June 27th Update: Gratitude Sessions are closed for now, thank you everybody!

For every local family + baby session booked between now and June 8th, a portrait session will be donated to an essential front line worker of your choice. The support and hard work we have seen in our community has been incredible. This will eventually pass and we will be gathered together again. Until then, please keep cheering each other on. Your love and resilience are powerful.

GOLDEN BC BASED PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER JOINS GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO GIFT PHOTO SESSIONS TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS: Jena Lee Photographs joins Anastasia Chomlack’s ONE For ONE Gratitude Sessions to recognize frontline workers nominated by photo session purchasers

Golden BC, May 27th, 2020 – Jena Mathews of Jena Lee Photographs has joined a global initiative to gift a photo session to an essential worker every time a local resident purchases a gift certificate for themselves through to June 8th, 2020. Anastasia Chomlack is the photographer that launched the initiative called “ONE For ONE Gratitude Sessions” and her initial goal was to gift ten sessions to essentials workers in her community. 

Since launching on April 1 over 300 photographers have shown interest and sought more information. Jena Lee Photographs is thrilled to bring “ONE For ONE Gratitude Sessions” to Golden BC. 

“Not many days go by that my husband and I aren’t grateful we are to live in Golden BC.” says Jena. “Living here throughout the COVID-19 pandemic made us appreciate our community more than ever, we are so lucky here.”

The founding photographer, Anastasia Chomlack, is a sought after creative and professional photographer based in Pemberton, BC Canada. Whether photographing newborns, newlyweds or cultural icons including Danielle LaPorte and Russell Brand, she is always been passionate about collaboration. 

My goal of engaging ten photographers to participate in this initiative along with me was achieved in about five minutes. Literally, in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. I posted the initiative, made tea and came back to message after message after message of photographers showing interest,” says Anastasia. “As photographers shared their process, we were able to, almost in real time, create resources everyone needed to participate. It was an amazing collaboration.” 

And so, through this collaboration Anastasia’s ten…. could become 3000. Or more. All given in gratitude to essential, frontline workers who are doing so much in communities of all sizes, across the world. 

The benefits of this initiative are two-fold. A way for photographers to give back to those essential front-line workers to show gratitude since their work has been deemed non-essential. And, to create some cash flow for photographers as they lose much of their planned business over the upcoming portrait season.

For me… I broke when I received a message from a single mom saying she was able to sell three sessions which would enable her to pay bills and buy food for the month. She shared with me that before seeing the post calling for photographer participation that she was completely lost about how to move forward,” says Anastasia. “Yes, this initiative is generous in nature, but it also empowers us as photographers to keep our own businesses afloat. There seems to be this idea that you cannot do both. I am here and this is proof to say otherwise! People need to be resourceful and creative during this unprecedented world event. My suggestion is to add this resourcefulness with generosity and kindness. You can’t lose.” 

All photo sessions to take place with physical social distancing and Jena Lee Photographs’ COVID-19 specific protocols.


For more information about this initiative or to download the photographer’s information package please join the Facebook group and visit this link: https://anastasiaphotography.ca/whistler-family-photography