Best of 2013 – Part I

For me an important part of turning the corner into a new year is always reflecting on the past year — accomplishments, disappointments, joys, lessons learned — and 2013 offered plenty to chew on!  I’ve been thinking about the wonderful events and people AEP covered on behalf of many outstanding Atlanta organizations, like Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Cox Enterprises. We were also really excited to start working with Fox Sports South and to expand our reach beyond Atlanta’s borders to work with hugely influential companies like WebMD, headquartered in NYC. I want to share with you some of the best of the pictures we had the pleasure to take in 2013 and the organizations that made those pictures possible. For me that means photographs with staying power – with the ability to move us, whether bringing us to tears or gently brightening our day with their beauty. Enjoy!

WebMD Personal Stories

Last summer WebMD started following four people as they explored the new health insurance marketplaces.  They have been updating their stories as they made their choices. AEP was engaged to photograph two of the Atlanta-area women they have been following. Ines is the first lovely lady we had the pleasure of meeting. She is a breast cancer survivor. To say her journey has been challenging is an understatement. In her words (straight from the WebMD article): “I’ve been in shock with the cancer,” she says. “I don’t know how Obamacare will affect me. I’m lost.” This lady’s smile could warm any winter chill, nonetheless. Ines, you are one of our heroes!

Her full story is well worth reading and you can find it at http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/insurance-costs/personal-profile-ines

Laureen is the second woman we had the pleasure to photograph. What she has endured is chilling and heartbreaking. She lost her health insurance when her company shuttered. While she was still looking for another job, her sister suffered a debilitating stroke and needed Laureen’s care. At 60, Laureen found herself without health insurance. She faced a serious quandary:  She was too young to apply for Medicare, yet not eligible for Medicaid. I think you’ll agree that nothing could dull this amazing lady’s sparkle or spunk. You go, girl!

You can find Laureen’s whole story at http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/insurance-marketplace/personal-profile-laureen.

Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Braves Night

We were thrilled to be at Turner Field on May 30 to cover Braves Night, held by Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. What we loved most was that the main focus of the event was clearly on the precious patients of Aflac Cancer Center and their families. The Atlanta Braves players could not have been warmer or more wonderful with the kids. Director of the Aflac Cancer Center, Dr. William G. Woods, attended the event along with Dan and Kathleen Amos (Aflac Foundation President and Aflac CEO, respectively).

Thanks to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, WebMDAflac and the Aflac Cancer Center for the opportunity to capture the beautiful spirits of so many wonderful people in 2013! I’ve gathered many other photos from the past year that I can’t wait to share with you, so stay tuned!

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