Milken Educator Awards | Arkansas Editorial Photographer

In late 2016 and in early 2017, I spent a several days over the course of six weeks traveling throughout the southeast again working with the Milken Family Foundation photographing the Milken Educator Awards. I worked with this incredible foundation previously in 2015 for the same event.

What are the Milken Educator Awards? An initiative of the Milken Family Foundation, founded by Lowell Milken, the awards honors up-and-coming educators around the country and awards each with a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize. In the words of Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president, Milken Educator Awards, at the Milken Family Foundation, who won the award herself for the state of Indiana in 1994, "Movies has the Oscar's, music has the Grammy's, science has the Nobel Prize and sports has its gold medals. We have the Milken Educator Awards." Teacher magazine calls it, "The Oscars of Teaching."

For 30 years, the Milken Educator Awards has recognized and rewarded excellence in education by honoring, and surprising (more on that below) top educators around the country in a very public way. To date, more than 2,700 Awards have been given out, totaling $68 million. Once an educator wins this award, their careers in education will never be the same.

Simply put, this is an absolutely wonderful event to photograph. The winners have NO idea they've won until their names are called. No one knows. Not the students, not even the rest of the faculty have any idea what's about to happen. Only a select few administrators knows who wins. An educator cannot apply to receive this award. You don't find them, they find you. As you will see below, some of their reactions range from shock, to utter joy to disbelief.

Below are some of my favorites moments from each state I photographed: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi.

I am really looking forward to working with The Milken Family Foundation again this year.

 

Alabama

Arkansas

Florida

Georgia

Mississippi

On a side note: I left the newspaper world over four years ago so it was fun to see my name on the front page (maybe) one last time.

Interior (re)Design | Lookout Point Lakeside Inn | Arkansas Commercial Photographer

I recently photographed a really fun project for my friends at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The owners of Lookout Point had recently renovated one of their guests rooms and asked to take a new set of images to update their images. The transformation of the room is nothing short of incredible. You can view the before/after photos here. It's really remarkable what a fresh coat a paint and a new look can do for a room. 

On a side note, Lookout Point was listed by TripAdvisor as #14 in the Top 25 Small Hotels in the US AND they are named #21 in the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the US.

So for your next weekend getaway to Hot Springs, check out Lookout Point and be sure to request the Paris room!

Interior Design | Lindsey Binz | Arkansas Commercial Photographer

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to with Lindsey Binz to photograph one of her master bath renovations. The shower/tub area is nothing short of huge. And stunning.

This gorgeous master bath redesign won Lindsey a Gold ASID Awards for Excellence.