The day of our Class of 2017 Senior Model session we had no idea what the next few weeks had in store for Elkview WV. The area was hit by a devastating flood on June 23rd.
My model team and I never could have imagined the destruction that would occur to my beautiful town just a short time after we captured these images. The area is slowly rebuilding but it will never be the same. The physical scars the water left will remain for many years to come.
The beautiful wooded location is owned by Elkview Baptist Church. The church has been one of the main command centers ensuring that families in the area that were flooded had necessities. They have worked tirelessly after the flood to help the community despite still needing to repair their church’s flood damage.
The more urban setting is behind Smith’s Foodfair in Elkview. The girls and I quietly went behind the store to capture these images on a beautiful sunny day. The store was filled with water during the flood and has yet to reopen.
The beauty in the situation has come from the people. These beautiful models stepped up to the plate after the flooding occurred to help with recovery. They organized events to raise money for Herbert Hoover High School, got their hands dirty helping clean up homes and were very active in helping to spread the word about events happening to benefit the community. Thank you ladies!
Operation Healing Hoover!
These beautiful ladies love the community so much that they’ve asked to do a Class of 2017 Senior Project as part of their experience on KBP’s Model Team. The Senior Model Team along with KBP is excited to announce Operation Healing Hoover. Beginning August 1st we’ll begin taking applications from Class of 2017 Seniors at Hoover High School that were impacted by the flood. Together we’ll review the applications and the models will award up to 25 free sessions to seniors impacted by the flood.
If you or someone you know was impacted by the flooding and will be graduating in 2017, please email Kelly@KellyBroylesPhotography.com or contact one of KBP’s senior models. We’ll send you the application as soon as its available on August 1st.
A very special thank you to 304 Tees for providing these fabulous shirts for my lovely models.