While most 9 year olds are busy making memories, Madison Harrison is also busy capturing them.
Her interest in photography was sparked at her third birthday party and at the age of seven, Madison started her own photography business.
“I love to photograph little girls and their dolls or boys and their toys,” Madison says on what she likes most about photography.
In two short years she’s gone from photographing her friends and flowers (still two of her favorite things to photograph) to organizing dress and canned food fundraisers and even photographing two weddings.
Girl Rising first met this young professional during the #62MillionGirls campaign where she posted a photograph to show her support.
“I am so happy that this campaign is letting the world know that there are so many girls who are not in school,” Madison says. “The more people know, the more it will make a difference. “
One thing that we love about Madison is that she’s working hard to make a difference in the world through her photography projects.
Her most recent project was a community dress drive where she collected 30 gently used dress donations for a photoshoot with girls from a local Florida foster home. She wanted to give these girls a “happy moment to treasure forever.”
Recalling the photoshoot Madison says, “ It was nice working with the girls. They were so comfortable and happy; it was like they forgot what they’ve been through.”
Using the movie Annie and the American Girl movie’s character, Samantha, as her inspiration, Madison says she was determined to make a difference in the girls’ lives.
And, you might say, our favorite young photographer is also a budding philanthropist.
Madison has even supported the No Kids Hungry initiative, which aims to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need. She also supports End 68 Hours of Hunger Tampa, a private, not-for-profit, effort that confronts the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday morning.
As far as photography goes, this young entrepreneur has even bigger dreams. She wants to take her talents all the way to the White House to photograph President Obama and his family. She also aspires to take her adventures global and travel while meeting other inspiring girls to photograph.
Madison loves going to school to make new friends and learn new things. She hopes to one day be a scientist and help in finding the cure to cancer, until then Madison is honored to be a voice for the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school.
She hopes that her voice along with her photographs can make a difference.
We know it can.
Globally, girls just like Madison never have the chance to chase their dreams. This is because they are unable to go to school. Your contribution can help change that.