Niki Johnson Photography | Pro Bono Moments

Pro Bono Moments

January 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

When I was contacted about a chance to take a session of a young lady, who is entered into the Miss Amazing Pageant Inc.  I was intrigued to know what the Miss Amazing Pageant was, and what kind of photos she needed. Come to find out it's a pageant for women with disbilities to help them with self-confidence. I looked into the details and was blown away with how these young ladies get to do everything that the other pageants do. So when the mother asked if I could do these simple head shots of her daughter I was like, I never done a pageant picture before, but would love to try. We got some nice pictures of her daughter. The best part of doing this kind of "pro bono" work if you want to call it that.. I call it giving back to others. Full circle of life, give on to others as you have them give on to you. In so many other appropriate words, I am sure you get what I am saying.

MOVING on.. so anyways I loved the moment when I was able to show "Purple" is what we will call her. Her picture of  herself. She said and I quote " I LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL " enough said. With a world just saturating us with image, image, image. I know how hard it is to say those words to myself. So when I saw her say that about herself and you can tell she believed it, my heart just melted. I hope we all can stop and really listen to others more. This young lady was told by Dr's she would die, that she was nothing more than a vegetable. As a mother of three can't even fathom what that  must of been like. She has cerebral palsy and is suppose to not be walking, talking, or much less dancing! So I know by the Grace of our LORD ALMIGHTY she is doing what God intended for her to do.  I love that I got the chance to meet this family, and to give this young woman a chance to have her time in the spot light. This was a very special session for me. 

Blessings to all,

Niki 

Here's a piece from the website that had me most intrigued.

The Miss Amazing pageant is different from any other pageant because the participants have the opportunity to give back their communities by simply entering in the pageant! The only entrance fee is five cans of food. This feature of the organization not only allows the participants to become active members of the community, but also ensures that their participation in the program is in no way a drain on their personal finances. Once these cans are collected, the six division representatives kick off their reign by donating them to a local homeless shelter or food pantry. This is how Miss Amazing offers girls with disabilities the opportunity to use their newly acquired skills from the Miss Amazing Pageant to become community leaders and change-makers. Our hope is to inspire the Miss Amazing queens and princesses with this community service project to put their talents to work and give back in their own way!"

 

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