your photographerThat’s right, I had a pretty cool day earlier this week and made my debut as an official photographer! It wasn’t the call from Maxim or Sports Illustrated that I might have been hoping to receive – but it was still pretty cool stuff so I thought I would share. One of the coolest parts of my job here at MEDA is the Communications area. MEDA Tanzania is a great organization with a lot of really amazing successes behind and in front of it –  the Tanzania National Voucher Scheme which MEDA TZ has built since 2004 is often used as a model for other nations to build their malaria prevention and sustainable mosquito net distribution programs. Part of the role of the Communications area ( I was going to say ‘team’ but I am the only one officially on it and since there is no I in team….) is to tell these success stories to donor agencies and the rest of the world. As such, I’ve been tasked with helping get this success story out through pictures, articles, promotional materials, this blog, etc.

A note on the whole ‘professional’ tag – I believe that definition of a professional consists of the fact that they are being paid for their services – does this now mean I can call myself a professional photographer? Nah, I think I would rather just keep the expectations low and occassionaly surprise when things turn out well.

So how did my first photography assignment come about? This past week was apparently the first time that MEDA had a good portion of all of it’s field trucks back at HQ and it would only last for another day or two. As such, our Country Manager came up with the creative idea to see if I might want to sieze the opportunity and get them all together for some photos since it might never happen again. After scouting some locations, I found a hotel parking lot overlooking the Indian ocean that would work well and organized the 14 or so trucks parked at HQ to head there that morning.

all the pretty trucks...all in a row

It was a pretty cool experience thinking of set-ups, directing the trucks, standing on the roof  to get different angles and trying my best to get some good shots that we might be able to use in some future promotional materials. After the group pictures we even did some one on one portraits with each driver and their truck which was a lot of fun and something to pass along to all of the drivers for them to take home.

bada$ MEDA flame decals

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