The unveiling of the new Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center signage photographed Monday, September 25, 2017.
To fellow photogs, beware of a scam going around:
I received the following email from Shirley Alban (firstname.lastname@example.org) on September 13th. It looked fishy and I contacted HypeBeast directly who confirmed they do not solicit photography in this way and have never heard of Shirley.
The email reads:
“I saw your portfolio on Photoserve.com. I'm Shirley one of the North America Assistant editors mostly work with T.S. Fox, Jason Dike and Karl Smith. I would like to learn more about your services. we are looking for an experienced photographer to work with on an ongoing blogging and articles. we blog for various online platforms and would love to collaborate with photographers on genre such as beauty, vintage, fashion, lifestyle, and outdoor. I am compiling shots for hypebeast.com “fashion page” segment and the online fashion magazine is looking for professional and reliable photographers who want to create stunning images. hypebeast is particularly looking for outdoor and urban looks. If you’re interested in this project, it is important to understand a few details about the project. These are: • You will be required to work with 2 models. • There will be 3 outfits per model, 5 looks for each outfit, which totals 30 looks/images. • Outfits/Wardrobe will be supplied by us. • Location, date, and time will be fixed by you which should be convenient between both parties. • We want 30 professionally taken pictures in High Res Digital Copies. • Delivery date must be between 28th September and 5th October Latest. • Compensation: $2000 ($1000 upfront and $1000 final payment). • You will hold full image right (Licensor) As the photographer we want you to handle other aspect of the gig and dictate the creative direction. If you can handle this, please reply with your full name (Business name), phone number, and address (to be written on your contract and check ). So i can forward a contract to be signed by both parties if the description is satisfactory. Regards.”
What tipped me off that this was a scam?
There are tiny english errors, but more than that the specific description of what you will shoot, how much you will be paid, and that they are up fronting you $1k without ever having worked with you is a warning sign. There is more negotiation than this for any legitimate assignment.
Second would be they are paying you, but you get to keep full image rights.
Third is the quick turn-around.
They have never worked with me, but want to cut me a check? “Give us your full name, phone and address for the check”.
People in some of the Facebook groups that I posted this in have been asking what the scam is with this since Shirley is paying me.
The scams are all a bit different, but Im sure if I followed thru – they would send me a $10k check (or some other amount greater than the agreed upon amount) instead of the $1k deposit and then ask me to pay a ‘stylist’ or another photographer in another city with the excess. They hope that I’m stupid enough to pay out before their check clears (or in this case bounces) and my pay-out is actually going back to them thru a third party.
I used to play with people like this and have about a dozen fake checks and money orders from scammers. What I loved was when I refused to pay out before their check cleared and they would threaten to contact the police and played other heavy handed tactics the were just hollow threats.
The response from HypeBeast:
Hi James, We do not work with a person named 'Shirley Alban'. Any correspondence to you from our company should have an official email addresses ending in either @hypebeast.com or @101medialab.com. Any other emails you receive without these designations from persons claiming to be an employee, partner, or representative or partner of 101 Media Lab Limited and/or Hypebeast LTD. are fraudulent and very likely being used in furtherance of a potential scam to obtain your personal information, or even in some cases, your moneys. Irene Cheung
We, as a country, easily forget the past and are consumed with the present.
Let us never forget those who died on September 11, 2001.
Full credit to the Budweiser Corporation.
No disrespect to copyright intended.
Used here only as tribute.
R.I.P. Doug Cherry
Mariemont Class of ’81
The Story Behind the Video:
As the anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks approaches we are looking back at one of the most powerful tributes to the victims over the years.
One of those tributes was an emotional ad featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales. In the ad, the Clydesdales honor the memory of the fallen with an unforgettable, breathtaking bow.
If your eyes were glued to the TV at just the right moment, you witnessed — in real time — a bit of history.
During Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002 — when many viewers pay as much attention to the nifty ads as to the game — Budweiser ran an ad like no other.
No narration, it didnt need it. Just images of the famous Clydesdale horses trotting across the countryside and then finding their way across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Afterward they stopped upon a snow-covered Battery Park — and bowing together toward the Manhattan skyline, which had been without the familiar sight of the World Trade Center twin towers since September 11, 2001.
If you didn’t see the commercial at that time, you later hoped someone you knew taped it — because it never aired again.
The Anheuser-Busch’s creative team came up with the concept and moved heaven and earth to make the commercial, even having to get approval from members of Congress, the advertising community and from then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“We filmed in New York City,” Bob Lachky, former executive vice president of Anheuser-Busch Global Creative said. “We had a helicopter going over the Brooklyn Bridge,” he recalled. “Mayor Giuliani let us into the city … the only film company of any sort right after 9/11 to actually come into air space with our helicopter to film the Clydesdales … the hitch coming into Battery Park and it was amazing, just amazing.”
The wintertime scene meant that 9/11 was still fresh on everyone’s minds, having occurred just a few months before filming.
“The police were very, very nervous about everything that was going on in the city at that time,” Lachky said.
