"It really is easy to give of yourself to so many others- giving is what makes your heart grow.  The more your heart grows, the more you have to give to others. It comes full circle" 

 

Lindsay often extends her services to groups and events that need awesome photos of what they're doing, so they can in turn share their good work with the world.  If this sounds like you, don't hesitate to reach out. 

 

The best way to give back is from your heart and spirit, and this is what Lindsay Shaw Photography does so often.  Lindsay believes that volunteering your time and talents is one way to give back to your community.  Service is a huge part of Lindsay's life and we wanted to share with you some of the awesome places she supports regularly. 

 

If you're interested in hearing more, or supporting one of these fantastic places too, don't hesitate to contact us!!

 

Teachers for Teachers

Teacher For Teachers, a newly formed initiative created to help support the teachers in small villages in Nicaragua.  On my most recent mission trip to Nicaragua, I was struck by how little the teachers were paid to do their jobs.  What struck me most while visiting these schools is that while they are lacking in supplies, food for the children, books, and salaries, they are full of love, passion and excitement for learning. One particular school, Cincoyo, had recently laid off their fourth, fifth and sixth grade teachers.  The school could not even afford the $25 a month to support these educators.  Upon returning to The States I felt compelled to raise money to reinstate these teachers while also raising the salaries of the existing teachers.  The faculty of Pomfret School, where I teach, quickly raised the money to support these teachers for the first year.  However, this initiative required continued support so the school could continue to employ these teachers after this school year.  This began my idea for a new program I’ve entitled Teachers for Teachers.  While this program is still in its beginning stages, I hope that it will grow.  By supporting Teachers for Teachers today or even just spreading the word, you will be able to help supply the salaries for teachers in Cincoyo and other schools like it so that they can continue to educate the children of Nicaragua.  The reality is, without funding, they will continue to let these teachers go.

 

All profits raised from the sale of  Lindsay Noelle Lehmann fine art photographs go to support the teachers of Cincoyo Nicaragua.

 

St Joseph School, North Grosvenordale

Saint Joseph School is an amazing little Catholic school in North Grosvenordale, CT.  As all private schools do today, their funding and attrition ebbs and flows.  It's always been my nature to jump in and help whenever, however I can.  And so I made St Joseph School one of my projects.  Editorial photographs of the children there, working and playing with one another in their school environment was just one way I could get my creativity energy into the school and make a difference. Website development, branding and logo design allowed them to more easily share the great work that they do with students on a daily basis.  Of course, it didn't stop there- Parent Association, mini makovers, and weekly newsletters improved the look and communication of the school and we are once again thriving in NorthEast Connecticut.  It takes a village, but I'm happy to say I'm a part of that village and so excited for the future of SJSNG. 

 

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

"NILMDTS trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant.  We believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy." 

 

Working with families in their greatest time of need is easy for us.  We do it all the time for weddings and this celebration of love is no different.  A baby who has passed is a tragic event for families.  Photographing this time of tragedy, this celebration of love, this moment of sadness is one of the many things that we provide to our clients.  Sometimes I'm asked, "who would want photographs of such a tragic experience" and I share with them a message I received from one mom.  Her day was such a whirlwind of events.  She didn't have time to think.  She could not remember whether she held her, kissed her.  She couldn't remember if she had done all the things she wanted to do and say before she said goodbye.  She came home without her baby, and days later received my images.  She looked through the moments I sent her and realized that she had done everything she could have with her little girl.  She said (and I will never forget it) "I realized when I looked at your images, that I got to be her mom. I did do everything I could. I loved her, I cared for her, I hugged her and I kissed her.  I had forgotten it all, until I saw your images and it calmed me seeing that in that moment, the moment I could not remember, I was her mother."

 

No matter how hard photographing a session for NILMDTS can be, I know that it will never be as hard as what they are experiencing.  For all the families who have loved and lost their little angels, my hearts will always be with you. 

 

© 2015 by Lindsay Lehmann of Lindsay Shaw Photography