Wow, I've been off the radar. My last post was from August 2017, that's crazy! I've been busy and didn't even realize how busy I guess. I've had a chunk of photography shoots, a handful of video shoots and some collaborations with some non-profits going on! I'm trying to get a new website up and running and some promotional pieces out the door... I seriously don't know how other working mothers/photographers/directors update their blog so flippin often. That's impressive! Anyway, I've got lots of new work to share over the next few weeks but my favorite thing to share is some new work with some incredibly creative people. And creative dog! These guys make me look good. Take a peek: http://vimeo.com/257170258
On a recent tv shoot for Shimmer and Shine a few weeks ago, the client (a woman) met me with a huge smile on her face and said "In all my years in this business, this is the first time I've worked with a female director!" It's been too long for that to happen but I'm happy I got to be that director for her. This is an important movement and I'm honored to now be listed on the Free the Bid site Free The Bid Alongside the amazing team at ELEMENT!!http://freethebid.com/directors/kim-lowe/
Here's one of our spots for Wonder Crew! Such a blast!! I directed their tv spots (on the air now) and also shot photography for their toy packaging. That imagery will be out soon. With Element Productions and MittCom for PlayMonster http://vimeo.com/210767652
Just wanted to share a few behind the scenes pics from our amazing Wondercrew shoot in December. I directed their tv spots as well as shot the stills for their packaging and social media. It was a long two days but it was also a blast! I not only had an incredible crew but our four final boys were beyond wonderful. They really were the superheroes they were acting as! There were a couple meltdowns but nothing that couldn't be fixed with a hug and silly selfies. Spots are being edited now with Element here in Boston and photography is being selected. Lots more to share in the coming weeks. Happy New Yeareveryone!
I’d like to share something wonderful with you in the midst of feeling unsettled after last week. So many of us are feeling very separated from our country, but please, I encourage you to now find a stronger connection to your community. I did just that this year. I met some amazing kids and teachers here in Boston and I want to tell you a tiny bit about them.
I’ll begin with this one student, maybe around my son's age (9), who was telling me about the garden he loved, a garden CitySprouts brought to his school. This shy little boy suddenly became animated and full of gardening advice. I was immediately inspired. He told me about what he has grown, what new things he’s eaten, how he takes care of the soil… and so much more. I couldn’t write it all down, I could barely keep up with his joy. I asked him what he liked most about the garden at his school and he told me, very softly, “I just like how it makes me feel.”
I met another student who told me all about her CitySprouts school garden with so much pride and love I thought she was going to burst. One thing she said to me that I will never forget was, “I didn’t even know I liked science.” I also met children who had never seen broccoli until they were twelve. And guess what, one of them told me how much he likes broccoli and that he even makes his mom cook it for him at home now.
Right here in my neighborhood and all over Boston, there are lots of kids who have no connection to nature. The garden at their school is all the nature they have, that is, if they’re lucky enough to have a school garden. Some students spend their entire summer babysitting their younger siblings every day without ever leaving their apartments. Think about that.
So you want to change something after last week’s election, then begin here — empower our children. Give a kid a garden and not only does that one child change forever, their community changes! I’ve seen it. I’m lucky to have met some of those children. I’ve met the parents who are also changed. And I’ve met the teachers who are there in the gardens with their students, growing alongside them.
Begin here, with CitySprouts. Watch this video I shot this year and recently edited with Chris Santo of Element. http://vimeo.com/191152616
Shooting kids, shooting grown ups, shooting stills, shooting video. July into August is usually my slow time and I get to goof off and enjoy Summer... not this year. Phew! Lots of good stuff going on. Will share more at the end of August. Or follow me on instagram @kimlowephoto Hope you're goofing off and enjoying Summer!!
Shopping locally is awesome. Shopping locally from a 6 year old is even more awesome!
The young students of the Boston Public school, Philbrick Elementary, are selling seedlings on May 15th to support their nature and garden based learning programs especially in light of harsh budget cuts recently. They're partnering up with the Boston Nature Center as well, to sell tomato, cucumber, basil, and various flower seedlings.
Tomatoes include Jellybean grape, Juliet grape, Golden Pearl cherry, Supersweet cherry, Sun Gold cherry, Orange Pixie cherry, San Marzano plum, Speckled Roman plum, Garden Peach, Brandywine, Black Krim, Celebrity, Green Zebra and Beefsteak. They've got close to 400 seedlings!!
Let's be aware of what we're growing. On this day, Earth Day, let's begin to choose our steps carefully. Let's be present. Whether it's with recycling, with waste, or with starting a garden. Sow a seed—any seed. Just plant something. One teeny, tiny seed will change your life and in turn, will change the life of our planet. Don't think about the reasons why not. One tiny seed makes you feel like you are a part of something big—that you are a part of helping Mother Earth grow. Choose to strengthen this beautiful planet, not weaken her. Sow a seed like this six year old, like this thirteen year old. These two boys live very different lives, in two very different countries. One is a six year old boy living in a big city in the United States and the other is a 13 year old boy, living deep in the countryside of Haiti. They are both gardeners. And these are their seedlings. We are all gardeners. And we get to decide what we grow. How incredible is that?! What will you grow today? More from this six year old gardener on this blog and in the latest Family Fun magazine "A Boy and his Garden."
"I put seeds in the soil. And then we get babies. Not like a baby in your belly but a baby flower." -Oliver, Age 6, on gardening
Check out the April issue of the always amazing FamilyFun Magazine. "A Boy and his Garden" was written beautifully by Catherine Newman — who takes you in to the little green world of a six year old boy, Ollie. All the gardening was done by my son, Oliver. I had the easy part, the taking pictures part.
Kim Lowe is a Director with Element Productions and a Photographer specializing in children and families. She just finished directing spots for MegaBloks, Hasbro, CVS and WonderCrew. Kim also spends time working with CitySprouts, a local non-profit dedicated to getting gardens into every public inner-city school in Boston. She’s also prepping her third trip to Haiti, working with small non-profit groups to help improve awareness of the country’s needs and continuing economic and environmental obstacles by capturing both photography and video.