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Haiti – Kids, Life and Hope

These are images of humans in Haiti. I visited two orphanages, one in San Repos and one in St. Marc. Scott Bonnell of HopetoHaiti created these safe havens. His goal was to help one child at a time. The foundation provides food, shelter, education, safety and hope to orphans in Haiti. Scott is hands-on and…

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  • Nancey RosensweigJuly 8, 2018 - 11:27 am

    Phenomenal photos, Lisa…….you should meet my good friend Martine Jean Baptiste, who started

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 8, 2018 - 2:47 pm

      Thanks Nancey. I checked out her site. I would love to meet her. Maybe when we finally see it other we can make it a threesome…or not. I hope I get to see you in the flesh before another 40 years. xoReplyCancel

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  • Dena NathansonJuly 8, 2018 - 2:03 pm

    I’d never get there on my own, so thank you for a trip to Haiti thru your Fabulous photos!    Black and white with color is so cool!  I love your mission to get a print to each of your subjects.  I look forward to our next adventure.  Love you and your generous heart Lisa!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 8, 2018 - 2:46 pm

      Thanks Dena. You are always welcome on my journeys! I’ll be your surrogate. LOLReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:24 am

      THanks Dena. You will be traveling with me again soon!!!

  • Rose medranoJuly 8, 2018 - 2:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos, they touch my heart.ReplyCancel

  • GigiJuly 8, 2018 - 2:32 pm

    Wow Lisa, what a beautiful story and collective of pictures you captured?  Love you girl…..hugsReplyCancel

  • GigiJuly 8, 2018 - 2:34 pm

    I’ve visited Haiti 4 times but have not had the privilege you’ve had.  Gigi GravesReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 8, 2018 - 2:44 pm

      We’ll just have to go back together. We can dance and find some service too!ReplyCancel

  • EllenJuly 8, 2018 - 2:51 pm

    This is my most favorite of all your blogs.wonderful, fabulous, sharing your heart and your talent..love ❤️ ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:23 am

      Thanks Ellen. As Feathers alumni we know well the joy and heart in Haiti.
      Happy to be able to share.

  • Lisa KaufmannJuly 9, 2018 - 3:11 am

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse of the heart and soul of the Haitian people. The joy in the faces of the children you were shooting made me smile! I am sure they will never forget your love and kindness! ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:21 am

      Thanks Lisa. Happy to make you smile!
      That’s makes me smile. My work makes me snails. 😍😀🤗ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiJuly 9, 2018 - 1:06 pm

    Lisa, what an amazing experience to travel to Haiti and see with your own eyes the reality of many children living in absolute poverty.  The photos reveal your great talent as you make them feel at ease in front of the camera’s eye. My favorite photo is with the kids in action dancing.  Sending each their photo will be treasured.  You would LOVE going on Semester at Sea as a Lifelong Learner!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:18 am

      Thanks Sandra. I’m sure I would love that… my husband not so much! Lol
      I will continue to do my thing. I’ve got lots more to share. Can’t wait to start our project. I Will post in September my cancer kids. And I will show the joy even when things are bad.
      When I come back let’s make that date. Off to Bali tomorrow!!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea ColtonJuly 9, 2018 - 3:37 pm

    These photos are incredible. I was mesmerized. Amazing work and an amazing subject.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:20 am

      Thanks Andrea. Long time no see! Congrats on your retirement.
      I’m lucky to do what I do. Love to the family.

  • FritziJuly 9, 2018 - 4:05 pm

    Lisa, I’m so moved by your wholistic approach to sharing the human collective with us. Your photos are stunning, heartbreaking, educational and so professional. Your words and intentions are just a gift, Spiritual layers blended with history/herstory. You are more than fulfilling your commitment to Spirit/the Holy Mystery by using your gifts and talents in such a philonthropic way. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Cousins Jack and LoraJuly 9, 2018 - 7:01 pm

    Amazing photography and commentary Lisa.   The work you do makes our hearts feel good.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:13 am

      Thanks Jack. I was just looking at you again… tapping. Sorry I’m so slow. It took me two years to post Haiti. Hopefully less than that! Lol xoReplyCancel

  • Jennifer GraceJuly 10, 2018 - 5:27 am

    This post is by far my fav so far…these pictures are so compelling..you are such a gifted artist and incredible human being. ReplyCancel

