The voices of Pablove Shutterbugs

October 27, 2014

Our New York Shutterbugs on a field trip
Pablove Shutterbugs has been hard at work in a record-setting 15 cities across the country this year. We admit it–we’re pretty darn proud.

In a special series of blog posts launching this week, you’ll get to hear from six unique voices from our Pablove Shutterbugs communities across the country. Students, parents, volunteers, medical professionals, and our supporters–like you and our friends at the LIVESTRONG Foundation–put the love in Pablove Shutterbugs.

Portrait lesson in Bethlehem
Stay tuned to see what a camera, caring people, and creativity can do for kids and teens living with cancer.

How were you involved in Pablove Shutterbugs this year? Give us a shout out below.

Class at the Museum of Glass
Photos above by Leslie Parrott (New York City), Laurinda Rubin (Bethlehem, PA), and Pete Templin (Tacoma, WA). Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

Want to read more?

Read Zuly and Antonella’s story – “Finding Normal Through a Camera Lens
Read Marcy’s story – “Today, I am happy
Learn how you can support Pablove Shutterbugs – “25 Ways to Pablove


7 responses to “The voices of Pablove Shutterbugs”

  1. Jane says:

    I’m a Pablove staff member representing Palo Alto Shutterbugs! Can’t wait to visit this week for Celebration!

  2. Raul L says:

    I’m a Pablove Regional Manager and I’ll be featured soon! Stay tuned to hear a little bit about our Tacoma site!

  3. emathy says:

    Pablove Shutterbugs has been on my radar for, literally, years. I remember seeing the images from the very first program, and just wishing and wishing it would come to San Francisco. FINALLY, with the help of Livestrong, Pablove was able to bring Shutterbugs to the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. It’s been an absolute honor to work with these kids. They are just so bright and so creative! Listening to my students break down the aesthetic AND social commentary elements of photographs from Robert Frank’s “The Americans” collection, for example, blew me away. When this session is over, it will be a far too long of a wait for the spring session to start.

  4. Vanessa Ya Lopez says:

    My name is Vanessa Ya Lopez and I helped get Shutterbugs going for Lucile Packard Children’s hospital since I felt strongly connected to children with cancer and photography. I have been working as a Certified Child Life specialist on the oncology unit at LPCH for over 7 years and I knew this program would be an integral piece to boosting patients’ self esteem, increasing socialization when so kids are so isolated, provide opportunities for mastery, and most importantly, inspire them to share their views on life. I love that I get to see my patients outside in the sunlight, out of the hospital room, smiling and being excited and even challenged sometimes. I so much enjoyed the “playing with light class” because of the awe it sparked in the children. This program has been such a fun & therapeutic activity and grately appreciate how it deepens my bonds with my families going through such difficulty journeys.

  5. Gregory Tapler says:

    Magnificent program. I volunteered for the Shutterbugs class held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania only a few weeks ago. The main reason for my decision to volunteer was to get to know the kids and to give them a break in their struggle. I learned so much from their strength, courage and focus. It was really an honor to guide them through one of my life’s passions – photography.

  6. Lindsay Davis says:

    I just finished my second year of volunteering for Pablove Shutterbugs’ NYC program and it has been amazing! I work as a child life specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and am so happy to refer my patients to a program where they can express themselves creatively in a group of other kids who understand what they are going through. Seeing them participating in an activity where they can learn, have fun, and most importantly just be kids, instead of cancer patients is really inspiring!

  7. Fred Larke says:

    I volunteered in the Denver program this past October, and I was truly humbled by the talent and tenacity of the young photographers I worked with. I am always on the look out for volunteer opportunities that involve my passion for photography, and Pablove is one of the best.

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