Sisterly Love

I’ve watched these two gorgeous sisters grow up from afar and was finally able to photograph them recently. Luckily for them, their mom has taught them to use moisturizer and sun screen from an early age, so their beautiful creamy skin will stay that way. They are the daughters of THE BEST realtor in Atlanta. If you ever need a realtor, I highly recommend Ellen Buettner at Keller Williams!

Flashes of Hope

I recently completed another Flashes of Hope photo shoot at Egleston Children’s Hospital and want to share with you what an amazing organization this is.  FOH provides professional portrait sessions and prints – at no charge – to families of children living with cancer and other serious illnesses. FOH was founded in 2001 by the parents of a child living with cancer.  Today, volunteers in nearly 60 cities across the country participate in giving this wonderful gift. The idea is not to show sick kids, but to photograph the children and their families with dignity, showing how strong and beautiful they are. For more information please visit flashesofhope.org

This beautiful girl and her mother had a special bond.

This beautiful girl and her mother had a special bond.

This handsome boy was a bit hesitant at first, but he soon relaxed and gave us a smile.

This handsome boy was a bit hesitant at first, but he soon relaxed and gave us a smile.

 

I love her cowboy boots and relaxed pose.

I love her cowboy boots and relaxed pose.

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This girl was a natural in front of the camera!

Into the Woods

It was a dreary, foggy day. My niece was in town – yeah! And years ago my sister made me a grey cape with red lining, by hand. This is my version of Into The Woods.

Into the Woods

India – A Land of Contrasts

On my fifth trip to India, I finally traveled outside the southeastern coastal area. The first two weeks were spent near Chennai, volunteering at Rising Star Outreach. This amazing non-profit organization is working to eradicate the scourge of leprosy – which still exists in nearly 1,000 leprosy colonies throughout India. The photos show the RSO campus and the students, who come from leprosy colonies. Mobile medical clinics go into the colonies to treat the adult patients who live there. RSO has also established micro-grants so the adults can build successful businesses to support their families, rather than beg on the streets.

I also traveled to Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi and Delhi. I’ve wanted to see the Taj Mahal ever since I was a young girl. And while it was stunningly beautiful, even if nearly completed shrouded in fog, the highlight of the tour was definitely Varanasi. The cremation ghats on the Ganges River are indescribable, so I won’t even try. I hope this video of photos will give you a small taste of Rising Star Outreach and of the incredible country of India.

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A man sells trinkets from a boat on the Ganges River.

A man sells trinkets from a boat on the Ganges River.

Flashes of Hope

I recently completed another Flashes of Hope photo shoot at Egleston Children’s Hospital and again, feel so blessed to be part of this amazing project that provides professional portrait sessions and prints – at no charge – to families of children living with cancer and other serious illnesses. Flashes of Hope was founded in 2001 by the parents of child living with cancer and utilizes volunteers in 55 cities across the country. The idea is not to show sick kids, but to photograph the children and their families in a new light, showing how strong and beautiful they are. For more information please visit flashesofhope.org

Some of the beautiful children from a recent Flashes of Hope photo session.

Some of the beautiful children from a recent Flashes of Hope photo session.

 

She’s Growing Up

I’m getting ready to visit Bailey again, so I thought it was time to post some photos from my last visit with her. She still loves to dress up in her many outfits, sometimes wearing more than one at the same time when she just can’t decide what she wants to be that day. On this day, she was a dragonfly/princess/fairy – with accessories that included some frightening-looking fingernails. Can’t wait to see if her little sister follows in her creative dress-up ways. I’m betting she will.

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Photogenic Siblings

Building a Visual Legacy

Eva and her brother Harrison are two photogenic siblings. Looking at photos of each at around 8 months, they bare a striking resemblance, but the differences are more pronounced now. The remaining constant for both though is those gorgeous blue eyes. Eva looks quite fashionable in her sweater set outfit and Harrison is growing into a very handsome young man. These photos will look great on the walls of their home!

 

Girl in cute sweater in red wagon outdoors

Cute boy in cap and sweater outdoors

Candid Moments

In Her Own World

There is something so magical about watching kids just ‘be’ – free from restraints or rules, they’re just themselves – in their own little worlds with no concern whether they look silly or have mismatched clothes. One of my favorite sessions is to just let toddlers and young children be themselves – no direction, no coaching, no ‘say cheese!’ Marlene was a dream to photograph. Not only is she (and her clothes) cute as can be, but she’s at an age where she freely uses expression and body language to convey a wide variety of moods in a matter of minutes. It’s these candid moments that give us the priceless memories and visual legacy that will be cherished for generations.

 

Cute girl reading, holding flowers, expressive moods. Candid moment of cute girl reading

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The Value of Photography

I just read a wonderful article about the real value of photography and of capturing the moments that make up our lives. John H. White was recently honored with a Lucie Award, the equivalent of an Oscar for photographers. White was a long-time photojournalist at the Chicago Sun Times, until he and the entire photography staff were laid off this past spring.

White is known for capturing the subtle moments of life, and he did that with grace and dignity throughout his entire career. White understood the value and importance of capturing the quiet and fleeting moments that give meaning to our lives. What White and other photojournalists did and still do is what many today call ‘lifestyle photography’ – documenting the subtle, and not so subtle moments that happen every day.

The saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is still true today – even more so in this age where everyone has a camera in their pocket or purse. We are inundated with a multitude of visual content every day, but sometimes one or two perfect moments says it all.

Read about John H. White’s career and contributions to photography.

Read Gail Mooney’s post about the Lucie Award.

Day of the Girl Child

Freedom and Equality for All Girls

Around the world, girls are denied basic freedoms, including the right to an education. Friday October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child. Started in 2011 by the United Nations, the day is set aside to raise awareness of the discrimination and abuse that millions of girls face every day. A variety of events are held on this day to highlight those inequalities and to recognize the challenges girls face around the world.

Since 2005, I have had the privilege of working with an amazing organization that is working to eradicate those injustices and inequalities in India, where women face a multitude of challenges and discriminations. One of the many missions of Rising Star Outreach is to provide boys and girls from leprosy colonies with a quality education and prepare them for a fulfilling and productive life.

In India, as in other countries, girls are often denied education, forced to marry young and are routinely subjected to physical and sexual abuse. If you’re interested, please take a minute to learn more about the work Rising Star Outreach is doing. And follow this link to learn more about International Day of the Girl Child.

In honor of this year’s theme of “Innovating for Girl’s Education”, here are some photos of girls thriving at Rising Star Outreach.

 

A young girl is eager to learn at the Rising Star Outreach school in India.

A young girl is eager to learn at the Rising Star Outreach school in India.

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A young woman braids her hair every morning before school.

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Sathiya has been at Rising Star Outreach since kindergarten. She is an excellent student and has already mastered English.

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Sathiya has thrived at Rising Star Outreach, both academically and socially.

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