When Disaster Strikes

The news from Southern Texas is heartbreaking.  Families lost everything, and are now, a week later, just getting an understanding of how their lives have changed forever.

The situation reminds me of Hurricane Katrina, and how the wedding photography world was able to give back.

In 2012, I attended the Digital Wedding Forum conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In addition to some amazing workshops and seminars, I was able to participate in something remarkable.

One of the national news networks that picked up the story.

One of the national news networks that picked up the story.

The local tourism board worked with DWF to find couples that lost wedding albums during Katrina.  We assembled a group of industry-leading photographers 122 deep and took these couples through the French Quarter and other parts of this amazing city.

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In the end, the local wedding community donated gowns, tux rentals, and flowers, while the wedding photography industry donated our time and brand new albums for the clients.

I know in the end, we didn't really replace those priceless images, but I do hope in some way we were able to help them heal, and still have something amazing to share with their kids.

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Local news outlet WGNO covered the shoot, below is their segment.

WGNO local coverage of the shoot.