Looking back, I’d say that the clients that made the most impact in my life are the one’s that cost me something… where it wasn’t just about getting paid but where their story made a mark in my direction, leaving me wanting to invest in their lives over and above getting something in return.
I’m not trying to sound like an altruist here. Regardless of whether you call it service or karma, the effect is the same: the more you give in those cases, the more everyone is effected for the good. For those of you who don’t know Beckett’s, here’s the recap:
Beckett has Cystic Fibrosis.
It’s a terrible disease. In a nutshell, it’s like ultra-athesma and it takes kids lives needlessly. No cure right now. But, it’s also a disease with strong reason to believe will be cured very soon. So, Beckett is literally in a race for his life while we move one step closer each day.
I met Beckett when the Williams family hired me to take their family portraits. That led to an epic day at Angel’s stadium (Beckett’s grandpa is a former major leaguer) and a deeper bond with their family. Over time, I began looking for ways to help and last year, Amy (aka superhero and Beckett’s mom) asked if I’d be willing to help photograph kids with CF for a fundraiser. A bunch of amazing photographers joined me at Huntington Beach Pier. Not only did we have a great time, but the event itself raised close to $500,000. Again, credit the hero’s like Amy.
What’s hilarious is last fall I got word that the national office for CF liked the shoot so much that they chose my image for a billboard moment in Times Square (see picture). How crazy is that? Getting one of my images on one of the most iconic spaces on the planet all started with caring just a little bit more than I had to for one kid on a family photo shoot (karma?). But forget that for a second… imagine having the chance to participate in the saving of a real kid’s life en route to saving millions more. I for one can’t believe my good fortune that I get to play a part.
And so do you…
If you live in Southern California and would like to participate, I’m looking for 5 photographers who can help me this Thursday at Huntington Beach. We’ll be photographing about 12-15 kids (all ages) with the express goal of highlighting them being fully alive with our commitment to keep it that way. Please only apply if you’re up for falling in love with these kids and making a difference. This one is about them, not us.
If you’re interested please EMAIL ME (connect [at] danesanders [dot] com) asap with why you want to be a part… you’ll need to count on being available all morning Thursday, February 9th.