There's nothing better than working with clients who are also friends who are also family who also just let you do your thing while they do theirs. We love these guys dearly, and it was such a treat for me to be invited back into their home to capture a little slice of their life right now.
EPCAMR is an amazing non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating the land and economy in Northeast Pennsylvania, near Wilkes-Barre, that was ravaged by the decline of the coal industry. The group is working incredibly hard to clean up the messes left behind, to bring back the area's economic dependence, to re-engage residents, and to earn federal and state support for all of these efforts. I strongly encourage you to spend a few minutes over on their website learning about their cause, and to look for ways you can lend a hand - even the smallest bit helps. Many thanks to Peak Design for connecting me to this project!
This sweet family snagged one of my mini sessions to benefit Every Mother Counts earlier this year, as a Mother's Day gift for grandma loved being able to give back while bringing part of a multi-generational family story to life in photos.
I recently traveled to Arcadia Farm in Alexandria, VA, to help them showcase part of their education efforts, as well as to cover a visit by honorary board member and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe. The images you see here only capture a fraction of the amazing work going on at Arcadia; not only do they provide hands-on food & farm education to children, but they also train veterans for careers in sustainable agriculture, as well as provide fresh vegetables to under-served urban areas via their Mobile Market. The farm is situated on George Washington's historic Woodlawn estate - just spending a few hours there alongside their wonderful + dedicated team was hugely inspiring for me, and I hope to be able to make a trip back with my own boys to volunteer in the Groundhog Garden as a family soon. It's crazy to realize I grew up minutes from here, but didn't discover it long after I'd moved away. I am so grateful for the opportunity to help highlight the incredible, important work going on here, and the idea of using photography to support non-profit causes near and dear to my own heart is beyond fulfilling.
If you happen to be in or near Northern Virginia, please consider donating your time or financial support to keep their efforts going - I promise you won't regret it.