Announcing Snapshot Q'ochamoqo

Meet Katie
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Katie Hebson has always been an adventurer at heart and committed to learning and embracing new cultures, trains of thought, and perspectives. As a mom of two young girls, we greatly admire her role in advocating and creating the space for their family to instill these seeds in their hearts, beings, and souls -- together as a rhythm of their lives.

This fall, Katie Hebson and her two daughters, Fifi and O'Neill, trekked to the mountaintops of Peru to lead a Snapshot Project with young girls of the Q'ero Tribe. The Q’eros are known as the wisdom keepers of the Andes; considered to be the “ultimo ally inka,” or the last Incan community of Peru.  Reminiscent of when she first fell in love with mystical Peru and its exquisite people years ago when she hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and floated down the Amazon, this community became important to Katie and her family because historically the Q’eros, like many other indigenous people, have been targeted for discrimination and marginalization while they strive to preserve and promote their indigenous ethnic and cultural identity.

Fifi and O'Neill pictured here during Snapshot Q'ochamoqo in 2017.

Fifi and O'Neill pictured here during Snapshot Q'ochamoqo in 2017.

As an anthropologist, photographer and former educator of at-risk kids, Katie finds "participatory photography" to be a highly effective and flexible tool that crosses cultural and linguistic barriers by providing an accessible way to describe realities, communicate perspectives, and raise awareness of social and global issues. She regards it highly as an impressive means to create positive social change through the very lens of the young people in their own communities.

By using the 100cameras custom curriculum, the process of teaching the girls of the Q'ero tribe how to share their inner and outer perspectives through storytelling so they could explore their narratives in the larger context of a global world was exhilarating and important to their family. They were inspired by the ways in which the students exhibited a deep sense of curiosity and wonder and enthusiasm to learn new things. 

Girls participate in the 100cameras Snapshot Q'ochamoqo Project, 2017.

Girls participate in the 100cameras Snapshot Q'ochamoqo Project, 2017.

Reflecting upon some of the definitive moments that most shaped her, Katie shares,

I was profoundly struck by the youth of Q’eros...who have little to zero material possessions. They are the most illuminated, exuberant, creative, and elated children I have spent time with. They possess an inner strength, tranquility, and share a deep affinity for one another. The common threads being living presently in the moment -- strong family ties, a rooted connection to the earth, water and sky surrounding them, pride in their culture and community belonging. 

Katie, Fifa, and O'Neill led this Snapshot Project proudly in partnership with Willka Yachay, a local non-profit founded by Hannah Rae Porst, dedicated to helping indigenous communities thrive in the modern world. They are empowering the next generation of the indigenous Q’eros of Peru to become leaders, who guide their community down the path toward sustainable modernity while revitalizing their cultural identity. The projects they create and support are education/schools, alternative energy, food and water security, cultural and music preservation, traditional and western medicine and a weaving cooperative.  

Purchase one of the student's photographs, and 100% of the proceeds will go back to Willka Yachay to support their vital work and empower the young girls of the "Q'eros Nation. 

Snapshot Project Q'ochamoqo was powered by our friends at ONA

INTRO TO Snapshot Project: Caracas

Meet Elizabeth

Snapshot Project Leader: Caracas, Venezuela

As a recently retired Oral surgeon of thirty years, Elizabeth Schummer is proud to have taken the necessary steps towards a change in career to becoming a trained photographer. Pursued as a personal attempt to move forward and reinvent herself, she discovered photography as a way to see everything that surrounds her in a different way. As an individual already deeply passionate and aware about cultures and people, it now fascinates her as a photographer even more to search for details when it comes to people’s way of living and how different social groups work. 

While we just met earlier this year, it is evident that Elizabeth has been an inspiring go-getter since practically forever. As an engaged citizen in Caracas, she finds it very gratifying when you can make a difference in a community and transfer some of your background and education towards others who are less fortunate. As one example, upon her new career, she quickly got involved with the local organization Espacio Anna Frank that serves kids in impoverished neighborhoods in Caracas and created her own photography project with kids to help them realize the importance of their point of view that culminated in an exhibition to celebrate their work. Upon acceptance into our Snapshot Project program, Elizabeth is excited to bring additional elements to the opportunity of self-empowerment through photography to the kids and community through her continued partnership with the organization Anna Frank. She along with her teaching partner, Ricardo Jimenez, believe the students will definitively gain an invaluable tool with these classes and hopefully build a better future for themselves and their families.

