PLYMOUTH, Minn. – You could say the mark of a talented photographer is in her ability to capture her subject’s strength and character.

But one Twin Cities photographer has taken that talent to new heights – using her skills to serve families with special needs.

"I feel like everyone has a story to tell. And through sharing of stories, we receive a lot of hope," said Ann Marie Grocholski of AMG Photography.

Grocholski’s search for working with families dealing with unique circumstances led her to the Minnesota Chapter of HopeKids, an organization that serves families who have a child with cancer or other life-threatening medical conditions.

"It just made a lot of sense to me. Their mission. In terms of benefiting their entire family. And also bringing so much hope to their families – it’s exactly what they do," Grocholski said.

On a recent late-summer evening, KARE 11 caught up with Grocholski during a shoot of one of those HopeKids families. Their story – the resilience of their 14-year-old daughter and the strength of the whole family – is tonight, on KARE 11 news at 10.

For more information about AMG Photography and Grocholski’s work, just go to: And to learn more about the mission and outreach of HopeKids, just go to: