So Many Angels is a nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that uses photography to help transform children battling cancer and other serious illnesses into whatever they want to be when they grow up.
A glimpse of joy
I had always enjoyed taking photos to look back on and help remember times and places, but what really got me interested in photographing people was when I was lucky enough to have a headshot session with Peter Hurley. Before that moment, I had never liked the way I looked in photos. I couldn't believe the way I felt after I saw the photo he took of me. I wanted to learn how to make people feel the way that I did from that one image Peter took.
What motivated you to create So Many Angels? What was your intention in beginning the project? I was photographing a local Make-A-Wish fundraising event and there was a woman in her mids speaking. She grew up in Miami Beach, Florida, and was sick as a child. She had her wish granted by the foundation when she was fourteen. Her wish was to go snow skiing. She said that when she went, it was the best week of her life.
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She didn't feel sick that week. She was so distracted by doing things that healthy kids do that she didn't have even a second to think about being sick.
It was around that same time a friend of mine had shared an incredible photo of a young boy in a Superman costume, and something just clicked. I didn't know what I wanted to call it, but the seed for So Many Angels was definitely planted that day. I don't need a whole lot of space for the photos. I can work with a small area to set up, so a playroom at the hospital works great.
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What draws you to the equipment you choose? One of the great things about working with the Profoto gear I use is that there are no cords. This is a huge advantage if you're going into a space where you're never sure where electrical outlets are located… or if they're even there.
It's also great to not have to worry about the kids or even myself tripping over cords!
When I photograph sessions for So Many Angels, my goal is to capture the cleanest, best image I can so that the retouchers I work with have all the pieces they need for their composite work. If there was one thing - one person - he wishes he could have brought with him, that would be his best friend, Michael. Michael always seemed to know what to do. But they have not talked since Michael's wedding to Macey.
James has cut himself o James is very lonely, and he feels as if his life lacks direction. James has cut himself off from Michael's life, believing that he belonged to his wife now, and not to James. But one seemingly random day, James wakes to find Michael kissing him, simply returning to his life. But is James ready to accept him back, even if Michael is still married to Macey?
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