My Holiday Wish List

November 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Photo-Illustration of Citylink Center, 2014CityLink Center Fall 2014

It's that wonderful time of the year again, which means Holiday Wish List!  So, I thought I'd put this out for anyone looking to support a life changing organization in  Greater Cincinnati who's holistic mission is to eliminate generational poverty, CityLink Center

This past year we were able to team up with fellow photographers Joe Harrison and Todd Joyce to produce a client driven introductory video which  highlights what the Center is all about.  The beauty off this piece is it comes from the heart of the individuals that are experiencing first hand the benfits CityLink Center offers its client.  For the three of us, this project began as a creative exercise which we envisioned producing a nice sample of our capabilities, but quickly turned to a work of passion and belief in the extrodinary job that's being done by the volunteers and staff which offer the life skills neccessary for people struggling in our city to be self supporting. 

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The culmination of this project is a 5 minute video designed to attract new and prospective clients to the Center, I must warn you if you prone to shedding a tear of two, grab a kleenex. (or Puffs, we do a lot of Proctor and Gamble photography)
 
What did you think, was I right? Citylink Center, is working and these client experiences are the best testimonial we could have ever hoped for.  Now back to the Wish List, one way we are continuing to serve CityLink Center  and connect with thier Clients is through the annual "Holiday Portrait Project".  Each December photographers, stylist, editors, and anyone that generally loves serving, sign up for this two day event that provides family portraits to inner city families.   The stories that come out of this session are priceless.   This year we on track to provide over 100 families this gift, each family recieves a CD with the sessions imagery as well as a matted 8 x 10 color print.   One of the highlights each year is seeing the faces of these individuals as they view the final print for the first time. If you can imagine an elderly lady who has never had a formal portait taken in her entire life. Then upon receiving the photo she looks up at you  with tears in her eyes and says, "I didn't know I could look so beautiful", then she gives you a 20 second hug.
 
You see beauty isn't just in the photography.  It's the visual representation of family, a tangible and lasting bolster of confidence in seeing the possibilities within yourself you handn't considered before.  The beauty is the hope these photos inspire. 

Holiday Portrait Project, CityLink CenterHoliday Portrait Project, CityLink CenterCapturing Holiday Portraits for families at CityLink Center. This is the part where I'm asking you to put us on your list, our goal each year is to cover as much of the cost as possible, all the individuals donate their time, talent and skills our only cost to Citylink is for materials, such as prints, matts, CD's, envelopes and tape.  As the project has grown so have these expenses.  If you find yourself looking for a great year end project to support, think of us.  As little as $10.00 will cover to portraits,  an all tax deductable donations will go directly to  CityLink Center.   It's been a wonderful year, I count myself truly and humbly blessed to have the family, friends and co-workers that are working to change lives.  Have a wonderful and joyous holiday season.

 

 

To make a tax deductible donation make check payable to:  CityLink Center.  Mailing Address: CityLink Center, 800 Bank Street, Cincinnati OH  45214  Attn. Holiday Portrait Project, Marissa Abernathy or donate online securely at www.citylinkcenter/jointhemovement and write in "Holiday Portrait Project" in the comment line.

 

 


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