Every so often I come across someone who GROWS my heart and blows my mind. Someone with some obvious GREAT home-training as I call it. Meaning, they are being or were raised well. Honestly out here in Orange County, I don’t see it quite that often. Unfortunately there are a lot of individuals that believe they are entitled to things (that’s everywhere in earth I believe).
Here we go…back a few months ago I believe it was in January 2020 I wanted to GIVE back. I wanted to open up my gift of SERVICE to bless others. I know that photography is an investment, also totally worth it if you are able to do it. But I also know that some families WANT it and aren’t always able to book for one reason or another. So I put out a call to action on social media. “Name your price” photo sessions, I only advertised for one week and I received the sweetest message:
“Hi Melissa! My name is Izzy. I was talking to my mom on the way home from school and mentioned instead of a proper birthday party I would rather do a photo shoot with my school friends.
Because a lot of the girls in my friend group have been feeling insecure. I believe that if we give the opportunity to dress up in whatever feels comfortable for them then take pictures they could look back and see how pretty they truly are. My budget is $100, I hope you can make my wish come true.”
Ok…cue the tears. Let me jump up to say I thought this was a teenage girl at first, but then her mom messaged me as well, turns out Izzy is only 12 years old!! More tears! Wow. Of course I had to do this session for Izzy for her birthday with her budget, because of her sweet dear HEART. How could I not? I was blown away at her SELFLESSNESS. Now, that’s good parenting right there (also parented by a single mom might I add).
Also come to find out by Izzy’s mom, Izzy had done ALL of the research to find the perfect photographer within her budget and style. She gathered all of the information and booked with me ALL HERSELF. Wow wow!
I had THE BEST time with these girls. This little mini session was nothing short of amazing. The entire time I just wanted to boost their confidence, make them LAUGH (genuine laughs), play and just be chill and have fun. It was certainly my pleasure and one of the best ways to give back. Isn’t it funny that when we have a heart to SERVE, God always blesses us? I am incredibly BLESSED by Izzy’s heart (and her sweet mama who is now my friend on facebook and is super uplifting and loving). This session just makes me smile on so many different levels. Thank you Sarah! Thank you Izzy. What an incredible family you are. xoxo