Rebecca Yale works in many photography fields, but her passion lies in photography’s potential to effect social change. Inspired by the early documentary work of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine, she seeks to inspire change. One of her ongoing projects, Threatened, is a photographic series of endangered wildlife in their natural habitat.
Since graduating from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University — where she studied photography, journalism, and aesthetic philosophy — Rebecca has traveled and volunteered in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Ecuador in the Amazon and the Galapagos. In Rwanda, she worked with UNICEF and documented its projects. Her work has been showcased in such publications as Nature’s Best Photography Students Magazine and the National Geographic.
For Campfire, she looks forward to documenting other young people making a difference in the world; she hopes people will be inspired by their work and that they, too, will become involved.
Personal website: www.rebeccayalephotography.com/
For Giselle Kennedy, documentary videography and photography has always been her format of choice. It allows her to take a deeper and more intuitive look at the real world. This experience has contributed to her six years working as a Filmmaking Instructor with uCamps Summer Camp, where she shared her passion and skills with kids aged 11-18 while documenting their experiences. Now, she’s ready to merge her love of travel with her work as a video producer and photographer.
Giselle caught the travel bug when she traveled from her Los Angeles high school in 2002 to Tijuana, Mexico, for a service trip. Since then, she’s taken every opportunity to travel and explore other cultures. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, she’s had plenty of experience as an instructor not only of photography and videography but also of dance. A hardy traveler and a hard worker, she hopes to share the enthusiasm of the young Walking Tree participants as they have eye-opening experiences abroad.
Personal website: http://gkennedycreative.com/portfolio/
Dustin Wise’s love of travel was fueled when he recently filmed a travel documentary with two surfers in Sri Lanka, where he immersed himself in the culture. A graduate of film school at the University of Texas at Austin, he’s worked for One Story Productions and is currently a freelance editor, cinematographer and production assistant in Portland, Oregon.
Last summer, he was a camp counselor at Camp Longhorn in Texas, and he’s also coached swim teams and swim camps — he’s a skilled swimmer from competing for the University of Texas. Dustin loves working with kids and wants to mold active and confident young students. He’ll bring this enthusiasm to his work with Walking Tree, and he looks forward to fusing his love of travel and his video skills with a good cause.
Personal website: http://www.dbobwise.com/
Nic Lockerman is a producer and director from Pittsburgh, PA. He’s been in the film business for the past six years and founded a company, Lockerman Studios, with his brother, Chris Lockerman. He’s made spots for numerous organizations and companies, from a spot for USA Insulation to a promo for Alia Musica Pittsburgh, a consortium for emerging composers. Nic has studied at both Elon University and the University of Pittsburgh.
With an undying thirst for travel and a love for nature and exploring new territory, he’s excited to work with Walking Tree. He plans to teach them from his experiences and learn from theirs.
Personal website: http://lockermanstudios.com/
Photography began as a hobby for Elizabeth Gottwald soon became a passion. As she became addicted to the art of telling stories through the lens, she also began traveling more often. The two interests intertwined — after all, she was raised on the idea that “travel is the best education.”
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she’s photographed polar bears in the Arctic and been on a safari in Botswana. A traveler since the age of 7, she’s also been to New Zealand, Australia, France, and Spain. After college, she worked at a camera shop, selling DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras while teaching the customers. She’s also worked for Glimpse.org and as a wedding photographer. For her trip to the Arctic, she was featured on National Geographic’s blog.
As a Media Guide for Walking Tree, she hopes to inspire others to travel as much as possible and, through videography and photography, create memories for the students to remember for years to come.
Personal website: http://elizabethgottwald.com
Based out of San Francisco, Teri Lyshorn is a photographer/videographer with a thirst for adventure and soft spot for stories of the human experience, as well as the aesthetics that illustrate them. A graduate of the University of Oregon, she’s worked for Fundación Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in rural Honduras, where she was an onsite photographer, writer and information officer for the orphanage of more than 400 children. She continued this service-oriented track as a volunteer translator for RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. and when she documented philanthropic work as a Media Guide.
In addition to freelancing, she’s a bilingual paraprofessional for San Francisco Unified School District, providing one-on-one support to a child with learning differences and acting as a parent/teacher liaison for Spanish-speaking families. She loves to shoot and provide material to fuel her clients’ often courageous endeavors.
Personal website: terilyshorn.smugmug.com
Valarie Duran attended the University of San Francisco, a school with a mission she truly believes in: “Educating hearts and minds to change the world.” After graduation, she volunteered with the Peace Corps as an English Language teacher to exchange cultures and inspire students. For this program, she is most proud of initiating drama and film clubs for her fourth-eighth grade students to build their confidence and enjoyment of the English language.
Since then, she has worked independently alongside Kontent Films, Remedy Editorial, Redford Center, StageWrite, and many others, including her work with Campfire Creative and Walking Tree Travel. She hopes to continue using her multimedia and theatre skills as tools to inspire and teach children about the world around them.
Personal website: http://about.me/valduran
Sandra Garcia has been traveling since the age of 19. After her first excursion on her own to Europe, she came back knowing that traveling would always be a part of her life. She loves exploring places that people rarely find access to.
A 2009 graduate of San Francisco State University, she has degrees in photojournalism and television production. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. Currently, Sandra does freelance work with video, stills, and content editing. For her work in the Bay Area, she’s worked on a number of photo and video assignments for major clients. Her favorite gigs are those that pay her to travel.
Personal website: www.sandgar.com
Tucker Adams is a photographer, filmmaker, animator, and student. His dream is to travel the world and learn as much as he can about other cultures. He constantly pushes himself to become a better artist and has quite a bit of experience in his field, as he’s done freelance work for Redbull, Mammoth Media and others.
Currently, he’s a student at Full Sail University studying 3-D Computer Animation. Tucker is learning to become a compositor and texturing artist. One of the latest videos he’s filmed, “Only Our Bodies Get Older,” was chosen to be put into the Kansas City Fat Tire Film Festival. He looks forward to being part of the team, traveling the world and documenting it as he goes.
Personal Website: http://rekcutsmada.tumblr.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/29579955@N08/
Marcelo Honrada is always looking for a new adventure to embark on. A photographer who’s recently taken up multimedia, he’s had seven years experience shooting, four of which were spent at the Academy of Art. He’s also done a workshop with National Geographic a few years ago in New Mexico.
He has a passion for life, which he aims to show through his photographic work. While he’s based in San Francisco, he loves to travel and meet new people.
Personal Website: http://www.marcelohonrada.com/
Besides pursuing his education in photography, videography and media design at the Academy of Art University, Zac Cranshaw has travelled the world and put those skills to use. He’s documented group travel and created some incredible photos.
He worked for nonprofits and for-profit organizations, with teens and with professional clients. As a first-generation American whose family comes from Nicaragua, he brings cultural awareness to his work and is fluent in Spanish. Zac has been on two international distribution trips for the Free Wheelchair Mission nonprofit organization and has worked in multimedia production for a start-up fashion company in San Antonio, Texas. He was also a media intern for the youth media program at the Museum of African Diaspora, where he worked to encourage digital media skills for underprivileged high school students. He looks forward to visiting more places around the world as a Media Guide.
Personal website: http://www.ztcphotography.com