The Centers for Habilitation

Notebook Magazine

Last year, I was selected for a second time to represent the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and take part in the photographic project called Picturing Maricopa 2010. I was honored and very fortunate to be selected in 2009 as well. To make the selections an outside selection committee was formed consisting of museum curators and a graphic designer. From over 50 applicants 15 professional photographers were chosen by the selection committee. We were then paired with 15 nonprofit agencies who care for people of all needs. I was paired with The Centers for Habilitation (TCH) in Tempe, Arizona.

The Trust publishes a quarterly magazine called Notebook. I was excited to hear that my work is featured on the cover of this years magazine. It’s a picture of Victor at work in the paper shredding facility at TCH. He is a vivacious, and outwardly happy man who has serious needs both mentally and physically.

Dawn Hawking Director of Development for The Centers of Habilitation wrote the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust when she received her magazine in the mail. This is what she wrote:

I wanted to let you know that I just took the notebook to Victor to show him, and you made his day by putting him on the cover. His coworkers were standing around and are just as excited as he is. It was a great moment to experience. Thank you again.

News like this, makes my day. If I can help people or bring light onto an issue through my photography there is no greater compliment.

Chase Field Advertisement

The Brains

Recently, I did a fun location shoot photographing Doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Barrow Neurological Institute. I was told the advertisement is being used at Chase Field. I was told it’s huge, close to 8 feet high and 12 feet long. Someday, I hope to see it in person.

Barrow Neurological Institute Video

An Avenue of Hope

Ray Thurston

Here are a couple of short video’s that are my first commercial video productions as a commercial photographer. I’m excited that my first video opportunity was with such a prestigious world renowned medical center such as Barrow Neurological Institute. As a commercial photographer these day’s it seems a natural transition to slide into video but it can be a tough sell, a steep learning curve and an expensive endeavor. With that said, your client must have a certain level of confidence that you’ll deliver a professional product.

I did two video’s. The Avenue of Hope is an interview with Nadar Sanai, MD, Director of the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center and Director of Neurosurgery Oncology. The second video How and Why I Give, is with Ray Thurston a businessman and philanthropist who’s donated money to the center to advance brain tumor research.