Mila – My American Bully who fell from Heaven

Apparently, it takes famous people committing suicide, children being murdered, and people from the mainstream population overdosing from opioids, for us to wake up. This sounds like I’m going to get political, I’m not. I am grateful that we are talking more. This site is about empathy, acceptance, and love. My goal is for you…

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  • TiffanyJune 17, 2018 - 12:42 pm

    Great share Lisa and some of the most fun shots for sure!  Love a good “dog saved me” tale, intensely relatable!!!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeJune 17, 2018 - 12:49 pm

    Love and Love and Love.  That is what I see, hear and feel.  A person who has found a reason and purpose and a sense of love in his own circle of life.  Beautiful and real.  ReplyCancel

  • Nadia WeissJune 17, 2018 - 1:41 pm

    Absolutely tear jerking and heartfelt. I’m so very happy for him and him dog Mila and also him wife. Night terrors are the worst not to mention C-P.T.S.T
    I pray he continues to heal. 
    Thank you as usual for the beautiful people and their stories.ReplyCancel

  • lisa sergioJune 17, 2018 - 2:37 pm

    Lisa!!   wow, incredible story with exceptionally incredible photos!  <3ReplyCancel

  • lesgel42@aol.comJune 17, 2018 - 3:39 pm

    Lisa! I love what you are doing with this blog… there is definitely a book there!  I was impressed when you were telling me about this endeavor, and even more so now,, as I see it! This is you!… but you know that…! Can’t wait to see more… way to go… truly an inspired work❤️ Xox ReplyCancel

  • Lee GordonJune 17, 2018 - 5:10 pm

    Lisa – you are an extraordinary human being, fantastic photographer and incredibly empathetic storyteller!ReplyCancel

  • LyndonJune 17, 2018 - 7:15 pm

    Once again Lisa, a real person is able to relate their story and express their feelings.
    Perhaps it is time to consider a book, these people deserve to be able to tell their stories to the widest audience.
    BTW, our canine (and feline) friends can read our minds!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina MuirJune 17, 2018 - 8:27 pm

    Lisa, One amazing story. Yes dogs make the best companions for PTSD recovery assistance. Keep up your amazing missionReplyCancel

    • Linda KrausJune 19, 2018 - 2:58 pm

      Wonderful story. Thanks for the telling. Everything is possible. ReplyCancel

  • DonnaJune 19, 2018 - 8:43 pm

    Love this story…ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiJune 27, 2018 - 10:06 pm

    It was interesting getting to know Gun and the two loves in his life. Great shots with Mila!ReplyCancel

Robert, A Spiritual Trock

Dance performances can be boring. Not so when one watches the Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo. The company is comprised of dancers who happen to be all men. They perform the classics. They dance in toe shoes, tutus and tiaras. While the dancing is beautifully executed, they don’t take themselves too seriously. The ballets are…

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  • Donna WMay 27, 2018 - 1:04 pm

    Love, Love, LOVE this story! Beautiful and powerful photos. So happy they found one another 💜ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenMay 27, 2018 - 2:06 pm

      Yes, this is a love story. It started out as a dancer profile and became a love story. :-))) Thanks. LReplyCancel

  • NadiaMay 27, 2018 - 1:18 pm

    OMG! I LOVE THEIR STORY! Thank you for bringing to light how beautifully designed and uniquely inclined these men are. ReplyCancel

  • inaMay 27, 2018 - 2:03 pm

    Loved this story. Very happy for them and pray for continued heath for ElmazReplyCancel

  • MichaelMay 27, 2018 - 2:40 pm

    Brilliant photographs! Great story…ReplyCancel

  • RobertMay 27, 2018 - 2:58 pm

    So beautifully done! Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful venture.❤️ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenMay 27, 2018 - 3:05 pm

      Thank you and Elmaz for trusting me. Who knew this would be as much a love story as your dance journey. I’m very grateful for having met you.ReplyCancel

  • denaMay 27, 2018 - 4:36 pm

    These blogs are amazing and enlightening. Your love of people is contagious!  Keep it up, Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • ellenMay 27, 2018 - 8:14 pm

    As always, full of personality, beauty and a real sense of the human behind the pictures. Thank you Lisa..ReplyCancel

  • EllenMay 28, 2018 - 2:49 am

    My fabulous friend Lisa……❤️❤️❤️👍👍👍👏👏👏ReplyCancel

  • lisa sergioMay 28, 2018 - 2:22 pm

    love this story, and LOVE the photos….amazing…both…  ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyMay 28, 2018 - 8:38 pm

    Hard to pass up a great love story, that part is without question amazing (coupled with what they’ve both overcome).  It is also hard to overlook that your insight into shooting dancers is unparalleled.  Makes me wanna blow the dust of a tutu!  Well done, everyone!!!ReplyCancel

  • linda krausMay 29, 2018 - 3:12 pm

    Beautiful and inspirational. Love and love and love. ReplyCancel

Nadia – She’s not a “survivor”…she’s a person.

