MrPhab Photos: Blog https://www.mrphabphotos.com/blog en-us (C) MrPhab Photos (MrPhab Photos) Sun, 26 Apr 2020 15:35:00 GMT Sun, 26 Apr 2020 15:35:00 GMT https://www.mrphabphotos.com/img/s/v-12/u95294238-o30415001-50.jpg MrPhab Photos: Blog https://www.mrphabphotos.com/blog 90 120 The Wedding That Happened Anyways https://www.mrphabphotos.com/blog/2020/4/the-wedding-that-happened-anyways Savannah and Darian are more than just clients to me, they’ve been close friends for a few years and I was so excited to capture and be a part of what would’ve been their big day. I know every bride imagines and dreams about their wedding day and what it will be like. I know this couple had hoped to be surrounded by 150 of their closest friends and family on 4/25/2020 as they shared thier vows. I cannot wait until we can all gather together, in the near future, to celebrate this beautiful couple and their love on their second “save the date”. The Ring Bearer
Anyone who knows Savannah can tell you how determined she can be, and from talking with her mother we realized Savannah was determined to keep the original wedding date even if it meant just her and Darian unofficially saying “I Do” under the canopy of the magnolia tree in the backyard. As the equally over-the-top friend that I am, I asked the mother of the bride if we could team up to make their backyard nuptials as magical as possible. Savannah loves twinkle lights, ferns, and macrame so, with the help of the amazing mother of the bride, we adorned that magnolia tree with all of the obove to help create a magic moment. But the mother of the bride didn’t stop there, she cordinated a drive by wedding parade to arrive while they were in the front yard planting their wedding tree. As they filled in the dirt in around the tree they heard horns honking, then one by one their loved ones drove by to congratulate them tossing flowers and wedding gifts out their car windows onto the front lawn. The couple was so surprised and overwhelmed with love they picked up their gifts and flowers and headed to the backyard to say “I do!”
Watch the slide show below of the entire moment!

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Black Girl Magic In Rural America https://www.mrphabphotos.com/blog/2020/2/black-girl-magic-in-rural-america “Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want
to encourage each and everyone of us to interrogate how we might be an
oppressor and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves
and for each other.”  Lavern Cox 

I envisioned creating a photographic
exhibit to acknowledge and honor Franklin County African American
women, who had nurtured and encouraged me throughout my youth and
throughout my expanding career.
I approached a few of these friends explaining my idea as being a
collection of portraits. Each photo would be accompanied by an
inspiring quotation from an African American historical woman chosen
by the person being photographed. The simplicity of the idea was that
there had rarely been an art exhibit anywhere dedicated exclusively to
women of color. It would be entitled “Black Girl Magic.”
 

I invited select community leaders to view the
evolving exhibit. Again strong endorsement was received especially by
the Franklin County Coalition for Progress (FCCP). Their President,
Noel Purdy, with Mr. Whitley’s acquiescence, approached
Chambersburg’s Coyle Free Library for hosting the exhibit in the
recently completed multi-million dollar expansion. Without hesitation
the library was delighted to host the expanded exhibit.
(The final exhibit has 29 photos including five pair of mothers and
daughters).


 

Ms. Purdy chaired a GoFund campaign to pay for the
printed portraits, associated printing costs & a community reception.
And the Library agreed to extend the viewing of the exhibit through
March 31, acknowledging Women’s History Month. Within days more
than two-dozen contributors led by the Rotary Club of Chambersburg’s
Foundation exceeded the financial goal.

 


 

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Franklin County's Female Firsts https://www.mrphabphotos.com/blog/2020/2/franklin-countys-female-firsts In the past months I have been photographing women in Franklin County, Pennsylvania who have made historical contributions to our community. I wanted to create something that focuses on and celebrates their achievements as female leaders
who have made a positive impact on Franklin County.

