Wednesday, March 16, 2011

♥ Helping Hearts ♥

Happy Wednesday!

I got an email today from one of my brides that said "I just heard your name on the radio!".  I was like WHAAAT? So it turns out that the little email I sent to the local paper (Red Deer Advocate) about this really awesome organization I volunteer for, was going to be turned into an article for the paper!!

I took a chance and applied to be a volunteer photographer for a non-profit organization, Helping Hearts, that provides photography sessions for families with sick children. I applied because I believe that if I have a gift, that I should use that gift to help people in need. We can be there to help families at a time when things are not so wonderful, but we can help to preserve those beautiful and precious moments with their children. I got an email a few days latter letting me know I have been accepted as a volunteer photographer! I was so thrilled to be a part of such an incredible cause!! They have photographers all over the country, so if you know of anyone who could benefit from this organization, please pass along the information!

I think it's a pretty neat article, mind you some facts were TOTALLY distorted. Like the 'fact' that my photography is a "hobby that developed into a pretty good living". LOL I don't even know where he got that from, and it's totally un-true! Which is why I have a full time job on TOP of that! But I think it's still awesome that they wanted to spread the word about this awesome resource.

Here is the article if you want to take a read (source):

Snapshots of life, for free

Red Deer photographer Ashley King takes pictures of weddings and musicians, and even snaps boudoir portraits for women who want to give their significant others a lasting memory of a moment in time.

It’s a passionate hobby that developed into a pretty good living, but some of her best work is still done for free.

“Photography is a huge passion of mine and the chance to help people is fabulous. If I was ever in the position where I had a sick child, I would hope these resources would be available to me,” King said on Tuesday.

King is one of three photographers in Red Deer who donate their time and skills to Helping Hearts, a charity started by two female photographers in British Columbia that provides free portrait sessions for families with children who have life-altering illnesses and disabilities.

The charity lets interested families choose between all available photographers, sets up the session and provides the photographic work for free. After the session, the photographers give the clients the photos on a disc, and an eight-by-10 print of their choice.

The challenge is to make sure the clients feel emotionally satisfied with the photographer’s particular methods, King said.

“Every photographer has their own style, so it’s important that the family feels comfortable and connected to the photographer.”

A growing demand for these professional photographic services has made King take to her website to spread the word about the new charity, and she hopes that other photographers in Red Deer and Alberta will think about volunteering for Helping Hearts.

“If there’s a chance for me to help out a family that is struggling with the pain of a sick child, you do what you can to help,” she said.

King also hopes that families in need will catch wind of Helping Hearts and get in touch with a passionate photographer like her, who understands the need to capture these pivotal moments in a family’s life.

“I know there are lots of sick kids in Alberta and Canada and we want to do more, we want to make sure their families have these memories forever.”

For more information on Ashley King and Helping Hearts, visit and

Pretty neat right?! :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spin Around

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday. It's so funny how each day is so different. It can be the most gorgeous day outside,  but people can have the most terrible days. I know personally, it's the terrible days that make us appreciate when we have a good one.

Last month I had the most terrible string of bad days. I sure hope March is better. So far we're doing ok.

My poor kitty Zero passed away on the 27th. We've only had her for 3 years (September would have been 4), and she was only 3 1/2 years old. She's always been a sick cat... she had a thyroid condition and a gastrointestinal problem. She had her good days and bad days, luckily most of them were good. Suddenly, she got really sick and hadn't moved for about 3 days. No water no food, nothing. I would move the water and food over to her and she would take a sip or two, but that was it. I knew something was really really wrong. So I made the appointment for the vet. Zero hated the vet with a fiery passion. She passed away the night before we could take her. So I don't officially know what it was, but we were thinking it was some form of cancer or a tumor. :( Either way, I really miss her, but I know she's in a better place.

Work was busy and hectic all month. Josh's work is just driving me nuts right now and we're just waiting to see if he has to go back to the truck or not.

My grandmother is stable and at home, but unfortunately it's a waiting game for the cancer to start affecting her system. For now I am just grateful that she is happy and relatively pain free. Glad I got to see her while she was coherent and happy to see me.

I had traded with a photographer to get some photos done, and I am pretty happy with the outcome. :) I made a 12 month calendar for Josh with them for valentine's day, so that was pretty cool.

On a happy note, Josh and I are packing up our bags and heading to Mexico (I don't know about happy or sad face for that yet lol) and I am doing my first destination wedding!! My BFF Becky asked me to help her out and be a second shooter for this wedding. Josh and I were planning on going on a vacation anyways, so this worked out quite well! I am so super pumped.