Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Model Test: Aaron Enos

Agency Arizona model Aaron Enos. November 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Agency Arizona model Aaron Enos. November 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Agency Arizona model Aaron Enos. November 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Agency Arizona model Aaron Enos. November 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Agency Arizona model Aaron Enos. November 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Hair and makeup by Michele Lee
Styling by Alexandra Smith
Model: Aaron Enos with Agency Arizona

Monday, December 12, 2011

Haiti from the Air

From Les Cayes to Port Au Prince. December 2011. Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Rural Haiti. December 2011. Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Haiti Coastline. December 2011. Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Populated Port Au Prince. December 2011. Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Landing in Port Au Prince. December 2011. Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jack and Ella

Jack and Ella. March 2011. Fountain Hills, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Ella Feet. March 2011. Fountain Hills, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Little Ella. March 2011. Fountain Hills, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Private home in North Phoenix


Private home and entertaining space. July 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Private home and entertaining space. July 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Private home and entertaining space. July 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Private home and entertaining space. July 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Private home and entertaining space. July 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On Assignment: Teach For America

Teach For America alumnus Noemi Cortes. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Teach For America alumnus Noemi Cortes. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Teach For America alumnus Noemi Cortes. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An Up-and-Coming Superstar

Latin Christian singer Stephanie. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Latin Christian singer Stephanie. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Latin Christian singer Stephanie. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Latin Christian singer Stephanie. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Latin Christian singer Stephanie. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Latin Christian singer Stephanie. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Latin Christian singer Stephanie. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Latin Christian singer Stephanie. September 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Hair and makeup by Michele Lee.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Family: My great grandmother Mabel



I found this gem of a photograph in an old metal box of photos belonging to my grandpa. It is a picture of his mother, Mabel Richards, with Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. My great grandmother worked as a nurse and personal escort for Ms. Barton.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holga: Traveling with Scott

Showers. Summer 2009. Havasupai Falls, Arizona. ©Jill Richards Photography

Beaches. June 2010. Amelia Island, FL. ©Jill Richards Photography

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Haiti Bound

Global Family Philanthropy has invited me to join them on their October trip to Les Cayes, Haiti. We leave Friday, October 7. I'll be shooting stills and video as well as working on a portrait project with the 19 children they've adopted into their program.

To learn more about Global Family Philanthropy and the work they do, please watch this mini documentary.


HAITI: Small Beginnings from Sherri Urann on Vimeo.
Mini documentary by Sherri Urann exposing the current state of devastation in Haiti, and daily challenges children face to survive everyday. Perils ranging from the abandonment of babies, cholera, starvation, and a simple lack of love threaten the young of this bereaved country. But big change has small beginnings. Watch to learn what Global Family is doing to help Haiti's future by loving its people in the present. See the rescue of two little girls, and learn how you can help.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Working with Royalty

Phoenix-based Digital Royalty is responsible for some of the most strategic social media campaigns for celebrities and athletes like Shaquille O’Neal, UFC president Dana White, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the Chicago White Sox and now Nike. This 10-person team understands the importance of a social media presence — they have more than a million friends (followers) on Twitter.

Digital Royalty is young and cool and they are in love with their work. They wanted their social media portraits/avatars to reflect that.

Digital Royalty. August 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Digital Royalty. August 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Digital Royalty. August 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Digital Royalty. August 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Digital Royalty. August 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography

Shot on location at Tuck Shop. Hair and makeup by the wonderful Michele Lee.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Junau goes to college

Junau DeLouis Louis-Jean & his American mom, Karen. 2011. Scottsdale, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Let me introduce you to Junau. He's a photographer's dream — I mean, look at that smile. Junau is all smiles, all the time. I guess that's why an entire organization fell in love with him.

Junau is from Le Cayes, Haiti. He's a smart kid. He excelled in high school, but like most Haitians he wouldn't be going to college and most likely couldn't find a job — more than two thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs. Enter Global Family Philanthropy.

Volunteers from this small, grassroots Phoenix-based organization met Junau in Haiti earlier this year and in a matter of months found a college that would fund a partial scholarship for the aspiring medical student. Volunteers have started raising funds for the remaining tuition.

