From January to May of this year, the South Carolina Heart Gallery photographed 81 children. It held over 150 photo exhibitions around the state, and it received and screened nearly 450 inquiries through the website.
Yet, there is still much to be done—as the demand to photograph children is only rising.
There are 660 children waiting to be adopted in the state of South Carolina. Thanks to the success of the S.C. Heart Gallery and the support of the S.C. Heart Gallery Foundation, more and more of these children are being photographed to be included in the Gallery.
Interest in our Greenville, S.C. photo shoot, for example, grew to include so many children that staff at the S.C. Heart Gallery decided to hold it over two days. Other upcoming photo sessions in Conway and Orangeburg are seeing similarly high demand.
Obviously key to these photo shoots are the professional photographers who volunteer their time to capture these children’s portraits, which are then displayed in public venues around the state to raise public awareness of the need for adoptive families.
To continue to meet this increasing demand, the S.C. Heart Gallery is always looking to increase the number of photographers it can call upon to volunteer at these photo shoots.
Support Child Videos
In addition, at each upcoming photo shoot select children will also have the opportunity to appear on video, with the footage used to create their individual child profile video. All these videos are available on the S.C. Heart Gallery Foundation’s channel on Vimeo—allowing potential adoptive families to digitally “meet” these children and explore a deeper connection with them than that provided by still photography. Each of these individual child videos costs approximately $250 to produce and distribute.
How You Can Help
If you are a professional photographer who is interested in volunteering your time to help find forever homes for our state’s waiting children, please contact Millie Qualls, Program Coordinator of the South Carolina Heart Gallery, at email@example.com.
If you would like to support the production of individual child videos, please click on the large blue “DONATE” button on our website.
The South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation supports the work of the South Carolina Heart Gallery, which is a collaborative program administered and supported by the Foster Care Review Board, Office of the Governor and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.