I am lucky to have grown up with a loving, caring family and to work with amazing families everyday. Yet, there are a heartbreaking (and growing) number of children in St. Louis who don’t have the safety and support of a family.
Helping these children reach prospective families and feel like rock stars in the process is all part of the fun. I hope parents interested in opening their hearts to these children will see these portraits and their personalities, from the sweet to the silly, and feel the same connection to them that I do during our sessions together.
For the kids, the album of portraits they receive may be the only photography they have of themselves, and sometimes also their siblings, who are often placed separately. I hope in some small way these portraits tell these children they matter. They are special and important.
I cannot say enough good things about the work of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in finding families for the astonishing number of children in foster care. I am beyond honored to have been recognized for volunteering for the Coalition and being a small part of the tremendous work they do every day.
That’s why I’m launching my “A Champion for Every Child” campaign. From now until May 31, I’m matching each “Champion” client who books a portrait session with me to a foster child who would benefit from one of these sessions, in hopes to help as many children in Saint Louis as possible find their forever homes. In this way, simply celebrating your own family, you’re creating the opportunity for children in need to find theirs.
If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering, donating a “Little Wish” or learning more about the waiting children pictured below, please visit www.foster-adopt.org/
“Shana has gone above and beyond for every single foster child we’ve brought to her for photos. Our Extreme Recruiters couldn’t stop praising her. Angela Chewe says Shana is so good with our kids, so humble, so giving, and her pictures are simply beautiful.”
Specializing in storytelling, emotional and relationship-based images, Shana Watkins creates portraits for St. Louis's most selective families and high school seniors. Shana is available for newborn, maternity, baby, children, family and high school senior portraits both in studio and on location.
2714 Sutton Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63143