Thoughts and insights about humanitarian photography, filmmaking, and non-profit communications, with the occasional collection of travel images and musings about places I visit.

Permission

I am currently in the process of reading Linch Pin by Seth Godin. As I’ve been reading, one idea keeps hitting me between the eyes. We spend our entire lives learning to and being trained to wait for permission to act. In school we need permission to go to the...

M&M’s and Nonprofit Marketing

Taking the M&M’s out of Nonprofit marketing As a humanitarian photographer, filmmaker and marketer I spend a decent amount of time engaging with nonprofit organizations in their social media and website spaces. Over the last couple of years I have seen a marketing...

The Celebration of Insignificant Self Denial – Our Hero Complex

“For less than the price of a cup of coffee each week” or “for less than a dollar a day”, you can… “ Sponsor a child", "Help someone start a business", "Give someone clean water", "change the world", "Be a hero …"! Can we stop for a minute and think about this? Can I...

What I Value at 40 – A Brief Manifesto

I have often struggled and to be honest, I still do at many times, with a lack of outwardly visible success in my work. I don’t have a lot of followers, very few people will read this post. I have not won any awards nor have I been invited to photograph any stories...

The Uncomfortable Space of Unsolvable Problems

I read an article recently that got me thinking how we engage with unsolvable problems as a western culture. The article by Kainoa Little can be found here: https://petapixel.com/2017/07/05/no-one-buy-photos-free-mosul-2017/. I would encourage you to take a minute and...

Is There a Minimum Effective Level of Compassion?

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about the way we relate to charitable acts and what compels us to act in compassionate ways. I asked a question on my Facebook page a few weeks ago and the response to that and to my previous article on comfort and...

Batman or Alfred – Choosing Our Nonprofit Persona

When we interact with advertising produced by companies trying to sell us something we rarely, if ever, take the time to consider if the company that is selling the product is worthy to receive the money. We are only thinking about the satisfaction, pleasure, or...

This is Why I Travel – A Craving for Authentic Experiences

I recently had the privilege of traveling to Kathmandu, Nepal on assignment. After my assignment was finished I stayed for a couple of extra days to experience Kathmandu for myself. As I wandered the famous sites in and around Kathmandu I realized something about why...

Why Comfort is a Brutal Master

I’ve been realizing lately how much I my actions are affected by an instinctual desire for comfort and convenience. Our desire for comfort is a brutal master that offers no release from its bondage. Our pursuit of convenience is continually driving us to purchase and...

Intentional Consumption

I have a confession to make,  I have a habit of scrolling social media and honestly even websites, articles and stories, and only engaging with the headlines. My eyes quickly take in the photos and my brain reads the title and headings, I might even skim the article...

This is How the NFL Captured My Attention with a Simple Video

This week a video popped up in my Facebook feed that truly captured my attention. It was a funny, engaging and authentic and easily relatable experience. The characters felt real and in the end I felt like I had shared an experience with them. I could immediately...

This is Why We Forget That We Also Have Freedom of Speech.

I was laying in bed last night thinking about the last few weeks and all of the drama that has engulfed the US surrounding the ideas of white supremacy and freedom of speech. As I lay there thinking about it, I began to realize that the problem is not the fact that...

Humanitian Photography and the Decisive Moment

The more time I spend photographing people, especially children. The more I embrace and connect with Henry Cartie-Bresson’s phrase “The decisive moment." When you are working with people especially in a documentary, portraiture sense, it is key to capture these...

A Slow Evolution in Photography

Many years ago when I started pursuing my interest in photography, my goals were fairly simple. I was really interested in two things, creating beautiful photos, and being recognized for taking good photos. To be more specific I wanted to create single stand alone,...

Commitment

As we've been traveling and working with humanitarian organizations over the last two and a half years, I have slowly begun to realize the problem most nonprofit and humanitarian organizations are facing. It comes disguised as lack of money, lack of quality volunteers...