Several clicking sounds fire out of Peter Acker’s camera in between shouted directions. With eery slight head tilt or new arm placement, he is helping Hayley achieve a longtime dream: to find a family.
Bishop said she was initially nervous to have her photo taken, but she soon embraced the shoot after spending time with Acker.
“I liked the idea that someone would be there for me and that I’m getting out there,” Bishop said. “I (hope) I can have a family…someone to love me and take care of me and be there for me.”
Rusty Crawford, a 51 year old Sarasota resident, felt the power of the Heart Gallery’s photos when scrolling through the website on Christmas Eve a few years ago. There he saw a photo of Ashton-the 16 year old boy that would soon become Rusty’s son. “The look on his face said: ‘I want someone to love me. I want a parent,’ Crawford said. When they told me about him everything just clicked. It’s really hard to explain, but I just knew he was going to be my kid.”
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