Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Charity Photo Session for Cancer Survivors

It has again been a while since I've updated the blog. I've been super busy the past two months with things like Moisture Festival (50 shows over a four week span), creativeLIVE online workshops, reconfiguring and painting my home studio, etc., etc. In between I was taking time to get some sleep and let the blog wallow for a while.

Today I have a great event to talk about. I had the honor and pleasure to work with a great crew of photographers, assistants, makeup artists, Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop experts and other volunteers from the Seattle Smug Mug Users' Group and the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Together we held a 2-day event creating portraits for cancer survivors.

Fellow photographer, Paul (Pablo) Conrad has done a great post listing all the people involved on his blog. He also has some great behind the scenes photos there. Check them out.

I need to make a special call out to Erin Kohlenberg and Earnie Glazener for pulling this all together. And a big thanks to Bay Photo for donating a 16x20 or 16x24 metal mounted print to each of our photo subjects.

Part of our group on day 2

These portrait events can be very emotional. Some of our subjects have never had makeup applied before in their life. Others may have never had a good photo made of them or of them with their family. I'm still processing my side of the story. Right now I wish there were two or three of me at the event so I could have listened in during the hair and make up sessions or could have seen the faces of the people as they got to see their images on the screen. Again a big thanks to Pablo for capturing those moments in photos. He has the photo journalist gene that I'm sorely lacking.

Here are some of the photos from the day. I had the pleasure to make portraits of both the survivors and the volunteers. They range from individuals to the family of 9 shown above. Here are some of the survivor photos. A few more photos are on my Facebook page:

And some of our volunteers, some of whom are also survivors:

David Loseno
Jesse Villanueva
Paul Gibbons
Anne Mills
Kelly Hasenoehrl
Henry Lingat 
Nat Seymour
Melissa Wax

Arnie Cohen

1 comment:

  1. Thank you John for your hard work during the photo shoot. Your talent is well appreciated.

    And thanks for the shoutout.

    It is always a pleasure to work with.


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