Sunday, November 28, 2010

Giving Back

The past week, Angela Goodhart of Goodhart Photography and I teamed up to give back to God and our community this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  We worked with the wonderful staff of Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to provide free portraits to some of their long term residents.

Angela and I really enjoyed working on the project and I got to learn a great deal about "formal" portrait photography -- something I had not done extensively before.  But the greatest joy was getting to meet the residents of the facility and using the gifts and talent God has given us to bless them this Holiday season.

The idea for this project was inspired by Craig Tanner of "The Mindful Eye."  One of his  Daily Critiques a couple years ago was on a portrait that someone had taken as a service project in a senior center.  Craig challenged his audience to find ways to "give back" to the community through their photography.  Angela and I built on that thought to provide these free portrait sessions and prints.

We used a two-light set-up with the main light on camera left and the fill on camera right, about 1.5 stops down from the main light.  Both lights were about 45 degrees between camera and subject.

Thanks again to the wonderful staff at Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilation Center (and especially Mabel) for not only helping to make this project possible, but so much fun.  And thanks as well to my daughter for helping set-up the backdrop and lights and recording the name of each resident so we can easily get their portrait to them.

Merry Christmas,


  1. Hello Tim,

    What a wonderful way to give back to your community via the use of your camera and photographic skills. I know that each of the residents will remember you and Angela for years to come and cherish their portraits. The participants all look so relaxed and seem to have thoroughly enjoyed the process.

    Marti Jeffers

  2. Thanks Marti. It was you, Craig and the entire TME team that provided the inspiration. So thank you.