As a Snapshot Project Leader, we are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth's skills and passion to our program and are confident her project will thrive to teach kids living in Caracas how to process and tell the stories of their past, present, and future. During such a time as now in Venezuela, Elizabeth says it poignantly about how the opportunity to express oneself and one's story is a powerful and important tool:

Photography has given me the possibility to narrate stories that interest me through images, to express and show others everything that I care for, and to revindícate the beauty that still surrounds us in my country despite all the negative things we face every day.

Launching in spring of 2018, we are thrilled to see Elizabeth's Snapshot Project happen in tandem with her partner, Ricardo, and cannot wait to see the kids' everyday perspectives and hear their stories. Follow along on our social channels to see updates throughout the process!

You can learn more about Elizabeth's vision and how you can directly support her efforts to make the project happen in Venezuela by clicking HERE

Elizabeth Schummer pictured here with students from her recent photography project in Caracas.

Elizabeth Schummer pictured here with students from her recent photography project in Caracas.

*Snapshot Project Caracas is powered by our friends at ONA

We're going places

Announcing 13 new locations for projects worldwide!
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Through our Snapshot Project platform, we're training 13 passionate individuals to teach kids in communities they care about. From a high schooler leading some of her photography club members to travel and work with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to a retired local surgeon utilizing her love of photography to give kids a platform to process their stories in the midst of a confusing time in Venezuela to a Mom and her two teenage girls that just completed a trek to reach the Q'eros tribe high in the mountains of Peru, I am convinced that each Snapshot Project leader represents the most incredible threads that are found in humanity across our great earth. These examples represent just a few of our adventurous leaders and their stories, and we're excited to begin introducing each leader to you over the next many weeks on our social channels.  

Over the next nine months, you can find us here: 

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JOIN US AROUND THE WORLD IN 2018:

And it is with great delight to note that we're just getting started! In 2018, we are planning to work with 20 communities in total, with incredible thanks to our friends at ONA Bags for sponsoring more than half of these programs. As we gear up for truly our biggest year yet, we need your help. We invite you to consider supporting our mission to work with kids around the world who have had traumatic experiences and teach them to tell their stories through photography in a way that impacts how they view themselves and their role in their community.

I am consistently inspired by our students and am constantly in awe of their perseverance, hard work, and dedication to hope in spite of extremely difficult circumstances in life. I truly believe in our custom curriculum as a powerful tool to provide a clearing where kids can process and tell the stories of their past, present, and future through photography with no judgment or expectations. 

It is with great joy and anticipation for all to come that I thank you for your ongoing support. Happy Holidays from all of us at 100cameras!

Angela F Popplewell
Co-founder, CEO

Sneak peak from our Snapshot Project in the mountaintops of Peru that is coming soon!

Sneak peak from our Snapshot Project in the mountaintops of Peru that is coming soon!

Giving Tuesday

Four ways to give with 100cameras.
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We believe in providing a clearing where kids can process and tell the stories of their past, present, and future through photography with no judgment or expectations. Working with kids ranging in age from 10 - 16 years old, our custom curriculum teaches kids both technical photographic skills and storytelling in a way that impacts how they view themselves and their role in their community.

Next year, we plan to double our organization's historical impact by implementing projects in 20 new communities. Any gift of any size is important to furthering our work with kids around the world in 2018. Thank you for your continued support!


1. HOST A FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER: 


Starting today at 8:00am EST, Facebook in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $2mm for nonprofits based in the United States. This means that any donations made through Facebook's charitable giving tool will be matched up to $50,000 for each non-profit. What a gift!

To get started, follow us on Facebook here, and click the below button to create and share a fundraiser with your friends. 


2. SHOP WITH AMAZON SMILE:

This holiday season, every purchase you make could provide kids who have had traumatic experiences with an opportunity to learn how to tell their stories through photography in a way that impacts how they view themselves and their role in their community.

With every purchase using this link, Amazon donates 5% of your purchase to 100cameras. 


3. PURCHASE A PRINT:

When you purchase a photograph taken by one of our students, you are enabling them to see the impact of their contribution. Through our platform to sell our students' photographs, 100% of the proceeds are given to fund the most pressing needs in their communities.

Click on the link below to shop photos taken by kids around the world. 


4. MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFT:

Making a tax-deductible donation will directly further our programs. Your gift will help give kids the opportunity to learn the skills of storytelling + photography to process their life experiences and share their perspectives, the platform to share their images as products for sale, and the empowerment to see their work provide medical, education or basic needs for themselves and other community members.

BY US exhibition, featuring 100cameras in Brazil

Held at ChinatownSoup Gallery in downtown Manhattan

This August, 100cameras was featured in BY US, an analog photo exhibit with work donated by 23 up and coming photographers, all proceeds benefiting our mission. This was especially exciting because 100cameras Snaphot Rio was showcased in print for the first time. 

*All images taken on disposable camera by exhibit curator, Kyla Polanco, Thembi Hanify, Images taken by exhibit curator, Kyla Polanco, Thembi Hanify, and Snapshot Rio leader, Scott, Bennett.  

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brands collaborate to give back to 100cameras
Bloggers Grace Atwood, Krystal Bick, Christine Cameron collaborated on the collection. PIctured here with cooper & ella founder and designer, Kara Mendelsohn. 

Bloggers Grace Atwood, Krystal Bick, Christine Cameron collaborated on the collection. PIctured here with cooper & ella founder and designer, Kara Mendelsohn. 

There are so many ways to be a part of furthering our mission to empower kids worldwide. A favorite of ours this summer was the design collaboration between cooper & ella x Dream Hotels to create a swim cover-up collection that showcases class, color, and style, all while giving 10% of proceeds from each sale to support 100cameras.   

The launch was celebrated at a party in downtown Manhattan hosted by collaboration partners Grace Atwood of The Stripe, Krystal Bick of This Time Tomorrow and Christine Cameron of My Style Pill

Get poolside or beach ready with this collection featuring three styles -- a flowing kaftan ($88), a chic tunic ($78) and versatile pareo with mini bag ($55.) Each style is offered in the bloggers’ namesake prints: The Krystal, The Grace and The Christine. The collection is available at the cooper & ella x Dream Hotels pop-up shop and in premium rooms at The Beach at Dream Downtown throughout the summer 2017 season, as well as www.cooperandella.com

We're headed to Iraq

You can be a participant in this story. 

100cameras has received a special invitation to implement our next flagship project in IDP camps in Northern Iraq-Kurdistan this Fall. We are humbled at the opportunity to utilize our custom storytelling curriculum to empower kids to process and embrace their stories, learn that their perspectives matter, and to realize that they can create change. 

For kids that may find it difficult to use words, our model is built on using photography as a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, and ownership of the stories of their individual lives and those of their communities. We urge you to learn more and invite you join alongside us.

Images taken in IDP camps located in Iraq-Kurdistan by photographer & friend of ours, Moo Jae

BTS with Snapshot Project: Brazil

Snapshot Project Brazil was led by the talented Scott Bennett, a Spanish professor and photographer from San Diego, CA. His vision for this 100cameras Snapshot Project was to see local youth learn photography and engage in creative expression as a means to grow both personally and professionally in the neighborhood of Morro da Providência, a favela in Rio. Scott has a deep passion for photography, teaching, and Brazilian culture as he lived and worked in Brazil as a volunteer for extended periods of time. Prior to leading a Snapshot, Scott already spent time in the Providência neighborhood in Rio, and was excited to give back to the community through this project.

We are excited to take you through this Snapshot Project experience through the writings and updates that Scott shared with his friends, family, colleagues, and supporters throughout the project. Thank you, Scott, for sharing your talent and experience!

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REFLECTIONS: 

It was our first class meeting for the 100cameras Snapshot Project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This collaboration between 100cameras and French artist JR’s nonprofit CoFondation will be a month-long course on photography and storytelling that gives the youth involved a chance to give back to their own community through creative expression. Today, we learned about the 100cameras model and how the group is now connected with other students around the world. We also learned about camera basics, and what it means to have a personal voice in creative expression. We then went out to do a “Photo Scavenger Hunt” to start taking photos. It was wonderful to see the group start taking photos and exploring the neighborhood in search of the items on their list. The students will be taking more photos over the next few days, and they have a written assignment for their journals as well. 

