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Madigan - Gilbert, Arizona Portraits

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Before taking her photos, I had met Madigan a few times. She was always super sweet and calm. So, I was a little taken aback when she started whipping out a handful of these poses! Madigan pulls off the big grin, grimacing pout, and contemplative gaze all perfectly. Thanks, Madigan!

Bonnie & Adam - Phoenix, Arizona Engagement Photos

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello, there! I've taken quite the break from sharing my work on my blog. Over the summer I was working at a youth camp as tech director, but not in a wifi friendly place! Being a little behind seemed to keep me away even more as I've worked on a lot of video editing, but I'm very ready to share some more now.

This fall my friend, Bonnie, asked me to take her engagement photos. Bonnie, Adam, and I all drove up north planning to shoot in Flagstaff. Yet it seemed some trees off the side of the road were calling Bonnie's name, so we had to pull off the freeway, winding up along some hiking trails. I had a fun day getting a nice change in weather (I was freezing. I have no "chill" tolerance.) and being silly with my friend!

Karla - Gilbert, Arizona Maternity Portraits

Monday, July 13, 2015

Karla and I first met in 8th grade when we both switched to a new junior high school. Her sweet personality and good sense of humor made her a great friend, so when she asked me to take her maternity photos I knew we would have a fun shoot! We kept running into bunnies everywhere, managed to dodge a Carpenter bee, and Karla looked adorable, which equals success to me. Congratulations, Karla! 

Carson - Scottsdale, Arizona Senior Prom Portraits

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

My cousin Carson has graduated high school! But before he did that we took some pictures for his senior prom. While I've been working at a youth camp this summer, I met a counselor who ran on the track team with Carson. I think my cousin is funny and nice, but I had to interrogate this counselor anyways just to be sure. Well, of course, he checks out. Congratulations on graduating, Carson!

ASU Service Learning for Community Development

Monday, July 6, 2015

This past semester I started taking non-profit classes at ASU. One of these classes was Service Learning for Community Development, which really means partnering with local non-profits to provide services to our cities! I documented most of the events we participated in and put together a video to help showcase the work ASU students are doing. Take a look below!

Discover how ASU Sun Devils engage with their community. In courses like NLM 435: Service Learning for Community Development ASU students are able to collaborate with local nonprofits, apply development theories, and provide services to youth and adults in their area.

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Filmed by Ali Bastek and Kari Osep
Edited by Ali Bastek

Girls in Tech

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. This past April, GIT brought their catalyst conference to Phoenix, along with some inspiring speakers and sponsors, to show us what women in tech can do and how we can encourage them to get involved. The night ended with a party at The Croft, where Tania Katan performed a piece of spoken word poetry. Take a look behind to learn more about GIT and how to get involved!

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Shot and Edited by Ali Bastek
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It Was Never a Dress - Axosoft

Monday, June 15, 2015

You may have seen the campaign "It Was Never a Dress" all over the internet already. Did you know it started right here in Arizona? Well, it did! Axosoft, a local Scottsdale company, created the exciting, perspective-shifting campaign when they sponsored the Girls in Tech Phoenix event. Interview Forward was there to capture how it all started and lucky for me they brought me along! Watch the video below to learn how Curator of Code, Tania Katan, came up with the idea!

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Are you wondering, "What is Girls in Tech?" "What happened at this event?" "How can I get involved?" If so, then stay tuned for the next blog post!