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Photographing Strong Kids and Families

All my adult life I have been doing volunteer work with kids: literacy training in public schools, Big Brother volunteer, hosting foreign exchange students through AFS (ongoing). Five years ago I stumbled upon Flashes of Hope. The national organization photographs patients in pediatric cancer treatment centers and their families.  I am currently the New York Chapter Director.

I was initially attracted to the organization because it focused on two of my passions: children and photography. I had no idea how meaningful our work is to the families we serve. First, it is a fun diversion. We have hair and makeup and make a really big deal to make sure the subjects feel very special. We bring a lot of levity onto the “set” (a backdrop and lighting equipment squeezed into whatever spare space we can find). The families are so grateful for the photos. For the kids who get better, they document a monumental time in the life.  For the families who lose kids the photos are loving memories that are cherished.

I started off just as a photographer.  I was extremely moved by the work we were doing. I volunteered as Chapter Director so I can be more involved on a regular basis. Usually I am organizing the shoots, booking hair and makeup and a photographer.  I love sharing the experience with colleagues. It is incredible how emotional it is for all involved.

Tuesday I decided to take a turn as a photographer. It was a particularly difficult shoot emotionally since I was told that 4 of the 5 kids were under palliative care. The families are so generous with their appreciation and emotion. Lots of love.  I am still feeling the effect from the day.

A big  THANK YOU to Richard Piana and nuBest Salon for providing hair and makeup bringing all the more beauty into the shoot. Also a real appreciation for all Child Life specialists. Every one of you are angels.

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When Photographer becomes Fashion Model, and Vice Versa!

For years I have worked regularly with sports and fitness, fashion, and lifestyle model Jam Murphy of Wilhelmina Models, New York. We have become friends as well.  Jam is an incredible model with a beautiful, open spirit. Besides modeling Jam produces music and owns a very cool lipstick brand Ice + Jam. Ice and Jam formulates amazing  products using replenishing ingredients with bold, fun colors to beautify and care for your lips. The company ethos emphasizes sustainability, health and personal empowerment.  With colors such as “Thank You Come Again”, “Lesbehonest” and “Ouch, Ouch, You’re On My Hair!”…

Jam asked me to photograph her modeling her in their new “Empower Your Lips” tee.  I was thrilled to say of course.  She wanted to have some of her friends model as well, but due to scheduling only she was available. After Jam finished being photographed, in  she tried to poach some male models from another shoot, but no luck.  She asked the studio manager if he would model, but Kenny is shy.  Jokingly I offered to model for her.  Jam jumped right on that and the next thing I knew I was on set being styled and photographed by Jam.

Below are screenshots from the Ice + Jam website.  The cotton tee is extremely soft, well priced, and a portion of proceeds are donated to Tostan.org

I may be no Jam, but I think I hold my own in this photo.  If you need a short, older male model, feel free to reach out!

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Behind the Scenes photos from a Flashes of Hope shoot

When not shooting fashion advertising, editorial, catalogs or lookbooks I love to produce photo shoots for Flashes of Hope acting as the New York Chapter Director.

Flashes of Hope is a volunteer driven organization that brings commercial photographers into pediatric cancer treatment centers in order to photograph the patients and their families. We also bring in hair and makeup artists to make the subjects look extra beautiful, the photos more polished, and make the subjects feel really good.

No, we are not curing cancer, but when a mom tells you “It is so nice to see my daughter smile, it does not happen that often.” you know we are doing something really important.  This shoot took place at Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Long Island.

Thanks to photographer Chris Casaburi and hair and makeup by nuBest Salon for generously donating their time and mad talent!

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Montefiore Hospital Pediatric Prom photography

Saturday night I had the honor to photograph “formal” portraits at the Montefiore Hospital Pediatric Prom.  What an amazing event!  The staff and volunteers went all out to make sure the prom was a smashing success, and it was!  The kids looked amazing, the music was pumping, lots of smiles and laughter, and Bronx girls can dance!

It was such a joy to photograph the kids (and staff).

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My assistant Aedn was pulled into the photo!

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Yours truly showing the Bronx how it is done!

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Got to love a man with a hot date (and a sense of humor)!

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Every Prom has a King and Queen!

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Flashes of Hope – photo shoot

I am very proud to be the New York Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a national organization that brings commercial photographers into treatment centers for juvenile cancer to photograph the patients and their families.

Yesterday I coordinated a shoot at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY.  I brought in my photographer friend and neighbor Greg Morris to shoot.  This is Greg’s second time working with Flashes of Hope.  I have also partnered with nuBest  Salon and Spa to provide hair and makeup.  The nuBest team has been amazing.

We come into the hospital, create a studio set up, groom our subjects with hair and makeup, and take pictures.

What none of us are prepared for or expect is how appreciative the families are.  I am still blown away by the thanks I get for providing photos and how meaningful the photos are to the families.  Actually, it is us that should be thanking the families for the opportunity to work with them.  How often do photographers have a subject step onto a set and give them genuine emotion… joy, sadness, fear, optimism, strength, and love… mostly love?

It is an emotional day for us, which keeps us coming back for more!

Here are some behind the scenes photos from yesterday’s photo shoot:

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Photography For a Great Cause

I spend most of my days shooting, producing, and marketing myself for fashion and beauty work. I have always allocated part of my time to community service, mostly working with kids. Besides my commitment to hosting foreign exchange students (currently Caterina from Italy) I am the New York Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope. We bring commercial photographers and makeup artists into centers that treat juvenile cancer and photograph the patients and their families.

Last week I brought photographer Dennis Kleiman into Cohen’s Children’s Hospital. Dennis is an extremely talented, very experienced editorial photographer. Dennis and I shared a Dumbo studio ten years ago. Recently Dennis and his wife Kelsy founded Stomping Ground, a successful company that has reinvented school photography. No more stiff, bland, uniform portraits. Stomping Ground brings out the personality of each individual kid.

Again, thank you to Richard, Anna and Dawn from NuBest Salon, Manhasset, NY for providing the hair and makeup to make our models feel and look so beautiful!

Dennis Kleiman photographs a patient and his mom for Flashes of Hope, NYC

Photographer Dennis Kleiman shoots patient for Flashes of Hope, NYC Chapter

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Anna Naso of NuBest Salon, Manhasset, NY puts the finishing touches on a patient’s mom’s makeup.

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Photographer Dennis Kleiman shoots patient and his mom for Flashes of Hope, NYC Chapter

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