. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly honored to be the one to document their first chapter.

However, I often reflect on the fact that there are so many women who cannot afford my services. This is why I am donating my services to the women of Harvest Home. Harvest Home is a non-profit organization that serves pregnant, homeless women here in Venice. Harvest Home gives them a place to live during their pregnancy and for 3-6 months after they have their baby. Harvest Home provides food, shelter, free counseling and offers guidance that will help women develop a long term plan for financial independence and stability.

I am donating one Maternity Session and one Newborn Session to each and every woman at Harvest Home, but I can’t do this alone. I need your help…

I would like to provide each new mother with a beautiful album with all of the images from their Maternity and Newborn Sessions. As they will be moving shortly after having their baby is born, I want to give them something special that can fit into their suitcase. Something that is easily accessible that they will treasure. After I had each of my babies, I remember getting so much support from my husband and family and I cannot imagine what it would have been like without their help. Most of these women are single mothers and have little to no family. It would mean so much to these women to know that we (yep, you and me) are in their corner, rooting for them. Providing an album for every mother will give them a gift that they will have forever and give their children an opportunity to see their Moms as I do, fierce, kind and hard working women who are determined to be the best Mom they can be. As single, homeless Mothers, we cannot possibly imagine their plight, but what we can do is offer them this gift.

The Gift Project


              Here some samples of the albums. They are small, yet durable and will last a lifetime. Each album is designed by me personally and is $44. Let me assure you that this price is at cost. I am not making a profit from the crafting of these albums.

Please be sure to forward this to any friends or family you think may want to become a donor!

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Click on the Donate an Album Tab to see images of all the Harvest Home Mothers. And thank you for donating!