Thursday, June 28, 2012

Vintage Charm

I own a pill box hat and I have my editor at Valley Guide to blame for that. I found this feathered gem while on assignment. My editor gave me a list of three vintage stores to pull product from. She then let me loose. Naturally, things got out of hand. I pulled enough product to cover my entire dining room with vintage goods and antique bobbles. I had to channel every gifted stylist I've ever worked with to pull off this product shoot. Here are the published pages. And if you need vintage shopping tips, I'm your girl.



Valley Guide Summer 2012
Valley Guide Summer 2012
Valley Guide Summer 2012
Valley Guide Summer 2012
Vintage Accessories. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ile a Vache, Haiti

I traveled to Haiti for the third time in nine months. And like each time before, the transportation is grueling, the air quality is atrocious and the days are exhausting. The kids, however, are always amazing.

I travel to Haiti with Global Family Philanthropy, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that operates a home for children in Les Cayes, about a 4-hour bus ride from Port Au Prince. I volunteer as a photographer and serve on the board. On this past trip, GFP founder Lori Goldberg wanted to deliver a $5,000 donation to the L'oeuvre Saint Fran├žois orphanage on the remote island of Ile a Vache. For 30 years, Sister Flora, a French-Canadian nun, has cared for 70+ children at this orphanage, many of whom are physically and mentally disabled. Her charitable work includes the opening of a school located in her village, where her children and neighborhood kids attend.
    
Visiting her is one of my favorite ways to experience Haiti. Not only are her children wonderful, but the island is gorgeous. Many visitors stay on the island in one of the two resorts. They volunteer with Sister Flora during the day and then hike back to their hotel. The beaches are pristine and the water is clear and warm. Ile a Vache is really something special.

At Sister Flora's door. 2011. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Big Eyes. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
The Footpath. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Sister Flora's children. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Teasing from Sister Flora. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Greetings. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Hello Linda. 2011. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
A break from the chair. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Administration. 2011. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Running Home. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Parking lot. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Market Day. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Home. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography
Abaka Bay Resort. 2012. Ile a Vache, Haiti. ©Jill Richards Photography


Thursday, June 7, 2012

One man's junk...

On a road trip through Jerome, AZ, I was lucky enough to meet this old guy — Don Robertson, owner of The Gold King Mine. His place is museum of sorts. A collection of rusted machine parts, broke down cars, mining artifacts and a menagerie of friendly animals. He said in an interview with the Arizona Republic, "This was what I was meant to do. I was put on this Earth to save this beautiful old machinery. This is the stuff that America was built with. There's no reason for it to be tossed aside or forgotten." 

Don Robertson, of  Gold King Mine and Ghost Town. 2009. Jerome, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Olympian Archer

Brady Ellison is a country boy. He loves to hunt, drive big trucks and dote over his girlfriend. He's a good guy. He's also the world's top-ranked archer and has a good chance of winning gold. I photographed him for a profile in the June issue of Phoenix magazine.

Brady Ellison. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Brady Ellison, Native Arizonian. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Brady Ellison. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
One of two belt buckles he wears. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Brady Ellison. 2012. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
June 2012 issue of Phoenix Magazine.