Inspiration Through Art

Dear blog readers-

There has been something really exciting that’s happened here at Victoria Livingston Photography, and I haven’t shared it with you yet!  But no more delays!  If you’re not a regular visitor to the front page of my website, then chances are you haven’t seen the exciting new banner that’s below the picture slideshow.  So here it is:

That’s right; I’m now a participating photographer at Inspiration Through Art!  ITA is an amazing organization, and if you’d like to learn a little more about them, this is taken from their About Us page:

Inspiration Through Art (formerly The Littlest Heroes Project) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to give back, and make a difference through the beauty of art. We are artists with a passion for giving and inspiring others. Through our own artistic talents we are able to come together as one, to let children around the world know that they are loved,despite the challenges they face everyday.

Inspiration Through Art was founded in January 2008 by Felicia Reinhard, made up of professional photographers, artists, children, and other volunteers nationwide that provide free programs and services to our nations heroes. Through the power of photography and the gift of art we are giving back and taking a stand for these children who sometimes feel forgotten because of their illnesses. We are here to let them know that they are heroes to many, and to share their inspirational stories and photos with the world.

If you have a child, or know a child, who suffers from any type of serious illness or life altering disability we are here to help. Inspiration Through Art provides our special heroes with complimentary photo shoots, special cards and mail, gift packages, and various  other programs, events, and fundraisers.

Our mission at Inspiration Through Art is to help provide and capture memories for families who are dealing with hectic schedules due to having a child who is suffering from a serious illness or life altering disability. We are here to offer emotional support through the beauty and expression art has to offer, as a way of healing and coping. We understand that in the midst of being thrown a diagnosis and having to switch from a “normal” life to a life that is totally different, and often scary, things like getting photos taken is sometimes a huge challenge and is one of the last things families are thinking about. But when everything is done, and either the child has reached the end of their battle, or has proven the odds against it many wish they had more time to stop, and capture the journey that they lived through for so long. Through Inspiration Through Art- our photographers and volunteers understand each and every case, and cater it to fit and honor each child and family. Our photographers are on hand to travel to homes, hospitals, clinics, fundraisers, and benefits to help capture your child’s journey in a “Day in the life” sort of style and work personally one on one with your child and entire family to get those special family photos and moments that you can cherish for years to come. Our special art volunteers are also on hand to travel to your child’s home or hospital for a fun and personal art session catered just for your hero! Our special Hoping Hearts package program is setup for children who are currently in treatment or in the recovery stage of their journey. Every month a package will arrive with a special goodie or toy donated and/or handmade just for your hero! All of our services are free of charge and are made possible by volunteers around the world!

If you know any family who would benefit from this service, all they have to do is apply through the website.  It’s a very simply application, and once they are accepted, they will be given a list of photographers in their area.  You don’t even need to be living in Cincinnati to benefit from this service.  There are volunteers all over the country and internationally who are waiting to give back to your hero.  Check them out on Facebook.  I’m really excited to be a part of this team.

And thanks to Melanie who introduced me to this service.  I just did their family’s portraits recently, and I’ve also photographed her daughter Neka.  Her two older girls, Emory and Anna, were triplets who were born at 24 weeks gestation four years ago.  As Melanie writes, “Four years ago today our sweet son, Emory and Anna’s triplet brother, became an angel. Happy Birthday in Heaven to Daniel John. We love you and miss you every single day!”

Happy birthday Daniel, and happy birthday to Emory and Anna on February 5th.

So, check out Inspiration Through Art.  It truly is amazing.

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