With tight household budgets on families' minds, things like family portraits and senior photo shoots can fall by the wayside.

With tight household budgets on families' minds, things like family portraits and senior photo shoots can fall by the wayside.

Marysville photographer Dianna Griffin is trying to make those family memories fit better into the bottom line.

For the second year, Griffin is offering scholarships to students from surrounding high schools who might not be able to afford the sitting fee for senior pictures.

"Being a former foster parent, I know that there are kids out there in their senior year of high school who will not be getting their senior photos taken," Griffin said. "Whether it's due to being in a single parent home, being in foster care or simply having a family who's income does not allow the otherwise luxury of a senior high portrait session, they simply will not have any photos taken."

Griffin said she plans to offer three senior portrait scholarships valued at $400 each, one each for Marysville, Fairbanks and North Union High Schools.

"Anybody can nominate a senior student who they think deserves a senior package," Griffin said.

Those seeking to nominate a student must write an essay explaining why the student deserves a package and mail it to Griffin. The only requirement for the scholarship is that the student is a senior this year, with the promise of graduating in June 2010.

Griffin, who has operated Dianna Griffin Photography for more than 25 years, said that she has seen a need for scholarships such as these in the community. While easily budgeted out, the memories associated with family photos are invaluable over a lifetime, she said.

"I think that with this business, people will always need photographers," she said. "Family is a near and dear thing. That's what I try do do with the babies, senior students and cancer survivors I've photographed, help them create their legacy."

In addition to the scholarship program, Griffin also has a special program for families affected by cancer, the Nancy Project. The program is named after Griffin's mother, Nancy Louise Barta, who succumbed to brain cancer in 2004.

"For any family that's been affected by cancer, we offer a free photo session and 8"x10" photo at no other cost," Griffin said. "People who are dealing with cancer usually don't have the time to deal with something like a family photo, and my mother died before we could get a family photo. I thought I could honor her memory by helping other families to keep those memories."

Griffin said the deadline for nominations for the senior photo scholarships is Oct. 15. Essays can be mailed to Dianna Griffin Photography, 313 S. Plum St., Marysville, OH, 43040. More information on the business can be found on the Web at http:// tinyphotosphotography.com.