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, it’s 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. Many children living in institutions do not have an opportunity to even be adopted. 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, especially 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, including policy work and advocating for law reform as it relates to granting vulnerable children living in orphanages around the world 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.
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.
I LOVE PUPPIES. They are sweet, soft, loving, playful, vulnerable and incredibly snuggly. But 40 puppies in the course of 48 hours with Nikon Gear? Well, that was a whole new level of wonderful madness.
This brand new campaign for Nikon has the most complex and wonderful combination of subjects I am lucky enough to photograph yet! FORTY tiny little, sweet, adorable puppies paired with a huge variety of brand new Nikon gear.
For this brilliant shoot, we rented out a large commercial space that has giant cyc walls painted a clean white. Nikon HQ shipped us a bunch of brand new Nikon gear. Lights and equipment were set up. As well as puppy gates, blankets and pillows. And we greeted all of our on-set Puppy Handlers, which is a real job description for these shoots.
And then got to work.
Because “Work” included welcoming puppy after puppy after puppy, we had to constantly wipe away fur, dust, puppy licks. As well as all the “gifts” they kindly left us while setting up shot after shot.
Keeping the Nikon gear dust, fur-free AND in position while constantly being knocked over by 12 puppies going in 12 different directions was not easy. I know that this gear is tough, but it is definitely confirmed with all the puppy chewing. Because they didn’t even leave a mark, hah!
I shot the entire campaign with the Nikon Z7 mirrorless system. Also paired with the adapter for F-mount lenses for a variety of images.
Major props to Kim Williams Pollard, our Studio Manager, for meticulously checking in and out an *enormous* amount of gear, as well as orchestrating tons of model releases while also working to set up, break down and very actively assist on all of the shoots.
And more major props to our Special Projects Producer Rhesa Versola for also helping to set up and break down both days – and for all of her rather detailed pre-production efforts, coordinating shoots with so many puppies from so many places (wow, such an effort!), as well as filming on set, too.
And big gratitude to Robert Cummins for filming the shoots, assisting with lighting, bringing more great energy to the shoot, and creating our puppy BTS!
Photo Shelter Blog names our Workshop as one of 40 most exciting for 2019/2020 – Don’t miss out!
Joe McNally, Ami Vitale and I are all thrilled to be named within this amazing group of the most exciting Photography Workshops! And, we still have spaces available, so make sure to check out our Amazon Workshop page.
Come join us for the first few days in Quito, Ecuador and we will explore the City before heading out to La Selva Lodge in the Amazon Rainforest. You will see a variety of Flora and Fauna that make up this amazing location.
At the Lodge, not only will you participate in our Workshops, but you can also enjoy the Spa and much more that the Lodge offers.
We are in the thick of filming 12 episodes of our new series Chasing Frames. This is our new television show airing this fall on PBS’ regional affiliate Public Media NC. The show will reach into five states along with incredible Emmy-Award winning content & some amazing shows on UNC-TV!
I am SO very grateful to have Nikon and ON1 Software underwriting this series!!
One of our recent episodes was all about Search & Rescue Dogs. These rather furry guys do pretty big jobs. One of the coolest things I learned while filming this episode, is that in order to track someone for miles, these dogs open up pretty much all of their pores. This, of course, is also a bit exhausting for a four-legged creature racing through the woods. Even though they were training hard for life-saving work, I also loved that I could get a pretty hilarious shot like this during this dogs recovery.
Look out for Chasing Frames broadcasting on PBS in the Fall of 2019!
Join THREE renowned photographers: Ami Vitale, Joe McNally and Tamara Lackey on the trip of a lifetime to Ecuador. You will experience the culture of its historic capital, Quito. As well as the abundant wildlife of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
This all-inclusive 10 day and 9 night adventure is a complete immersion into photography, storytelling and exploration.
This unique workshop will focus on landscape, portrait and travel photography. The days will be full of lectures and daily post-processing lab time.
It will be impossible not to be overwhelmed by gorgeous Quito, a UNESCO heritage site and the country’s capital. A visit to magical Old Town will be filled with colorful people and culture. Panoramic vistas and brilliant historic cathedrals. The people of Ecuador are what make this destination so very special.
After two days, you will travel in-country to the Amazon basin where you float by the banks and tributaries of the Amazon River. You will spot wildlife, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle.
The majority of the workshop will be held at the stunning 5-star luxury eco-resort La Selva Ecolodge & Spa, located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. The Lodge is located off the Napo River, inside of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.
The Reserve is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, home to millions of species of plants, birds, rare animals and stunning scenery. There you will find your accomodations in breezy, stylish cabanas. The sounds of the rainforest will soothe you to sleep while the singing of birds will awaken you in the morning.
As an all-inclusive workshop, all freshly-made, deliciously cooked meals will be included, too.
Spring is finally here! It’s time to get your macro lens to photograph bees.
This is the perfect time to re-visit an episode of The reDefine Show: Animal Edition! See it here:>>>Backyard Bees <<<
It’s all about photographing bees using a macro lens. I have always been nervous/terrified of bees while some people are all, like, One With The Bees. As for me, I am pretty much the exact opposite of that. I feel the hairs on the back of my neck rise up anytime I see a bee or hear a buzz nearby, so, to put on a beekeeper’s suit and walk into the same space as 70,000 bees? Well, it was a full-on personal challenge.
This is where photography comes into play because every time I photograph something or someone I am struck by how beautiful they are, in so many ways. I love that my job is to look for that beauty, which is one of the coolest parts of the work, and yet, I was surprised I still felt the same way during this shoot. These little fuzzy bees are intricately beautiful and hard-working and expressive, looking directly at you with head tilts, butts out, wings splayed out & more! My job was to photograph them as well as possible while speaking to what I was doing and using a variety of means to do so, and I got lost in it almost immediately. This was not just a wonderful shoot, it was personally transformative for me.
A Macro Lens to Face Your Fear
It’s amazing how spending time with that which you fear can change everything. Oh, and wearing a beekeeper’s outfit helps.
I’d LOVE to invite you to check out our first episode: