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Fotolanthropy’s Inspiring Documentary with Quadruple Amputee, Soldier Travis Mills

By Hanssie on July 15th 2014

Photographers are storytellers. Whether you photograph weddings, corporate events, sunsets or birds, the photograph you make is an ancedote of a moment captured forever in time to inspire, to motivate, to share, to remember.

Fotolantrophy is an organization that is focused telling people’s stories to inspire. Comprised of a community of photographers and filmmakers who donate their time and talent, the nonprofit organization “captures and shares inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity.” Fotolantrophy gives a free portrait session, a slideshow and a voice – a place to share their inspiring stories to hopefully encourage others. And throughout the year, they make documentaries of some of these stories.


Travis Running - Movie Scene

Fotolantrophy’s most recent endeavor features United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne. During his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, Travis lost both his arms and legs from an IED explosive while on patrol. The documentary shows how Travis dealt with the challenges from his injuries and his struggles.  His motto to “never give up, never quit” and his attitude in the face of unimaginable trials is truly inspiring.


Kiss - Movie Scene

Watch the Trailer

Katie Norris of Fotolanthropy took the Mills family portrait session and also produced the short documentary, Travis: A Soldier’s Story.

Creating this film that documents Travis’s inspiring true story of resiliency, courage and perseverance has been a life-changing experience for our whole team. Travis, Kelsey and the soldiers have given us a gift by bravely sharing their experiences of Travis’s darkest hour and the struggles along the road to recovery. Travis’s “never give up” attitude has challenged me personally to live each day intentionally and with gratitude.” -Producer, Katie Norris.

Travis and Kelsey by Fotolanthropy Mills Family by Fotolanthropy

Travis with Daughter at Screening

Travis with Daughter at Screening

Fotolanthropy is always welcoming artists to use their camera for good by becoming an official Fotocrew member so that they can capture their own inspiring stories in their community. To get more information on donating your talent and services, check out their website here.

To get more information about Travis’ story and to find out more about Travis’ foundation to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans, check out the movie’s official website.


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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    Truly a Great story full of inspiration its people like this that show you you should never give up in your dream

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  2. Giovanny Mehu

    Always love these types of Documentaries (real life it is) . Great job guys!

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  3. Greg Faulkner

    What a great organisation doing great work

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  4. Jared Stewart

    Wow. So much respect for both sides.

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  5. Matt Walsh

    Phenomenal story! Thanks for sharing this.

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