Capturing the light of life


We exist to serve and honor.

Life Through The Lens is an organization dedicated to helping families capture photographic moments of terminally ill loved ones to honor and hold dear the memories they share.  Our name draws on the importance of light to photography and the desire to capture the light of life that exists in us all, even after we’re gone.


From tragedy comes goodness.

Our story begins with the loss of Johnnie Medina’s daughter, Mikayla, to suicide. In dealing with tragedy, he came to realize that reliving moments of life through a photograph means everything when someone you love has passed. In honor of his daughter’s life, Johnnie decided to give the gift of photographic memories to others and Life Through The Lens was born.  The organization is now building an army of photographers that want to share their talents to make a positive impact in the lives of families and friends faced with the terminal illness of loved ones.

Mikayla, 24 years old

Mikayla, 24 years old

Help us share the light.

"In the darkness of my dreaming, the light of you will stay."  -Enya

Life Through The Lens is starting small with big goals to help as many people as possible. To do that, we need your help.  Here are some of the ways you can share the light:

  • Make a donation to help us fund the development of a database of photographers to capture memories for families around the world.

  • Make a donation to help us spread the word about Life Through The Lens so families know the work we do and how we can help.

  • Lend your time and talent to help us build the army of photographers ready to capture the light of life for the families of terminally ill loved ones.  

  • Share our story by telling your friends, organizations you belong to, through social media or connecting us with health care professionals who work with the terminally ill.

We honor the dignity of terminally ill family members with a strict code of conduct that governs sharing of personal images and stories. All memories are shared only with written permission.  


If you can help, please email us at or call 303.518.4200. Thank you so much for your support.

our sponsors

It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank our sponsors. We could not achieve our goals without the support, involvement and enthusiasm for our cause from our amazing donors and sponsors.

Life Through the Lens is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Contributions for the charitable purposes of Life Through The Lens must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.