In addition, thank you to Eric Montross for sharing his inspiration. His connection with a young lymphoma patient that then led to creating a basketball camp that has helped other pediatric patients for decades. 🏀
Good Sports airs on broadcast on PBS / Public Media NC UNC-TV this Thursday night!
As always, a huge thank you to Nikon and ON1 for your support of Chasing Frames.
Join me on my first experience tracking down an inmate. Hiding in an abandoned building and in the thick of the woods while filming THIS episode of Chasing Frames – K9 Search & Rescue Dogs!
This NEW episode airs tonight on PBS / Public Media NC UNC-TV at 8:50pm. Find it on your local PBS channel OR watch it at ChasingFramesShow.com, where the show is streamed via the PBS digital player!
We absolutely LOVED filming this – and learned so much. And thanks to Top Dog Training & Resort for sharing so much knowledge on K9 search and rescue. It was truly fascinating to see what these amazing pups can really do.
I met these two beautiful boys for the first time while they were still in Ethiopia. They were babies at the time, twin boys who lived in a rural orphanage far south of Addis Ababa.
They had just met their family, our friends Angela & Clint, parents who would shower them with love, expanding to a family of eight. These two joined four older children who adore them – and a mom and a dad who are SO grateful to have them in their lives.
At the time they were all living together in Addis while finalizing the adoption, and we were there to be with our boys and do some Beautiful Together work.
To see the difference between them then and now is quite something. Pretty amazing, really.
I photographed this entire family together last week. We built a set in our studio to create a stylized set of portraits for them, and I am SO excited to go through all the images.
But this fun one jumped out at me right away – that gorgeous light and laughter of theirs. How clearly easy it is to fall in love with them. And how lucky they all are to have found each other, to be together as a family.
For photography lovers: I photographed this image with the Nikon D850 & 24-70 f/2.8. I shot the whole session with this combo and the Nikon Z7 & 105mm f/1.4 together, connected with the FTZ Adapter. (An amazing combination of gear for portrait sessions.)
Shot this at an f/4, 1/500th sec and ISO 500, lit with Profoto USA B2s with a beauty dish modifier as the main light. Edited in ON1 2020.
Chasing Frames is broadcast on television via PBS/Public Media NC every Thursday night at 8:50pm, as well as seen repeatedly throughout the week at other times. Check your local listing for which PBS channel airs it in your area. (And of course you can now also watch The Chasing Frames Show at any time via the PBS website)!
In addition to each episode that airs, we also release three additional Deep Dive episodes on our Chasing Frames Show website. They are digitally released every Thursday.
Additional Content Deep Dive We produce the first deep dive for those who wish to watch additional content about that week’s subject. We have to make some tough edits to get to our final show. This deep dive is for those who wish to learn even more.
Photography Deep Dive We create our second deep dive for those interested in learning more about photography and filmmaking by providing photography tips & techniques. We specifically focus on the gear and techniques used when photographing and filming the episode.
After The Shot We produce our last deep dive for all those who take photographs but aren’t exactly sure what to do with them afterwards. With our After The Shot Deep Dive, you’ll learn some inspiring ways to post process the photographs you take through simple walkthroughs and tutorials.
We love hearing your feedback about the show – and ideas you have for future shows. We’ve heard some great concepts already and look forward to more. Thank you for tuning in to watch our show!
Thank you to PBS and Public Media/UNC-TV for believing in our show! It means a great deal to us. We know what an honor it is to share air space with so much incredible shows across PBS affiliates.
And, of course, much gratitude to our show sponsors, Nikon and ON1. We deeply appreciate your support and are excited to grow the show with you as our partners!
This week on Chasing Frames, we venture into the back country of Eastern North Carolina to capture wild bats IN THE PITCH DARK with a team of researchers and scientists on their annual bat blitz.
This episode airs on broadcast Thursday night on PBS / Public Media NC. Which also just happens to air during Bat Week, a completely unintended bonus!
I was astounded to learn how integral these insect-eating animals are to our ecosystem. And that a fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome which has wiped out more than 90 percent of the population. NINETY percent.
This dramatic loss in bats leads to a domino effect of more insects and bugs. Therefore, this leads to farmers using more pesticides to protect their crop investment. Above all this has tremendous impact on our environment – and, of course, on the food we consume.
I have never seen bats up close like this. They’re actually pretty cute. They were described as “kittens of the sky” and I like how it makes them more adorable and less intimidating. Even if they have very sharp teeth.
On our new Swift Water Rescue episode of Chasing Frames, I spent time on a COLD and very FAST-MOVING river, joining elite first responders who train for a specialized, and very risky, form of rescue. They save others in swift-moving water emergencies.
As I experienced some of what they do, photographing them while in action, I heard remarkable stories.