Junau arrived to the US in late July. He was greeted by a crowd of cheering GFP volunteers. After a crazy two weeks of sight-seeing — which included beaches in California, the Grand Canyon, horseback riding, golf and roller coasters (which he did not enjoy) — Junau is now in Kansas and settled into his Hesston College dorm with a Napalese roommate named Ash.

Welcome to Phoenix. 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Education is everything to Junau. He knows it's the only way for a Haitian to get ahead. He talks openly about political corruption and his vision for Haiti. He loves his country, but he knows she has a long way to go. He cares for his family, focuses on his studies and volunteers — which is how he met the folks with GFP.

Junau worked side-by-side with GFP volunteers this year as they finished construction on a home for abandoned children. The home has 19 children ranging in ages from infants to nine years old. The home is just outside Junau's hometown on 16 acres of sustainable farmland.

Junau's fluency in English, French and KreyĆ²l helped GFP connect with children in need — including Schneider, a small boy who was living for months in a public hospital after being abandoned. Ultimately, Junau wants to be a doctor and return to Haiti to work with children. 

Getting to know Junau. 2011. Flagstaff, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography

Jenga Champ. 2011. Flagstaff, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Junau and Lori. 2011. Scottsdale, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography


If you would like to learn more about GFP, visit http://globalfamilyphilanthropy.org. GFP will be hosting a dinner fundraiser at Roaring Fork in Scottsdale on Sunday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $75 and all proceeds go towards Junau's tuition. For more information: http://gfpfamilydinner.eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Global Family Philanthropy and Haiti

I can't stop thinking about Haiti. I have Global Family Philanthropy to blame. Well, GFP and graphic designer Jenny Poon — I stalked Jenny's blog for updates from her two trips to Haiti with GFP.

The Global Family organization is small — enthusiastic, but small. Volunteers visit Haiti several times a year to complete projects ranging from construction, painting and education. Just this year they completed the construction of a home for 19 abandoned children — many of whom are left on the streets or in public hospitals.

Most recently, GFP sponsored its first college student. Junau, a 20-year-old Haitian student and GFP volunteer, starts classes at Hesston College in Kansas next week.

I'm excited to be doing some work with GFP.  I'm a fan of photo-philanthropy and GFP is a good fit for me and my work. For these reasons, I wanted to introduce you to the organization. Chances are, I will be talking about Haiti and GFP again soon.

To learn more about Global Family Philanthropy and the incredible work they do, check out this short documentary.



HAITI: Small Beginnings from Sherri Urann on Vimeo.
Mini documentary by Sherri Urann exposing the current state of devastation in Haiti, and daily challenges children face to survive everyday. Perils ranging from the abandonment of babies, cholera, starvation, and a simple lack of love threaten the young of this bereaved country. But big change has small beginnings. Watch to learn what Global Family is doing to help Haiti's future by loving its people in the present. See the rescue of two little girls, and learn how you can help.

film by sherri urann
original music adam kootman
www.thesimplegoods.com
www.globalfamilyphilanthropy.org

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Costa Rica with Rustic Pathways

A friend of mine from college, Justin Kase Conder is a mad man and one helluva a photographer. He also has the coolest job ever. He's head photographer for Rustic Pathways, which offers travel programs all over the world to high school students. Just last week he summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and this week he's on safari in the Serengeti. Yes, his job rocks.

Justin Kase shared a little bit of his dream job with a few of his colleagues — me included. The Rustic Pathways organization sent me to beautiful Costa Rica for nine days to photograph the activities and community service work of 35 high school kids. Thanks Kase. I guess now I owe you.


Estudiante en la escuela. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Estudiante en la escuela dos. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Saltar la cuerda. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Estudiantes en la escuela tres. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Soccer Field. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Rustic Pathways student volunteers. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Estudiantes en la escuela quatro. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Rustic Pathways cement fight. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Red eyed tree frog. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography
Rustic Pathways student volunteers 02. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Rustic Pathways zip line. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Rustic Pathways zip line 02. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Rustic Pathways students. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography

Rustic Pathways students 02. 2011. Costa Rica. ©Jill Richards Photography