Every purchase of my photography and photography services goes towards supporting charitable causes. In particular, I donate 10% of my annual proceeds the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and an additional 10% of annual proceeds to the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire
In 1995 my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s—a degenerative neurological disease that slowly takes from its victims the ability to retrieve even the most basic memories such as the names of loved ones or how to get dressed in the morning. I spent the second half of my childhood watching my grandfather fade away from the vibrant, giving, and active man he once was, into a person who we barely recognized, and who didn’t recognize us.
Today, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one in the Top 10 that can’t be prevented, slowed, or cured. The Alzheimer's Association is an incredible organization that funds medical research for Alzheimer's and dementia, supports caregivers that are in need of advice and resources (including a 24/7 helpline), spreads awareness, and promotes cognitive health.
Witnessing the progression of Alzheimer’s firsthand is something that has had a profound and lasting effect on my life, which makes the work of the Alzheimer’s Association—both with regard to promoting brain health and supporting the patients and family members already affected by the disease—extremely important to me.
Appalachian Mountain Club
During my time as a photographer, I’ve grown to develop a strong appreciation for the benefits that the outdoors can provide. Not only have I directly benefited from the visual landscapes and photographic opportunities that the wilderness provides, but I’ve learned the personal benefits that spending time outside can offer. Exploring the outdoor areas around the northeastern United States and beyond has shown how getting even just a few hours away from the stress and anxiety of daily life can recharge me and give an appreciation for these places that just can’t be completely conveyed without experiencing them firsthand.
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) was founded in 1876 and, since its inception, has grown to become one of the most prominent protectors and supporters of the forests, mountains, waters, and trails of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The nature that AMC helps preserve is a prominent subject in my photography, and I've personally benefited countless times over the years from the areas they steward and the services they provide.
AMC provides campgrounds and shelters to hikers in the backcountry, leads trips, provides educational information and classes, maintains hiking trails, supports conservation efforts and climate research, and promotes outdoor recreation, including Outdoor Rx, which "serves families living in vulnerable communities and aims to improve the mental and physical well-being of children from infancy to age 13 by helping them get outdoors."
For more information on AMC, the areas they stewards, and the opportunities that they provide, visit their website. For those who are heading out to these outdoor areas, please educate yourself on Leave No Trace principles and do whatever you can to leave these areas better than you found them.
And for more information on why the work of these organizations are so personal to me, click here.