Book a Family Mini Session, send Darina to College!

Isn’t is funny how old parts of your life can come back around for make something new?

There aren’t many things I love more than hearing about how my friends from Cedarville have taken big leaps in their lives and are now making a huge difference in the world. My friend Katie, along with her husband Nick, moved overseas shortly after graduation to teach English at Doulos Discovery School in the Dominican Republic. I love reading their stories about the people they meet, the adventures they take, and where God is leading them!

Now for the “something new” part! Katie approached me a few months ago and told me the story of Darina, a young lady from the Dominican Republic who dreams of coming to the USA to attend college and get a teaching degree from my alma mater, Cedarville University! She asked if I would be willing to help Darina raise money for her Cedarville tuition and of course the answer was YES!

To raise support for Darina, I will be hosting a full day of Spring Mini Sessions on Saturday, May 7! I normally charge $100 for my mini sessions, but this time, the $100 will be a suggested donation and 100% of the proceeds will go to Darina’s campaign! May 7 is the day before Mother’s Day, so if you’re looking for a gift for mom, I can’t think of anything better than a family picture taken to support a great cause for this amazing girl. Here is Darina’s story!


Hola! My name is Darina Herrera. I am from the Dominican Republic, specifically from a little town between the mountains called Jarabacoa. I graduated high school last June and decided to take a gap year and volunteer as a Prek3 Teacher Assistant at the school were I graduated from, Doulos Discovery School.  Although this is not always the most glamorous job, I know God has been working on my heart now more than ever before.

My dream is to be able to enroll in college and major in Special Education. There is a big need for Special Ed teachers in the Dominican Republic and I want to help close that gap. The Special Education program is not very developed in the D.R, so in order to get a quality education for this career I need to attend a school in the United States. How could you help me accomplish this? Great question! As an international student a lot of the scholarships do not apply to me, neither am I allowed to take out loans. However, with the few scholarships that I have received and grants I am missing 12,500 to pay for my first year of college. This is where you come in! If 50 people can donate $250 before May 1stthen I will have everything I need for the first year! If 50 people give $125, then I will have what I need for the first semester!

So there you have it! Mini sessions will take place on Saturday, May 7 just outside of First Baptist Church of Groveport (5521 Groveport Rd.) beginning at 8:00 AM and extending through the early afternoon. If you’re single or don’t need any new family portraits taken, but would still like to be involved, I’d be happy to shoot a few professional head shots of you, or you can just choose to donate! To book your time slot, send me an email at! I’m so excited for this and hope you’ll take the chance to be a part of it! 🙂

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