While working on photographing portraits for the 99 Faces Project, I’ve had the opportunity to have some fascinating people join me in my Salem portrait studio for a session. This blog is about one of them.
Pete Earley has been writing for years. A famous storyteller and author of 14 books, Pete has made a name for himself in the world of journalism. With 14 years of experience Pete has mastered the craft of word and it has made him very successful. In his book titled, Crazy, Pete Talks about how his life was changed forever when his son was diagnosed with a mental illness. This changed Pete’s view on not only the subject but his outlook on life as well. He began touring the world delivering speeches for mental illness and advocating to raise awareness about the topic. Pete was introduced to 99 Faces Project when he was speaking to the NAMI Cambridge group. The founder of 99 Faces, Lynda Cutrell reached out to Pete and actually had him pose for a portrait in my studio. Pete was all about it and was eager to learn more. We decided it would be a good idea to ask Pete some questions regarding 99 Faces and his involvement in the project.
Pete was so fascinated and excited about the 99 Faces Project he decided to blog about it to his 70,000 followers. The 99 Faces projects means more to Pete than your average Joe. Pete believes that there is no, “Us and Them” and the 99 Faces exhibit that is going to be displayed at the Boston awareness of Science in May 2017. This exhibit is going to portray the idea of mental Museum to the public in a new light in a way that has never been done before. When asked about one thing Pete wants everyone to know about mental illness his response made me take a step back and illnesses life is good. “Most people learn to control their illnesses, rather than having there diagnosis control them. There are everyday heroes that deserve our everyday and admiration. They are people such as my son.” With a writer as good as Pete, he is the perfect edition to the 99 Faces Project Team.
Us too. Here at Louise Michaud Photographer we custom design some of our backgrounds for your portrait. I love having a unique background to offer my clients. It’s exciting to make something one of a kind that my clients can only get from me! I got my inspiration to paint this background from Annie Leibovitz’s legendary body of work. I am most inspired by her Vanity Fair style fashion shoots. You’ll be seeing some portraits using this Oliphant style canvas backdrop. It helps having a BFA in Visual Design!
If you’re fortunate enough to be able to make a three generation Family Portrait … Lucky you!
Celebrate your relationships. I had the pleasure of taking this family portrait and photographing these special people…. And now they have a priceless gift for Mothers Day. I love seeing the resemblance in all of them. And to find out more about Ladies Day Out, Girls Day Out and photographing woman in a contemporary fashionable way call the Studio. We would love to hear your ideas and collaborate on making a special portrait for you. Bring your Sisters, Daughters, Moms and Grandmoms! Remember to book a night out afterwards, because you will look gorgeous.
Springtime is a time for renewal and new beginnings, making it the perfect time to start a journey. Lana and Kevin celebrated a beautiful new life together with a historic Hawthorne Hotel wedding, taking advantage of our warming weather to also snap some great shots in some of the iconic Salem, Massachusetts, locations.
We absolutely love to see the green coming back to the Salem Common and surrounding areas–the lighting in this photo makes it one of my favorites from the day!
Both Lana and Kevin are professors, and I think you can see from the energy between them that they were a kind, wonderful couple to share such a special day with.
The dress Lana chose was very unique–a light grey with custom lace. Her stunning hair and makeup were done by Makeup Eden and Salon Sage here in Salem.
Of course, who could resist a snapshot of this little fellow escorting his bridesmaid down the aisle?
Those of you familiar with the Hawthorne Hotel will also notice their own fresh look in the Grand Ballroom–the walls have been painted, lightening the room significantly. We absolutely love it!
Congratulations, Lana and Derek! It was a pleasure celebrating with you.