Budweiser aired an updated spot of the Clydesdales’ commercial on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in 2011 which is featured above — and in it the horses stop and bow on grass before a Manhattan skyline featuring the then under construction One World Trade Center ‘Freedom Tower’ skyscraper.
“We feel our 9/11 Clydesdales tribute ad is very special,” Paul Chibe, VP-marketing at Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement regarding the 2011 commercial. “We were proud to re-air the spot on Sunday, the 10th anniversary, as a way to help raise awareness of the fundraising campaign for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The subtle changes in the ad were intended to reflect the passing of time, and the most important point, that we should never forget those lost and affected by 9/11.”
Here’s the 2002 commercial that aired just one time:
It was amazing, especially considering how New York was a city still hurting. And yet a St. Louis-based company, touched by the pain of the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil, took a risk to help one of our favorite cities and our nation heal.
“With this tribute, we wanted to respectfully honor those affected by the events of September 11th,” Jorn Socquet, vice president of marketing at Anheuser-Busch said. “While the original ad aired just once, the Budweiser Clydesdales delivered our sentiments in a moving way that continues to resonate.”
While the commercial only aired once, the video resurfaces almost every year on social media. “We are humbled to hear from people around the world who are re-watching and sharing the ad online as a way of observing the anniversary,” says Socquet.
I was on the streets of Columbus for more than 20 years photographing spot news for the Columbus Dispatch and other publications and have a fare share of horror stories to tell, but none compares to this:
“New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm was shot by a Clark County deputy Monday evening. Andy had left the office around 10:00 p.m. to take pictures of lightning. There was a traffic stop on Main Street near Studebaker’s Restaurant involved, but Andy was not the subject of the stop. He had his camera and tripod in his hands and Deputy Jake Shaw apparently mistook it for a weapon and fired, striking Andy in the side.
He was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery. He is expected to recover from his wounds.”
Praying for a speedy recovery for Andy, and a quick resolution to the investigation into this.
We didn’t travel anywhere to photograph the eclipse – it seemed like would be a mad house where ever we decided to go, and mother nature always has a way of putting a damper on things, so we didn’t chance it. Besides, we had back to back assignments here in Columbus, which would have only added to the hectic pace if we went out of town. Sadly the clouds moved in right at totality .
The top image was about 45 minutes before totality and it was much clearer – you can even make out a couple of sunspots on the left limb of the sun with the wispiness due to cirrus high altitude clouds.
Photographed with a Canon 5D MkII, 300mm and B&W ND110 3.0 ND filter.
The 2017 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure captured Saturday, May 20, 2017 in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest, most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer.
The race series includes more than 140 events on four continents, with over one million participants coming together every year to take part in the fight against breast cancer.
This important annual event raises significant funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors around the world who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause.
This was the 25th running of the Columbus Race.
This is part of an ongoing series of assignments that I had for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This was a very meaningful project for me, as I too was adopted, but I had found a forever family when I was only months old. Many of the children I documented in this series were not so fortunate, spending years in a system that passed them from one home to another until DTFA stepped in and helped them find a stable home life and loving forever family.
On a cold, clear November evening in 2015, Robbin and Steven Brydges climbed into a big white bus in the middle of a Walmart parking lot. It was here, in this unassuming locale, that they met their sons for the first time.
“I knew Dawson loved super heroes,” Robbin shares, “so I’d gotten a manicure with super hero icons on each finger, like Superman’s S and the Bat signal.” They hit it off right away. Over the next few months, Robbin and Steven made several more trips to Ohio to visit Dawson and his brother Dalton, and in May of 2016 brought the boys to their Jacksonville, Florida home for good.
Robbin and Steven hadn’t considered adopting two children. But when Rachel, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, told them about Dawson and Dalton, they knew they had to keep the boys together. “Dalton has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, so we were nervous,” Steven says. “We didn’t know if we could give him the care he needed.” But the Brydges made the commitment, and it’s made all the difrerence in their lives — and those of Dalton and Dawson. “I kept praying for years and years that they wouldn’t take me away from Dalton,” says Dawson. “I was very afraid.”
Today, the boys are thriving in their home. Dawson is doing well in school, Dalton’s health has markedly improved and the boys’ laughter fills the house. “Life has been much more fulfilling,” Steven says. “It’s a lot more fun to share it with these kids.”
“We all love each other and we’re all kind and we’re all good at having fun together!” – Dawson Brydges, age eight, on his favorite thing about his family
Considering adoption? Please check out this guide
Also, please prayerfully consider your financial support of this great organization.
This is the seventh in a series of assignments that I had for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This was a very meaningful project for me, as I too was adopted, but I had found a forever family when I was only months old. Many of the children I documented in this series were not so fortunate, spending years in a system that passed them from one home to another until DTFA stepped in and helped them find a stable home life and loving forever family.
Greg and Pam Caldwell were considering adoption. They’d talked to a friend of theirs, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, and she’d told them about a little boy named Douglas. Pam had stuck a picture of Douglas to their fridge with a magnet. They saw it each day as they deliberated. One day during this process, Pam took another one of her children to the pediatrician for a routine visit.
“I walked into the waiting room and there was Douglas,” Pam says. “I knew it was more than a coincidence. I decided right then we had to adopt him.”