Below: Lavinia Reid, founder, Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School,
calls herself “a composer/choreographer who teaches ballet.”
Lavinia advises young women to “Be brave enough to not
worry about failure. Go for it. Believe in yourself
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How did this project come about? Long story short: The one and only Pam Anderson! Participant, genealogist, friend, connector,
my inspiration to do this project; and writer of all of the participants biographies.

Fun Fact: Pam has three Female Firsts. In 1986, she became
Chambersburg Hospital’s first full-time speech pathologist.
Switching careers to construction in 1991, she was elected
Franklin County Builders Association’s first female president in 1999,
and chosen as the Pennsylvania Builders Association’s first female
Small Contractor of the Year in 2000. In 2016, she became
Franklin County’s first certified professional genealogist. 

Pam’s advice for young women: "Do what scares you. I’m
always in awe of young people who try new things, not
worrying about what will happen if they fail or what others
might think of them. Have the courage to be your true self,
even if it’s not what others think is traditional.”

Below: Pam Anderson in her home in front of her wall of ancestors.

Pam photographed in front of her ancestor wall.Pam photographed in front of her ancestor wall.

My Hope for young ladies and, honestly, everyone who comes to view this exhibit: I hope they see local women working wonders! I hope they are just as inspired as I was when I had the privilege to get to know and photograph them. But most importantly, I hope seeing this kind of positive local representation creates a confidence and sense of pride for women of all ages who call Franklin County home.

 

Below: Linda L. Thomas Worthy, Ph.D., describes herself as
a first generation college student who has defied many odds.
She is also the first and only in her family to earn a
Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Linda’s advice to young women today: “There is freedom in
knowing who you are and being comfortable with that self-
realization. Being your authentic and imperfect ‘self’ cultivates
self-acceptance which gives you the confidence to be the best
version of you.”

Donations to support Franklin County's Female Firsts Art Exhibit, held at Coyle Free Library, will go towards books for the participants of Go Girls Go and their mentors, as well as an ongoing program entitled Girl Power at all Franklin County Library System libraries. Girl Power will help empower girls ages 12-18 with quarterly programs that focus on self-esteem, leadership, body image and life choices. They will watch podcasts, read books and articles, promote healthy eating, exercise, create art, and in general create a safe place were teen girls can come, talk, and be themselves. This program will be piloted at Coyle Free Library and will be available to be replicated easily at other libraries and in other community organizations. This program will be led by Senior Director of Information Services, Jill Ann Yaich, and will start in late spring of 2020. If successful and well attended they will branch out to similar programs for boys ages 12-18 and co-ed options to promote gender equality and understanding.

Please donate here.

Portraits will be displayed during Women’s History Month, March 2020 at the Coyle Free Library,
with an opening reception on February 28, 2020.
 

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Photos that will make you want to Put Pre Pride Block Party & Outfest on your calendar!! https://www.mrphabphotos.com/blog/2018/5/photos-that-will-make-you-want-to-put-pre-pride-block-party-outfest-on-your-calendar They say a Photo is worth a thousand words... It is my intention and hope that My Photos are worth a million.

When you grow up in a world that makes you feel so different,

it's beyond what I can put into words what it is like to  experience a time and place where everyone has gathered to celebrate diversity and acceptance 

LET'S BE HONEST!! Philly Knows How To Party!!!!!

 Put on your sexy shoes & something FIERCE!

Bring your BOO, BRING YOUR BUDDIES and all your LOVE & SUPPORT for the community 

The feeling of being a PROUD Pennsylvanian celebrating in our CITY OF LOVE was one of the highlights of my summer last year!

 

 I can't wait to see all of you and take more

Phabulous Photos 

at this years 

Pre Pride Block Party

Friday June 12th

mark your calendar!

I LOVE working... with LGBTQ+ Community for any of your Photography needs. Please use the contact tab and reach out to me.

 I will leave you with a slide show & this quote I absolutely love.

"I've been embraced by a new community. That's what happens when you're finally honest about who you are; you find others like you."--Chaz Bono

 

 

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