I just returned from a 4 day trip to Colorado for GII (Goodwill Industries International) to create more compelling images for their national stock image library. The trip combined images and stories from Goodwill Colorado Springs and Goodwill Denver. Aside from the super dry heat, missing England's traumatic loss against Uruguay and the long shoot days. It was, as always, a fun, educational and memorable trip. Along the way we made some new friends, heard some inspiring stories both happy and sad, proved that laughter IS contagious, met and photographed a complete stranger called 'Cinnamon' and found out why Coloradans always carry lip balm.
I'm always surprised how accommodating people are when asked "Hey would you mind if I photograph you doing that?" and "Can you also sign this model release so we can use it?". Thats right...... its another all real people, 'on-the-fly' production with my awesome compatriot and client from Goodwill, 'Rachel Morales' . She a combination of producer, client, driver, enabler and sidekick. Its always a pleasure to work with someone who knows what needs to be achieved, what the Big Picture 'really' looks like and is always one step ahead of my shot list, and making sure it all happens in the face of a slowly crumbling preproduction schedule.
So after 2 flights, 3 hotel buffets and $350 in excess luggage fee's heres a small sample of what we came up with. Heres some of the real people, programs and the good that Goodwill does to embrace, empower and champion the people who need the extra little push, leg up, boost or specialized services that they otherwise wouldn't get.