Giving Back


I was introduced to the work of the Mercy Ships when I was a teenager and have always been both fascinated by the concept and in awe of the way their simple service can transform a life. (I considered volunteering on a ship for a year, but instead ended up in DC after college and haven’t left.)

The ship is a floating hospital serving the worlds poorest population (currently focusing on Africa) that would otherwise never receive life-saving medical care. Since 1978 they have visited 581 ports and performed over 74,000 surgeries – all at no cost to the patients. Because more than 75% of the world’s population lives within 100 miles of a port, this is an incredibly effective way to reach those in need.

The Africa Mercy ship serves a population where over 50% would never have access to a doctor or hospital. They remove tumors, give sight to the blind, correct clefts, fix fractures, and more. This type of care, which seems basic in the US, is life-changing and quite often life-saving.

When booking a package with jan michele photography for your wedding, you’ll be personally contributing to this wonderful work. A donation in your names will be made as follows:

  • With the Peony package - to give a clef palate or lip surgery so a child can eat properly and look normal so they are accepted in society.
  • With the Rose package - to give dental care.
  • With the Daisy package - to give two eye exams.