As photographers we are sometimes blessed with opportunities to use our love of photography in a way that gives back. Terry and I were recently given such an opportunity. ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition did a home makeover in Keller, TX. One our our favorite clients, Erin Kolp, works with Wall Homes which was chosen to be the builder. She asked us if we would partner with Wall Homes to document the process. We volunteered about 80 hours that week along with 100's of other people who worked tirelessly giving of their own time, talent and financial contribution. Many small business even closing for the week to give to the Augustine family instead of making a profit for themselves, just weeks before Christmas. It was an emotional experience to see the community come together in such an amazing way and for me personally photographing the family was my chance to give Amber and her family the very gift she gives to others in her photography. We were thrilled to provide the show with the images we photographed of the family on that very exciting first day, We were honored when we got news they were decorating much of the home with our portrait art. There is a 4 ft. by 7 ft. wall portrait hanging in their entry way as well as a 30x30 canvas in the main living room. Many 8x10s and 5x7s on end tables, coffee tables, and even movie style posters in the little girls room. I don't believe there is a room that does not have a portrait in it. I think that says a huge amount about the importance of family portraits, Images of your family make a house a home. Terry and I were so excited to be a part of a TV show that we believe in. The photography session itself challenged me as an artist in ways I never expected, not to mention how emotionally attached I became to the project. Even when I left the home completely exhausted my heart was still there. I could not wait to return to document the progress and all the giving people who worked so many long, cold hours that it took to complete the project.
There are no words to explain how exciting it is to use the gifts God has given us to give back to a family that has given so much. If you would like to view this episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, it is scheduled to air this Sunday evening March 1st at 7:00pm.
Also, as a parent I must share with you our excitement! Our daughter River Beth was chosen to be in the "Ty opening" and will have her 5 seconds of fame in the show. She did a Birthday party scene with Ty and a family in a beautiful Wall model home. She is the Birthday girl when the show opens, Be sure to look for her blowing out her candles. Thanks to Kendra Estrada - owner of Ella Bella Arlington, for providing her with the adorable outfit she wore in the taping. Thanks to everyone who allowed us to be apart of this amazing experience!
Bobbie Jo and Terry Majors