Giving back to the Ottawa community has been a part of my company throughout its 40 year history.
This city has hundreds of government and private groups that work to keep Ottawa at the forefront of social development. Personally, I have always believed that grassroots work is much more powerful than government handouts.
Ladies Who Lunch is a Facebook group led by Catherine Landry which counts over 12,000 members. Many of these women are smallbusiness owners and a large number are involved in local community projects.
Catherine suggested promoting my daughter Alana`s grassroots project helping young homeless women called LeadHer and I was tasked with helping the cause. Donations are used for everything from funding activities to buying a few treats for the get togethers.
We came up with the idea of shooting a quick portrait in a “regal” style and so I brought in my “regal” background painted by Lorene Charis, a woman who actually painted the sets for Gone with The Wind. The tricky part was budgeting time as there were hundreds of woman at the event and we had no idea who
would participate during the 30 minute break. In the end, we photographed almost a hundred women….TAKING 2 FRAMES PER PERSON!!!…a good little challenge indeed.
FYI…the fundraiser GoFundMe raised double the amount set and these funds have gone on to support the groups activities in a range of ways.
The GoFundMe page is still open by the way and accepting donations.
Below…are just a handful of my fave shots…….