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.
Last month, I had the great pleasure of working on behalf of Dish Works to photograph the lovely Vintner's Table dinner over at Chaddsford Winery, where a local chef prepared a lovely multi-course dinner with wine pairings for an intimate group of lucky diners. The management and staff at Chaddsford couldn't have been a nicer, friendlier bunch, and it was wonderful to see a group of strangers come together over a love of wine and a beautiful shared meal.
Chaddsford hosts these dinners monthly; you can find more details over on their website.
You guys, I don't even know where to start explaining how amazing Sarah Alderman is. If you're local to Southeast PA, you've probably already heard of her via her photography business or documentary project (which just released its trailer! go watch it!).
As photographers, we can sometimes be a little protective of our businesses in a way that holds us back from opening up and helping others working in the same sphere--it's understandable when you're working in a saturated market like this one. On the other hand, this field is also home to some really amazing human beings who open right up with a smile, offering support and encouragement the first time you meet. That's exactly the type of person Sarah is.
In addition to running a successful photography business (which boasts an entire TEAM of talented associates), she just launched a photobooth service, is creating an incredible documentary celebrating the unsung beauty of Coatesville, and she also happens to be a single mom to those lovely twin girls up there. She's teaching them firsthand what it looks like to be strong, ambitious and independent, but also that having your heart in the right place is just as important as working hard. Those girls are lucky to be growing up Alderman, and I myself feel pretty lucky to have crossed paths with Sarah.