During our second class meeting, we reviewed the prior lesson and then also learned about composition basics, such as telling a story in the frame, point of view, leading lines, vanishing point, having a clear subject, symmetry and patterns, the rule of thirds etc. We looked at some examples of master photographers and discussed some of the techniques. We then went out to do a “Photo Scavenger Hunt” to take photos and practice with some of the composition techniques we learned in class. It was wonderful to see the group taking photos and exploring the neighborhood in search of the items on their list. The students will be taking more photos over the next few days, and they have a written assignment for their journals as well. There was much more content in our second class, so it is really stretching the students’ minds some! 

Our third class for the 100cameras Snapshot Project in Rio was a success! We reviewed some composition techniques, and we are now learning about framing, emotion, exposure, motion, and telling a story with photos. I have been impressed with the improvement in photos in only three classes, and I’m sure that the students will continue to get better as they practice and learn. At first they were very interested in checking out the cameras, and taking a few photos…but now they are actually thinking about the photo that they want to make before doing it!  

Our fifth class meeting for the @100cameras Snapshot Project in Rio was a bit different! My friend Malvina Sosnovsky is a professional musician from Switzerland who plays the violin (she did some volunteer work with kids while she was in Brazil as well). She did a mini concert for my photo class, and they were simply amazed! I asked her to come share her talents so that my photo students could hear her music and also get inspired to take photos. The joy on the kids faces was nothing less than incredible…a bit of amazement and laughter together with, wow! After, our group went out on a field trip to take photos at Praça Mauá and around the port of Rio. I am looking forward to seeing the shots from the group!

Our sixth and seventh class focused on taking portraits and shooting photos of other people in the community! We also spent time going through all of the photos that the group has taken up to this point in order to do a quick edit for the upcoming exhibition at Casa Amarela. It was great to see how far the group has come since the very first day (and how many photos they had to choose from for the edit). We will eventually get the very best photos for the exhibition, but this first step was a collaborative process in just choosing photos that would make the first cut. It was great seeing them praise and say no to both their own photos and the other members of the class. Having the students be aware that some of the photos they choose will eventually be sold on the website and the funds raised will go directly to their own community is an empowering thought! I really loved it when they said…that photo is great, but I don’t think anyone would buy it! It just shows how much their critical eye has grown over the past month!

Upon completion of the course, we had the final exhibition for the 100cameras Snapshot Project class. After curating, editing and printing the 26 photos for the exhibit, the preparations were under way! First, the smaller children participated in the exhibit by making custom painted and glittered clips to hang the photos, and they also made some beautiful invitations for the people in the community of Morro da Providência in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the exhibit, we decided to hang the photos on a string with clips. After cleaning and preparing the room, we also had music and some food for the celebration.

The best part of the exhibition was having each student from the 100cameras class sign their photos and then hang them. I told them that since they are artists, an artist needs to sign the work that they do. For most of them, this was the first time that they experienced such an event. Not only did we share the photos with the community, listen to music, and eat some wonderful food, the participants also received a certificate stating that they finished the 100cameras Snapshot Project. Everyone had a great time, and the students were very proud of their work…as they should be! Thanks again to all of the supporters who helped make this happen, and also to everyone at Casa Amarela who prepared the exhibit. Art is not only necessary to grow creatively and intellectually, but it also is just good for the soul to see photos by members of the neighborhood share their perspective and reality for everyone to see! Congratulations!

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Inaugural 100cameras Gala

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our inaugural spring gala!
 

What a night! We were thrilled to celebrate the mission of 100cameras together as we looked ahead into all that is to come with scaling our impact this year. It was an evening to remember as we sold out with 350 individuals in attendance and raised $37,000 to directly further our projects worldwide.

We hope you will follow along our exciting journey in 2017 as we launch up to 12 new Snapshot Projects globally in partnership with ONA as well as serve 120 kids through our Flagship Project happening this fall (Location announcement coming soon). This means that we are on track to empower 300+ kids this year alone! For updates and stories from the field, be sure follow our social channels.

To help recap all the fun of our inaugural gala, we are offering a live recording of the evening thanks to our DJ, Anthony Batista. We hope this mix will take you happily into summer during your work commute, when you need motivation at the gym, or for your next dinner turned dance party. You can find and enjoy the playlist here.

With great anticipation and hope for all to come, we are truly thankful for your support!

 
 

THE EVENING WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY:

The Inspiration Behind World Perspective Day

Inspired by our mission, World Perspective Day is a movement.

