The heART Project

The heART Project is a collaboration between family charity The Sebastian Foundation, founded by Guy and Jules Sebastian and award-winning Australian photographer Karen Alsop.


About Us

The heART Project is a collaboration between family charity The Sebastian Foundation, founded by Guy and Jules Sebastian and award-winning Australian photographer Karen Alsop.

Stories from the Heart

Stories from those that have been touched by The heART Project
Brian Bird

I originally signed up the The Heart Project as part of the follow up to the Story Art workshop but soon discovered it was so much more. Not only did I have the opportunity to learn some advanced composite techniques, but I also had the opportunity to meet these remarkable families. The Heart Project also helped me to realise how simple it is to make such a difference in someone’s lives doing something you love…..this is truly one of those experiences that changes your life. I feel privileged to have met these remarkable families and to have had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful and rewarding project…thank you so much to Karen and the very generous folks at The Sebastian foundation. I am proud to be part of this project!

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Jacqui Griffin

As a photographer the heart project workshop has shown me how to bring my passion of photography together with my passion for helping others to create pieces that children with special needs and their families will treasure. To work with Karen has been incredible, she is the most amazing teacher who is more than happy to share all her knowledge to others so they too can continue to grow. As a mum I’ve been lucky to watch our daughter be part of the heart project, the whole experience has been life changing. Karen captured Tahliyah in a beautiful image that is now one of the most treasured items in our house. We will be forever grateful to Karen from Story Art and The Sebastian Foundation for this amazing experience, it’s definitely a moment in our lives that will always be remembered. Thank you Karen and The Sebastian Foundation for all you’ve done for these families and the ones in the future. You are my inspiration to learn more and help others.

Jacqui Griffin -
Vanessa Guzzo Photography

I was brought to tears watching this video. This little girl is so special and the family is lucky to have you create such heartwarming and magical images for them. Karen you are an inspiration!!!

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Briohny Cordell

Still lots of tears here 😭 But the main emotion I'm feeling is joy because that's what I see looking at Sienna in these amazing photos

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Mandy Smith

Absolutely beautiful Karen, I still can't believe I had the chance to take part in this workshop and will never forget it. The joy from the families is just amazing and beautiful to watch, once again I have tears streaming down my face.

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Latest Projects
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May 26, 2016


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Karley’s Diary – Day 9

Today’s the first day of Karen Alsop from Story Art’s San Diego Workshop and I couldn’t be more excited. Karen has been a deadset angel […]

Karley at Legoland
May 25, 2016

Karley’s Diary – Day 8

Today was once again one of those days that I didn’t know much about until I was in the car and on the way to […]

May 24, 2016

Karley’s Diary – Day 7

Ah it’s the weekend already – I can’t believe it! Today wasn’t so much a photography day as it was a travel day to get myself […]

May 23, 2016

Karley’s Diary – Day 6

So I woke up this morning feeling pretty sure it’ll be hard to top yesterday’s surprises – first meeting Jerry and Melissa Ghionis and them […]

May 22, 2016

Karley’s Diary – Day 5

I was so excited – but nervous – to start the first ‘official’ day of my Ultimate Work Experience Program with my very first one-on-one workshop […]

May 21, 2016

Karley’s Diary – Day 4

In the itinerary The Sebastian Foundation and Story Art put together for my trip there are a few days and sessions that are listed as […]

May 20, 2016

Karley’s Diary – Day 3

OMG We have arrived in Los Angeles! It was so good to get off the plane and walk around. It was pretty cool being able […]

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