Are you considering an engagement photo session soon to capture this special time in your lives? Book it for April 12, 2015, and you can support a very worthy cause: helping to build a school in poverty-stricken Haiti.
The non-profit project is called The School Sessions, and it’s the brainchild of Vancouver photographer Jamie Delaine Watson and her husband Randy Watson. The couple is calling on photographers all around the world to shoot a portrait session on April 12 and donate 100% of their fee towards rebuilding a much-needed school.
So far, more than 350 photographers have signed up for the one-day initiative, from as far afield as Romania, Hungary, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. A number of generous B.C. photographers are already on board, including many who have been featured in Real Weddings – such as Butter Studios, Denise Lin Photography, Matt Kennedy Photography, Sakura Photography and Vasia Weddings, to name just a few.
The School Sessions initiative has set an ambitious fundraising goal of $200,000. These funds are needed to buy land and build a 10-classroom hurricane- and earthquake-proof school to replace the E.C.C.A. School in Mellier, Haiti, which had been destroyed by the devastating 2010 earthquake. Five years on, students still gather on the school site, trying to learn in woefully inadequate conditions.
Want to help? Donate online, or visit the School Sessions partners page and contact one of the participating photographers to book your photo session for April 12. Not only will you come away with beautiful photos you’ll treasure forever, but you’ll also be contributing to a brighter future for Haiti’s struggling schoolchildren.
To learn more, check out the video above or The School Sessions website.