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goodwin house.

living the good life.

one of the many fabulous, photogenic residents of the goodwin house.

a few weeks ago i was given the opportunity to work with the american association of homes and services for the aging — AAHSA — documenting a day in the life at one of their communities. AAHSA has a clear and admirable mission :: healthy, affordable, ethical aging services for america. AAHSA is an association of over 5,500 non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing policies, practices, and research that empowers aging americans to continue to live life to its fullest potential. i was intrigued and excited by the project — spending a day talking with residents, capturing spontaneous portraits, documenting daily activites, and providing a glimpse into life at a local retirement community.

the goodwin house far exceeded all my expectations of a continuing care community — honestly, i wasnt sure what to expect. offering everything from independent residences to assisted living to full-time care, i found the residents to be a diverse and fascinating group of people. i experienced an immediate feeling of comfort, and a true sense of calm and well-being at the goodwin house. the light-filled community areas were decorated beautifully, and residents sat and chatted with each other, poured over the morning paper, enjoyed coffee, and worked on puzzles. outside i met gardeners actively tending to their plots in the community garden — caring for everything from roses to ripe tomatoes in the morning sun.

i was smitten with the incredible art studio where aspiring artists learn and experiment with painting, pottery, mosaic, and various other art forms. additionally,the woodworking studio blew my mind — i was so impressed! of course i loved checking out the library, computer room, chapel, and dance studio. peeking in on a dance class i was thrilled to meet an incredible 90-year-old sky diving enthusiast who shared her experiences with me. exploring the gym + indoor pool i chatted with the “mermaids” who were doing water aerobics and they told me about performing at events throughout the community!

truth be told, i absolutely fell in love with everyone i met — these self-proclaimed citizens of the world inspired and amazed me with their stories. from the retired professors to the brand new artists, the life-long partners to the newlyweds who recently found love, and the two brothers who escaped from nazi germany to the states years ago and found their way back to each other as neighbors in this community, i was in awe. everyone i met was so happy and full of life — so obviously thriving in such an ideal environment conducive to enabling and embracing individuals of all interests, in all stages of retirement. one man i met was active and healthy, living in one of the apartments, while his wife received full-time care just a few floors above him. in this way he was able to maintain his independence and still live with her, surrounded by a supportive community. i was struck with the same thought over and over — how everyone should have the opportunity to live somewhere like this when they retire, and im truly thankful that organizations like AAHSA are committed to making that possibilty a reality.

with many thanks to the gracious people who let me photograph them, below are just a few of my favorite images from my day at the goodwin house –enjoy!



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share our strength: great american bake sale!

no kid hungry.

share our strength is a national organization with a clear goal – to end childhood hunger in america. share our strength works with various groups, activists, food programs, and the culinary industry on a local level to identify hungry children in need and provide them with nutritious food in their communities.

share our strength raises funds + awareness by partnering with major corporations as well as individual volunteers to support a variety of organizations across the country that make healthy food available to families with children in need. the great american bake sale is a national campaign that mobilizes everyday americans to make a difference by holding bake sales in their communities to raise money to end childhood hunger. on memorial day weekend i visited one of the great american bake sales in rockville, md – i was beyond impressed with the energy + enthusiasm of the dedicated volunteers, as well as the commitment of the share our strength team members that were present.

to learn more about share our strength visit their website, follow them on twitter, or become a fan on facebook!


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great american bake sale.

sneak peek from the great american bake sale :: rockville, md.

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children’s miracle network.

miss america + credit unions come together for children’s miracle network.

juri valdov, chairman, credit union miracle day, inc.

last week the atrium at children’s national medical center was a very exciting place – dozens of patients participated in an awesome event to decorate piggy banks and hang out with 2010 miss america! the lovely caressa cameron serves as a goodwill ambassador for children’s miracle network – an international non-profit serving hundreds of children’s hospitals, and the official platform for the miss america organization. the kids loved meeting her, posing for photos with her and the crown, and she even helped decorate and play games with everyone. during the program following the arts + crafts she also spoke on behalf of the organization and what it means to her to be able to work with the children.

in addition to celebrating the children, the event commemorated the absolutely amazing $923,000 raised by the 2010 credit union cherry blossom run. credit unions have sponsored the run since 2002, and contributed over $4m for children’s hospitals nationwide. on sunday april 11 over 15,000 runners took to the streets of dc, marking the 37th year of a great tradition.


lead partner PSCU financial services presented one of last year’s auctioned piggy banks to juri valdov.

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LA-SPCA: photography for social change.

one of the best trips i’ve made in the last few years was a return to the big easy last april. i traveled to new orleans for an exciting and emotional week with momenta :: project katrina, led by the brilliant photographer chris usher. the momenta team is phenomenal and their mission of using photography for social change resonates deeply with my personal philosophy towards art, life and human experience. i had the opportunity to work with the LA-SPCA, a truly impressive non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of thousands of homeless + unwanted animals throughout louisiana.

my goal was to learn as much as possible about the mission + practices of the LA-SPCA and capture images that would illustrate the scope of work accomplished by the organization on a daily basis. i was immediately impressed by their innovative programs, educational initiatives, committed volunteers, dedicated staff and truly tireless officers. i spent time in every area of the facility and even went out in the field with the animal control officers to document humane law enforcement. i was particularly drawn to their feral cat program and fascinated by the people in the community who work with the LA-SPCA to help control the feral population. and i must admit, nothing compares to the experience of learning how to trap a feral cat in the wee hours of the morning on the rainy back streets of new orleans.

aside from being in complete awe of the immense amount of work that happens behind the scenes of such a large organization dealing with so many people, animals and issues, i was totally inspired + humbled by everyone i met during my time with the LA-SPCA. following hurricane katrina the shelter was completely destroyed and the resiliency and perseverance of the team and the stories they told me were unbelievable. almost five years later they have rebuilt their entire facility, launched amazing programs and are working harder than ever to serve the community. very recently the LA-SPCA launched a brand new website featuring a wealth of information as well as tons of my images – check it out!

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