Adam DiBattiste passed away in the fall of 2010 only four months after be diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Carcinoma, a terminal cancer that is considered to be extremely rare. Adam and I had gone to school together and upon receiving the news of his passing, I reached out to his family. I knew I wanted to help his family in some way so I asked them for as many photos as possible in order to compose a slideshow for his funeral. When the slideshow played at his funeral, I took a few moments to observe the reactions of those around me. I noticed smiles, tears, and laughter as those attending remembered Adam. His daughter, who is only ten years old, sat in the front pew and sobbed uncontrollably. My heart sank.
During the composition of the slideshow, I couldn’t help but notice that the family had not had professional photographs done in many years. After the funeral, I took some of the last pictures taken of the family and made some editing touches and with a heavy heart, I returned them to the family - my gift to them. This experienced helped me realize that there was more to be done. As Professional Photographers, we use our God-given talents to capture a beautiful bride pledging her love or the smiles of our glorious children caught in laughter. We are called upon to celebrate family milestones and unions through the gift of photography. However, after spending time with Adam’s family I felt there was another way for photographers to use our talents. A way in which we could donate our gift to those in need.
A few days later The F.I.L.M. (Family Images for Lasting Memories) Project was developed with the mission to provide families like Adam’s, with professional family portraits donated by professional photographers on a nationwide scale.