As an artist, not only does the work you create matter but how you display the final product is just as, if not more, important. The products that we choose to sell to our clients are not only high-quality, but they are also products we have in our own homes. I am lucky to be able to partner with Lush Albums to bring my clients one of the most beautiful fine art albums I have ever seen or felt. Not only are Lush Albums eco-friendly and animal-friendly, but they are doing amazing things as a company. Lush Albums donates 10% of all profits to BeautifulTogether.org, a non-profit organization that’s completely focused on improving the lives of children without families (whether they are in foster care or living in group homes, care centers, or orphanages) through specific, tangible and measurable projects.
We ordered a pre-made album sample--housing Tamara Lackey's beautiful photography--to be able to show our clients. Reagan, who works for Lush Albums, knew the sample was being sent to NYC and asked if I could snap a selfie with the album in front of a NYC landmark. Well, I took a step further ... I grabbed my album and set off on a fun adventure around NYC. We went to Penn Station, visited The New York Times, of course stopped in Times Square and ended up in beautiful Bryant Park.
There are more than a handful of ways to display your family's treasured moments; canvases, framed prints, digitally ... but when you purchase a Lush Album not only are you receiving an album to be passed from generation, to generation but you are giving back to those who don't yet have a family to make an album with.
This was such a fun project to go out and shoot these albums, very different from photographing children and families. I have to say, in NYC, especially in Times Square, nothing is out of the ordinary. I turned a few heads while setting up an album in the middle of the street and blocking subway entrances but then someone dressed as Elmo would walk by, or a homeless person would shout, or a spontaneous street performance would turn their heads the other way and what I was doing didn't seem so weird anymore. If you haven't had the chance to just sit and people watch in Midtown Manhattan, I highly recommend it, it's fascinating.