Portraits that Heal gives voice to children who face illness and other challenges by creating documentary portrait videos that empower children to share their stories in their own words.

Our team of filmmakers works directly with families and with the non-profits that serve them.


"Portraits that Heal celebrates healing, family and strength by creating videos that give kids a place to tell their stories and share their experiences, fears, gratitude and triumph in their own words, in their own way."  

- Susannah Ludwig, Founder and Filmmaker, Portraits that Heal


As filmmakers, we believe that sharing your story can be healing for you, and for those around you.  We are dedicated to giving all children, no matter their circumstances, the opportunity to explore who they are and how they see the world around them.  It is an honor to work with children throughout their healing process, and to work with organizations that help them.  The videos we create through Portraits that Heal are a testament to the strength, resilience, and hope that kids and their families demonstrate in the face of fear and pain.


Portraits that Heal filmmakers proudly work directly with families and with non-profit organizations that serve children who are dealing with serious illnesses.  We help children share and honor their unique stories of struggle and triumph. Through our videos, we document the wonder and hope that every day can bring.


We met Edie through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

"Working with your team was so easy," says Edie's dad, Nick.  "You were able to give our story a true voice and share the innocence and bravery of our daughter Edie with everyone.  We will forever cherish this video."

See more of Edie's Healing Story.


Kaela's family told us that, through our Portraits that Heal video, we "were able to capture Kaela being herself, doing the things she loves, like Taekwondo, swimming, playing piano." 

The family also revealed what surprised them about the video,.  Her father shared, "I love the fact that all the questions you asked were unscripted. I got so emotional just listening to her story." 

Read Kaela's Healing Story.


There are two ways to contribute to creating Portraits that Heal custom videos. You can purchase a Portraits that Heal video for a friend or neighbor in need, or you can contribute to the Portraits that Heal Fund.

Contact us to discuss how Portraits that Heal can create a video for a family member or friend in your community.

The Portraits that Heal Fund helps to offset the costs of custom Portraits that Heal videos for the families of children in need.  We welcome contributions made in honor of friends and family.  And we greatly appreciate your generosity.


Portraits that Heal is proud to work with organizations that work on behalf of children with chronic disease.  If your foundation works with children and you would like Portraits that Heal to create videos for your organizational needs, or for the parents whose children you serve, please contact us.  

It would be our honor to help you advance your mission through storytelling.