Photographer Megan Myrick is no stranger to getting media attention for her international award-winning work and her involvement with local nonprofits. Myrick devotes her life to her photography business, her faith and her family.
She does this all while still finding time to give back to nonprofits in Bryan County and across southeast Georgia.
This time, Myrick said she took a whisper she received from God, and let it lead her to establish the Love and Legacy Project, a nonprofit organization that provides free maternity and newborn photo sessions to families experiencing medical or socioeconomic hardship. Myrick said she knows the toughest work lies ahead, but the mission and vision is worth the work.
"For me, it is preserving the love of a family for future generations. It is about gifting memories one family at a time," said Myrick, who unveiled the organization during the Pregnancy Care Center of Richmond Hill’s inaugural fundraiser, City Nights at the City Center, in May.
Clients can receive complimentary hair and makeup services and use of a studio’s exclusive wardrobe and props. Professional photographers not only donate their time and expertise, but also 10 heirloom-quality prints.
"It is all-encompassing, this is what I do as a photographer. These photos are for today, but in more ways, they are more for tomorrow," Myrick said.
Being able to give someone or a family this type of gift may seem small, but to Myrick it is more than just a photo. This is about using her talents to bless others.
"This is about sharing God’s grace and love with other people by letting them know we care about them," Myrick said. "I’m not out there digging wells, this is the gift God has given me, it is important. History is important, and I can use my gift for this specific thing. Research has shown if there are portraits hanging on the walls, children are more secure and grow into more productive adults in society. They feel they are important, wanted and welcomed which is why of course they go home with tangible prints they can hang, it is important."
Myrick said none of this whisper-from-God turned nonprofit would be possible without the support of others in the community. New Life Church of Richmond Hill, led by Pastor Ryan Ogden, has agreed to be the 2017 fiscal sponsor while Love and Legacy Project is pending full 501(c)3 non-profit status. Those looking to help in any capacity can make donations directly to the church, earmarked for Love and Legacy Project. All donations will be tax deductible.
Myrick has developed partnerships with two other photographers who aim to play a role in the efforts. Candice Hires of Brunswick will contribute to the southern Georgia region and north Florida. Brooke VanHoy will target the North Carolina area. Pregnancy Care Centers of Richmond Hill and Rincon have already teamed up with Myrick to further the vision of the project. And the Love and Legacy Project will be unveiling a new partnership in November to expand the program and help more families.
For more information on the Love and Legacy Project, how to donate or get involved or to nominate a family for services, visit www.loveandlegacyproject.com.