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When Two Passions Collide

emma sr 2015 (200 of 1)If you’ve read some previous blog entries, its no secret that I am a huge supporter of people who work in education. As a parent of two children in the public school system, I feel like we are usually on the taking side of the give and take relationship. One of my pet peeves is that teachers where I live are not properly compensated nor are they given the supplies they need to do their jobs (think paper, pencils— the basics). When I hear that every teacher has to spend their personal money to support their classroom, I get annoyed. I always ask what sort of supplies our teachers or schools need and I step up as often as I can.

I recently learned of some teachers who support their classrooms not only with consumable goods but also they support the needs of their students through food and clothing. I know teachers who do this for one or two students but these teachers do it for the majority of their students. Talk about paying it forward, they pay it forward daily without thinking about it.

I love when two of my passions collide: photography, and paying it forward to educators.  I offered this photo shoot and, in return my client offered without hesitation to donate to teachers who pay in forward daily with their time, patience, support and personal finances. THANK YOU, to my awesome client for feeding and clothing students so the teachers can take a short break from doing this themselves. Here are a few additional sneak peeks from this fun senior photo shoot…

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This young lady is so smiley, it was a challenge to capture a more serious expression to match the mood of this light.

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Challenge for today: you probably pay it forward without knowing it, take a minute to learn how you do this. You don’t have to spend money to spread kindess…a simple smile can reassure someone, taking the trash to the curb can be a relief to someone with a hectic schedule. Opportunities to be kind are everywhere.

Beach Week!

I finally went on the beach vacation that I have anticipated for SIX years now. Each year my best friend and her family go on vacation and they always tell me to stop by for a few days. Well, my kids were always in school (one downside of year round education) during their vacation but not this year! I totally crashed in on them for the whole entire week. I had a great time with my adopted parents, sister and niece and nephews.

I had the opportunity to spend time with my friend’s parents. I see now where she gets so many of her traits. What an amazing, endearing couple they are! I also learned that they Pay It Forward by raising money to offer two annual scholarships to children who support their community and try their best in school.

yip bp My second favorite part of the week was stumbling on an alligator observation area. I didn’t even know we had alligators in North Carolina. There were no barriers, just free range humans and gators. I really wanted to wrestle one but my friends help me back so I had to settle for a few photos.  And just so you’re in the know, its a $2500 fine and 30 days in jail for feeding an alligator.

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We came home with as many children as we left with. I took the photos through my sunroof with a 200mm lens. Or maybe I got a little closer on land. I cant remember. Either way, we returned to this beautiful doe hanging in our yard. I’ve never seen such a variety of wildlife at the beach.

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