100cameras is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in New York City that teaches kids around the world that their stories matter and helps them explore their narratives in the larger context of a global world. We teach our students how to share their perspectives through photography and then sell their images, empowering them to provide much needed educational, lifeline, and medical supplies for themselves and other community members. We have completed projects across the globe and have recently launched our Snapshot Project platform that equips photographers worldwide to implement their own project with a community they care about.

Our entire mission is founded upon the power of perspective. We empower kids around the world with the opportunity to learn that their stories matter and to help explore their narratives in the larger context of a global world. We teach our students how to share their perspectives through photography and then sell their images, empowering them to provide much needed educational, lifeline, and medical supplies for themselves and other community members. We have completed projects across the globe and have recently launched our Snapshot Project platform that equips photographers worldwide to implement their own project with a community they care about.

World Perspective Day was inspired directly from our students as they have become our teachers in so many ways.

You see, the students we work with have all survived traumatic injustices, yet, they still seem to embrace life through the wonderment and awe that is seemingly found only through a kid's lens. Through both writing and teaching our unique photojournalism course, our souls have been forever changed and awakened by watching kids not only embrace learning how to share their perspectives but dive into the depths of processing who they are because of all they've learned from their past and expressing their hope for who they want to be in their future.

Our students have taught us to recognize that the context of our narrative is woven into a larger thread. And that when we can each allow our perspectives to choose hope in our interactions instead of being gripped by the fears that can overwhelm or divide us, we can reach our full potential as an individual and as a human race.

We have been humbled as these students continually teach us how to embrace that their narrative isn't defined by their current circumstances or how others may define them. Instead, they choose to recognize and accept that they are a part of a larger context and their role in the bigger picture is integral. They accept that their perspective may be unique and different -- and that is not only okay, it is necessary and outstanding. This gives them great freedom to lean into the thought -- the hope -- that they can be a part of the greater good at large.

We believe in the great hope for what can happen when an individual is empowered to create something that provides hope for themselves and others. Over and over again, almost everyone we have met traveling and in the field has just wanted to tell us their story – to share their narratives, filled with pieces about their families, their long days of work (or why they couldn’t get work), their likes and dislikes, where they’d been, and where they wanted to go. Each story we have ever heard along the way in our individual journeys is important. It has felt as though the storytellers were sharing it with us in hopes that we would share it with someone else.

It gripped us early on to realize that each person on earth has always had a story to tell, and they have always had voices to share them – they just perhaps haven’t had the platform to be heard outside of their concentric circles or to participate in the global narrative.

Our team has committed to being merely a band of participants that join alongside others by bringing an opportunity to share their perspectives alongside a community of individuals.

This has awakened us. This model of empowerment has not only changed our students' lives, but ours as well.

Snapshot Project Update : Rio, Brazil

Behind-the-scenes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Snapshot Project Leader, Scott Bennett.
All images credited to Scott Bennett and Snapshot Project: Rio, Brazil

All images credited to Scott Bennett and Snapshot Project: Rio, Brazil

This collaboration between 100cameras and French artist JR’s nonprofit, CoFondation, will be a month-long course on photography and storytelling that gives the youth involved a chance to give back to their own community through creative expression.

Connect with Scott on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr to follow along and see updates from the field in real-time. To learn more about this project and how you can get directly involved, click HERE

Read on as Scott shares experiences from the first three classes directly from the field below:

LESSON ONE:

Today, we learned about the 100cameras model and how the group is now connected with other 100cameras students around the world. We also learned about camera basics, and what it means to have a personal voice in creative expression. We then went out to do a “Photo Scavenger Hunt” to start taking photos. It was wonderful to see the group start taking photos and exploring the neighborhood in search of the items on their list. The students will be taking more photos over the next few days, and they have a written assignment for their journals as well. 

LESSON TWO:

First, we reviewed about the 100cameras model and how the group is now connected with other 100cameras students around the world. We also learned about composition basics, such as telling a story in the frame, point of view, leading lines, vanishing point, having a clear subject, symmetry and patterns, the rule of thirds etc. We looked at some examples of master photographers and discussed some of the techniques. We then went out to do a “Photo Scavenger Hunt” to take photos and practice with some of the composition techniques we learned in class. It was wonderful to see the group taking photos and exploring the neighborhood in search of the items on their list. The students will be taking more photos over the next few days, and they have a written assignment for their journals as well. For all of the supporters who donated to make this happen, I just want to let you know that the second day was a success! There was much more content in our second class, so it is really stretching the students’ minds some! 

