Megan Rizzo is a Professional Portrait Photographer giving back to the Community
I am very fortunate to be a Professional Portrait Photographer and part of the AIPP Reflections project and am the Co-ordinator for South East Queensland. Together with a marvellous bunch of Professional AIPP Photographer Volunteers, we have photographed over 500 Veterans from World War II in the past 4 months.
Click here to see the Photographers in action https://vimeo.com/134189634
This is Jean. Jean is 53 years older than i am..... Jean is a very sprightly 95 year old Veteran who is currently visiting the Gold Coast to escape the cold Sydney winter. She was working on her laptop when we arrived for the portrait.
Thanks to my assistant Wendy Maley who came along to see how it was done and to help out. Jean was just the most gorgeous woman. I asked her if she would like to smile in the photograph.
She started moving over towards the mirror on the wall, and i wondered what was happening, then she says, "hang on, i'll just have a look", as she proceeded to smile at her self, looking at her expression, she then announces, "Do i have to smile?"
Just the sweetest moment of my day.
You can register your loved ones and find out more information here: https://aippveterans.com
This is my new friend Alexander. I met Alex this week as I continue my volunteer work photographing the last remaining World War II Veterans for the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography)
Alexander proudly wore his medals he earnt as a signalman when he was attached to the 5th Artillery Regiment as part of the defence in Darwin. He was in Townsville when it was bombed by the Japanese and was 20 years old at the time.
On the right hand side he wore the two medals earnt by his late father, who was there when the Red Barron was shot down in France in 1918. He spoke of the mystery surrounding where the bullet came from that shot the Red Barron. It was originally thought to have come from another fighter pilot in the air, but all that were there that day knew it came from the forces on the ground.
Alexander spoke of the times he was in the defence force he should have been enjoying his early years, so when he returned to Australia, he ‘wooped it up’ as much as he could for a few years before settling down and marrying his now late wife.
Before I leave each of these Veterans I always make an effort to pause, put down my camera, hold out my hand, look deep into these people’s eyes and say ‘Thankyou”. Tears started to fall from his old eyes, They are always so very grateful that I have taken the time to come and meet with them and make their portrait, but it is the least I can do for these hero’s of our country.
Thankyou Alexander, it was my absolute pleasure.
If you would like more information on how you can get involved, please visit https://aippveterans.com
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