Little Light Of Mine Will Be Shining Bright At Their Grand Opening Thursday, June 30, 2016
Non-profit organization opens studio to photograph local families with terminally ill children.
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL – Little Light Of Mine will be officially launching their new studio space and headquarters on Thursday, June 30. The celebration will be from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at 2452 Central Avenue in the beautiful Grand Central District of downtown St. Petersburg. Mayor Rick Kriseman will kick off the event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Artwork from previous Little Light Of Mine sessions will be on display that evening and two Little Light Of Mine families will speak about their experiences with the organization. Tasty treats and beverages will be provided by local restaurants and food trucks. The organization will host a live photo booth contest and complimentary chair massage will be available. An array of gifts generously donated from local shops and restaurants will be given away to raffle drawing winners. Guests are encouraged to wear black, white and at least a dash of yellow, and all that do will receive a free raffle ticket at the door.
The space will not only serve as a place to photograph Little Light Of Mine families but Founder Sheri Kendrick sees the space as a hub for local photographers of all ages and skill levels to come together to create, learn and exhibit. “We want to cultivate an environment of encouragement and inspiration, where budding photographers can learn, seasoned photographers can teach, and everyone will gain from the experience,” says Sheri Kendrick, Founder of Little Light Of Mine. Kendrick says the space will offer a variety of classes, including summer camps for kids, and it will be available to local photographers to rent both on an hourly basis and on a more permanent basis. The space will be a participating Gallery Walk stop, starting in September, when all the photography on display at the gallery will be by artists ages 8-18.
ABOUT LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE. Little Light Of Mine is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing complimentary professional photography sessions to families who have a child fighting a life-threatening illness. All of our families receive all the high resolution images (about 40-50 per session) with a full copyright release, absolutely free of charge. Little Light Of Mine started 3 years ago as a solo project by the founder but has since grown into an organization of about 20 volunteers, including 5 photographers, and a Board Of Directors. Our program has been embraced by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and their staff now offers our services to qualifying families. The organization also receives referrals from Children’s Dream Fund, several pediatric hospice groups and community members as well.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO. Families caring for a sick child are often financially devastated and can not afford professional photography services. On top of that obstacle, parents worry that the average photographer may not feel comfortable in these delicate situations and fear the photo shoot will be awkward for all parties involved. Our Little Light Of Mine photographers are trained to handle these sensitive situations and are comfortable engaging with and photographing very ill children and their families. Our team treats each family with compassion, dignity and respect while providing them with priceless, high quality photographs they might not otherwise have the opportunity to receive.
LOOKING FORWARD. Our goal is to continue expanding so that we can serve any family in the Tampa Bay area that is faced with the possibility of losing their child. Part of that expansion has included leasing this space to serve as a shooting space for our team of photographers, which is only a mile away from All Children’s Hospital so convenient for families coming to the city for out-treatment. We currently serve about 150 families per year but that has been without a space to shoot in, and with a limited number of photographers available. Based on the expansion of our photography team, and the opening of our new space, we are projecting to be able to serve at least 250-300 families in the next 12 months, assuming of course, that the funding is there to support that goal.
To learn more about our organization, please visit www.LLOM.org.