LESSON THREE:

Our third class for the 100cameras Snapshot Project in Rio was a success! We reviewed some composition techniques, and we are now learning about framing, emotion, exposure, motion, and telling a story with photos. I have been impressed with the improvement in photos in only three classes, and I’m sure that the students will continue to get better as they practice and learn. At first they were very interested in checking out the cameras, and taking a few photos…but now they are actually thinking about the photo that they want to make before doing it!  

Live from Times Square: World Perspective Day

We believe in the limitless possibilities of unity and understanding. In that spirit, we announced the first-ever #WorldPerspectiveDay in the middle of Times Square.

JOIN US ON MARCH 30TH FOR #WorldPerspectiveDay. LET'S CELEBRATE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN, TOGETHER.

It will be a day recognized globally that celebrates diversely powerful perspectives shared around the world -- reminding us that we are all connected and part of the human family. See the world through someone else's eyes. 

 

Announcing World Perspective Day

We each have unique and powerful perspectives. What if we brought the world together for one day a year to celebrate what unites us as members of the human race? 

100cameras is so proud to announce World Perspective Day. We're inviting you, and everyone you know (!), to be an important part of the first-ever World Perspective Day on March 30, 2017.

Join us on March 30th by tagging #WorldPerspectiveDay, a globally recognized day inspired by our work with students in the field. 

To join the global narrative on march 30th:

  • Simply post an image that represents your perspective and how you view the world
  • Tag #WorldPerspectiveDay
  • Then, follow the hashtag to see life through someone else's eyes

Collection of images provided by 100cameras students, teammates, and friends of the organization.

Huge thanks to our launch partners:

We believe in the limitless possibilities of unity and understanding. Together, we invite the world to celebrate what it means to be human, together. 

The first annual World Perspective Day would not be possible without these partners:

photography tips for the holidays

New York City is already a naturally picturesque place. But add in the winter holidays, the most picturesque time of the year, and you’re guaranteed some spectacular photos.
Photo taken by Andrew, age 13, from Project002: New York City

Photo taken by Andrew, age 13, from Project002: New York City

And while locations like the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and Radio City Music Hall are beautiful places to take holiday photos - they’re also a little overdone if you ask us locals. So if you, like us, live in New York (or are visiting soon) and are looking for something slightly out of the ordinary for capturing the essence of the Christmas season, get a little creative and check these out! 

Greenacre Park

Greenacre Park boasts a 25-foot waterfall that, even when frozen up during the winter, can be a perfect spot for some holiday photos. Set the scene by having your subject wear cozy sweaters and even some kitschy head gear if they’re up for it. Wrap some garland around your subjects, or lay it at their feet. You can turn any spot in New York into a perfect holiday photo location with the right attire and accessories.

Serendipity 3

Located on the Upper East Side, this quaint restaurant doesn’t mess around when it comes to decorating for Christmas. It already holds a cozy atmosphere, so naturally the string lights and garland gift it even more charm. Whether you’re recently engaged, have been married for a long time, or just have a special someone you’d like to have more pictures with, Serendipity is the best location for some sweet, romantic photos. 

Sixth Avenue

Chances are if you’ve been to the Radio City Music Hall during the holidays, you’ve seen the decorations on Sixth Avenue. If you haven’t, visiting this area is a must-do in order to get the perfect holiday pictures. The larger-than-life Christmas ornaments make for the perfect backdrop for family portraits.

Once you’ve snapped some photos around the giant decorations on Sixth Avenue, you might be compelled to pay a visit to the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center. However, as any New Yorker knows, Rockefeller Center during the holidays can be a bit of a nightmare. Try heading about ten blocks south instead to shoot some photos at the less crowded Bryant Park ice skating rink.

Little Italy

If anyone knows how to do it big during the holidays, it’s the shop, restaurant, and home owners of the Little Italy district. Expect to see an abundance of windows and walls decked out with lights. Grab a bite to eat or a drink with your friend at the most festive restaurant you can find, take a seat outside, and have someone take some of what we like to call “purposefully candid” photos.

Lillies NYC

When decorating for the holidays, most restaurants will throw up a little garland here and some string lights there, but Lillie’s Victorian Establishment in Times Square goes all out. At this eatery, you’ll find decorations galore, which, when mixed with their already eclectic decor, makes for perfect photo ops.

