Giving Report 2022
Would you say you find that you’re more grateful during the holidays or does it carry year-round for you?
I think of myself as a grateful person in general. I could unpack that for hours but in general, I do feel like I tend to have a bit of an uptick in that during the holiday season. It’s not even Thanksgiving for me necessarily it’s honestly more when that first Christmas light gets hung up and the fire starts getting lit in the fireplace. It just makes me feel grateful for home, family, and the small things in life.
I’m also grateful professionally. Grateful to serve such wonderful couples, work with such a fantastic team, and have the opportunity to capture such monumental moments in people’s lives. I’ll never lose sight of what a privilege that is.
If you’ve been around for any length of time you know legacy matters to me personally, but a number of years ago as a company, we decided that we LOVED the idea of caring about it as a small business.
I remember where I was, driving to Columbus actually, listening to a book on the road. I paused the book, getting so excited about all the possibilities of what could be. What if, I thought, while we photographed and preserved your legacy we also helped build someone else’s legacy? Together?
That was the beginning of deciding that as a company Dragonfly Photography would donate 50% of our profit to well-vetted non-profit organizations that are working to do good in the world. Year after year.
I’m a very visual person, plus you haven’t even met a romantic until you’ve met me. My idea was (and is)… you invest in your legacy. Preserving how you felt on your wedding day is, and should be a priority.
But that investment is then multiplied to help others build their legacy too.
This year we funneled our support in two directions:
- Preemtive Love – Helps families fleeing violence remake homes and rebuild their lives. https://preemptivelove.org/ They show up with emergency relief – food, water, medical care, and more—for families on the frontlines of war in Syria and Iraq. But then they stay, long after the immediate crisis has passed. They help refugees start small businesses, so they can provide for their families and rebuild their lives, without having to depend on handouts. If you decide to support this charity, you can use our Dragonfly Photography fundraiser link and we can keep track of all our couple’s impact this year.
- Charity: Water – Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. One of the most amazing things about this not-for-profit is that they “prove” every project they take on, check out what that means here plus private donors cover their operating costs so 100% of donations go right to the field to fund water projects. Find out more about this great charity or donate using our link at https://www.charitywater.org/teams/dragonfly-photograph
When you work with Dragonfly Photography you partner with non-profits around the globe working to make things just a little better. Thank you for believing in heritage and legacy and something bigger than yourself.
You are the kind of people that I’m honored to share my life with,