For the second year in a row I was chosen by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area, to capture photos of their matches to be featured on their website and marketing materials.
You can see the photos I took last year peppered throughout their website: https://bbbs-sac.org/ along with stories about the matches I captured. It’s a wonderful way to bring to life the benefits of being a Big or Little.
This year they wanted to freshen-up the stories and images with other matches, some of whom had been paired for years and some for just months.
What’s always so fun to see, however, is the friendship these kids and their mentors have built together, no matter how long or short their acquaintance. So rarely these days are children in a position to form a relationship with an adult other than their parent or teacher and, although these relationships are pivotal for sure, they function as authority figures to a child vs. companions. It used to be that aunts an uncles, grandpas and grandmas, or even mothers and fathers of friends that lived close-by, filled these gaps but, as communities have become more fragmented and many families live far away from one another, building these kinds of bonds that are just about friendship and mentorship, nothing more, is much harder than I think it used to be.
Big Brothers Big Sisters fulfills that role and it’s beautiful to hear about simple adventures and conversations that these kids and their Bigs share, and that mean so much.
Here are some of my favorite images from our two days of shooting. If you’re inspired to learn more about being a Big or have a child who you think could benefit from the program, I encourage you to click the link above and learn more.
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