Category: Documenting Stories

Make Your Loved One’s Story Come Alive In Grief: Lora’s Story

“I’m a photographer. How do I NOT have pictures of my dad? I had plenty of posed photos, but nothing that captured HIM as I know him. It was a sick feeling,” said Lora Wallenstein, participant of The Preservation Project. If you’ve ever experienced loss, you’ve feared the strong feeling of your bond weakening over time. […]

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Childhood Memories: a Snow Day Through the Eyes of an Only Child

It was the biggest snow we’d had in 70 years, guys. SEVENTY YEARS. This is the stuff. The substance that childhood memories are made of. I can just hear her now as an adult looking back, “It was the winter of 2019, when I was seven years old…” The fact that she’ll have pictures to […]

#038 – Saving Memories from Wildfire – Literally – with Nicole Miller-Cline

What do you do when you have to evacuate your home quickly — specifically, with choosing your preservation pieces (think photos, mementos, etc.), grabbing the essentials (undies, toothbrushes), and keeping the kids calm? This was a very real scene for a recent Preservation Project participant and photographer, Nicole Miller-Cline. She was two weeks into the […]

Paradise California Documentary Photographer

Lessons from an Undocumented Story: a Sunday Dinner Family Tradition

As people with cameras at arm’s length in today’s world, we habitually train ourselves to see frames all around us sans camera. Naturally, we *think* we’re on top of recording the important stories in our own lives. But are we? What *don’t* we see, because our own lens has become distorted from influence or simply […]

Two Ways to Leverage Old Stories That Linger in Your Life

Photographer Dreama Spence said, “In the work of photography, it’s easy to get bombarded with ideas from everyone else. My goal has always been to be my own self. DOCUMENTARY IS VERY PERSONAL. To dig deep and think about a feeling or story, THEN choose when to click the shutter has been very freeing + […]

Dublin photographer

“We Can Too” Breastfeeding and Down Syndrome

This group of mothers wanted their story told and asked me for help. They want to show health professionals in Ireland that: It’s possible to breastfeed babies and children with Down Syndrome. A few statistics on breastfeeding in Ireland: “Current exclusive breastfeeding rates in Ireland on discharge from maternity hospital are 46.3%. (Sourced: Breastfeeding in a […]

Ease Clients into Documentary Photography with Their Front Porch

I’ll never forget the day when we were handed the keys to our home. A tiny piece of metal that held so many milestones and future adventures. Responsibility and adulthood. That key signified contentment and commitment. It was probably one of the greatest acts of the love I had at that point, shared with my partner, […]

The Car Project: a Collective

Can you imagine the kind of raised-eyebrow, side-eye you’d give someone who told you they were going to climb a mountain in stilettos or bathe in baked beans? I got that thrown at me more than once when I mentioned I was taking part in The Car Project: a collaboration between two Aussies and a Kiwi […]

The Ward’s Celebrate 58 Years of Marriage

58 years. FIFTY. EIGHT. That’s a whole lot of years to spend loving someone. And yet, there they were. Smiling. I joined Pat and Ward (actually, John, but I love that Pat called him by his last name. When they met, they knew so many ‘Johns,’ it was hard to get the right one to […]

Iconic Photo Series: “The Swing Set”

May 30, 2018, marked the 8th year since I’ve become a proud, Long Island homeowner. You see, I am a statistic. I grew up as a statistic. I was the youngest of three children raised by a single mother. I’m a female, and also a minority, so never in a million years did this city […]

The End of an Iconic Toy Store Generation: Farewell Toys “R” Us

It’s weird how strong of an effect a brand has on people. Whether it’s Nike for athletes or Disney for families, brands have cultivated a staple in our culture. I’d argue that these brands hit a fever pitch during my childhood. Nike’s ads were plastered with Michael Jordan, Disney targeted families during a renaissance of […]

7 Photographers’ Perspectives on the #MarchforOurLives

On the days that news breaks of yet another shooting with fallen students + teachers + loved ones, my mind quickly drifts to ‘Will this ever happen at MY kids’ school?’ I imagine what that looks like; what that feels like as a parent. I don’t want to think about it, but my mind goes there anyway. […]

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