Photographer documents disabled vets’ athletic prowess


October 2017 issue News

Jim Dukes knows struggle. Working as a private explosive ordinance disposal contractor and a radiological emergency response team member, he sustained five traumatic brain injuries, the last of which was so devastating he had to learn again how to walk, read, write, and talk. He was also left without vision in one eye and hearing in one ear.“The analytical side of my brain really stopped working correctly,” Dukes says, “but the creative side started to blossom.” That’s when he...Continue Reading >

Tallahassee photographer corrals funds for refugee families


September 2017 issue News

Have an idea for a personal project? “Just do it,” advises Alex Workman.© Alex WorkmanA combination of personal and world events set Workman’s recent pro bono project into motion. Early this year, Workman’s wife took a job at a church in Tallahassee, Florida. The church has 70 members who are refugees, he explains, and he and his wife began developing friendships with the families. As the year wore on, issues of immigration and refugee rights continued to move to the forefront of...Continue Reading >

Photo series highlights human trafficking in Kenya


September 2017 issue News

One way to garner support for a cause is to put a face on it. But what to do when there’s no face to feature, such as the case with human trafficking victims, who need their identities concealed?© Matilde SimasWhen fine art and documentary photographer Matilde Simas volunteered with HAART Kenya, a nonprofit that supports victims of human trafficking, she had to devise ways to capture portraits without revealing victims’ faces. Adult victims chose to pose with their hands covering...Continue Reading >

A personal project redefined David Peters’ photography business


July 2017 issue Profiles

David Peters realized the true value of his work, and it changed his lifeFor decades, David Peters, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, ran a successful portrait business in Marin County, California, just outside of San Francisco. As he advanced into his 60s, Peters wondered if there might be a more profound purpose for him and his work, something to refocus his efforts and allow him to continue his career on renegotiated terms.Around the time he was contemplating questions that would potentially alter...Continue Reading >

Photographer’s personal project leads to nonprofit launch


6.26.2017 News

A passionate voice“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” So says portrait photographer David Peters, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, when describing his inspirations for founding Passion Voice, a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting charitable causes related to the abuse of children. Peters founded Passion Voice after traveling to Fortaleza, Brazil, with Iris Global, a Christian missionary organization.In Fortaleza, Iris operates a program aimed at breaking the cycle of...Continue Reading >

How one photographer tackled a book project


July 2017 issue Business

Tera Girardin was at a crossroads. After running her Minneapolis portrait photography business, Tera Photography, for a dozen years, she was stagnating. She wondered where she was going as an artist and if she should find a new direction.Girardin began thinking about revitalizing her passion for photography by pursuing a personal project. She wanted to separate her life’s work from her client work and refill her creative cup with a project that was just for her.© Tera GirardinA...Continue Reading >

Jeremy Cowart’s humanitarian hotel


October 2016 issue News

He’s photographed Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Sting, Courtney Cox, and plenty more high-profile subjects. Now celebrity portrait photographer Jeremy Cowart is taking on a completely different challenge: launching a humanitarian hotel brand.© Jeremy CowartThe Purpose Hotel, which will open its first location in Nashville, Tennessee, will allow guests to give back to charity simply by booking a room. The hotel’s furniture, artwork, and in-room amenities such as shampoo, soap, and...Continue Reading >

Houston photographer offers free portraits to teens affected by floods


August 2016 issue News

Houston floods inspire philanthropyWhen spring flooding left many Houston families without homes, not to mention family photographs, PPA member Tomayia Colvin jumped in to help. “I knew in a lot of the areas affected that the parents didn’t have flood insurance and were not financially prepared to move everything,” she says. “I wanted to do something to help with the financial burden for the parents and to uplift the teens as well.”Knowing affected teens would certainly miss out...Continue Reading >

A story in every face


August 2015 issue News

Portrait photographer Randy Bacon launched his 7 Billion Ones website in April. But the idea to create the website, which features the portraits and stories of everyday people facing adversity, has been brewing for a long time. “For years and years my whole approach with photography has been trying to show the unique qualities of people and through their portraits to connect with the idea that we are each one of a kind and we each matter and that we have these stories that not only affect...Continue Reading >

Gratitude Envisioned


September 2015 issue News

Photo book chronicles cancer and inspiration    An uplifting book about cancer? Sounds like challenge. And it’s what Bill Aron set out to create with his recently released “New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors.” The book catalogues the portraits and stories of 120 people who heard the words “You have cancer” and experienced life-altering positive personal growth as a result.© Bill AronProfessional Photographer: What inspired the project?Bill Aron: I was...Continue Reading >
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