Back in June, you'll remember we had the opportunity to head down to Virginia Beach and the Military Aviation Museum for a fun World War II themed photo shoot. We were pleased with the resulting shot from the day and we've decided to turn our efforts into a way to benefit a fallen hero and his family.
Nikon D3, 24-70mm (at 32mm) f/9.0, 1/320s, ISO 100, Post: Photoshop CS5, onOne Plug-In Suite 5
Our model, Sarah Galler, felt a special meaning for what we tried to capture in our photographs that morning while we were out on the runway. She understood first hand what it means to sacrifice for our nation.
Back in February, Sarah's cousin, Lance Cpl. Noah Pier, was killed in action while serving in an ongoing combat offensive in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Sarah and Noah were close and while working on this project, I couldn't help but feel a desire to help this family in some way.
I pulled Sarah aside one afternoon and ran the idea of selling a limited edition print of the shot to the general public and donating the profits from the fundraiser to a charity of the family's choice. I thought I understood the depth of the story, I had only scratched the surface.
Noah has a little brother, Luke, who back in 2007 was diagnosed with a bulging dilated aortic root. It a life-threatening heart condition that the family, with God's strength and the support of their family and friends, has been successfully managing. With the hope of helping Luke, and others like him, the family formed the Luke Pier Foundation back in 2007. These folks are the kind of people that have made this country worth fighting for - I'm sure Noah agrees.
Here's their mission statement:
The Luke Pier Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to provide funding for life-saving scientific research focusing on, but not limited to, connective tissue disorders. We are also committed to help provide funding and encouragement to individuals for medical treatment they may not otherwise receive due to limited resources or lack of health insurance.
Now back to Luke's older brother, Noah. Noah had already served one tour of duty in Iraq, when he was given orders to head to Afghanistan the end of last year. From what the family has shared with me, Noah felt his mission was just and that he was fighting for our freedom, but at the same time recognized there was always a risk. With that in mind, before he left, he asked that if anything were to happen to him, that donations be made to his little brother's charity. I'm planning on doing just that.
To that end, we're going to be offering a limited edition run of 100 prints of "A Salute for the Boys" our World War II inspired photo. Each print is 16x20, in a black wood frame, and comes with a numbered certificate showing which number it is in the series as well as the signatures of the entire crew who worked on the project. The prints will be on sale for $149, with the profits going to the Luke Pier Foundation.
They are available for purchase at our gallery site, right here.
If you'd like to donate, but don't want to buy the print, you can do so by visiting their donation site directly.
Thank you in advance for your support and helping us raise some money for a great cause. I also ask that you keep this family and all of our military in your prayers - we owe them all a debt that is too great to comprehend, but that they have never asked us to repay. Thanks, and God Bless.