Heart of Surfing is a unique local organization began in 2014 as a surfing program for families with autism. It quickly expanded to offer a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation activities for special needs individuals age 5 to 95 and their families. When I discovered this local family putting such good into the world I quickly decided I wanted to help! I knew it would be the right choice to raise money during the summer! They are also based in Ocean city which is where I always choose to do the sessions. Wonderland Pier in Ocean City is such a great spot for beach sessions! This spot is near and dear not only to me but to so many of my clients as well. That is also why I chose this spot for Heart of Surfing sessions!
I have been shooting these sessions for years! Shooting with the magnificent Wonderland Pier gives such a magical feel to every image so placing my clients on the beach in it’s backyard, is pretty awesome, and gets the best giggles from the kids! The Ferris Wheel is not only an iconic tourist destination but an unbelievable backdrop for these Summer sessions.
HOW IT WORKS
I don’t know any other photographers that host events such as this one. So I like to explain the process! Each family pays a session fee which then goes directly to Heart of Surfing. I spend time on the phone getting to know each family. We discuss unique aspects of each family and talk wardrobe and other details to make it a fun and relaxing session. My regular sessions I spend about 45 minutes – an hour shooting, but these limited edition sessions are each about 15 minutes. In that time we get fun candid poses + cuddles, and end with them having fun in the water. About two weeks after the session I bring each family into my studio for a private reveal to present them their images on a big screen and help them pick their favorites. My gift to them for donating is a stunning metal ornament of their favorite of the session. The back of the ornament will have the logo for the Heart of Surfing Charity Event. This helps them always remember they were a donor for a great cause. I then help them decide on any additional purchases. Most clients decide on wall art to decorate their home. We do custom framing, canvases, and metal prints. I help them decide on sizing and even possible placement in their home! Everything that leaves my studio is archival and will last for generations. These moments are cherished heirlooms to be enjoyed for many years!
OVER THE YEARS
Here is a montage of many of my favorites I have taken over the years! And of course I had to sneak in a few shots of the loves of my life in there. Captured some candid Daddy/Daughter smootch-a-roos with Mike and Julia from many years back! These families and my own all have sentimental Summer memories and they helped me raise up to $600 for Heart of Surfing n 2019! WIN WIN!