A Valley photographer is helping police officers and their families capture a priceless memory for free.
"In the day of a police officer, you never know what was going to happen I wanted families to have that memory," said photographer Malorie Kelley.
After being bombarded with negative images of police on social media, Kelley wanted to change the conversation to hope, family and love.
“And to capture those priceless memories that may not be able to afford or could afford but didn't have the time," said Kelley.
So she offered free photo shoots to police officers and their families and called it "Family in Blue Memories." After posting the offer on Facebook, Kelley received 50 requests from families who wanted a photo shoot.
"For us to be offered the opportunity, it means hope. For her to reach out and give up her time, we can’t thank her enough," said John Giltinan, an officer with the Tempe police department.
Giltinan's family was one of the 16 families Kelley photographed. He has been a police officer for the City of Tempe for 9 years.
"Even though he is a police officer, he is a dad. He is a husband and he is our world and we are proud of him,” said Angela Giltinan.
Each family brought their own touch to their family photos.
"I had one dad bring, he had just had a baby five days old, and he brought a flag and held him in it with a onesie that had his name on it," said Kelley.
"A memory for us that, we'll always have it, a beautiful act of kindness from a stranger," said Giltinan.
Kelley will hold another free photo session for police officers on August 30. You can find more information on her website at www.mekphotograph.com.
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