A picture is worth a thousand words!
That’s why we are working on getting photos of children who are ready to find their forever families! Providing professional photos to be used on the Virginia Department of Social Services website will assist in a child finding their new family. We hope that prospective parents who see professional photos, will get a better understanding of the child they are learning about.
We hold photoshoot events in different areas across Virginia with help from our Connecting Hearts Volunteers and Inters. We collaborate on these efforts with volunteers and licensed child placing agencies across the state.
Need a photoshoot in your area?
Contact us and we will see what we can do! Chances are, if you need a photo, someone nearby will need one as well!
Want to Volunteer?
We are always looking for professional photographers and videographers who can volunteer their services! By volunteering, you are doing a great service the children in our state who need forever families! Please let us know if you are interested in helping with future photoshoots!
Tips to get a great photo yourself!
Camera: If you have a digital camera, great! If not, no worries! Most phones these days are equipped with high quality cameras that can do a good job in a pinch.
Lighting: Take the picture in a well lit environment – outside during the day is best! Avoid shadows and areas that are too bright.
Setting: Consider the background of the photo. Make sure it is not distracting, but also pleasing to the eye. A tree, foliage, or a pretty brick wall are all good options.
Type of Photo: Headshots are best for the website, but candid shots that show a little personality also go a long way. Try to get a few headshots, full body shots, and candid photos. We’ve had good luck on playgrounds and having the kids play with a ball or toys.
Quantity: Take as many photos as possible! This will ensure that you will get a few really great shots!
Child: Make sure the child is dressed nicely and that their hair looks neat. Make it a fun experience for them – the photos will turn out better that way!