Oak Parkers continue

February 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


Willie Mae - long time volunteer at the food pantry



Hajjar Mohammed-Herbert - Magic Minds Studio



Richard (Dick) Alton - Green community connections and a lifetime of community and international activism


So many stories, I really have a difficult time briefly writing something about these people because what they do is not brief, it is usually a lifetime of being part of something bigger than themselves. They are really committed their community.



I don't think one can live in Oak Park and not have heard of The Food Pantry. It's pretty obvious from the title what they do, but this morning I got to see first hand part of it in action, and once that truck pulls up outside it is action packed. Faces focus in on the task at hand and no one is standing around.

I know some of the 1,500 volunteers that help there but I asked one of the staff for a recommendation on who they thought would represent the volunteers well.  Maybe someone who has volunteered for a long time and does so on a regular basis, that is how I met Willie Mae.


This morning she was there to help unload the truck and pack the fridge. Here are some photos of her in action.

It's pretty amazing that the food pantry fed 15,873 local families comprised of 44,466 individuals in 2012 from this one room in the basement of a church.



and there was still more to come when I left. For more info on the Pantry visit http://oprffoodpantry.org/




Haj started Magic Minds Studio when she realized there was no place in the area for young kids to explore and create all art has to offer. The studio is designed for children to come and express themselves, grow their spirits, work on skills that will help them in future educational settings and have fun!


It's not surprising that Haj spent a big chunk of her childhood in the west bank where everyone was part of the family. In the rural villages when it was time to eat dinner you ate at the house you were closest to, everyone watched out for one another. Starting her own family it was important to find a home with a strong community and there weren't many choices for her past Oak park.




Willie Mae spent a few years living in the Haight area of San Francisco back in the day, while Dick went to school at Berkeley during Berkeley 'active' years, not really shocking that they continue to be invested in a better world.

I stopped by Dicks home early one morning. He had already been to an Oak Park community foundation meeting and was off to his next meeting as I left. I've known him to see for a couple of years through Green Community Connection events. He and his partner Sally name's have come up more than once when talking to people about this photo project. I'm not going to try to summarize all their work, I will just say they are a huge inspiration to many people here in our village.



Mann School Girls choice dance

February 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


to see all the photos from last nights Mann School Girl's Choice Dance visit http://www.emphotography.net/manndance2014


where did all the maternity photos go

February 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


Wasn't there a whole section of pregnancy photos on your website? Yes there was, and I will try to get them back on there soon. I have been doing maternity portraits for 10 years, the first one was a selfie. The majority of them were studio style and when I started there weren't a lot of other photographers in the area doing the style of image I was doing so it was fun and new. After a few years I started to see the same images I had been doing shot over and over by newer photographers so it was no longer new and fun so I took a break from that area. Not that I don't love doing maternity portraits, I do, I just wanted a little change for a while. But yes I still do and here are some photos from a maternity session last month. And I would love to do some new images so I am offering a couple of sessions in the next month at half price, a full session for a mini session price. These are not studio image, email or call if interested.


It is a really lovely time to meet people, especially when they are having their first baby together.



and where better to photograph a couple expecting their first child than their new home




I still do the studio style images too and am happy to mix and match a session, get a little lifestyle and a little posed.

And if you are pregnant and want a full session for half price and are willing to go in the snow give me a call.



I'm starting off the new year January 2014 back at this blog space. I have flip flopped back and forth from place to place over the years and you can still see many of my posts at http://emphoto.blogspot.com/

I am an image person much more so than a word person and therefore my blog tends to have more photos than words. Here I will post what I am working on personally and for clients, and from time to time maybe the work of others.