This little girl and her mother came to the MSF pediatrics hospital in Bria, Central African Republic, for treatment. Most children in the region suffer from malaria or respiratory infections. During the rainy season, the numbers are much higher than the dry season but there are still very high rates year round in this 'malaria endemic' region.
These kids were child soldiers in the rebels' war in the Central African Republic. The atrocities they witnessed and committed will forever leave deep emotional scars. They are working with an Italian NGO to rehabilitate and re-enter society.
These ladies had so much fun taking pictures with me at the hotel where they work in Goreme, Turkey. They even grabbed props for the photos!
Felice Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter who has successfully created a full-time career with her art. She balances her creative life with her family life enjoying time with her husband and 2 children.
I photographed a friend's cousin's kids in New Orleans one summer. This little guy had a special outfit and jacket purchased just for the occasion.
In 2001, my sister was working in Niger with the Peace Corps in a management position. One day we drove around a region that had a handful of Peace Corps volunteers who had been stationed in the field for 5 months. While my sister talked with the PCV, I photographed this little girl. She was standing next to my chair and I was using a point & shoot film camera. This was years before I studied photography.
Originally we were just going to photograph the kids but then I saw how cute the dad was with his younger son. He was putting shoes on this son while HIS shoes show his NOLA pride.
Mother and daughter captured next to a pond at a small park in Santa Monica, CA where they were attending a friend's birthday party.
Touring a sanitation facility with CARE Madagascar, I met this super friendly village resident with a smile to remember.
I'll never forget that super chilly, windy November day when I visited Brighton, UK. There are local residents who walk the pier every day to get their exercise. This was one of the first portraits I ever shot.
I have worked with the Extera Schools in Boyle Heights and surrounding neighborhoods over the past several years. These girls saw me and got very excited for their portrait on the playground!
These girls were child soldiers in the Central African Republic for several years. Two of them are sisters and the younger followed the older sister when there was no one left to care for her. She joined the Seleka children's army because she was hungry and alone. The girls are working with an Italian NGO to rehabilitate and re-enter society.
In eastern Madagascar, CARE is supporting a women's cooperative that is providing funding to small scale farming projects and women's healthcare. These women are part of the board of advisors and were standing outside the conference room.
I photographed this gorgeous couple's birthday party they threw for their one year old daughter.
I came across this entrepreneur on the beach in Ghana in 2007 selling gorgeous seashells. I asked her to stop so I could take her picture and we bought some seashells, of course.
Ashley Novasad moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of being a famous actress. We created her gorgeous headshots right on my street. Interesting backgrounds are everywhere you turn.
At the age of 15, Danielle Orner was diagnosed with bone cancer and a month later, had her leg amputated. For the following 10 years, the doctors told her she would continue to battle cancer. After her second near-death experience due to Western medicine, she decided to take her treatment into her own hands. After 2 years of being a Vegan, her doctors were shocked that the cancer had not returned.
Taking on meditation and yoga has allowed Danielle to get in touch with a deep love and appreciation of self. She has healed old wounds and gotten to a place of compassion and forgiveness for herself and others. She has taken on yoga teacher-training, requiring up to 6 hours of yoga a day. Her groundedness and pure joy for life shines through.
Full story with images here.
Every aspect of Eli's life is about Permaculture and finding or creating sustainable solutions. She sees a future where healthy, affordable, organic food is accessible to everyone. She is a born teacher and leader with deep knowledge of her craft and an activist’s heart. She absolutely blew me away with her focus, determination and commitment. I was honored to have met her.
For full photo essay go here.
Sadia Tamboura may be the Sterilization Manager for the MSF hospital in Bria, CAR but she is so much more than that. Sadia is a trusted contact (who speaks 5 languages) for the Project Coordinator and provides vital access to all parties involved in the conflict. She is also an amazing friend.
Check out my MSF blog on Sadia here.
MSF had a mobile clinic in Ethiopia on the border with South Sudan where refugees were streaming in. There were over 7,000 refugees set up in giant shelters UNHCR had constructed for them. People sought safety with just a few precious belongings and I couldn't help but notice the spirit of hope was still alive among the people I encountered. It was inspiring.
This 15-year old young man joined the ex-Seleka children's army during the crisis of 2013. There was no functioning government in the Central African Republic. All schools were closed and this child's parents were killed. He had no one to protect him, no family and he followed one of his older friends into the army so that he could be fed and protected. He is deeply troubled by what he saw and did during those years. He's now working with an Italian NGO committed to rehabilitating these ex-child soldiers.