I hope this finds you enjoying the warm days and long evenings of summer. For me, it's been a busy, challenging and exciting summer. On the photography front, I've been mixing it up a bit lately. I'm still loving my documentary family sessions. Additionally, I have several exciting personal projects going on (more about that in future newsletters) and recently decided to delve into telling the stories of small businesses. It seems to me that the people who work together are a family too and they have a story to tell, not only about their business but about themselves as individuals. More about this too in the months to come.
My first business feature is about a one-woman wonder. Meet the extraordinary Jasmine Cho!
Jasmine is a small business owner, a pastry artist, and a human activist. I recently had the pleasure of documenting Jasmine, including her incredible artistic talent and her successful online bakery business Yummyholic. Jasmine's passion and mission go far beyond creating beautiful and delectable treats. She combines her exquisitely crafted baked goods and her own brand of activism to spark conversations about creativity and cultural awareness around Asian American history and identity. Jasmine is also currently enrolled at Carlow University in Pittsburgh where she is researching how baking can be used as a form of art therapy.
For this assignment, I decided to dip my toe into the waters of multimedia and put together this piece for Jasmine to use on her website and social media outlets.
I photographed Jasmine just days before she spoke on the TEDxPittsburgh stage on June 15, 2019. Her talk has been viewed by over 40,000 people since it was posted on YouTube on July 7th!
Jasmine's star is bright and rising and I can't wait to see what the future holds for her!
It seems to me that everyone could use a little bit of sunshine these days. Pittsburgh, my hometown, has had a lot of sadness in recent weeks. Add to that, one less hour of daylight in the evenings and a fall chill in the air. So for this blog post, I have decided to rewind the clock to a warm summer day in August, when I spent an afternoon with Alison, Shailen and their sweet children, Cora and Cal.
There's something about a late summer day. Life is carefree, and with little ones, there is often a sense of wonderment and adventure.
What is it about exploring the unknown adventures that await in your own backyard?
Or feeling the warm summer breeze through your hair?
Or the magic in believing that something really fun is about to happen.
How would you spend an afternoon with your family if you knew that magic and fun were in store?
I know that years from now, this sweet family will look back on their images and custom made artwork from this day and smile. They will remember the joy that they felt and the fun that they had together.
There was more than a little bit of sunshine that day, even when the rain fell.
Thank you, Alison, Shailen, Cora and Cal. We sure had fun!
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