ALEXIS  |  Photographed by Michelle Massey Barnes

Michigan
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founded May 2012
kids photographed to date 1,263

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I had originally heard about Flashes of Hope when I read an article in People. I was immediately interested in learning more about the organization. It had been in the back of my mind to do charity work, and as a teacher, I have always loved working with children. This seemed like... { more }
I had originally heard about Flashes of Hope when I read an article in People. I was immediately interested in learning more about the organization. It had been in the back of my mind to do charity work, and as a teacher, I have always loved working with children. This seemed like the perfect opportunity. I went on the website and applied for the position. I was very nervous on our first shoot. It was at a local camp and there were 75 campers to photograph. I had 5 photographers and 2 Flashes of Hope representatives there to get me started. It was a whirlwind day and I was in awe at the excitement and enthusiasm of each camper trying to find the best pose for their pictures.

The next year, we started shooting at the University of Michigan Children's Hospital. This was a completely different experience than the camps. The families were there and so appreciative of us being there and creating these portraits for them. I watched the photographer create magic with his lens. Bringing out the beauty in each child's eyes, the hope in their parents, and the innocence that only a child has. A few times I even had to turn my head to keep the tears from falling. I often think about my own children and the joy they bring me each and every day. It makes me appreciate what I have and all that I do with this organization.

I am and will always be grateful to these families for bringing me a small piece of hope and love in a world that can sometimes throw you a challenge that may seem like you are climbing a mountain and may never get to the top.

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810-217-4512

Shoot Locations

Beaumont Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital of Michigan at Detroit Medical Center
CS Mott Children's Hospital
Camp Casey
Camp Quality
Catch a Rainbow Camp
North Star Reach Camp
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Starlite Shores Camp

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Northwestern Mutual Michigan

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