I am very proud to be the New York Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a national organization that brings commercial photographers into treatment centers for juvenile cancer to photograph the patients and their families.
Yesterday I coordinated a shoot at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY. I brought in my photographer friend and neighbor Greg Morris to shoot. This is Greg’s second time working with Flashes of Hope. I have also partnered with nuBest Salon and Spa to provide hair and makeup. The nuBest team has been amazing.
We come into the hospital, create a studio set up, groom our subjects with hair and makeup, and take pictures.
What none of us are prepared for or expect is how appreciative the families are. I am still blown away by the thanks I get for providing photos and how meaningful the photos are to the families. Actually, it is us that should be thanking the families for the opportunity to work with them. How often do photographers have a subject step onto a set and give them genuine emotion… joy, sadness, fear, optimism, strength, and love… mostly love?
It is an emotional day for us, which keeps us coming back for more!
Here are some behind the scenes photos from yesterday’s photo shoot: