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More photographs from Flashes of Hope shoot

It is a privilege and an honor to work with the families serviced by Flashes of Hope.  As the New York Chapter Director I coordinate bringing professional photographers into pediatric cancer treatment centers to photograph the patients and their families.  We also provide hair and makeup as well.

I am always blown away by the kids and their families.  They are incredibly strong through trying times I hope none of us ever know.  Although there are so many emotions very close to the surface, love is what always comes out.  The amount of thanks and gratitude that we volunteers receive for something we do every day is such a reward.

The grace that the families share centers me until the next Flashes of Hope photo shoot!

Below are photos taken by volunteer photographer Greg Morris of me goofing around with a younger brother of one of the patients.

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Flashes of Hope Photo Shoot – Juvenile Cancer

I love my job.  It is so much fun creating images for my commercial fashion and beauty clients.  I really enjoy working with other creatives to craft images that sell client’s products and services… and I get paid for doing it!

Equally rewarding is the volunteer work I do as the New York Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a national charity which brings commercial photographers into pediatric cancer treatment centers to photograph the patients and their families.

Today we had a photo shoot at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, NY.  The photographer was Greg Morris.  NuBest Salon provided a glam squad for the shoot (hair and makeup). We always have an amazing time!   The kids are amazing.  The families give us strength, venerability, hope, and love. It really hammers hope what is truly important in life and puts any of my problems into context and perspective.

For the photographers and glam team, this is what we do every day.  For the families it is really special to be pampered and photographed.  In this day and age of Instagram and disposable photography we are creating photographs that document a critical point in the families’ lives that are treasured.  It is an honor to be able to do this.

Lots of thanks to child life specialist Faye Brick and Richard Piana of nuBest Salon for their continued support.

Here are some behind the scenes from today’s shoot.  Visit the Flashes of Hope website to see samples of the very special images created around the country.

 

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Photography for an Amazing Cause!

When I am not shooting fashion or beauty I love serving as the NYC Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a national charity that brings commercial photographers into juvenile cancer treatment centers to photograph the patients and their families.

Today I had the pleasure of running a photo shoot with photographer Shirin Tinati who specializes in actors’ head shots and makeup artist Marilyn Wise.  Shirin is also a cancer survivor which makes the experience all the more meaningful.

Working with this organization puts a lot of things into perspective.  The experience is grounding.  The kids are amazing.  The parents are strong.  The child life specialists, nurses, doctors and hospital staff are incredible!

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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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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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Location scout – fashion editorial

For the past five years my family has hosted foreign exchange students through AFS. In August a high school student arrives at our house and spends a school year as a family member. He/she attends high school, learns/perfects their English, experiences our culture, and at the end of June, goes back to their natural parents. We have hosted Zeno from Verona, Meli from Frankfurt, Luciana from Argentina, Cecilia from Paris, and currently hosting Caterina from Lerici, Italy. It has been a wonderful experience. The kids have all had incredible school years. We are still in touch with each student and have expanded our family across many borders.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day in NYC. Caterina and I set off on a bike ride to Governor’s Island, the retired command center for US Coast Guard North Atlantic operations, just off the southern tip of Manhattan with incredible views of NY Harbor. Unfortunately the ferry does not start running until the end of May. We decided to ride through Red Hook, Brooklyn instead.
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Coincidentally I am planning on shooting a fashion editorial for an online magazine and promised the editor location photos of Red Hook. Perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

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Flashes of Hope – Chapter Director and behind the scenes at NYU Langone Medical Center

When I am not doing this or this I spend time as the

NYC Chapter Director of Flashes of Hope,

a nationwide charity that brings photographers into hospitals to photograph children being treated for cancer.

I have been volunteering with kids for most of my adult life through the NYC Board of Ed as a literacy coach, Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters as a “big”, and AFS hosting and working with foreign exchange students.

I think I saw Flashes of Hope mentioned on Facebook. I had been looking for a way to merge two of my passions, community service with kids and photography. Flashes of Hope provided the perfect opportunity. I submitted myself as an available photographer and when presented with available dates, jumped at the opportunity.

I have shot for Flashes of Hope four times, each experience being different (hospital treatment center, summer camp for kids with cancer, hospital family fun day at a church rec center, and photographing family, friends and clinicians saying goodbye to a child who had just passed away. My passion for the organization grew after each shoot. I was aware that New York did not have an active chapter director so I recently offered my services.

We are constantly inundated with images , most of them trivial and self-indulgent. Flashes of Hope has commercial photographers take truly meaningful photos of children and families in the middle of dealing with a medical crisis. At a Flashes of Hope shoot the patients and their families offer the photographer a wide range of real emotion that normally can’t be captured in a 15 minute session (joy, vulnerability, silliness, sadness… but mostly love). The families are so grateful for the photos that they receive. They don’t realize that they are the ones who are actually doing the giving.

My role as Chapter Director is coordinating photo shoots (dates, photographers, makeup artists, paperwork, etc) and fundraising. At each shoot I am a bit jealous of the working photographer. I wish I could be the one setting up the lights, interacting with the kids and families on set, and creating the beautiful images that will be cherished for a lifetime. The reality is it is a pleasure watching others go through and share that experience.

Throughout my life of volunteering with kids I have found that the more I “give”, the more I get back. I am not good enough with words to describe what it feels like when a child you are working with can finally read a book cover to cover, when your little brother hikes up to a top of a rise and exclaims “I have never climbed a mountain before!” or the teen you have hosted from a foreign country thanks you for the best year of his/her life. Photographers can’t cure a child’s cancer but we can bring joy into lives of people who are having a difficult time. Flashes of Hope helps me realize what a real problem is and appreciate how fortunate and blessed we all are.

Here are some behind the scenes photos I took of volunteer photographer Jayne Wexler shooting at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Jayne chats up her model.

Photographer Eric Hason photographs Jayne shooting a patient for Flashes of Hope.

Our supermodel is a natural poser.

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Our supermodel vogues for the camera.

Eric Hason photographs behind the scenes at a Flashes of Hope shoot

Jayne’s assistant demonstrates a jump technique.

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Our supermodel implements her own version of the jumping technique she was just taught.

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