Featured Heart Gallery Photographer – Anna Venhaus – Photographing Children Awaiting Adoption from Foster Care
- Posted by Let It Be Us
- On August 16, 2017
Anna Venhaus is not only a Master Photographer and a Photographic Craftsman, she is a mother. She understands children and she understands the importance of photography, and therefore she volunteers as a Heart Gallery of Illinois photographer for Let It Be Us, photographing children awaiting adoption from foster care.
Speaking to us from her studio in Germantown, Illinois, Anna recalls her recent photo shoot with a 12 year old girl named Silena. Silena’s photographs are featured in the Heart Gallery of Illinois as she is waiting for an adoptive family. On the day of the photo shoot, Anna met Silena and her case worker at a nearby park. “As soon as Silena saw the play ground and the lake she became comfortable. She noticed everything that was going on around her, she even noticed a little frog that was jumping the water. Silena was very observant, so I let her lead the way because she seemed comfortable doing that.”
When Anna photographs children available for adoption from foster care, she doesn’t talk with them about their current situation or their past situation, or even about adoption. “We talk about what they like and that makes them light up. Silena loved the playground, loved the water, and loved everything about barbie dolls, even barbie movies!”
Anna remembers when she was first asked to photograph a child for the Heart Gallery of Illinois. “Let It Be Us reached out to me and said they were having a difficult time finding a photographer in this area of Southern Illinois. I was happy to help. I think having a really nice portrait will help people see these children as the beautiful children that they really are.”
“It’s a little heartbreaking for me to think about the fact that Silena doesn’t have a family who can care for her because she’s as sweet as can be. I hope that they find the perfect parents for Silena soon.”
Learn more about Unforgettable Photography by Anna here.