Miss Rachel

I met Rachel at the Gym last year in the spring when she started teaching classes for bootcamp and body blast. I love her way she is talking as she is from England and talks in British English. Her workouts are very tuff but I like it a lot.

We also got together for some dinners and a friends farewell party. While talking about everything, she mentioned that she was teaching children’s dance classes. That is what is Misss Rachel’s Dance Academy is all about. Rachel teaches children from under three through the age of about 12 in dance/ballet. Rachel asked me one day to take pictures of the little dancers for their dress rehearsal mid of December. I noticed that she got very busy with ordering all these beautiful costumes and fitting them for each individual child. Last year, she taught 10 dance classes, this year, in 2017, there are even 4 more classes she is teaching. The kids love her and her classes . She is doing a wonderful job.

Mid of December, I packed all my equipment and set up a studio inside the movie theatre on HAFB, where the dress rehearsal took place. Class after class came in and got their pictures taken. In between, I got the chance to sneak and see the little dancers up on stage. Rachel, in front of the stage, jumped and danced with the little ones that they know what they are doing. It was wonderful. The time passed so quick during picture taking. These kids were very special in their costumes, the girls even got their hair and make-up done to look pretty for the photos. It took me 2 afternoons to take all the photographs of 64 children and their team pictures.

During Christmas time, it is really hard to find any assistant to help me with those pictures. When I wrote this Facebook post that I am looking for someone that can assist me during the time I am taking the dance pictures to collect the order forms and money, only one person answered. Wow. She is a mom of two girls dancing in Rachel’s classes. I met Katharina when I had set up my photo booth. She arrived with her two children and during the big daughter did all her dances, the little one was so brave and stayed with us. Katharina helped me and did a wonderful job. Thank you so much Katharina, without your help I would never have done that job like we did it together. Katharina even came the second day and asked me to help. It was so amazing that she helped me without knowing me before.

Thank you Rachel for this wonderful opportunity. I had so much fun and the pictures turned out great.

This is a little selection of some of the photos we have taken:

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I am very excited for this young couple from Maryland who are getting married on June 28th, 2017. This new year will be so exciting for those two that found their destiny and want to change the world together and want to prevent poverty through education. Davinia is a global citizen because she believes no matter where in the world we are, we are all connected and she wants everyone in the world to have an opportunity for a greater life. Global citizen aim to end global poverty by 203o and she does her part through education.

I have asked Davinia how she wants to safe the world and she answered:

“I was born in the beautiful island of Jamaica. Education offered me my freedom. The freedom to live life on my terms and the opportunity to dream beyond my wildest dreams. I am the first one out of my family to graduate from high school and college. I immigrated to the US 12 years ago. For the past three years I have been using pennies to educate girls in developing countries. Why pennies? People are skeptical about donating which is understandable. Furthermore, pennies aren’t valued and it’s said to say but this is how girls are viewed worldwide. This reality is quite heartbreaking. Girls are valuable! Girls are worth it! There are currently over 62 million of girls not in schools and I refuse to stand aside and accept this. To change this, I have committed my life helping to give girls the opportunity of an education from the pennies I collect. I educate girls through Girl Rising. I collected over 700,000 pennies and have sent over 128 girls to school. The goal is to educate girls single where no matter their geographical location. Education is a basic human right no one should be deprived of!!!”

Davinia is getting married to Nick and her mother who died about a year ago will hold her hands over this beautiful couple. Davinia loved her mom a lot and talks about her as if she were there. Her mom believed that this love will be a great one even when Davinia did not think about being together with Nick at that time. 

I, as a photographer, feel very privileged that this couple from Maryland has chosen me as there engagement photographer. Thank you so much! I loved every minute of your session and the photos turned out wonderful. 

I wish you, Nick and Davinia, all the BEST for your exciting future together. 

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