You'll see a lot of photos here from East Africa, where I spent over a decade. Now delighted to be back on the East Coast of the USA, I use a similar approach to what I honed in Kenya: capturing images of people not just lit properly and "there"-- but engaged. With their work, environment, each other, or myself, from a relationship I'd developed before ducking behind the lens.
Back in high school I insisted on taking a photography class over advanced math. Out with the family dreams of another scientist or doctor--but in with the visual world I'm increasingly immersed in.
I got a respectable if not especially useful education at Harvard and Tufts, then worked as a journalist at magazines (Atlantic, Harper's, Psychology Today...and for the National Geographic Society, primarily books. In fact I was a major author on their very first guidebook--National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks--now in its 8th edition after selling millions.
In the last couple of decades I turned increasingly to strategic communications--enabling a variety of local, national, and international organizations to better tell their story in both words and images.
Two fun things: I wrote a beautifully illustrated series of eight storybooks on global environmental topics for the UN Environment Programme. And before heading to Africa, I founded and ran WIT-- the Washington Improv Theater. No doubt helps with the quick reflexes needed for the candid portraits I so love.
I hope you enjoy this sample, mostly from work trips for the UN, USAID, and various research organizations. Please hit the "Contact" button to let me know what's on your mind and what I might do for you. Carole