Even so, the Caldwells were a bit apprehensive. Douglas required a high amount of care. Although he was seven, he wasn’t eating solid food, walking or speaking. Since being adopted, however, Douglas has made a lot of progress. He’s 10 now, and eats table food, walks and even has a few words. He also loves helium balloons.
Soon after adding Douglas to their family, they decided to add a daughter, Neveah. Even though they’d learned to care for Douglas, the Caldwells wondered if they could handle two. “Neveah is wheelchair bound, so we were afraid that we wouldn’t know how to care for her,” Pam recalls. “Now it’s just second nature.” It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been fulfilling. “It’s worth the struggles. It’s worth everything you go through. They just have so much love.”
“You don’t have to be smart. You don’t have to be rich. You just have to give them your time. And they give you back the best unconditional love you can get.” – Pam Caldwell
Pam and Greg Caldwell had raised three children already when Pam felt like she had room in her heart and life to raise more. With her husband working late nights, and her 17-year-old son busy with his own friends, Pam found herself with plenty of free time that she wasn’t accustomed to. She explains, “I’ve only raised kids during my adult life—it’s all I was used to. I told Greg that we should consider fostering children.” Although they originally had no intentions of adopting, they received a five-week old baby in 2014 that became their adopted son after three years. “That’s our Dominic,” Pam tells Reader’s Digest. “Life hasn’t been boring since,” she adds.
After fostering for two years, Pam became friends with a social worker for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, and jokingly asked her what children she had available. That’s when the social worker handed Pam an information sheet highlighting Douglas’ information, and Pam knew she needed to tell Greg about the little boy. Douglas had been in foster care since he was three, and when he was placed in the foster system was the victim of severe neglect. Pam explains, “Doug came to us not walking, talking, and eating baby food. He was scared of the dark and sleeping in a crib.” Doug’s improvement since being with the Caldwells has been drastic and rapid. She continues, “He now eats regular food, he will try to say what he wants, and he is walking, which was our biggest challenge. He sleeps in a twin bed and we slowly transitioned him to only needing a small night-light to sleep with. He has done so much in a short time. We can’t wait to see where he goes with his life. He just needed a good start.”
The Caldwells had two adopted sons, in addition to their three grown children, and yet Pam knew that she wanted to add another child to their family, a girl. After contacting the social worker, Pam says she was frightened by the child she was presented with: Nevaeh, a five-year old in the foster system since she was two, who had been so brutally abused as a baby she was now confined to a wheelchair with severe disabilities. Pam recalls, “She scared us—she had a lot of problems. I talked Greg in to going to visit her and that’s all it took for her to become a daddy’s girl. After our meeting and learning everything we needed to know to care for her, we brought her home in March of 2015.”
Pam and Greg don’t think their stories of adoption are anything remarkable, they simply met a need that was placed in their path. Pam explains, “We knew they needed us, and we looked past their disabilities. Really, we found out that we needed them so much more than they needed us. They have shown us what we really are capable of handling.”
Nevaeh has blossomed in the Caldwell family, and she is now making leaps and gains once thought impossible. “Nevaeh would repeat what you said to her when we first got her, and never noticed people coming and going. Today, you can have a conversation with her. She can do just about anything on her iPad, and she makes some decisions on her own. She is smart, and learning to read. She amazes me every day with something new. She knows all of our family members and talks all the time.”
Pam cautions others who fear adopting a child with special needs from focusing on the wrong thing. She advises, “Look past the words ‘special needs.’ Those are just words. See the child.”
Considering adoption? Please check out this guide
Also, please prayerfully consider your financial support of this great organization.
General David Petraeus (ret.) photographed Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts as part of ‘The Jefferson Series‘ presented by The New Albany Community Foundation.
David Howell Petraeus is a retired United States Army General officer and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, until his resignation on November 9, 2012. Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, Petraeus served 37 years in the United States Army. His last assignments in the Army were as commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from July 4, 2010, to July 18, 2011. His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) from October 13, 2008, to June 30, 2010, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) from February 10, 2007, to September 16, 2008. As commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq.
Petraeus has a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1974 as a distinguished cadet (top 5% of his class). In his class were three other future four-star generals, Martin Dempsey, Walter L. Sharp and Keith B. Alexander. He was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College class of 1983. He subsequently earned an M.P.A. in 1985 and a Ph.D. degree in international relationsin 1987 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He later served as Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy and also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., a New York investment firm, hired Petraeus as chairman of the firm’s newly created KKR Global Institute in May 2013. Petraeus will support its investment teams and portfolio companies when studying new investments, especially in new locations. In December 2014, Petraeus was named a partner at KKR and remains Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. Petraeus joined the board of advisers of Team Rubicon on June 18, 2013.
The New Albany Community Foundation established the Jefferson Series, inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s appreciation for lifelong learning and encouraged by the success of its Remarkable Evening lectures, a collection of stimulating forums featuring some of the world’s most compelling and esteemed thinkers of our time.
James D. DeCamp - Longtime newspaper photographer turned commercial photographer feeding a variety of clients with cutting edge photography and multimedia.