Photographer raises over $3000 for local charities
As part of their annual event, Love - A Portrait Event Celebrating Motherhood, local photography studio, Jody G Photography celebrated being able to raise over $3000 to two local charities.
This is the fourth year Jody and her team has put on the event in Charlotte, NC and the first year she offered it in her Asheville studio. The event is a portrait "celebration" of moms which encourages them to get in the pictures with their children. "Far too often mothers are the ones taking the pictures, but not in them, " says Jody Dixon, founder of Jody G Photography. "One day their children will be grown and look for pictures of them with their mothers. We created this event so that those pictures exist."
To sweeten the deal Jody hires professional hair and makeup artist to give moms that extra boost of confidence to be in front of the camera. She also partners with local vendors who provide little gifts and vouchers to be handed out to mom's in a "swag bag" that goes home with them.
This year's Charlotte event sold out in minutes even crashing the Jody G Photography website for a moment due to all of the traffic. "The response was so incredible. We sold out last year, but not that fast. There was obviously a demand, so we added another date, " says Jody. That second date sold out too...in five minutes.
Each year Jody picks a local charity to donate the proceeds from the event to. Nominations for the charity are sourced from submissions she gets through email and social media. This year she selected Madelyn's Fund for the Charlotte event and Open Doors of Asheville for the Asheville event. Madelyn's Fund (http://madelynsfund.org/) was founded in 2016 and helps NICU families in needs with expenses related to their stay, as well as funeral costs for those who lose a child. Open Doors of Asheville (http://opendoorsasheville.org/) connects local children living in multi-generational poverty with active, individualized network of support and opportunities for education and enrichment. Jody and her team were able to donate a combined $3700 to these wonderful organizations.
The event was a huge success and the mother's loved it. "For some reason, I have always avoided professional photos. I love the vibrancy and life in a quickly snapped candid photo, and I am far too critical of myself in pictures, so it’s something I’ve never really done before with my boys. Last week, I had the opportunity to be photographed with my sweet, little good guys for a lovely Mother’s Day event, and I am over the moon for these photos!! I am so grateful for the love, tenderness, and joy that Jody managed to capture in these beautiful images. Thank you thank you thank you for these treasures... a mother’s love captured forever in time!" says Courtney Mixon one of the Charlotte participants.
About Jody G Photography
Jody G Photography is award-winning family portrait photography boutique serving the Asheville and Charlotte regions of North Carolina. Owner Jody Dixon has been specializing in artistic lifestyle family photography for families with young children since 2005. To find out more about Jody G Photography you can visit her website www.jodygphotography.com and follow her work on instagram @jodypghoto