Monday, April 19, 2010

Atkinson Nebraska Lifestyle and Art Photographer: Why Operation Love?

When I decided to take the plunge and start my photography business, I put together my business plan, and in it, I included my list of business goals and my list of personal goals. The most important personal goal for me was to find a way to give back to my community.

Several years ago, after some very important people in my life had to endure the devastation of losing a child through miscarriage, I learned about the "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" organization, and in spending a lot of time praying, I decided that one way I could give back to my community would be to try and get accepted as a NILMDTS photographer for the Sandhills region. Though I understood that it would be an emotionally taxing task, I believed that it would be one way for me to use my passion for capturing the real moments of life and giving those images to the parents who wanted to document the little life that had blessed them, if even for just a short period of time. Those images would serve as a documentation of that precious blessing, and would be something that parents could have to commemorate the life of their child. I haven't yet applied to do this, but it is on my goal list for the next year.

The other organization that I have learned about over the last couple of years is Operation Love. I was raised in a family where the military was held in the highest regard, and I was raised to respect the service of the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect the freedoms that we enjoy in this great country. While I have always held this respect in my heart, it wasn't until a very close friend was killed in the line of duty that I began searching for a way to honor his life. When I began to pursue my passion for photography more diligently in the past few years, I came across this organization and immediately knew that it is what I had been searching for. My love for documentary photography and real lives being captured led me to the decision to finally apply to be a photographer for Operation Love, and as of today, I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED! It is with great humility that I approach this new opportunity. I want to thank all the service men and women for all they do for us. Words will never be enough, and neither will photographs, but it is my desire to be able to provide you with some comfort in your journey. I hope you will be able to look at your photographs and feel the love that will accompany you in your journey, no matter how far it may take you away from home. It is my honor to serve you and your family.

1 comment:

  1. I have considered "Now I lay me down to sleep" as well. Great great cause.


Katrina Lee Photography is a professional custom photography business specializing in natural light and location portraiture as well as fine art portraiture.