I had the best time shooting this wonderful piece in the August 19 issue of PARADE magazine (you know the one, tucked in your Sunday paper, lands in about 32.2 million homes - which did happen to cross my mind once or twice while shooting, no pressure or anything). Claudia, the Photo Editor, and I trekked into the hills of Lenoir, NC (via airplane and rental car, not on foot so much) to meet up with some of the nicest people you could ever want to know. I even got to go way up in the bucket of a fire truck to get an aerial shot courtesy of the wonderful local Fire Department, which wasn't used of course since the really tough ones never are, ha. I learned a lot about gardening, the kindness of this community, and the power of a great idea. And this little girl on the cover? We haven't heard the last of her. She is destined for some great things.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.