One story that struck me the most was a team on night rescue after a massive hurricane on the North Carolina coast. They had already swept the area. They decided to do one more check of the evacuated neighborhood using their night vision goggles. As a result, they noticed a tiny glint of light. They went over to investigate and found an older woman, shivering in chest deep water. She had pushed her flip phone up against the window in a last ditch effort to get help.
Due to the dim light from her dying phone it was just enough to attract the trained eye of one of her rescuers. They saved her life that night.
Each year, the U.S. experiences an increasing number of hurricanes, flood waters and flash flood road emergencies. This intense rescue training is becoming even more important as radical weather-related emergencies become increasingly more common.
This episode of Chasing Frames Show made us cry while watching it. And we were there for it! Andrea Lytle Peet, who has been living with ALS for over five years now, is an extraordinary athlete and woman, and her love story with Dave Peet is a true demonstration of what love really is.
Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Andrea. Here’s to Team Drea Foundation, *much* more speediness in ALS research for a CURE – and the power of just how much one person can inspire everyone around her and well beyond.
If you missed last night’s broadcast on PBS/Public Media UNC-TV, or you don’t get the show in your market, you can see it right here.
We are thrilled to announce that Chasing Frames, the TV show we have been working on all year, premiered October 3rd!
Our new show Chasing Frames is focused on people doing GOOD in the world – those who transform lives, protect our planet and rescue those in need. And it’s been incredibly inspiring, spending time with so many people who spend their days, and many nights, caring deeply about the work they do!
As a result, I get to learn more about the extraordinary good they do while photographing our adventures along the way.
Chasing Frames will broadcast on PBS Regional Affiliate Public Media NC (which reaches across 12 stations into 5 states).
However, because it’s different stations in different areas, for all my Triangle friends, that’s WUNC-TV, Channel 4, in Chapel Hill – and Channel 20 in Raleigh.
It began airing October 3rd, at 8:50pm! We launched as a 7-minute show which will air between two popular longer-form shows, which we’re pretty excited about. (I had NO idea just how much work went into making a solid 7-minute program for broadcast. Wow.)
A huge thank you to our series underwriters, Nikon and ON1! They make this show possible!
This show is the product of a great deal of effort. Above all, I am so grateful to our Producer Rhesa Versola, our Line Producer Kim Pollard, our Editor Donnie Bittinger, one of our key camera operators Miriam McSpadden – as well as so many other camera operators, assistants, and crew members. Also much gratitude to our music sponsor Triple Scoop Music, as well as our website sponsor Imagely.
So proud of what we created, it really took a lot to make this happen.
Check out our website, ChasingFramesShow.com, to learn more . And, if you are unable to watch the broadcast live, all of our shows will be available to watch on Digital Release on our website as they are released!
Urgent Air Care explores why rapid medical air care makes a critical difference in many life and death situations. For this reason, we depend more than ever before on aircraft to link remote areas and urban medical centers.
It was such a fantastic experience to spend the day with the UNC Carolina Air Care crew. We learned more about the brilliant work they do every day saving lives! In other words, urgent air care is truly extraordinary.
We traveled alongside a helicopter medical crew. Our Chasing Frames team learned how quickly they can take off at a moment’s notice to provide life-saving flights.
Check out our first Chasing Frames Show episode, airing live at 8:50pm TONIGHT, broadcast regionally on UNC–TV, as well as around North Carolina and beyond!
We founded Beautiful Together over four years ago. Since then we have been able to start and, gratefully, finish fourteen projects and establish four funds. The projects all focused on supporting children without families. Along the way we have done our best to advocate for these children. For instance, many of these children living in institutions do not have an opportunity to even be adopted. Mainly, this is due to a significant amount of red tape and doors closed by government policies.
I am honored to have been invited to speak as a Guest Lecturer for the Children Advocacy Program atHarvard Law School. My topic is on the realities of failed international adoption policies. This is a subject near and dear to my heart. Moreover, given my personal experience with this matter over the past five years – and counting.
Thank you to all who have supported Beautiful Together and the work we do. We only hope to do far more over time.
The work of the Child Advocacy Program encompasses a number of initiatives. For instance, policy work and advocating for law reform. Law reform as it relates to granting vulnerable children living in orphanages around the world. As well as the human rights they deserve. If you would like to help support this movement, please add your name to this petition.
Photography is a key part of everything we do at Beautiful Together. Our mission has always been to work to identify and complete specific and measurable projects that tangibly improve the lives of orphaned children in the United States and Africa. We also shine a light on children living in extreme poverty, foster care, or orphanages through a combination of on-the-ground work, professional photography, video profiles, and social outreach.
In conclusion, I am heartened that this imagery can have an impact, even a very small one, on our movement to help children waiting for families join the families who wait for them.