2013 was a year of exciting business growth as I expanded my children/family work and entered the contemporary business/social media portrait market, capitalizing on the new reality; that your image has become a key part of your brand.
With the onslaught of new clients, I switched from a natural light studio to the consistency of artificial light. I was terrified, but with the support of several photographer friends, I’ve successfully made the transition.
In my non-profit work, several of the foster kids I work with were adopted this year and I hope more will be in early 2014. My work with paws4people.org continues to grow as the organization grows and I’m very excited about what 2014 is likely to bring.
Here are some of my favorite images from 2013:
Robin contacted me to photograph Midnight, because Midnight has been sick, Cancer. In response to seeing this image she wrote, “I know I’m off-camera, but I can tell from his eyes that he’s looking right at me — that’s the exact way he looks at me, with all of that love — and that gets me every time. That’s something that I’ll treasure most is being able to always see the way he would look at me.”
Sophia and David
I’ve been photographing this awesome family since Matthew was born. This year, the kids came to the shoot with their own concepts. The pyramid was William’s idea.
This was scheduled as a dog shoot, but it didn’t take much encouragement to get Danny into the act.
It seems like yesterday that was doing Jacob’s newborn shoot.
I’ve been photographing Will and his sister Laura since they were born. They are both big swimmers, so it was fun to mix it up with a pool shoot this year.
Mathew and Megan
paws4people: Rachael wanted to find a way to pay tribute to her grandfather, lost earlier this year. The flag was the flag they received at his funeral and the picture, of course, her young grandfather.
paws4people: Alex graduated from high school in June and we did his pictures at his school, so we could include his favorite teacher.
paws4people: Alex and Kingsley
paws4people: Josh and his assistance dog, Mason.
paws4people: I was stunned when Rachael told me that her assistance dog, Dawson, could take a pizza in a box and deliver it to her, still intact. Sure enough, here he is!
paws4people: I love photographing the litters of puppies who will be trained as assistance dogs. In addition to breeding dogs for temperament, paws4people.org also trains rescue dogs, including dogs from Afghanistan.
paws4people: Adam, a veteran, and I met at one of the prisons where paws4people.org dogs are trained. Just months later, with his new assistance dog, Kenan, Adam’s entire demeanor has changed.
Foster Kids: I’m not able to share most of my images of foster kids. But this is one of my favorites. The hand on the left is attached to a warm-hearted young man who has aged out and unlike so many kids who age out, he is working and has a roof over his head. The hand on the right belongs to one of my wonderful girls who was adopted about 2 years ago. She started college this year. I’m so proud of them both.
Jaheim, a child who has spent 10 years of his 11 in foster care, came by my studio to learn about photography. http://www.nbcwashington.com/video/#!/news/local/Wednesdays-Child–Jaheim/229003691 If you are interested in learning more about Jaheim, call: 88-to-adopt-me
Jim finally had the opportunity to go with me to photograph a litter of paws4people puppies.
Dontae LOVED his prom tux. I was surprised he didn’t want to sleep in it!
Fred and Hank
Fred and Hank
Wishing everyone all the best in the new year.