Shortly before the holidays, Flashes of Hope invited me to participate in a photo shoot for pediatric patients with cancer and life-threatening illnesses at a hospital in the western suburbs of Chicago. It’s a wonderful charity that I had written about when I blogged for the Chicago Tribune many moons ago. The timing worked out and I was happy to volunteer. I felt a little out of place because my business is not family photography – I get some calls here and there and try to pass them on to others who specialize in it. But photographing the children and families made for a lovely time – even if you only get a few minutes with each family to make pictures. You couldn’t help but root for the families, hoping that this year, and every year, brings health, happiness and hope.