I was so thrilled when the Sacramento chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters reached-out to me to photograph some of their matches this summer. I have been doing work with Make-A-Wish for several years and find working with non-profits to be extremely fulfilling and fun work. Seeing how your images are used to help raise money and encourage engagement feels damn good in a world where digital images are often passed quietly into the night between you and your clients, leaving you with no idea how or where you work is used, let alone appreciated.
I photographed a number of “matches” (Big + Little) over two separate days in Land Park this July and August and loved getting to know a little more about them. Some had been matched for weeks and some for months but the connection between them – the trust, the joy – was real and genuine. It was a great reminder that the best gift we can give our children – and I don’t just mean the ones we’re blood-related to – is our time and attention.
Scroll down to see some of the matches and, at the end, some materials that BBBS has already sent me, showing how some of my images will be used. So cool!
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This past month I’ve been working with a number of non-profits and businesses. A little bit of a change from family and wedding work, which I find is always a great way to fire up the creative juices.
A couple of weekends ago I was working at Boost Swim School’s Folsom and Fair Oaks locations, to capture some images of their students for their website. My daughter has been having weekly swim lessons with Boost for more than 5 years now and we love their instructors. We started off at the Folsom location and moved with our favorite coach, Ryan, to their new Fair Oaks location at Rollingwood Athletic Club, about a year ago. My girl loves to be in the water but can be pretty timid when it comes to flips and dives and we have found their coaches to be incredibly patient and compassionate with these challenges, taking time to get to know her personality and deploy teaching tactics that help her get where she needs to go with a feeling of safety. So much so that we get pretty attached to our coaches. We cried when a previous coach, Taylr, left to go to college. She had been working so hard with my girl on her flips and she stayed in the pool an extra 10 minutes on that final lesson day because she was determined not to leave without a successful flip in the bag.
Simply put, Boost is awesome, it’s year round, it’s well-priced, and I’m thankful for having the opportunity to represent them through these photos.
(And yes, I snuck some in of my girl at the end. Photographer-mom perks!)
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It was so refreshing to hang with Gillian a couple of weekends ago for her senior session in Old Sacramento. Gillian is bright, eloquent, unpretentious, and full of so much quiet confidence and grace that she hasn’t quite yet realized she possesses. She is, in short, a breath of fresh air and the kind of young woman that gives you hope for the future of our world.
Gillian is graduating this year and thinking about the future. That heady time that I still remember so well, rich with hope and the sweet sensation of the world being at your feet, your life stretching out before you in endless branches of possibility. And yet Gillian is far more mature than I was at her age, far more steady on her feet, and, I project, headed for bigger things than she can probably imagine right now. I think much of this potential and grace comes from her time in the theatre, and her mom, Carole, who is a neighbor to my sister-in-law. She not only bears an uncanny physical resemblance to mom but I sense that they also share that same interesting mix of inner strength and outer humility. I loved my time with them both.
More senior sessions like this, please!<3
JR and Wendla are getting married in July at the Granite Bay Golf Club. JR lives in Dixon and Wendla currently lives in Napa and so they are busy making it all work somewhat long-distance now. In keeping with their desire to get married in the Sacramento region, we met up at Sailor Bar in Fair Oaks for their engagement session. These two love to laugh, especially JR who finds it hard to keep a straight face for longer than a few moments. Except, that is, when he’s kissing Wendla, which he very, very serious about.
We had a fantastic time in the sunshine exploring the local trails. Can’t wait for their wedding!
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In my time dealing with chronic pain and injury, I have worked with three PCPs, two osteopaths, two massage therapists, an acupuncturist, two chiropractors, two orthopedic specialists, a neurologist, and no fewer than ten physical therapists.All had their own idea of what my body could and needed to do to find relief. And yet none of them have come close to providing the kind of relief that I find when I regularly attend a pilates or barre class at The Pilates Twist in Folsom, with owner, Hilary.
Hilary is an incredibly gifted person. She can casually watch 8 people arrive to her class, observe their gait and their posture, and then immediately tailor a routine that synchronizes with the physical needs of each person. When you’re in-class with Hilary, she doesn’t just go through the motions of teaching you en-masse, she’s paying attention to every single, unique body in the room and providing gentle guidance and adjustments specific to you, while challenging you and providing a great workout. I always leave her class feeling 3 inches taller and more physically free than when I went in. I also manage to get sore muscles without sparking pain cycles or injury, which is what happens with almost every other kind of workout I participate in.
So, when she asked me to capture her family as a gift to her father, I jumped at the chance.
We decided to keep it simple (which I find is generally the hallmark of all great sessions) and walk the trails behind her house to the local park with her husband, son, and two dogs. As the sun set into a beautiful, pink-hued sunset, we ran around the playground and enjoyed just the fun and easy togetherness of a regular family evening.
Let’s have some fun!
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