Starbucks is usually where most of the magic in this world happens. Countless conversations that have taken place inside their walls have blossomed into business ventures and lasting friendships.
And in the case of Kim and I? Both.
As she was nearing the end of her time working for corporate America, she was searching for what she could do from home. Knowing that I am a photographer and content creator for big blogs, she reached out asking how to get started. As I talked, she wrote down everything she could
I remember feeling absolutely humbled when I walked away from that Starbucks. There I was, just doing what I was doing to help provide for my family (and have fun doing it) not realizing the impact I was having on someone else. Kim (and Jordan) have jumped in with both feet into the world of content creating and watching their passions collide into one crazy, blessed adventure has been inspiring.
I know there are going to be days when you’re pushing the boulder so hard up the hill and it’s might feel like you’re not going anywhere. Keep pushing! You never know when the top of the hill is going to appear…and then you won’t be able to keep up!
One evening in late September, I received a message from a friend on Facebook inquiring about a mutual friend. “Has Demi posted anything about her mom?”
Immediately my heart sank.
I’d later find out that night that Demi, a former volleyball player of mine when I coached at Gilbert Early College, had lost her mom.
And not just unexpectedly. Tragically, to domestic violence.
She and her sister’s are not only having to come to grips with the murder of their mom, but they are having to deal with the emotional trauma of having witnessed it.
Last year when I held mini sessions for a dear friend with breast cancer, we raised $900 for her and her son. (See that one here —> Red Lips Campaign)
Now, I’m asking you all to do it again for Demi and her sisters. On top of funeral expenses, they’ve had the cost of moving to a new home, grief counseling and everything in between. If you haven’t already contributed, now is your chance (and get some fancy pictures in return).
Here’s what you need to know:
- There are 8 spots available
- Mini sessions are for up to 6 people
- Each session is 15 minutes
- Every participant will receive a style guide via email
- You’ll receive 10 images in an online gallery with rights to print
DATE: December 9, 2017
LOCATIONS: East Mesa (location will be given to participants)
COST: $150 (bring cash or check to your session)
Ready to sign up? Pick your time here —> Justice for Michelle Mini Sessions
Once you’ve selected your time, I’ll send you everything you need to know!
I met Donna through Amy and Jordan Demos only a few short months ago. She and I live in the same area of Mesa so when we attended the live filming for their new business course, we became carpool buddies. We talked for hours that week, 6 hours to be exact. (It’s a long drive to and from North Scottsdale!) We talked about anything and everything from family to business. To say the least, she and I became fast friends, having so much of our hearts in common.
Not long after we met, I received a message from her to do their family photos. Is it cheesy to say that my heart leapt with joy? Because it did!
This past Saturday we met at a little gem hidden in north east Mesa. I was finally able to put faces to the names and stories she told during our drive time.
They were just how I pictured them to be. Passionate, driven and genuine. But that’s not surprising considering who their momma is. Both of her kids are really involved in athletics. Her daughter went from gymnastics to now diving on the swim team (I love watching the videos her mom posts of her meets!) Jared, plays college level baseball for a university here in town. (It’s also true that he has killer dance moves.) To say Donna loves her kids is an understatement. She beams with pride every time she talks about them! I think that’s one of the reasons why I admire her so much.
Her husband, Kevin, is on the city council here in Mesa. And fun fact: He’s the representative of the district Ryan and I live in, making us love our neighborhood even more. He’s very passionate about what he does. He does it to make a difference. He does it without an agenda. He’s just a guy who wants what is best for his community. Hearing his passion behind what he does and why he does it, definitely won our vote.
Kevin and Donna,
Ryan and I loved spending time with you all! Thank you for giving us a sweet glimpse into your life and sharing your passion for our community. Your family is absolute perfection!