Amazing Women

I recently completed a ten-week stint doing photography for Chapel Hill and Durham Magazines. I photographed 60 different assignments and met or reconnected with so many wonderful people! My favorite part of it was getting to make portraits of women for the two women’s issues. I photographed over 20 area women from all walks of life. Here are my favorites from each session. It was so difficult to choose just one!

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Anjana Mohanty from Shoeboxed.com photographed at Underground at Main in Durham, NC.

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Leslie Nelson is the senior executive director of the N.C. Children’s Promise, the development and communications arm of N.C. Children’s Hospital and the UNC Department of Pediatrics. I have worked extensively with Leslie’s husband, Mark Nelson, who is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Carolina Performing Arts. What a great couple!

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This is Dana McMahan, a professor of advertising, design, entrepreneurship at UNC. I photographed her at the TOPO Distillery in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Dr. Brenda Armstrong is a Professor, Associate Dean, and Director of Admissions at Duke’s School of Medicine. She has been at Duke for over 30 years. I photographed her at the Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.

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Heidi Carter is the chair of the Durham County School Board. I photographed her at Southwest Elementary School in Durham, where all four of her children attended elementary school.

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S. Charmaine McKissick-Melton, or better known at Dr. Mac, is Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication at NCCU.

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Lynden Harris is an award-winning playwright, columnist and essayist and the founder of Hidden Voices. Her organization connects diverse communities through the transformative power of the individual voice. I had the pleasure of photographing her in her Cedar Grove, NC home.

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Dr. Laura Klinger, Ph.D., a leading autism researcher, is the Director of the T.E.A.C.C.H program in the UNC School of Medicine. Here she is working with an adorable three-year-old named, Stryder.

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Gladys Labuda and her husband, Chris, became foster parents to Ana when she was just eight months old. She was born with DiGeorge syndrome, a severe immune deficiency condition. They have since adopted her and Ana is thriving. We could not keep up with her during this shoot!

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Dina Rousset is the Program Manager at Launch Chapel Hill, which is an incubator that supports the successful launch of entrepreneurial companies.

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Carrie Schleiffer is heading up Chef Scott Howell’s new french inspired place Bar Virgile in Durham, NC. I ate there recently with girlfriends and the food and drinks were amazing!

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Kendall Page is a lawyer in Chapel Hill, NC. Her practice specializes in real estate and estate planning. When the recession hit she and her staff learned to flip houses in order to keep all the staff. She was photographed with her basset hounds, Burgess and Ginny.

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Kelly Owensby founded Transplanting Traditions Community Farm where refugee families from Burma farm the 5 acre site. The farm showcases a mixture of native N.C. crops and over 40 crops native to Burma.

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Mary A. Beck was the Senior Vice President for System Affiliations at UNC Hospitals. She recently retired and was named an honorary fire chief for all of her years of work in the community.

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Sara Stephens is the Hillsborough / Orange County Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer. I photographed her at Ayr Mount in Hillsborough, NC.

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Kathy Buck is the owner of the Purple Puddle. She runs this florist and gift shop with her daughters and some special little helpers.

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In her 27th year at UNC, Coach Karen Shelton has led the women’s field hockey team. Under Shelton’s leadership, UNC has won six national championships, nine NCAA second-place finishes and 31 winning seasons. The team has also won the ACC title 18 times and is one of the University’s most successful athletic programs.

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Co-owners Linda Bourne and Karin Mills own the Spotted Dog Restaurant in Carrboro, NC.

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Brittany Stresing is CPO and President of Limbionics in Durham, NC.

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Christine Weidinger is an American operatic soprano who has had an active international career in operas and concerts since the early 1970s. She heads the “Triangle Opera Studios”, an organization designed to provide performance opportunities for advanced voice students in a professional setting to prepare them for professional engagements.

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Ginger Young is the founder of Book Harvest, whose goal it is to make reading and books available to all children.

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Sarah Schroth, is the director of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

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