The Lewises picked a crisp fall morning and a colorful location for their family photo shoot: Bartholdi Park within the US Botanical Gardens. Lily is that perfect age for capturing expressive moments and the joy within this family is palpable.
Recently, I photographed some family/maternity portraits for my friends, the Bennetts. You wouldn’t have guessed that Alisha had been up all night assisting another friend, who began laboring-and delivered at home-nine days early. Mrs. Bennet still glowed radiantly alongside her beautiful family in a fall-themed photo shoot, complete with pumpkins and baby bumps. Congrats to the Bennets, whose newest member is due to arrive mid-November!
Elliott celebrated her first birthday in early September with a cake smash. I captured the sugar crush and then designed a simple thank you card for the proud parents to send out to party-goers.
Jonathan is shooting a music video for his latest Christian rap single. I shot some behind the scenes video footage and photo portraits while they were on location- in his old southeast neighborhood, here in Washington DC.
Jonathan has overcome a lot and the video is a revisiting of his old days…days that nearly took his life and days that led to time in prison. (In fact, the t-shirt he is wearing is identical to another that was riddled with bullet holes in a street fight.) I’ll be working on a video documenting his journey in the coming months.
Update: David Carr of the New York Times wrote a great article about grassroots journalism like Homicide Watch. It was likely no coincidence that Homicide Watch experienced an influx of donations that boosted it from a deficit of about ten grand to well over its goal of $40,000, with several days to spare.
Two years ago, Chris and Laura Amico launched Homicide Watch. The experiment in community crime reporting has been called one of the most important innovations in civic journalism in recent years, “a brilliant re-imagining of what it means to be a news outlet,” says Clay Shirky.
When Laura was offered a fellowship at Harvard, the Amicos began their attempt to save Homicide Watch by handing it over to a university as a student reporting lab. However, they’ll need to raise $40,000 to do so. I shot* and edited a video detailing their Kickstarter campaign, which has amassed both national media support and (as of August 21) over thirty percent of their needed funds.
*Special thanks to the Sunlight Foundation, who provided some broll.
Washington, D.C. through various seasons.
Interviews with church leaders detail the first year of Redemption Hill Church in Washington, DC:
- Pastor Bill Riedel and wife Alissa
- Elder Bryan Lewis and wife Christa
- Elder Ryan Vanderbilt and wife Sandra