MD Anderson Flashes of Hope

I recently had the honor of photographing patients in MD Anderson’s pediatric care for Flashes of Hope. We photographed 27 patients and families in one five hour session, a record for the MD Anderson chapter of Flashes of Hope (FOH).

In case you haven’t heard about it FOH is a “nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.” The way I see it, I got to bring a bright spot and some entertainment (hopefully!) into the marathon of cancer treatment for these kids and their families. We saw a number of patients who hadn’t slept the night before because they had to go through tests or whatever else can happen in a hospital. I tried to create an environment for tired parents and children to enter into and cut loose for a few minutes and I think the images reflect it.

I even received this kind email from the local FOH chapter director, “We received your photos and were blown away by their beauty. You have been given an amazing gift; you captured the essence of those children’s souls in a truly profound way. I am certain that the MD Anderson families will be as appreciative as I am. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

This was the second year I’ve had the opportunity to participate with FOH and again it was an amazing experience. I hope you enjoy the images. Check out the FOH website and think about supporting this amazing organization.

Houston Area High School Softball

Life has been crazy busy these last few months. Between a major personal project and trips to Cuba, Iowa and Arkansas, I have been running myself thin. Even for these tough times business has been good and life in general is good. Pictures and stories from projects and trips are soon to come.
As it has been far too long since my last post on here I thought I’d show a few images from the regional high school softball games I shot last month for my main local editorial client, The Houston Chronicle. The days were very hot. At least one of these teams of girls had to skip prom to play. High school kids fighting for trips to the state tournaments always make for great moments. I hope you enjoy seeing a bit of what I had the pleasure to witness.