Just make sure you’re in the know of indoor photo-taking techniques so your shots don’t end up too dark and blurry. If you’re shooting pictures of people inside of Lillie’s, try placing them near an open window or door to allow natural light into the photo. If you find that your photos are still coming out blurry even when placing your subject near a window, shoot in “P” (Program) mode and try increasing your ISO setting.

We hope you enjoy these holiday seasonal photo tips in the Big Apple, and we hope to see some of your images on social or perhaps even printed for your memory books. 

Ps, if you're ever photo-taking around west Chelsea, give us a ring as we would love to say hi!

Buy this product, & 100% goes to 100cameras

LUXI FOR ALL X 100CAMERAS

We're announcing today a campaign that makes money feel like it maybe-really-somehow does grow on trees! Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of the folks behind Luxi For All and Makers4Good,  100% of every purchase of the Luxi For All device will go towards furthering the mission of 100cameras. But that's not all! Every time a social media post is shared on facebook, instagram, or twitter -- $5.00 will be donated to help us empower more kids. We're quite excited about this. 

We geeked out over Luxi For All's device concept as we believe this to be a tool that will bring professional light meter reading skills to beginner and intermediate photographers everywhere --- helping with that long term goal to transition out of relying on the auto mode. To use your LFA, simply connect your device to your phone and sync it with the specially designed accompaniment app, and then just hold your new light meter in front of your subject of focus, and wahla! You will receive a calculated reading of the exact light settings needed to then manually plug into your camera.

With such a quick and easy process  -- along with a budget friendly price point and the convenience of being compact enough to travel anywhere -- the LFA helps you become light years more advanced than ever before. Pun intended. 

FOR EVERY LUXI PURCHASED THROUGH THIS LINK, 100% OF THE PURCHASE WILL HELP US empower more kids worldwide!

That's $30 going towards supporting our mission to empower kids to make tangible change through photography. You can purchase the device here for the length of the campaign until January 1, 2017. 

Follow us along on twitterfacebook, and instagram, and for every re-share of our campaign posts, Makers 4 Good will donate $5 to 100cameras up to $10,000.

SNAPSHOT PROJECT: ISTANBUL, TURKEY

100cameras is proud to announce our second beta Snapshot project, led by Snapshot leader Beatrice Schachenmayr in Istanbul, Turkey. We sat down with Beatrice to ask her all about her journey. Learn more about the project HERE, and read the story in her own words below.

"This photograph was taken on the Galata Bridge. It connects the old city of Sultanahmet to the new city, both considered to be on the “European side” of Istanbul. This was the class’ third trip outside and I noticed how they were sharing the cameras and their ideas. In the few months we’d been together, they’d grown more curious and comfortable exploring behind the lens." -- SPL Beatrice Schachenmayr

"This photograph was taken on the Galata Bridge. It connects the old city of Sultanahmet to the new city, both considered to be on the “European side” of Istanbul. This was the class’ third trip outside and I noticed how they were sharing the cameras and their ideas. In the few months we’d been together, they’d grown more curious and comfortable exploring behind the lens." -- SPL Beatrice Schachenmayr

Forty Syrian boys and girls attend my two classes”, Beatrice says. “Each week we talk about the meaning of taking pictures, we learn helpful camera techniques, and review photography vocab.

"Last class", she goes on, "I handed out the colorful pictures they’d taken of themselves and each other when they first used the blue cameras. They were filled with excitement and soon reached for scissors, glue sticks, and colored pencils as they began to collage in their journals. The week after next they will complete their portraits with words expressing their ambitions, feelings, and ideas."

In this photo, Beatrice is sitting with Ravan, age 13 and her younger sister Cuud, age 12. Both of these sweet girls can speak a little English, more than other students in the class. This was Beatrice's last outing with the kids and a nice time to really connect, braid hair, and relax at Emirgan Park.

In this photo, Beatrice is sitting with Ravan, age 13 and her younger sister Cuud, age 12. Both of these sweet girls can speak a little English, more than other students in the class. This was Beatrice's last outing with the kids and a nice time to really connect, braid hair, and relax at Emirgan Park.

One after the other they raise their hands and talk about their dreams: professional athlete, artist, blacksmith, lawyer, to name a few. These children are very excited about their future.

We sat down with Snapshot leader Beatrice to talk about her story, her motivation for undertaking this project of this magnitude, and the ups and downs of her incredible journey.

