October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and in more than 200 cities across the country, communities and their leaders are coming together to take action against bullying. Bullying is a serious issue facing more than 1 in 4 children nationwide. This is an important topic for me as both my children were bullied when they were in school. There are 3 different types of bullying – verbal; social and physical – and between both my children, we experienced all… Read more »

Charlie

  Charlie John Cash was born on 2/27/13 via EXIT procedure. He has an undiagnosed syndrome and is still currently residing in the NICU. I feel blessed to have met another amazing family. Thank you Jerrica and Owen for connecting us. Jerrica, you are a beacon of strength to all who know you, and Owen, you are quite simply the happiest baby I have ever met, what a role model you are for your little buddy Charlie!Alina and Brandon, thank… Read more »

Blinky

by: Sylvie & Binky Binky is 6 ish She was saved from a shelter and would probably not have been noticed by the rescuer if she had 4 legs. She was about one when Jon ( my husband ) and I adopted her. She was scooting on her chest at the time and Jon was determined to build wheels for her. So after a few trials and 4 sets of fancy rigs and the help of Cesar Millan (she was… Read more »

Last week I had the opportunity to photograph NAMIWalks Los Angeles for the 2nd time.    This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week and I am sharing several links which take our society one step closer to breaking stigmas, educating, and helping others. I hope you will take the time to share this too, and help raise awareness. Thank you 1. I’m so proud of my friend Randi Silverman.  Please watch the movie Illness to understand what those of us who raise families with Mental Illnesses… Read more »

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is changing how Americans view people with mental illness, and ensuring that help and hope are available to those in need by providing free education, resources and support. When you realize the startling FACTS that mental illness affects 1 in 4 or 60 million Americans every year (everyone knows someone), organizations like NAMI become increasingly important as one can’t help but realize it’s time to take action as said in Jennifer Hudson’s PSA.  Worth Magazine… Read more »

Encourage Courtney

I am not what I have done but what I have overcome Courtney Jones (23) was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in February. Due to an infection in her stomach, the Dr’s had to amputate both her legs in order to save her life. Courtney epitomizes COURAGE. I didn’t know Courtney until her best friend Caroline (a remarkable person herself) called me to ask if I could photograph the first fundraiser she was organizing. Courtney spent 5 months in… Read more »

happy_a2

By: Allegra Cohen Happiness isn’t wanting for anything more or less. It’s in finding the stream of gratitude that runs through our veins in the present moment. It’s in the in-between of setting a goal and watching its successful completion. It’s in knowing that if the goal isn’t completed, it’s ok. It’s taking in the positive breath and breathing out what doesn’t feel right. It’s fully accepting where you are now—without judgement, just a peaceful understanding of life’s ebbs and flows. 2be or not 2be… I… Read more »

  Ssh! It’s a Secret! Well a “not-so-secret” Secret Society of Happy People. Today, thousands of members from around the world join together to celebrate Happiness Happens month, which takes place during the entire month of August. The purpose of Happiness Happens Day (August 8th) and Month is to share happiness and encourage people to talk and think about happiness in their daily lives. Too often people wait for “the big happy”, searching and longing for what they think will make them happy,… Read more »

“Have a good life” I heard her say.  I was standing in line at the optical department at Costco…uploading to my Instagram, and I looked up to see an older woman speaking to a teenager. “I can help number 10″ an employee said. I was holding the little pink tab numbered 11. Oh great, not too much longer I thought. “You know why I say have a good life?” she asked him. Now I was curious. I love to hear wise… Read more »

Boundries

At some point during a photo session, I have my client write a word on a stone – “soulstones” – is what I call them. Their word absolutely depends on what has transpired during the photo session. My intention is to guide people to help themselves, to give them permission to view life a little differently, to celebrate the realities of life, break stigmas, and to be a reminder to appreciate and accept who we are and what we have… Read more »