A 3 Year Career of Story Telling

I spent this afternoon looking at photos of people that I’ve covered over the years through video, photography and writing.  Having started my career at Gift of Life Donor Program, I had the fortune of honing my craft of interviewing individuals who have experienced life altering experiences. At Philabundance, I was able to explore the world of poverty and work each day to get the word out that there is no one face of hunger. At Good Shepherd Penn Parters, I am able to cover the inspirational stories of patients working to regain their mobility, their caregivers who support them, and the therapists that work tirelessly all for their patient. Since graduating college in 2011, I am lucky to have continuously help share incredible stories told by amazing people! Love non-profit life! When I wanted to be a writer growing up, I never knew my life would take this turn but it is so fulfilling and so inspiring! Take a look at some of the amazing people I’ve profiled over the years!

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Vegan Pies, Wings and Skaters- Oh My!

My camera has been able to allow me to meet tons of interesting people and witness events that I would never had experienced if I was not taking photos. In January, I had the opportunity to take photos of The Philly Roller Girl’s Vegan Pie and Wing eating contest at The Abbaye in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Philly Roller Girls is the women’s roller derby team in Philadelphia, and is part of the WFTDA. Last year I actually participated in the wing eating contest, but this time around I chose to snap photos instead of sucking down wings. If you’re interested in roller derby, check out the WFTDA to find a league near you!

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A Night at the Orchestra

My camera has been able to allow me to meet tons of interesting people and witness events that I would never had experienced if I was not taking photos. In January, I had the privilege of taking photos for Musicopia, a non-profit that brings music education into the classrooms of Philadelphia schools. Over the past thirty years, children have been able to be exposed to music despite the cuts in funding for the arts due to drastic school budget cuts over the years. I learned about the organization through my friend Erica, who is the Marketing Manager for Musicopia. I encourage you to learn more about Musicopia and find out how you can keep music in the classroom! 

To raise money for their program, Musicopia held a special fundraising dinner where the internationally renown English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mark Laycock, performed with students taking part in the Musicopia experience. The following night, the English Chamber Orchestra performed again at the Kimmel Center, which I was graciously given a ticket by the Musicopia for my photography. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the fundraising dinner, and of the performance! 

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Snapshots of 2014- Part I

These are a few of my favorite photos I took this year, mainly through my work at Philabundance!

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You Never Think It Could Happen to Your Family

For over a year and a half, I had the opportunity to work as the Digital Media Coordinator for Philabundance. Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s region’s largest food bank, providing food to over 75,000 people each week. During my time there, I learned how prevalent hunger was in my own neighborhood. While working on Philabundance’s 30th anniversary event earlier this year, I had the opportunity to showcase the impact Philabundance has on the Delaware Valley region. With the help of the amazing videographer Dave Case, I produced this short video to act as a case of support in why community members needed to help Philabundance provide services to neighbors in need. It was an incredible process to learn the stories of community members who found themselves in situations that they never dreamed of encountering. As well as the inspirational stories of volunteers who dedicate their time to make sure others have food on their tables.

Please take 3 minutes and watch how a financial contribution can make a difference in the life of someone going through a tough time. Then, consider making a donation to Philabundance or Feeding America to make the holiday season a bit brighter.  $1 can provide 2 meals to someone that is unsure if they’ll have enough money to eat dinner this week after they pay their bills.

 

How a Little Boy with a Broken Heart Taught Me How to Feel Again

Originally seen on Literally Darling. Published 9/11/2014

163538_10151415604683598_2092031067_n (1)How did a 7-year old little boy from Tennessee with a broken heart (literally) come into the life of a workaholic, childless, 24-year-old from Philadelphia? Two years later, I’m still trying to sort that out myself.

While working as a multimedia producer at a healthcare organization in 2012, I filmed a lot of sad stories. People sat down in front of my camera and shared their struggles. But one particular story struck a chord. Continue reading

Knowing Yourself, Not Just Your Expectations

Originally seen on Huffington Post, Published 05/02/2012

deepest-condolences-graduation-ecard-someecardsCongratulations to the class of 2012. After four years of pouring over textbooks, dealing with roommate drama and fighting with your college’s financial aid office, your college career has come to an end. This pomp and circumstance is the grand finale of the marathon of education, for most. Rehydrate with the beer at your graduation party because there is a more challenging feat that is next on your to-do list: start your career in your chosen profession in one of the worst economic periods our country has ever known. Hell, hard liquor may be needed at times to prepare for the challenge. Continue reading