Little Heroes

By November 8, 2009 2 Comments

First, I just want to do a lil’house keeping. For those of you who are on Facebook, I have an easier way for you to find me now. You can simply click on this link and become a fan of { jen mcken }.  I will be posting holiday deals and other deals that will be coming up in the next several months that won’t be posted on my blog.


I have been involved in non-profit organizations for quite sometime now-using my photography as a tool to help others has become a large part of what I do. I have found an organization that has touched a very special place in my heart that I am beyond excited to be a part of.

 As many of you know, my daughter Mallory was born premature at 29 weeks weighing only a little over 1 pound. Since her birth we have spent countless days/months in the NICU, Children’s Hospital and we’ve seen our fair share of the inside of a hospital room.  I know what it is like having to switch from a “normal” life to a life that is totally different while your child is in the hospital with an unknown diagnosis. Last October, Mallory was hospitalized for a blood clotting disorder that the doctors had almost mistaken for Leukemia. After what seemed like hundreds of test, we found out that in fact it wasn’t Leukemia. Those were among the scariest days of our life-thinking and trying to get your mind around the fact that your child may have this illness. I tend to look at life a bit different now. Scraped knees, broken arms or cuts don’t seem so bad anymore. Life has been put into perspective for me….perhaps that’s why I don’t take life too seriously anymore…it’s too short!

The goal of this project resignates very deep within me and I can’t wait to get started. To quote the website:

“Our mission at The Littlest Heroes Project is to help provide and capture memories for families who are dealing with hectic schedules due to having a child who is suffering from a serious illness or life altering disability. We understand that in the midst of being thrown a diagnosis and having to switch from a “normal” life to a life that is totally different, and often scary, things like getting photos taken is sometimes a huge challenge and is one of the last things families are thinking about. But when everything is done, and either the child has reached the end of their battle, or has proven the odds against it many wish they had more time to stop, and capture the journey that they lived through for so long. Through Littlest Heroes our photographers understand each and every case, and cater it to fit and honor each child and family. Our photographers are on hand to travel to homes, hospitals, clinics, fundraisers, and benefits to help capture your child’s journey in a “Day in the life” sort of style and work personally one on one with your child and entire family to get those special family photos and moments that you can cherish for years to come.”

If you have a child, or know a child, who suffers from any type of serious illness or life altering disability I would like to help. Through the  Littlest Heroes Project, I will provide you with a complimentary photo shoot for your hero and family. The whole family … Super Sibs and the Brave Parents are welcome to participate in the session as well! My personal goal is to do several of these throughout the year-so I’d love to get to know your family/child(ren) and share their inspirational stories and photos with the world!

I can’t wait to meet you! 😉


  • Toni says:


    This is fantastic! You are such a wonderful photographer and I will ALWAYS cherish the beautiful photos you captured of Kendall on her 2 month birthday. I always get choked up at your kindness towards us during that difficult time. I am so glad you will be able to share you gift with so many other people. Keep up the good work!


  • Linda says:

    Jen, This is such a wonderful and caring project that you are going to do. So happy to hear that all is well with your daughter. I can only imagine what you were going through. My love and prayers go to all the children that you will be photographing in this project. This truly is a labor of love.
    God bless you.

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