I loved this image from Ann Beck and asked her to share it here. Ann says:
I’ve long been a supporter of our local Montessori private school, where all three of my girls attended (or still attend!) preschool, both because I really believe in the school and because I have a lot of clients there! The biggest fundraiser is the annual art auction, where each class creates a different work of art to sell to the all too willing parents. After ten years at the school, I was almost out of ideas for our class project, but a painting at an airport inspired this piece, which might just be my favorite ever! I had the kids come in groups of five and put one hand each in a circle, with fingers in a “peace” sign to form a star all together. Our school is very diverse, so I tried to emphasize that by getting as much of a mix in skin tones in each picture, so together they would contrast each other and stand out. We had an uneven number of kids, so the remaining kids were used to literally spell out our message, holding letters from a classroom work to create the “peace” label and a dove for a final symbolic effect. Once everything was shot individually on a white background, I digitally edited the parts together, overlapping arms and such to create a single, intertwined piece, which I had printed as a 10x30 canvas.
I really love that it really represents the school’s core values; diversity, community, and respect for each other and the world. Each child is there as an individual, but together they are a powerful, strong statement of love and peace. Now I just hope it raises a lot of money to help the school carry on those messages!
Great job Ann...keep us posted!
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.
Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What was your road like to becoming a photographer?
Hello! I am a portrait photographer based south of Boston, MA. My passion is capturing mothers and their growing families. Maternity and newborn portraits are the foundation of my business, and I also capture baby milestones, children, and families. Fun fact: I returned the diamond earrings my husband bought me for our first Christmas as a married couple to buy a digital camera.
When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.