Six years ago when I was still photographing weddings on a very part time basis, I was invited to help out with a charity, Take Flight for Kids. The charity invited children with disabilities and or special needs to go up with a pilot and parent or guardian on a small plane around Reid Airport. The children got to experience being an unofficial copilot for the day, though of course the real pilots had full control of the airplanes.
It was great seeing the confidence and wonder of the children as they were helped into the planes.
It was also clear by their smiles that this would be a day they would remember forever, especially with the photos I and other volunteers were taking to document their day.
At some points the children were so into the experience that I’m convinced they weren’t even aware they were being documented at all.
It truly seemed like the moments were equally special for the parents as they were for the children.
As the event did not require the volunteers to have a professional camera my good friend Colleen joined me. She really got into it even climbing on the winds of the planes to get the best portraits for the kids.
When looking online for this event, the most recent information I can find is for 2013. It is likely that this event is no longer being continued. Still, we were glad to be participants in it several years ago.