Last year I traveled to Burundi, Tanazania, Uganda and Kenya to photograph women, children and families on behalf of the Uganda based organization Raising Voices. RV has devoted the last 10 years to violence prevention methods for women and children in East Africa. They have just created a new website which does an amazing job of explaining what they do, where they do it and what they are trying to accomplish. The website also presents some of the photos I have taken in a fantastic light which really furthers their ability to explain their work. The website was designed by Chicago based Advocate Creative which specializes in communications materials and creative services for the nonprofit industry. Please check out the website to see a great web design and accomplishment. Below are a few photos taken during my trip last year.
Denis is running to be a member of the school board in High School district 230. There are seven members of the board and three are up for election this year. He came to me to get a professional headshot for the purpose of trying to get elected to this position. He was so positive and uplifting during the shoot that getting a great shot was practically guaranteed. I photographed a few different background types so that he would have photos for all of the marketing pieces he needs for his campaign…website, brochure, and flyer. His smile was 100% natural and seemingly limitless. He is hopeful, motivated and giving and, at 24, already working to make contributions to his school district. Naturally, he would make a great addition….Good luck Denis!
Below are the pages from a 20 page 8″x8″ maternity/newborn photo album. I shot both the pregnancy and the newborn baby and the resulting book is going to be an awesome culmination of the mothers style and attitude, my interpretation of that style, and the baby’s newborn-ness! It’s a totally unique piece that will be passed on to Sydney when she’s older.
Here is a link to a great blog post about getting all the digital files from a photo shoot….
I love this series of photographs of a great couple who are parents and grandparents. It was shot outside in a park outside and the greenery provided a great backdrop. Often times when a couple becomes grandparents for the firs time all of the focus, naturally, is on the new baby. We all rush to photograph and focus on the newborn baby and in the process forget to photograph the parents and grandparents in one of the greatest time periods of their life. The photos of everything but the baby fall by the wayside. What could be a better time to photograph your parents and grandparents than now? I love these photos because they are fun fresh and colorful and put a little spin on an ordinary photo session. I like seeing their happiness with each other and with this stage of life. I think these are special photographs that will be treasured by so many members of the family for a long time…