In the fall of last year, the owner of Second Life Ethiopian Artisans, my friend Lisa, contacted me about doing a few styled photos of the products she carries in her online store. Product photography isn’t something I do a ton of, but if it’s products that I personally love or if the photos are for a friend’s business, of course the answer is a big fat YES! Lisa and I have a mutual love and connection to Ethiopia as our daughters were both born and adopted from there. When I found out that she was starting a business that encouraged and supported Ethiopian artisans, I knew I had to offer my support in any way I could.
Whether it’s hand crafted jewelry, hand woven scarves, handbags or home items, Lisa has done a fantastic job curating a wonderful collection of items for her shop! She is always on the lookout for fresh, unique items and everything she carries would literally make the perfect gift for any occasion! Best of all, you feel great supporting a small business like this knowing that the artists are being paid fairly and have the opportunity to earn a living wage for their hard work and creativity. It’s really an all-around win-win-win situation. Guilt free shopping at it’s finest! 😉
Thank you so much for asking me to do this for you, Lisa! If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful shop, be sure to check out Second Life Ethiopian artisans on their website and on Facebook!
If you follow me on Twitter or are a fan or personal friend on Facebook, you may already know that several weeks back I was contacted about doing some photography work for the Canadian Red Cross for their upcoming national campaign. And as expected, when presented with this opportunity I was insanely excited! I wouldn’t trade my work as a professional Family and Children’s Photographer for the world, but working in a commercial capacity (for businesses both large and small) is one of the very specific directions that I’ve always wanted to take with my business. (So hint, hint…if you are a business or a company in Ottawa, Ontario or surrounding area and are looking for professional quality images for your product or boutique-type business from a very enthusiastic professional photographer, I’d love to speak with you!)
The national campaign I was approached about was for Walmart Canada. My images are set to appear (or are currently appearing) in all Canadian Walmart stores on donation cards as well as any related signage. Its possible that the images may be used in future as well. In case you can’t tell, I’m beside myself with excitement over this. As if working with one of Canada’s most respected charities isn’t awesome enough, I also happen to be the proud Mama of one of the models used in the campaign! Recognize a certain little girl?!
As always, thank you to my wonderful friends, family, clients and fans for all of your business, encouragement and friendship. Not one single day goes by that I am not grateful for you, and for the opportunities photography has provided me with. Without each and every one of you I would not have the confidence to go forward with some of the amazing opportunities that I am presented with, and continue to be presented with. 2011 continues to be my most amazing year yet. Thank you.