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Kids who don't have electricity think its a real treat to get their picture taken. They enjoy the attention and they love having the print. We did 2 photo frame crafts with the kids, and I also printed out a set that we hung on a wall. The life expectancy in Swaziland is 32.
Red

Red

Thu 22 Oct 2009 12:04:06 PM MDT
I took pictures of the younger kids against a red door at the back of the The Enduduzweni Community Care Centre. A veranda with a southern exposure (southern hemisphere) gave me nice even lighting that I could supplement with my on-camera 580ex flash and a Demb diffuser.

Green

Green

Tue 20 Oct 2009 04:25:18 PM MDT
Most of the kids in the 2nd portrait session were older, and more aware of the camerat day. The plan had been to just take head shots to be used in the stick figure craft, but it was immediately clear that the kids would be disappointed if they didn't get a larger photo also. My well-lit, red-background studio was being painted, so I found another veranda next door, which unfortunately wasn't lit as evenly. Elizabeth found the colored background. I spent a fast & furious 20 minutes taking these portraits.

Groups, staff, and teens

Groups, staff, and teens

Wed 21 Oct 2009 05:12:48 PM MDT
I took pictures of the Aduduzweni staff, some of the teenagers who arrive in the afternoon, and some group shots.  Once word got out what I was up to, I couldn't keep up with the demand. There just wasn't enough time to take pictures of everyone who wanted one.

Decorating photo frames
My second photo studio
Photo craft project
Printouts for the craft projects
Enjoying their photos
Framed pictures
Framed pictures
Wall of photos
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