Samantha Hines is a documentary family photography living in Denver, Colorado. She studied Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish at Oklahoma State University and earned a master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics from NYU Madrid in Spain. Sam discovered her love for documentary photography while photographing a family road trip through the western United States and quickly realized that capturing in-between family moments using the documentary approach was her calling. For the last two and a half years, Sam has been documenting moments for families in their homes, at their weddings, and at other events, eschewing the posed in favor of the authentic.

1. What makes you passionate about helping La Esperanza Granada (LEG)

It’s always been difficult for me to decide which charity to support – helping those trapped in the cycle of poverty, protecting the environment, LGBTQ and gender equality – how is one to choose among so many important issues? Eventually, though, I realized that finding solutions to these problems rests on having an educated populace. By educating children, La Esperanza Granada helps brighten the future of not just the children they are helping, but of society as a whole. Supporting education supports all causes.

2. How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?

In today’s social media driven world, the importance of impactful photography to tell a story and grab a user’s attention cannot be overstated. Non-profits and NGOs like La Esperanza Granada rely on outside support and having images that show potential volunteers and donors exactly how and who they are helping is vital. I believe that my images will help create the connection needed for La Esperanza Granada to gain supporters and grow.

3. What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I cannot thank you enough. Please know that there is no contribution too small; any support you are able to give is deeply appreciated.