Tuesday, October 8, 2013


The Grand Finale Exhibition will be held on Friday October 11 in conjunction with The Dempsey Challenge. Ahead of the Exhibition there will be an Opening celebration on Thursday's night for the Young Photographers, their families and friends. There are some GREAT photos that were taken by them.

... and as an added bonus they will have the opportunity to meet with Patrick Dempsey in person during the weekend festivities.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


The Class for the 2013 Young Photographers was held at The Dempsey Center on June 22. The were eight participants and various family members in attendance.

The Class of 2013 with Parents and siblings

Tookie Bright, the Children's Program Coordinator for The Healing Tree and I hosted the event.

The primary focus of the morning was about "being in the moment" and how photography enabled one to "capturing a moment". Participants did several floor exercises to increase their awareness of "the moment". In one a parent and child were seated facing one another. One was assigned the role of Leader and the other was the Follower... so whatever action was initiated by one the other had to follow. And this was all done to music that was played at various temps. A lot of smiles and laughter.

After a photo op for all the participants and lunch, I reviewed some of the basics of portrait photography with the participants. Then, Holga 120 cameras were passed out to all. The camera is basically a plastic toy camera that shoots 120 FILM, This is NOT a digital camera. The participants were given one roll of film with 12 exposures and two weeks to shoot it. Their Portrait Assignment was:

"An image is forever. Capture an image of your parent TODAY that will inspire you to remember what is special about who he/she is TOMORROW". 

None of the paarticipants will see the images they took until The Exhibition opens the Friday night of the weekend of The Dempsey Challenge in October.

In the meantime I have visited each family and taken a portrait of each parent and child. It has been a very moving experience for me and I very excited to see the products of the Young Photographers efforts.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Video for 2007 YPIKIDS Program posted

Thanks to the Google Drive program we have been able to post the YPIKIDS video that was filmed by WCSH6 on the Opening Night for the 2007 Program on  the website. Take a look, they did a GREAT job... and so did the "young photographers".

Monday, February 25, 2013


It is with GREAT pleasure that I announce that YPIKIDS will be partnering with the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing  in Lewiston, ME for the 2013 program.

The Dempsey Center provides free support,  education  and integrative medical services to anyone with cancer.

Nine children will be selected by the staff to participate- with the class being held in June and the Exhibition in October in conjunction with the Dempsey Challenge. Like the program with Massachusetts General Hospital's Cancer Center, they will all be children whose parents are fighting the battle against cancer.

All our attention is now being focused on raising the funds for the program. Please visit this  YPIKIDS web site page if you are interested in helping with this effort and thank you for your consideration.