English in Action Photography Portraits

December 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I have a small but fast growing photography business that takes up a lot of my time.  However, I believe that if we are fortunate enough to be successful in our ventures that we owe it to our community to give back.  As busy as I am, I am always searching for local non-profit organizations that I can give back to in a way that works for me which is , of course, photography!  For the past two years I have been contributing a huge amount of time to English in Action, a small organization with a very big heart.  In their own words, “We help immigrant adults living in our valley to gain the English language and leadership skills they need to participate fully – as parents, as workers, as members of the community.”  Approximately two years ago, I proposed doing a photo series with English In Action students and tutors. There is a special kind of magic that happens when people of different cultures and backgrounds come together and build a relationship and I wanted to capture that magic.  It is also amazing to see what happens when adults take a step toward improving their lives and the lives of their families by learning more English. Through my portraitsI sought to capture the relationship and interactions between English In Action’s tutoring pairs. The photos are all taken against a consistent backdrop, but the pairs are featured moving and interacting. Through the photos, the unique cross-cultural relationship of each pair is revealed in a way which would be impossible to portray through words. All of this work was pro-bono, and driven by my motivation to raise the visibility of English In Action’s important work in the community. The photo series is already achieving this goal and has helped EIA gain more exposure in the community through the project’s visual story of their pairs.

 

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Veronica and Lynn

 

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Janet and Blanca

 

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Emira and Susan

 

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Polly and Estela

 

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Lara and Emelia

 

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Vicki and Christi

 

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Victor and Mike

 

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Adriana and Stu

 

 

 

 

 

 


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