Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Purdue Alumnus Magazine Shoot

    The Purdue Alumnus Magazine has a great story about the young man I am hoping to go to Ethiopia with.  I met him while photographing the picture for this story and we talked a lot about Ethiopia.  After working with me he went out of his way to contact me and ask if I would be interested in traveling to Ethiopia with them in May to photograph the work they are doing there.  Of course I am thrilled and excited about the opportunity to go to Ethiopia again, but I am also thrilled to be a part of his amazing project.    Check it out here:
Purdue Alumnus Magazine

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Not about photography...but still part of my business passions.

     I have mentioned on this blog many times that I am an adoptive parent. son's photos have been featured on here A LOT!  I can't help it, he's just too cute.  Anyway, our son was adopted from Ethiopia in 2010.  We were constantly looking for children's books etc. that were about adoption, or multiracial families etc. that would allow Simon to see that there are other kids out there like him.  There were lots of books that were "generically" about adoption or so specific that they didn't match Simon's situation.  So what did I decide to do???  Write my own.  I am a decent artist, but my writing skills are marginal at best.  Luckily, I had my wife and friends there to help use put together a children's book that is about Ethiopian adoption.  It is called "Binyam's Big Trip".

   We self-published the book and it is now available for sale!  Just follow this link to find out more:
Binyam's Big Trip
    It was a fun project and I am thinking that I have one or two more stories in me.  Hopefully, other families of adopted children will find this book as a way to start conversations with their children about their personal stories.