Beckman, who is living without heat in her gutted home, asked Garfinkle to keep the photos until she has a spot to put them.
"These are pictures from all my life, my children, and I am very appreciative of her help," Beckman said.
And Garfinkle's offer of free photo sessions to families affected by Sandy still stands. She can be reached through her website, 4mothersphoto.com.
Putting life's problems in perspective
For weeks, advertising photographer Carlos Chiossone sought out personal stories among the devastation left by Superstorm Sandy.
"There are plenty of volunteers, so as a photographer I decided to simply get their stories out to try to get more help for them," he explained.
Chiossone said the conversations helped put his life into perspective.
"As I interviewed some of the people affected and companies trying to come back to life, I realized how each individual makes their own problem the biggest one of the moment. Part of my motivation was to show how easy we had it," he said. "Four days without power or showering is not a big deal. Losing your house is another story."
He spoke to several residents of Staten Island, N.Y., including Janice Kennedy, whose house at New Dorp Beach was leveled by the storm even she was one of the few people on her street to board up her home.
Kennedy told her story on camera and showed Chiossone what little remained of her property. Kennedy's emotions were raw as she described what it's like to face starting your life over.