This year I’m so excited to host my first ever Swim with Santa Underwater Portrait event.
I’m even more excited that all of the proceeds go directly to Soulumination – a Seattle non profit organization that I love beyond words.
When people hear that I’m a volunteer photographer for Soulumination the response is always the same:
“Wow. That must be really hard. But what a beautiful thing you are doing for those families.”
Some ask how I do it. Some comment that they wouldn’t have the strength to do such emotionally and technically challenging job.
In a way I can’t articulate photographing families for Soulumination gives purpose to the loss of my own father.
It doesn’t make me miss him any less – but the experiences with him are probably the biggest reason why I can do this work so well.
I’ve slept in hospital rooms, maneuvered around machines and wires, and been forced to make tough decisions as I watched someone I love disappear in front of me. I’ve fought for – and then documented – the last trips outside and final visits with loved ones – all while while reeling from my own impeding loss.
The truth is I still can’t look at the pictures I took I took during that time with my dad without balling my eyes out. And yet they are some of my most prized possessions.
Knowing how much I treasure and cherish them is ultimately what gives me the strength to push through and photograph strangers in the midst of impossibly challenging times. I’ve learned that the camera makes an amazing shield – both literally and figuratively – and that it’s amazing what you can handle in the spirit of helping someone else.
And since my dad was the kind of guy that kids mistook as Santa (even out of costume…pictured below in costume as Santa with my brother and sister) it just feel like the perfect way to honor him, do something fun this holiday season, and help an amazing organization continue their great work.
To reserve your time to Swim with Santa click the the following link: http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/sachablue/Swim_with_Santa
And then please share this with everyone you know – especially anyone who loves to swim or loves Santa. 🙂