Working with Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Since October, I have completed several projects with Children's Hospital Los Angeles. I have had the utmost pleasure photographing patients, celebrities, faculty, and families. My images are being used for editorial and advertising purposes. Here are a few samples that are published: 

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APA National Awards 2016

I am beyond thrilled to announce that this image has won an APA NationalAWARD!!!!!!

This image holds a special place in my heart. It is worth noting that the judges who selected this photo did not know the story behind it; nevertheless, the story will be printed in the book along with the other winning photographs from the 2016 APA National Awards! Thank you Danielle Michaels for reaching out and allowing me to photograph your beautiful sons. Here is the story:

This is Cameron, an 11-year-old activist from Porter Ranch, CA. He and his family were involved in the fight to keep their community safe since the blowout first started in October. Cameron testified for the board of County Supervisors and wrote to Erin Brockovich, who responded and made time to meet him. His mom Danielle was the sign maker for many of the rallies. They were involved in the fight to move children out of schools where the air was toxic.
Their involvement came to a screeching halt when Cameron’s Dad & Danielle’s husband came down with a sudden illness. He passed away 28 hours later. He was 45 years old.

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Moscow International Foto Awards

I am beyond excited to announce that my PORTER RANCH GAS BLOWOUT series will be exhibited at the Moscow International Foto Awards winner's exhibition this July!!! My series (8 photos in this case) won the Science: Environment category. I only wish that I could attend the exhibition! These photos will reach the eyes of people on the other side of the world, and they will learn about what happened in Porter Ranch. This is a dream come true for me as a photographer and activist. We must keep this discussion going. Fossil Fuels are destroying our health and climate.

Below is my certificate: 

 

 

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Cameron & Ethan

I was presented with a unique opportunity to photograph two young victims of the Porter Ranch Gas Blowout: Cameron and Ethan.  

Cameron and Ethan's mother, Danielle Michaels, reached out via facebook. She had seen my campaign and wanted to share her family's unique experience. At the time I was thinking about telling more personal stories in my image captions. But their story is so powerful that I had to do another photoshoot just for them. Below is my first social media blast featuring Cameron: 

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This is Cameron, an 11-year-old activist from Porter Ranch, CA. He and his family were involved in the fight to keep their community safe since the leak first started in October. Cameron testified for the board of County Supervisors and wrote to Erin Brockovich, who responded and made time to meet him. His mom Danielle was the sign maker for many of the rallies. They were involved in the fight to move children out of schools where the air was toxic.

Their involvement came to a screeching halt when Cameron’s Dad & Danielle’s husband came down with a sudden illness. He passed away 28 hours later. He was 45 years old.

Photoshoot with Lauren Meltzer

Although I've been invested in Porter Ranch for the last several weeks, I squeezed in a photoshoot with my new friend Lauren Meltzer. She played a very important role in helping out with the Porter Ranch project. And as it turns out, we have a mutual friend. 

Here's the story: 

When I was prepping for the Porter Ranch shoot, I didn't know who I was going to be working with aside from my brother. As I was getting ready to leave my apartment in LA, my friend Andrew Morelli texted me to see what I was up to. I had only met Andrew once, and we hit it off so well that we decided to be friends! We had not seen each other since last summer. I called Andrew and asked if he was up for modeling in my activism photoshoot. I told him it would take up the rest of his day. He was up for it, so I picked him up and we were off to my parent's house in Porter Ranch. As we were driving, Andrew realized he had an acting class he needed to be at by 6 PM SHARP.... 

I told him I could try to get him there by 7. But if he wanted to get there on time, he would have to take an Uber (which would be super expensive considering the distance between Porter Ranch and Hollywood). 

So we arrive at my parent's house, and people start showing up. Then Lauren arrives with our props (the gas masks). Turns out Lauren is in Andrew's acting class!! What are the chances?! They ended up carpooling together from my parent's house. It all worked out beautifully! I'm still not sure what to make of such a coincidence, but I can't help but feel that something bigger than us has been guiding us through this project. 

Anyway, I squeezed in a shoot with Lauren. I adore her photos! She wanted images that she could use for a modeling portfolio. Here are some of my favorites: 

 

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Leak is Permanently Sealed!!!



THIS JUST IN: ‪#‎porterranchgasleak‬ is permanently sealed! We are relieved that the road to recovery can now begin. PLEASE, SHARE YOUR STORIES.

This environmental disaster has sparked a movement- one that has put the issue of aging infrastructure and corporate negligence in the spotlight. This is no longer just about ‪#‎PorterRanch‬. How can we prevent this from happening elsewhere? Is there something happening in your neighborhood that we should know about?


Swings at ET Park

 L to R: Sarah, Andrew, Serena, and Lj

L to R: Sarah, Andrew, Serena, and Lj

The gas is invisible but we can feel it.

SoCal gas might be able to seal the leak by the end of this month, but now what? What are the long term health effects? Socal gas claims that there are none. But can we trust them? They initially attempted to reassure the community of Porter Ranch by stating that there are no health effects resulting from exposure to the leaking gas. This was a lie. 

SoCal Gas had lied to us before. There are so many unknowns. Porter Ranch is a dangerous experiment and its residents are unwilling subjects. 

 

 

 

Porter Ranch

 Sarah (L) and Serena (R) at ET Park. Serena lives in Porter Ranch and had to relocate with her family. 

Sarah (L) and Serena (R) at ET Park. Serena lives in Porter Ranch and had to relocate with her family. 

Since late October, an invisible environmental disaster has been unfolding in Porter Ranch, CA.  A gas well owned by SoCal gas has been leaking uncontrollably for months, and it is still leaking today. Thousands of families have had to relocate. Schools have been evacuated and students are attending other schools temporarily. The air is toxic. People are sick. At least one person has died. 

Some experts claim that this methane leak already has 5 times the climate impact as burning all the oil spilled during the 2010 BP oil spill, and it is still leaking today. 

What makes this disaster unique is that you can't see it. If you go to Porter Ranch right now, everything is seemingly normal aside from the lack of residents and increased police surveillance. When the leak first began, scientists from Socal gas claimed that the gas wasn't harmful. But then children in Porter Ranch schools started getting severe nosebleeds, headaches, throat infections and experiencing nausea. Other residents had similar symptoms. Over 11,000 people have been relocated so far. 

So where is the outrage? Why aren’t people talking about this? Is it because the gas is invisible? 

This project is about bringing visibility to the the invisible environmental disaster that is taking place in our backyard. We want people to talk about what’s happening in Porter Ranch.