Archive for February, 2009

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Mike contacted me a couple of months ago.  He told me that a family friend was photographing their wedding, but he and Angela wanted some engagement shots done by Hitched which he found on the trusty internet.  Both high school teachers in Orlando, they were up in Boston last week visiting Mike’s family and their only request was that they wanted pictures ‘in Boston’.  I took it from there.  We had a BLAST and, once again, Beacon Hill didn’t know what hit ’em. 
Congratulations guys!  miss you already. 

MHSA (Mass. Housing and Shelter Alliance) is committed to one of their mottos, ‘keys cure homelessness’.  Last week I went out with the good folks of MHSA to photograph Richard and Angel, two fabulous and worthy men who are working tirelessly to turn their lives around…in their NEW HOMES!!!!  Can you imagine living on the streets for years and then having things like house plants, a coffee maker, and house keys?  It was such a joy to help out with this shoot.  Here are some of my favorites. MHSA5.jpg
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My mother lives among some gorgeous women in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  So many of her neighbors and friends were so gracious to let me photograph them in their apartments.  Here are some of my favorites from those shoots. 
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Along with over 500,000 Americans (and about 50,000 more annually!), my fabulous, smart, hilarious, strong mom is dealing with Parkinson’s Disease.    She’s such a good mom and in this stage in her life, she’s truly shown me what it means to be gracious and strong in the face of adversity.  I hope to be half as resilient as she is no matter what life serves me.   I have photographed her my whole life, and the past several years have been no exception.  In photography school I made a slide show of her life, to that point.  Here are some of my favorites:  some from the 1950s and 1960s (photographer unknown), others are my photographs and are more recent.  The dude in the photographs is my Dad: the giver of T.Spoon nickname.  Feb17-18.jpg
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I’m writing this email as I prepare for my second shoot with Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance.  
Last year I went out to photograph in several neighborhoods across Boston and Cambridge with an incredibly kind and smart doctor who is committed to bringing quality health care to people without homes.  MHSA then used the photographs to help raise awareness and funds for their efforts.  It was an incredible experience and exactly the kind of thing I love to do.  Photography is an evocative and emotional art form and I love to see it’s powers at work.
This afternoon I’ll be in another neighborhood photographing folks who have recently been placed in housing. (yaaay!) More on that later. Feb17-3.jpg
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