Preparing to take photos of a newborn baby makes photographer Whitney Scott happy.

Preparing to take photos of a newborn baby makes photographer Whitney Scott happy.

“This is better than what we did a few days ago,” she said. “We were taking pictures of people in front of their [destroyed] houses.”

She explained that that is part of a project she is working on with Rich Schroeder, owner of Bell Management in Joplin. Several of Schroeder’s properties, including offices and commercial spaces, were destroyed. He asked her to adapt her blog as the website Angels_Over_Joplin.com. The website features her photography and interviews documenting the disaster.

“The Schroeder family is going to match up to $50,000 in donations,” she said.

Still, it’s been hard to face the devastation. “I really struggled with whether or not I wanted to take pictures of it at all,” she said. “I didn’t want to sensationalize it at all. But people were just seeing the devastation. I knew I could put a face on it.”

She has been successful in generating help, too. Her blog featured a dance studio that had been hit by the twister. She got a call from the owner of a dance studio in Wyoming who plans to use an upcoming recital as a fundraiser to help the Joplin studio recover.

In addition, Whitney Scott and her husband and partner Dave Scott are helping people rescue their memories. Dave Scott explained, “Part of what we do, when something like this happens, we had told our clients we would replace anything they lost. We have such a good relationship with Pro Labs in Springfield that they have agreed to pay for it. People want to help, but they don’t know what to do. They said, ‘We can do that.’”

Whitney Scott agreed with the idea of helping however she can.

“Some people have medical skills, some people have strong backs and can help dig through the rubble,” she said. “I have a camera. That’s what I can do to help.”

The Carthage Press