When the wedding season winds down there are a few events that really keep use motivated and give us perspective on our photographic journey. Help Portrait has been one of those events. Help-Portrait is a day where photographers come together to give their portrait sessions and prints to those in need. Most of the people we serve in Toledo are dealing with some form of homelessness. For the past two years we've been a part of this international photographic movement with a group of inspiring people in Toledo. Each time has been an impacting experience that makes me forget about the stresses of running a business and helps me refocus on what really matters. This year I decided to bring my 3 oldest children - Alicia, Caleb and Joshua because I wanted them to experience it. While so many are grateful for the portraits we deliver, I always walk away feeling like I received more from them than I gave. Sometimes I forget how meaningful a picture of a father with his son can be, or a picture of a mother with her children. I hope that some of these amazing people will be able to look back and say,"whatever challenges we face, we can get through it together." We created a family studio this year in the Toledo Library. I was the shooter. Nelli was the photoshopper. Alicia was the front-end customer service. Caleb brought the final product to the clients and Joshua helped me with the lighting and random acts of kindness. They loved the experience. Josh triggered my lights with his point and shoot most of the day, but other than that it was a flawless operation. Alicia used the experience in a speech meet last week at school and won first place!