Summer Studio Day

We photographed another great group of kids on Saturday, July 14 for our second quarterly Studio Day at AACP founder Jennifer Loomis’ studio. The timing of a big concert at the Inscape Arts Building also worked in our favor as crowds started arriving after finishing our final portrait sessions.

Check out NWAE’s Washington Adoption page in the coming weeks to see our work, but until then, here are some behind-the-scenes shots of our awesome volunteers doing their thing.

Join our third team of photographers!

Deadline extended to June 10.

Adopt-A-Child Photography is recruiting its third team of photographers to help achieve our mission of making sure all children in foster care in Washington State have an updated and accurate profile photograph. We believe that finding loving forever homes for children in care starts with an amazing photograph.

How to Apply:

Photographers must apply with a one-page statement about why they want to be a part of this organization and submit a body of portrait work either through a link or slideshow (please do not send jpgs) to jennifer@jenniferloomis.com by June 10.

You can also apply here.

Jennifer Loomis and two AACP photographers then review the applicants with only the top photographers being selected.

Puget Sound-area photographers need to attend a mandatory training held by Adopt-A-Child Photography and Northwest Adoption Exchange with current AACP photographers in Seattle on Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. Photographers on the east side of the state will have a separate training, with details pending.

The session includes sensitivity training on how to work with this unique population, special techniques for photographing, legal issues of photographing the children, how their images can be used and more. In addition, all selected photographers are required to undergo a criminal background check.

Once trained, photographers join our team. We are a supportive community and do several events a year. Our team photographers can select the region they want to cover and their names are added to our list on the internal state website accessed by social workers. Social workers call a photographer in their area when their child needs an updated profile photo.

Your photography can change a life. Join our team grow, learn and make a difference.

Applications are due June 10.

Studio Days

Studio Day 1 Group

AACP teamed up with Northwest Adoption Exchange recently to kick off quarterly Studio Days. Our first event updated profiles for seven youths who are looking for permanent homes. Our team of volunteers took turns photographing the children in a variety of settings near AACP founder Jennifer Loomis’ studio in Seattle, and the team at NWAE put together some awesome goodie bags for the participants.

Studio Day 1 Goodies

Our goal at AACP goes beyond simply updating photos. We empower the children using photography to create their own images as well as capture their personalities and interests. If you want to see the final photos, check out the NWAE profiles.

We’re gearing up for our next quarterly Studio Day in July, so stay tuned for more information!

NWAE’s In-Depth Profiles

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Northwest Adoption Exchange has started producing in-depth profiles, and we’ll be highlighting them on our Facebook page from time to time. We’d love to share them here, but once a child is adopted, they’re removed from the NWAE site and we want to respect the children’s privacy. You can visit NWAE.org to check out the latest profiles, some of which feature portraits made by our awesome volunteers!

Want to get involved? We’re always looking for volunteers and donations beyond photography. If you’re interested in donating food for events, clothing options or your make-up skills, please contact us on the Volunteer page.

Wanted: Volunteer Photographers in Pierce County and Beyond!

We’ve been thrilled with the numbers of volunteers who have joined our first two waves of recruiting. Now we’re looking to expand. At this point, we are not looking for anymore photographers in King County. There’s a great need in Pierce County, however. Keep in mind that some of these portrait sessions may happen during normal business hours.

We’re also hoping to recruit more photographers in Eastern Washington—especially around the Spokane area.

Are you interested or know somebody who might be? Head over to the Volunteer page!

Tom convinces a child to have his portrait made.

 

NWAE Kids’ Fest

Northwest Adoption Exchange hosted its biannual Kids’ Fest in Tacoma on Dec. 3, bringing together children in foster care to casually interact with parents interested in adopting. The event featured games, prizes, crafts and a photo booth—which Adopt-A-Child Photography ran.

Matt, Tom, Jackie and Kai worked to photograph children, some of whom had no photo on the NWAE website, to improve the children’s profiles. After Kai photographed them in the studio space set up, Jackie and Tom photographed the children outside in different settings. Matt set up the backdrop and lights, and worked throughout the day to provide prints to the children.

Fall 2016 Training

The volunteers from Adopt-A-Child Photography gathered at Jennifer Loomis’ studio for training on Nov. 2. The session brought together the first team with new volunteers to network and learn more about Northwest Adoption Exchange from its Director Tyler Helbach.

One eye-opening example showed the potential impact of upgrading a child’s profile with professional photos. After adding new photos from AACP, this happened to one child’s page:

  • His page views more than doubled
  • People spent 20% more time on his profile, indicating that they felt more engaged
  • Five families with home studies have inquired about him since the photos were added six weeks ago (In the previous six weeks he only had one)

Quinn Russell Brown and Matt Lawrence also shared their personal experiences while photographing children in foster care.

And Playback Theater Northwest once again reenacted real-life scenarios to discuss potential pitfalls and ethics while working on-site.

Interested in joining the team? We’re looking for photographers, donors and other volunteers. Check out the Volunteer page for more information!

Benefits for photographers

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Rosanne Olson teaches Adopt-A-Child Photographers about light.

Our photographers are special. They volunteer their time so that these children can have an amazing portrait taken. What is in it for them? Good karma and presentations once or twice a year from masters of photography in Seattle. In May,  we were invited into the studio of Rosanne Olson (www.rosanneolson.com) to learn about location lighting to help them while photographing children in foster care.

Last fall, we had Robert Hood, the multimedia producer for The Fred Hutch newsroom. He came to Jennifer Loomis’ studio (www.jenniferloomis.com) and spent two hours with our photographers talking about easy lighting techniques that he has learned after years being a photojournalist and multimedia producer.

Robert Hood, from the Fred Hutch, teaches Adopt-A-Child Photographers aabout some lighting techniques he uses as a photojournalist n Jennifer Loomis' studio.

Robert Hood, from the Fred Hutch, teaches Adopt-A-Child Photographers about some lighting techniques he uses as a photojournalist in Jennifer Loomis’ studio.

Needs

Adopt-A-Child Photography is in our second year and we are in need of support for our second training. If you or your organization would like to donate time or resources such as food and drink to our training, please contact jennifer at jenniferloomis.com