The vision for Love Not Lost came from Ashley's Story. Having a daughter with a terminal illness, and being gifted portrait sessions, Ashley wanted to pay it forward and started offering free portrait sessions to anyone she met with a terminal diagnosis. As she donated more and more sessions, she realized that something greater was taking shape.
As this shape was forming into a non-profit, Ashley asked three key friends to join her on the board of directors. Trey Boden, the friend who gifted Ashley and her family the portrait session, was the first member. Austin Grigg, another cherished friend who consistently helped walk through their journey and loss, serves on the board too. Marie Nicole Wedekind, a valued friend who came along after Skylar was gone, was the third to join. Ashley knew these friends would have not only the talent, but more importantly, the heart, to get Love Not Lost off the ground with her. Since then, our board, our staff, our volunteers, and our heart to serve has continued to grow.
Love Not Lost is on a mission to celebrate life and support people in grief. We photograph people facing a terminal diagnosis to preserve memories for those they love. Each family is given a beautiful hand-crafted photo album with the best photos from their session to have as a heirloom keepsake. In addition to the free portrait sessions and photo albums, we provide grief resources and empathy tools to help empower and equip the greater community to support their loved ones too. We will continue building lasting relationships to bring love, hope, and healing to the people around us as we grow.
Our driving question for everything we do is:
How can we love people better?
Whether it's the people we serve through photography, their loved ones, our staff, our photographer volunteers, our donors, or the community we are a part of, we are continually looking for ways to love people better.
We believe the absence of love is suffering. So when someone is suffering because of their circumstances, the last thing they need is to feel unloved or abandoned on top of their existing struggles. Not only do we (Love Not Lost) want to show up for people facing grief through the free portrait sessions, but we want to empower and equip you (the greater community of people who love them) to show up and love them better too. Our hope is that we can change the way we grieve so that everyone feels loved and cared for when they are hurting.
The world we envision is one where we can overcome fear, we can show up in the midst of suffering, and we can love well, regardless of circumstances. We would like to invite you to join us to love people better and support people in grief.