“Cans for Candids”-Free Family Photos for Cans of Food



I recently found a very cool opportunity for families to share in giving and receive a most valuable treasure…a family photo. I sat down to talk with Ashley Frantz of Twisted Lens Photography in Omaha to learn more:

 1. What inspired you to do this?
I had asked a friend of mine if she wanted a holiday photo of her family, to which she responded “Thanks, but we don’t have the money for that.” I was shocked that something I see and do every day, was considered to be one of those things you put back on the shelf at the store when you realize you only have enough money for the necessitates. It really bothered me not only as a photo artist, but as a mother. I couldn’t imagine not having a photo of my children or my family for the year. One thing lead to another, and it turns out my friend was not alone, a ton of families haven’t been able to afford a photo for years, if ever! I knew this had to be the year that all changed, and hopefully this is not the last!

2. What do you hope to accomplish with this program?
Most people look at photos as a luxury, something we do when there is extra spending money, like a trip to Disney. In reality, they are so much more than that. They are history, memories and documentation that we all existed! Little Susie isn’t going to be little forever, and details of her childhood will fade over time, but this family photo will stay with her the rest of her life, and other generations after her. I hope to bring joy and fond memories by providing this event.

3. What has been the response so far?
The response from the community has been heartbreaking/overwhelming! People from all over have told us their stories and reasons for not having family photos, and I can’t stand by. Everyone deserves to have a family photo, they deserve those memories of their children and loved ones. What is the first thing we see when someone passes away? A photo. A memory, a document proving that they were human and lived! Photos are important and it is my job as a photographer and an artist to document time, joy, sadness, and raw emotion.

4. What are the details? Are pets allowed? Props?
We will have a simple background set up so these photos can be used all year round. Don’t worry about clothing, just come as you are! If you do need a suggestion you can never go wrong with a pair of jeans and white or black shirt. Guide dogs/service animals are allowed but we ask for the safety of all clients, and animals that family pets please stay home. Maybe a future event can be just for them, because they are important too!

We are located at 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha NE 68131 please park in the parking lot past the iron fence, with the sign that says boiler room. The hours for the event are 8am-Noon on Saturday December 14th, 2013 & Noon-6pm on Sunday December 15th, 2013. No scheduling required! Line will form 8am sharp Saturday!

Please bring 5 canned/dry goods or any 12 pack of toilet paper & receive a one pose family portrait with a digital download. **Only unopened/non-expired goods will be accepted! Cash donations may be made as well! The goods will benefit local shelters/food banks, while the event itself is to benefit families who can’t afford a family portrait for the holidays. Please spread the word we want to help as many people as possible!

Sponsored by: Boiler Room Studios, Twisted Lens Photography, Christopher Tierney Photography