Mother and Child
Mother and Child

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.

Seleka's Child Solders
Seleka's Child Solders

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.

Capadoccia Smiles
Capadoccia Smiles

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! 

Singer Extraordinaire
Singer Extraordinaire

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.

NOLA Cutie
NOLA Cutie

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. 

Niger Village Girl
Niger Village Girl

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.

New Orleans Men
New Orleans Men

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.

Who Loves Her Mama?
Who Loves Her Mama?

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.

Touring a sanitation facility with CARE Madagascar, I met this super friendly village resident with a smile to remember.

Brighton Beach Memories
Brighton Beach Memories

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.

Extera Schoolgirls
Extera Schoolgirls

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!

Girl Child Soldiers
Girl Child Soldiers

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.

Women's Cooperative
Women's Cooperative

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.

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Baby's 1st Birthday
Baby's 1st Birthday

I photographed this gorgeous couple's birthday party they threw for their one year old daughter.

Selling Seashells
Selling Seashells

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.

Pursuing her dreams
Pursuing her dreams

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.

Phenomenal Woman: Danielle Orner
Phenomenal Woman: Danielle Orner

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. 

Yoga Instructor: Danielle Orner
Yoga Instructor: Danielle Orner

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.

LA Change Agent:  Eli Martinez
LA Change Agent: Eli Martinez

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.

The Queen of the Hospital
The Queen of the Hospital

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.

South Sudan entry point
South Sudan entry point

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.  

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One Tough Cookie
One Tough Cookie

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.

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Mother and Child
Seleka's Child Solders
Capadoccia Smiles
Singer Extraordinaire
NOLA Cutie
Niger Village Girl
New Orleans Men
Who Loves Her Mama?
 Touring a sanitation facility with CARE Madagascar, I met this super friendly village resident with a smile to remember.
Brighton Beach Memories
Extera Schoolgirls
Girl Child Soldiers
Women's Cooperative
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Baby's 1st Birthday
Selling Seashells
Pursuing her dreams
Phenomenal Woman: Danielle Orner
Yoga Instructor: Danielle Orner
LA Change Agent:  Eli Martinez
The Queen of the Hospital
South Sudan entry point
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One Tough Cookie
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Vallean_Mann_Feb_2011_photo-102.jpg
_MG_6937.jpg
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CARE_Madagascar-306.jpg
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Mother and Child

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.

Seleka's Child Solders

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.

Capadoccia Smiles

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! 

Singer Extraordinaire

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.

NOLA Cutie

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. 

Niger Village Girl

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.

New Orleans Men

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.

Who Loves Her Mama?

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.

Brighton Beach Memories

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.

Extera Schoolgirls

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!

Girl Child Soldiers

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.

Women's Cooperative

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.

Baby's 1st Birthday

I photographed this gorgeous couple's birthday party they threw for their one year old daughter.

Selling Seashells

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.

Pursuing her dreams

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.

Phenomenal Woman: Danielle Orner

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. 

Yoga Instructor: Danielle Orner

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.

LA Change Agent: Eli Martinez

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.

The Queen of the Hospital

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.

South Sudan entry point

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.  

One Tough Cookie

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.

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