Posted on June 22, 2011
Posted on May 9, 2011
Meet Joey. Although he and his family are very old friends and we had just done a pizza night the year before, I was not prepared. Joey changes at lightning speeds. Joey walks softly and carries a big stick. Watch out James Cameron, mover over George Lucas. Joey is here. Seriously.
Posted on January 15, 2011
In early December 2010 I had the pleasure of photographing this very charming young mans Bar Mitzvah. Congratulations Benji for doing such a great job!! The deep joy and pride of your family was brimming over as they watched your every move and held a sparkle in their eyes that said I’ve known you as a wonderful child who grew to be a wonderful boy and you will become a man we will continue to be proud of. The service was in the chapel of the Beth Tikvah synagogue on a Sunday morning and I had the opportunity to take photos during the service which usually doesn’t happen if it were in the main hall. We lost more than half of the scheduled portrait session because the security guard didn’t show up before the service but I think we got wonderful family pictures because of this good natured and easygoing family. I have say that I was really impressed with the photographic opportunities of the chapel. The room was small and intimate, the stained glass windows colorful but not overly busy and the room was infused with beautiful natural light bringing the woodwork to life.
Here are some images from Benji’s day.
Posted on November 27, 2010
Last Sunday I had an absolute treat & thrill photographing and hanging with the families at the Starlight Children’s Foundation Holiday Party. I have never seen so many children excited and entertained on this level. I overheard a boy telling the woman who was spray painting his arm that he looked forward to this day all year and its the best day of his life!!! The spread of joy was double as the parents watched their families laughing, screaming and literally jumping with joy during the various shows dances and activities happening throughout the day.
Once again a HUGE thanks to for including me and the talented to photograph these wonderful children and families during this soul satisfying afternoon !!
Posted on November 1, 2010
Posted on June 26, 2010
Posted on May 20, 2010
I’ve been asked by many friends and family to see the pictures I took in Africa and inquire about the gallery I’ll eventually post for everyone. On a practical note let me say that I have booked off the next 4 days to get my images edited and hand them off to The Stephen Lewis Foundation. From that point, because there are privacy issues concerning public figures and sensitive issues that we need to respect on behalf of the grannies, only after the foundation gives me the go-ahead will I post the images that are mutually agreed upon. As soon as the gallery is up I will notify you all and be happy to answer any questions regarding my experience or refer you to the support work of the The Stephen Lewis Foundation and the African Grandmothers are doing as caregivers, activists and experts dealing with issues such as gender based violence, pensions and security from their governments, education, health care, financial management, and housing to name just a FEW!!!
My thanks and appreciation to all of the awe inspiring team members of The Stephen Lewis Foundation and the for their unwavering devotion to Turn the Tides of AIDS in Africa and allowing me this life changing experience. I also want to mention the contribution and commitment Aeroplan, (see by Christa Poole via ), and its members made by donating more than seven million miles to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to fly 42 Canadian grandmothers to the African in Manzini, Swaziland. ( program invites members to join Aeroplan in supporting eight Canadian charitable organizations through the donation of Aeroplan Miles including The Stephen Lewis Foundation). I mention it because you can continue to contribute on an on going basis to Aeroplan’s to support the incredibly meaningful work being done by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Stay tuned as I post more pictures and information surrounding the incredible Canadian Grannies and the work they do!! Cheers to you all!!
Posted on March 9, 2010
The Story Of Hope and AIDS in Africa
Photo Project for The Stephen Lewis Foundation
This May I will be volunteering at The Swaziland Grandmothers Gathering which will, for the first time, bring together hundreds of African Grandmothers and 40 Canadian Grandmothers in solidarity. As well, I am participating in an on-going, creative, meaningful documentation project that will bring artistry, social justice work, and the courageous work of human survival in the face of the pandemic, together with the dignity, integrity and beauty that is at the heart of the grassroots work being done around the AIDS pandemic in Africa.
Since the launch of The Grandmother To Grandmother Campaign, more than 220 groups of Canadian grandmothers have taken up the call to action and the campaign has raised over $7 million. SLF directs these funds to community-level organizations in 15 sub-Saharan African countries that provide grandmothers with much needed support, such as food, housing grants, school fees for their grandchildren and grief counseling.
I feel hugely grateful for this opportunity and it gives me great purpose and meaning to be documenting this historic event as well as working long term with the SLF to give families healing, hope and validation through photographic documentation and visual connection for the generations still standing in the face of this pandemic.
We Have Two Great Ways To Contribute To The Photo Project Launching This May At The Swazi Grandmother Gathering
Portrait Party Photo Fundraising Event
Occurring on specific dates from March 1, 2010 – June 30, 2010
We suggest a minimum donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation of $65
At our event you are welcome to come for a tour of my new studio space, have a chat, some refreshments and enjoy a
1/2 Photo Session with up to 5 people.
Within two weeks I will send you an on line gallery of our time together.
At the studio event I’m offering two incredible deals to help fund my travel expenses to Africa. Prints and products purchased after the event are offered at %15 off
(1) DVD Video Montage of your sesssion
(1) 11×14 print
(1) 8×10 Print
That’s $250 of product for just $199 which will go towards my travel expenses to Africa
(1) DVD Video Montage of your sesssion
That’s $130 of product for just $30 which will go towards my travel expenses to Africa
Help Us Raise Funds For This Exciting And Wonderfully Meaningful Project While Getting Something You Need!!
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Posted on January 20, 2010
As I slowly ease back into motherhood, work and school after the holidays, I realize I need to make some changes in the up coming year. It will serve me well to reflect on what is working well, what I didn’t do well and decide the new plan. As a parent, photographer and student I crammed so much into last year that by mid December I was just exhausted!! Don’t get me wrong, I accomplished so many great things and more!! I’m grateful that I did because truly I believe this year will be even better because of the foundation that was laid, but I’m still trying to figure out the workflow of how to make my family and photography a priority and still fit in things like workouts, date night, reading books for fun and diner with our friends!!
More on that later but for now I’ll share with you the way 2009 ended for me. I was driving down to Florida with my taller half and the kids when I found out that the much anticipated was on the stands. Ricki Horowitz Photography & , if you recall, teamed up for the wedding of & in September ‘09 and that wedding is now featured in the . It was a great way to end a photographic year that was full of excitement, hard work and great new friends!!!
Posted on September 21, 2009
If you know this couple and their families you know words are their lives. The playful brilliance of words, the intellectual and motivational power of words, the melody of words, the sexiness of words. This wedding encompassed them all. The true love that was expressed by friends and family for Ilana and Lorraine was overwhelming and at times I forgot that I was supposed to be taking pictures. I wiped my eyes, tried to focus and resume my task of the day. I sincerely appreciate and thank Kristina of for joining me for the day. She is such a pleasure to work with and contributed not only with her photographic talent and charming persona but also helped me with the delicate balance of being emotionally involved with the couple and their families and still having to do the professional job of a photographer.
It was a truly magnificent, unique and special day for all involved and I can just imagine that the Landsberg-Lewis-Sagato households around the GTA are all still celebrating and recounting every beautiful detail!!
So here I leave you with a sneak peak into the most beautiful wedding I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing!