More About Work that Matters

<b><i>My friends Gerry and Gwena Herman run the  Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program at Kennedy Krieger here in Baltimore. The work they do is amazing.<br><br>Part of doing work that matters is working with others who do work that matters. If my images help Gerry and Gwena promote their program in any way, or if they bring joy to families who have to deal with challenges I can't fathom, that matters.</i></b>

My friends Gerry and Gwena Herman run the Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program at Kennedy Krieger here in Baltimore. The work they do is amazing.

Part of doing work that matters is working with others who do work that matters. If my images help Gerry and Gwena promote their program in any way, or if they bring joy to families who have to deal with challenges I can't fathom, that matters.

One of the things I love about my job (I am a freelance writer and graphic designer as well as a photographer) is that most of my clients do work that matters. Most of my clients are trade and professional associations that, by definition, exist to help others. So when my work helps them further their goals, I feel as if my work matters as well.

When it comes to photography, the same principle applies. I met Gerry and Gwena Herman because our daughters went to the same high school. I photographed their daughter playing basketball and lacrosse. Gwena liked the photos and asked if I would photograph a basketball tournament they were having at work. That is when I discovered Gerry and Gwena might be the two most amazing people I know.

The Hermans built the Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program at Kennedy Krieger here in Baltimore and have run it for the past 25 years. They have a passion to help physically-challenged children develop the skills and confidence necessary to succeed, Watching them in action is inspiring.

If my photos help them promote their program in any way, that matters. If my photos bring some joy to families that face challenges I can barely fathom, that matters.

Again, this is not the way I thought my work would matter, but it should have been. When opportunities arise to use my skills to help others who are making the world a better place, I welcome them.

I should add that Gerry and Gwena have been on my mind recently because they have been all over my Facebook news feed. The Paralympic trials were held last week and five of their current/former students will be representing the United States this summer in Rio de Janeiro. How cool is that?

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