I had wonderful time photographing these sweet siblings during a recent photo session at the McGill Rose Garden - They had such cute, pretty smiles and loved being in the garden. I offered mini-sessions to benefit The Lunch Project, a Charlotte philanthropic organization.We had a lot of fun exploring the corners of the garden ~ and benefitted The Lunch Project. Here are my favorite portraits from their session:
I enjoyed photographing this sweet family at the McDowell Nature Preserve. We walked along the pathways, finding new angles to photograph including the lake, the trees and the paths. The late afternoon sun provided a beautiful backdrop and lovely light for this family’s portrait session. Baby just turned one, so he is growing up! Here are some of our favorites from this fun family photo session!
Greenways are one of my favorite outdoor locations to photograph families. The paths create visual interest, the possibilities are endless and families enjoy being outdoors. I really enjoyed working with this family strolling down the Greenway path. Each curve yielded a new surprise – a historic cabin, horses in a field or a grassy hill. Thank you for a wonderful morning – we made some lovely portraits!
Thank you to so many of you for making Sunday, May 6 such a success! Our special garden portrait mini session in honor of Mother’s Day was wonderful. But I could not have done it without your support. Thank you to Karisa at McGill Rose Garden for hosting us. What a place of beauty! Thank you to Rebecca and Kristin, co-founders of The Lunch Project for your support. And thank you to all the participants! It was so much fun to bring out the best in each of you! I am busy editing your photo galleries, and will let you know when each one is ready. But in the meantime, I’ve designed this poster for the McGill Rose Garden that will be displayed in the garden on Mother’s Day. You’ll see familiar faces here And lastly – thank you for the opportunity to support The Lunch Project – a Charlotte-based non-profit organization that helps provide hot lunches to school children at the Lamenyanta Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania and educates US elementary school children about global philanthropy.
I am really excited and looking forward to this Sunday. It’s just a few more days till our special event at the McGill Rose Garden to benefit The Lunch Project. I’ll be photographing special portrait mini-sessions in honor of Mother’s Day. Proceeds will be donated to The Lunch Project. The garden is a beautiful oasis just north of Uptown Charlotte, at 940 North Davidson Street. It began in 1950 when Helen McGill planted two rose bushes to beautify the square block her husband Henry had purchased, which was used as a coal yard. Over the next three decades, numerous rose bushes and beds were planted. In 1967, the garden opened to the public on Mother’s Day, and that tradition continues today. What a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day with a walk in the garden, bursting with colorful rose bushes and other blooms. When you visit the garden, be sure to stop in and see Karisa Pennell, and her beautiful floral designs, or take a class from her at Nectar – the cute shop you first walk into at the Garden.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Wofford and Kristin Steele, who started The Lunch Project in 2011. They gave a very moving presentation at The Charity League of Charlotte and I was drawn to their cause ~ and how small actions can make a huge difference in the life of a child, a school and a village. While visiting Tanzania, Rebecca connected with the Lamenyanta Primary School near Arusha Town in the Kilimanajaro Region. She discovered that while enrollments are increasing in primary schools due to a government initiative, the support and infrastructure is lacking. Each teacher typically has a classroom of 125 children – with dirt floors, leaky roofs and not enough books. Those children walk great distances to school and are often hungry, struggling to keep awake and learn. Providing a hot lunch to these children can give them the energy to concentrate and stay in school. Lunches are cooked over a wood fire by their mothers ~ which allows them to be involved in their child’s school and earn a small income. It’s simple, and it works. It costs $85 to feed 950 children one lunch. Rebecca and Kristin started by providing one lunch a week. One year later, they are up to two lunches a week. And The Lunch Project provides an opportunity for families in the United States to teach their own children about philanthropy by sponsoring a lunch and reaching across the oceans to make a global connection with school children in Tanzania. Most recently, The Lunch Project has presented in local elementary schools and through an age-appropriate, educator-designed curriculum, they hope to inspire children to engage in philanthropy and become more globally aware.
Karisa, Rebecca, Kristin and I will join forces on Sunday to provide a fun afternoon of special portrait mini-sessions. The garden will be open to families who have booked sessions, to stroll around before and after their portraits. Through our efforts we’ll be able to sponsor several lunches at the Lamenyanta Primary School.
So the good news is we are fully booked for our event on Sunday – but if you are interested, I can put you on our waiting list. If enough people sign up, we may open up another day of mini portrait sessions. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be placed on our waiting list. …..And we’ll keep our fingers crossed for perfect weather!
I had so much fun photographing this sweet little girl playing in the leaves. Mom wanted a nice photo for a holiday card. Simple. easy. peasy ~ not! I think I got my exercise for the week that day running around. I’d love to have some of that toddler energy, any way to bottle it up? But after all that running and jumping and crawling and falling, we did end up with some really nice portraits showing all her different expressions. And here are my favorites from our session in the crunchy leaves ~
I enjoyed working with this sweet mom and her two little ones. Mom wanted to surprise her husband with portraits of their children in the park ~ as holiday gifts. So we had a blast! The children ran around, I ran after them, back and forth over the leaves, behind the trees and in between the branches ~ and here are the portraits from our fun session together in the park ~
Telling stories with pictures ~ that is what I like most about being a photographer ~ people, places and the unexpected moments I encounter. I had the honor of photographing a World War II veteran, Fred Butler, 92, of Greenville, SC. The editors of Lehigh University’s Alumni Bulletin magazine (an elegantly designed publication with great writing, photography and design) assigned me to photograph Fred Butler and any memorabilia he may have that would help tell the story. They were commemorating the 70th anniversary of America’s entry into WWII with stories by their alumni. Butler, a 1941 grad of Lehigh University, served in the Navy and recounts the firebombing of his ship, the USS Hazleton in the Pacific. He was featured in this story along with several of his fellow Lehigh alumni. I photographed Fred with his scrapbooks, clippings and also focused on his face & eyes which had seen so much. He also showed me a black and white photo of his high school basketball team, from Honesdale, Pa., which had been perfectly preserved. I brought my 12 year old son along to be my “assistant,” but also so that he could meet Fred and learn about his history and service to our country. It was a precious afternoon ~ capturing moments with Fred and also with my son on our afternoon journey to Greenville. To see the article, please click this link. (Fred is featured on page 36) ~ And here are some of my favorite portraits from our afternoon together:
I am so pleased to share with you this family photo session from the fall ~ a stroll in the park, walking through the colorful fall leaves. We had a lot of fun together, and used different settings for our portraits at this picturesque Charlotte, NC park. The children are adorable ~ and so are mom & dad. I was so honored to work with this sweet family and hope they will cherish these family portraits for years to come. Here are some of my favorite images from our time together in the park!