In an effort to raise awareness and funds for those struggling against colonial oppression while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, I am donating a percentage of all weddings and family sessions booked from now until the new year.
- 10% on weddings
- 25% on family photos
- 50% of prints and albums
"The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.8B, 1,172 mile fracked-oil pipeline currently under construction from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota to Peoria, Illinois. DAPL is slated to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where it would be laid underneath the Missouri River, the longest river on the continent.
Construction of the DAPL would engender a renewed fracking-frenzy in the Bakken shale region, as well as endanger a source of fresh water for the Standing Rock Sioux and 8 million people living downstream. DAPL would also impact many sites that are sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux and other indigenous nations." - https://nodaplsolidarity.org
Funds raised will go towards preparing the camp for the winter months ahead as well as legal costs, food, and supplies. As the needs of the camp change, funds will be allocated accordingly.
There are many ways to donate directly to those at the camp. Here are just a few options:
- building and winterizing
- health clinic
- official oceti sakowin camp
- legal defense
- Sacred Stone wish list of goods
You can also call and petition here.
More than ever, it is so apparent to me the role we play in promoting justice and demanding change while also accepting the weight of responsibility for our current predicaments, both environmentally and socially. I cannot sit idly. In a time where there are so many needs to be met, I am first focusing and personally acknowledging the overwhelming marginalization of First Nations and recognizing that the DAPL is much more than just an environmental issue.
I live a life of great privilege. One of the greatest being that I make a living photographing lovers and families. The level of gratitude I have for this is hard to explain but can easily be shared, so that is what I plan on doing. I will continue both personally and professionally to stand up for what I know is right, to acknowledge the oppression that too many people feel and to continue to live a lifestyle that is committed to leaving a small footprint on this beautiful earth. We have a lot of work to do, I hope you will join me.