butcher's sew shop | philadelphia brand photography

I first came to know Butcher’s Sew Shop as a student in their knits 101 class, and I was immediately head over heels for pretty much everything they stand for: taking the fear out of making clothes, striking the perfect balance between patiently guiding students and giving them space to take risks, and cultivating a welcoming and inclusive space where anyone can enjoy creating in the supportive company of like-minded people. So when Mali asked me to shoot this class session, to put Butcher’s story to images so we could show everyone else just how incredible the learning experience is here, it felt a little bit like winning the lottery - so many things I care about came together all in this one project.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to have had the chance to help show the rest of our community what a treasure Butcher’s Sew Shop is to the Philly maker + small business scene. Being able to shoot for small businesses I personally support & believe in, exactly like Butcher, is the type of work I’d happily do forever.

arcadia farm | non-profit editorial photography

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.

agp collective / the alderman family

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. 

the miller family

If this mama's lovely face looks familiar, it's because she is the talented photographer behind Origin Photography. As is the case with most photographers, she spends most of her time behind the camera, not in front of it. But every parent should get in the frame with their babies now and then, especially when you've just welcomed a brand new one into your life; documenting your presence in their lives is as much a treasure for them as it is for you.  Regina, thank you so much for choosing me to capture a little slice of your life in honor of Bryce's arrival--it was such a treat to spend time with you and your delightful family.