100cameras: How did you hear about 100cameras?

Beatrice: I first heard about 100cameras in 2012 while searching photography missions that would allow me to work with disadvantaged children. I had been interested in their volunteer opportunities and was becoming more and more interested in teaching photography skills to children out in the world but lacked the experience.

100cameras: Why are you drawn to teaching?

I was not always drawn to teaching; as a child I dreamt of becoming an artist. It wasn’t too long before I began spending my high school weekends instructing ski lessons and reading to kindergarteners at a local private school during the week. Once I entered college I began tutoring primary school students and after I graduated I spent six months teaching English in Thailand and volunteer teaching Indonesia. I realized my real passion for teaching when I connected well with students; creating a space where kids could enjoy learning really inspired me. It was then that I desired a way to combine my love of photography and literacy. 

100cameras: What is the most noteworthy part of this experience for you?

Beatrice: I just completed my first post on my project’s blog, http://frameyourstory.tumblr.com/. I wrote about my experiences with the refugee children so far in Istanbul. I also highlighted the fact that no matter how well you prepare yourself for a mission, whether it’s an exam or your life’s work, there will always obstacles to overcome. Every day has taught me how to make adjustments when plans change and that’s great practice for life. 

100cameras: What do you hope to accomplish with your Snapshot project?

Beatrice: To name a few, I hope that my Snapshot project - Frame Your Story will empower children to share their stories whether through photography or other forms of expression. I would love to see the kids set goals for themselves when thinking about their future. Maybe one day they will look back on this experience and it will bring them self-confidence and a smile.

100cameras: Why did you choose the organization/community you've been working with?

Beatrice: As a student abroad in Istanbul, Turkey in 2012, I had a life changing opportunity to work with ASAM, the Association for Solidarity with Asylum-Seekers and Migrants, a non-profit organization that focuses on “developing solutions to the challenges that refugees and asylum seekers encounter in Turkey and to support them in meeting their basic and social needs.” It was this opportunity that really opened my eyes to the harsh daily struggles that refugee youth face all over the world. Now, three years later I’m interested in learning more about how this multi-cultural city is changing and I’d like to use my talents to help alleviate some of the suffering refugee children are facing. I think photography is a wonderful way of doing that.

100cameras: Do you have any recommendations, comments, or advice for future Snapshot leaders?

Beatrice: Be ready to put your whole heart into it. Also, accept that your project will probably not go as planned and that’s okay because you’ll learn how to adjust your outline, lessons and your daily routine. Good luck!

Stay tuned as we open Snapshot applications in the coming week. We look forward to hearing where you're most passionate about!

Snapshot Project: Istanbul, Turkey 2016

Snapshot Project: Istanbul, Turkey 2016

Watch As 100cameras Gives TEDx Talk

It was an amazing opportunity for 100cameras and our co-founder, Angela Popplewell, to have been invited to speak at TEDx in Seattle.

Angela's TEDx talk focused on changing perspectives and choosing to be shaped by the bright moments in life. Choosing hope, choosing joy, choosing gratefulness- traits we learn from each and every one of the kids who have become a part of our lives. Our students have taught us and challenged us to see the life-altering power of perspective, and we'll never be the same. 

Watch the talk here, be inspired, and please share the link along!

Lenny Kravitz & Leica Galleries donate $25,000

Big announcement! The Leica Galleries, Lenny Kravitz, Reiner Opoku and the Oslicht Gallery donated all profits from the Lenny Kravitz- FLASH exhibit held during Art Basel 2015 to 100cameras.

The FLASH exhibit included a selection of 50 photographs taken by Lenny Kravitz with his Leica, pictured here:

We’re very proud that the proceeds from ‘FLASH’ will be able to support the mission of 100Cameras. Our longtime passion for art and photography is at the core of everything we do. We’re thrilled that we’re able to help fuel this passion in children throughout the world and support an experience that allows them to grow and give back in a meaningful way.
— Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Chief Representative Leica Galleries International

100cameras is honored to accept this donation of $25,000, which will help support our next international project, Project006, and our Snapshot Project platform. Thank you to Lenny, Leica Cameras USA and everyone involved for supporting our mission to give photography and change a community. Our goal is to reach more youth across the globe and to create sustainable impact by empowering them to continue the cycle of positive change.

We hope you and your friends will follow along on our journey!