Photos by Walter Grio
Jennifer Harlow of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty needed photos for one of her listings in McLean, VA. In true Shoot for Change fashion, the money earned from this photography assignment went directly to American Ballet Theatre.
Before this past fashion week season in New York, I told several people that I was finished with fashion week and probably wouldn’t go back. This was my 10th fashion week overall including Paris, Berlin, Miami, and New York. And not trying to sound facetious, quite frankly, I was over it. All the fashion weeks blended together and I couldn’t decipher between seasons anymore. The sounds and the sight and the smell as I walked inside the tents of Lincoln Center made me cringe. In truth, a part of me felt that I’ve taken fashiontographer as far as I could. Was this really all fashiontographer could do? Given that this wasn’t my full time job, I felt that I couldn’t do much more to improve it. I wasn’t sure how to take it to the next level. And in some strange way, I felt that it was not successful.
As many of you know, Shoot for Change is a way to raise money for nonprofit organizations through photography. Before I moved to Washington, DC in December 2009, Shoot for Change helped raise $8,000 over 3 years. But after moving to Washington, DC and having my first event at the Peacock Cafe — between June 2010 and December 2011 — Shoot for Change helped raise over $100,000.
I’ve hosted over two dozen events in DC, participated in countless others — and many of those events were special in so many ways, but this one — this one was different. For one thing, it wasn’t even in the city.
Written by Alexandra Pullen
Cover photo of Walter with Alexandra and Isabel (SFC Scholarship recipients)
As an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre, I’m no longer a student and therefore no longer need the money that the Shoot for Change Scholarship offered to cover my tuition. But I’m so excited that the scholarship is continuing to make dreams possible for other aspiring dancers.
I don’t really have storylike words to describe how it was like to cover Paris Fashion Week or how everything about the trip, from start to finish, was more amazing than I could have ever imagined. So instead of writing down paragraphs and paragraphs of text, I’ll just go with a few observations and feelings. Bear with me here.
Alexandra Pullen is the first Shoot for Change Scholarship recipient. This was the first time I had ever funded a scholarship and this day was the first day I met her. Read more here.