On April 22nd, at Astoria First Presbyterian Church I had the pleasure and the honor of giving 15 minute portrait sessions to families in the neighborhood for a $25 fee. I donated all proceeds from the event to Food Bank NYC. Hunger is an important issue to me. One out of 5 children in the United States goes hungry each night. In New York City, the stress is greater given the high cost of living. Renters in the city paid an average of 65.2% of their income on rent in 2016. That doesn’t leave much for food. Physical nourishment leads to a healthy mental and spiritual child. Having a beautiful, well-fed, intelligent and compassionate 6 year old, I know this intimately. Sometimes I can’t believe how much Walker can eat. We’ve been blessed to be able to provide for him in the first years of his life. I know some aren’t as fortunate as we are. It’s a difficult problem that doesn’t seem to be getting any easier lately.
I’m happy to tell you that we were able to donate $150.00 for the cause. And we had a great time doing so too.
I thank Astoria First Presbyterian for donating their space. Pastor Thia Reggio is a wonderful, articulate, caring woman who oversees a warm, welcoming congregation. Services are every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and they are child friendly so if you are in the area and looking for a place to grow spiritually I recommend Astoria First Presbyterian. I thank the families for coming and let me shoot their portraits. I thank my son, Walker Elijah, for helping out. He was awesome holding the reflector and getting people relaxed for their shoot.