I attended an event for National Overdose Awareness Day. I shot an image that moved me deeply. I reached out so I could share the photo. Andi had lost her son to the scourge of opioids. She was there with her daughter Donna and Donna’s wife Nadia. As it often does for me…we became friends….

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  • LyndonApril 15, 2018 - 5:27 pm

    She has charisma, character, guts and an openness that is both refreshing and honest.
    Besides that she is naturally photogenic and has a lovely smile.ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaApril 16, 2018 - 11:09 am

    PTSD, so hard to live with. I’m so glad you have found love Nadia, someone who sees you, the beautiful creative woman. Join me in “Dancing in the dark”!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiApril 16, 2018 - 12:15 pm

    I love the meaningful photos with the Peace shirt and Believe art. The photo with her own embrace with the faded image on the left is powerful.  We each have our own unique journey…  It is interesting to learn about each of us born equal and how our paths diverge.ReplyCancel

  • LindaApril 16, 2018 - 3:43 pm

    My heart and mind are awakened and touched by Nadia ‘s story. I appreciate her  statement that she is not a victim but a human being. Inspiring. Bravo to Nadia and to you Lisa for bringing this story. I wish the best for Nadia in her pursuit of her artistry. Also Lisa I am thrilled by your writing and what you choose to bring. ReplyCancel

  • DenaApril 17, 2018 - 12:59 am

    Shining a light on beautiful souls is what you do best Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • GregApril 24, 2018 - 1:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story, it’s hard for most people to understand what Nadia, Donna and Andi are dealing with. Family is everything and I know that together they will survive and be stronger. Love is a universal and a healer. Much love to all three strong woman, I am honored to have crossed paths with this amazing family!! Love you all, GregReplyCancel

Cameron – He’s the luckiest man he knows.

If you have never been to a Special Olympics event…you might want to go…and bring the kids. You’d be hard pressed not to feel moved by the joy and enthusiasm. On occasion I photograph dances and proms for adult day care facilities. I met Cameron at several of these events. He’s a memorable guy. He…

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  • Cousins Jack and LoraMarch 18, 2018 - 7:21 pm

    Another masterpiece Lisa.  It was great seeing you.  Lora and I truly enjoyed catching up with you and appreciating what a wonderful and insightful cousin I have.ReplyCancel

  • EllenMarch 18, 2018 - 7:38 pm

    Beautiful photos, beautiful story, by beautiful Lisa ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiMarch 18, 2018 - 8:08 pm

    Great story Lisa.  Sounds like Cameron knows he has found how to unlock his key to success; happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne LehmanMarch 19, 2018 - 1:54 am

    Another heartwarming story!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn VictorMarch 19, 2018 - 4:21 pm

    A sweet and touching story..  thanks for telling it.ReplyCancel

  • Gina BuntzMarch 19, 2018 - 5:13 pm

    this is extraordinary – thank you for sharing – what a wise and beautiful soul this young man has. xo GinaReplyCancel

  • Jill KratishMarch 20, 2018 - 10:23 am

    What a beautiful outlook this young man has! Thank you for sharing his inspiring words.ReplyCancel

  • Linda ClancyMarch 20, 2018 - 2:49 pm

    Lisa, not only do you master the art of capturing a person in your photography but I’ve found that same exquisite talent here in your words. What a joy to be able to channel the spirit of this fine young man in such a simple, elegant way. Thank you for making my day brighter by introducing me to Cameron. I’m going to practice living from a page in his book.  Proud to be considered a friend, Linda ClancyReplyCancel

  • MokshaMarch 20, 2018 - 2:58 pm

    I feel moved. Way to go, girlfriend!ReplyCancel

  • TheaMarch 21, 2018 - 11:22 am

    Lisa – the story inspires me, of course. What inspires me more is that you’re doing your blog! You’re really doing it! Love you….TheaReplyCancel

  • Lisa sergioMarch 21, 2018 - 5:51 pm

    Beautiful, inspiring storyReplyCancel