I can’t tell you how excited I am to meet you all and introduce you to my sweet Hannah Grace! Every time I go on tour to various states, I meet so many amazing families who are now life long friends. The hardest part about having out-of- state clients is missing them when I leave. It’s that extra special connection that we share with our kiddos that link our hearts no matter how many miles apart we are, and it’s going to be such a blessing to meet you all and tell your amazing stories through beautiful portraiture all while helping to support your local non-profits!
I know many of you already know of me, but for those of you who don’t…My daughter, Hannah Grace (now 4) was born with Down Syndrome. My (then) husband chose not to accept her diagnosis and left us when she was only 5 days old with 3 holes in her heart and possible leukemia…He said, “she’s defective”. That word he used shattered my heart for her future because if her own flesh and blood wouldn’t accept her…who would? This left my daughter and I virtually homeless living in hotels and couch surfing; living off of limited government food programs having to pawn my wedding rings for additional food and bills. Fast forward 2 years to 2016… I had prayed for a platform to advocate for my daughter and others like her to change the negative perceptions society has of children with special needs so that what happened to us wouldn’t continue to happen to others. My employer at the time who was a pro videographer, saw some images I had taken of Hannah with my iPhone and said “you have a gift” and urged me to get a ‘real’ camera. After arguing with him like he was crazy because I’m horrible with technology lol, I finally got one and the Lord used our mess and turned it into a literal miracle and has given me a testimony for others to see our children through the same lens Jesus does…the lens of unconditional love and acceptance. Within only days of posting my first collection of images, I had media from all over the globe including Washington D.C. contacting me wanting to know “why are you photographing so many children with special needs?” So I happily obliged them, and our story spread like wildfire and hasn’t stopped since and my daughter had her first TV debut at just 2 years old and has become the global sweetheart of the special needs community. My images are internationally recognized and published. Images can be understood in every language and I have followers as far as Japan and Brazil wanting to be included in the Doll Collections which is why I started doing session tours last year. Paperdolls Photography quickly became a global campaign for inclusion as we continue to promote inclusion of all abilities and point others to stories of hope and love.
I am grateful everyday for this gift God has given me to be able to connect with our children in a way that is incomprehensible to me teaching the world to love like Jesus does. I can’t wait to meet your amazing families and include you on our amazing journey in helping others see our children the way we do…beautiful, capable, and loved.
So now that you have my story and the WHY behind my mission, let’s get to the good stuff and how I can contribute to your community…The Fundraiser! FUNDING FOR NON-PROFITS ARE A NECESSITY-especially ones that are just starting out, and this is Hope Story’s VERY FIRST ONE making it of the utmost importance to be successful. So please help Hope Story in continuing with this incredible mission of Hope with this unique; first ever fundraiser as this will set the stage for future businesses to partner with this incredible organization!
All session pricing includes premium editing/ post processing, time and talent of the photographer, number of digital images included in the package you choose, and a gorgeous online gallery including ALL of your best shots where you can purchase your stunning prints and canvas from, as well as any additional digital images you may want. (Due to so many families wanting to purchase the ENTIRE digital galleries, that option will now be available for you too🙂 It’s never easy to pick your favorites, so this way you don’t have to!
Below you will find 4 Session Packages to choose from for this fundraiser. Of course the longer the session, the more variety, and shots you will have as it gives us more time to move around the various features the property has to offer giving you more looks and scenery backdrops to choose from. Also, the weekend sessions always sell out the fastest so keep that in mind for you who need weekend spots.
Who can participate? Anyone who has an extra chromosome, OR loves someone who does!
10% of each session fee will be donated back to the ‘Hope Story Organization’ to aide in the continuation of educating families on the truth about Down Syndrome. In a society so full of rejection and misinformation, Hope Story will be a beacon for those seeking the truth about Down Syndrome. An additional $500 will be donated for every 20 families that book a session for this fundraiser! So forward this to all your local friends so they don’t miss it! This is my way of giving back to others who have the same mission and heart as Paperdolls Photography. It’s hearts like Rick’s that can really make a difference in our children’s futures, and I am honored to partner with Hope Story on this amazing and unique fundraiser in your area as we continue to raise awareness, change hearts, and point families to stories of hope one stunning image at a time. What an honor it is for us all to be a part of changing someones heart through Hope Story. I feel more than blessed to give to this wonderful cause because I know first hand how desperately it’s needed. If Hope Story would’ve existed when my sweet Hannah was born, theres a very good chance that she would have a Daddy today.
Package 1 $600 includes
- 60 minute Premium Portrait Session
- 10 digital images
- one 12×18 styrene mounted print keepsake
Package 2 $500 includes
- 40 minute Premium Portrait Session
- 7 digital images
- one 11×14 styrene mounted print keepsake
Package 3 $400
- 30 minute Premium Portrait Session
- 5 digital images
- one 8×12 styrene mounted print keepsake
Package 4 $300
- 20 minute Premium Portrait Session
- 3 Digital Images
- one 8×10 styrene mounted print keepsake
Session Locations to choose from as follows:
- Friday and Sat. Sessions will be held at beautiful Legacy West for those who want a city scape/urban/contemporary feel. This offers gorgeous buildings, dancing fountains, boutique and bistro scenery (google Legacy West for images) -We will meet in front of Sprinkles Cupcakes-YUM!
- Sunday and Monday Sessions will be held at the gorgeous Teddy Bear Park for those who want more of a beautiful foliage, greenery, bridge and pond nature-scapes. address is (4601 Lakeside Dr, Dallas)
To Book simply email email@example.com with which package you want and what your first and second choice days are to book on October, 5th-8th, then you will be sent the available time slots I have left for those days to choose from. After you’ve chosen your time, you will be sent your invoice…Please Note: Due to limited availability, invoice fees are due immediately at time of booking to secure your session. You will see 2 payment options on your invoice. You can pay in full using your credit or debit card, OR apply to make monthly payments through a pay option offered by Square Capital-‘Square Installments’ (details on invoice). You will be invoiced via email and pay straight from there. Your spot will not be held until payment is confirmed. Session spots are on a first come first serve basis. Due to the special nature of travel (booking flights, rental car, etc) sessions are non-refundable. We are looking to raise significant funds for Hope Story to really launch them in their efforts, not just a few dollars here and there, so be sure and share with your local friends! Please be sure to check all email folders, as your email may filter the Invoice outside of the main inbox.
See you soon!!! Enjoy the tearjerker video below of our amazing miracles we call our children!
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