Today the photographer spotlight is on Terri Bryant. If Terri’s name sounds familiar it is because she has been working behind the scenes for The Gold Hope Project since we formed five years ago. Terri is the “matchmaker” between fighter families and photographers and selflessly gives so much of her time to this project. When she isn’t busy working her full time job or playing matchmaker for us, she is running her photography business, Terri Bryant Photography. Terri believes details get lost over time and she considers it her job to help families preserve those fleeting moments as children grow.
What made you want to join The Gold Hope Project as a volunteer?
Up until I *met* Cynthia Dawson (co-founder for The Gold Hope Project), I didn’t know that much about pediatric cancer and the minimal funding that is devoted to research to find a cure. Sweet Ava, and her Mom really touched me and inspired me to give back in any way I can to these fighters and their families. Raising awareness of pediatric cancer is crucial to get more funding to find a cure. These kids deserve to grow up, and it crushes me each time I see a family newly diagnosed, and I cry each and every time we lose one.
What is your favorite thing about being photographer for The Gold Hope Project?
The fighters, and their families. I’ve been fortunate to work with so many and hearing their stories and seeing their photographs is always so rewarding.
Has working with children with cancer changed anything in your life?
It’s changed everything. How I view life in general, and how I appreciate every single day, every moment. I hug my daughter a little tighter, and tell her how much I love her. We talk about Ava, and cancer, and how it is so unfair what these kids have to go through. And of course, I spend as much time as I can devoted to The Gold Hope Project, working with families to help them get these photographs that are so cherished.
What is one thing you hope families you photograph for the project can take away from this experience?
The photographs, of course, and the knowledge that they aren’t alone. We care about them, the fighters and their fight.
How would you describe your photography?
Simple and clean, with the focus (no pun intended) on the subject. While I specialize in newborn photography these days, I still love photographing children and families – capturing real moments for them.
A huge thanks to Terri for volunteering her services with The Gold Hope Project! Want to follow her lead? Apply to be a volunteer photographer here.