Today the Photographer Spotlight is on Kara Chappell Photography. Kara is a family photographer based on Whidbey Island, WA. Using the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest as a backdrop, Kara focuses on the connection and love that is unique to each family. As a proud military spouse, Kara also loves documenting homecoming ceremonies as military families are reunited after months apart. Kara has worked with The Gold Hope Project for one year and is grateful for the opportunity to give back to families dealing with childhood cancer.
What made you want to join tghp as a volunteer? When a close friend’s son was diagnosed with leukemia, I wept for their family and wanted more than anything to help. We sent toys and brought meals but I wanted to do more. I wanted to do anything to bring a moment of joy to my sweet friend and her amazing son. When he was well enough to come home from the hospital and see a few visitors, I brought over my camera and took a few pictures. Then I took a few more. I wanted to document how this beautiful boy was so normal and so vibrant, even while he was still so sick. When he was well enough to be in public (briefly) we found a location to take indoor pictures of the whole family. I loved donating my time and giving what I could so I was thrilled when I learned that The Gold Hope Project did just that.
What is your favorite thing about being a photographer for The Gold Hope Project? I absolutely love being able to bring joy to a family who has been through so much. To just sit back and document the fierce love and connection between parents and the children whom they have prayed for, worked tirelessly to treat and make whole again. So much is out of their hands and there can be so much stress and worry but I want these families to see how beautiful they are together – no matter what they are going through.
Has working with children with cancer changed anything in your life? Working with children with cancer makes all the worries in my life seem extremely insignificant. It has made me appreciate the health my own children have and want to do more for families going through this awful disease.